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Monday, 04 March 2013
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Well, March is here.  Hello, March!  I’m always happy to see you again, and glad to be on the downhill roll toward spring, although here in Northeast Ohio, famous for its lake-effect gray skies, it’s hard to predict when we’ll actually see the sun.  No matter.  I can hear birds and there’s a nice, ozoney snap in the air.  That will do for now. 

March is also TBI and Brain Injury Awareness Month and as we learn more about the workings of the brain and count the casualties coming in from combat, sports and accidents, it’s worth paying some attention.  

It’s estimated that each year, 1.2 million people in the US sustain a TBI – 475,000 of them children. They’re caused by falls (35%); car crashes (17%); workplace accidents (16%); assaults (10%) and assorted other things.

Of those, 52,000 will die.  275,000 will be hospitalized.  1,365 million will be treated and released in the E.R.  The costs for treatment are astronomical, estimated by the CDC at $76.3 billion a year.

That’s the bad news.  

The good news is we’re expanding what we know about the brain by leaps and bounds; and the research on what is variously called “mental imagery”, “motor imagery”, “mental practice” or “guided imagery” from sports medicine and physical rehabilitation – with both stroke and TBI patients – is yielding exciting and hopeful outcomes… so much so, it’s hard to keep up with it all.

Just to give you a quick look, you can find 94 studies on mental imagery and stroke here at PubMed, and another 60 on mental imagery and brain injury here. There are 55 on mental practice and sports rehab here. These by no means overlap; and in the short space of the time between my writing this article and when this page gets posted, the list will have grown.  

These are your tax dollars at work, people, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. I love the place, and it’s yours to root around in and get edified, as much as you like. So by all means, avail yourselves and feel better about what we’re learning.

Okay, take care and be well.
All best,



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written by Donna, March 06, 2013
Hi Belleruth. I was just looking at the TBI Bundle and wondering if this might help those with Neurological Lyme and othe Tick Borne Diseases that impact the brain? Insomnia and Migraine are huge problems for those fighting TBDs that have crossed into the brain. Balance problems exist, perceptual and cognitive problems too. Short term and long term memory losses are not always permanent and much improvement is often made through proper treatment, but am wondering if this sort of work would help to mitigate damage, ease frustration, and bring some order back to the muddled Lyme brain? Maybe my question is naive because maybe injury caused by infection would respond exactly the same way as injury caused by trauma but I'm no expert and the brain is so complex. Thinking about recommending it on my site though. At the very least the Audios for Migraine and for Sleep are very relevant. I have sent links to HJ to tons of people who struggle with insomnia, pain, and anxiety caused by Lyme and other tick borne diseases. Sure helped me a lot! This is not the same as a stroke, but still it might help. Actually many of the problems with numbness and facial palsy can seem like stroke. Anything I can add to the list I will!
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written by addy, March 08, 2013
Dear Belleruth,

I have been listening to your PTSD cd for a couple of months now. Your soothing voice and perfect pause-timing coupled with the lullaby-like music draws me in each time.. and I listen to it almost everyday!

I have a wish. About 6 months ago, I ended a relationship with a disordered man who left me very much in an emotional turmoil. Would you consider another cd to help women like me?

Thank you for your work.
Best wishes!

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