Concussion and Dementia

Join Dr. Merry for a free talk on Concussion and Dementia

Is there a link between concussion and dementia? How many concussions have you had? How many fender benders (even minor ones) have you had? Does the health history of your family make you nervous about the health of your brain?

What is neural plasticity and how can we use it to our advantage?

In our upcoming presentation, Dr. Merry Harris will share:

  • The earliest sign of dementia.
  • How to mitigate the effects of concussion to help you have a healthier brain for life!
  • A 60 second exercise that you can do to calm your brain and make new neural pathways.

When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 from noon - 2pm
Where: Vitamin Life, downtown Redmond (2 doors west of Trader Joe's) [map]

I'm doing a lecture entitled 'Concussion & Dementia' on Oct 31, 2015, from noon until 2PM at Vitamin Life in downtown Redmond.  I have studied concussion as well as treated several concussion patients with great results.  The most important thing when treating a patient with concussion or dementia is assessing the fatigueability rate of the nerve cells.  When there is much inflammation or degeneration in a brain, it is of utmost importance to be careful not to damage any more nerve cells.  A careful examination is the key to determining how weak pathways are in a brain.  See you at the lecture!  Come and be inspired.

I was treating a boy who had a concussion recently. Not only did he have Right cerebellar deficiency, but when I put my finger up to check his convergence with his eyes, he was startled. He continued to jump and be taken aback each time I moved quickly in front of his face. This is a bad sign. It usually means that there's inflammation in the upper cortex, or not enough signals to inhibit a startle response. So, after treating his brain, the startle response was gone.

I asked his mom to add some vibration on the right side of his body for homework until I saw him next. She did this and his symptoms were much improved. However, she also used vibration on his face and she said he started to 'do really poorly'. He got dizzy and nauseated and the rest of his symptoms came back! I knew this would not have created good outcome, because the signals from the face use different pathways. But to actually see it clinically was amazing. He is much better today.


Christian smilingA unique thing happened to us about 6 weeks ago. My 14 year old son went over the handlebars of his bicycle and had a concussion. I have had the opportunity to treat 3 boys with concussion within the last year. The symptoms of all 3 of these boys resolved completely within 6 weeks of treatment. However, being on the sidewalk with the medics with my own son was quite a frightening experience, and allows me to have more empathy for my clients.

A week before his accident, I examined him in the office. So, I knew exactly what his normal performance was like neurologically. After getting home from the ER, I used an optokinetic tape to watch his eye movements. His normal eye motion was down by 77%! We waited until inflammation was down (about 20 days in his case), and began treatment. I am happy to report that his neurological findings are again what they were before the accident! Thank you all for your support during this time.
Dr. Merry