Case Study - HEARING LOSS
Reporting Doctor - Lynn Bamberger, DC
City Where Reporting Doctor Practices - Everett, WA
Patient Age - 56
Patient Sex - Female
History of Condition - This patient presented with a history of hearing loss in the left ear, and complained of a sense of pressure in the left side of her head and a mild sense of disorientation, that she felt was associated with the hearing loss. Condition was gradually worsening.
MD Diagnosis - hearing loss
Medical Prognosis - condition not considered treatable medically
Previous DC Care, if any, and Its Effect on the Condition - none for this condition.
Previous Medical care and its Effect on the Condition - examined by MD. Condition diagnosed. No treatment offered.
Duration of Medical Condition - in excess of 1 year
Cranial and Spinal Chiropractic Findings - Cranial subluxations (left temporal and left sphenoid, with an ethmoid subluxation appearing on her week 3 visit) plus several spinal subluxations (left and right sacroiliac joints, L3, T-9, and T-4 at various times during her treatment, all of which are areas of chronic weakness for her). Additionally, the shampoo she was using contained two ingredients which were found to be toxic to her (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate)* and one ingredient (fragrances), which she was found to be allergic to.
Care Given by Doctor Reporting Case Study - spinal and cranial adjustments to correct the subluxations listed above, plus a change in shampoo to one that contains no neurotoxic agents and no allergens. Corrected cranial subluxations (left temporal was ongoing throughout her treatment until the resolution of her condition, left sphenoid resolved on week four, ethmoid appeared and was resolved on week 3 visit) and corrected spinal subluxations (left and right sacroiliac joints, L3, T-9, and T-4 at various times during her treatment, though these are not considered to be related to her hearing loss). Substance specific chiropractic adjustments helped her body to more effectively handle the toxins and the allergens.
Length of Care to Achieve Results Reported in Study - 6 weeks, treated once weekly.
Outcome - RESOLVED. Patient reports that after treatment was complete, she was able to hear the sound of dried herbs landing in an egg mixture she was stirring to make scrambled eggs, and stated that the sound surprised her because she did not recall ever hearing that before.
Discussion - A combination of cranial chiropractic and substance specific chiropractic were necessary in order to resolve this patientís condition. Cranial chiropractic effectively addressed the cranial subluxation resistance and substance specific chiropractic helped reduce the encephalitic component of her condition.
*Note - Sodium Lauryl (and Laureth) Sulfate is the foaming agent that is used in shampoos, bath gels, car washes, dish detergents, bar "soaps", laundry detergents, etc. It is a wetting and dispersing agent, emulsifier, degreaser and foamer. It also increases skin permeability roughly 100 times and is used in lotions to increase absorption of micronutrients through the skin. Some people seem to be more sensitive to its adverse effects than others.
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