Neurological Problems

Childhood

A Letter from a Chiropractic Advocate
By Phyllis Libby
Originally Printed in ICPA Newsletter May-June 1999

nurologicalI want to share with you my efforts to introduce chiropractic to families with neurologically disabled children on intensive home treatment programs in Guatemala and Poland. In these two countries, nonprofit associations devoted to brain-injured children pay my expenses for a labor of love, to strengthen their treatment programs and awareness of the latest therapies. It's a risk telling people about chiropractic in places where it is rare and the chance of it becoming a reality is so remote. However, stimulating for neurological growth every day will not produce permanent results without chiropractic. So I gave the message hoping that the miracle would materialize.

Here's what has happened. Guatemala:I have been an associate director for a small non-profit school for brain-injured children in Guatemala for the last 4 years. The school is call "Censi" or El Centro de Superacion Integral. The founder and director, Prof. Marlene Marckwordt de Penados, is a dear friend and colleague. Our association in neuro reeducation goes back fourteen years from our work in Philadelphia at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. I took Dr. Bobby Doscher of Oklahaven to Guatemala in 1996 and 1997 to adjust a few children in the school. These students made faster and more substantive progress following adjustments. Prof. de Penados was deeply impressed with the logic and application of chiropractic.

At the time, I did not think it would be possible to provide chiropractic to the school on a regular basis; my only goal was to enlighten my colleague. During my recent visit to the school in January and February of this year, I decided to teach the Guatemalan and Honduran parents and school staff about chiropractic. I presented the school with an upper cervical table donated by a chiropractor from the USA, Dr. Wayne Clark of Oklahoma City. A second standard portable table was donated by one of my clients, a Mexican family with a learning disabled son. These two tables were part of our goal to establish chiropractic in "Censi's" neurological rehabilitation curriculum. I also took Jennifer Sheppard, D.C. of Oklahoma City to "Censi". She adjusted 75 students, many several times over a brief but intense 5-day period.

Again the results were amazing. Within minutes and hours neurological progress was visibly accelerated in many children.

A stutterer stopped stuttering, his migraines ceased and a month later he is still free of them. A few of the most hyperactive children slept in the middle of the day for hours; their entire demeanor calmed and visual convergence improved. Two creeping children are now very close to walking independently.
A comatose child became conscious.
Nonverbal children began to make meaningful sounds and talkers became clearer and their language more organized.
The older children showed more self-confidence and improved problem solving ability. We are recording our results for future tracking and publication.
My goal in February was to find local qualified chiropractors. Then in March, through my internet search, Prof. de Penados located the only two American-trained doctors in all of Guatemala. A Chilean, Dr. Marco Torres-Fry, D.C., is a 30 year resident, and David Tygum, D.C., an American married to a Guatemalan, just recently moved there from the states. They are presently donating their time to adjust "Censi" students every two weeks. Both are open-minded, delighted to help the school and work with our students. This is a blessing beyond words, especially for our most seriously scoliotic non-walkers, dyslexic and autistic children.

Poland: On my first trip to Poland in November last year, I introduced chiropractic to medical professionals and over 100 families in three cities: Krakow, Torun and Opole. My aim was for parents to make informed decisions when seeking chiropractic or any form of spinal manipulation. Poland has no chiropractic schools, and the term is bandied about there quite loosely. Much passes for chiropractic care that really is not. A few children I evaluated were receiving spinal manipulation from local healers; none formally trained, although in many cases the results were excellent. I urged families to spread the word about their best practitioners among local support groups for brain injured children. It was all I had to work with. Then I prayed to the God of Chiropractic and waited.

After I left Poland in November, the director of the largest center in Torun, Dr. Krzytos Liszcz (pronounce Chrishtolfus Leasht) a psychiatrist and father of a severely mobility impaired teenager, began looking for a licensed chiropractor. In December he heard a story about a doctor who had recently healed an immobile Dachshund, a breed notorious for spinal problems. The owners were about to put the dog down because it had lost urine, bowel control and the power to walk. After one adjustment it sprang back to life, miraculously walking within 24 hours. Upon hearing the story, Dr. Liszcz hired the doctor, Dr. Henryk Dyczek (pronounced Ditch-ick), Ac.M., M.B.Ac.C.,D.C., M.B.A.A.C. He had recently returned to Poland after a 15-year stay in Cambridge, England, where he trained in American chiropractic and Chinese acupuncture. He is the only fully qualified chiropractor and acupuncturist in all of Poland.

When I returned to Torun this March I met Dr. Dyczek. We laughed as he told me how quickly his name has spread throughout Poland because of his famous canine patient. He is now adjusting children one day a week at the Center using mainly light force techniques. The medical staff there is taking a keen interest in chiropractic, recording his results for future publication. I believe in the future Dr. Dyczek will be instrumental in establishing a national network of Polish practitioners to work with disabled children. My goal for the Polish is to develop a treatment program that stimulates sensorimotor function (neuro reeducation function (neuro reeducation) while simultaneously adjusting structure (chiropractic) is being realized.

I am astonished and humbled at the timing and success of these two international projects. The cultural differences, lack of skilled chiropractic, as well as the usual ignorance, fears and skepticism from medical personnel and families about new and unusual therapies has been tough at times. To meet this challenge I taught from my empirical results evaluating hundreds of children under chiropractic care and testimonials from the ICPA's newsletters, which confirm my experience in human physiology and function. The voice of the ICPA provides my work with the pediatric chiropractor's perspective and research, and continues to inspire me wherever I am teaching. I was privileged to meet Larry Webster in 1996. When I think about the power of his commitment to children and chiropractic, it's easy to take the risk and teach from the heart. Thank you for your support.

Phyillis Libby has been teaching families and professionals worldwide how to rehabilitate children labeled ADHD, LD, ADD PDD, dyslexic, autistic, Downs' Syndrome, fragile X, CP, etc. since 1975. Her programs stress nueuro reeducation therapy, alignment of nervous system's structures and natural whole foods nutrition. Her work in child brain development includes 14 years as a clinical director teaching in Philadelphia, Italy, France, Japan and Australia for the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and 10 years as a private consultant. She give workshops in brain growth and brain-injured children in Guatemala, Honduras and Poland. Phyllis is currently working in research with Tay Sach's children headed by Vicki Arcadi, D.C. Phyllis Libby can be reached Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 711 E. Mansur, Guthrie, OK 73044. Tel/fax 405-282-7760.

 
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