A study published this February showed an increase in addictive behaviors in those who suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While the study showed a link between TBIs and alcohol or nicotine dependance, one must also consider the effects a brain injury may have on our addictive behaviors around other things, like food. Might a past head injury or brain trauma influence our cravings and addictive-like behaviors around certain foods and contribute to weight gain? Might alcohol and cigarette addiction best be treated by treating the brain first?
The study looked at head injuries from motor vehicle accidents or falls. A “mild TBI” was defined as one with transient confusion or disorientation, memory loss, or brief loss of consciousness. Interestingly, the increase in use or dependance of substances occurred the most in the 30 days following the brain injurry.
Every year in America, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur. Children aged 0 to 4 years, teens aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI. Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
We treat many patients with both known and suspected head injuries at ITH using neurofeedback. Ask about the great results we are seeing in this arena!
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Internet research led me to Dr. Christie Winkelman, hoping to get off the asthma medication I had been on for 35 years ~ I wanted to give my body a rest from the ongoing medications. I have been free of the daily asthma medications for almost two years and can count on one hand the occasions I have needed an emergency inhaler over the past 14 months. Dr. Winkelman’s gentle and thorough approach to health has not only greatly improved my breathing, but has also helped me lose 50 pounds, improve my blood chemistry, and I am virtually free from arthritis pain and stiffness. I am working with Dr. Gil Winkelman and neurofeedback to regulate my blood pressure.I continue to make life-style improvements and have greatly benefited from both of the Dr. Winkelman’s holistic approach to patient care: their ongoing support of me as a person and their continual encouragement is helping me meet challenges and accomplish personal goals.D.S., 63 year old female, Portland, OR
Most of my life I have spent visiting doctors and nurses who were members of the American Medical Association. While many of them were good people, some of their methodologies perplexed and even disturbed me. One year ago I injured myself in a dance class. It was enough to stop me from dancing, from doing pilates and most of the physical activity I loved. A short recuperation and I injured myself again. I also started to feel ill. Not a big “you are sick” kind of feeling, but one that my body was telling me things were not right. This went on for some weeks with this mystery illness affecting everything in my life, my state of mind, my eating patterns, my weight, my ability to handle my job.I was scared, concerned, and confused.My search for a doctor led me to Insights to Health with the help of a very good friend of mine. She recommended Dr. Brooke Huffman to me.Since seeing Dr. Brooke my entire life has changed. I am healthy, happy, and on a wonderful road of wellness and well being. To say I was skeptical and uneasy is an understatement at my first visit to a naturopathic physician, but I can say the staff and my doctor put all that uneasiness to rest. Dr. Brooke took time to get to know me, and what was going on in my life.She set me on a path of eating and living for health.I would, with every fiber of my being recommend this naturopathic clinic to everyone seeking a healthy, sustainable life.B.G., 55 year old female, Portland, OR
I have been receiving Neurofeedback for a few months and am loving the results. I feel more creative, smarter and more organized. I am reading faster and with greater comprehension. Overall, I feel sharper and more on top of my game. Most of all, I am grateful. Thanks, Dr. Gil. I feel extremely confident referring people to you for help, especially those with minor or major brain injuries.M.M., 52 year old female, Portland, OR
Dr. Brooke has provided excellent naturopathic care for our children. She has been able to look broadly at an illness to figure out how serious it is and to treat it in a way that addresses the cause, even when that cause is not so obvious. She relates with them in a respectful, relaxed way that puts them at ease. They are healthier for her care and we sure appreciate that!C.G., 40 year old female, Portland, OR
I finally became tired of thinking about losing the weight I’d gained after my children were born. I was ready to act! Dr. Christie Winkelman guided me through her supportive, effective program, and I can’t thank her enough. I lost 20 pounds in one month and have kept it off for a year and a half, thanks to my new healthy habits and knowledge of my body. Dr. Winkelman also taught me how some of my other health issues –such as low energy and hormonal imbalances–were related to my weight gain and we are addressing those as well. I feel great and am so proud to have reached this long term goal!C.T., 40 year old female, Portland, OR
