Dr. Kabran Chapek brainstorms with Bryan Carroll about ways to reduce inflammation after a brain injury.

137- Strategies to Reduce Inflammation After a Brain Injury with Dr. Kabran Chapek

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

December 3, 2020

We've all heard about the concussion issues in the NFL, and recognized at that point that continuous head injuries can definitely lead to some long lasting side effects. You would've thought that all sports would look at that situation and change their protocols, but that just isn't the case.

Head injuries are common in sports, but can happen in lots of other situations other than a sport. What is important is to take care of the head injury as soon as possible to reduce the damage that is done.

Dr. Kabran Chapek is on the show to talk with us about ways to mitigate inflammation from concussions, and how to help the brain out to reduce lifelong impact.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Different ways that brain injuries can happen
  • How to reduce cell death by over 60% after a head injury
  • How concussions can lead to mental health issues later on
  • Ways to improve blood flow to different regions of the brain


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [3:00] Who is Dr. Kabran Chapek and what got him so interested in the brain
  • [4:45] Can brain injuries happen even when we don't know it happened
  • [6:30] Does Dr. Kabran get any backlash when he pulls his kids out of games if they have a head injury
  • [8:30] When there is inflammation in the brain, what is actually being impacted from the swelling
  • [10:00] If glutathione is applied topically to the skull immediately after injury, there is 67% less cell death, within 3 hours 50% less cell death
  • [11:30] Can you apply topical glutathione to the neck or spinal cord to shuttle it into the brain
  • [13:30] Can you nebulize NAC to get that through the blood brain barrier and into the brain even faster
  • [16:30] What can people do to minimize inflammatory responses to the environment or food
  • [18:15] Does the quality of fats matter if you are following a keto diet
  • [20:15] What other ways can people experience a head injury without a direct blow to the head
  • [22:45] There is a compounding effect from multiple concussions which increases the damage each time
  • [23:30] How long will inflammation continue for if left untreated
  • [27:45] If you know the part of the brain that isn't functioning correctly, how do you get the blood flow to go back to the right areas
  • [31:15] What does a brain injury do to your nervous systems
  • [33:00] Are helmets actually protecting your brain or is it providing a fall sense of security
  • [34:00] Rugby players have minimal concussions because they learn to protect their heads during the game
  • [36:00] What is Dr. Kabran's vision of what healthy looks like
  • [37:30] How many grams of protein does Dr. Kabran try to get each day
  • [38:30] Can you use exogenous ketones right after a concussion to improve energy to the brain

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Kabran Chapek

Website: amenclinic.com (Bellevue Location)

Social Media: Instagram

Learn from Dr. Kabran Chapek about ways to heal faster after a brain injury

Learn from Dr. Kabran Chapek about ways to heal faster after a brain injury

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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