Recovery Tools For Veterans & Families
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- Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day. Simply drugging our troops is not the solution.
~ Dr. Bart Billings – CBJ/031
- It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
- You know what, I had to switch – now combat doesn’t matter anymore.
~ Jocko Willink, Ex-Seal Officer in Charge of Training – West Coast Teams [YouTube @ min. 3:33]
Start Here With This Jocko Reframe
Check Your Attitude – Combat Training Prepared You For New Realities
First of all, profound thanks to every veteran for stepping into harm’s way, from direct combat to remote support, for your courageous steps into unknown territories – up and on it to protect our freedoms, our country, and our values. Thank you.
This intro video from Jocko sets the tone for our many brain and trauma experts here at CBJ. They will help vets, you and also your home teams, to reframe your options – no matter how bad it is for you at this moment – to turn your life around. His Leadership/Recovery Perspective book is essential reading to move forward, and available at this Global Link: Extreme Ownership. For more interesting remarks by Jocko with Tim Ferriss, you will love this excellent interview: The Tim Ferriss Podcast – Jocko Willink
Good – Notes On Jocko’s Encouraging Remarks
While at sea in the denial, anger, and confusion of past trauma no one needs what appears at first as an admonition, a counterproductive, ubiquitous “Man up” remark. I included Jocko’s perspective because I hear this “Good” remark as an attempt to tell those who experience difficulties in life, as we all do to varying degrees, how to begin to reframe what has happened constructively for the rest of your life.
Why this Vets page?
Put quite simply: Vets too frequently go misunderstood, neglected, and alone on many levels. Bookmark and regularly refer back to the experts on this page.
Recovery is an ongoing reframing process that drives down to the bones of all of us as we tackle next steps in each of our personal changes. It’s the stuckness in past negatives that eats at and can kill us with a limited vision for our futures. Searching, right from the start of a recovery, for the good lesson, the new map, the different self, the improved self – sheds new light, a fresh place to look for constructive answers. “Good” is the first step into transcendence, beyond the reality of your limited view of what has happened.
It takes different courage to find that Good. With this page, I’ll continue to offer you good science, evolved encouragement and informed ongoing wellness.
You’re Here Because You Were There, And You’re Looking For Answers
I don’t claim to have all the answers here, but you can find some serious can-dos from these profoundly experienced guests. They’re sharp, quick, and all of them have direct experience with many of your challenges in an uncertain world.
Yes, vets do need – and can benefit from – improved, more expert, resources with improved maps. Interviews with these outstanding professionals and researchers bring new hope with upgraded insights for both vets and their families. Every one of these CBJ Episodes adds new, useful assessment tools and actionable treatment strategies for so many who find themselves hopeless, lost deep in the woods, alone with no maps and no compass.
Re-engage: Not Just For Vets
Sit down with your support system, your colleagues, and your loved ones – listen up and take action. These seasoned brain & recovery experts bring specific reclamation details for vets, you and your family, your home team, right there to your reality, wherever you are.
Your mind and body live, at this moment, in unfamiliar territories. As a vet, you experienced different, unusual, personal realities. Your return to ‘ordinary life’ presents new perceptions and a process with additional, different challenges. In a way, it’s a different form of combat with self-reliance still out front. The reality is that ordinary life is also loaded with surprises.
For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be:
What is once well done is done forever.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Get After Your Self Here
43 Episodes: Tools For Vets – CoreBrain Journal Experts – Regularly Updated
008 PTS/PTSD/TBI Recovery http://corebrainjournal.com/008 – Heidi Siefkas suffered three traumas, head injury, divorce and the loss of an excellent job when she suffered a surprise brain injury in her backyard. Perspective and purpose can change your life – it did hers. Attitude matters.
012 Concussion/TBI Acupuncture Treatment http://corebrainjournal.com/012 – Dr. Joanny Liu discusses her experience as a practitioner working with brain injury through acupuncture and deeper understandings. It’s different and sounds edgy, but surprisingly inclusive and efficient. It’s a tool that works.
018 Neurocranial Restructuring for the Cranial Vault http://corebrainjournal.com/018 – Dr. Dean Howell reports on a variety of issues from migraines and TBI to, get this, fixing a celebrity’s facial structure – how he works to correct cranial/skull challenges. Sounds strange but he will tell you the details. He moves the skull itself – and can also move your face around as well – constructively.
022 Depression & Suicide Survival http://corebrainjournal.com/022 – Nancy Virden makes it her job to provide why, how and what to do to move forward with any life arrested by suicidal thinking and attempts. Her energy is contagious, her insights utilitarian. Here she shares with us the remarkable details of her turn-around. We’re glad she came back.
