Dr. Bonnie Kaplan Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
at the University of Calgary
"This book is going to help many readers. 
I applaud Cavin for doing so much research and citing so much good scientific literature to ensure that his ideas are scientifically sound and accurate.
I think it is remarkable that he has used his own traumatic experience to learn how to help himself as well as others. This practical nutritional advice is a welcome addition to the field. The information is presented in such a logical, clear fashion that it should be a resource book for anyone trying to optimize their brain health with improved nutrition."
“Cavin Balaster has an extreme passion for improving the current standards of neurorehabilitation and brain optimization for all individuals. Not only does he offer insight into the complexity of the neuro-immunological and inflammatory cascade that occurs in traumatic brain injury, but he has lived it, researched it, and spent thousands of hours taking this knowledge and putting together “How to Feed a Brain.” 
This is a must read for anyone who is looking to improve their overall brain health.
Cavin not only knows how important the role of nutrition is in healing and rewiring a brain that has suffered trauma, but also how important brain-based rehabilitation can be for improving the circuitry of a bidirectional brain-gut axis. A sincere thank you to Cavin for writing this book, which will help so many people live a lifetime with better brain health.” 
-Dr.Jeremy Schmoe DC DACNB FABBIR
Owner of Minnesota Functional Neurology (MFNC) 
Dr. Datis Kharrazian DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS
Author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working? and
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?
"Faithfully following the principles of functional medicine played a large role in Cavin’s recovery from a near-fatal brain injury. He not only recovered, he has gone on to immerse himself in the field and tirelessly advocate for those with brain injuries.
This is not the kind of information you will find in the standard health care model. Optimal brain care and nutrition is a journey most patients must make on their own or with a qualified practitioner. However...
Cavin is a testament to the brain’s amazing willingness and even desire to improve and recover when it is cared for properly.
Cavin presents a thorough guide to brain nutrition that includes sections on gastric tube feeding — a big plus you won't find in other nutrition guides. Whether you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, are wrestling with a neurodegenerative disease, or are simply interested in improving your brain health, this book is for you."

"How to Feed a Brain will change your life.
 Conventional tube feedings’ main ingredient is high fructose corn syrup!
If you have a brain injury or brain disease, or simply want to avoid early memory loss, and want to have a step- by –step guide for making tube feeds, soups, stews and or meals that will nourish and repair your brain,  you will find this a useful addition among your healing tools."
Dr. Terry Wahls M.D. 
author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
Venu R. Julapalli, M.D.
Founder, Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A. Co-Founder, Conscious Medicine
For anyone recovering from brain injury, Cavin Balaster's book How to Feed a Brain is the critical link between theory and application. 

Like Cavin, my mother suffered a traumatic brain injury (in her case, a ruptured brain aneurysm). During her acute care, top neurocritical physicians repeatedly emphasized the importance of nutrition in the process of recovery. The trouble is, that nutrition often amounts to generic facility food loaded with refined sugars. Or, in the case of tube feedings: corn syrup, maltodextrin, milk proteins, and more sugar. The last things a delicate, recovering brain and gut should receive.
Cavin's book fills the gap between what we understand about the importance of nutrition in brain recovery, and what that nutrition should look like.
His recommendations are evidence-informed and practical. And given the reality that many patients with acute brain injury are reliant on tube feeds for some time, his advice on gastric feedings is especially helpful. I am unaware of any other publication that describes in such detail how nutritious whole foods can be reformulated as whole food tube feeds. 

As a survivor of traumatic brain injury-- and now a thriver -- Cavin practices what he preaches. That skin in the game is important to me. I plan to incorporate Cavin's insights on his journey in my own mother's recovery. 

