My name is Cavin Balaster. In 2011, I survived a two-story fall, was comatose for twelve days, diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) and was given less than a 10% chance of recovery. Once awake, I suffered from severe brain fog, memory loss, breathing problems, double-vision, serious infections, and was ultimately unable to eat, walk, or talk for several months.
Welcome to Adventures in Brain Injury!
Emergency medicine and conventional care saved my life. I would be dead if not for the incredible work of the many specialists that I saw throughout my hospitalization. In the aftermath of repairing my broken brain, I can attribute the bulk of my healing to functional nutrition, functional neurology, neuro optometry (developmental optometry), physical and occupational therapy, and other targeted therapies.
Throughout my long recovery, I documented each important event, spending many hours studying neuro-rehabilitation in an attempt to better understand and heal my body and brain. With over 60,000 words and 80 detailed entries, my growing blog, “Adventures in Brain Injury,” began to receive international attention triggering the a journey beyond recovery that transformed my life. This journey has led me to the work of corresponding with practitioners and guiding other brain injury survivors and their families. I have been fascinated by, and have done extensive research on, the relationship between the brain and the gut, and the brain and the eye, and how this relationship affects everyone, not just TBI patients.
How Can My Experience Help You?
While this blog was originally made to document my recovery, this website is no longer about me… It’s about you. I want to help you to improve your brain function and repair. The most important thing for us to realize is that we hold the tools to improve our brain health, but we need to know how to use them, and I want to show you what I’ve learned and continue to learn.
Whether you are a survivor of serious injury, a support for someone, a physician, therapist, practitioner, or a health-conscious person who desires a greater understanding of the brain, you’ve come to the right place. I encourage you to apply for a free initial consultation.
“My TBI Story” is an overview of the events leading up to my severe traumatic brain injury, the many stages of my recovery, and the road my life has taken since.
- Apply to work with me privately.
- See my video series and videos of my recovery on the AiBI YouTube channel.
- To inquire about speaking services, please have a look at my speaking page.
- Listen to the “Adventures in Brain Injury” Podcast!
- Read where it all began: Blog post #1 – “It’s About Time“
- See the short viral version of my story on Imgur.
- If you’d like to support my work, please stop by our Support Page.
“’How to Feed a Brain’ will change your life.”
-Dr. Terry Wahls MD, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
“I really wish I had a resource like this years ago. I recommend it to anyone looking for practical information on how to heal a broken brain, optimize cognitive function, and live a better life.”
-Jordan Fallis, Health Journalist and Founder of Optimal Living Dynamics (optimallivingdynamics.com)
”Cavin Balaster has accomplished something important in the field of nutrition and self-healing that few authors have been able to do, made even more remarkable by his own experience with traumatic brain injury.”
-Reed Davis, Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Certification Course
“A sincere thank you to Cavin for writing this book, which will help so many people live a lifetime with better brain health.”
-Dr. Jeremy Schmoe DC DACNB FABBIR- Owner of Minnesota Functional Neurology (MFNC) mnfunctionalneurology.com
“His ideas are absolutely in line with current neuroscience and have the added validation of personal experience.”
-Dr. David Perlmutter MD, FACN Author, 4X New York Times #1 Bestseller
“Ten years ago most health professionals would have scoffed… Fortunately, this outdated paradigm is shifting, and ‘How To Feed A Brain’ will be a key piece of this change.“
-Robb Wolf, Former Research Biochemist and 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author
Cavin’s brain injury journey is astounding. His experiences and accomplishments since returning from the brink of death are incredible!
Dr. Leonard PressPress Vision
Cavin takes you on a captivating journey of challenging experiences that leads to an amazingly successful recovery. Cavin is a remarkable person who conveys a remarkable message in each of his talented motivational speeches.
Chip Howe, M.A.Mary lee Foundation
Cavin is wonderfully articulate and takes you through his long rehabilitation journey which involves expert medical care, intense family support, and several ingenious therapy procedures.
Susan R. Barry, Ph.DFixing My Gaze
I’ve never heard a more superb and comprehensive combination of humor, courage, and integration of knowledge on how a patient with traumatic brain injury has put his life back together.
Dr. Curtis R. BaxstromNeuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association