“We have strong data that suggests omega-3 will activate good proteins to cope with brain damage and turn off proteins that cause neuroinflammation,” said Dr. Nicolas Bazan, director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health in New Orleans and author of one of the studies that determined this.
That’s the science. But despite three young men, brain injured from physical traumas who were rehabilitated from near death comas with mega-dose fish oils, it’s still not allowed as a medical protocol in conventional medicine.
You might think, fine who needs them to go along with what’s evident. Problem is everyone who is brain damaged and perhaps on life support is a hospital with doctors who know this is not a medically accepted procedure.
Three Cases of Brain-Damaged Victims Recovering With Fish Oil
Every once in a very great while, mainstream doctors look away from their “standard of care” medical bags and dare to use unusual approaches with non-pharmaceutical substances that deliver surprisingly effective results.
In 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was taken out of his crashed vehicle and airlifted to a nearby Virginia hospital more dead than alive with severe brain trauma.
He was so much more dead than alive that the physician who eventually advised the Ghassemi family on using fish oil, Dr. Michael Lewis observed:
“For all intents and purposes, he was dead on the scene. I’m looking at the reports, and they report a Glasgow Coma Score of three. A brick or piece of wood has a Glascow Coma Score of three. It’s dead.”
Bobby was placed in intensive care in a coma with all the apparatus possible to keep him a breath away from death. The hospital’s physicians commented that his brain injury was so bad, it was a wonder that he was alive enough to be in a coma!
They told Bobby’s father and mother it was doubtful he’d be more than a vegetable if he came out of the coma. He’d be unable to speak or recognize his family.
Might as Well Go Out of the Conventional Standard of Care Box Now
After 10 days, Bobby was still comatose but stable. His dad, Peter Ghassemi, felt more should be done than maintaining stability in a coma. So he started asking around with old Army buddies and was led to Army colonel Dr. Micheal Lewis.
“It really gets down to what I would call my brick wall analogy,” Dr. Lewis said. “If you have a brick wall and it gets damaged, wouldn’t you want to use bricks to repair the wall? And omega-3 fatty acids are literally the bricks of the cell wall in the brain.”
Dr. Lewis recommended fish oil based on an early episode of a West Virginia coal miner who barely survived a mining accident with severe brain damage. Except for extreme myelin sheath damage (nervous system’s fatty protective coats) from breathing toxic fumes, Randall’s condition had resembled Bobby’s current state.
The 26-year-old miner, Randall McCloy, was “on death’s doorstep,” according to Randall’s hospital neurosurgeon, Dr. Julian Bailes. He and the other doctors then decided to forgo the normal wait and see after Randall was stabilized in intensive care.
Even as some recovery is noticed after a brain injury, the brain cells continue dying from progressive inflammation.
Dr. Bailes knew that the brain needs to feed on omega-3 fatty acids to heal inflammation as well as stimulate brain and nervous system cell growth.
Unlike plant-based omega-3s, fish oils do not require the body to convert ALA into the more efficacious aspects of omega-3 fatty acid, DHA and EPA. More on omega-3 fatty acids here.
After discussing Randall’s condition with fish oil omega-3 experts, Dr. Bailes determined that 20 grams fed through Randall’s feeding tube daily might bring him around. Twenty grams is several times the standard supplement dose of one to three grams. And that amount did what was hoped for.
Randall’s successful recovery from brain damage episode was explained to Bobby’s dad, Peter. In order to overcome authoritative medical “standard of care” resistance, Peter persistently urged the hospital staff to try the fish oil. Peter eventually wore down their initial resistance and the hospital yielded.
At his high school graduation, Bobby took off his cap and waved it to the cheering students. His dramatic three-month recovery had left him with some weakness on his left side and walking difficulty, for which he had just begun therapy. But he was back.
More recently, in 2014, a repeat performance of a fish oil miracle. Grant Virgin was the pedestrian victim of a hit and run accident while walking near his family’s home. At first thought dead, he was rushed to a hospital.
Doctors told his parents he would never recover from his coma and to “let him go”. But the parents refused that and searched for solutions. They got an email from someone telling them about fish oil and had to urge the hospital to perform “medical disobedience”, as reported from a medical source.
The video below contains a CNN coverage, which if you let it play through should automatically segue into a Dr. Mercola interview of the mother, who had to play games to dodge the medical staff and get the fish oil into him:
Instead of simply using the same safe effective natural treatment that saved those three trauma brain damaged victims when there is nothing Big Pharma can provide to treat the 1.7 million people who suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States, state Attorney Generals are waging wars against supplements.
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