Case Study #146
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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.
Ten Year Facial, Neck, Shoulder, Low Back, and Leg Pain
A.C. was a 46 year-old female patient who was referred from Ottawa, Canada by her orthodontist. This patient had suffered left sided pain from the top of her head to her toes. Ten years of traditional therapy by medical and dental practitioners did not produce any lasting relief.
The patient was undergoing orthodontic treatment for a poor bite and was wearing upper and lower removable appliances. The upper dental appliance and model of the patient's mouth were mounted on the Accu-Liner instrument to analyze the parallel planes. The upper appliance was corrected by grinding down the acrylic material to establish a horizontal plane. Within five minutes after inserting the corrected appliance, 90% of the patient's left sided pain pattern disappeared. Additional nutritional and manipulative treatment was provided during the next several days and increased the relief to a 98% level which the patient has maintained up to the present.
The Accu-Liner is more than just an articulator. It is an instrument which allows you to register, analyze and treat the occlusion (bite). It is designed around the widely accepted concept that the maxilla is the primary arch of the stomatognathic system (dental complex), not the mandible. It relates the plane of occlusion to stable landmarks in the cranium using the anatomical reference points of the base of the skull and the Hamular Notches and the Incisive Papilla (HIP Plane) (Figure 20). By using these reference points, the Accu-Liner can measure, in millimeters, all movements of the mandible as well as distortions in the maxillary arch. The key to reestablishing structural balance of the entire body is to level the maxilla transversely (horizontal plane). The reason is simple. The maxilla represents the anterior two-thirds of the cranial base. If this structure is uneven so goes the rest of the body. This concept is not taught in dental schools and most dentists have no idea of structural balance.