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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Little-known chiropractic treatment saves man's life

UPDATE: 21 November 2010 -

Blood Pressure "Switch" Found on Human Body...

In minutes, a single touch lowers blood pressure back to healthy levels. Top number drops 14 points, bottom number drops 8 points. NO drug on Earth can match this instant miracle. Who knew it was this simple?
Chicago, IL: A recent study conducted by the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago identified a small spot (the "Atlas area") on the body that appears to control blood pressure.
It's almost like a switch that allows doctors to dial down your blood pressure in minutes—without prescription drugs.
And from the BBC
Scientists have discovered a new technique which could help millions of people who struggle to keep their high blood pressure under control.
A short blast of radio waves to the kidneys can substantially reduce blood pressure according to initial tests.
Why not learn the health promoting kidney-tapping exercise used for centuries from martial arts?   Kidney tapping, anyone?

from September 28, 2009
While this article written by Brianne Sanchez didn't receive a high rating from HealthNewsReview, it caught my eye.

In my area there is a TV ad getting quite a lot of play lately about treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with radiation you can get from GammaKnife Spokane.

Knowing that I've helped may people relieve TGN nerve pain over the years with herbal remedies, I am in shock over the use of radiation for this condition. And I',m also in shock over the cost along with risk of future development of cancer, as well as radiation exposure to the thyroid gland.

You know, faulty thyroid function is often a cause of TGN, but I guess at GammaKnife Spokane that isn't even a consideration.

But maybe this chiropractic therapy will offer another way to reduce your risk of exposure to unnecessary ionizing radiation -
September 23, 2009

Little-known chiropractic treatment saves man's life

After 12 years of living with debilitating pain in his face, James Tomasi decided to kill himself.

The former pastor from Oklahoma City, Okla., never understood what compelled men to jump from windows and take their own lives until he was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a notoriously painful nerve disorder that causes sudden shock-like facial pains, typically near the nose, lips, eyes or ears.

"It's like being Tasered in the face," Tomasi said of the condition, which, for him, started after a root canal and continued off and on for more than a decade.

Medication didn't work. Neither did having all of his teeth pulled. Prayer wasn't healing him and a $40,000 surgery that couldn't guarantee a cure was out of the question.

Tomasi lost hope. He was frightened, discouraged and debilitated by a pain that forced him to become a recluse, spending two years in a darkened room. The only relief he was certain of would come through death.

"I began to see that I could take control of my life again," Tomasi said in a phone interview from his home. "All I had to do was kill myself and the pain would be gone. When you're hurting so bad, all of a sudden those thoughts make sense."

He decided to end it all on a Tuesday evening in February of 1997, using the pistol he kept near his bedside for protection. But, unaware of her husband's suicide plan, Tomasi's wife, Rhonda, scheduled him for an appointment that Tuesday morning at a local upper cervical chiropractic clinic.

For Tomasi, the upper cervical treatment, a gentle form of chiropractic that focuses on correcting a small misalignment of the upper neck, was a life-saving solution. He walked out of the office feeling relief, and after several visits was pain-free. Since then, the Tomasis have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of upper cervical care through speaking engagements all over the country.

On Friday, at the invitation of Ames-based upper cervical chiropractors Dr. Barbara Read, of Read Health Center and Dr. Zachary Ward of Ward Chiropractic Group, Tomasi will tell his story at the Hickory's Hall Banquet and Events Center in Ames.

Although only a small selection of the population is affected by TN, advocates of upper cervical care believe the technique is beneficial for people with a wide range of chronic symptoms, from asthma to fibromyalgia. "I want to help people who ask, 'Is there a way out of this?" Tomasi said. "This perhaps will give them hope."

Seven members of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) practice in Iowa.

"We address the entire spine from the upper cervical area (between the head and neck)," said Deb Sesker, of Balance First Chiropractic Center in West Des Moines. "We don't focus on a complaint as much as structural realignment. We know that structure relates to function and function is controlled by the nervous system."

A NUCCA correction involves an analysis to determine if the patient's head is sitting at the proper angle and if a patient's weight is distributed evenly. Doctor Sesker said that the process begins by checking the patient's "postural distortion," or how far the body is out of alignment. An X-Ray of the head and neck is also taken to determine the angle of correction. Unlike stereotypical chiropractic techniques, there is no thrusting adjustment. The patient lies down and the doctor applies a light, targeted touch behind the ear. A post-procedure X-ray shows the new, realigned position of the body.

"I want to open up the awareness of the power of upper cervical chiropractic," event co-organizerRead said.

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