With additional tools, many TBI survivors can go back to who they were beyond the 2-year plateau as their uninjured brain cells have the same DNA and can learn. Many “chronic issues” are secondary to intense pain and stress associated with TBI and can go away or be easily corrected once individuals know they can recover. The difference can be heaven vs. hell to both individuals and society.
Many people have been told that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors can achieve maximum recovery within 2 years (called 2-year plateau), and TBI is a “chronic illness.” THAT IS NOT TRUE or a result of using single tool. Also, many “chronic issues” after TBI are secondary to the pain and stress associated with TBI and will go away or be easily corrected when the survivors know that they can go back to who they were.
I suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury due to an auto-accident in 1997 and could not complete my recovery via western medicine. I recovered myself by applying for the medical licensing exams and exploring Eastern med and 6Q tools. Every TBI survivor I have helped achieved significant results even they were 5~10 years beyond their 2-year plateau.
However, some “experts” refuse to believe that others can solve the issues that they cannot. Some even held the twitters that reflect others’ wisdom, humor, and humanities to support “their way.” (below)
What Impedes the Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury?
Both tools and human beings. Tools can limit what human can do, and human can limit the tools they use.
1. Focus on damaged brain cells and ignore uninjured ones.
Injured brain cells may have 2-year plateau, but uninjured brain cells DO NOT and preserve the same DNA and learning capacity. Also, studies have found that most people only use 10% of their brains. Thus, many TBI survivors have a great chance to go back to who they were, including the ones with brain removal. Here is a story about one survivor with brain removal.
A tall and thin middle-aged man had partial brain removal due to TBI 10 years ago. His mother always accompanied him to the clinic and answered questions for him. I knew that the only way the man could speak is to practice whenever possible. I asked him to answer all the questions and told him that I had all the time I needed.
Of course, I did not have unlimited time. However, the man’s issue was straightforward, and I could always ask his mother if needed. He was very slow initially, but he answered all my questions. Then I gave him some homework and 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.
2. Inefficient Cognitive Restoration
Western medicine is excellent in controlling cranial pressure, minimizing toxin release, saving life, minimizing damage, and restoring physical function. However, Western Medicine has limited power at the chronic stage, where some cognitive restoration happens.
Most cognitive programs help to install limited IQ function and prepare TBI survivors to accept “the next level of placement” instead of going back to who they were. The low expectation somehow is associated with the limited tools that they use– limited IQ, behaviors or Psychology tools.
The brain rehab I went to mainly helped me not to fall or choke. Psychological support mainly let me express my fears and struggles and then advised me to accept my “new life.” These are essential but cannot help a person regain his or her cognitive function and get back to who the person was. Nothing can be more frightening and painful than to lose the inner ability to protect our dignity, dream and rights. Thus, many TBI survivors can develop various stress-related health issues, which costs $85,000 to $3 million to “treat” one survivor and a lifetime disability benefit to support the person.
To help them regain 6Q key cognitive function instead of partial can best end their misery and save treatment costs and and lifetime disability benefits. That was how I recovered myself and helped others.
I was rear-ended in 1997 and suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury. However, I could not work after I completed the traditional brain rehab and got nothing from the court. One day, I realized that my uninjured brain cells still had the same DNA, so I decided to apply for the medical licensing exams and explore Eastern med and other tools. I passed 3 steps in 2.5 years and excelled at the clinics. I helped every TBI survivor I met at the clinics, and all achieved significant results even they were 5-10 years beyond their 2-year plateau.
3. Many Secondary Issues Can Be Corrected Easily
Some people call Traumatic Brain Injury a “chronic illness” since people develop various health issues after they suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury, for example, insomnia, impulse control, aggressive behaviors and low thyroid. Because these issues are secondary to pain and stress related to TBI, many can go away or be easily corrected if survivors know they can go back to who they were. Here is a typical case:
A business owner had TBI and was too frustrated that he had to relearn everything. He often called 911 to go to the Emergency Room (ER) to yell at doctors and nurses there. His ER visits lasted for years. I happened to do a rotation in ER that day and saw him screaming. I completely understood him — nothing can be more frightening and painful than to lose the inner ability to protect your dignity, dream and rights I went up to talk to him, asked about his progress, and shared with him my live sample of success. I told him that not everyone has a chance to go back to who they were, and he at least had the chance. If I could make it, so could him.
We talked for about 10 minutes. The business owner thanked me in the end. ER nurses later told me that the ER visit was his shortest and most pleasant. He soon went to work and never came back to the ER.
I could change his behavior in 10 minutes because his issue was related to intense insecurity and stress, secondary to TBI. Having been there, I know that nothing can be more frightening and hopeless than to lose a person’s brainpower. Once the business owner knew that he could regain his brainpower, it was easy to correct his aggressive behavior.
Insomnia and impulse control have been corrected for the same reason. Low thyroid and low growth hormone may also be related to depression and stress. Epilepsy and decreased sight are more structure related. We are going to explore if the 6Q cognitive restoration can help to resolve the rest “chronic health issues.” Please contact us if you or your team are interested.
4. Ignorance and Resistance of Some “Experts“
Some “experts” refuse to believe that others can solve the problems that they cannot. They can create disabilities and hold others’ smart twitters to support “their way.” We started to make the above video since someone held the twitters that reflect my strategic thinking. humor and humanity.
