According to the CDC there are over 2.1 million cases of non-combatant Traumatic Brain Injury a year. Of that number 63,000 individuals die on the spot, 360,000 end up in a hospital and nearly 1.5 million deal with the injury at home never knowing that there is a potential time-bomb ticking inside them.
Common to all degrees of head trauma (and body traumas) is the unforeseen development of hormone deficiencies – the stealth syndrome. This is caused by interruption of the control mechanism found within the hypothalamus and initiated by physical damage and then exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress. The disruption of the hypothalamic-pituitary regulation of hormones found throughout our body – growth hormone, insulin, thyroid, testosterone, estrogens, progesterone, pregnenolone, and cortisol becomes the setting for psychological and physical illnesses and diseases.
Traumatic Brain Injury is now being recognized as a causative factor for hormonal deficiencies that can present with:
Studies have shown us that the use of conventional medications (antidepressants, antianxiety, anti-seizure, and antipsychotic) do not improve upon the underlying cause creating the symptoms associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (Post-Concussion Syndrome) because they do nothing to increase the missing hormones. Psychotherapy does nothing to increase deficient hormones; it only encourages you to accept a poor quality of life and to move on.
This does not have to be your story since Dr. Mark L. Gordon of the Millennium-TBI Project has worked over the years with Access Medical Laboratories to develop a comprehensive laboratory panel that can tell us if there has been disruption of hormone production in your body. Then the next step is replacement of those deficiencies.