On April 22 - 24, 2016, Hardy Nutritionals® founder, David Hardy spoke to a highly-talented group of functional neurologists at a Carrick Institute Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. seminar in Atlanta Hardy discussed how micronutrient therapy can add significant value to Carrick-trained doctors' already effective neurological treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI), ADHD, Autism, and other brain-related injuries and disorders.
This seminar was a follow-up to the December 2015 International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience which was hosted by the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies and sponsored in part by Hardy Nutritionals®. At this conference , nutrition researcher Dr. Bonnie Kaplan and Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Charles Popper, both prominent speakers, presented on the powerful application of micronutrient therapy specifically in mood-related disorders.
David Hardy comments, "I look forward to working more closely with Dr. Carrick and the many doctors that he has trained in functional neurology to research the effects of our micronutrient therapy on their patients. Frederick Carrick is truly a pioneer in his field. It's a great honor to work with professionals like him who see the foundational application of essential vitamins and minerals in many areas of health."
A particularly intriguing segment of Hardy's presentation reviewed research conducted at the world-renowned Canadian Center for Behavioural Neuroscience on one of his micronutrient formulas. The specific series of studies conducted showed brain recovery in rats that had never been measured before by scientists.
Neuroscientists performed surgery on a group of young rats, removing either the entire frontal lobe of the brain or part of the parietal lobe. The researchers then fed one group of these rats Purina Rat Chow (considered to be an ideally fortified lab rat diet with 22 added vitamins and minerals) and another group the same base diet fortified with the more complete, specially-processed micronutrient formulation. Brain recovery was significantly enhanced in the micronutrient-fed rats. As the rats recovered, researchers observed that the micronutrient-fed rats showed significantly calmer behavior and dramatically improved cognitive function compared with Purina-fed rats. The brain cells of micronutrient rats were also more complexly-branched and better connected with neighboring cells than the brain cells of Purina-fed rats. The calmer behavior and enhanced cognitive function of micronutrient-treated rats are consistent with results documented by researchers around the world in many people with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. The enhanced brain cell connectivity observed by researchers supports the use of micronutrient formulations for human brain recovery in conjunction with brain rehabilitation therapies.
Source: Factors influencing frontal cortex development and recovery from early frontal injury. Halliwell C, Comeau W, Gibb R, Frost DO, Kolb B. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2009;12(5):269-78.