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Diagnosis and Treatment of Various Illnesses and Disorders
After I learned how to control my own circulation, I had the opportunity to learn what could be done for a great variety of disorders in others.
High Blood Pressure
I was able to treat hundreds of people with high blood pressure. Many of them had an extreme contraction of the spinal muscles in two or three segments of the lumbar region. Relaxing the contraction of the spinal muscles, the intestines, and the arteries lowered the blood pressure and reduced various symptoms which had resulted from the retarded rate of blood flow.
The popular use of vasodilators for such conditions is a misdirected, inadequate treatment because the vasodilators will affect all the blood vessels and may have an injurious effect on the blood vessels of the head.
The easiest and most serious way to make a mistake in treating high blood pressure is to give vasodilators to people whose arteries are actually relaxed in the abdominal region. This method brings the pressure down, but also brings the patient down because it relaxes the already relaxed arteries in the lower abdomen.
A diet or any other general treatment for high blood pressure can never be accurate. Something should be done locally for the contractions in the musculomotor, visceromotor, and vasomotor systems.
Hemorrhage on the Retina
While treating people to restore the normal circulation, I learned what could be done for a great variety of local conditions. For instance, a number of people with high blood pressure had had hemorrhages on their retinas. Ophthalmologists had told six of these people, after observing them for a year or two, that there could never be any improvement. As the blood pressure came down, however, and the rate of blood flow improved, these patients recovered normal vision. One ophthalmologist said I had "covered (myself) with glory." I learned, therefore, never to take a prognosis too seriously, because no doctor had ever seen what could be done if the circulation were restored to the best condition.
Recognizing Opposite Circulatory Conditions
The following case history will illustrate the necessity of recognizing the existence of opposite circulatory conditions in different parts of the same person.
A man had been under the care of three "circulatory" specialists for two years. They decided his feet must be amputated because of incipient gangrene. I was able to determine that all his arteries were relaxed in the area of the body controlled by the lumbar spinal muscles. Therefore, all heat treatments had made his feet worse. The cold applications contracted these arteries. The man needed relaxing treatment over the upper and lower thirds of the spine. The upper third was relaxed readily with manipulation, but the lowest third could not be touched without making the pain in the feet worse. Hence a very gentle warmth of compresses was used there. The patient was more comfortable after the first treatment, and he recovered perfectly in two months. He never had a recurrence and lived another fifteen years. However, he could never have recovered by using any general treatment, because any treatment which was beneficial for one area was injurious to another. Even the proper treatment had to be very gentle over the sacral region or it would have made him worse. The cold applications would have made him worse if continued after the arteries had contracted to normal.
Opposite Treatment of the Same Symptom in Opposite Classes
To illustrate the importance of this discovery of the opposite circulatory conditions which exist in different people, I would like to mention two cases of spasm of the lumbar muscles, but in opposite circulatory classes.
First, a young man in an army camp strained his lumbar muscles. Since the arteries inside the body controlled by the lumbar segments were also contracted, so much extra load was put on the heart that two valves dilated and began to leak. The Army doctors gave the young man a pension for "total disability" and expected he would not live long. He came to me for treatments. These treatments relaxed the spasms in the lumbar muscles and arteries and reduced the load on his heart so it was able to contract, and the valves closed. This occurred in only a few days. Some time later the patient took a trip around the world. After a year's time the army doctors took his pension away, and he has worked forty years since.
This indicates that innumerable people could have their lives lengthened if something were done to remove the excess load on the heart, instead of having the research devoted exclusively to the heart.
Second, also at the time of World War I, a sixteen-year-old boy came to me on crutches. He had been using them for two years because of a strain in his lumbar region. In this case, however, the boy's arteries had relaxed, and this was the cause of the spasm in the lumbar muscles. After two days of cool spinal applications he dispensed with his crutches, and in a month he was playing golf. I heard twenty-five years later that he was still well.
These two men had similar symptoms, but opposite circulatory conditions. This shows that no one will ever be able to predict with certainty what any treatment will do for any patient, unless the patient's circulation is classified before treatment.
Congestion in the Eyes
A striking and objective illustration and proof of the balance between the two halves of the spinal cord was produced in a number of people with congestion in both eyes. The following changes occurred during one treatment. While the spinal muscles on the right side of the spine were being treated, there was a steady improvement in the circulation of the eye on that side, but as the congestion in the right eye was subsiding, the congestion in the left eye increased to a slight degree. While the left side of the spine (which controlled the circulation in the left eye) was being treated, the congestion came back slightly into the right eye. After the left eye had improved, there was a slight increase in the congestion in the right eye. As the treatment was continued, both eyes returned to normal. This illustrates the fact that whenever the blood vessels dilate in a limited area, the opposite effect is produced in the adjacent areas.
