How To Identify a Stroke?

Helping to identify a stoke can dramatically increase the chances of an effective treatment.  Please read and file in your memory banks for an emergency…and just pray you never have to use it.  But, if you do – then you will be prepared.

The sooner you get a stroke victim to the hospital the chances of saving their lives is increased exponentially.


Symptoms of a stroke can be difficult to identify, especially if you are not a medically trained person.  I don’t treat emergencies, so information like this is always helpful to have in the ole’ memory banks…just in case.  It is a good reminder.

Educating yourself on the symptoms will help minimize the amount of fear and chaos present in a situation where there is lack of awareness…which could lead to disaster.

The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

You can recognize a stroke by asking three very simple questions:

‘When you think someone is having a stoke…just remember the first 3 letters of the word stroke…S.T.R.’

“S” — Smile. If there is any drooping in the face or mouth – this may be a positive sign of a stoke.  You can also have them stick out their tongue.  If it is crooked or at an angle, then this can also be a sign of a stoke.

“T” — Talk.  Have them say the sentence, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”…If it is slurred or incoherent – there is a problem.  If they have had  a stroke they will not be able to say this sentence correctly.  Go to the hospital.

“R” — Raise arms.  Have them raise both of their arms with their eyes closed.  If there is an imbalance with their arms raised – call or get  them medical attention.

You can also have symptoms of dizziness, confusion, headache, sudden numbness on one side of body or in arms or legs and trouble seeing out of one eye.

There are many additional signs, symptoms and tests that would be performed at the hospital by a physician.  I am including a very abbreviated version here to help educate and keep you prepared in case of an emergency.  The sooner you can get to the hospital, the better the chances for an effective treatment.

If there is difficulty with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher and/or take them to the hospital.  Tell them the signs you have seen and that way they will know to direct you to the nearest center that can deal most effectively with the issue at hand.

What is Stroke…

A stroke is a loss of the blood being supplied to brain by a thrombus (a clot of blood which forms at the blockage), embolus (an object that moves from one part of the body and causes a blockage) or an injury (such as a head trauma).

There can be risk factors that can put one at a greater risk for having a stroke.

  1. Obesity
  2. Heart disease and/or High Blood Pressure
  3. Diabetes
  4. Cigarette Smoking
  5. Elevations in Cholesterol
  6. Gender (more common in men, sorry guys)
  7. Family history of strokes and cardiovascular disease
  8. Poor Diet

There is nothing that makes me happier than working with a healthy client to setup a protocol to work on preventing isssues such as this.  This same individualized protocol can also be used to help prevent heart attacks as well.

Preventing a stroke is far easier than treating one.  If you have a stroke, then there is nothing more crucial than getting to the hospital as soon as possible.  The conventional medical profession excels in emergency situtations of this nature.

This article could really be a book – on the information regarding strokes alone, not to mention the vast amount of information that could be included pertaining to the wellness prevention of strokes.  So…that being said…I am not going to try to cram too much information in here for you too read.

However, for our time here there are several things that I recommend right off the bat!

  • Wobenzym

This product has been used for years in Europe (for treatment of as well as prevention of…strokes and heart attacks, not to mention that this is one of the best things I have even seen for inflammation and pain).

When you first start using wobenzym, especially for a man or woman that is 40 years or old is a dose of 10 (ten) pills, 3 (three) times per day on an empty stomach for about 4-6 months. After that time the dosage can be decreased, but if you are at risk, I would continue to take this product at a lower dose, indefinantly.  These are systemic enzymes that are most effective when there is nothing for them to do in the stomach.  By that, I mean that there is nothing for them to try and digest there.  They are most effective when they can go systemic (other parts of the body) and do there work of digesting.

Inflammation is a primary underlying cause of many issues from a more holistic standpoint.

  • Beyond Chelation-Improved – which is a fantastic all-inclusive vitamin supplement, formulated by Dr. Garry Gordon, a physician in Arizona that pioneered chelation therapy.  The dosge is 1 (one) packet, 2 (twice) daily with food.  Vitamins must be taken with food for the most part as they can upset your stomach and they need the food to be properly absorbed and utlized by your body.

This is a very basic protocol – please get with a practitioner that is well versed in holistic wellness that can assist you with your goals. Additionally it is paramount that your hormones are balanced and at optimal levels – this includes both men and women.  Yes guys that means you!!  Get your levels checked too!!

This includes, thyroid, testosterone, progesterone, dhea-s, homocystine, fibrinogen and CRP C-reactive protein levels – just to mention a few.  Let’s chat!!

Make sure that you get adequate rest, drink plently of water, exercise and practice effective stress managment, such as meditation.

I am available to help you on your path and with your goals of wellness…schedule an appointment with me today for your wellness education.

Be Well!!

Dr. Skip

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