VA to Step Up Treatments for TBI and PTSD

Health Editor: The VA has been treating soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for some time. The stressors involved in confronting an enemy, waiting for an explosion under a vehicle, living in unsafe situations, etc. will result in the development of PTSD. A TBI is an abrupt event when the brain bangs against the inside of the skill and suffers an injury. This could be the result of a fall, being near or in an explosion, being hit in the head, etc. Suffering from a TBI is as dramatic as a broken leg but the actual injury to the brain is not as readily apparent as a broken bone, laceration, etc.

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WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“We know that for a small group of Veterans, a traditional approach to health care may not be the most effective,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This is particularly true with certain chronic medical and mental health conditions. For Veterans who don’t improve, we have to look for innovative, evidence-based approaches that may help them restore and maintain their health and well-being.”

Veterans with a history of mild to moderate TBI now have access to light emitting diode (LED) therapy contained in a lightweight frame that is placed on the head and a clip placed inside the nose. Results of some studies show that LED improves brain function including attention and memory, emotions and sleep. LED therapy has begun at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain campus, this month.

LED also is available for Veterans to use in their homes.

Providers at the Long Beach VA Medical Center have begun using stellate ganglion block (SGB) to treat Veterans with PTSD symptoms. SGB is safe and may ease PTSD symptoms, such as the feelings of anxiety and constantly being on alert. It involves an injection, or shot, of medication into the neck to decrease the symptoms of PTSD.

VA remains a world leader in the development and use of innovative therapies, such as telehealth, yoga and other approaches to improve health and well-being.
For more information about other emerging therapies aimed at enhancing Veterans’ physical and mental well-being, visit VA’s Center for Compassionate Innovation.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. I’m glad to see the VA is working towards help for the many Vets returning with PTSD and Traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately the VA is under the same Cabal leadership as our Medical Mafia Medical system. Rockefeller used his vast resources to monopolize the petro-pharmaceutical and convert medical schools over to become what we have now. We have been misled so many times by this profitable monster that relies primarily on only patentable non natural treatments. When something comes along that does not fit the profit model it is usually dismissed, One treatment that has had very good results in treating PSTD and TBIs is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. It’s available to those that are aware but can be quite expensive in a clinical or hospital setting. Dr. Paul Harsch did a study on Vets and presented it to the VA. It was dismissed as a recommended therapy even though the results were quite remarkable. Too expensive for our boys? Sure, we spend TRILLIONS to send them over there to mess them up but can’t spend more than a few bucks to effectively treat them afterwards! Mild hyperbarics (lower pressures) is quite effective and less expensive as it can be done at home. No one in the CABAL wants that done! There’s no patent on oxygen! Even the Hyperbaric Physicians and techs make nothing so they don’t approve either!. BEEN THERE DONE THAT!

    Before you knee jerk this one, give it a good google and open your eyes.

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