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December 23rd, 2010
10:02 PM ET

Taking care of our troops: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Jeff Toobin is right, you can't prosecute someone Before they commit a crime.

    However, since the community is known to others, can't their children be monitored so if the child becomes ill, the law can be called upon by teachers, neighbors, etc.?

    December 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Donato

    Not true – prior to being "civilian" , as a former flight surgeon..... Treatment is not based upon active duty status.
    DJB
    Toledo Ohio

    December 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Steven

    It is encouraging to see that many "Hollywood celebrities" are not just the preening, vain, narcissists the pop media might have us believe. Lifeboat earth is not an endless cornucopia, so we all need to be "our brother' (and sisters') keepers. It is commendable to do our "good deeds" privately, but when people are already in the spotlight, doesn't it also seems like a good thing if they can offer a shining example of caring, sharing or at least "noblesse oblige?"

    December 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Sharon Hastings

    Refusing medical treatment for children has been in the news many times. It seems the courts have intervened in a number of states when children with cancer were being denied treatment. It's not just this church either. There are many churchs who believe in faith healing but that doesn't mean all of them don't also seek appropriate medical care.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I have great faith in alternative healing, which can at times, require faith as a component.
    However, in my own experience, combining the best of Western medicine with alternative and "faith" healings is the Best way to approach healing.

    I DO Not agree with these parents and am glad that the State requires real medical treatment or the parents suffer criminal charges!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    How can a parent allow their children to suffer like that? Especially when it just takes a few drops of something or a small pill that will make them feel better.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Emily

    Good evening Dr. Gupta, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!

    After hearing Dan Simon talking I just had to say that I really hope that this new law that was enacted IS enforced! People who refuse to take Their child(ren) to a Doctor Should lose their Parental Rights, ASAP!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Nina

    I understand the power of faith, however, if your loved one is not healing, they why continue with the same behavior? I am glad the parents are charged. There is a difference between religious freedom and safety for your child!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Diane

    The best kept secret is to stay active duty and under Tricare – if you get discharged and into the VA system, you're out of luck. Army personnel arrive bedside within hours of the
    injured getting to a US facility like Walter Reed or NNMC, with discharge papers and a story that you'll be better off in the VA system. Keeping that Tricare means you can get treatment at any private facility that accepts Tricare – know matter how many times Tricare and the Armay lie about it. TBI treatment is covered, but cognitive therapy is not. A good facility knows how to get this therapy to the patient.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Donato

    Main area of debate is whether 1.5 VS 2 ATA is substantiated.... Wilford Hall should have good data within the year.
    DJB
    Toledo OH

    December 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Dargan

    I am with a cognitive training center, called LearningRx. We have over 70 locations across the country and have worked with dozens and donzens of wounded warriors in Colorado and Washington with much success, rehabilitating skills such as attention, memory, decision speed, etc. However, the challenge is trying to get TriCare or the VA to pay. We've seen it change lives and have many soldiers who will testify. Love to hear from anyone who can guide us through the maze.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That child just sounded spoiled

    December 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I'm proud of Pastor Robertson's stand on grass (i don't know how to spell mara....). And, he right!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Nina

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent
    'All of our injured veterans deserve the chance to function at the highest level possible.'

    Well stated and I completely agree. All veterans deserve the best of treatments to help with their level of functioning.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That suitcase murder mystery is creepy

    December 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Sharon Hastings

    @Steven: "it's clear the birthers cannot be confused with the facts"-So well stated. I also believe (very unfortunately) that race plays some role in this persistent need to negate Obama's right to be president.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Michael, thank you for bringing you expertise to the conversation.
    @the parents who wrote in to defend proper treatment for head injuries, thank you too.

    All of your writing has added to the argument for the proper therapy.
    All of our injured veterans deserve the chance to function at the highest level possible.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, Ohio

    True philanthropists do not advertise it and do not gain publicity from their good works.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Nina

    @ Donato
    As a MD, you obviously know that many areas of cognitive skills and damage are still an unknown. Therefore, how could any treatment be conclusive? However, if it works for many, why not support it?

    December 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Steven

    It's clear the "birthers" cannot be confused with the facts, because they don't wish to be. We can only appeal to people who are not invested in trying to delegitimize our (coincidentally?) first black President.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Nina

    @ Michele Sturt
    I am delighted to hear of your brother's recovery. Yes, the brain is an amazing organ. It can often repair itself in ways we still do not know how.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    So far US deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan total approximately 5200. Approximately 360,000 have traumatic brain injuries. Not to mention other horribly disfiguring injuries. Not to mention the billions and billions spent on the wars. And there is absolutely no indication that we can win the current war, whatever "winning" would mean.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Nina

    Thank You Anderson... for questioning this man's perceptions.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Donato

    As a hyperbaric board certified physician the treatment study regarding HBOT and TBI is interesting – but not conclusive – thoughts?
    Thanks
    Dr DJB
    Toledo Ohio

