Holistic Dentistry for Allergies, Asthma, Skin Problems and Snoring ............by Dr Ann Harris

Listed in case studies, originally published in Positive Health Magazine issue 89 - June 2003


Background: This is a remarkable case history which relates to our 14-year-old daughter Claire. When faced with the prospect of having teeth removed because of overcrowding she was determined that she did not want any extractions. My search for a holistic dentist had begun. I initially contacted the British Dental Association but their response was less than helpful. Thankfully, I subscribed to Positive Health and saw an advert for such a dentist practising in London.

Presenting Symptoms: For a number of years Claire had suffered from rhinitis (runny nose), bouts of sneezing, coughing and wheezy-type symptoms. It was quite clear to us that she was sensitive to artificial food additives as well as being seriously allergic to peanuts. These traits were also present in both my husband and myself, so it was easy to blame the 'genetics' for her condition. A variety of complementary therapies were tried all without success. These symptoms were resisting all forms of treatment. At the age of 12-years Claire's skin also became inflamed with acne which turned into scarring, damaged skin often resisted complete healing for months. She also suffered from chronic lethargy. This girl was just not functioning well in all aspects. Again despite diet and life-style changes Claire's health did not significantly improve.

Consultation: At the initial consultation with the holistic dental surgeon it was clear that her spine was misaligned at the cervical and sacral regions. This had also been confirmed by previous chiropractic and osteopathic assessments. There was also restricted breathing into her sinuses as her palate was displaced upwards causing obstruction and thereby resulting in mouth breathing. Claire had been snoring at night for many years whilst sleeping with her mouth open. It was explained that her jaw misalignment exacerbated her symptoms as the jaw lacked the correct stimulus to grow normally. She was also not breathing fully into her lower abdomen. Her face was pale with puffy cheeks suggesting poor immune function and her face lacked correct proportion and symmetry.

Using kinesiology with her existing jaw alignment Claire tested weak to a general muscle test. When she purposefully moved her jaws into a better alignment, she tested strong correspondingly. It was clear that she had enough room in her jaws to accommodate all her existing teeth. There would be no need for any tooth extractions, and that treatment would be by the use of braces and appliances only.

At the beginning of treatment Claire was intermittently taking oral antihistamines and a salbutamol inhaler (blue puffer) to control her symptoms.

Treatment: Claire's course of treatment started with her being shown corrective breathing and swallowing exercises. She was fitted with a removable adjustable brace which was designed to increase the space available in her upper jaw. As the treatment continued into the first few weeks guided by kinesiology we noted distinct changes in the depth of her breathing. At about twelve weeks into the treatment programme Claire dramatically and completely lost her skin pallor. My astonished reaction was to exclaim "Claire, you're pink!".

Treatment continued along these lines for several months using fixed and removable braces on the teeth of her upper and lower jaws. Claire pursed the jaw alignment exercises that she had been given. During this period she also used a removable head appliance mainly at night. It was during this time that it became clear to us that Claire had become 'silent' at night, the mouth breathing had disappeared and she had stopped snoring.

Claire is now in her fifteenth month of treatment and her skin is looking more robust and vital. She has far more vitality overall as well as physical energy. The acne scars which had been a source of concern for her are now beginning to heal, and the acne itself has disappeared. Also, not surprisingly her teeth are very nearly perfectly straight. It is also remarkable to note that Claire has actually enjoyed having braces fitted, she claims that they make her feel 'stronger'.

Conclusion: This course of orthodontic treatment has been the only form of intervention used to improve our daughter's health over the past fifteen months. Compared to her contemporaries undergoing reductionist forms of orthodontic treatment, this approach has been very nearly pain-free without the need for strong analgesic medication and of a relatively short duration. She has suffered virtually no head, neck or back ache during the course of this treatment. All her presenting symptoms have effectively disappeared. She no longer requires any form of medication.

In fact many people have commented to me that Claire is a completely different girl from her former self of just over a year ago. I totally agree.

Acknowledgement: I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Mr. M Amir the holistic dentist referred to in this case study for his ground breaking and inspirational work in this area.

