The Blood Brain Barrier is designed to allow specific molecules into and out of the brain milieu, with the primary determination based on size (400 Da or less). Mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) have been shown to disrupt the blood brain barrier sometimes only temporarily, but all too often lasting longer. The key is to restore the barrier as quickly as possible so there is limited damage to the neurons and supporting tissues of the brain and nervous system. Dr. Mike Alden has designed a protocol for detecting blood brain barrier permeability and stopping the excitotoxic cascade of destruction. He utilizes biomarkers from the Blood Brain Barrier Permeability Test from Cyrex Labs to determine if the blood brain barrier is disrupted, He treats with specific nutrients that have been proven to heal the barrier, then he can retest to confirm that the blood brain barrier is healed indicating that it is SAFE for the person to return to normal activities. Simple! Not really, but Dr. Alden makes it look easy.
For the past thirty years doctors and research scientists have been chasing symptoms based on cognitive dysfunction as indicators of concussions and as the measurement technique to indicate recovery from head injuries. As Dr. Alden teaches at conferences and through his one on one consulting program, symptoms are only indications that neural pathways are interrupted by metabolic (chemical) components that have entered the brain as "very unwelcome guests". By closing the blood brain barrier and eliminating the neuroinflammation, Dr. Alden is treating the cause, not just monitoring the affect. He helps people from all walks (athletes, car accident victims, veterans, and many more head injury sufferers) to return to their lives with their highest level of brain function possible.