A dog’s one-sided world

January 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Hemispatial neglect is a strange condition in which brain damage, despite normal vision, results in complete neglect of the left side of one’s world.

The following could happen in a person suffering from hemispatial neglect:

  • He or she will walk over to the right of another person and proceed to enjoy a perfectly normal interaction, because otherwise on the left, they don’t exist.
  • A man may only shave the right half of his face and a woman may only apply make-up to the right hand side.
  • Someone asked to draw a clock may only write the numbers 12 through 6, or if asked to draw a star, will only put points on the right side.
  • He or she will often run into walls or door frames on their left as its existence was not processed by the brain.

Hemispatial neglect most commonly occurs after injury, such as stroke, to the right parietal lobe (green) – like in Barley the dog’s case (below).

It’s not as common with left parietal lobe damage because it’s thought that the right hemisphere of the brain is generally more specialized for spatial memory, while the left side is better tuned for language.

Damage to the right side of the brain reduces the amount of neural activity that crosses over to the left via the large fibre tract in the middle, called the corpus collosum, connecting the two halves.

Read more HERE on another concept in chiropractic neurology called hemisphericity.

How I Got My Wiggle Back

January 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Anthony Field met a chiropractor who “saved his life”.

“In How I Got My Wiggle Back, Anthony, the “blue Wiggle,” reveals for the first time that as he and his group soared to fame and fortune, he was locked in a downward spiral that nearly ended his career. Anthony tells the story of the years he spent suffering from joint pain, multiple allergies, chronic headaches, and clinical depression. In this book, he also talks about his remarkable recovery and the simple techniques that can help anyone suffering with similar problems to regain their health.” Amazon.com

This can’t be good for you – Part 3

January 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Kid eats his ice cream money!

A young boy became seriously ill after swallowing a $2 coin while on his way to spend it on an ice cream. But with the coin now safely removed from his throat the “chirpy” 10-year-old still wants to invest it in a cold treat. His parents, however, plan to save the coin for his 21st birthday as a reminder of his, in hindsight, “quite funny” ordeal.

The boy was walking to a dairy in Tauranga with his two siblings to buy an ice cream about 4pm on Sunday. He can’t remember why, but he put the dirty $2 coin his parents had given him into his mouth. It then became lodged in his throat, causing him to gag and throw up for close to eight hours.

He was initially taken to Tauranga Hospital, but because of concerns about the coin moving around, he was transferred to Waikato Hospital in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The boy’s father, Grayson Ottaway, a reporter for Newstalk ZB in Tauranga, said his son – who he did not want named – had an uncomfortable night in hospital.

Hospital staff were able to remove the coin from the boy’s oesophagus and apart from having “a little bit of a sore throat,” he was back to his normal self.

Hospital staff told Mr Ottaway that Sundays were commonly “a busy day for swallowings”. They have actually had quite a number of batteries, marbles, little tiny army men and all sorts. “Kids get bored and go, I wonder if this will go up there.”


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