About the Practitioner: Mr. M Amir is a dental surgeon practising holistic dentistry in London. He specializes in the treatment of patients with medical problems emanating from the dysfunction of the jaw joint. He takes particular interest in the field of body symmetry and its relationship to health. He can be contacted on Tel: 020 8780 3433 (secretary); amir2647@msn.

Comment: Over the years we have had about three patients with the most horrendous acne.

Treatment to attain symmetry in their structure did not do anything until almost at the very end when all the teeth were aesthetically perfect. Almost overnight their Acne disappeared. Seeing it once was surprising but three times says something. Perhaps Acne persists because of the way patients perceive themselves. Finally perhaps finding themselves more attractive probably helped create the right endorphins or improved immune function which cleared their skin.

Asthma: We have had many Asthmatics who have recovered from their asthma symptoms. It is imperative that children have the correct orthodontic intervention at an early age to avoid the use of inhalers.

Asthma and Hayfever

I refer to the recent article (Issue 87, pp 31-33, the Positive Health Magazine) by Mr. M. Amir on the risks of dental extraction, and would like to offer my personal testimony as to the effectiveness of his treatment methods from the field of Crano-Mandibular Symmetry, alluded to in the article, and their benefits to health.

I became a patient of Mr. Amir about 4 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I had been suffering for many years, and increasingly so, with sporadic bouts of asthma (triggered by weather conditions, house dust, atmospheric pollution, hay fever), and was becoming more and more dependent on a salbutamol inhaler to ease the acute symptoms of asthma. I was also aware that there could be undesirable side effects on long-term use of this medication and was in search of a cure.

Following a thorough examination I was fitted with my first brace to correct for a significant misalignment of teeth between the upper and lower jaw. I also received instruction in simple procedures (a breathing exercise, for example), to assist in this process. It was clear to Mr. Amir at the outset that my symptoms of asthma would respond well to his treatment and indeed, within a few months I was having fewer and less severe attacks, to the point right now when I cannot remember the last time I had one, or had to use the inhaler - it is certainly well over a year ago. Symptoms of hay fever have likewise reduced (in the rye grass pollen season, June to mid-July). Last year I was hardly affected at all.

His success in the various other areas of health I can well believe, judging from the experiences of some of Mr. Amir's other patients I have spoken to - relief form irritable bowel syndrome, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME for example - and I am convinced that Cranio-Mandibular and Skeletal Symmetry is an important and highly effective methodology for health care and deserves a much wider utilisation with the dental profession. Mr. Amir is a pioneer in this regard and, I should add, a dentist to consummate skill. His work should be taken seriously by all dental and medical professionals. I do hope it is - for the sake of all of those whose heath and well being are at stake.

G. B, BSc, PhD, April 2003

Asthma: It's not a disease after all
(from What Doctors Don't Tell You magazine)

Here's a little-known and inconvenient truth about disease. When you are diagnosed with a specific disease, such as asthma, the doctor really means that your symptoms in the main fall within a common grouping that allows him to label you 'asthmatic'. Certainly, your 'asthma' will have unique features that fall outside of the spectrum, but the majority of your symptoms are within the accepted classification.

Once conveniently labelled, the treatment can begin and you are prescribed drugs to treat asthma. Unfortunately, the drugs don't treat your version of asthma, just a general consensus view of the disease. That's why as GlaxoSmithKline admitted a year or so back, drugs work in only one-third of cases.

Now, even the Lancet says it's time to drop asthma as a term. Asthma isn't a single disease; instead, the symptoms are a common manifestation that mask a range of possible causes, often allergic, says the journal.

This thought started occurring to doctors with the alarming rise of asthma cases in children over the past 20 years. Recent studies have discovered that the cause is some allergic reaction to the environment. But, says the journal, "the harder one looks, the more questions arise. Hardly a week goes by without anxious parents being confronted with yet another association that supposedly either protects from or predisposes to the development of asthma."

Even drug trials are hampered by the problem, because they are rarely matching groups that have asthma from a common cause. In 1995 a landmark study discovered that children don't always go on to develop 'classic' asthma, as those whose asthma is caused by a virus stop wheezing when they reach school age.

So, just as doctors in the 19th century realized that fever is not a disease but a symptom, those in the 21st century may have to come to the same conclusion about asthma.

(Source: The Lancet, 2006; 368: 705).

