Monthly Archive December 2020

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Bring Dream Back to Life from Traumatic Brain Injury beyond 2-Year Plateau!

ABSTRACT:
Many Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors can regain their key function beyond 2-year plateau and pursue their dreams again through the 6Q Cognitive Restoration. Many post-injury “chronic issues” can go away or be easily corrected.  Millions of healthcare costs and dreams can be saved.  The author will share with you why and how through the recoveries of her patients and herself.

Many people have been told that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors achieve maximum recovery in 2 years (called 2-year plateau), and TBI is a chronic illness. THAT IS NOT TRUE as uninjured brain cells have the same DNA and no 2-year plateau, and the “chronic issues” that emerge after injury will go away or be easily corrected if survivors know that they can regain their key function back and pursue their dreams again.

Comparison of the tools, results and costs of the 6Q Approach and Traditional Approach in Traumatic Brain Injury
Comparison of the tools, results and costs of the 6Q Approach and Traditional Approach in Traumatic Brain Injury

That is how I could recover myself from Traumatic Brain Injury due to an accident in 1997, pass medical license exams 2001~2003, and receive excellent letters of recommendation at the clinics.  I have helped every TBI survivor I met at the clinics, who were 5-12 years beyond their 2-year plateau, and all achieved significant results, including their “chronic issues.”

What Impedes the Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury?

Both tools and human beings.  Somehow, traditional approach contributes to the 2-year plateau.

1. Limited Cognitive Restoration

a. Limited Tools:

What is missing in today’s TBI rehab is full cognitive restoration.  Most cognitive programs use limited IQ, behaviors or Psychology tools and prepare TBI survivors to accept “the next level of placement.”  It can be very painful, frustrating, depressive, and stressful if individuals are unable to be who they want to be and stand up for themselves.  Then various post-injury illnesses emerge.

The brain rehab I went to mainly helped me stay alive, no fall and no choke, which was essential but did not help me regain cognitive function and get back to who I was.  Doctors mostly knocked on my knees and elbows (reflex check) during follow-up visits. Psychologists mainly let me express my fear and struggle and then advised me to accept my “new life.”

TBI victims need to find missing tools, learn fast, and fully utilize Eastern and Western medicine, which is the 6Q approach. First, each person is an integrated system of 6Qs: IQ, EQ, Learning Q, Adversity Q, Public Influence Q, and Health Q.  Poor IQ performance can have non-IQ causes, where cognitive training and stimulation have limited impact.  Behaviors or Psychology tools mainly reflect the 6Q system. Second, how to make learning easy is critical as the learning can be massive, and TBI survivors need to see results quickly to stay motivated.  Third, Western medicine has limited power at the chronic stage.

Once TBI survivors know that they can regain their brainpower, many secondary issues can be easily corrected or go away.  Here is one example.

A business owner often called 911 to go to the Emergency Room (ER) to yell at doctors and nurses. His ER visits lasted for years. I happened to do a rotation in ER that day and learned he did so since he was too frustrated that he had to relearn everything. I understood him, talked to him about his progress, and share with him my live sample of success. I told him that not everyone has a chance to go back to who they were, and her at least had a chance. If I could make it, so could him.  

We talked for about 10 minutes.  The business owner thanked me in the end. ER nurses later told me that the ER visit was his shortest and most pleasant one.  He soon went to work and never came back to the ER. I could change his behavior in 10 minutes because I got the root cause of his behaviors.

b. Limited Focus

Years of studies have found that injured brain cells have 2-year plateau.  However, uninjured brain cells have NO 2-year plateau but have the same DNA and learning capacity.  Other studies have also found that most people only use 10% of their brains.  Many TBI survivors have at least 10% of their brain cells uninjured, therefore, they have a great chance to go back to who they were, including the ones with brain removal.  I had the chance to help one.

A tall and thin middle-aged man had partial brain removal due to TBI for about 10 years.  His mother always accompanied him to the clinic and answered questions for him. I knew that the only way the man could speak is to practice whenever possible. I asked him to answer all the questions and told him that I had all the time I needed.

Of course, I did not have unlimited time. However, the man’s issue was straightforward. I had already read his medical history and could always ask his mother if needed. He was very slow initially, but he answered all my questions. Then I gave him some homework, asked him to read aloud at home and tell me the homework for the next visit. As he could speak more and more, the man became more and more alive, energetic, and shinning.

