Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Back Pain: S-Curves, J-Curves, and Childhood Nutrition

A naked woman walking. Notice the S-curve of the spine.
Collotype after Eadward Muybridge, 1887. wikimedia commons

In the past few days, I've been seeing NPR's report on Esther Gokhale's work on spinal curves appear on my newsfeed. Gokhale traveled the world to study societies that don't suffer from back pain and discovered that these peoples have a J-curve of the spine, rather than the assumed "healthy" S-curve that we in western, back-pain plagued cultures know.

I have my own theory about this: Unnatural early childhood nutrition causes the prevalence of S-curved spines in developed countries. Some of you know that I've been obsessing about teeth lately, and here I see the connection. 

Nature's Perfect Smile


No braces needed here. Natural smiles (clockwise from upper left corner) 
from Tibet, Afghanistan, Gambia, and Polynesia.
images: wikimedia commons

My baby refused to drink from bottles at 8 weeks. I panicked because I had to go back to work part-time. But then I realized that she was protecting her future teeth, her health, and her pretty face.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Rolfing and Body Weight


Spontaneous miracles do happen.  Several have even taken place in my office over the past ten years.  One time, a client underwent a kind of energetic re-birthing (to my surprise) after which his back pain of fifteen years immediately vanished. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Last Four Weeks of Doctor K


Last month, the Wall Street Journal published an article called "Why Doctors Die Differently".  It begins with the story of Charles, a 68-year-old doctor who was diagnosed with cancer.