Pills
Some Asthma Drugs Kill More People Than Asthma;
Is Big Pharma Allowed to Hawk Deadly Pills?

Big Pharma and the FDA have known for years that some asthma drugs can cause asthma deaths, especially in children and African Americans.
November 3, 2011

Big Pharma has been accused of selling drugs that are so dangerous they cause death and drugs that cause the exact conditions they're supposed to treat. The popular asthma drugs Symbicort, Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus, Dulera and Foradil do both and actually warn on their labels that they cause an increased "risk of death from asthma problems."

Please read more

To find out how and if your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Acne, Allergies, Asthma or Hayfever please:

Are your teeth causing your back pain? Please read the testimonials and otheBack acher information for back pain, neck pain and sciatica below.

Conventional wisdom suggests that back and neck pain is triggered by a "bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly". For many patients such pain persists and becomes excruciating for others. Little relief is available other than anti inflammatory or pain medication. Others have to undergo surgery with little long term relief. Often the consequence of such surgery is even more pain.

The reason for such poor management results from a total misunderstanding of the cause of neck and back pain which is very different from what is conventionally accepted.

Often the effects of back pain are made to sound as if that is the cause of the pain. An example:

  • A herniated disc when your physician may say that the 'herniated disc is causing your back pain'.
  • Inflammation around the shoulder is causing pain and stiffness.
  • A long-term condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis causes pain and stiffness where the spine meets the pelvis.

None of the above statements are correct. In short, neck and back pain actually stems from dental and jaw asymmetries which initially cause an asymmetry of the neck. This asymmetry impacts the lower back causing it to rotate in the opposite direction . The lower back further rotates the hips causing one leg to be shorter than the other. Many patients will have been told this by their chiropractor or an osteopath. Pain along the length of the spine, arms, hips, legs, knees and feet can ensue. It is usually cetered on one side of the body.

Conventional medicine never looks at this cause and as such the treatment is reduced to the use of analgesics and more recently neck and back pain are being blamed on an auto immune cause! Analgesics make very little money for big pharma while anti-immune drugs command a premium of some 20,000 pounds per patient per year so science is being twisted to deprive patients of the correct treatment at the risk of causing death by the use of immune system destroying drugs. Be aware!

There are many testimonials here which will show that neck and back pain can be successfully treated with a correct understanding of the cause.

Please go to the articles section to read an article about the subject of Atlas Correction by the Atlasbalance™ and Atlasprofilax™ method.

I recently came across this article which confirms that conventional treatments do not work:

"There is evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem... Some research suggests that 1 in 5 patients who have surgery for back pain end up having more surgery.

An estimated 80 percent of Americans will suffer from chronic back pain at some point in life. Some 25-30 percent end up struggling with persistent or chronic back pain, leading many to resort to prescription painkillers, expensive steroid shots, or even multiple surgeries.

Recent data shows that back pain is increasingly being treated with addictive drugs and diagnostic exams that expose patients to potentially unnecessary and dangerous levels of radiation. These treatments do not cure back pain—they only treat your symptoms."

Please read more at Mercola.com


If you suffer from neck or back pain and you have had no joy through medical or manipulative treatment, I would like you to do a little experiment.

Please stand in front of a mirror, close your teeth and then bend over and try and touch your toes. See how far you can get and try and discern if you experience any pull or pain around your back or your hamstrings.

Now stand up again and then carefully bring your lower teeth forward until your upper and lower teeth meet edge to edge. See that you are comfortable with this. Now step forward slightly and then bend over again.

You are very likely to notice that you were able to bend more and that you also experienced less pain and in some cases no pain when your lower jaw was postured forward.

You can repeat this experiment with your neck by turning it side to side and you will notice that by posturing your lower teeth forward it is able to turn much more easily.

This little experiment clearly demonstrates a link between tooth position, neck and back pain.

If you agree with me you can discount the many hypotheses about psychological distress, emotions or marriage jitters propounded by others. It is an indictment of some of the leading authorities in the universities and medical schools for having monopolised a system for dealing with back pain which has no scientific basis nor can it cure anyone.

The evidence is glaringly there in each of us who suffers with neck or back pain. It does not need a scientific double blind placebo study.

