Neurology

The 6 Concussion Essentials Your First Aid Kit is Missing



Almost everybody has a first aid kit for
life’s little emergencies—the scraped knees, sprained ankles, or painful insect
stings that happen when you least expect it. Most of them contain the typical
bandages, gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, and
tweezers. But do you have anything in your first aid kit to deal with
concussions or other head injuries? And would you even know what to put in it? And
what about school sports teams? Isn’t it time they stock their first aid kits
with the must-have items that can accelerate the healing process after a
concussion?

The Emergency Kit Every Family and Sports Team
Should Have

I’m a psychiatrist who has seen far too many patients with long-lasting symptoms—including “psychiatric” symptoms like anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, anger, substance abuse, dementia, and suicidal thoughts—related to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). I’m shocked that we’re all so well-prepared to take care of minor cuts, burns, and bruises, but we’re so ill-prepared to minimize the damage from injury to our greatest asset—the human brain.

Because I understand how devastating
and life-changing head trauma can be, I always carry a TBI first aid kit with
me on hikes and bike rides or keep one stashed in my car just in case. My goal
isn’t to replace 911 or emergency medical care, but rather to do immediate
preventative care while waiting for trained EMTs to arrive.

I recommend that you keep a concussion
first aid kit on hand, and I urge every school sports team (including
cheerleading and dance squads) and every professional sports team to make it
standard practice to have one.

I’m providing a handy chart below
to help you know what to include in the kit. And if you’re wondering if it’s a
hassle carrying such a kit on a hike or bike ride, let me put you at ease. This
TBI first aid kit is designed to be portable and to do the most good for your
brain in the shortest amount of time.

The 6
Essentials of a Concussion First Aid Kit

Your TBI emergency kit should
include 6 important nutrients that accelerate the healing process and increase
the likelihood of recovery if the head is rattled or injured. They include
potent antioxidants and other nutrients that aid with brain protection and cell
repair that will ameliorate some of the cell death and inflammation that starts
almost immediately following a concussion.

Here is what you should include in
your kit, along with basic information about timing and dosage. Make a copy of the
following list and keep it in your kit at all times so you don’t have to have
to try to recall all the information from memory during an emergency.  

Remember,
this first aid kit does not in any way take the place of emergency medical
care.

TBI First
Aid Kit

8 NAC (500
mg/cap)
—Recommended dosage is 50mg for every kilogram of body weight—this
dosage is based on a 175lb person

2 curcumin
(500 mg/cap)

2 vitamin
C (1000mg/cap)

2 vitamin
D (5000mg/cap)

1 TBSP MCT
oil powder or 6 caps

1 TBSP
flavored branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) powder

Place all the supplements—NAC,
curcumin, vitamin C, and vitamin D—in a small sealed baggie or an empty vitamin
bottle. In a separate sealed baggie, measure out 1 tablespoon of the MCT oil
powder (or 6 caps) and 1 tablespoon of flavored BCAA powder. Some companies
make premixed MCT oil/BCAA powder in convenient packets.

In case of a head injury, take
everything in the kit immediately, ideally within 1-3 hours, but no later than
24 hours after the injury. Be sure to mix the MCT oil powder and BCAA powder
into 8-10 ounces of water. The kit relies on the injured party’s ability to
swallow supplements, which can be problematic for young children, but even kids
can take the MCT and BCAA powders when mixed with water.

The idea is to use these ingredients in addition to getting a thorough check-up to make sure that nothing serious, such as a brain bleed or skull fracture, has occurred. Remember, loss of consciousness is not required for a serious injury to the brain. Taking immediate action with a TBI first aid kit may help you avoid a future of debilitating fatigue, depression, anger, and a higher risk of dementia.

At-Home
Follow-Up Care

In addition to the emergency kit, you should also have a home TBI first aid kit that includes an adequate supply of supplements to take for at least one week. In my book, Concussion Rescue, I share which supplements to include and the recommended dosages for your at-home kit.

In Concussion Rescue, author Dr. Kabran Chapek shares many of the protocols he uses with TBI patients at Amen Clinics. Order your copy here.

If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms that may be related to a concussion or TBI, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your brain needs for healing and supplements can be an important part of an effective treatment plan. If you want to join the thousands of people who have already healed from TBIs with the Amen Clinics Concussion Rescue Program, speak to a specialist today at 888-288-9834. If all our specialists are busy helping others, you can also schedule a time to talk.

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