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May 14, 2020

Why You Should Listen:

In this episode, you will learn about integrative approaches to healing Traumatic Brain Injury.

About My Guest:

My guest for this episode is Dr. David Musnick. David Musnick MD is a Sports Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Internal Medicine physician in Bellevue, WA practicing at Peak Medicine. He has developed a Functional Medicine approach to healing the brain after concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury originally presented at an Institute for Functional Medicine annual meeting in 2017. He has written the chapter on Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury in the book Integrative Neurology. In his practice he integrates supplements, exercise, diet, and treatment for metals, toxins, mold, and infections. He has expanded his approach to also treating Mild Cognitive Impairment. Dr. Musnick is also a specialist in Prolotherapy and all aspects of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is the pathophysiology of brain injury?
  • What are the common symptoms of head injury?
  • Can a TBI be a trigger for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or activation of the limbic system or Cell Danger Response?
  • How long after initial injury can treatment protocols realistically expect to lead to improvement?
  • What are the stages of brain injury?
  • How is the brain protected from further damage after injury?
  • What is the role of the blood-brain barrier in brain injury?
  • What role does excitotoxicity play in brain injury?
  • How is reducing neuroinflammation approached?
  • How are microglia shifted to the health-promoting M2 type?
  • What is the role of Nrf2, and how is it activated?
  • What is the role of oxidative stress after brain injury?
  • How are mitochondria supported in a brain healing program?
  • How is the migration and survival of nerve stem cells supported?
  • What is the role of the vagus nerve in brain injury?
  • How can nutrition be used to support optimal brain healing?
  • How is optimizing brain oxygenation approached?

Connect With My Guest:

Interview Date:

May 13, 2020


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The content of this show is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or medical condition. Nothing in today's discussion is meant to serve as medical advice or as information to facilitate self-treatment. As always, please discuss any potential health-related decisions with your own personal medical authority.