Dr. Venu Julapalli is one of our favorite MDs! Like many of the MDs we correspond with, he is humble, curious, powerful, and collaborative toward his patients’ care. He does not place himself on a pedestal like an “MDiety!” 🙂 With an exceptionally curious and open mind, his experiences have given him an extremely broad […]
What is The Brain? Shakespeare once wrote “the brain is the soul’s fragile dwelling place,” and fragile it is. The brain has the consistency of tofu, and brain injuries, strokes, or diseases often result in impairments. Our brains are made up of billions of nerve cells and fibers, networked by trillions of connections and synapses. […]
After posting about my experience in Pittsburg with HDFT, an optometrist who I met at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) conference, reached out to me about a little-known therapy called the Sensory Learning Program. The Sensory Learning Program is a simultaneous multi-sensory training that stimulates the vestibular, visual, and auditory system. The scientific data surrounding this therapy is […]
People are often curious as to why I, a severe traumatic brain injury survivor, place so much emphasis on nutrition and supplementation during and after recovery.
In January of this year, I wrote about someone I really admire named Andrea Nakayama. From that post, “Andrea Nakayama’s Functional Nutrition“: In 2013, during the International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in Portland, OR, I was approached by an incredible woman named Andrea Nakayama. Andrea is a “rock star” in the health industry; […]
There are so many reasons to examine the link between nutrition and brain health. As a brief response to a recent question about my interest in nutrition, here are just 3 lesser-known reasons we should care about the gut-brain axis.
In 2013, during the International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in Portland, OR, I was approached by an incredible woman named Andrea Nakayama. Andrea is a “rock star” in the health industry; she’s a Certified Nutrition Counselor, Certified Nutrition Educator, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and is an internationally-acclaimed functional nutritionist who provides, among other things, a […]
In this segment from my keynote speech at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association conference 2014, I briefly touch on mechanisms of plasticity and repairing neurons through a combination of synergistic therapy and brain building nutrition–including an analogy from my original blog post: Building Bridges – Regenerating Neuronal connections. From the post:
I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Chelsea and Katy of Paleocare.com. Chelsea and Katy are incredibly kind, well-informed RNs, who care deeply about improving today’s modern healthcare approach, with a focus on real food as a foundation to health and nourishment. In the hour-long interview, we discussed my traumatic brain injury story, intense recovery, and how […]
Throughout my writing, I have not written about any therapy relating to diet or medication unless I have personally practiced it for an entire year. This practice, which is usually, and understandably, met with an enormous amount of skepticism, is no exception to that rule. It excites me to be able to provide yet another […]
Neuroscientist Molly Crockett studies altruism, morality and value-based decision-making in humans. In her fascinating 2012 London TED Talk, she warns, “If someone tries to sell you something with a brain on it … ask to see the evidence. Ask for the part of the story that’s not being told.” She and her fellow researchers published a study […]
After my brain injury, my aunt, a nurse practitioner who recently started her own practice in functional medicine in Houston (www.houstonbioidentical.com), told colleagues of hers that her nephew had a serious brain injury, and asked them who I should see. One of her colleagues said “if it were my child I know exactly who I […]
“’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