Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain - Encephalitis has been known for centuries. Like all inflammatory processes, it is a normal reaction to tissue damage. Its causes include:
Regardless of the cause of encephalitis, the resulting symptoms are the same depending on the region of the brain that is affected. The broader term encephalopathy is frequently substituted for encephalitis.
Encephalitis causes brain swelling that can produce virtually any state of disease known to man. It can adversely affect:
Encephalitis is generally considered by to be:
Acute encephalitis is often a life-threatening condition - Death due to encephalitis is the result of progressive hypoxia (diminished oxygen levels). Brain tissue, unlike other body tissues, does not survive even short periods of hypoxia. As the ICP (intracranial pressure) increases, cerebral perfusion (the engorgement of the cerebral blood vessels) decreases. Ultimately, there is not enough oxygen-carrying blood left in the brain to supply adequate oxygen to the tissues. Death is rapid.
When a patient does recover from acute encephalitis, it has been assumed that the encephalitis has resolved itself and that the resulting brain damage is permanent and irreversible.
F.J.M. Walters - Consultant Anesthesiologist, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK - indicates that Intracranial Pressure (ICP) of 20mm Hg in a non-sedated patient produces drowsiness and confusion, and that an ICP of 30mm Hg is indicative of severe brain swelling.
Medical science studies primarily acute encephalitis - Discussions of increased ICP and encephalitis have been limited to cases of severe trauma and life-threatening encephalitis, usually of viral origin. Invariably, these discussions are based on the rigid - box (Monroe - Kellie Hypothesis) theory of the human skull, which has now been proven to be inaccurate.
There is no practical way to measure Intracranial Pressure (ICP) below 20mm Hg - As a result the possibility of chronic low grade encephalitis, either independent of (or following) an acute encephalitic event, has yet to be addressed by medical science. To date, there is very little in the scientific literature to suggest that inflammation of the brain might be chronic (ongoing) even though we see chronic inflammation in several other disease states such as bunions, acne and arthritis, among others.
As there is no way of knowing for certain if the inflammation is global, or if it is limited to just one region of the brain, it has generally been assumed that when a person recovers from the acute phase of encephalitis the residual brain damage is permanent and irreversible.
The cranial subluxation - encephalitis link - When Dr. Blye was introduced to Dr. Harris Coulter's writings on Post Vaccination Encephalitis, he recognized that chronic encephalitis may be the underlying cause of many health problems, and that it may also play a vital role in cranial subluxation related conditions. He asked himself .....
These questions led Dr. Blye to conclude that chronic regional encephalitis, though not addressed in the scientific literature, must exist.
The type and severity of symptoms or dysfunction is dependent on the extensiveness of the swelling - mild encephalitis may produce mild discomfort or a mild sense of disorientation, while severe encephalitis may result in death.
There can be an ebb and flow of the swelling - so that people can have "good days" or "bad days."
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