Autoimmune Reactions After Brain Injury

Posted on July 26, 2022

Autoimmune reactions after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can begin within hours if the blood-brain barrier and gut-brain axis are compromised. For traumatic brain injury patients, the future of medicine is fast changing.

Current research and studies spanning past five to ten years surrounding the autoimmune-antibody connection to traumatic brain injuries indicate that the body's immune system degenerates post-injury. 

Studies continue to link traumatic brain injury and the possibility of autoimmune disease. Yet, even with extraordinary medical advancements in our society, conversations between patients and many health professionals are still elusive on brain injury health outcomes.  

Delay in medical research and a lack of knowledge, awareness, and training for traumatic brain injuries among healthcare academic programs still plague our global health system daily. In recent years, progress shows a better understanding of brain injury health conditions that are gradually becoming known.

Knowledgeable patients can care for their health during the early stages of trauma while working with the right medical team. Even though not all brain injury research is bleak, learning to recognize and manage the possibility of TBI-triggered health conditions is crucial for speeding up the recovery process.  

There are numerous underlying causes of autoimmune reactions after a traumatic brain injury. Delaying neuroinflammation, reducing stress, and changing our diet, are a few critical changes that functional medical physicians often discuss with their patients.

As advances in medical studies occur, many physicians leading the way in functional health are changing the landscape of orthodox treatment and diagnostic processes associated with brain injuries and autoimmune diseases. 

A pioneer in functional health education on the brain and autoimmune conditions is Dr Datis Kharrazian, the writer of "Why Isn't My Brain Working." In this book, he states that a person who sustained a head injury suddenly develops an autoimmune disease. When brain injury or impairment elicits an inflammatory response in the body, it is termed a "brain-immune dysregulation disorder." A problem in brain function triggers multiple food intolerances.

This is an evolving field in neuroimmunology, and researchers now comprehend that the braincontrols the body's immune system significantly. Compromised brain health can alter immune modulation (balancing) and regulation of inflammation throughout the whole body."

The term "leaky gut" has become a leading topic in medical health news and recent studies. However, the term leaky brain is another controversial discussion on the rise. Studies surrounding the viability of a leaky brain or blood-brain barrier connection to cognitive injury and decline show damaged blood vessels compromising the patient's health.

Across the country, brain injury advocates and doctors across the country are teaming together for athletes in the contact sports sector. They aim to help athletes with concussions find solutions and answers for care, starting with state-of-the-art blood-brain barrier testing panels.

Diagnostics and options for traumatic brain injuries and autoimmune conditions treatments are broadening. An informed patient, their caregivers, or their family can make wise choices for the betterment of the patient's future health.