2. Ignorance and Resistance

Some “experts” refuse to believe that others can solve the problems that they cannot.  They label the TBI survivors with the “disabilities” that they think should be there with “their way,” take away others’ training, insist on their wrongdoing… it is astonishing and heartbreaking to watch these happening, especially when those experts are someone who you have trusted and respected.

3. Legal Impact

Some attorneys only focus on making money and disregard their clients’ futures.  I had the accident that led to TBI on my way to work, so I also a workman’s compensation claim.  I totally had three attorneys, one of whom was the president of the workman’s compensation attorney association in one state.  All three attorneys wanted me to claim 100% disabilities even after I passed medical licensing exams and received excellent letters of recommendation.

Show the function of the left and right brain

How to Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury beyond the “2-Year Plateau?”

  1. Every Step Counts!

First, it is critical to save life, minimize damage, and preserve non-injured brain cells at the acute stage.   I could recover well also because the accident happened in a winter evening, so I could benefit from hypothermia therapy instantly.  The hospital at Amarillo TX also took good care of me and taught me the first two words, “Good morning!”

Second, Physical rehab and speech therapy can further enhance safety and restore physical function, which is the foundation of cognitive restoration. 

At last, restore cognitive function via 6Q approach instead of partial, so that individuals can go back to who they were and be contributors instead of accepting “the next level of placement.”


2. Who Can Benefit from the 6Q Cognitive Restoration?  

Can anyone benefit from the 6Q cognitive restoration?No, only those who can learn and are motivated to learn.  

  • TBI survivors who desire to go back to who they were. 
  • Those who have at least 10% brain cells are uninjured.
  • Those who are discharged from the hospital and physical rehab.

Those with “chronic health issues” should have 6Q cognitive restoration and medical symptom relieves at the same time.  Currently, we prefer all participants who have finished step 1 and 2.

3. How We Design the Program?  What to Expect?

In general, we design custom program for each victim, based on their potential, previous job, unique learning needs and challenges.  In the meantime, we make learning as easy and fun as possible, for the learning can be massive and frustrating, and TBI survivors need to see results quickly to stay motivated.  Victims will practice at our virtual business, which will minimize their chances of getting COVID-19 infection as they will be busy “working at home.” In the meantime, we enhance internal healing through Eastern and Western medicine to maximize cognitive restoration.

What to expect?  Many TBI survivors can show some improvement in 8 weeks if they work hard and achieve much more in 8-10 months. Complete recovery can take years. 

4. How Much Can We Save in TBI? 

Up to 53% of the homeless are affected by a brain injury (I was almost there).  In fact, many of them can regain key cognitive function, go back to work, have a home, and pursue their dreams again.  However, none of them know that they can have their lives back. People in healthcare and government benefits should inform them.

Per CDC, about 5.3 million survivors are living with a “permanent” TBI-related disability in the US. One TBI survivor costs $85,000 to $3 million for treatments and a disability benefit (DB) for living. The US GDP in 2019 was 21.43 trillion.  If we free 1 million TBI survivors, the saving is:

($85,000~3 million+ DB+ Tax) x 1million = $85 billion ~3 trillion + 1 million DB+ 1 million Tax.  

5. Who Offer Financial Support to TBI Recovery?

Many states have a trust fund to help TBI survivors learn new skills due to the high unemployment rate and a large amount of life treatment costs. Many TBI survivors are eligible for their state financial assistance.  For example, 

New Jersey TBI FUND
Director: Peri Nearon
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ 08625-0700
Tel: 888-285-3036

Louisiana Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund
Manager: Tonia Gedward
LDH Office of Aging and Adult Services
Tel: (225) 219-9935

New Mexico Dept of Education- Division of Vocational Rehab
435 St. Michael’s Drive, Bidg. D, Sante Fe, NM 87505
Director: Lucinda Garcia
Tel: 505-954-8500

Massachusetts Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services
600 Washington Street, 2nd Floor MRL, Boston, MA 02210-1616
Director: Sandy Biber
Tel: 617-204-3852

Other states include Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, etc.  You can get the information about your state and others at “A LOOK AT TBI TRUST FUND PROGRAMS.”   

SUMMARY

Nothing can ensure individuals’ rights, freedom, opportunities, and justice better than their brainpower.  Up to 53% of the homeless are affected by a brain injury.  It is too hard not to be whom individuals are and accept “ANYTHING,” which is why many secondary health issues emerge post TBI. 

