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California teen recovers devastating coma thanks fish oil
NY Daily News ^ | 01/15/2014 | JOEL LANDAU

Posted on 01/19/2014 2:56:27 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

With their teenage son in a coma, a California family was willing to try anything to bring him back. And with a new type of treatment, their son has made a miraculous recovery — thanks to fish oil. Grant Virgin, now 17, of Palm Desert, Calif., was involved in a near-tragic car accident last September when an unidentified woman crashed into him and drove off — even after stopping to survey the damage, the Desert Sun reported. Virgin was in a coma and was in really bad shape.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: coma; fishoil; health

1 posted on 01/19/2014 2:56:27 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Just damn! He lived... /s

Gotta feel sorry for the hospital staff who have no hope within them.

Good for the family. They tried everything they could. They did exactly right.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 3:01:56 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

When all else fails...

Try something else.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 3:02:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Kid Shelleen
'‘By supplementing using (omega-3 fatty acids) in substantial doses, you provide the foundation for the brain to repair itself.’

'unorthodox therapy at a dosage of 20-grams-per-day.'

Wiki:
The FDA says it is safe to take up to 3000 mg of omega-3 per day.[71] (This is not the same as 3000 mg of fish oil. A 1000 mg pill typically has only 300 mg of omega-3; 10 such pills would equal 3000 mg of omega-3.) Dyerberg studied healthy Greenland Eskimos and found an average intake of 5700 mg of omega-3 EPA per day.[72]

4 posted on 01/19/2014 3:10:31 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria

It gets trickier. Omega-3 has two primary components, called EPA and DHA (not to be confused with DHEA).

DHA is the component associated with its anti-inflammatory action. EPA is actually slightly inflammatory.

Ideally, it has been suggested that most people get too much Omega-6, which is balanced with Omega-3. There is also Omega-9, but it can be created by the body from unsaturated fats.

Another twist is a recent therapy has been developed for children suffering from severe, non-responsive juvenile epilepsy. The therapy is an extremely high-fat diet, with some protein but very little carbohydrate. In some of these children, by diet alone, they have gone from hundreds of seizures a day to just two or three.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 3:21:15 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Keep this handy for future encounters with the “PULL THE PLUG” gang.

God is Great!


6 posted on 01/19/2014 3:24:53 PM PST by G Larry
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To: Kid Shelleen
Grant had awoken from the coma and had begun speaking short phrases.
The doctors administered the fish oil and, within a few days, Grant was able to use full sentences

I'm glad this kid is recovering, but claiming the fish oil was the cure may be premature.
7 posted on 01/19/2014 3:29:49 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
'Another twist is a recent therapy has been developed for children suffering from severe, non-responsive juvenile epilepsy. The therapy is an extremely high-fat diet, with some protein but very little carbohydrate. In some of these children, by diet alone, they have gone from hundreds of seizures a day to just two or three.'

Hemp oil? It seems to help.

8 posted on 01/19/2014 3:31:34 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Grant Virgin, now 17

Bet he got a lot of kidding in school.

9 posted on 01/19/2014 3:37:36 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Theoria

No idea, but it is a very risky therapy, and the kids need intensive monitoring to prevent liver and kidney damage.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 3:38:54 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: DoughtyOne
When all else fails... Try something else.

Here in S.E Michigan, there's a pain clinic which deals with hypotheripic therapy which involves putting a patient in a pressurized climate that is supposed to infuse the blood stream with oxygen. Their newest claim is that it cures autism in children.........

11 posted on 01/19/2014 3:39:12 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
It's a growing trend. Lots of parents of moving to Colorado so they can treat their kids with it. Cannabidiol oil
12 posted on 01/19/2014 3:44:52 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: G Larry
Keep this handy for future encounters with the “PULL THE PLUG” gang.

Why?

This young man was only in a coma. He wasn't in a persistent vegetative state, and he certainly wasn't brain dead.

I've never seen anyone on FR suggest that it's appropriate to pull the plug on a patient who is only in a coma.

13 posted on 01/19/2014 3:59:51 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I bet his nickname is olive oil, as in A EVOO


14 posted on 01/19/2014 4:24:45 PM PST by Rannug
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To: G Larry

Seems to me that it’s the omega 3 that’s great.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 4:31:43 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Scoutmaster

“...I’ve never seen anyone on FR suggest that it’s appropriate to pull the plug on a patient who is only in a coma.”
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Quite right Scoutmaster, neither have I. Some folks confuse brain death with comas—the first one consists of a dead brain (with no “resurrection” possible) and the 2nd one covers a wide spectrum of brain conditions with the possibility (likelihood with some types of coma) of partial to near full recovery.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 4:32:22 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Kid Shelleen
Grant Virgin, now 17

Bet he got a lot of kidding in school.

17 posted on 01/19/2014 4:37:07 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Scoutmaster

I’ve been doing a lot of study on so-called ‘’brain death’’. The consensus is that there is NO true diagnosis of ‘’brain death’’. It’s an invented term used to keep bodies alive for transplant purposes. The term didn’t exist before the 1970’s.

Coma is frequently called brain death. And persistant vegetative state means that the brain is alive even if it’s not functioning at it’s best for the moment.

