Larry Kaminski at the Amen Clinic

Mar 23, 2010

Larry Kaminski at Home

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Today (Monday March 22, 2010) I went to the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, CA for my scheduled brain scan through their research program to challenge the NFL fiction that concussions and football hits have no effect on former players. It was very interesting. Dr. Amen is a well-respected doctor/author and has several clinics throughout the country. This procedure was very expensive but at no cost to NFL players chosen for this study.

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The bad news is that I have brain damage. My 8 years of playing in the NFL under the old rules took its toll. However, it’s not as bad as some and may be improved. They have put me on a supplement program and neurotherapy for several months. I will be checked again to see if the issue is getting better after this period. My damage is in the temporal lobes (red). (And no, I don’t have half a brain! – Larry)

The good news is that I was exceptionally strong in cognitive skills and the possibility of dementia is slim. I will continue to read and keep up with my brain activities which I do on a daily basis. Another issue that was discovered is that I have a ‘Hot’ brain. The electrical activity in my head is not normal. This causes my anxiety and restlessness and worry. I will be working with a therapist to cool it off. It was discussed that my excessive drinking was probably a result of me trying to use alcohol to settle myself down. That sure worked.

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I am glad I took the time to make use of the program. It has helped me to understand myself a lot better and explain moods, anxiety and aggressiveness.

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Well, as Fred Forsberg once said, “Prince, it is a wonder you are almost normal.” I can only say that it could be worse and I can try to make it better with proper care and diet.

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Larry Kaminski

Poulsbo, WA
Denver Broncos
1966 – 1973

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Na Zdrowie

GO PURDUE!

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    March 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Dave Pear
    Thank you Larry!

    It takes courage to stand firm for justice. Retired players continue to come forward and speak up about their life-changing football injuries and the injustices by the NFL.

    Thank you to Dr. Amen for this valuable and generous offer of a brain scan at no cost to retired NFL Players.

    The NFL is a $40,000,000,000 business (and growing) that generates over $8,000,000,000 in revenue annually and is still not sure if repeated blows to the head cause brain injuries.

    Dr. Amen is a benevolent doctor who cares about the serious injuries players receive from being hit in the head.

    Too bad the GREEDY NFL only cares about the bottom line and the point spread.

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. George Visger
    March 23rd, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    George Visger
    Larry,

    I’m glad you were able to make it to Dr. Amen’s clinic. The service he offers current and former players is invaluable. We are all very thankful for his help on not just diagnosing problems (we all know we have problems), but also in formulating a game plan to get us back on track.

    Having dealt with the side effects of my 9 (and counting) brain surgeries the last 28 years, I am beginning to show improvement by following Dr. Amen’s recommendations from my October evaluation. He first weaned me off the cocktail of anti-seizure, memory and sleep aid drugs I was on. I am now only taking Lamictil for my grand mal seizures. In addition, Dr. Barry Sears has been sending me his Zone Health Omega 3s and antioxidants, which in combination with Hyperbaric oxygen treatments I started 7 weeks ago, I am beginning to actually recall things from last week. I received an e-mail today from Dr. Julian Bailes and Dr. Barry Sears, relaying a scientific study they conducted on the effects of Omega 3’s on restoring damaged neurons and neurotransmitters.

    May not sound like much to most, but huge for me, and could be for 1,000’s of voiceless brain-damaged ex ball players at all levels of play.

    My original SPECT scan showed major damage to most of the lobes of my brain and I am now looking forward to my second scan on April 14, to compare results after I complete 40 hyperbaric treatments.

    All of you who read this should contact Dr. Amen and Dr. Barry Sears. Both of these gentlemen, though not miracle workers by any stretch of the imagination, can literally change your life. The problems I have from my damages have caused incredible damage to my family and business relationships. I am deeply indebted to both these gentlemen, and would encourage all to take the steps necessary to get your lives back.

    Also look into Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments (HBOT). At $300 a pop, it’s a no-brainer (excuse the pun).

    Good luck to all, and many thanks to Drs. Amen, Sears, Bailes and Omalu for all their hard work on bringing to light and taking steps to prevent and treat brain injuries.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49’ers
    1980 & 1981

  3. Gregg Bingham
    March 23rd, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Greg Bingham
    Larry –

    Gregg Bingham here… Long time no see… I read here what happened to you with your brain and by your comments I conclude I will get the chance to catch up in person someday soon… BTW speaking of brain damage. Are you sure that Blocking Bill Yanchar didn’t do that to you… LOL. One more thing – while I understand Captain Larry’s isn’t official any more, we’ll have to do a private cruise instead. OK?

    TTYL Gregg
    Houston Oilers
    1973 -1984

  4. Gary Hrivnak
    March 24th, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Gary Hrivnak 72

    Larry,

    Thanks for sharing some tuff stuff with us. God bless you.

    Gary Hrivnak
    Purdue
    Purdue 1973
    Chicago Bears 1973 – 1976

  5. Mary McGrath
    March 25th, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    Larry,

    I’m glad to know you are getting the assistance you have long needed. As a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, I have had occasion to see a few former professional ball players who have lasting medical damage from years of hard play and recurring injuries.

    God Bless,
    Mary McGrath