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Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain

Following the lives of several patients suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, the film explores a treatment protocol that is helping TBI victims regain their lives.

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Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain is a documentary that tracks the lives of several people suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as they explore a revolutionary treatment protocol that is bringing recovery to TBI patients and helping them experience renewed quality of life. It shows the struggle that unsuspecting victims can experience, bringing to light the difference between PTSD and TBI. It also covers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy that tends to occur in athletes in impactive sports and people who have suffered concussive impacts that result in emotional, cognitive and physiological changes in the brain.

The film presents medical research, statistics and studies and is set in the framework of a previously aired podcast with podcast host Joe Rogan. It features several doctors sharing their research and findings, highlighting the work of neuro-endocrinologist Dr. Mark Gordan and the work of the Warrior Angels Foundation, showing the progress of recovery for a variety of patients including football players Mark Rypien and Anthony Davis and pro surfer Shawn Dollar, as well as a gymnast, a rape victim, an open-heart surgery patient and a first responder who was on Ground Zero on 9/11.

TBI can lead to temporary or permanent impairment of cognitive, physical or psycho-social functions, but these symptoms may not appear for up to one year after the incident, which has led to improper diagnoses and ineffective treatments. Victims can suffer from depression, bouts of rage, suicidal tendencies, alcoholism, lack of sleep and rage, affecting their work and relationships. The film reveals that some doctors believe that the high suicide rate among veterans is due in part to undiagnosed and untreated TBI.

Ultimately, this documentary offers hope for people experiencing the symptoms of TBI and an opportunity for them to regain their lives. It is very family oriented as it shows the support of families as they seek out a proper diagnosis of TBI and a treatment that offers real and documented hope for recovery. This film is Dove-approved for ages eighteen and above.

The Dove Take:

Although the film contains several obscenities expressed by patients suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, for those seeking help for themselves or a loved one, it explores treatment protocols that are proving effective and offers hope to those dealing with TBI.

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A dad mentions taking his daughter to Canada to get prayer for healing, but he heard a small voice say wait one more day (and then they got connected with doctors who could help); hope is infused throughout as people in dire and often suicidal situations connect with health professionals offering true help in recovery.


Shows news footage of bomb explosions and reenactments of warfare experienced by the veterans covered in the film.




Expletives are used in the context of conversation with military personnel under duress; terms used are pussy, fuck you, fucking, fucking pussy, asshole. The words “Jesus” and God-damn” are used when a bomb explodes. The term rape is used several times in reference to a young woman’s experience that led to her brain trauma.


Shows news footage of bomb explosions and reenactments of warfare experienced by the veterans covered in the film.


None, although there is the mention of prescription medications normally given to people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.


Shirtless man holding his newborn baby, skin to skin.



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