According to bafound.com, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated 6 million Americans – that’s 1 in 50, already have an un-ruptured aneurysm which can lead to death or stroke. “Early diagnosis is critical;” and having one aneurysm increases the chance of having another one. Statistically, a brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes. What if something as simple as a serving of walnuts could prevent aneurysm and save millions of lives every year?
A brain aneurysm is a weak and bulging place on a brain artery wall. Blood flow within the artery pounds against the weak spot of the artery wall, silently wearing down the thinned wall spot and eventually causing swelling of the weakened artery wall. The aneurysm may rupture from the building pressure, allowing the escape of blood into brain spaces. “A ruptured brain aneurysm commonly requires advanced surgical treatment” (The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 2015).
Did you know that women suffer from aneurysm at a rate of 3 to 2 compared to men? “There are almost 500,000 deaths worldwide each year caused by brain aneurysms and half the victims are younger than 50 – like many young athletes are. In effort to prevent this dangerous condition, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation published, Brain Aneurysm Basics That Can Save Your Life, which is available at their website. Aneurysm can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the abdomen (The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 2015).
Research shows that various natural food benefit discoveries have been silenced in the past because of their rivalry to pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, people are depleting their natural minerals through exercise, strenuous work, and even recreational sports, and dying of potentially preventable conditions.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation needs your help. Their Website states that, “If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures. Lives can be saved if people know the risks, the signs, and when to get help.” It is critical that you help raise awareness of brain aneurysms, including methods of early detection and treatment. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation asks you to please support H. Res. 259 and S. Res. 176 to make September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Please take action and sign their online petition at http://bafound.rallycongress.com.
In the video, “Tamala Jones Talks About Surviving a Brain Aneurysm”, Actress Tamela Jones describes miraculously surviving a ruptured aneurysm. She awoke with an excruciating headache after a few days of similar symptoms. When she stood up, the entire right side of her body was not functioning. She still managed to drive herself to work using only the left hand and foot. She worked that day, and incredibly, after work, she was examined by a physician. Jones was told that it was simply shocking that that she was able to still move and that she was speaking and coherent. Jones’ story is amazing due to the fact that most ruptured aneurysms end in death as they cannot be quickly treated.
Major, common symptom of brain aneurysm include: localized headache, dilated pupils, blurred or double vision, pain above and behind eye, weakness and numbness, and difficulty speaking, and should not be overlooked. If brain aneurysm (also called intracranial aneurysm) is had by two or more of your close relatives, your risk is also greater of experiencing an aneurysm. A history of smoking has also been linked with a higher rate of intracranial aneurysm (The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 2015).
Please talk to your doctor, do your research, and inform your loved ones that copper can prevent aneurysm and aneurysm rupture in some cases. If you survive an aneurysm, diet and lifestyle changes will likely be recommended. Why not start them now and avoid a life threatening condition.
Jones also wants to get the word out that aneurysms are not limited to persons of a certain age. Some people are under the erroneous impression that aneurysms only happen to the elderly. They think, “I’m young; I’m health; it can’t happen to me.” Wrong. However, you may be able to reduce your risk or avoid a rupture with a few grams of walnuts a day. If so, that’s a pretty huge payoff for a healthy snack. If you do not enjoy the bitter outer skin of shelled walnuts (*and you are not allergic), try crushing and mixing them into cereals, oatmeal, and yogurt (my actual breakfast everyday – thanks to a health-wise mentor).
Apparently, actress Sharon (pictured leaving the set of ‘Beautiful Joe’ taken in August 1999 in Vancouver, B.C.), was hospitalized and also survived a brain aneurysm in 2001. Head coach Mick Cronin of the VCU Rams also missed a winning Rams game (68-47) against the Cincinnati Bearcats after suffering an aneurysm (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) in 2014. More recently, there have been several aneurysm related deaths of athletes at the high school, college, and professional level. Will someone please tell coaches about copper-rich walnuts and vein health to protect our teams?
This call to action is dedicated to my cousin A.M., who passed from a double aneurysm. May we be wiser in your memory; may you rest in peace.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. (2015). Understanding : Brain Aneurysm Statistics and Facts. Retrieved December 16, 2015, from Brain Aneurysm Foundation: http://www.bafound.org/Statistics_and_Facts