025 Methylation Imbalances http://corebrainjournal.com/025 – Dr. Bill Walsh – These methylation insights at first, appear so unfamiliar they sound like snake oil. But after personally reviewing more than 3 million biomedical test results, after presentations and warm receptions from places such as the American Psychiatric Association, he’s a recognized global expert. From his direct experience with serial murderers, psychotics, and “personality disorders” with brain injury and PTSD Dr. Walsh explains in this episode how measuring cost-effective molecular details can improve the treatment plan, even with failed treatment using psych meds. This CBJ/025 – Republished with more notes at CBJ/115 – is the most frequently downloaded Episode here at CBJ. His Entire Series of 4 Episodes – A Priority Listen.
029 Yoga, Stress, Destress and Veterans http://corebrainjournal.com/029 – Pamela Stokes-Eggleston is an experienced yoga master and a military wife who, among others, worked with her husband, a vet who returned seriously injured. She reports recovery to us from the actual, verifiable inside data, directly from home life and the vets she mentors on many levels.
031 Combat Stress http://corebrainjournal.com/031 – Dr. Bart Billings is one of the foremost thought leaders in the world regarding the proper management, medical treatment and, most importantly, accurate evaluations for returning vets. He pulls no punches and speaks from extensive line experience. His details offer much hope and essential maps for improvements in the current system that too often overlooks biomedical complexity. This guy has been there and done that. He runs the largest conference in the world on Combat Stress [see his show notes]. Mandatory.
034 Copper & Kryptopyrrole http://corebrainjournal.com/034 – Dr. Bill Walsh describes in useful detail how easy, cost-effective measurement and correction of unbalanced copper and kryptopyrrole levels caused by combat stress can significantly add to depression, even psychosis, and fans the flames of substance abuse – because psych meds don’t touch these measurable challenges. PTSD and TBI are both often associated with these biomedical findings – both of these often present as elevated., measurable and correctable. Accurate measures must become a part of every stress-recovery. Must Listen
046 Music & TBI/PTS Recovery http://corebrainjournal.com/046 – Alex Doman is one of the most advanced investigators with a recovery application that at first may sound flaky, but when you listen to Alex’s interesting insights, your lights will go on. Music heals. He designs recovery programs for vets that address biomedical complexity beyond medications.
048 Chronic Pain Recovery http://corebrainjournal.com/048 – Dr. Daniel Twogood addresses vital inflammatory contributions to treatment failure for use in your home, with fewer, even no meds. Measure for sensitivities and correct those variables with a different, more data-driven, evidence-based approach. This episode may sound a bit edgy, but this information is where everyone is going with physical trauma and chronic pain.
062 Audio Visual Entrainment http://corebrainjournal.com/062 – David Siever discusses a most unusual combination of light and sound applications called audio-visual entrainment for brain balance and recovery from stress, anxiety, brain injury, and PTSD. Dave’s research and experience with AVE bring cost-effective tools home for remarkably fast improvements.
063 Neuromodulated Sound http://corebrainjournal.com/063 – Dr. George Lindenfeld shares his mission, his passion, his drive to provide this exceedingly practical tool for vets stuck in treatment failure even after years of disappointment and hopelessness. Sounds, when dialed into targeted neuronal networks, now improve the recovery process.
064 Emotional Freedom Technique http://corebrainjournal.com/064 – Kai Ashley shares her experience of recovery from years of childhood trauma and later physical maladies. EFT does sound edgy, but links in this episode document work at Walter Reed, Harvard, and international research. Another benefit, EFT can work virtually, without travel.
070 Physical Disability Recovery http://corebrainjournal.com/070 – Dr. Richard Tscherne reports on his personal experience with physical disabilities from a lifetime in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy. His encouraging perspective brings hope and the usefulness of following a specific plan to recovery from severe physical limitations.
077 Addiction Recovery Evolves http://corebrainjournal.com/077 – Dr. Anthony Mele discusses the evolution of addiction recovery and treatment initiatives. His critical point: how you think will contribute to your recovery. Just repeating mantras doesn’t compare with biological assessment and a deeper understanding of the complexity of the mind-treatment process. Recovery evolves.
083 Chronic Pain | Kinesiology http://corebrainjournal.com/083 – Dr. Mike Greenberg reports specifics regarding how to identify and use practical, physical/body markers, for both past and present treatment impediments, through a process considered woo-woo by many. A significant additional value: no opiates – and he reports examples of how it works for chronic pain and world-class athletes.
