Much like a heart attack, a stroke represents the equivalent “brain attack”. In a stroke, oxygen to the brain gets cut off and brain cells immediately begin to die. As a result, depending on what parts of the brain are affected, patients can lose certain functional abilities. Memory, muscle control, speech, as well as vision all may be impaired. While some may recover or relearn those basic brain functions that disappeared in the stroke, many patients treated conventionally do not.
We have seen that conventional treatment for stroke patients often is not sufficiently comprehensive to be totally successful. Orthodox techniques are focused on addressing the immediate stroke symptoms rather than determining what caused the lack of oxygen to the brain in the first place. Recurrence rates in patients treated by “traditional” approaches are sadly quite high.
On the other hand, we have had wonderful success rates in working with stroke patients: upwards of 80-90% get significantly better after a customized course of treatment. The key is to address this fundamental lack of oxygenation in the brain and work toward ensuring an increased uptake of oxygen in brain cells. Looking at what caused this depletion to begin with is where treatment needs to start.
Often we find the underlying problems are due to long term metabolic changes in the body caused by nutritional deficiencies combined with toxic overload. Over many years these issues significantly decrease the quality of blood circulation. This depleted circulation then directly affects the amount of oxygen getting to the body’s cells, including the brain.
By addressing these issues and starting a treatment program to remedy metabolic imbalance, we have been able to help patients recover from the after-effects of stroke. Unfortunately, many come to us late in the game. We have seen people who could not walk, who were experiencing complete paralysis, or whose speech was severely impaired. The process we begin here is a long term one, which must be continued at home. In most cases, we have been able to help people recover and regain their ability to walk, or talk or move those parts affected by paralysis.
It is important to keep in mind that despite damage to the brain during a stroke, the brain still has reserve function left. It is our ability to stimulate this reserve function through our treatment plan that enables patients to get better. The goal of biologic medicine is to remove the underlying causes of the condition, and when it comes to stroke sufferers, especially those who come to us early on, we are able to do precisely this.