    December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Michele Sturt

    My brother suffered a severe TBI in 1997 during jump training as a NavySeal. We fought for his rehab to be covered at the San Diego Rehab Insitiute, rather than the facility the navy wanted him to get his care. Thirteen yrs later he is doing so well and has made a miraculous recovery against all odds. His rehab is without a doubt the reason why-you only have to watch it happen to know the importance of this therapy.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Lisa

    Dr. Gupta,
    I believe the men and women coming back from battle should receive full treatment for their TBI's.
    Two years ago our son had a TBI when he was almost 14. I believe his PT, OT and Speech Therapy helped him progress and improve from his injury. We are so thankful he is doing so well.
    I hope all the vets have this opportunity to improve!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I beleive these were some of the same people that declared that John McCain was not an American citizen because he was born in Panama.
    Any child born of American parent(s), is an American.

    How do we get these birthers to go away?

    December 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Linda

    Hyperbaric oxygen treatments for TBI – please discuss

    December 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I really do not care if Obama was born here or not. Schwartenegger was born in Austria and no one was demanding a green card or visa from him when he ran for govenor and won, and he is a republican

    December 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Tom

    How many active duty troops get their healthcare from Tricare? Not many because most active duty troops receive care from the military health system itself not from an insurance system to pay for civilian care.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Nina

    @ Starr,known as vincent
    I am still very impressed by your cognitive constructs and capabilities!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Michael

    I've worked with TBI patients for years a speech pathologist and I bill the cognitive therapy code CPT 97532, they discussed tonight. Cognitive treatment is typically the only intervention that works with this ailment. Medicare pays for 97532 and Tricare should to!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Nina

    Oh please... the birthers??? I am from Hawaii. I can tell you, he is American. It is embarrassing that we continue to question his birth of origin as the rest of the world is laughing!!!

    Hawaii Just became a State and the formal birth certificates were still under territorial format!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Diane

    My son suffered severe head trauma and TBI from an IED in Iraq in 05. We were one of the lucky ones, with high level connections to keep him from being discharged and to get us out of the VA system and into private rehab. The private facility built cognitive therapy into every activity of his all day every day rehab. They knew that Tricare would never pay for it but they knew it was imperative to his recovery. After 18 months of hospitalization, we were able to bring him home and he still continues to improve. The VA Polytrauma felt he should just go to a nursing home within days of his arrival there.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Starr,known as vincent

    @Nina – i have had the benefit of a great deal of treatment for my injuries. Thank you for the compliment.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Starr,known as vincent

    @Sharon Hastings – great post! Ending the war certainly could be seen as an option.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Nina

    @Starr,known as vincen
    Your cognitive skills are incredible if you suffer from brain trauma! I am very impressed!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  38. dean..nam vet

    maybe put them on the front line and let them experience a brain injury then maybe they will get it. but we all know they will "never get it", . our vets need care,........... end of conversation

    December 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Military members get the best health care that the government can get but yet they do not cover something like brain injuries? that just doesn't make any sense

    December 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Starr,known as vincent

    Sanjay is a Neuro Sugeon and Knows this therapy works.
    As a retired RN, who at the end of my career, specialized in brain injury (and also suffer from brain trauma), i Know this therapy works.

    I read the article on this blog and it seems to me that there is reluctance by the Pentagon to fund this program as it would expand the budget for veterans' medical care a lot.

    Even so, these young veterans deserve Every chance for recovery.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Sharon Hastings

    Cost concerns. I have an idea to reduce cost. End the war. No cost. No care needed.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Nina

    No therapy is an absolute science; however, it does work for many in varying degrees depending on many factors. I am appalled that Tri Care is not being responsible and take care of our veterans. Just figures... money sets presence over care!!!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It is obvious Tricare didn't come on the show tonight because they were afraid to be challenged by Dr. Gupta.

    Why are all of these other insurers offering this care? They must have based their decisions on medical studies.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  44. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Sanjay and fellow bloggers. Here is another instance something like the 9/11 first responders needing proper care. As a neurosurgeon, Sanjay certainly believes in this therapy. And I don't believe that money doesn't enter the equation.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  45. Nina

    I cannot believe Tri care is backing out of its responsibility to these veterans. Good Grief

    December 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  46. Starr,known as vincent

    Good evening Sanjay & Team 360.
    A
    Hello, Nichole, Nancy, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Samantha, Heather, Nina, Sharon,everyone....

    December 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  47. Nina

    Cognitive impairments such as communication & executive brain functioning problems. Many people have difficulty with 0x3 (orientation to person, place and time) with the goal focused on independent level of functioning

    December 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone

    December 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  49. Nina

    Very tragic that so many individuals are suffering from TBI

    traumatic brain injury (TBI) vary from person to person.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  50. Nina

    Good Evening Dr. Gupta and other bloggers

    December 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
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