By resisting innovation, these “experts” also take away the opportunities of millions of TBI survivors with the potential to live with dignity and pursue their dreams and opportunities again. Up to 53% of the homeless are affected by a brain injury (I was almost there). It is unethical, inhuman, and illegal to medically deprive others’ rights to live with dignity, pursue their dreams and opportunities. It is heartbreaking to watch these happening when the “experts” are someone who you have trusted and respected.
5. Legal Impact
Most TBI survivors do not know their rights, not to mention to protect their rights. Some attorneys actively help their clients regain cognitive function, which is wise for both in the long run.
However, some attorneys only want to make money and disregard the future of their clients. My injury in 1997 was also a workman’s compensation claim since I was on my way to work. I totally had three attorneys, one of whom was the president of the workman’s compensation attorney association in one state. All three attorneys wanted me to claim 100% disabilities even after I passed medical licensing exams and received excellent letters of recommendation at the clinics. If a person who can pass medical licensing exams is 100% disabled, how many are not disable out there? Who will trust my word?
No money can buy a person’s freedom, opportunities, and credibility. It is vital to get the right attorney. Usually, it is much easier to identify bad attorneys than wrong doctors.
How to Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury beyond the “2-Year Plateau?”
(a) it is critical to save life, minimize damage, and preserve non-injured brain cells at the acute stage. I could recover well also because the accident happened in a winter evening, I benefited from hypothermia instantly, and the hospital at Amarillo also took good care of me. Physical rehab and speech therapy can further enhance safety, which is the foundation of cognitive restoration.
(b) Restore 6Q cognitive function instead of partial. Each person is an integrated system of 6Qs: IQ, EQ, Learning Q, Adversity Q, Public Influence Q, and Health Q. Because all 6Qs are integrated, poor IQ performance can have non-IQ causes, on which cognitive training and stimulation have limited impact. For the same reason, IQ performance can be enhanced through both IQ and non-IQ channels. In the meantime, make learning as easy as possible as the learning can be massive, and TBI survivors need to see results quickly to stay motivated. Eastern medicine can further enhance the healing and learning.
(c) Practice the skills in the real world. Individuals need to test their learning in the real world so that they can adjust their learning and find new opportunities to fasten their learning. It can be very frustrating as the business owner experienced. I hope you do not need to call 911 and vent your stress to ER doctors and nurses.
(d) Prepare to return to work and excel. Going through TBI is like to going through hell or modern Auschwitz. Those who can make it will know how to appreciate life better that others. However, social bias can also go against them if something “bad” happens. In the meantime, learning may not be complete. Thus, continuous learning and resilience are critical to ensure the success of the last step.
2. Who Can Benefit from Us?
Can anyone benefit from the 6Q cognitive restoration?
No, only those who can learn and are motivated to learn.
The survivors should have at least 10% brain cells are uninjured. It is great if the survivors have a burning desire to go back to who they were. At this time, we require participants to be discharged from the hospital and physical rehab if applicable.
3. How We Help TBI Survivors? What to Expect?
In general, we design custom programs per individuals’ unique needs and challenges and make learning as easy and fun as possible, for the learning can be massive, challenging, and frustrating. We will work with Eastern medicine and survivors’ primary to promote further healing. In the meantime, we will prepare TBI survivors to go back to work and give them unique career guidance and support. Read more about the program
What to expect? Not everyone can achieve a significant result in 10 minutes like the business owner. Many TBI survivors can show some improvement within 8 weeks and achieve significant results in 10-12 months. Complete recovery can take years. Some survivors may have unexpected discoveries, for example, I can read the stories within some music, which I could never imagine before the accident.
Who Supports TBI Recovery Financially?
Private insurances, institutions and families are often the first payers. Many states have a TBI trust fund to help survivors learn new skills, and many TBI survivors are eligible for their state assistance. For example,
New Jersey TBI FUND
Director: Peri Nearon
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ 08625-0700
Louisiana Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund
Manager: Tonia Gedward
LDH Office of Aging and Adult Services
Tel: (225) 219-9935
New Mexico Dept of Education- Division of Vocational Rehab
Director: Lucinda Garc
435 St. Michael’s Drive, Bidg. D, Sante Fe, NM 87505
Massachusetts Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services
Director: Sandy Biber
600 Washington Street, 2nd Floor MRL, Boston, MA 02210-1616
Other states include Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, etc. You can get the information about your state and others at “A LOOK AT TBI TRUST FUND PROGRAMS.” We also support those with low income and full potential.
Nothing can ensure individuals’ dignity, dream, rights, opportunities better than their brain and health power. With the additional tools, many TBI survivors can recover beyond the 2-year plateau and pursue their freedom and opportunities again. When one TBI survivor can return to work, society can not only save $85,000 to $3 million lifetime treatment costs, a lifetime disability benefit but also have one more happy taxpayer!
What limits Traumatic Brain Injury recovery can be both tools and human beings. It is critical for people in healthcare, especially leaders, to stay open to new ideas and innovation, continue exploring different solutions, and be not afraid to learn from mistakes. Healthcare can also go from good to great and be cost-efficient.
Not many people know the medical pathway to regain their freedom, dignity and pursue their dream again. Please join us and free those with potential.
About the Author
Bin Yang is the Managing Director of Dream & Power and The Prince Synergy, a leading consulting firm that focus on building exceptional leaders, teams and healthcare and beating skyrocketing costs. For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture or appointment, please call 310-668-1828.