Recovery of Symptoms from "Tumor on the Brain" in Two Opposite Classes
A patient living in Pittsburgh was in what the doctors called a "fatal lethargy," moving only her arms. Twenty-eight doctors had been called in consultation because it was a matter of considerable public interest. Her blood pressure was high, and there was an effusion on the brain, causing both retinas to become detached. Furthermore, there was great tension in the lumbar area where she had tuberculosis and fixation of the vertebrae some years before.
I relaxed the patient's arterial tension with very mild compresses on one part of the back and my hand on the other part, watching to see which method was the more effective. I found that the compresses were more relaxing than the hand. The pulse was fast and weak, but soon became stronger and slower. Consciousness began to return in a few hours.
The patient whispered to me that the doctors said she had a tumor on the brain. I said, "No, you haven't; they have!"
A prominent ophthalmologist in Philadelphia said that the patient could never recover normal vision. The patient was supposed to be totally blind, but she had recovered considerable vision before I left. I showed the nurse how to carry on treatment with compresses on the spot controlling the eye. The patient went to Florida for the winter and her nurse continued the treatment. Some weeks later a Florida ophthalmologist reported that the patient's vision was better than before she became sick. She lived twenty-five years after that.
Another remarkable recovery of a condition diagnosed as tumor on the brain required exactly the opposite treatment. The patient was unconscious most of the time. She could retain very little food, and her temperature had been rising gradually for a month. I told the doctor in charge, who permitted me to come, that the arteries had relaxed excessively throughout the whole body. This doctor said that the bromides she was giving the patient would be injurious, and she stopped them. I began the contracting treatment with cool spinal applications. I saw the patient three times at intervals of two weeks when she passed from Class 1 to Class 2 and then to Class 4. At the end of three months she was perfectly well and chaperoned a group of girls to Europe. She too was still alive twenty-five years after her treatment.
Abscess in the Foot
The following recovery illustrates beautifully the result of restoring the normal circulation in an unusual condition.
A young man from this country took a hiking trip in Europe. He hurt his foot and landed in a French hospital. After two months his parents became anxious that he was being detained in the hospital, so the mother went to France, took her son out of the hospital, and brought him to see me.
He had an abscess in his foot, which was swollen. There was an enlarged layer of callous on the front half of his foot. I determined that the young man's arteries were all relaxed. Applying the cool applications to the spine of this six-foot-four young man seemed like "remote control," because nothing at all was done to his foot. But the swelling went down rapidly, the abscess healed, the chunk of callous fell off, and the foot returned to normal.
This shows how dependent every tissue of the body is on a normal circulation.
Immediate Results of One Treatment
If one is not interested in the control of the circulation, the most remarkable results obtained by restoring the normal circulation can be explained away on the basis of a change of climate, or of diet, or anything else. However, the following results took place during one treatment, and in many cases one could observe the immediate changes. A few times I went to bed with a sore throat which was quite raw and stiff, and I treated myself until my throat was normal. By giving myself a treatment to control the circulation, especially in the disturbed area, I was able to control the condition perfectly, and in the morning my throat was normal.
I learned also that other congestions—even in the gums when a tooth was loose and sore—could be controlled. In reducing congestion in the nose, throat, eyes, and ears, the results are not merely subjective, but objective and visible. These, and many other experiences in later years, proved how marvelously spinal treatment could control acute congestions in any part of the body.
In one instance, a man had a swollen, painful eyeball diagnosed as glaucoma. I saw him on a Saturday. An ophthalmologist had scheduled removal of the eyeball for Monday. As I treated the patient, the congestion and pain subsided, and he did not need to have the operation. I was impressed with the advantage of correcting the circulation instead of removing the eyeball.
After I began bringing the circulation to normal for other people, I had a continuous opportunity to confirm in others what I had first learned by treating myself. Thus, a medical student had a sore throat, which he called a "streptococci infection." He had had several attacks which kept him in bed two weeks. In one hour after I gave him a spinal treatment, especially over the area controlling the throat, it became normal. He watched the changes in his throat in a mirror. Needless to say, he became interested in the possibilities of spinal treatment.
Similar external objective results after one treatment have been obtained in congestions of the eyes, such as iritis, as well as mastoiditis, sinus congestions, and swelling in the knees, not to mention various internal acute conditions. It therefore became obvious that a treatment which could reduce a congestion in one part of the body would do the same in another part.
Treatment controls the blood supply to the spinal cord and brain, and they in turn control all the functions of the body.
