Case Study #148
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"Splinters" Book Review
This is a book written in layman's terms. It's straight-forward, deconstructs the overly complex medical jargon and appeals to common sense...which is probably why it goes over the medical industry's head. And that's kind of the whole point.
Dr. Gerald Smith has been practicing medicine all over the world for over 50 years, and in his book he has outlined numerous case studies of seemingly "miraculous" cures, only he claims that they are anything but. In fact, his cures are almost too simple. His approach is to look for the root cause of each ailment in each individual patient. In contrast to the standard method of care, which treats broad symptoms over root causes, Dr. Smith shows over and over again how acknowledging that every ailment has a root cause (and the body doesn't just randomly attack itself or randomly succumb to germs) is the biggest hurdle that medical practitioners are facing when it comes to helping their patients. At times he goes even further and shows real life examples of doctors having unintentionally done more harm than good, while the true cure was under their noses all along.
This is an eye‑opening book. It challenges the status quo of medical care and backs it up with case after case of simple treatment methods that worked to quickly and "miraculously" cure heart disease, migraines, cancer, infections, chronic pain and so on. Armed with the knowledge that there are other (more) effective treatment methods, patients will be able to have some control over their own health.
Here's hoping the medical industry as a whole will come to understand the role they have played in creating this world of chronic illness, and will then realize the power of simplicity in correcting their errors. Taking a look at Dr. Smith's book would certainly be a start.
Noises in the Head Resolved with New Dentures
Margaret G. was 75 years‑old and presented the chief complaint of hearing noises in here head. To most practitioners, Margaret would have been view as one of those crazy patients. The dynamics are structurally based. When dentures lose vertical height they change the dynamics of cranial bone alignment and intra cranial vascular and lymphatic drainage system function. The fluid flow can be altered with vasoconstriction or narrowing of the blood vessels. Similar to crimping a water hose. The noises reflect friction caused by the fluids passing through a narrowed vessel.
Treatment consisted of cranial bone alignment just prior to taking the impressions for her new dentures. The manipulation is essential before the impression so as to capture a balanced maxillae. Otherwise taking an impression on a distorted upper jaw (maxillae) would only serve to keep the cranial distortions locked in and no change of symptoms.