Puddling (Brain puddling):
After having a considerable
amount of research on brain trauma and concussion and listening to much
discussion on the matter I found the best relief for my TBI (Traumatic
Brain Injury) was found on my own.
I have recounted parts of the
story as to how I ended up getting TBI and concussion with the PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the accompanying titles, issues,
and problems. I will not be-labor that here.
What I found plain and simple is
that when the head/brain is impacted the swelling that can occur often
swells in the actual brain tissue, thus decreasing or ceasing flow of
blood, oxygen, and nutrients to regions of the brain. Since the brain
is a bit like a �sponge� and does not have proper veins and such for
handling all its flow needs the flow once stopped to an area has low to
no incentive to restart. The buildup of fluids is in large part what
caused my problems and what will likely cause the many of other TBI
victims with closed head injuries.
Understand that in a typical "bruise" that occurs in your body that you
can see (such as in your arm, leg, etc.) there is something "downstream"
of the bruise of damaged tissue. Your body's attempt to "feed" the
extremities in your physical limbs often helps dissipate existence of a
bruise in your physical body..........Now look at a soft tissue/head
injury. There is no physical extremity or "muscle" past the
brain/head that draws the blood by or thru the area to bring about the
cure/cleaning the area needs. In essence the bruise area in the
brain begins "puddling" and no/low healing effect occurs. Quite
the contrary in fact as hypoxia (lack of oxygen), and stagnated
nutrients (blood) allows and may even promote build up of bacteria and
fungus...This effect is what I call "puddling". The puddle has no
incentive to move, low/no circulation, and a host of problems are
allowed to exist and grow.
What I found is that after being
struck by a car steering wheel in a 70 mph crash the left side of my
face/head began to malfunction. At first I got some bruising, then a
number of other effects began including but not limited to stigmatism in
my eyes, loss of balance, hearing issues, and a host of traditional TBI
issues (CLICK STORY). Meanwhile I had real physical issues that
accompanied my mental and emotional swings. The left side of my face
would swell at times, it would sag at times, and there was a host of
What I found is that following
the wreck/accident that I would often curl up as best I could to sleep.
Often I would sleep with my left side of my face down with my hand on my
face. For some reason the hand on my face made it feel better. I would
lay in a fetal position like this all night if I could, and rest that
way at times in the day. Eventually a number of sleep disorders and
such complicated this.
I found that what I was doing was
all wrong. By laying horizontal my head was level with my heart. The
bruised tissue/areas were below my heart, and the swelling/fluid
accumulation was in part an effect of gravity it seems. Keep this in
mind, because elevating the wound, even though it is the head is
Imagine this, if you fill a hole
in your yard with water and made sure it remained full, but had no
circulation or aeration it would soon become a stagnant cess pool. This
same action happens in the brain (It is called "puddling"). No aeration occurs unless moving
blood passes the bruised mass of the brain. Only moving blood is
oxygenated. Once the blood stops moving its oxygen is quickly depleted,
and whereas there is blood there, hypoxia or the absence of oxygen sets
in. The blood has nutrient in it as well, and if it is left to sit in
one place it will become a stagnant cess pool as well. The effect is
what I call �Puddling�.
Puddling actually creates an
environment for bacteria and fungi to develop feed and grow.
The effect of puddling must
apparently be a mystery because no one consulted with me on this
following my accident. Many have heard of people going in to
relieve fluid or fluid pressure on the brain, but what if it can be done
without an operation? What if brain trauma patients need it, but it is
not being prescribed? In general for people in their older age, what if
it is a cause/result of aging, and is critical to reverse or slow the
process of aging? Overcoming "puddling" effects may be critical to
long term well-being.
Notice where your heart is, the
middle of your chest. Notice where you brain is, presumably in your
head. As long as you remain erect and go about your day the heart pumps
against the force of gravity (great force) to get oxygen to the brain.
Notice there is no �pump� in the head to return the blood to the heart.
The heart and blood depends on gravity alone to get the blood back to
the heart/lungs for oxygenation.
In the event of closed head wound
it is fairly intuitive to see that flow to/thru an area of the brain
ceases (or slows) due to inflammation. The slowing of the blood or
stopping of the flow causes the blood to give up the oxygen in it, and
over time it will give up liquid (presumably water), and as it stagnates
will become a cess pool of toxins. Can you see this?
Herein with the inflammation is a
problem that allows for puddling. There is little incentive for the
body to naturally overcome puddling. The toxins which build up in the
�puddle� will eventually expand the damage area and a chain of events is
set in motion creating what appears to be statistically permanent brain
damage. The condition of the TBI victim with likely continue to
deteriorate, or as I found my condition would oscillate without apparent
rhyme or reason, yet deteriorating step by step.
Fortunately, the brain seems to
be very resilient. There is a means that I prefer to call a
drain� which can effectively address some of the components that bring
about this chain of events, and the brain can begin to operate more
normally and begin restoration.
Since we know the best way to drain a space full of fluid using gravity
is to decrease viscosity of the fluid one uses simple herbal blood
To enlarge the flow rate and ability a simple herbal vasiodialator
facilitates the movement of the now thinner liquid.
Maintaining upright posture at all times helps gravity drain.
There is a way to �increase gravity� on the liquid/body that is being
looked at. (Walking, Trampoline, or centrifuge?)
Using simple supplements it is possible to increase the oxygen retention
rate/ability of the blood. This helps to feed the brain more with
incremental amounts of blood flow.
With draining of �puddling� one
can see significant return to function and response. Further to this
the use of hyperbaric (especially mild hyperbaric) super oxygenates the
blood/brain and helps restore function. Many believe that
oxygen helps the brain to create new stem cells, conduct repairs, and a
host of things that one can certainly hope for. This is extremely
promising for TBI/Concussion victims. See my story and the results
SPECT imaging shows that
circulation in the brain increases with hyperbaric oxygen use,
I do not see much mention on attempts to increase activity, flow,
decrease viscosity, etc. while maintaining the right physical
disposition to get the draining effect. The effects of these simple
additions to treatment with mild hyperbaric will likely make tremendous
gains in recovery for many. It is too simple not to work.
Sleep studies show that
the body at up to 30 degrees may increase the drain concept one is
trying to achieve in this manner. A small key to the long term and
short term effects is to change sleep posture, and maintain upright
position where possible throughout the day. The idea of laying down
when one feels bad, may not be the trick. It may be complicating the
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