Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

I love my work – I get to mastermind with and coach world class doctors and thought leaders, and every week I look forward to the time I get to invest with Dr. Tom Salmon of Red Bank, New Jersey. Dr. Salmon is a healer’s healer, a master chiropractor, integrating concepts of nutrition, homeopathy, quantum neurology and more — he delivers a never-ending stream of creative ideas, interesting and relevant perspectives, and practical applications of advanced clinical practice.

Tom recently sent me an article from National Geographic, not known as a bastion of progressive neurophysiology, which raised the question, “How does COVID-19 affect the brain?”

Tom commented, “I’ve been thinking about what new and returning patients will look like in the next 1-3 years. I’m awaiting new weird autoimmune patterns and odd prion-like conditions. While I’m expecting long covid syndrome and vaccinosis, this article has caused me to think again — who better to handle these cases but us! Chiropractic, nutrition, laser, homeopathy, functional neuro and med, it’s almost custom made for us.” (Don’t worry, I had to look up prion diseases too — they occur when misfolded proteins pass the genetic variants on within the typical protein biosynthesis, leading to neurodevelopmental issues, likely a concern with COVID and the vaccine – I told you, he’s on it.)

The NatGeo article paints an especially dismal picture of the sequelae to even the mildest COVID-19 infection. They quote the National Institute of Health statistic that up to 30% of COVID-19 patients will suffer some kind of neurological or psychiatric symptoms, often lasting months or longer. Oddly, many of these patients had mild or no COVID symptoms, yet ended up with these awful maladies.

Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is studying who is vulnerable, why and what to do about it. Brain fog and short-term memory loss often linger as much as eighteen months (so far.) They call it post-viral dysautonomia, a neuro-malfunction that may cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and fast breathing when rising from sitting or lying down.

Before the pandemic, cognitive neuroscientist Adam Hampshire at the Imperial College London assembled the “Great British Intelligence Test, “ a survey intended to assess cognitive ability, planning and reasoning skills, attention span and memory, given certain environmental factors.

81,000 people took the test in 2020, and 13,000 of them reported COVID-19 infections varying from mild to severe. The relative cognitive decline was measurable in those patients, worse among those who were hospitalized or on ventilators, but many showed compromised reasoning, problem solving and spatial planning, consistent with as much as ten years of aging.

Researchers didn’t see coronavirus present in the brain tissues, but rather suggest an autoimmune mechanism causing brain inflammation, or hindered blood flow depriving the brain of oxygen.

With millions potentially brain-injured by COVID, and the MDs fighting other battles, we could follow Tom’s lead – it is up to us to think outside the box and develop protocols for helping these patients.

As Dr. Salmon indicates, chiropractic care, cranial adjusting, nutrition and homeopathy, functional medicine and neurology are only a few of the approaches we utilize that Organized Health has little awareness of or use for. While I wish they would embrace some of these natural strategies, they are so wrapped up in the vaccine that even other medical tactics are being disparaged – it’s going to fall to us to lead the charge and discover how to help our neighbors avoid or heal COVID brain.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global

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