Since the time of Galen, one of the greatest physicians of first-century Rome, the endocrine system—which produces and sends hormones through your body and organs—has known to be vital to the functioning of the body. But only recently has the role of endocrine glands and hormonal imbalances been highlighted as central in the neurobehavioral and neurocognitive dysfunction following head injuries.
Endocrinologist Mark L. Gordon and former Special Forces Green Beret Andrew Marr are turning the attention of public and health care professionals to the devastating effects of injury to the endocrine system from war trauma. Dr. Gordon’s work challenges the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) model that sees psychological factors as central in causation. Gordon posits that the symptoms of PTSD for many returning soldiers are, in fact, a manifestation of trauma to the brain and a compromised endocrine system due to neuroinflammation.
For me, working with many patients recovering from auto accident trauma who are dealing with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and PTSD, Dr. Gordon’s research offers fresh hope by addressing a possible root cause of TBI symptoms. Promising results are emerging from using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HPR) to help restore normal levels. For Andrew Marr, the treatment helped to restore his life.
Many clinical questions—such as the role hormone imbalance plays in memory problems and symptoms such as flashbacks and intrusive trauma memories—remain to be answered by further research. HRT offers hope for faster and more complete recovery from devastating injuries, that in an instant, change lives forever.