Adventures in Brain Injury
By Cavin Balaster: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, Speaker and Writer.
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In 2011, Cavin Balaster fell two stories and landed in a 12-day coma with less than a 10% chance of recovery. A year later, after painstakingly regaining the ability to walk, talk, eat, breathe, swallow and think clearly, he began a blog documenting the details of his intense recovery called "Adventures in Brain Injury." Now, Cavin's bringing his blog and information, including interviews with practitioners and other survivors, to the podcast format.
||CleanEpisode 42 – Keto for Brain Health, Seizures, and Self-Care||It’s awesome to have my friend, Jade Nelson, on the podcast! Jade is an Epilepsy Advocate, Community Health Educator, and Licensed Massage Therapist. When Jade was only 8 years old, she was diagnosed with Epilepsy.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41 – The Magic of Our Thoughts and Attention: Cavin Vs. The Grinch||Hello everyone, For those of you who are following my personal Facebook page, you know that I was robbed on the Friday before Christmas… WHILE I WAS HOME! I’m pretty shaken up from the event. See this Facebook post from one of my best friends: https||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40 – Healthcare’s Conscious Evolution – The LOVE of The Practice||Dr. Venu Julapalli is one of our favorite MDs! Like many of the MDs we correspond with, he is humble, curious, powerful, and collaborative toward his patients’ care. He does not place himself on a pedestal like an “MDiety!||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39 – Broad Spectrum Micronutrients and Brain Health||In 2015, I had the wondrous opportunity to meet Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, PhD at the International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience in Orlando, FL. Bonnie is passionate about nutrition for optimal brain function and repair… Me too! Needless to say,||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38 – The Keto Doctor: Is Keto Actually Healthy?||Before keto became a thing, as I would consume a large amount of fat, many people would ask me if I was worried about my cholesterol. And with the prevailing nutritional recommendations and guidelines over the past 30 years and the idea the cholesterol.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37 – Neurosage: The Video Game that Can Reboot Your Brain!||Dr. Kyle Daigle is professionally trained as a Chiropractor. He joined SNA Technologies (Systemic Neural Adaptation) in December 2014 as the President, Chief Medical Officer, and Managing Director for SNA Global.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 – Anti-Anxiety Diet and Supplementation: The 6 Foundational R’s to Your Health||Get ready to meet one of my favorite Austinites! These are some of the many reasons why: Ali Miller has dedicated her career to revolutionizing food-as-medicine in treatment and prevention of disease. She has a passion to create public awareness regard.||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 – The Mindset for Miracles: Transforming Your Health Starts by Transforming Your Mind||This one goes out to all the warrior moms and dads! Change your mindset and overcome limiting beliefs with 3 simple exercises that you can do today to take charge of your health, mind, and life. Check out our new podcast with JJ Virgin.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 34 – Post Concussion Syndrome: It’s All in Your Head||It’s time for another adventure! I learned of Dr. Titus Chiu through his interview with Dr. Mark Hyman for the Broken Brain Mini-Series. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, I highly recommend that you check it out! Dr.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 33 – The Difference Between Fixing and Healing||Remember when we had Jessica on the Feed a Brain Interview Series? It was awesomely deep! Well… We did it again with Michelle on board, and it was really good! You see, Jessica Flanigan is a healer and she comes to it through the unified field of Lovi||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 32 – The Inflammatory Tailspin of Brain Injury||Today’s amazing episode is jam-packed with priceless powerful fixes and clinical pearls for both patient and practitioner, coming from a newly found AiBI favorite! We have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Kat Toups, MD,||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 31 – The Power of Thought with a Bad-Ass Quadriplegic||My New Year’s Resolution: to be more bad-ass than I was the year before. Jerod is the most bad-ass Quadriplegic I have ever met! His strength and serenity and his command of his perspective and thoughts is so powerful!||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 30 – Music & The Brain||Music is very powerful. In this episode we explore how music can be used to influence brain plasticity with Hope Young, a music therapist who is able to treat movement conditions and disorders through music.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 29 – Better Than Before: Beyond Concussion Repair||In this episode, we get to interview Dr. Dan Engle, MD, who not only brings forth a comprehensive manual for concussion repair, but healing beyond brain injury and into peak performance.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 28 – Brain Injury, Dysautonomia, and Hangovers||I like brains. I like helping them work better. So does Dr. Nate Keiser, who Michelle and I get to interview on this episode about injury, dysautonomia, and hangovers.||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 27 – How Nutrition Saved My Life||Dr Terry Wahls, author of "The Wahls Protocol" talks about how nutrition saved her life from debilitating MS. This is one of those podcasts that has to potential to change many lives, so listen up!||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 26 – Automatic Brain Training with Kelsey Brenner||By seeing how our brain is behaving, we can train our brains! If we are anxious most of the time, we can use feedback to reward our brains for being calm, and train ourselves out of anxiety. That’s pretty cool!||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 25 – Neuroplasticity and Finding Gifts of Adversity||Meet Dr. Sanet, a world-renowned educator and practitioner in the fields of behavioral optometric care, vision training, and practice management.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 24 – An Award Winning Novel Treatment for Brain Injury||Are you ready for the future? Meet Indrani Das, the winner of one of the country’s most prestigious science fairs for her work on a novel mechanism for treating brain injury and disease!||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 23 – Shine On With Dr. Lauren Noel||Someone very important to me graced our show this week and Michelle and I are so blessed to have the chance to share her radiance with you all! Meet Dr. Lauren Noel, a hard working, brilliant, accomplished and successful naturopathic doctor who changed.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 22 – Revive: Restoration of Life or Consciousness||Wanna meet my current functional neurologist? In this episode, Michelle and I interview Dr. Joshua Flowers, owner of Revive Treatment Centers of America.