087 Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation – http://corebrainjournal.com/087 – Chip Fisher, CEO discusses research and the evolution of this FDA-cleared, cost-effective, home use tool [Fisher-Wallace Stimulator] to address a multiplicity of issues from insomnia, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, TBI/PTS challenges, and addiction recovery problems from alcohol to opiates. Safe. Interesting. Must Listen.
095 Trauma Resilience & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/095 – Dr. Monica Powers shares the details of how underlying resilience can become a useful part of any recovery program. Resilience arises from a variety of systems – from community support to fundamental changes in attitudes about change in life’s big picture. One tool: from Victim to Survivor.
099 First Responders Trauma, Reality & Return – http://corebrainjournal.com/099 – Melven Mathias a first responder, team leader, and retired FEMA Disaster Safety Officer reports on Oklahoma, Katrina, and the 9-11 Pentagon attack with experience of contact trauma and the Do-It-and-Return-Grid they learned in Oklahoma. The plan: Pre, During, and Decompress – dealing with feeling, thinking, recovery.
111 Adrenal Fatigue & Exhaustion – http://corebrainjournal.com/111 – Joel Hensley is a wellness coach with personal adrenal fatigue challenges, and he didn’t come back from combat. No matter what the medical skeptics tell you, chronic fatigue is manageable if you simply use FDA approved basic measurements – often not provided by your local medical lab. Our CBJ recovery theme is indispensable: measure for targets before you start shooting. What a radical idea!
114 Hemingway’s Brain – http://corebrainjournal.com/114 – Dr. Andy Farah is a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and brain injury expert who details in this 1 hour special how CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, chronic medical conditions, alcohol abuse and ECT treatments at the Mayo Clinic significantly contributed to Hem’s loss of hope. You will feel like you were there with all three of us in Paris and Ketchum. Must listen.
116 Suicide, Brain Injury & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/116 – Debbie Hampton is an author and a survivor who tells us in detail how she made it out of her woods. You can hear in her voice she still has problems, even with speaking, yet nevertheless joins us to talk about HBOT, Neurofeedback and her particular recovery tools. She brings hope right to your doorstep.
118 Neuropsychology Maps Minds – http://corebrainjournal.com/118 – Dr. Michelle Braun brings home the details on why neuropsychological testing forms such an essential foundation for brain recovery over time. With neuropsych testing, and retesting if indicated, the specifics of brain imbalances come dramatically into focus. If you don’t look, you can’t see. Essential for brain injury recovery.
122 Kortex Virtual Reality – http://corebrainjournal.com/122 – Kelly Roman is a partner with Chip Wallace at Fisher-Wallace where they also provide the Fisher Wallace brain stimulation device reported at CBJ/087. This VR tool provides many different advantages, not the least of which is decreased stigma, gaming mastery, and healing – all in one. Must Listen.
123 Target Neuroplasticity – http://corebrainjournal.com/123 – John Kennedy discusses how he uses his remarkable program for brain training even before combat, as well as after – with benefits for any trainee at multiple levels. From Navy SEALS to inner-city youth he tell us how Applied neuroplasticity training works from PTSD to TBI, to corporate stress resolution. Very interesting. Must Listen.
127 Brain Recovery Resource Group – http://corebrainjournal.com/127 – Jim Bono bounced hard into a Tennesse field when his motorcycle left the road. In a similar way, Jim left conventional brick and mortar brain injury services to start an international, virtual nonprofit support group anyone with ABI, Acquired Brain Injury, from IED experience to stroke. His global service mission is compelling and helpful at many levels and strongly recommended. Must listen.
130 NuBrix A Recovery Mind Game – http://corebrainjournal.com/130 – Ron Bittner created an interesting mind game that takes gaming into the deeper recovery landscape of brain and executive function – as well as effectively connecting with caregivers. Nubrix is a mind development tool that is at once fun and also shows hard evidence that it can evolve brain function – for all players, even kids.
139 Bioengineering Body & Mind – http://corebrainjournal.com/139 – Adam Piore – author of The Body Builders: Inside the Science of The Engineered Human – chronicles the ways new technology has retooled our physical expectations and mental processes. Piore visits people who have regrown parts of their fingers and legs in the wake of terrible traumas, and details marked improvements in prosthetics.
150 De-Escalate Anger with Wisdom and Mindset– http://corebrainjournal.com/150 – Dr. Doug Noll – Doug’s informed vision about conflict resolution from years of mediation and boundary discrimination as a lawyer/mediator/educator who successfully consults in maximum security prisons with murderers brings deep neuroscience understandings to street conflict for informed self-management. Do not miss these extraordinary insights – Mandatory.
