Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Bennet Omalu, MD
• Poor executive function • Paranoid ideation • Exaggerated response to life stresses • Rampart fluctuation in mood • Breakdown of intimate and family relations • Insomnia, violent, alcohol/drug abuse • Major depression • Increase religiosity.
We define Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as, a progressive neurodegenerative syndrome caused by single, episodic or repetitive blunt force impacts to the head and transfer of acceleration-deceleration forces to the brain.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of neurodegeneration believed to result from repeated head injuries. Originally termed dementia pugilistica because of its association with boxing. The neuropathology of CTE was first described by Corsellis, in 1973, in a case series of 15 retired boxers. CTE has recently been found to occur after other causes of repeated head trauma. This suggests that any repeated blow to the head, such as those that occur in American football, hockey, soccer, professional wrestling, and physical abuse, can also lead to neurodegenerative changes. These changes often include cerebral atrophy, cavum septi pellucidi with fenestrations, shrinkage of the mammillary bodies, dense tau immunoreactive inclusions (neurofibrillary tangles, glial tangles, and neuropil neurites), and, in some cases, a TDP-43 proteinopathy. In association with these pathologic changes, disordered memory and executive functioning, behavioral and personality disturbances (eg, apathy, depression, irritability, impulsiveness, suicidality), parkinsonism and, occasionally, motor neuron disease are seen in affected individuals. No formal clinical or pathologic diagnostic criteria for CTE currently exist. But the distinctive neuropathologic profile of the disorder lends promise for future research into its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Pee-Wee, middle school, and high school football is the major cause of head trauma in children. Football is the most popular and promoted community based sport in Texas. There is even a series on television touting the “awesomeness” of football in Texas. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
Texas is one of the strongest, oldest, and most constant of the Republican states in the United States. The support of the Republicans for waterboarding, proven to be totally useless, shows just how mean-hearted, ignorant, and sadistic these individuals are.
Being mean-hearted, ignorant, and sadistic with poor executive functioning, and behavioral and personality disturbances are not qualities needed in our political leaders. These have been the “qualities” the Republicans have shown to be most consistent at. As a result of the neurodegenerative syndrome pathology the Republicans have essentially disqualified themselves from any leadership political position. These people must be purged from the political process before their neuropathology ends up destroying the nation.
Edited By: Alexis Atherton