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Reporting Doctor Name and Credentials – Lynn Bamberger, DC

City Where Reporting Doctor Practices – Everett, WA

Patient Age – 62

Patient Sex – Female

History of Condition – Thoracic kyphosis and mild scoliosis with spinal fixations, recurring mid-thoracic subluxations, pain, and spasm, that were unresponsive to chiropractic care. She claimed to have had these conditions most of her life.

Previous DC Care and Its Effect on the Condition -- Patient was under chiropractic care for about 20 years. She stated that the chiropractic care she received had greatly improved both her health and quality of life, and that the condition of her thoracic spine had improved under care, but not resolved. She still experienced pain in her mid thoracic spine. She was referred to me for evaluation and treatment by her chiropractor, and continued under his care simultaneously.

Duration of Condition – Nearly 50 years.

Cranial and Spinal Chiropractic Findings – Cranial subluxations varied. No consistent cranial subluxation was noted. Thoracic kyphosis and mild scoliosis with recurring mid-thoracic subluxations, pain, and spasm. Of significance was the unrelenting spasm which I determined to be the cause of the spinal distortion (scoliosis) and recurring subluxations.

Care Given by Doctor Reporting Case Study – Routine spinal and cranial adjustments along with levels one through five of Bamberger Detox Method care, which includes toxin specific adjustments, to help resolve neurotoxicity.

Patient was found to have a moderate toxic burden that appeared to aggravate, and possibly cause, her chronic mid-thoracic myospasm, scoliosis, and recurring thoracic subluxations. The toxic burden included heavy metal (aluminum) toxicity, chemical toxicity (including chemicals found in the wood used in her patio deck and the paints used to finish it), radiation toxicity (from radiation therapy for breast cancer), some mental and emotional toxicity states, among others. Addressing each component of her toxic burden with "substance specific" adjustments produced incremental changes, mainly in her overall level of vitality and sense of well being. The most significant change to her health status came when six months into her care when calcium toxicity was found. Toxin specific adjustments were done to help her body to address this toxicity. She was taken off dairy products and the calcium (and calcium containing) supplements she was taking. On her next visit, one week later, the calcium toxicity was found to have resolved. The following week her body tested strong for dairy products, so they were gradually reintroduced into her diet. She was cautioned about consuming excess calcium, and has continued to test strong for calcium over one year later.

After the calcium toxicity was resolved, adjustments to the thoracic spine began to hold and the scoliosis improved.

Length of Care to Achieve Results Reported in Study – 6 months

Note regarding time of care: Many times a specific element, such as calcium, will be detoxified in one visit, using toxin specific chiropractic adjustments to activate the body’s innate detoxification mechanisms, but it may take months of handling one aspect of the toxic burden after another until the specific toxin that makes the difference to a particular condition or set of symptoms is identified and treated, as was the case with this patient.

Outcome of Care - RESOLVED. When calcium toxicity was eliminated, the spasms decreased, then resolved, as did the mid-thoracic pain. With the decrease in spasm, thoracic adjustments began to hold. In this case calcium toxicity appeared to be the cause of the spasms, thoracic subluxations, and scoliosis. (Palmer spoke of three causes of subluxation: trauma, toxins, and auto-suggestion).

Comments by Referring Doctor - Referring doctor found that the prior fixations in the thoracic spine were resolved, her thoracic spine was more flexible, and that her thoracic spine accepts and maintains corrections made with minimal force. 

Discussion of findings – With neurotoxicity, anything can cause anything. In this patient’s case, the most toxic of all substances for her, was not what we normally think of as a neuro-toxin. It was a substance many doctors advise their patients to take - calcium. This case also points out the value of listening to the body of our patients, rather than our educated brains when it comes to patient care.

When nutrients become toxic to the body, as calcium was for this patient, the body is no longer able to derive the value from the nutrient that it normally would. In this case, the woman developed spasms, as if there were a calcium deficiency.

What did not resolve completely - The kyphosis remains, but produces no detectable symptoms, subluxations, or subluxation related conditions.


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