Toxic Brain Injury

Cancer chemotherapy treatments can also have a residual toxic effect—commonly referred to as “chemo brain.”

There are many kinds of toxins in the environment that can cause injury to the brain. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Chemical and organic solvents
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Fuels

Cancer chemotherapy treatments can also have a residual toxic effect—commonly referred to as “chemo brain.”

Once toxins enter the body, they are carried into the brain (via the blood stream) and are dispersed, typically causing widespread injury. Toxins can impair brain function very quickly and may even cause death. The degree and frequency of exposure (to a toxic substance) will impact the extent of injury to the brain.

Toxic brain injury symptoms can include changes in cognitive function and memory loss, mood problems, headaches, dizziness, pain and fatigue, and can be confused with other disorders such as depression, ADD and chronic fatigue. SPECT imaging, therefore, is very useful for uncovering the source of symptoms especially when a cause, such as toxic exposure, has been overlooked.

Case Study: Toxic Brain Injury From Chemotherapy and Radiation

Petra is a 23-year-old female who had a brain tumor and underwent radiation treatments for 5 months and chemotherapy for 6 months. She had not received any forms of traditional cancer therapy for two years prior to coming to the Amen Clinics for help. While she had made a lot of progress over the prior 2 years, she still had some short-term memory problems and became disoriented and lost at times. She was easily fatigued and less enthusiastic/outgoing than she used to be.

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