To follow up on Dr. Sclafani’s idea of “thought collectives”:
Just as a headache might be a brain tumor, it is more likely from another cause. Maybe one just needs reading glasses. Or maybe a decongestant. Patients are often at the mercy of whatever “ologist” from whom they seek help. And if that “ologist” doesn’t solve the problem, they rarely recommend an alternative treatment. That leaves patients searching for other solutions without guidance.
We have previously talked about the model that neurologists are electricians and radiologists are plumbers. We should also consider that the vast variety of our symptoms could be caused by structural issues that could be fixed instead by carpenters.
Please bear with this dumbed down explanation by a non-medical person. Both the neurologists and the CCSVI researchers have a common diagnosis that something between the ears and the collar bones is causing a problem.
Both chiropractors and holistic dentists (not general dentists) look at the same general area and at wide variety of MS symptoms and suggest that realigning structural components will bring relief without drugs or any invasive intervention.
Here is a vast over-simplification. What they have in common with the other “ologies” is that they deal with body parts that affect the flow of blood and spinal fluid (among other things) as well as the trigeminal and the vagus nerves. These nerves pass both the jaw and the neck, and any impingement along the way can wreak havoc throughout the body. The chiropractor says the misalignment could have come from a whiplash or a fall. The dentist says the misalignment of the teeth could be from a congenital problem, the need for braces or badly designed ones or from other causes. Either way, some structural body part is pressing on something and damaging the signals it sends out. And it also explains the source of inflammation that seems to be present in so many models.
This is turn explains why the chiropractor and holistic dentist (again, not a general dentist) can treat headaches, gait problems, incontinence, blood pressure and other autonomic problems and virtually any complaint that sends anyone to any kind of doctor.
For an overview of why a physical realignment might treat so many different types of symptoms, click the link below. This video is almost an hour long, but it’s a great overview of the anatomy and function involved. You can skip the introduction by the guy in the bowling shirt.
I should add that I have no bias for or against any type of medical practitioner. In my case, when one type of doctor couldn’t fix what was wrong with me, I found many other “ologists” who said they might be able to help. It is astonishing that there are so many different approaches to treating “MS symptoms”, some of which can provide immediate relief without drugs or major intervention.
No reputable practitioner of any kind guarantees relief. So if you’re looking for another option, maybe this will give you a course of action. For some people, it will immediately make sense and give you a course of action. If CCSVI treatment is too scary or expensive (or like me, failed three times), you have other choices. Unfortunately, no one solution works for all of us. But maybe this will help us -- and our doctors -- identify larger patterns.
Maybe the knee bone really is connected to the neck bone. . .