I must stress that I have to exclude all causes which may be due to other serious illnesses like aortic aneurisms, bone metastases from malignancy, osteomyelitis, Paget’s disease of bone, osteoporosis, acute kidney infections or direct injury to the spine. It is assumed that the person reading this has gone through the process of differential diagnosis and all other causes have been excluded before embarking on our treatment.


The evaluation of the dental asymmetry and TMJ dysfunction is usually pretty straightforward. However no two patients are alike and everyone needs individually tailored appliances to correct the asymmetries. There is no universal treatmment for every patient such as dental splints.

Our bodies are very self healing and the moment the correct treatment is started the results are in some cases almost instantaneous. If you do not heal with whatever treatment you are presently undertaking it is time to move on and find a proper solution.

So if you suffer from backache, neck pain or sciatica you may want to read the testimonials below before completing the online questionnaire.

Chronic Neck and Lower Back pain

I had been suffering from ‘chronic’ neck and lower back pain on my left side and periodic jaw pain from a problem TMJ for the past 40 years. Over these years the pain had on occasion almost reduced me to tears, and much time and money has been spent visiting doctors, dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists - with it must be said some temporary relief, but the problem and pain remained.

I visited Dr. Amir to see what he could make of my situation, frankly not expecting to achieve any real improvement in my condition.
Dr. Amir examined and tested me and advised that the cause of my pain was that my jaw was out of alignment and this then threw the rest of my skeleton ‘out’. Also there was considerable orthodontic realignment required for my teeth in both upper and lower jaws. Probably a two year job!

The immediate action was to fit an upper jaw brace to align my bite. This greatly relieved pain and shortly thereafter my Atlas vertebrae was aligned properly and this bought further improvement to the pain levels.

Over a period of around two and a half years I wore various different mouth braces /pieces and carried out regular jaw exercises, and of course visited Dr. Amir on a regular basis.

The result is a much better looking and feeling set of teeth, a jaw that is in alignment, an overall more energetic and strong feeling, and the relief of pain.
It has been a long road, but thanks to Dr. Amir very well worth it.

Michael Page
August 2011

Chronic Neck and back pains

Dear Dr Amir,

When I first came to see you in October of last year, I started to read the files of letters from previous patients as I was waiting to come in, and I continued to read these letters on successive visits. I wondered at the time whether I would ever be in a position to add my own letter to these files; I am thrilled and delighted to say that now - that time has come.

I came to you because a friend had read Bella Freud’s article in the Evening Standard about your work and she sent it to me. At the time, I had been suffering from really nasty headaches for two years, accompanied by shoulder and neck pain which increased as the day progressed. This occurred in a cycle, every other day for the most part - and mystified me as a result, because on my good days I was absolutely fine, yet I was very miserable on the bad days, and very bad company, and my whole family suffered as a result. I had seen several doctors and neurologists, over the two years, had MRI scans and x-rays, as well as NHS treatment by physiotherapists, acupuncturists, pain clinicians and cognitive behavioural therapists. I had been seen for a year and then discharged by a migraine specialist. I had been put on various cocktails of painkillers, including Cox-2 inhibitors, Valium and amitriptyline (a tricyclic anti-depressant and supposedly a muscle-relaxant). None of this had had any effect to speak of. The doctors told me that I had cervical spondylitis and would just have to learn to live with the pain. I was sceptical about this, because I did not see why the pattern of on-off pain would fit with degenerated neck bones, and also because I knew the spondylitis had been present for over ten years, without significant deterioration, yet the pattern of pain had only been there for two years.

Privately, I had had twelve sessions with a very experienced and an honest osteopath, as well as electrical acupuncture and hypnotherapy. All of this was to no avail and I had begun to despair of ever feeling well again.

I was sceptical about whether you could help me, because I had experienced failure with so many other attempted treatments, but I felt I had nothing to lose by coming in for an assessment. You were very confident when you saw me, and told me I was an easy case and should be feeling better within a couple of weeks.

I was fitted with a brace in October and, shortly afterwards, was given an Atlas treatment because you thought I was slightly misaligned. After a few weeks, I still did not feel any real improvement but you seemed unperturbed by this. By Christmas, I was rather despondent because I did not feel any better and you had expected me to be an ‘easy case’. I was given various braces to wear, and then, at one point, in February, I had to take out the top one. Within a couple of days, I began to feel much worse, and you told me to put it back in again - which immediately produced improvement, and I realised that I had made quite a bit of progress, without being properly aware of the extent of it, because it had come about very slowly. If I was in any doubt that it was your treatment that had produced the improvement, the huge step backwards that resulted when I removed the brace was proof that the treatment was beginning to work.

