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Just spend an amazing afternoon at Allergy Connection with my friend Dr. Richard Layton. Dr. Layton is a medical doctor in Towson, MD (right near Baltimore) who has been in practice more than forty years. He specializes in a technique called Low Dose Allergen. He uses this to treat not only common allergy symptoms but havoc allergies cause on children who have spectrum disorders like ADD and Autism.

I convinced Dr. Layton, who is a straight up pen-and-paper guy to do this interview with me because I want everyone to know how profoundly his work has changed my son's life and to spread hope to others.

This video is about 37 minutes long. Enjoy. You may forward any questions to Dr. Layton at info@allergyconnection.com 

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I am currently learning Applied Kinesiology's Meridian Therapies. This is an amazing way to bring together functional muscle testing, Chinese pulse point analysis and acupuncture. It is complicated awesomeness. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED! Who do you know whose energy is stuck? Pain, endocrine disorders, tight muscles. Bring it!
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Enjoy my brand-new collection of writings about how we use natural methods (including chiropractic, cranial work, nutrition, lifestyle coaching, meridian therapies and more) to decrease pain and discomfort and enhance well-being during pregnancy.

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Enjoy my brand-new collection of writings about how we use natural methods (including chiropractic, cranial work, nutrition, lifestyle coaching, meridian therapies and more) to decrease pain and discomfort and enhance well-being during pregnancy.

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Here is an example from this week of how I used Applied Kinesiology to work with a woman with pubic bone pain during pregnancy. Lots of information, but follow it and look for the really magical results near the end : )
The patient presented with pubic symphysis dysfunction (and pain). That means pain in the joint just above her private area. She is a young woman and this is her first pregnancy. She is primarily concerned with the pain but also with how pelvic dysfunction would possibly create difficulties in achieving a natural birth. She has no major health issues except for a significant spinal curvature. Here is how I approached this case (and by the way, I've had hundreds just like this in the past). First I checked a series of muscles on both sides of the body (popliteus, gluteus max, teres major, lower trapezius, deltoids and neck flexors) to look for weakness when I tested them. The only positive finding was the lower trapezius which indicates a fixation right where the upper back ends and the lower back begins. I corrected this with a percussive device called an Arthrostim to break up the fixation between T11 and L1. Then, we tested for the hamstrings (one was weak), the piriformis (the opposite was weak) and also challenged both areas through passive stretching and repetition of the functional muscle test to determine the presence of fascia adhesions. Luckily there were no adhesions there. After this, I checked for pelvic categories. The pelvic categories were originally described by Dr. Major DeJarnette who found that there are three categories which describe pelvic dysfunction, meningeal tension, lumbar disc issues or a combination of these things. Functional muscular testing and therapy localizing (meaning to have the patient contact the affected area) found a Category I. This category relates to meningeal tension. The meninges are the three-layered covering over the spinal cord and brain. They hold the structures in place but also allow for dynamic movement as long as everything is healthy. It made sense to find this category because of the patient's significant spinal curvatures, which create cord tension. This was corrected by gently blocking the pelvis to create leveling and return proper tone to the paraspinal muscles. This created significant reduction of pain and tenderness in the upper trapezii muscles bilaterally. Then, I checked for cranial malalignment through specific therapy localization and gently-placed pressure to specific cranial bones and their sutures. After this, we checked the patient's range of motion while supine. She had 80 degrees of hip flexion (90 is considered normal). The next goal was to determine if we could increase this range by giving the nervous system proper nutrition. Range of motion is mainly a neurological function and less so of a muscular one. So, we had the patient insalivate (taste) a dose of wheat germ oil on the tongue. Once the taste buds pick up the taste of the wheat germ oil, impulses arise through the spinal cord to the thalamus and cortex of the brain. After this, the brain responds by sending signals down the the spinal cord and then out through spinal nerves. These nerves are responsible for determining our response to palpatory pain and muscle length. Once the dose was given and taste detected (in about 20 seconds), we retested passive hip flexion which measured at 120 degrees bilaterally. This was significant to the patient who says that she has been very inflexible all of her life. She was very pleased and surprised at this increased range. The insalivation process also decreased the tenderness of the pubic bone. With this data in mind, we proceeded by placing the the patient on a 770mg dose of wheat germ oil every day for the next thirty days. Herein is an example of how AK can takes an integrated approach using chiropractic adjustments, manipulative therapies to muscles, osteopathic cranial manipulation, nutrition, and range of motion studies to create changes in function. Isn't that cool?????

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Today was the first day where everything just worked in the office. All the computers worked. I was able to post diagnoses and charges properly without having to look through giant lists to find the right thing. Even our supplements were all in inventory, ready to be used without having to rip open boxes with the patient standing there waiting. The best part? Our front foyer, which had been sprayed to high Heaven with cat urine, ceased to smell. Thank G'd.
And then, in came the patients.
Another neat story! A man came in today whose hip hurt after exercising. He did all the right stuff by stretching and resting the area. Then I started testing the area with AK. I tested the quadriceps, gluts, hamstrings and sartorius muscles. A painful Jones trigger point was released by a strain-counter-strain technique in about thirty seconds.
The patient got off the table and was happy that his hip was so much better. "Hey, that's neat, new stuff, Dr. E."
I love having new tools to share with the world. It makes me undeniably happy.

I have just started on session of my Applied Kinesiology 100 hour course! Next up, Chinese Medicine, pulse diagnosis, and functional corrections for inhibited muscles. Can't wait to share with you!

Today was the first day where everything just worked in the office. All the computers worked. I was able to post diagnoses and charges properly without having to look through giant lists to find the right thing. Even our supplements were all in inventory, ready to be used without having to rip open boxes with the patient standing there waiting. The best part? Our front foyer, which had been sprayed to high Heaven with cat urine, ceased to smell. Thank G'd.
And then, in came the patients.
Another neat story! A man came in today whose hip hurt after exercising. He did all the right stuff by stretching and resting the area. Then I started testing the area with AK. I tested the quadriceps, gluts, hamstrings and sartorius muscles. A painful Jones trigger point was released by a strain-counter-strain technique in about thirty seconds.
The patient got off the table and was happy that his hip was so much better. "Hey, that's neat, new stuff, Dr. E."
I love having new tools to share with the world. It makes me undeniably happy.

"The universe is not to be narrowed down to the limits of our understanding...But our understanding must be stretched and enlarged to take in the image of the universe as it is discovered." -- Francis Bacon.
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