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. […]
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to co-host the Up Your Volume Podcast with Nicki Bove. Her mom and co-host, my good friend V (AKA Paleo Boss Lady) Capaldi, is too busy taking it to the streets and preparing for her TEDx talk, and I am very honored to be a backup for this and probably one more […]
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.
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.
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 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.
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 […]
*Learn more at www.feedabrain.com Through the process of my rehabilitation I have encountered a plethora of different ailments and therapies. I feel that it is most important to illustrate the therapies that I am still using for some of these ailments. As there are many different ailments, I will focus cogently on double vision. I […]
Since this post, my nutritional perspectives have evolved (get it?). Learn more at www.feedabrain.com Every living organism on this planet – be it bacteria, amoebae, fungi, plants, insects or animals – has some sort of a digestive system and some sort of a nervous system. Chambers 21st Century Dictionary states that “Organisms undergo metabolism, maintain […]
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” -Rose Kennedy (Mother of John F Kennedy, died at age 104) So it is about time. It’s about time […]
“’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