I’m treating a young woman, 36 years old, who was in a car accident in January 2015. She saw several doctors without much benefit. She started gaining weight because she could not exercise, and reported that she literally had to hold onto the walls of her hallways at home so she wouldn’t fall over.
I first saw her about two years after her accident. She had problems finding the right words and had a very short attention span. She was incredibly emotional and also felt like she was losing her short-term memory. She had to quit her corporate job because of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
I am happy to announce that she is 95% better in all areas, and I’m hoping that she will be pre-accident status by the time the three-year statute of limitations expires for personal injury protection.
She reported last week that she could read multiple spreadsheets now without falling out of her chair. She said she was able to learn how to make a Google spreadsheet by reading the directions. She would not have been able to understand the directions six months ago. She also reported that she can remember things now without having to continually refer back to notes. She said she used to have to keep things in front of her face all the time to be able to remember something. She also reported improvement in beginning to remember peoples faces and names! Go brain go!
When we started treatment with this boy, his mother was very busy and wasn’t always following our homework. Nonetheless, we were seeing neurological changes in the office before & after treatment. I kept encouraging the mother, knowing that it was only a matter of time before she would notice changes in his signs and symptoms—because his pupils started to respond to light in a powerful way, as they should normally do. Most autistic children have pupils that don’t respond to light.
Within a week his mother noticed he wasn’t having as many meltdowns.
The mother said she had been trying to get the boy to trace letters of alphabet for years. Two weeks ago she texted me saying, “after the treatment in your office today, my son came home and went directly to the playroom on his own. This is the first time he has been self-motivated and the first time he’s ever gone to playroom himself. He proceeded to open a book and trace every letter of the alphabet from A to Z.” The tracing has progressed and within a week he was tracing the letters of every month of the year and shapes of animals for long focused periods of time.
Last week the mother came in so excited. She told me that not only was she noticing changes, but everyone around her was noticing changes in her son. She said, “We had a meeting with his aide at his school. Up to this point he has needed a full-time aide with him at all times during the school day. We have meetings every week. This week the aide told me that my son has been doing so well at school; he hasn’t had meltdowns for weeks, is listening to her, is respectful, and is doing his work.” She continued, “my son no longer needed a full-time aide, and as of this week is going to a part-time, half day aide. Also, we are part of an autism support group. Once a month we get together and I play with another little boy who is autistic, while another mother plays with my boy for an hour. When we switched back to our own children at the end of the hour, the mother said to me ‘I forgot that your child was autistic!’ I am so happy we found you!”
An amazing thing just happened this morning, Oct 18. A woman brought her father to see me who had a stroke in 2009 - YES, 8 years ago. She and her children are lifetime maintenance care patients in my office. She wondered if functional neurology could do something for her father that the traditional routes did not. She flew him from Arkansas to here in Seattle and I examined him last week. Not only did I find deficits where the stroke happened, but I also found brain deficits in the areas that those damaged areas are supposed to fire into - like the brainstem. This wonderful man had no gag reflex. No wonder he chokes on some food, etc. Today was his 5th visit in my office and I was stimulating the back of his palate on the right side only. He, all of a sudden, gagged! His daughter and I nearly fell off of our chairs. This means that his brainstem on the right is getting enough signal now to create a gag response... as well as improve lung function on the right, function of his gall bladder, liver, ascending colon, and all small intestines on that side. I do expect he'll be having better bowel movements, but can't promise. Dr. Merry
I've just started treating a 19 year old girl with depression and anxiety. She also has a mild case of self injury. I discovered a right frontocortical deficit on examination. One thing that a healthy cortex is supposed to do is fire down to the amygdala and inhibit it. The amygdala is part of the emotional brain that spits out depression, sadness, anxiety, fear, rage and anger. Therefore, her cortex was not able to inhibit her amygdala. Although the average patient begins to notice changes after about 3 weeks, she looked different after the first treatment. I asked her how she felt and she said, "Calm and good". I asked her to take note of how long that feeling lasted. Specific proteins are made in the neurons when I administer treatment. They have short half lives and disintegrate sometimes within minutes. Neuroplasticity happens when the neurons continue to be fired and then they begin to "wire" together. Physiologically, the proteins should last longer and longer as patients get treated and continue with their homework. This young woman is experiencing that exact thing. When I asked her how long the good feelings lasted on her first visit, she said, "about 20 minutes". When I asked her how long they laster after her last visit (her 4th), she said they lasted the rest of the day. She also reported that she told her psychiatrist for the first time that for the last week she had been feeling good. Let's tell people that the brain CAN be changed and that there is so much hope for our bodies to heal! Dr. Merry