How to Feed a Brain is jam-packed with helpful brain health information. I really wish I had a resource like this years ago.  
I recommend it to anyone looking for practical information on how to heal a broken brain, optimize cognitive function, and live a better life.
Nutrition is the foundation of a healthy body and brain, and Cavin knows this better than anyone. You won’t regret implementing his advice into your everyday life."
Jordan Fallis
Health Journalist and Founder of
Optimal Living Dynamics
Reed Davis
Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Certification Course 
“Cavin Balaster has accomplished something important in the field of nutrition and self-healing that few authors have been able to do, made even more remarkable by his own experience with traumatic brain injury.
Rarely does a writer so easily or succinctly provide both a good education and a good read on the same pages. Cavin's sincerity comes through from the start and his purpose of helping others only deepens as the story unfolds.
By tapping into the latest research, combined with universal principles of health, Cavin has made his book about recovery from traumatic brain injury an exceptional source of information and inspiration for anyone with any health problem that they want to get rid of."
About the Author
In 2011, I fell 20 feet from a rooftop water tower scaffolding. My head struck a steel beam on the way down before crashing onto the concrete rooftop below. I was immediately rushed to the hospital and put on life support. While in a coma, an MRI revealed a severe diffuse axonal injury (DAI), which is one of the most devastating types of brain injury. Statistically...
over 90 percent of patients with this brain injury never regain consciousness, and most of those who do will often remain in a persistent vegetative state. 
My recovery journey began after finally waking from a 12-day coma before serious complications arose with the need to induce a second coma. In the following months, I endured severe brain fog, memory loss, breathing problems, incoordination with the left side of my body (my left hand was completely flexed inward), and...
I didn't eat, walk, or talk for months.
Following the acute stages of my brain injury, a dense brain fog, limited mobility, and numerous other difficulties persisted as I continued to navigate the physical and emotional toll of my new circumstances. At a pivotal moment, I was introduced to functional medicine, which illuminated for me a different way of looking at recovery. As several treatments, exercises, and therapies were implemented...
I began to reclaim the mental clarity I had before my injury.
An enormous amount of work and therapy played into my rehabilitation as I worked to regain everyday faculties. As I relearned how to live.
I utilized this regained clarity and dove into study, contacting practitioners of many different specialties, locally and internationally, in order to better understand how I could optimize my own recovery. 
I now drive, ride bikes, camp, play guitar, sing, and even practice martial arts!
Throughout my recovery, I have been invited to several medical conferences, including the International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, where I ended up giving an impromptu speech to a room filled with hundreds of health practitioners and medical students. Subsequently, I have found myself on stage as the keynote speaker for several nationally recognized organizations and have presented to hundreds of health practitioners as a guest health and medical expert.
With their expertise playing a monumental role in my recovery...
I have been working with doctors, nutritionists, professors, and dieticians, to put together resources to help and guide others.
After my injury, I did not know if I'd ever recover enough to lead a "normal life,” but I vowed that if I did get better, I would work to share the most effective tools that I found throughout recovery.
I am honored to share with you the nutritional tools that I found to be most useful towards neurological health.
Whether we want to support normal brain function or to give our brains the best shot to repair, we must supply the ingredients.

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Hospital nutrition

While I was hospitalized for months, I was unable to eat, walk, or talk, during which time I was fed through a gastric tube. It was through this tube in which I was receiving processed hospital liquid formula like Boost, Jevity, or Osmolite. These processed liquid formulas contain ingredients that have actually been shown to contribute to inflammation and/or neurodegeneration -- ingredients like corn syrup, canola oil, soy protein isolate, etc.! And this is not one candy bar every now and then… this is breakfast, lunch, and dinner for months, even years for some patients! 

This kind of processed liquid formula is what is typically fed to patients who are not eating conventionally both in the hospital setting and in hospice. So, in effect,...  

some people are essentially fed fortified corn syrup every day until they die. 

I find this practice to be criminal, which is why a major objective of the book is to influence a positive change in hospital nutrition. I believe that through patient education, empowerment, and demand, we can create that change. 

Using the research I have done, the tools I have implemented, and the connections I have made, we can make a positive change in the standard model of neurorehabilitation, and we can help to prevent neurological degeneration for everyone. 

I am so passionate about getting this book to anyone with a brain, and ESPECIALLY to those who need it most.
I know the importance of nutrition to brain function and repair first hand, and it excites me that nutrition is finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves when it comes to managing conditions and chronic care. We all have brains and we all eat, so learning exactly...
how to feed our brain for optimized brain function, development, and repair is information that is of great use to us all.
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