Many people have been told that Traumatic Brain Injury victims achieve maximum recovery in 2 years (called 2-year plateau).
THAT IS NOT TRUE as their uninjured brain cells have the same DNA and can learn, and some injured cells can still heal. That is how I could recover myself from Traumatic Brain Injury happened in 1997, passed medical license exams in 2001-2003, and received excellent letters of recommendation at the clinics.
I have helped every Traumatic Brain Injury victim I have met,
who were 5-12 years beyond their 2-year plateau. One had left upper brain removal due to Traumatic Brain Injury ten years
before he came to the clinic. His mother always accompanied him to the clinic and answered
almost all the questions for him. I knew
that the only way the man could speak better is to practice whenever possible.
I asked him to answer all the questions and told him that I had all the time I
Of course, I did not have unlimited time. However, the man’s issue was straightforward. I had already read his medical history and could always ask his mother if needed. He was very slow initially, but he answered all my questions. Then I gave him some homework, asked him to read aloud at home and tell me the homework for the next visit. As he could speak more and more, the man became more and more alive, energetic and shinning.
What Has Impeded the Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury?
The 2-year plateau in Traumatic Brain Injury has a lot to do with the limited focus and power of current rehab:
• Focus on damaged brain cells instead of both injured AND uninjured ones, and Western medicine has limited healing at the chronic stage.
• Traditional cognitive therapy mainly helps TBI survivors to “accept the next level of placement” instead of being who they were.
The brain rehab I went to mainly help me stay alive, no fall and no choking, which was essential but did not help me get back to who I was. Doctors mainly knocked my knees and elbows (reflex check) during follow-up visits. Social service and psychological support mainly let me express my fear and struggle and then advised me to be patient or accept my “new life.”
Attorneys often focus on making more money now instead of clients’ recovery and future. I had three attorneys in workman’s compensation as my head injury happened on my way to work. All of them wanted me to claim 100% disabilities even after I passed medical licensing exams and received excellent letters of recommendation. If people like me was 100% disable, how many are able out there? Who will trust me?
Why Are We Enthusiastic about Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery?
Everyone has the right to pursue freedom, success, and happiness. Nothing can be more painful and frightening than to lose brainpower, the inner ability to execute and defend the fundamental human right. Without a normal-functional brain, breath and heartbeat are meaningless! Having been there, I will never forget the endless fear and agonizing pain in my soul.
The next is the financial impact. Per Centers for Disease and Prevention, about 2.8 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury annually. The lifetime costs of a patient’s treatment for a traumatic brain injury are estimated to run from $85,000 to $3 million. The unemployment rate two years after diagnosis is 60% while the national unemployment average of 5.1%. Up to 53% of the homeless are affected with a brain injury (I almost became one of them). In fact, many of these victims can regain independence and dignity like me if they have the tools they need.
However, most people do not know the pathway to be themselves again. Many states and others only want to pay for what they are used to, for example, neuro assessment and daily living assistance.
How We Beat Traumatic Brain Injury beyond the “2-Year Plateau?”
First, the victims need to have enough uninjured brain cells that still have the same DNA and can learn. Then we can help them enhance the healing of injured cells and install high cognitive function into uninjured cells. The tools we use are the Eastern and Western Medicine and the 6Q tools that can build leaders and elites beyond IQ, EQ, and Behavior. I will discuss the 6Q tools more below.
Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury v. Leadership Development
Current leadership and talent development focus on IQ and EQ and use behaviors to guess the rest system that also includes Learning Q, Adversity Q, Public Influence Q, and Health Q. That often leads to poor results. In 2016, Deloitte found that 13% of companies believe they are building effective global leaders. The partial approach also impedes individuals’ recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury.
A big part of traumatic brain injury recovery is to restore high cognitive function and help individuals be who they were as much as possible. Although the process can be more complicated than to develop leadership and other skills, the principle of success is the same. That is to get to the root cause of individual behaviors, instead of mimicking behaviors alone.
I was determined to recover myself and acted as if I had recovered from the beginning. However, I still needed to restore my high cognitive function, heal myself as much as possible, make my learning easy, and absorb all the medical knowledge required to pass medical licensing exams. However, current rehab mainly motivates patients, and nothing further.
Behavior change in Traumatic Brain Injury recovery can be another typical example. A young business owner suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury and had to relearn everything. He was so frustrated that he often called 911 to go to the emergency room (ER), yelling at the doctors and nurses there to vent his stress. His ER visits lasted for years, and the ER doctors could not solve his issue but be supportive. One day I was doing my rotation at ER and met him. I understood his frustration, talk to him about his progress, and share with him my live sample of success. It took about 10 minutes, and he thanked me in the end. ER nurses later told me that the ER visit was his shortest and most pleasant one, and he soon went to work. I could change his behavior in 10 minutes because I got the root cause of his behavior.
By evaluating all 6Qs and getting to the root causes of behaviors, we can help victims identify learning needs precisely and learn easy and fast.
Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury v. Skyrocketing Healthcare Cost
The steep lifetime treatment of $85,000 to $3 million has a lot to do with unnecessary or inefficiently medical treatments. Many Traumatic Brain Injury victims can regain their independence and dignity and be a contributor to society like me instead of taking endless treatment and living in fear, pain and agony. All they need is to rehab with the right tools that include Western and Eastern medicine tools and the 6Q non-health tools.
Ineffective treatments affect not only traumatic brain injury victims but also those of stress-related health issues, other injuries and more, for example, heart attack, stroke, weight gain, insomnia, diabetes, fibromyalgia, wrongful deaths, etc. You can read more case studies on our website.
Preventable medical errors are another contributor of today skyrocketing healthcare costs, killing as many as 400,000 people every year, per Pacific Business Group on Health.
It is not hard to solve the above two issues. Then businesses and individuals can enjoy high-quality health care at affordable prices.
How We Help Traumatic Brain Injury Victims? Who Can Benefit from Us?
Each person has different needs. In general, we design custom cognitive solutions through the 6Q Approach and promote further healing through Eastern and Western medicine, self-care, and other non-health tools. Many Traumatic Brain Injury victims can show some improvement in 8 weeks if they work hard and achieve much more in 8-10 months. Complete recovery can take years.
Can anyone benefit from efficient cognitive function restoration? No, only those who can learn and are eager to learn. Also, we require all participants to be medically stable at this time.
In this world, nothing can be more valuable to a person than brainpower, the inner ability to pursue and defend human freedom, success, and happiness. With the right tools, many individuals can regain independence and dignity and be contributors beyond 2-year plateau just like me instead of spending $85,000 to $3 million in lifetime treatment. That will make a big difference to the individuals as well as families and businesses involved.
Moreover, many other illnesses and disabilities can be avoided, and a lot of healthcare dollars can be saved. We are making a movie to educate the public and looking for a person with left side partial brain removal due to Traumatic Brain Injury to play the patient. In return, we will offer the person our 10-month recovery program free. Please share the message with your network. We also offer referral fee.
About the Author
Bin Yang is the Managing Director of Dream & Power and The Prince Synergy, leading consulting firms that focus on optimizing healthcare values and cost-efficiency and building exceptional leaders and performance management systems. For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture or appointment, please call 310-668-1828.