158 Kinesiology: Mind, Somatic Recovery & Pain – http://corebrainjournal.com/158 – Dr. Chris Weaver is an experienced practitioner who describes helpful details about the communication systems between mind and body that frequently can lead to more comprehensive answers. It’s not just what the mind does to the body, but what the body can tell us about the mind.
162 Brain Nutrition For Brain Injury & CTE – http://corebrainjournal.com/162 – Dr. John DeWitt details how brain injury can respond to nutritional treatments and indeed how brain injury can be clinically improved with acute TBI or with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. His interesting perspective arises from his experience as a professional football player before he became a medical practitioner.
163 Advanced Brain Regeneration – http://corebrainjournal.com/163 – Dr. David Steenblock discussed the most advanced medical details for brain regeneration from HBOT to specific IV infusions with measured specific supplements and nootropics for proven, researched, state of the art outcomes. Must Listen.
166 EMDR for PTSD – An Essential Recovery Tool – http://corebrainjournal.com/166 – Farnsworth Lobenstine adds the practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to your toolbox. It sounds at first quite odd, but the research is there and he’s an expert trainer with the International Society for EMDR. Strongly recommended & more links on the page. See the ART work next to further amplify on similar, evolved next steps.
171 Brain Injury: Prevention and Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/171 – Micheal Lewis, MD a West Point grad with years of frontline experience for brain injury and prevention using very specific treatment plans that have proven effective not only for veterans but for kids with concussive football injuries. Dr. Lewis is invited back for another important interview on easily available testing for brain injury more accurate than an MRI. Start here, then listen up for his next interview with even more details.
201 ART – Accelerated Resolution Therapy – http://corebrainjournal.com/201 – Dr. Kevin Kip reports dramatic, rapid improvements with ART for PTSD, Combat Stress, and other forms of injuries from TBI & CTE to sexual violations and childhood trauma. This conversation with Dr. Kip provides considerable hope for any of you out there suffering from Treatment Failure and hoping for a new treatment with documented promise. Also, stay tuned for The Executive Director of ART International, Kelly Breeding who we’ll publish on March 22, ’28 at CBJ/205 Sign up and we’ll notify you by email when it’s published. Must Listen.
205 ART – Accelerated Resolution Therapy – http://corebrainjournal.com/205 – Kelly Breeding, Executive Director of Art Therapy International, describes in detail their comprehensive resources, ways to connect with both ART training and counseling at multiple localities. We asked Kelly to provide additional street value insights for this exceedingly important work for any with PTSD issues at any level. She’s very interesting. Must listen.
224 Concussion Blood Test & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/224 – Dr. Michael Lewis returns [CBJ/171] to discuss his front line medical experience with new, FDA approved tests for concussion diagnosis that prove more effective than MRIs. In addition, he reviews his extensive experience with useful nutritional supplements for brain injury – including cognitive impairment.
228 Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Stress – http://corebrainjournal.com/228 – Kyle Davies provides helpful insights on crippling physical maladies that directly derive from stress, and describes how to handle that recovery beyond medications. Generalized somatic pain and flagging energy often arise from unresolved mind stuckness.
250 Brain Injury and Medical CBD Treatments – http://corebrainjournal.com/250 – Dr. Michael Lewis returns to add an additional experience to his front line medical experience with hundreds of individuals with TBI & CTE following their tours to the front. He’s been there and pulls no punches with new insights for CBD oil.
251 Veteran Return & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/251 – Duane France discusses a theme covered by many on this page regarding his front-line views as both a therapist and veteran, understanding the psychology of self, family, and personal challenges associated with re-entry into this different life of increased predictability with markedly different expectations.
270 Mulitple CBD Experts on CBD Oil & Recovery – http://corebrainjournal.com/270 – Thie is a reference page to bring all of our CBD-CBD Experts together for serial listening and increased, non-medical options that do make a difference – all with peer-reviewed references. As a board-certified addiction medicine professional I was at first against CBD Oil, but now see profound benefits as documented here.
290 Nootropics For PTSD – http://corebrainjournal.com/290 – David Tomen, an expert on brain supplements [nootropics], tells us how to heal the chronic debilitating effects of PTSD in details with exactly which supplements to use, and on these show notes I include video explanations on each of the supplements as you evolve your self-care with informed recovery. References – Must Listen.
292 – Immunity, PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis – http://corebrainjournal.com/292 – Rickert-Hong et al. – This interesting interview, the book Brain Under Attack and below in the shoe notes with her colleague Capanna-Hodge on these several conditions treated with neurofeedback, set the stages for understanding, cause, effect, and solution strategies. Brain inflammation is a serious contribution to most of the interviews for Vets on this page.
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