Every year over 300,000 Americans incur an impact to their head—damaging vital tissues of the brain. 

And unlike the quick recovery of a bruise or a cut to a leg or arm, our brains do not have the ability to recover as quickly—and certainly not as effectively.

When we "bruise" tissue in the brain, evolution made trade-offs that prevent the brain from recovering as effectively as all other blood-engorged organs and tissues of our body.   We know these disorders like Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) common among returning war soldiers, survivors of car accidents, sports injuries to the head (from football, baseball, rugby, etc. ).  Infant children with major trauma to the brain can suffer a few years later as they approach elementary school with stunted physical growth of their bodies, and regressed development of their intelligence.

The healing properties of our skin and muscles are extraordinary.  Within about 30 days any damage to most areas of the body are in full recovery and regenerating.  Not true of our brains.  Our brains are encased in a fortress of bone—that was nature's way of giving our brain protection, while not having to complicate the design with regenerative properties like our skin.  

By not evolving regenerative and recovery functions for the brain, nature was able to accelerate our evolution of intelligence, memory,  language.  The skull acts as a hard defense shield against common daily injuries.  When we contrast the "hard skull" defense of our brain to our "easily cut skin" we begin to understand the trade-off.  That trade-off is the key to understanding why our fast-paced society is suffering a large number of brain dysfunctions today.  Brain traumas are the central focus of many dozens of research labs, medical communities, and brain trauma survivors.

The brain is comprised of over 20 specialized regions of organelles.   When our head is given a blunt impact against a wall, floor, or asphalt freeway, these organelles can "liquify" and the tissue becomes damaged.  Within weeks, these areas of the brain slightly harden, change color, and never improve.  The consequence can begin to affect their life within weeks or lay dormant for decades. 

Two of these brain organelles are the hippocampus and pituitary glands.  They serve as the vital "masters" of our endocrine system, governing every aspect of our growth, metabolic rate, libido, interest in living, our sense of meaning, the health of our organs, skeleton, muscles, skin, teeth, hair and nails.  When our brain is injured, these endocrine glands are often injured.  The effect is the production of fewer hormones in our body.  Several hundred different conditions can occur as a result of underproduction of hormones.

Today a simple comprehensive hormone test, AdvancedPlus from Canary Club,  can help your practitioner determine if your symptoms are the result of an old war injury, a motorcycle accident, or adolescent tackle football. The hormone test kit is delivered to your home, you send your saliva and finger-prick blood-spot kit to the lab and the results are privately emailed to you within 3-5 business days.

Brain injuries occur for tens of thousands of soldiers from wars caught in sudden exploding grenades, land mines.  Are your hormones still at war, struggling to survive years later because of a trauma to your brain?

-by James Dickson