On completion of the treatment at first, without the brace, I had some stiffness and very mild headaches every 4-5 days, but this has improved over time and now the days of stiffness are few and far between; just a dim reminder of the hell that my life had become, before I met you.

I have met such a wide range of patients with such a variety of problems in the waiting room, and it is extraordinary that a simple adjustment of the position of the jaw can have such a dramatic effect on the function of the whole body. I am a witness to the efficacy of your programme and have recommended you countless times to friends and acquaintances with chronic problems. All too often they show the sceptical attitude that I understand so well, but wish for their sakes that they can take the leap of faith involved that could transform the quality of their lives.

Furthermore I would like to add that you have shown exceptional kindness to me and my family in recent months, when we have been dealing with a terrible family crisis, and I know that you are a man of deep humanity. I feel very lucky to have met you and been able to benefit from your wisdom and experience.

With much love and infinite gratitude,

Henrietta Parsons
January 2012

Neuralgic pain

Re: Atlasbalance (jaw misalignment) Treatment - EJC
by EJC Thursday Feb. 02, 2012 10:37 am

Prior to seeing Amir Emma had been to a Chiropractor and each visit needed the atlas realigning, so we knew this was out.

After this Margaret took Emma through to the 4D "scanning" machine (Deers 4D Formetric mentioned in his other thread). We'd not been on this before so this was all new. Emma had her photograph taken and interpreted by the machine which showed only slight hip drop of 3 degrees to the right and that was about it, quite a surprise actually. It was then through to the Chiro couch to check and realign Emma's atlas. It didn't need it, to our surprise the braces had done it for us, the Atlas was absolutely spot on, no need for adjustment! Amir was delighted and said he's finding that maybe as many as 25% of patients correct themselves after brace therapy.

Is it helping? Are we noticing any difference?

Yes, it's helping, Neuralgic pain is now almost completely eradicated, Emma only gets occasional pins and needle tingles when her braces are out. Compared to the debilitating pain she was suffering this is a vast improvement. Emma has yet to have any physical gait improvements or stamina, these are expected to come with time with continued treatment. At only two months in, Amir is still arranging the teeth/jaw into a position that will allow further adjustments and realignments to be made.

Obstruction of the Internal Jugular vein by an asymmetric Atlas is a common phenomenon.

This was confirmed indirectly when surgeons discovered that during brain surgery many patients had cerebral haemmorrhages. The brain bleeds in the study were on the venous side, not the arterial side.

Veins head and neck

The veins do not build up enough pressure to rupture because within the skull they are protected by the dura and the cranial bones.

Slowed perfusion/transition across the brain leads to poorer oxygenation. The lack of freshly oxygenated blood perhaps leads to other cognitive problems and symptoms like brain fog, lethargy, poor memory, iron accumulation, cell death followed by an immune system response.

Such an obstruction is a common phenomenon in MS patients who are diagnosed with obstructions or stenosis of their IJV's. Using balloon angioplasty this is often corrected leading to a dramatic improvement of symptoms.

The build up of veinous back pressure also leads to a rise in CSF pressure leading to an increased size of the ventricles and extravasation of CSF into the brain stroma.

Tinnitus and humming in the ear is also a common occurrence due to veinous obstruction but here the TMJ also plays a major part.

Please read the article below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10321879
Surg Neurol. 1999 May;51(5):500-5.

Compression of the internal jugular vein by the transverse process of the atlas as the cause of cerebellar hemorrhage after supratentorial craniotomy.

Seoane E, Rhoton AL Jr.

Abstract

Background:

The cerebellar hemorrhage reported in numerous cases after supratentorial craniotomy has uniformly exhibited the characteristics of hemorrhage associated with venous infarction rather than arterial bleeding. The cause has remained obscure, although previous reports suggested that the cause may be obstruction of flow in the internal jugular vein immediately below the base of the skull.

