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A Time-Buying Procedure To Delay Brain Damage
A Well-Researched Theory That May Save Your Life, by Jeffrey Dobkin

 
 
   Imagine this: You’ve just come into your child’s bedroom to tuck her in for the night. Her lips are blue, her face cool. As you reach over to pick her up, her body is limp in your arms. Your child is not breathing. What do you do?

    Thousands of times each year this terrifying scene is repeated. If you are the parent of a young child, without a doubt this would be the most horrifying experience of your life. If you don’t know infant CPR, your only option is to watch your child lie there, not breathing, until help arrives. Even if you know CPR, there may be a simple technique you can do immediately to increase the chance of your child’s survival and complete recovery. I would think any possible way to help your child at this time would be welcome.

~ Background ~

    It was the winter of 1977. A young boy named Brian Cunningham fell into an icy river and drowned. He was submerged for over half an hour. He had stopped breathing after only two minutes. His heart had stopped. He lay motionless under the water. The boy, by all our definitions, was dead. For well over half an hour this child didn’t take one single breath.

    Thirty-eight minutes later he was pulled from the river by a fire rescue team. Contrary to conventional thought, he was resuscitated, revived, and returned to live a perfectly normal life. There was no brain damage. How could this happen?

    I was brought up in the ’60s, and was taught when no oxygen was supplied to the brain for a three- or four-minute period, irreversible brain damage occurs. Those were the ’60s. Everyone believed it, even me. It was almost 10 years later that my curiosity finally got the better of me.

    Of course, while growing up I was also taught the food groups you needed to eat every day were meat, vegetables and fruits, grains, and dairy. Remember the food pyramid? In the ’70s the USDA recommended you eat two to three servings of meat a day. Perhaps you remember just a few years ago, they changed all that. Now there are new food groups. Fats and oils are out. Meat isn’t really high on the recommended list. Times change.

    Just last week vitamins were good for you. This week they’re bad for you. All the changes in medical thinking and medical methods indicate the profession has numerous ideas about almost every condition, and about every issue. They can’t all be correct, because they conflict with each other. New rules apply every day; just ask a different doctor.

    Now there are new food groups, and new theories about vitamins. But physicians still cling to the belief that there is only CPR for heart attack victims. Yet even now, after all these years, the effectiveness of CPR is still in question.

    I was surprised to read that article in Newsweek in 1977 about a child falling into icy water. When Brian was pulled out of the water with no brain damage after half an hour of being completely submerged, why this happened became a recurring question that haunted me for almost 10 years.

    In 1985 I began my research to investigate how some people (especially children) can apparently drown, and upon their resuscitation—sometimes up to 40 minutes later—experience no brain damage. What is it that delays brain damage during this period?

    My research showed that hypothermia, created by the cold water, helps delay brain damage. But that’s not the reason these people survive. It is the triggering of a specific reflex that is responsible for saving lives and delaying brain damage. It’s called the Mammalian Diving Reflex.

    Further investigation showed the specific technique of triggering this reflex can be accomplished by a simple facial immersion in cold water. Only the face of the victim needs to be placed in cold water to trigger this reaction. All that is necessary to delay brain damage is to trigger this reflex by applying cold, wet compresses to the victim’s face.

    Specifically, the facial immersion in cold water is what saves victims in cold-water drownings. From my findings I wrote the enclosed paper. Thousands of lives are needlessly being lost each year, and thousands more people unnecessarily suffer brain damage.

    Heart attacks are the fourth largest cause of death in the U.S. Victims of suffocation, electrocution, drug overdose, SIDS—all these people—and infants—could possibly be helped by the early triggering of this natural oxygen-conserving reflex. If just one child (the diving reflex is most pronounced in children) with SIDS can be saved with the technique of triggering the diving reflex by application of cold water to the face, it is well worth all the research I have done.  Continue