||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 21 – The Importance of Open Minds in Both Patient and Doctor||Dr. David Traster takes the time to speak with Michelle and Cavin about how opening his mind took him down roads that eventually saved his life.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 20 – Pieces to the Sensory Puzzle of the Brain||Cavin and Michelle interview Dr. Charles Shidlofsky. A brilliant optometrist, he received his OD all the way back in 1988 and has been very active in neuro-optometry for most of his 29 years in practice.||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 19 – In Focus After Trauma||Michelle and Cavin interview Dr. Alessandra Wall, a licensed clinical psychologist, coach, speaker and entrepreneur. In this interview, we explore her methodology to create a better everyday and to feel inspired by life again.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 18 – Empathy in Practice: From Patient to Doctor||Dr. Jerome D. Lubbe, a migraine sufferer and functional neurologist who practices in Georgia, takes the time to chat with Michelle and I about his journey from patient to doctor.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 17 – The Power of Functional Neurology (This stuff is so cool!)||Michelle and I interview Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, a functional neurologist certified through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board who works with patients locally and internationally.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 16 – Music and Relaying TBI Experiences with Tim Page||I announce that Michelle Malmberg (my guest on the last podcast) is our new co-host on the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast! And, for our first episode together, we take the opportunity to interview Tim Page,||11/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 15 – Brain Tumors, ABI, and Plasticity with Michelle Malmberg (Part 1)||Michelle Malmberg tells the first part of her amazing, inspiring, and resilient acquired brain injury story on the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast with Cavin Balaster.||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 14 – Celebrating Five Years Since my Brain Injury||Cavin and Alek sit down to reflect on the five year anniversary of Cavin's severe traumatic brain injury and the lessons he's learned along the way.||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 13 – Healing and Success Through Visualization||Cavin and Alek interview Dr. Lynn Hellerstein to talk about her book "See it. Say it. Do it!" and her methods for finding success in life, healing, and rehabilitation.||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 12 – Gabrielle Guetta & TBI Model Systems Centers||Cavin and Alek discuss TBI Model Systems Centers with Clinical Research Coordinator for the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai, Gabrielle Guetta.||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 11- Kimberly Archie: A Survivor’s Fight for Sports Safety||Cavin and Alek interview TBI survivor Kimberly Archie about her life and work on the front line of protecting child athletes.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 10 – Cristabelle Braden & Finding Hope After Head Injury||Cavin and Alek interview musician and TBI survivor Cristabelle Braden about her organization and the power of music through rehabilitation.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 9 – A Look Inside the Brain After Head Trauma||What's going on inside the brain after injury? We sat down with Dr. Peggy Mason to better understand how can we use that information to prevent and treat head trauma.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 8 – Confronting the Concussion Crisis||In this hugely important episode, Cavin and Alek Interview Dr. Unini Odama to define the word "concussion" and discuss strategies for better awareness and prevention in sports.||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 7 – Game Changer: A Review of the Film “Concussion”||Brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess review "Concussion" and discuss the highly anticipated film's impact on public understanding and professional sports.||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 6 – Amy Zellmer & Finding the Road Back to “Normal”||Brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess interview fellow survivor, recent author, and contributor to the Huffington Post, Amy Zellmer.||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 5 – The Importance of Awareness||Brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess discuss the importance of raising awareness and the success of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 4 – Yoga, Speaking, and Catch Up!||Severe traumatic brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess respond to feedback about the show. The hosts discuss Cavin’s recent work in the brain injury and health communities.||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 3 – Healing the Brain Through Vision Therapy||Severe traumatic brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess interview award winning vision therapist Robert Nurisio to discuss his career in vision therapy and his work with brain injury patients.||3/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 2 – Living a Functional Life with Chronic Pain||In this episode of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, severe traumatic brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess interview actor and director Russ Hess, to discuss his digestive issues,||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 1 – Creating Resources for Health and Recovery||In this introductory episode of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, severe traumatic brain injury survivor Cavin Balaster and co-host Alek Hess discuss Cavin's brain injury story, his recovery blog, their long-term friendship,||2/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
A Beautiful Creation
As one listens to this podcase, Cavin's authenticity, knowledge, and light shine through brightly. In his viewpoints, I see a lifework that is building beautiful bridges between compassion, healthcare, and healing with food...pulling together the best of all three to bring joy back into lives once thought of as over. Keep shining Cavin!!
So grateful for this podcast!
A year ago I was hit from behind in my car by a distracted driver. I slammed the back of my head and sustained a concussion. This past year has been an emotional rollercoaster for me and my family. I had to give up my massage practice and I am still not able to do the things that made me who I was before. Acceptance has been my biggest hurdle.
The care I received at the beginning was less than compassionate or knowledgeable. I was told, “it’s only a concussion, you’ll be fine” and it left me feeling like I was faking my symptoms. I don’t blame them, it was just that there was no understanding of what PCS is. I had to teach myself.
I began doing my own research via your podcast and found a great care team of therapists and an amazing functional neurologist in Maine.
Had it not been for the knowledge, compassion and humor I enjoy while listening to your podcast, I don’t think I would be where I am today in recovery. I have learned to become the master of my own healing. I am so grateful for your uplifting podcast.
Thank you so much!
Always a must listen!
Thank you for bringing this great information on acquired brain injury topics. Cavin is my go to for cutting edge on this topic!