Breakfast is my favorite meal; eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and waffles. The Belgian style waffles that are cooked to that crispy golden perfection always makes my mouth water. I have great memories wrapped up with this food- sharing a large helping of them with my good friends at a nearby bistro in college. Family road trips and stopping at a restaurant that served up waffles mounds of whipped cream and strawberries- it was like dessert for breakfast!

Therefore when I decided to start eating keto I gave them up until now. Then I started reading different keto recipes and began experimenting. I also have a difficult time eating the fake “sugar” that many keto recipes call for some of the alcohol based sugars or artificial sugars can still cause a spike in blood sugar and therefore this recipe has no sugar in it at all, but it is so buttery and delicious I don’t think it needs any.

The pronunciation of this word is almost as painful as having this condition. Sciatica can be described by those who have suffered with this as a lightning sharp pain shooting from the hip, buttocks or lower back down the leg all the way to the foot. It generally is only on one side, but sometimes the pain will switch back and forth. Sciatica is characterized by pain or numbness traveling past the knee when it stops before the knee it is not sciatica but still indicates nerve pressure.

What happens in Vagus is actually pretty important. Your vagus nerve, which is the tenth cranial nerve (CN X) is involved in many necessary functions to keep you alive. Let’s back up a bit and explain what a cranial nerve actually is. Everyone has twelve pairs of cranial nerves, these are housed, exactly as it sounds in your cranium or your skull. Each of these twelve cranial nerves has a specific function or sometimes many functions. The tenth cranial is no exception to this rule, in fact it is probably the most important one.

It begins or originates in the medulla of the brainstem and exits the cranium via the jugular foramen1.

This is the longest cranial nerve and contains both motor and sensory fibers. Thus it is involved with motion (motor) and touch or feel (sensory)2.

One thing many may not think about is that there may be a difference in one’s vision after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Those in the military were studied to determine the mechanisms of TBI and the visual consequences that ensued from it.

The article studied two different types of mechanisms one could receive brain injury from including blast related traumatic brain injuries (BR) and non-blast related TBIs (NBR)1. The difference being in a BR the TBI is caused by a blast wave itself or by direct head trauma caused by the events surrounding the blast and an NBR is caused by direct head trauma1.

Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has been called the ‘signature injury’ of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan due to the significantly high prevalence in veterans previously deployed in these regions1,2. Over 300,000 United States (US) Armed Forces veterans have sustained a brain injury since 20031,2.

What can be done to help military men and women from receiving such a high number of concussions?