April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The methods of philosophers are not those of empirical science, since their methods are a priori rather than a posteriori. This means that philosophers evaluate information that is independent of experience, not that which they have already observed. The aim of philosophers is therefore to state analytical truths. And the truth or falsity of an analytical proposition is subject to its meaning. In the other camp of thought, if a proposition is not empirical, i.e. it cannot be understood by observation of the observable world only, then it is said to be meaningless. But to be self righteous in the stance that something is not true simply because we cannot see it would be a naive absurdity.

Meaning, therefore, is a very subjective experience. It is the fabric of an attempt to answer the questions, what are we doing here and what’s the point? The experience becomes a life-long process. And one’s life cannot be disassociated into separate parts to explain how you’ve become the person you are today. It’s a collective experience of thousands of contributions and thousands of decisions. Without the process, you would not be… you. It’s this process of the collective experience of all things which has evolved your state of being in the world. The process has imbued your mind and body with the potentiality to affect not only your own life, but the lives of everyone around you. It is a sense of vitality that puts out a field to change the world around you. This is non duality: you, and the world around you, are not independent. Who you’ve become, your sense of vitality, and how you choose to participate in the world as choices are presented to you, creates its own field that affects everyone and everything. Read more

Off-label use of drugs in children

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By Christopher Kent, D.C.

The off-label use of drugs in children is the rule, not the exception. Benjamin, et al., report that three-fourths of the prescription drugs on the market do not have labelling indications for children, leaving their use in children to physicians’ discretion1. Furthermore, almost 80 percent of hospitalised children get drugs that are not approved for paediatric use.

What are the consequences of this? According to Shah, et al., “Using drugs that have been insufficiently studied in children has contributed to adverse outcomes, which have been documented in the medical literature.”2 This leads to a guessing game that can most kindly be characterized as “experimental,” if not downright reckless. As Nightingale states, “Physicians who treat children often prescribe drugs for off-label uses because little information is available from well-controlled studies on dosage, formulation, effectiveness and safety in children.”3

The clinical implications of off-label prescribing are significant. Seventy-three percent of off-label uses lack evidence of clinical efficacy. The greatest disparity between supported and unsupported off-label uses is found among prescriptions for psychiatric uses and allergies4. Read more

Neck pain and cerebellar control

“My most significant problem used to be walking across the road and getting caught out by a car coming faster than anticipated.”

Part of my job is to connect the dots for people, and so I’ve had this one in the archives for a while and thought it opportune to point out the seemingly miraculous implications of an adjustment that we would otherwise gloss over.

At face value one would read this and see: Man has accident; man gets neck pain; man goes to chiropractor; chiropractor fixes neck pain. And the perception that chiropractic is only good for neck or back pain would continue to persist.

Upon closer inspection, over the course of about a year, Warren’s cerebellum was reprogrammed to a level of function that its connection with the brain could perceive speed and timing, anticipate, initiate and recalibrate appropriate movement. Stuff  usually taken for granted until that ability is depreciated and you start having trouble crossing the road!

The cerebellum is important for movement control and plays a particularly crucial role in balance and locomotion. As such, one of the most characteristic signs of cerebellar damage is walking ataxia (see previous cerebellar case here). The cerebellum constitutes only 10% of the total volume of the brain but contains more than half of all its neurons. It’s believed that the cerebellum also plays a role in fine tuning emotion with the limbic cortex. So since the majority of its information input comes from the spine and spinal cord, when the neck is out of whack, people are not always going to behave appropriately and movement is going to be compromised over time.

Neural reprogramming through regular adjusting doesn’t always bring the feel-good factor that massage may do, for instance. But when you look back over time and see how the system is functioning at a completely different level, its effects are longer lasting. The cerebellum has to co-ordinate the flow of information coming in and going out of the brain and make adjustments to the required action, like initiating a sprint across the road. It’s important in maintaining posture, calibrating eye movement and keeping us steady – a super important bit of the brain and one well maintained through good chiropractic care. Read more

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