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Brain Trauma Miniseries: Part 2


  • The three different types of brain trauma 
  • How to unwind the trauma cycle 
  • Golden ticket to a better brain 



[The following is the full transcript of this video blog. Please note that this video, like all of Dr. Chiu's blog videos, features Dr. Chiu speaking extemporaneously– he is unscripted for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!]

Hey my friends! I'm Dr. Titus Chu, and this is The Modern Brain.

This is part two of our three part miniseries on brain trauma.

In my last video, I broke down for you what trauma does to your brain, and why it turns into a vicious trauma cycle for many.

In this video, we're going even deeper into the world of brain trauma. By the end of this video, you'll have an even better understanding of what trauma does to your brain and what you can do about it. 


What is Brain Trauma?

When I talk to people about brain trauma, most people assume I'm talking about something like a concussion or a head injury or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - rightfully so. 

But did you know that there's actually three different types of brain trauma: 

  • physical trauma,
  • chemical trauma, and
  • emotional trauma.

An example of physical trauma to your brain is, like I mentioned before, like something like a concussion or a head injury, or even a severe whiplash from a car accident.

Chemical brain trauma can actually be due to something like an inflammatory, highly processed diet, or exposure to chemical toxins.

Emotional brain trauma can be due to heartbreak, or big stressors, at work or at home. 


What Causes Trauma? 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Head injuries, concussions, and even severe whiplash

Chemical Brain Trauma

Exposure to chemical toxins and a highly-processed diet 

Emotional Brain Trauma

Heartbreaks, big stressors, etc. 

The reason why this is so important to understand is, regardless of the type of brain trauma we're talking about, whether physical, chemical or emotional, the same vicious trauma cycle that I talked about in a previous video can be triggered in your brain. 

As an example, with concussion, your nervous system can get stuck in a state of fight or flight.

If you have a gut infection, leading to inflammation that can also trigger a fight or flight response.

Finally, even psychological or emotional trauma, such as a bad breakup, or unexpected life experience can trigger the same vicious brain trauma cycle, leaving you in a state of perpetual stress and stuck in survival mode.


How will I know which type of trauma is affecting me? 

So if you're struggling with chronic brain symptoms, and you never had a concussion or hit your head, then it could be a chemical or emotional trauma that needs to be finally put to rest.

By uncovering what those are for you, that can be your golden ticket to better brain health. 

How can I jumpstart my healing process? 

In the meantime, you can take care of your brain through:

  • a healthy anti inflammatory diet
  • personalized supplements
  • lifestyle practices
  • brain training

This will begin to unwind the trauma cycle and increase your chances for healing success.

If you liked this video, subscribe to my YouTube channel and share it with one friend. It might be their golden ticket to better brain health.

My name is Dr. Titus Chu, thanks so much for joining me.

This has been The Modern Brain.


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