Methods:

The microsurgical anatomy of 36 internal jugular veins in the upper cervical region were defined in adult cadaveric specimens using 3-40x magnification with special attention to the relationship of the vein to the atlas.

Results:

In every specimen, the posterior wall of the internal jugular vein rested against the transverse process of the atlas as the vein descended immediately below the jugular foramen.
In 14 of 36 specimens, the transverse process indented the posterior wall of the vein, causing the vein to be slightly or moderately angulated as it descended across the anterior surface of the transverse process. Three veins were severely kinked as they descended across the transverse process of the atlas.

Conclusions:

Obstruction of flow in the internal jugular vein at the site where the vein descends across the transverse process of the atlas is a likely cause of the venous hypertension that has resulted in the cerebellar hemorrhage reported in numerous cases after supratentorial craniotomy. An examination of the biomechanics of the region confirms that turning the head to the side opposite a supratentorial craniotomy and extending the neck, common practices with unilateral supratentorial craniotomy, further aggravates the angulation and obstruction of the internal jugular vein at the transverse process of C1 on the side ipsilateral to the craniotomy.
PMID:
10321879
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Head Neck. 1997 Jan;19(1):37-40.

Transverse process of the atlas(C1)--an important surgical landmark of the upper neck.

Sheen TS, Chung TT, Snyderman CH.

Abstract
Background:

The internal carotid artery, the internal jugular vein, and the spinal accessory nerve are the main structures that are preserved in conservative neck dissections. In the upper neck, one surgical landmark used to find these structures is the transverse process of a cervical vertebral body. There is controversy about the origin of the transverse process in the upper neck.

Methods:

We applied three-dimensional computerized tomography (3-D CT), an intraoperative navigational system and cadaver dissection of the neck to clarify the controversy.

Results:

The origin of the transverse process was from the atlas (C1).

Conclusions:

The transverse process of the atlas is an important surgical landmark in the upper neck. The neurovascular bundle is located anteriorly. The transverse process of the axis (C2) is less prominent and is situated antero-inferior to the spinal accessory nerve where the nerve emerges from the posterior border of the internal jugular vein.

PMID:
9030943
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Neck pain, headaches and eye symptoms

Sorry I have been up a mountain and had no Email.

I have been very happy with the results of the Atlas adjustment. I feel so much freer in my upper neck and head. I have felt stuck there for some 30 years and knew something was wrong, but no osteopath ever offered me that adjustment it feels wonderful!

I have had no headache or eye symptoms (burning/migraine light patterns) since the treatment and will continue to observe as it is still early days, but am feeling very positive about it.

I have more movement and that “something is not quite right” feeling I could never describe has gone. The tight muscles deep under my Atlas have released and the puffy congested feeling gone. It feels as if the solid thing that was not moving is free again. I can’t tell you how terrible it has been to have that 24 hours a day.

I believe that my Atlas has been out since I was 5 when I fell on my head twice and my tinnitus began. Many many thanks. I am so glad grace smiled on me the day I walked into your clinic.

Regards
Michele P.
July 2008

Neck/shoulder and posture problems

"I have suffered with Thoracic Kyphosis and neck/shoulder problems for the last 15 years or more. This has been a major problem, not least of all because I have been a professional athlete and sports coach for much of that time.

In that time, I have consulted with and practised just about every form of postural re-alignment and spinal procedure imaginable. None of it has fixed my postural issues. Yesterday I was treated by Dr Amir with his Atlas treatment and I have - for the first time that I can remember - had a normal posture, free of any neck pain and stress, free of any tiring forward head bend and free of any lower back pain.

The treatment took 20 minutes or less, was painless and is quite simply the most miraculous treatment I have ever received. Even my posture when riding my bike and writing this at my computer has transformed and is pain free. I will be sending all of my training clients and athletes to receive the atlas treatment without hesitation."

Mr. M Weeks, July 2008

Shoulder pain is often attributed to Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis:

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints and causes damage to the cartilage and mild swelling of the tissues around the joints (synovitis). Cartilage is a tough, flexible tissue that lines the ends of bones and allows the joints to move easily.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks synovial joints. The process produces an inflammatory response of the synovium (synovitis) excess synovial fluid. The pathology of the disease process often leads to the destruction of articular cartilage and ankylosis of the joints.

