Friday, May 20th, 2011: Since she had been told to do so, my mom was there each day to sing and to talk to me as if I was present, because, on some level, I was. She put a ball in my hand and instructed me to squeeze, explaining what I would need to do […]
MAY 10. 2011: SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL! The morning started with My mom’s phone alarm shaking her from her terrifying dream. For a few seconds a false relief peeped into her head. “It’s just a dream,” she thought. This brief moment of calm before the storm of anxiety and fear was the only moment of […]
What’s going on inside the brain after injury? We sat down with Dr. Peggy Mason to better understand how can we use that information to prevent and treat head trauma.
In this introductory episode of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, severe traumatic brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess discuss Cavin’s brain injury story, his recovery blog, their long-term friendship, and their combined work sharing his story.
I’m incredibly honored to be mentioned by Sue Barry in her most recent contribution to Psychology Today! Known popularly as “Stereo Sue,” her story has been inspirational in my own journey. Sue is a professor of neurobiology and a leader in the field of neurohrabilitation. Her experience with vision therapy “challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain is permanently wired for […]
Whenever I am inclined to write about nutrition, I’m cautioned to be mindful of just how personal (and often controversial) the subject can be. Eating is an emotional experience, and we are passionate about our food. So passionate, in fact, that attitudes about nutrition are often comparable to strongly held beliefs about religion or politics. It makes sense; we live […]
When I woke from a twelve-day coma less than three years ago, with a devastating diagnosis and without the ability to articulate and express coherent thoughts, the last thing going through the minds of my mother and I were that I would be delivering a keynote speech on the successes and perspectives of a traumatic […]
My old vision therapist just did an interview with my mother for his blog: VT Works! Take a look! This post appears as part of a series called Sit Down – candid conversations with real people detailing their journeys and experiences with Vision Therapy. A Sit Down – with Kris Balaster For the benefit of […]
In this powerful clip from Michael Rossato-Bennett’s documentary,”Alive Inside,” neurologist Oliver Sacks brings us into a nursing home to meet Henry, an elderly man suffering from severe dementia. At first, Henry appears catatonic, unresponsive and “almost unalive.” When headphones playing some of Henry’s favorite music are placed on his head, the results are unbelievable! From the […]
One of the most valuable skills I have had to learn since my brain injury is learning HOW it is that I personally learn.
2013 Was an Amazing Year! In March, I played my first show after my brain injury, on stage at South by Southwest, the largest music festival in the world! [vimeo id=”82618307″ width=”300″ height=”175″] Later that month, I moved from my mother’s house to my own apartment within a community of mostly brain injury survivors. While […]
Last year, on Thanksgiving, I attempted to write about all of the things that I was grateful for (Giving Thanks), but I realized that I could only address some of the hundreds of thousands of them. That list continues to expand. I expressed my immense gratitude for so many of the incredibly benevolent and helpful […]
“’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