Case Study #159
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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.
Vertigo: an Uncommon Cause
There are many potential causes for vertigo, food poisoning, chemical toxicity, virus in the middle ear, bacterial ear infections, atlas (first cervical vertebra) subluxation (misalignment), category II sacroiliac weakness (pelvis instability), crystals in the semicircular canals, cranial distortions, and approximately 5% of cases are the direct result of prescribed medications. There is one cause that never appears in any of the medical literature as a potential cause of dizziness or vertigo and that is dural fibrillation. Just like your heart can go into fibrillation or an arrhythmia so can the dural membrane system that surrounds the brain. When the dura goes into an arrhythmia, it adversely affects the pumping mechanism of the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain. This abnormal motion causes the patient to perceive stationery objects moving. Unfortunately there is no blood test, MRI, CAT scan or conventional test that can make a correct diagnosis. The only way of determining if dural fibrillation is present is through the skilled hands of a trained chiropractor called a craniopath or an osteopathic physician, cranial osteopath. A professional who has the manipulative skills to adjust the cranial bones can feel a person’s head and make a diagnosis in seconds.
Carol K. presented with the symptom of dizziness for several weeks. Conventional and even integrative medicine testing provided no clues to her vertigo. Upon examining the patient’s skull, it was quickly perceived that her motion was abnormal and in fibrillation. Treatment involved bringing her cranial motion to a still point. By gently compressing her skull bilaterally, her intracranial dural membranes started to unwind. After several minutes, the motion ceased reaching a still point. Upon release of her cranium, Carol stated that her vertigo totally disappeared. A one week post follow-up visit confirmed that her vertigo had not returned. Dural fibrillation represents an uncommon etiology that most healthcare practitioners do not even know exists.
Dr. Gerald Smith, DDS, DNM