Often a single treatment has eliminated entirely an ordinary cold in the head. At the start of the treatment, the discharge may have been copious. As the treatment continued, the discharge diminished and the mucus thickened, becoming very adherent to the membrane. At the end of the process, the mucus separated from the membrane and, after blowing the nose once, all signs of the cold were gone. If fever exists, more time is required, but a single treatment has also reduced fevers.
Frequently single treatments have controlled attacks of diarrhea which had continued for hours, or even days. In one case the diarrhea had continued three months—in another, two years. During treatment the mucous membrane of the bowel changed from a secreting to an absorbing membrane, and the next bowel movement was normal hours later, or the next day. Inside of an hour, the extra fluid was reabsorbed. It passed through the kidneys and the extreme odors and "toxins" were absorbed by the mucous membranes, to the immediate benefit of the patient.
Sometimes lymph accumulations, following sprained ankles and other injuries, have subsided in an hour. This gives a very objective illustration of the relationship between the formation and absorption of lymph and the rate of blood flow. It illustrates also the external control of the chemical processes of the body.
Many backaches have been entirely relieved (including one of twenty years' duration) with no return after five years. Muscle cramps also have relaxed during a treatment. Sacroiliac pain of several years was relieved after one treatment.
After only one treatment:
To determine the immediate effect of changes in the blood flow on muscular strength, many patients' grips were tested before and after treatment. One man whose grip had been rated 100 before treatment,had only 50 when he had a head cold. His grip came back to 100 immediately after treatment. This simply illustrates the fact that the disturbance in the general circulation which occurs with "colds" may weaken any nervous mechanism. That a mere cold in the head is due to a general disturbance in the circulation is proved also by the increased tension in all the spinal muscles.
These immediate results of treatment illustrate how many disorders are due to some disturbed vascular balance or some vicious vascular circle. As soon as the vascular imbalance was corrected, the symptoms disappeared.
One elderly woman had had varicose veins for fifty years, and the morning after one contracting treatment there were depressions in her leg where her veins had been previously distended.
One of the most dramatic results of one treatment was the complete relief given to a patient with an attack of laryngitis at a critical time. A campaign had been carried on to raise money to build a medical center. The doctor who headed the fund-raising committee was to be the speaker of the evening at the final meeting. He developed an acute attack of laryngitis and realized it would be impossible to conduct the meeting the following evening. However, treatment produced immediate improvement, and the doctor was able to give the address as planned.
Hives over considerable areas have been controlled with almost incredible rapidity. In one case, a few minutes after a cool spinal application, the hives disappeared. Incidentally, in two minutes, after a wrong reversing treatment, they reappeared and were then made to disappear by contracting treatment.
Extreme ticklishness of the whole spine, which had existed for some years, disappeared after one treatment.
During the treatment of an acute attack of acid indigestion, the following changes frequently occurred: the blood pressure has sometimes been reduced 70 mm. of Hg., the pulse beat thirty or forty beats, and the temperature returned to normal with complete relief of all other symptoms, such as neuralgia, headache, and suppression of urine. In short, every nervous mechanism which was disturbed was brought to normal. This has been accomplished frequently by a single treatment which gave complete relief, but it has required usually one, and sometimes several, hours to equalize entirely the circulation of each spinal segment.
Chronic disorders: The treatment needs to be repeated to maintain the best possible circulation until the controlling nerve cells have had time to recover.
Insanity: One patient with a case of insanity—which was the result of anemia of the brain (Class 1)—was well for twenty-five years after treatment.
Sprained ankle: Tendencies toward sprained ankles, slipped sacroiliac joints, or slipped knee caps have been cured by restoring the normal rate of the blood flow. It was the excessive irritability of nerve cells controlling certain muscles which caused the symptoms in the joints. Restoring the normal rate of blood flow reduced the excessive irritability of the nerve cells. Such conditions should be classed as nervous and not anatomical.
In Japan, when the masseurs are treating a sprained ankle, they massage the muscles of the opposite side of the leg to the sprain. This is reasonable because very commonly the sprain is the result of a sudden contraction of the muscle on one side of the calf of the leg. Some people have caused a sprain of the ankle by merely tying a shoe lace. This shows how the irritability of the nerve cells controlling muscles in the leg determines the sprain in the ankle.
Sacroiliac displacements: A young man with frequent sacroiliac displacements had been wearing a heavy iron support. However, he was better able to control the attacks and keep the bones in position by applying Capsicum Vaseline (a counter-irritant) to the spinal muscles, thereby relaxing them. The counterirritation restored the normal circulation and reduced the irritability of the nerves controlling the muscles.
