Down An Artificial False Path

I just cleaned up a new case in my Beverly Hills office and i wanted to share it with the readers because it showcases how our health slowly declines despite our best efforts. If we have full faith in how medical issues are addressed in such a fragmented manner as is offered by the CMS (conventional medical system), then getting the “best” from multiple specialists may not be the best; they will be missing the forest by focusing on the trees. My patient is a young slim man, there should be no reason to have recently developed sleep apnea requiring a CPAP machine (forcibly pushing air through a face mask every night). He has always had flat feet since childhood. He already has shoe inserts/orthotics. He has a retainer, a bite guard and the newest is the CPAP machine. How is this healthy? The decline of his health towards a false, artificial path of needing appliances to function without pain, to live, to sleep without the risk of dying in his sleep, is slow and insidious but is not recognized as such by the multiple professionals who treat him (the falsness, i mean). They did for him according to the standards of their profession, there is no negliegence, no liability. The standard is the “standard of care” what everybody else would have done. Of course the sleep specialist has only this answer, but does not ask the fundamental question of why it is that an apparently healthy, slim, young man should stop breathing in his sleep? When i present it to you like this, it stinks, doesn’t it? It is very insidious and deceiving the patient does not see this perspective himself. I proposed that all these problems were related, that the return of his health would be marked by the backwards process of not needing these appliances, the health “props” or crutches of health. His arches started to come back. Within the week, the lowest setting on the CPAP felt like his eardrums were going to pop.
So the lesson of this post is…when you need a lot of services for a lot of seemingly disparate medical conditions, if the proposed treatments are non-invasive and reversible it should be okay to proceed…rethink the slow, insidious progression and perhaps a more global, holistic philosophical medical and osteopathic approach might be beneficial or even curative.
For those of you who like medical mysteries, for those suffering, for those who like closing cold case files, would you like to know the sole cause i forensically attribute to final decline? Ooohh, it is really good…all this from…(drumroll)…in childhood during a critical developmental period where there is elongation of the spine and limbs, he had multiple traumas to the trunk, which stunted him at critical structural areas eventually leading him to this structural state, and compounded by the ageing process and an increasing gravitational workload on a strained and compromised system…whooo…there are many of you out there like him, just getting lost in the forest…

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