NFL’s Kosar finds relief in hyped but mysterious brain treatments

This isn’t funny. TWO posts in a row connected to Suzanne Somers… Both complete woo woo.

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar receiving ‘groundbreaking’ treatments for brain trauma | cleveland.com.

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar never thought about the consequences of the helmet-rattling hits he absorbed while throwing touchdown passes and raising Super Bowl hopes at old Municipal Stadium.

But for the past decade, Kosar has spent sleepless, fitful nights dealing with the painful effects of at least a dozen documented concussions during a 13-year NFL career. There have been headaches, insomnia, slurred speech and persistent ringing and buzzing in his ears.

The 49-year-old had searched unsuccessfully for lasting relief until recently finding it courtesy of a Florida-based doctor who he says is helping reverse the effects of his brain trauma.

Kosar held a news conference Thursday in Middleburg Heights touting the “groundbreaking” work of Dr. Rick Sponaugle, who has been treating the Pro Bowl quarterback for about a month.

Go on and take a look at this article. Do you know what you will find? Not a single bit of science in it, no evidence, no credibility, not even a HINT of what kind of treatment this is or what it does. If that’s not a red flag for quackery, I don’t know what is. Part of the article notes, “Sponaugle[...]reportedly has admitted to administering treatment for publicity in the past.” I wonder what that was all about.

The only detail about the treatment is this: “Over the past month, he has received about 15 treatments, each lasting about two hours.” Wonder how much it costs…hmm.

Sponaugle also says he “works with” Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis patients and has treated about 20 former and current NFL players.

Observations: What is the treatment? Where is the science? (There isn’t any or this would not be a secret treatment). Isn’t it convenient that these sports celebrities are his clients? This comes on the heels of the disclosure that football players suffer serious brain injuries in their careers. What kind of treatment could it be that reverses brain injuries? Why does this news article read like a promotion for Sponaugle. Let’s look at who this guy is…

Here is Dr. Sponaugle’s web site: Florida Detox.

Along with the Kosar endorsement, the scrolling ad banner at the top reads, “Integrative Physician And Brain Expert Dr Rick Sponaugle Suspects Mold Toxicity And Lyme Disease A Factor In Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza”.

I have personally treated over 2,000 patients, who because of rage issues, were previously misdiagnosed by Psychiatrists as having a genetic Bipolar disorder, when in fact, their rage issues were caused by a brain full of toxins. The majority of these patients suffered from a combination of severe Mold toxicity and Neuro-Lyme disease, in addition to a Bartonella co-infection.

Yep, the same crap spouted by Somers in the piece we just posted before this. I swear that was a total coincidence.

I can hardly take anymore of this complete bullshit today.

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  4 comments for “NFL’s Kosar finds relief in hyped but mysterious brain treatments

  1. January 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    They had a short segment on this on our local Cleveland TV news and it reeked of woo.
    Glad you followed up on it. The evidence for widespread CTE associated with unrestricted impact sports is growing and with the large number of participants in football and hockey the temptation for quacks is going to be great. Look next for Sponaugle or someone like him to start offering prophylactic “treatments” to parents who’s boys play those sports. You can set your watch by it.

    • Tyler
      January 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I fear that you are correct. The terrible truth for Mr. Kosar and many others is that medical science can do essentially nothing for them today. Someone will fill that vacuum, unfortunately.

  2. Leper
    January 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    According to the descriptions of Sponaugle’s testimonials, some of his patients were successfully treated for drug addiction caused by Lyme disease and mold toxicity. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen woo diagnoses used to explain drug addiction.

  3. Douglas Boyle
    January 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    “I can hardly take anymore of this complete bullshit today.” I don’t know where you are but it’s 9am here and I’m full up on it too. Usually this kind of thing only happens on a weekday.

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