Case Study #147
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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.
Four Years of Incapacitating Facial Pain Resolved
Mrs. B.G., a 44 year-old female, suffered severe incapacitated facial pain for a four year period. Mrs. G was a registered nurse in Pittsburg, PA. She had become gradually affected by facial pain to a point where she had to stop working. The pain affected not only the left side of her face but caused her left eye to completely close.
The patient was treated by numerous medical doctors including a complete evaluation at the prestigious Cleveland Pain Clinic. As a last resort, the paws put on the new miracle drug Immitrex, for migraine headaches. At $40 per injection, this treatment brought only partial relief.
An evaluation of the patient’s problem revealed that her pain was caused by nerve entrapment from a spastic muscle. The patient's 15 year-old ill fitting denture worn down to a point which reduced vertical support for the main chewing muscles. The resulting spasm put pressure on a branch of the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve causing facial pain and closure of her left eye. Resolving the muscle spasm and correcting the loss of denture height brought permanent pain relief.
The deep facial folds are tell tale signs that the patient’s dentures are not supporting the muscles. Lost vertical support is also a source for a decreased airway.
Photo depicts lost vertical jaw height.