When it comes to central nervous system injury, EVERYTHING should be considered for treatments. If you can keep a good flow of oxygen to the brain, you reduce swelling and reduce brain cell death thereby allowing dormant areas of the brain to pick up the functions from the areas that are injured. Other things can assist in swelling reduction too, which is what this fish oil/omega 3 fatty acid treatment seeks to look at.

Swelling is the worst thing. Even uninjured areas can and do become injured if the swelling is bad enough.

I think there are a LOT of things that can be done/tried and I am of the opinion that things should be tried. It takes courage because the patient could die anyway. In which case, then ok...but to let a person die without trying, in this day and age, is shameful and suspicous.

I’ve seen a LOT of miracles in my lifetime to know that nobody has a chrystal ball with a time stamp on it for anybody. And brain injuries can have some hugely surprising outcomes. I’ve seen people who were left with a half a brain, fully recover. Some became geniuses even. But the quicker you try to prevent issues, and give the body everything at your disposal to use to fix it, the better.

Our family has also been personally afflicted with injuries such as this. Last night a family member broke his neck..a severe break...and the goal is to prevent any further nerve damage. Thanks to the articles here, I’ve been able to forward the links to his immediate family in the hope that further deteroration can be had, in the hope that a more full recovery is possible.

Lack of hope produces itself....lack...nothing. It produces death.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 4:45:56 PM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: Jeff Chandler
Bet he got a lot of kidding in school.

Not a hundredth that his sister Ima took.

19 posted on 01/19/2014 4:55:03 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Scoutmaster
I've never seen anyone on FR suggest that it's appropriate to pull the plug on a patient who is only in a coma.

I don't even recall that on the Terri Schaivo threads.

20 posted on 01/19/2014 4:55:18 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Did you read the story?

Doctors told Grant’s parents, John and JJ, that he would never wake up.
“They told us to let him go,”


21 posted on 01/19/2014 4:59:43 PM PST by G Larry
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To: Scoutmaster

You should read the article. They told the family to “let him go.” That’s a fairly common attitude toward people with brain injuries or severe disabilities. After the patient recovers, there’s a big rush to deny the cruel things that were said in the heat of the moment.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; G Larry

I did read the article before I posted. I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that G Larry was referring to certain Freepers as the Pull the Plug Gang. In that case, I stand by my statement that I’ve never seen a Freeper suggest pulling the plug on a coma patient.

If we’re talking about the general population, I agree that it’s ridiculous to stop providing life support to a patient in a coma.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 5:09:26 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Kid Shelleen
My daughter was in a devastating car accident in 2006 when she was 17. Glasgow coma scale was one point above death when they got her to the trauma center, after using the jaws of life to extract her. She was in a coma for 2 weeks, prognosis was not good. Severe brain injury. After she "woke up" they put her in rehab. She was not good. I watched through a 2-way mirror when she had her first speech therapy. She didn't know what a shoe was, she didn't know what anything was when shown pictures of objects. I started crying and left the room. I couldn't take it. I brought her fish oil and vitamin B complex every day. I never asked her nurse or her neurosurgeon if she could have it. I didn't want to be told I couldn't give her any, because when I asked him if he prescribed it for patients he said he didn't. I asked if it would interfere with any of her meds, I think she was on seraquel, and he said it wouldn't. He just didn't think it would do any good.

She started making steady progress - I was in that hospital with her every day. Her doc was amazed at her recovery. The nurses called her their "miracle girl". I told him when she was about to be discharged that I had been giving her fish oil. He now prescribes it for all his patients. I'm very happy to report that my daughter has made a near full recovery, she went to school for phlebotomy, got her certificate, is working and living on her own. She continues to take fish oil that her doctor prescribes. I can't say enough for fish oil.

24 posted on 01/19/2014 5:09:46 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Scoutmaster

If I’d been referring to FReepers, I’d have said so.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 5:16:20 PM PST by G Larry
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To: PrairieLady2
Coma is frequently called brain death.

Bull.

In the United States, brain death is defined as no cerebral activity whatsoever. None. Zip. Nada. A comatose patient is not brain dead. They are comatose. They still have measurable brain activity, however little that may be. Brain dead is dead. Dead, dead, dead. Nothing at all going on upstairs.

The problem is the media loves these recovery stories. As they should. They make people believe in miracles. They'll change the narrative to conclude a patient was "virtually" brain dead or "considered" brain dead when in actuality they were never diagnosed as brain dead in the first place.

26 posted on 01/19/2014 5:19:22 PM PST by Drew68
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To: PrairieLady2
It’s an invented term used to keep bodies alive for transplant purposes.

No, it's not. The concept of brain death evolved separately from organ transplantation.

The term didn’t exist before the 1970’s.

Yes, it did. Even the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death dates to 1968. They didn't meet in 1968 to create a term; they were trying to reach an agreement on the definition of 'brain death,' which term was already in use.

You can go back to the 1963 Schwab, Potts, and Bonazzi A. study on using EEGs to determine brain death, and even further.

27 posted on 01/19/2014 5:30:53 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: G Larry

I apologize.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 5:33:02 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

Correction: The Harvard Ad Hoc Committee defined ‘irreversible coma’ using criteria for brain death. Modern references to the committee report use the term ‘brain death’ in the title, although the original 1968 title of the committee report used the term ‘irreversible coma.’


29 posted on 01/19/2014 6:01:03 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Yes, I am familiar with that treatment. I hadn’t heard it was now indicated for autism. Hmmm...


30 posted on 01/19/2014 9:05:29 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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