Ex-NFL Quarterback Claims Relief from Concussions, Skeptics Emerge

Miracle or sham?

Time will tell.

On one side, Bernie Kosar, the former NFL quarterback, says he has experienced a miracle as far as relief from the lingering effects of dozens of concussions he suffered during his career. He credited Dr. Rick Sponaugle, who runs a wellness institute in Palm Harbor, outside Tampa, as providing “a gift from God” with treatment, with a “proprietary” IV and supplement program combined with a holistic approach that included improved nutrition.

Some are suspicious. Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post wrote a terrific piece today at http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/football/kosar-calls-concussion-treatment-gift-from-god-but/nTtgg/

Dr. Robert A. Stern, a Ph.D. and professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, told Habib:

“I find Dr. Sponaugle’s claims are not at all based on any known or accepted scientific findings. I view them as unacceptable, misleading and potentially quite harmful.”

But Kosar, who held a news conference, in insistent:

“I see friends of mine and I think a lot of them are losing hope. There are hundreds, if not thousands of guys, who are dealing with issues and pain and stuff. … They have an option and something that can genuinely help them get better in a short amount a time. You don’t have to live the rest of your life in pain and agony.”

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