I was half way through my education at Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. It was the early spring of 1994 and I got the call. Brother Dan was facing low back surgery.
Brother Dan had two significant head and neck injuries while wrestling at the University of Wisconsin--River Falls as a freshman. One or both of these closed head injuries/traumatic brain injuries were aggravated by loss of consciousness. As a result of head trauma, his symptoms included extreme low back pain, bulging lumbar discs, chronic/unremitting sciatic shooting nerve type pain into his leg & foot, and schizophrenia. These were all new symptoms at that time.
Dan saw many medical doctors included but not limited to general practitioners, orthopedic surgeons, spine surgeons, radiologists and a neurologists. He was prescribed pain killers, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxers. He was referred to a physical therapist for stretching and exercise. He had X-rays & MRI's. Dan had the very best that medical science had to offer.
In addition to trying the orthodox medical route for this neurological, muscular & skeletal problems, Dan went outside the traditional health care system and tried 3 different chiropractors.
Unfortunately Dan was in a steady state of decline with no help whatsoever. Surgery was his only option. His father and family supported him wholeheartedly in Dan's decision to get low back and disc surgery.
A surgical date was set. Brother Dan was 19 years old.
Finding Some Answers
Every family member was accepting and encouraging the inevitable surgery--except me.
What did I know at that time that other physicians did not? I was training to be a doctor of last resort in the neurological, muscular and skeletal area. I was half way through my training. I was through most of the book & lab classes and transitioning into working on live human beings. So I didn't actually know how to diagnose or make corrections at that particular time.
Based on my exposure at the world renowned and first spine corrective college in the world, I had an ongoing theory that brother Dan did not exhaust all of his health care options. He failed and his doctors failed to address the most obvious issue--the head and neck injury. The most neurological rich area in the body is the all important brain to body connection at the level of the brainstem. This was the very area initially injured and the most vulnerable articular region in the human body. I thought that physicians failed to evaluate this upper neck/head region and at the very least under diagnosed brother Dan.
Then again I was just a student. I caught myself thinking of the Prince who Wore No Clothes. No one questioned the health authorities and experts regarding the very invasive surgery including my family. My sister and mother are both registered nurses, surely they would have evaluated the head and neck before having spine surgery, wouldn't they?
I recommended Dr. Kerry Johnson of Apple Valley to Brother Dan as his doctor of choice. He was and is a foremost expert in aligning the neck to the head by correcting the atlas/C1 subluxation complex. Dan didn't understand the rationale for having a doctor evaluate an area of the body that did not have symptoms, nor did anyone else.
After 5 months of head/neck care by Dr. Johnson, Dan asked him if he was better. Dr. Johnson turned the question to Dan and he replied, "I am 85% improved with no potential lifelong surgical side effects." Dan rationally stayed under his care for 2.5 years.
That was approximately 20 years ago. I have not heard Brother Dan complain of low back pain or sciatica nerve pain down his leg since then, Praise God.
Family members were not impressed about the Power of Upper Cervical Health Care. It was as if this Dan's whole nightmare and miracle did not exist--like some kind of amnesia had set it. For this reason I still think about the story of the Prince that Wore No Clothes.
It's been 20 plus years since Dan experienced the Power of Upper Cervical. The very first person I referred for this type of care experienced success. All of the other theories and strategies of the highest medical opinions failed Dan, unfortunately. How do you think this first case referred for care has effected my career and outlook on health care? Furthermore, statistically according to the research, over fifty percent of spine surgeries result in at least a second spinal surgery. What would have happened to dear Brother Dan had he had the spinal surgery at 19 years of age?
I continued my education and eventually graduated from Palmer College in 1995. I am a life long student of articular corrections of the head, neck, spine, hips, sacrum, coccyx, upper and lower extremities. If there are more efficient approaches to the human frame, I am interested in learning.
If we are known for anything, it would be correcting the atlas subluxation complex. This special focus is at the base of the head and upper neck--aligning the occiput, atlas and axis vertebrae--through a process that has been refined by out-of-the-box thinking professionals since the late 1920's.
Folks have their own unique story, some with interesting health concerns. The worst of the worst neurological, skeletal and muscular cases that aren't improving are just the type of cases I most appreciate caring for. In addition, I particularly enjoy being the doctor of choice for skeptics.