That an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure is especiallytrue for the brain. As Dr. Michael Lewis points out in this seminal book, if youdon't have sufficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, you are at greatpotential risk for future neurological problems. When such events do occur,especially with severe brain trauma, you will require very high-dose interventionsof omega-3 fatty acids to resolve the condition. When Brains Collide is anextremely valuable asset for anyone with a loved one whose life is beingcompromised by ongoing brain trauma.
Barry Sears, PhD, LeadingResearch Scientist and author of number-one New York Times best seller TheZone
Michael Lewis has taken an understanding of the newevidence of omega-3s on brain cell structures, signalling, and for the resolutionof inflammation to a new dimension of addressing serious brain trauma.
If the brain is damaged--just like damage to any building ormachine--you need the right materials for restoration. The difficulty with thebrain is twofold: First, it takes a short time for serious damage to result ininflammation, brain cell death, and scarring with permanent disability. Secondly,we do not have the right building units to offer for repair.
Michael'sapproach of fast, instant treatment, and high dose levels of omega-3s is logicaland evidence-based. Serious brain trauma cannot be dealt with by a randomisedcontrolled trial. His approach, which has demonstrated some remarkable successes,needs serious consideration, especially when trauma can otherwise lead to gravedisability.
Michael A. Crawford, PhD, FRSB, FRCPath; Faculty ofMedicine, Imperial College, London; Author of Nutrition and Evolution: Food inEvolution and the Future
The recipe for a good medical read has three main ingredients: it must be based on science, include personalexperience, and have a sprinkle of common sense. Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Lewiscompiles his decades of research and healing testimonies into a brain-health planthat works. This book gives hope to readers, especially persons suffering atraumatic brain injury, as well as a plan for how to heal.
The Omega-3Protocol in this book puts to work the most important brain-healing medicine:omega-3 fats. Along with the thousands of medical journal articles proving thehealing effects of omega-3s, Dr. Lewis's protocol partners science with commonsense. The brain is mostly comprised of fat. Yes, we are "fatheads."Omega-3 fats are the most important building blocks of brain tissue. Therefore, itmakes sense that omega-3s, in the healthful doses recommended in this book, helpan injured brain to heal.
William Sears, MD, Author, TheOmega-3 Effect and more than forty other best-sellingbooks
Prior to my son Grant's accident, I had no idea how common traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were. I also had no idea how much canbe done for them. Now that I know both of these things, I am determined to be partof the solution and to help support those who are out on the front lines making adifference. Dr. Michael Lewis is one of our big heroes in brain injury researchand one of the reasons Grant is thriving today.
I hope you will sharethis book and his fantastic blog with everyone you know. We are all touched byTBIs, and there is so much that we can do. There are so many lives and brains thatcan be saved by this information.
JJ Virgin, New York Timesbest-selling author, prominent fitness and nutrition expert, public speaker andmedia personality
In his book When BrainsCollide, Dr. Michael Lewis provides a well-tested format on how to improve theway we address prevention and treatment of all forms of traumatic brain injury.The West Point grad and retired Army Colonel is a nationally recognized authorityin the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and has developed The Omega-3Protocol for dealing with the devastating effects, at times, of the postconcussionsyndrome. His description of the neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory, andneuro-regenerative properties of essential fatty acids (fish oil!) provides thebasis for fish oil being the number-one consumed supplement in the United States.This book is concise, complete, and filled with personal success stories that canbe appreciated by all.
Joseph C. Maroon, MD, author and ClinicalProfessor Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh; Team Neurosurgeon, ThePittsburgh Steelers
I applaud Michael Lewis's groundbreaking work. It is a lifesaver that has impacted my life both personally andprofessionally as The Sneaky Chef, and as a mom on a mission committed tochildren's health.
Missy Chase Lapine, creator of the wildlysuccessful Sneaky Chef series of books, including New York Times bestseller The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids'Favorite Meals.
Dr. Lewis has revealed himself to be a great storyteller in relating a major contemporary issue of society. He clearlyhighlights the influence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as going beyond themedical implications. We now know that TBI also impacts greater health-care issuesand the well-being of patients through its potential long-term consequences, sinceit is the number-one environmental cause of dementias such as Alzheimer'sdisease.
Dr. Lewis touches upon how using omega-3 fatty acids, as partof therapeutic approaches to combat these conditions, can potentially offerbreakthroughs in slowing down or reversing the consequences of TBI. This bookbuilds upon the premise that there is a need for a better understanding of TBI sothat new, effective therapeutic approaches can be developed to defeat thiscondition.
Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD; Founder and Director,Neuroscience Center of Excellence, LSU Health NewOrleans
The use of omega-3 fatty acids for treatment of brain injury and disorders is an emerging field now with innumerable publishedstudies and medical science support. Dr. Mike Lewis has been an innovator inomega-3 use, and he details his experience and that of his patients in WhenBrains Collide. The stories and plight of his patients, as well as the journeyof discovery of a new form of dietary supplement support for the brain at a timewhen there is no comparable pharmaceutical answer, are fascinating and should spurothers to action.
Julian Bailes, MD, FACS; Chairman, Departmentof Neurosurgery and Co-Director, NorthShore Neurological Institute, Chicago;Medical Director, Center for Study of Retired Athletes, University of NorthCarolina, Chapel Hill
This book reflects the passion,energy, and dedication Dr. Michael Lewis has given to one of the most challengingquestions in medicine: how to improve recovery after injury of the brain. Thisremains an area where there is a need for much progress and therapeuticinnovation. Dr. Lewis explains the complexity of the events that follow a braininjury and highlights how the present management of this often life-changingcondition is very limited even in developed countries. The book explores in depththe potential of omega-3 fatty acids, natural compounds whose remarkableproperties have been much researched in the last decade. Dr. Lewis adopts apragmatic approach and gives examples of several case histories from his ownpractice, which support the concept that omega-3 fatty acids have significantneuro-protective and neuro-regenerative potential.
Through his BrainHealth Education and Research Institute and the present book, Dr. Lewis shows anexemplary focus of purpose to change attitudes and accept nonconventionalsolutions that benefit patients, and thus he also offers a new perspective on thespecific nutritional and metabolic support required after neurotrauma--a chapteryet to be written in modern medicine.
Brain injury is often the firststep leading to a delayed neurodegenerative process. The thoughts articulated inthis book, on the importance of safe prophylaxis and also prompt intervention,whether in a civilian or military context, should encourage much reflection on anew way of approaching the management of brain injury in the twenty-firstcentury.
Adina Michael-Titus, MSc, DSc.; Professor ofNeuroscience, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Barts and The London School ofMedicine and Dentistry
Finally, medical news everyone can use. Colonel Michael Lewis, MD, doctor to generals and policy makers, explainswith personal stories and down-to-earth language successes of omega-3 DHA inaiding recovery after traumatic brain injury. A notable book every brain shouldread.
Tom Brenna, PhD; Professor of Human Nutrition, CornellUniversity; President, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids andLipids
Dr. Michael Lewis is an omega-3 maverick. He clearly knows the potential benefits of fish oils in cases of traumatic brain injury, andreports them. If only the traditional medical community would just listen insteadof saying no!
Mark L. Gordon, MD; Interventional Endocrinologistand Director, The Millennium Health Centers, Inc.; Medical Director,Millennium-Warrior Angels Foundation TBI Project
Brain injury survivors, caregivers, and professionals will find in these pages aninnovative, safe, affordable, and practical approach to "fighting the braininjury wars," offering realistic hope against what are often intractablechallenges.
Twelve years after our teenage son suffered a severe braininjury in a car accident, we discovered Dr. Lewis's Omega-3 Protocol. Bart madedramatic gains in short-term memory, executive function, and fine motor control.After more than a decade's hiatus, once again he is right-side dominant--eating,writing, even playing guitar as a righty. There is practically no precedent forsuch recovery so long postinjury. Our family remains astounded, delighted, andever so grateful to Dr. Lewis.
Joel Goldstein, author of NoStone Unturned: A Father's Memoir of His Son's Encounter with Traumatic BrainInjury, and Executive Director of the BARTFoundation
Dr. Michael Lewis has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between military medicine and the natural wellness revolution. Hepossesses the values, skill, and leadership that our failing medical systemdesperately needs today. Learn how Dr. Lewis invented a new, safe, and effectiveway to support the body's innate healing process from traumatic brain injury,using natural remedies and noninvasive imaging. This book will give you the powerto heal, the power to change, and the confidence to know that one of America'sgreatest physicians hears you."
Stuart Tomc, VP of HumanNutrition, CV Sciences, Inc.
Dr. Lewis provides a uniquely compelling argument for omega-3 supplementation, particularly in high doses forthose who are suffering from traumatic brain injury. Importantly, this bookinspires a call to action for transformative, efficacious therapeuticinterventions to address the national concussion epidemic.
Michael E.Singer, PhD; Chief Executive Officer, BrainScope Company, Inc.; FormerPresident of Revolution Health Investments
Dr. Lewis has written a compelling book, giving new hope to those who suffer the lingeringeffects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their loved ones. When BrainsCollide skillfully combines the latest scientific research with interestingstories of those living with TBI and their experiences applying The Omega-3Protocol for concussion.