Although injured brain cells have 2-year plateau, uninjured brain cells have NONE.  With the right tools, many TBI survivors can regain key function beyond the 2-year plateau, be who they are, have their life back, and pursue their freedom again.  Then those “chronic issues” will go away or be easily corrected.  Society can not only save tons of disability benefits, $85,000 to $3 million treatment costs per survivor but also gets more happy taxpayers (I was one of them)! 

Usually, the harder for a survivor to accept “the next level,” the more likely the person can go back to who he or she was.  However, most survivors do not know this invention.  Please tell them when you can.  Together, we can change the world for the better.


About the Author

Bin Yang is the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy (www.theprincesynergy.com) and Dream & Power (www.DreamandPower.com), leading consulting firm that focus on building exceptional leaders, teams, optimizing heart and brain power, and beating skyrocketing healthcare costs.  For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture or appointment, please call 310-668-1828. 

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Beat Rising Healthcare Cost & Optimize Health & Productivity

Healthcare costs have been soaring every year so fast that President Barack Obama once said, “By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nation’s balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of healthcare. It’s not even close.”  In The Cost Conundrum, Dr. Atul Gawande described how some doctors at McAllen, Texas turn a population of twelve thousand dollars income per capital into one of fifteen thousand dollars per enrollee in Medicare, almost twice the national average.

The doctors’ business drive is only one internal cause.  Middlemen’s profit sharing is one external cause.  The non-health cause that contributes to about 70% of primary clinical visits for stress-related health issues and the limited way how businesses and individuals meet challenges and stay healthy also give those white-coat wolfs legitimate reasons and endless opportunities to suck the blood out of individuals, businesses, and economic systems.  In addition, not all doctors have the best knowledge and problem-solving.

We can not only cut down healthcare costs but also improve healthcare quality and productivity at the same time.  We can not only cut down today’s healthcare costs but also anticipate development needs in coming challenges, make wise investments and take early action.   Our success started at the clinic in 2004 when I first invented the 6Q Approach.  Here are 5 main steps.

Meet challenges with the Right Tools

– How Can Medical Treatments Become Expensive and Endless Symptom Relieves?

A study at Toronto University Family Medicine found that 70% of their primary visits are stress related. Most stress-related health issues are directly related to the lack of the right tools to meet the challenge, relax and restore self, for example, heart attack, insomnia, burnout, fast aging, obesity, and diabetes. McAllen could have heavy drinking sixty percent higher than the national average because many individuals in that area have lower education and fewer opportunities, so they drink to achieve a fast relief.  Smoking and food are other common antidepressants.   Then obesity and others associated diseases follow, such as heart attack, diabetes, and hypertension.

Some doctors and hospitals do not want their patients to find their missing tool—they want their patients to keep on coming back.  Some doctors indulge their patients with heart failure not to sleep and eat right so they can have “a new heart” quicker.  Until individuals can find their missing tools, the same issues often keep on coming back and getting worse.   Because doctors and hospitals are often paid by visits and procedures, medical treatments can become expensive and endless symptom relieves with legitimate reasons.  As people go to the clinic or hospital more, more complications can emerge, which require further treatments.  Heart disease is a good example.

-Limited Talent Management Also Contributes to Health Issues

The best way for talent to minimize stress-related health issues is to stay on the right track (avoid unsuitable challenges) and meet challenges with the right tools.  However, people often lack the right tools to meet challenges, especially those resulted from non-IQ and non-EQ sources.

Behaviors can reflect the underlying structure in different environments but often change as environments changes.  Thus, insignificant weaknesses in that environment will not surface but can impact the next project.   We call the weakness Relative Weakness. The 360-degree evaluation can only collect behavior observation AFTER a person gets into the specific environment. “Shoot Burnout, Save His Job!” is a good example.  Individuals with high EQ can control what others can observe at the workplace and alter 360-degree evaluation results.   A 2016 Deloitte survey found that only 13% of companies believe they are building effective global leaders.

Manage Self Efficiently

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, repeatedly said at top MBAs that individuals ought to take care of themselves and not to expect their company to babysitter them.  However, many people cannot manage self efficiently due to poor knowledge and then develop or worsen their health issues, for example, stroke and fast aging.

Some people go to the hospital too late, which makes a small problem big, big problem impossible.  One couple called 911 after their son got choked.  By the time when an ambulance arrived, the boy already died as the human brain can only tolerate no oxygen for 6-7 minutes.  The couple should have removed the foreign object and started CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation) while waiting for the ambulance.  In heart attack and stroke, the window time to dissolve the clots is only a few hours.  However, many people miss the precious hours and have a feeble recovery.

