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Saturday, April 21, 2007

How I treat asthma

One of the conditions which I love to treat is asthma. Why? Because traditional medicine considers this a chronic, life long problem which can never be cured. It can only be held in bay with medicines. These medicines, essentially different varieties of steroids, are administered via nebulizers and many other ways. They help keep things from getting out of hand.

An asthmatic attack is frightening for everyone involved. The patient is gasping. They can't breathe. They feel like they are suffocating. It's horrible.

Recently, I had a child brought in who was a few months old. The wheezing could be heard across the room. When they left the wheezing was no longer to be heard. I had a medical student with me. We both listened with a stethoscope. No more wheezing. The child had also been pulling at one of its ears. Examination revealed a nasty ear infection. At the end of the treatment - no more ear pulling.

How can osteopthy not only help but actually cure conditions like asthma? What I did was carefully examine the child. Besides the regular exam that any well trained physician would perform, I also do a detailed osteopathic exam. I put my hands on the patient and feel for how the body is actually, at the moment of examination, functioning. If there is a problem in function I can often spot it. If you have read my earlier post on sprained ankles you will be familiar with the reality of sprains and strains which, unless removed, really limit the way the body functions.

To get to that post go to: http://www.healthresourcespress.com/harold_goodman_do.htm

They are present in 100% of asthmatic patients whom I have examined. The same can be said for all of my patients with ear infections.

I remove the strain and the symptoms are gone. This after untold time on nebulizers, inhalers, etc. At some point the patient no longer needs these medical crutches. The problem is solved. There is no nebulizer in the world that can remove a strain. There is no blood test or X ray, CT, MRI in the world that can detect what the skilled hands of an osteopathic physician specializing in osteopathy in the cranial field can uncover - and successfully treat.

So, people get better. The patient is not only free of symptoms, they feel better overall. More vitality, more energy.

For me, it's a no brainer. Osteopathy is my love. I also practice acupuncture, I am trained and licensed in traditional medicine and surgery. I am board certified in homeopathy. However, I am an osteopath in my bones ( no pun intended). After 17 years of treating thousands of patients I know what works. I only wish that more people knew that such an option is not only available but covered by most insurance. People just don't need to suffer from asthma and other so-called chronic respiratory diseases.

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Why people fish

I met an wonderful rabbi many years ago in NJ. He was a scholar, a genius, a teacher ( no congregation), dirt poor and the sweetest person ever.
When I told him that I wanted to chat with him he suggested that we go fishing together. I told him that I didn't like fishing or going out on boats. He told me it was not about fishing. I didn't understand. All it was for him was a way to get away, be alone, have some place to just chill out. I just didn't understand. Then he died. Now I understand.

I know a number of men ( curiously, no women) who have or rent boats and go fishing. I never understood that for most of them it's a way to relax. The fish, for the most part, are tossed back into the water.

Tom Fote of the Jersey Coast Angler's Association posted the following:

I received a copy of the January 2000 American Sportfishing Newsletter. This newsletter contained interesting information about why anglers fish. The information came from the "Future of Fishing" surveys conducted in 1980, 1995 and 1999. According to ASA the results of these surveys show that in 1999 "more people who fish do so for relaxation (35%), to be with friends and family (33%), and to be close to nature (13%). Catching large trophy fish (3%), catching fresh fish for food (5%), and fishing simply for the sport of it (7%) are no longer considered motivations by most anglers." The entire report is available at the ASA website.

It seems to me that people are searching for ways to find peace and space in their lives. It is a natural human need. Angling has long been a way for many to achieve this.

I used to walk in a local park here in Maryland. The park has a large pond. You will often see a number of men, often with their sons, I assume, just sitting on the grass, fishing. They seem very relaxed. Their equipment is very simple. They seem to be away from the rest of the world.

I suspect that many such avocations fufill a similar need.

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