Archive for March 2014

Mechanical Causes of Chronic Constipation

March 16, 2014

These last several months have been amazing. I have discovered a new perspective on patients and chronic constipation…and yes, cure…It is so difficult for me to fathom, still. I have been doing this osteopathic muscular treatment for the last 14 years for patients with chronic problems. No matter the source of the structural derangement and myriad symptoms such as migraines, herniated disc, back pain, spasms, the response is never such as the ones I receive when I resolve chronic constipation. The patients with whiplash, bad hip, bad knee, limping, gimping, dizzy, not sleeping, doesn’t matter…they get relief but I never, ever, ever get immediate feedback. I know they got better because they come in weeks, months, years later or they refer friends, family or loved ones weeks, months, or years later. But this…, this takes the cake (eats it, and poops it out too, sorry, much too much?). The overwhelming immediate feedback suggests to me that there is an epidemic of constipation in the pain and chronic issues population or the conventional treatments are only adequate. Perhaps, what I am sensing is that health and normal vegetative functions are vital as the starting point of our pursuit of happiness. How can one live a normal daily life, to pursue our dreams, if the start of the day is sluggish and our sewer system is backed up by several days or, in some of my patients, a whole week. Again, how can one live to be happy? These patients, I marvel and ask them, how is it that they can still have a sense of humor or a smile on their face, or have the ability to be good parents (and not beat their children) despite their chronic constipation? They confirm that it is difficult when they are not functioning. Maybe, this year, instead of the usual cheery christmas wish for Joy to the World and Peace and Happiness on Earth, I will wish for all peoples of the world to be able to start the day with a nice, full and satisfactory evacuation.
Most of my patients have my cell.
After curing them of their constipation, the feedback is as immediate as their response. I get texts for “Hey, Dr. H., you are amazing…after I left your office, I had 3 BMs. I never have that many, ever.” or “I don’t even need my probiotics to go now.” Ok, so here is the explanation: The conventional medical system (CMS) teaches us doctors about the gut as a separate system, isolating it as a matured tract that is labelled in different parts like the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, large instestine, rectum and anus. We are to throw aside its origin in human development. When we were 2-3 weeks old in our mother’s womb, the GI system started out as a primitive gut tube, a hose. If you imagine that hose elongating, it is still the same connected tube. How does that tube fit in our body? It has to be suspended in front of our spine, hanging off the middle of base of our skull at a point/nubbin (called the pharyngeal tubercle). The whole gut tube has to hang perfectly vertical, perfectly plumb before it settles down into the pelvis. What happens to that plumb line after a patient sustains a high velocity impact? Immediately after an accident, people see and know the soft tissue injury, the whiplash, the back and neck pain. That line has been disrupted and over time after the shock wears off, the system slows down. The effect is much later so we do not attribute sluggishness of our sewers to that impact. How was I able to get my patients’ guts to wake up?
I treat the vectors of their injury. The direction in which they whiplash provides the clue. Once everything is plumb, and the parts move together synchronously, the whole thing returns to it natural state of ease and all is as it should be, effortless. So this applies to different types of high velocity injuries, as in falls. Many cases of chronic constipation result from falls to the tailbone. As you can imagine, the sacrum is almost like a couch against which the rectum rests. If it is shocked and jammed up, it will hamper the tissue overlying it. I also have a number of cases where there are bowel issues such as “irritable bowel syndrome” from what I call ‘other non-standard univectoral falls.’ Why do you suppose the sewers are ‘irritable’? They are upset, they are sluggish and unhappy. They types of falls are really difficult to treat. This is where the ‘art’ comes in. We have to be able to tell where, how and when the jammed up parts want to free up.

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More on Vaccines and the CMS

March 6, 2014

Today I met parents who were looking for a new pediatrician. The one they had previously selected had promised to be vaccine friendly. When the time came, they got the talk and some nudging towards starting. They did not like the pressure and felt like they got the bait (yes, we can go slow on the vaccines) and switch (when the time came, eyeball rolling). As they told me about their baby, I became concerned. The baby was one and a half weeks overdue. Labor was slow, difficult and lasted 3 days, yes, 3 days. At 3 weeks of life, she stopped breathing and got purple around the lips. The dad had to do CPR. They went to the hospital and were told they see this “all the time.” They suggested, that she really did not really need the CPR, that she would have “come out of it.” They wanted to know if I could affirm their concerns and would support their decision to not vaccinate. I absolutely agreed. This child’s life started off with some degree of difficulty. If mom could breastfeed out to 6 months, this is the last child I would want to vaccinate, if at all! Parents, I want to shout out to you to trust your instincts. Do not let anyone force you to do something that feels wrong. I need to explain to you how they, the doctors of the CMS (read my prior post on the CMS) think. They, regular pediatricians, believe that she should be vaccinated according to the newest latest schedule; maybe especially because she had some early issues. They need “protection” of those vaccines. However contrarian my perspective, I think my logic is more sound. Her neonatal head was clamped down through a 3 day process. She needs time for that head to decompress and the brain and nervous system need a chance to develop. Ninety-five percent of the blood pumped into the brain drains out of the veins in the back of the skull. With that difficult delivery, those drainage vessels are kinked. Any products circulating in the blood can easily be deposited in the brain. So parents, here are some signs to be concerned.
Babies born by difficult delivery should be carefully examined to make sure that the soft spot is soft and pulsating. Hard tight, small and poofed out spots are reflective of pressures that are not allowing the skull plates to expand. Look for veins on the scalp that bulge or faint purple spider veins around the eyelids (read my prior post “Doctor, what is that blue mark on my baby’s face?”). Difficult labors that are too long (more than 16hours) or too painful, is a harbinger of problems to come. Usually, poor progress is a result of past traumas to the maternal pelvis which leave the deep pelvic muscles in chronic spasm. In delivery, they cannot relax and phase with the symphony of events that are important to vaginally pass the baby. When the baby comes out, there is a weak cry, there is poor latching, poor nursing. The baby grows to be fussy, arches a lot, has frequent spit ups that eventually become “reflux.” The baby stiffens up and is too alert. Yes, parents, you need to go with your gut. Take heart and keep searching for answers.