Up the Brain: Amazing Adjustments
A Life in Equilibrium
Sometimes, the patient
isn't the only one affected by the treatment. Dr. Ted
Carrick spoke with Body & Soul
about his experience treating Lucinda Harman, and how it changed them
is a marvelous human being. She's been a university professor, she's
an experimental psychologist by trade. She's taught neurophysiology,
neurobiology, and clinical neurology at the university level. And has
been through just a heck of a life, with a lot of problems that have
been very, very complex, that we were able to assist her with.
not treating her for the genetic expression of what she has [Ehlers-Danlos
Syndrome], and neither is there anybody at this time that can do that.
But we're treating her wholeness, specific to lesions in her brain,
that allow us to have her functioning without her heart racing out of
her chest, without her spinning out of control, without her eyes not
being able to focus.
"I saw Lucinda in
grand rounds. At the time I saw her she was completely disabled. She
was unable to speak, to think, to work at a level that would be reasonable
for a professor. She had feelings of dizziness, vertigo, sounds in her
head and ears, and tachycardia, or a fast racing heart -- which really
would go out of control. When this would happen, her legs would swell
up almost like an elephant, her face would droop, her lids would close
and she couldn't move one side of her face. She would have angulation
and stiffness of body parts, similar to what you see with an individual
having a stroke.
"I think Lucinda's
one of the very fortunate ones because I saw her in grand rounds, and
her changes were immediate, as a consequence of what we were able to
do with her.
Lucinda's case, it was a little more difficult because she couldn't
get up and do an exercise for instance -- she couldn't walk. So, we
had to devise different mechanisms that would allow us to cause a brain-changing
activity… In her case, we would use warm air stimulation for instance,
in her ear, and hook her up to the ECG monitor and we would see an abrupt
change in the rate of her heart. We would see her legs shrink in front
"I think with all
the miracles and the mysteries of the human nervous system, nothing
surprises me anymore, and if it was Lucinda's case by itself, I would
definitely be in awe. But there's more then one Lucinda -- there are
many patients like this that I've attended to, many thousands of them
and there are many thousands more that are treated by my colleagues.
So, she's not an isolated case, although she's an individual case.
"The things that
seem to be miracles are things that you only see once or twice.
When you start seeing them every day of your clinical life, they're
not that miraculous, but you realize how very fragile we are. Someone
can play in the Super Bowl and get slam dunked and get up and go to
Disney World, and somebody else can step off a curb and never be the
same. We're very strong, yet we're very, very fragile. The things that
chiropractic specialists are doing, although they seem simple, are very,
very complex. If we do them on the wrong side, if we do them with the
wrong temperature, or misapply them in some way, we can make the people
"I think Lucinda
will be doing some great things. Even though she has a PhD in these
studies, because of her disorder she has learned just a hundred-fold
more about the nervous system. And I believe that this is one woman
who will be able to share with other people what she has learned as
a consequence of her own unfortunate scenario.
I don't think any of us know how we would deal with that type of situation.
She certainly has been dealt a bad deck of cards, but she's playing
a winning hand -- I think she's inspirational to other people."
A Balancing Act
A Life in Equilibrium
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