Steve Dubin, Principal, SDA VenturesLLC; Former CEO, Martek Biosciences, Inc.
Our son Bobby was in a very serious car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury and incoma for more than two months. Doctors gave us no hope of his staying alive, letalone coming out of his coma. When we heard about omega-3s and Dr. Lewis'sresearch, we decided to take on the hospital and the doctors to allow our son tohave the omega-3s ASAP. It was a very difficult battle, but they finally agreed.We strongly believe that it was the omega-3s that accelerated his recovery andshortened all our suffering.
Bobby is still taking high doses of fishoil and is a strong advocate for the omega-3s that help his depression andanxiety. He has improved from two years of wheelchair and two years of walker tonow using only a cane. We are grateful that Dr. Mike Lewis has supported us fromBobby's first days in the hospital six years ago and still to this day. That isthe kind of doctor he is. He has been available to us any day or night or weekend.He is family to us because he cares deeply for us and loves Bobby as much as welove him.
Peter Ghassemi, father of Bobby, a severe traumaticbrain injury victim featured on CNN's Sanjay Gupta, MD,show
I have been fortunate to work with Dr. Lewis and some of his patients, including Bobby, to see firsthand how high-dose fish oil can belife changing. Even with my own son, I have found comfort in knowing that he cantake fish oil preventively during football season to help nourish and protect hisbrain. Dr. Lewis has helped bring important awareness to brain health and sportconcussion that is invaluable and ahead of its time!
KeriMarshall, ND; Director, Global Lipid Science and Advocacy, Royal DSM N.V.;Former Chief Medical Officer, Nordic Naturals, Inc.
Dr. Lewis is a pioneer in the treatment and management of brain injuries with diet andlifestyle. He is a unique example of taking cutting-edge basic and animal researchand translating it into clinical practice under the most dire circumstances. I wasfirst introduced to his work when trying to help our soldiers manage the trauma ofcombat, and I have only grown to respect him more since. He has taken the theoryof saturating the brain with the nutrients it is comprised of in response toinjuries to real-life settings and has seen some stunning success stories. As moreclinical science develops in this area, I know Michael will be integral in guidingits practical use.
Adam Ismail, Executive Director, GlobalOrganization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s
Mike Lewis is a founding member of the Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee, helping to keep usat the forefront of player health and safety. Consisting of approximately 325,000young people ranging from ages five to sixteen years old, Pop Warner is thelargest youth football, cheer, and dance program in the world. When BrainsCollide is just one example of the knowledge and experience Dr. Lewis lends tous. We deeply value his input, feedback, and generosity with his time and effortson behalf of all the young scholar-athletes in Pop Warner Football andCheer.
Jon Butler, Executive Director, Pop Warner LittleScholars Football and Cheer
Dr. Mike Lewis is one of the thought-leading experts in our country on concussions and traumatic brain injuries(TBIs). We have recommended his approach and the importance of omega-3s/fish oilfor many years in our integrative pharmacy, Village Green Apothecary. His protocolhas made tremendous positive impacts in the speed of recovery for ourclients.
The impact of concussions and TBIs is at an all-time high. Ifyou, a family member, or a friend has been impacted by a concussion or a TBI, youshould start by reading Dr. Lewis's book--this is game-changinginformation!
Marc Isaacson, CEO, Village GreenApothecary/IQYou
Dr. Mike Lewis makes a very strong case that omega-3 fatty acids found in the marine environment have great potential forprotecting the brain from life-altering outcomes due to traumatic brain injury,and for aiding in its healing after such an injury. The preclinical (basicscience) evidence is strong in this regard, and more research in which omega-3sare investigated in humans for improving clinical outcomes is clearly warranted.My own research has not been in the field of omega-3 fatty acid protectivebenefits prior to or after a traumatic brain injury. However, I have shown thatthese fatty acids modulate aspirin's effects on platelet function and inflammationin humans. Since they are safe, inexpensive, and without concerning interactionswith drugs, their use should be more widespread, particularly in those whoseinformation is studied carefully after a traumatic brain injury. The brain is avery malleable organ, and let's take advantage of this!
Robert C.Block, MD, MPH, FACP, FNLA; Associate Professor of Cardiology and PublicHealth Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center
I extend my deep gratitude to Dr. Lewis and others working so hard to get thisimportant information out to the millions of people it can help. Considering howcommon traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are, there's a very good chance that oneday you or someone close to you will be touched by TBI. Please read this importantbook and share it with others. The life you save may be yourown.
Randy Hartnell, President & CEO, Vital Choice WildSeafood & Organics, VitalChoice.com