Case Study #143
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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.
Head Trauma, Cranial Distortions, and Leg Pain
Craniosacral therapy is a therapeutic technique that helps re-establish the proper flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) throughout the spine via the dural tube. The dural tube is a membrane like a sausage casing that surrounds the brain and extends though the foramen magnum (hole at the base of the skull) and center of the spinal column all the way down to the sacrum (tail bone). The CSF fills the dural tube, cushions our brain and spinal column, like a shock absorber, brings nourishment to our nerves, and transports waste material to be recycled. When a restriction or blockage occurs in the dural tube, the flow of nourishment is impaired and can affect the optimal performance of nerves and the organs they innervate.
When patients hit their head, the cranial bones distort directly influencing the dural tube, and nerves which exit the spinal cord. The nerve irritation causes burning and pain in the innervated areas. This was the case with Annette. She fell and impacted her skull which in turn twisted her dural tube affecting her sacrum and causing burning and pain in her shins. Correcting her cranial distortions released the tension in the dural tube which relieved the tension on her nerve roots. Immediately, her burning pain resolved. Craniosacral therapy is an art and must be learned from skilled teachers. Also the practitioner must practice his art to perfect it. It isn’t a cookie cutter procedure. Once learned cranial manipulation and or craniosacral therapy can relieve much pain and discomfort non-invasively.