Self-management can be the most difficult task in the world because of human nature and knowledge base, starting from decision-making to execution, including time management, teamwork, relaxation, restoration, etc.  Many individuals miss some tools along the process, which can impede their success and destroy their health.

DO NOT to Rely on the Hospitals

Not every doctor and hospital has the best knowledge or keeps the best interest of their patients in mind.  Some doctors only want to use their specialty to solve ALL problems.  For example, a Psychiatrist wants to treat a heart attack by easing a patient’s mind, and a Surgeon likes to use a knife instead of preventive care.  Some physicians have limited knowledge and creativity.  Many disabilities and deaths result from improper treatments or unnecessary treatments.

In 1997, my mother and I were rear-ended in a tragic auto accident.  She was put on a ventilator since she could not breathe on her own.  About 5 weeks later, her doctor diagnosed that she would be ventilator-dependent for the rest of her life since she did not improve.  My mom refused to live on the ventilator, so I had to be the one to discontinue her lifeline.  I decided to exam her myself before I took the final step.  To my surprise, I found her diaphragm was intact, which meant that she could breathe by raising and relaxing her diaphragm (abdominal breath).  I taught her the new way of breathing.   She got off the ventilator in three days.  Later she regained her independence through both the Eastern and Western medicine.

I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in the accident.  Almost all experts predicted that I could not recover.  In the meantime, we got zero compensation from the courts, including the US Supreme Court.  After I cried for a whole night, I decided to recover myself and apply for a medical license.  In addition to the Eastern and Western medicine, I studied hard, joined all kinds of events and tried everything I could found.   Thank God, I have passed all 3 steps of medical license examinations and received many excellent letters of recommendations at the clinics. 

Anticipate Issues, Take Early Action

Each person’s 6 quotients are integrated, which is why health issues can have non-health causes, and poor IQ and EQ performance can result from non-IQ and non-EQ sources.   By knowing individual 6Q structures, we can anticipate when relative weaknesses will become significant, which strengthen can be irrelevant, so businesses and individuals can make wise investments.

In the meantime, healthcare issues among employees often can reflect the missing tools in leadership and talent management, for example, recruitment, talent tasking, and institutional strategy.  By knowing the development needs, businesses and individuals can take early action.   For more information, please visit “4 Keys to Optimizing Corporate Leadership Development” and “How to Be an Exceptional CEO?

Here are some common mistakes.

* Using one tool for All Issues
* Stay out of their maximum comfort(aptitude) zone
* Tripped up by relative weaknesses
* Unable to utilize resources
* Run out of gas (energy)
* Inability to handle setbacks and failures
* Insufficient relaxations and restoration techniques
* Go to the hospital only for stress-related health problems.

Look at the Big Picture, Think Differently

Human work, life, and health are integrated.  As long as health issues can have non-health causes, health management is NOT equal to hospital management. We cannot rely on hospitals and medicine alone to stay healthy nor use IQ, EQ, and behavior tools only to meet challenges and avoid stress-related health issues.  Partial approaches only offer legitimate reasons for greedy doctors and hospitals to suck the blood out of customers and economic systems and destroy the competitiveness of businesses and nations and bankrupting millions of families.

The efficient solution is to link health management with talent management, remove the root causes of endless symptom relieves and empower individuals to participate in personal health management and utilize health resources wisely.   Individuals can get well quickly, including the same day, with the minimum re-occurrence like the cases above.  Businesses can optimize productivity and minimize absenteeism and healthcare costs.   In addition, both can anticipate development needs, including health needs in coming challenges, make wise investments, and take early action.   Solving problems around healthcare alone is inefficient.   Unlike health insurance companies, businesses do not have the conflict of interests in paying for personal development.

It is time to look at the big picture, think differently, empower yourself with the right tools, and target issues efficiently.  By doing so, we can not only cut down healthcare costs but also improve healthcare quality and productivity at the same time and help more businesses become an employer of choice.

About the Author 
Bin Yang is the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy (www.theprincesynergy.com), a leading consulting firm that focuses on helping leaders and elites be their best and stay healthy (TPS Dream & Power) and building exceptional leaders to strengthen society (TPS Executive Academy).  She is the author of What Stops Leaders from Good to Great.  For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture, or appointment, please contact 310-668-1828.