CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY / CTE
My hope is that anyone reading this post will approach it with an open mind. I am writing this because I know football is not going away any time soon. I have personally done things that could produce serious injury to the body and completely understand the love of contact sports, dance, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing. The list is long.
It may seem like a stretch to correlate The Unique Healing Program with the PBS Frontline documentary: League of Denial / The NFL Concussion Crisis. As the title says, concussions and related symptoms is what this documentary is primarily about. About half way into the film there is a segment showing the results of a brain specimen cross sectioned. The donated brain shows discovery of severe inflammation and calcifications throughout the brain tissue. These specimens were donated for a medical study at Boston University. The brains dissected are those of football players of a variety of ages. One is of a high school player, another college age and the others are of NFL pros.
It seems clear to me that calcifications appear in the body for a number of reasons. One reason the body produces calcifications is to protect itself from inflammation. Donna Pessin says something really important in one of her books or videos that nails it. Goes something like, you don’t blame fireman for causing an arson when you find them at the scene of the fire. Calcifications, in many instances, are like fireman, they are there to buffer the acids / inflammation that our bodies are producing for various reasons. They do not cause the problem.
My father had a sub dermal hematoma in his teens while participating in high school boxing. He went on to play hockey, wrestle. Maybe even continued to box. I hope not. I have first hand experience with his seizures and unpredictable behaviors during the full span of my life. I never knew which of his moods / personalities I would be encountering. He had a stroke at 78 and lived until the age of 83. Through helping him after his stroke I came to understand him better. A truly unfortunate blessing for me.
If you are someone in your life has had brain injuries it would benefit you to read The Unique Healing Program books and look at the videos. Videos are free online. To understand this information it is important to recognize that inflammation is inflammation. Ongoing pain in the body means that there is a deeper underlying problem.
One thing that is barely mentioned in the film NFL League of Denial is the underlying part. Poor diet, pain medications, body building supplements, steroids, recreational drugs and alcohol all play a huge role in weakening the immune systems of athletes. This unhealthy acidic condition, I am sure, contributes to the findings of the calcifications and inflammations in the brains of these football players. I am NOT saying that the brutal blows are not a major component in the findings. As ironic as this may sound to many, a healthy body is not what many athletes are working with in this present day. Would we know the state of these athletes brains if it was not for these donated brains being examined? No. Period. End of story.
Click here to view The PBS Frontline League of Denial: The NFL Concussion Crisis online.
Crash Reel is another film to view about head trauma. This is a snow boarding documentary from HBO about Kevin Pearce. A very compelling story about head injury, the sport of snow boarding and an inspiring family. Probably on netflix? I saw it on HBO on Demand. If you have anyone in your family who has Down’s Syndrome, this film will be very inspiring. One of the members of the Pearce family has DS.