Muscle spasms: An otherwise healthy missionary widow had had extreme attacks of uterine spasm (with pain as severe as in childbirth). Groups of doctors had studied her case in New York City, in Germany, and in the Orient—all without success. An anesthetic had been the only means of stopping the attacks. She was in Class 1, so a few applications of cold on the spine controlled the attacks. Whenever one began, she was able to stop it herself. (The attacks were the result of extreme anemia of the spinal segments controlling the uterus.)
A man wearing a heavy back support had been told by two surgeons that an operation was necessary. He could not get into a comfortable position. The spasm of the spinal muscles was the result of anemia of the lumbar cord. This was controlled by contracting treatment for the blood vessels of the lumbar area and relaxing treatment for the upper and lowest thirds. After several weeks he was well, and after several months he was even able to ride horseback with no pain.
Another young man had suffered for six years, sometimes confined to bed with severe cramps of spinal muscles. His doctors had recommended surgery, but he chose to undergo treatment. After having treatments for three weeks he recovered his full golf swing.
Ruptured discs: The relief of symptoms in patients with herniated discs is a most objective illustration of the nervous control of a condition usually regarded as anatomical or surgical.
Corneal ulcer: For at least a year, a woman had been treated by an ophthalmologist for an ulcer on the cornea. When told that her failure to heal was due to a poor circulation, she decided to have something done for her circulation. The patient's arteries were relaxed, but after three days of contracting treatment the arteries had a normal tone. After two treatments on the spinal muscles controlling the blood supply to the eye, the ulcer was gone.
Subnormal temperature: For some time I took the temperature of patients with a variety of chronic troubles, before and after each treatment. Very often a subnormal temperature, even of two degrees, came up to normal. This indicated that the temperature varied with the rate of blood flow. Chronic fevers returned to normal more slowly.
Snow blindness: I was recently reminded of a remarkable result of the treatment on a young girl some years ago. The girl had acquired a case of snow blindness which the ophthalmologist said was incurable. He said that she would lose her eyesight entirely. A few treatments restored the eyes to normal.
Headaches: In the case of headaches, the two opposite classes, which I discovered for myself, are now somewhat recognized, and migraine headaches are considered to be the result of the relaxed blood vessels. The fact that the arteries are relaxed would explain why such conditions would develop, and if the blood vessels are relaxed only in part of the body (Class 2), the use of vasoconstrictors may produce undesirable results elsewhere.
It is not considered good taste to talk about "curing" people, but the following diagnoses and prognoses have been cured by restoring the normal rate of blood flow. For example, Meniere's Disease was simply a relaxation of all the blood vessels of the body and also especially of the inner ear. Even extreme cases have recovered. Buerger's Disease with a fatal prognosis has gotten well, and amputation was not necessary.
Some clergymen with anemia of the brain from "orthostatic hypotension" (relaxed arteries and aggravated by standing) who became dizzy or faint—or who had a loss of memory or palpitation of the heart when they tried to make a public address—were entirely cured. The phobia, which developed as a logical result of the cerebral anemia, naturally disappeared when the symptoms ceased to recur. The psychological approach has no relation to the cause or cure of these conditions.
Many children who were undernourished, sleepless, irritable, with no appetite, and having other symptoms have been restored to health, frequently with great rapidity and with no change in diet.
In the case of degeneration of tissues, it is obvious that sooner or later they reach a point of no return. But if a very good rate of flow of blood is maintained by treatment, the tide may be turned and very unexpected results may be obtained. If the nerve cells are dead, however, there is no chance for improvement.
I treated several Dutch Reformed South Africans who were students at Princeton Theological Seminary. One had never fully recovered from a bicycle ride on a hot day in a rather high altitude. When he started out, the hot sun was on his back and he was facing a strong freeze. This went well, but when he turned to go home, there was a strong, cool wind on his perspiring back. This caused a severe illness and his circulation never fully recovered until after treatments.
Overuse of Cold Applications
Some people, especially those living at a distance, used the cold applications too long. They had been in Class 1 all their lives and had some remarkable results from using the cold applications. Because they felt better after using the applications, they continued using them indefinitely. They felt better each time they put on the cold—even when not needed—because the heart worked harder to overcome the extra load.
For example, I received a letter from London from a lady who had been using the cold applications indefinitely, saying she had been put to bed by a London doctor on account of her heart. She asked me to send a cablegram to tell her what to do. I suggested that she use the pint-sized warm water bottle (of very gentle warmth) on the spinal uscles to reverse the effect of the cold applications. She wrote me later that after fifteen minutes of this relaxing treatment, the heart disturbance disappeared.
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