After suffering a lifetime of chronic allergies and having exhausted all of the conventional routes, I turned to Dr. Christie Winkelman, at Insights to Health, in the fall of 2009.Dr. Winkelman was very generous with her time and attention to me and soon got me on a course of action that involved many different modalities such as dietary modification, homeopathy, supplements and self-care treatments.I was amazed at how fast I responded to the treatment. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. I thought that going the “natural route” would be long, arduous, self-sacrificing and that I would have to be very patient before I would notice a change. Within the first month, so many my symptoms were resolved and through this process over the next couple of months, I had nothing short of a total revelation about my health and how everything is interrelated. Now that I feel the way I do now (with abundant energy, no crippling fatigue and lethargy, and no more constant coughing over post-nasal drip) I can’t believe that I spent so much of my life in such poor health. I am completely transformed. Most importantly, I have been doing great this spring – with hardly any allergy symptoms.Insights to Health lives up to its name. This has been a very enlightening journey for me as I have finally gotten to the root of my health problems under Dr. Winkelman’s care. I feel that my time and energy has been very well spent coming to Dr. Winkelman. She has provided me with so much education…
Our experience at Insights to Health has been nothing short of life changing. I was referred to Dr. Gil Winkelman by a friend when I started having some major health problems in the fall of 2011. I had started having panic attacks and knew something was very wrong in my body- as this was not the typical anxiety I had previously experienced. Like many other women in my situation, I had seen my primary care provider, only to be told it was postpartum anxiety and that I needed to be put on medication. I didn’t like the brush off, and felt strongly that something was physically out of place, so I pursued Insights to Health and have never been the same. There are many things I love about the treatment offered, but what I most appreciate is how both Dr. Gil and Dr. Christie look at the entire person- mind, body, and spirit- and treat all of those components. When I first started treatment, I was a complete mess. I was grieving the death of my father, dealing with abuse from my childhood, the stress of my husband’s unemployment, as well as the birth of a new baby all in a very short period of time. Dr. Gil patiently and very carefully treated one thing at a time, layer by layer. Dr. Gil discovered a brain injury that was contributing to my hormone imbalance and anxiety issues. We immediately started neurofeedback in addition to homeopathic medicine and additional counseling. I could tell immediately that neurofeedback was helping- my memory improved significantly, I was no …
Dr. Brooke’s compassionate and all-inclusive approach to curbing my smoking addiction made the process far easier than I could have possibly anticipated. It was important to me to pursue a method that was natural as well as safe and effective, and the lobelia extract tincture which she provided as part of my regimen was instrumental in keeping the cravings to an absolute minimum. This therapy, in addition to the supplements she had prescribed (combined with her non-judgmental support), convinced me very early on that I had made the right choice in consulting Dr. Brooke with this decision.
I sought out care from Dr. Noska for pain in my shoulder from a rotator cuff injury. Months of physical therapy had not been helping markedly, but after just one session of cold laser, my pain (which was limiting my activities and interrupting my life enjoyment substantially) was reduced 90% and my mobility was greatly increased! After 3 sessions I am closer to 100% healed. I cannot believe this incredible technology and am telling everyone I know with pain of any type to visit Dr. Noska and Insights to Health. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
After only three sessions of neurofeedback with Dr. Gil Winkelman, I am noticing a definite improvement in my concentration, focus, and ability to do many complex tasks without being overwhelmed. I feel as though I am finally coming out of a longstanding fog! In addition to having a gentle and kind bedside manner, Dr. Winkelman is very skilled and knowledgeable both about neurofeedback and medicine in general. He has also recommended natural medicines that have improved my overall health and well-being, and I look forward to further improving and maintaining my health with his holistic approach even after my neurofeedback sessions are over. I couldn’t be more pleased. C.S., 39 year old female, Portland, OR