Frozen shoulder A painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether.

In this practice we do not subscribe to conventional thought on these subjects, we see a different mechanism operating in the expression of these illnesses from a perspective of TMJ dysfunction and Atlas asymmetry. Please read further testimonials below on this subject.

Shoulder girdle, hip and knee pain

Thank you for making me feel 20 years younger! My sister, Jenny O’Keeffe, whom you are working miracles with in terms of her MS, gave me a birthday present of a consultation with yourself to see if I could benefit from rebalancing my atlas.

I am a keen squash player, but in the last 7 years have had considerable hip and knee pain, necessitating 5 operations and many, many visits to a physiotherapist to try to work out why I was experiencing pain and how to mitigate it. I really enjoy playing all racquet sports and do not want to give them up, but at times it was just too painful to carry on - not only on a squash court, but just walking normally was difficult. What I didn't’t realise was that most, if not all of it was down to my spine/shoulder girdle and pelvis not being aligned correctly.

Now that I have been rebalanced, I actually feel amazingly different - no knee or hip pain and I feel completely balanced. It has put a big, big smile on my face and I am recommending you to some of my friends, who have not been able to resolve neck or back problems.

In the last week I have completed a charity walk of 13 miles, cycled to my parents and back (35 miles) and played in a squash tournament - with no pain whatsoever!

I can see that your vision is a result of being able to see the whole person and deal with the root cause of what’s wrong, instead of applying ‘pills and potions’ to deal with symptoms. I wish that the rest of the medical profession would take a leaf out of your book - it works!

Kind regards,

S. W.

May 2011

Backache & Eyesight

Mr. Jones presented with very severe backache, which was preventing him from being able to work without significant discomfort. He was unable to get into or out of his car without a huge painful effort. He could only minimally lean forward. Examination showed the presence of Atlas asymmetry and a deviation of his lower jaw towards one side. Atlas treatment took away 50% of the symptoms on the first day. He was fitted with a dental appliance the next day which very quickly corrected the jaw deviation, and his symptoms disappeared within three days. He also reported a significant improvement to his eyesight and cancelled his appointment with the optician for a new pair of glasses.

"Many thanks for fixing my back last week. Agony to bliss in three days isn't bad! I'm always amazed that such apparently abstract treatment has such an effect on wellbeing. Suffice to say I remain in your debt and will continue to champion your methods amongst my more sceptical associates until they too see the light!"

Mr. R Jones  November 2008

Clicking Jaw

Hello Mr.. Amir!
Thank you very much for all the work you did. I have a lot more energy, my jaw isn't clicking or feeling as uncomfortable as it used to, and I'm not getting shin splint. It's fantastic and I'm feeling so much better - I'm more alive! I'm still getting a little back ache, but not major. I think this is only because of standing up for long periods of time

Vienna, February 2010

Digestion

When I was first told about this I was a little sceptical that it would be of any benefit to me. After all I did not suffer from any back pain or any of the typical symptoms it seemed to be instantly curing in other patients. [Having had the Atlas corrected] I was a little tired on the first evening as my body integrated the work, but that night I had a very deep sleep. The next day I felt nothing short of amazing - I definitely had more energy and was really proactive at work, and I know this is directly linked to my lungs suddenly being able to take in more oxygen when I breathe, but the biggest shift for me has been my digestion!!!

For 36 years now my digestion and the foods I can and cannot eat have been a continual problem for me. I am often underweight and can't eat many food types without getting a foggy head and strong lethargy. I have paid a lot of money and spent a lot of time with various nutritionists. For the past two days I have been eating rich heavy foods that I would not normally eat and felt absolutely fine. Even at a work lunch today my colleagues commented on how much food I was eating. Normally I have a safe salad and a little bread as I get filled up easily. I was able to eat a proper three-course meal pretty much for the first time in my life.

I cannot thank you enough for this treatment. I am bringing my whole family along to have this done as I know it will help each of them; my dad's digestion problems, mum's asthma, my sister's inability to conceive and my brother's sinus problems. This work is nothing short of amazing...thank you for taking the time and effort to train in it and bringing it to us. I Feel Great!!!"

Miss P C

Facial appearance

Hello Mr. Amir,
Thank you so much for treating me. The Atlas treatment is brilliant. I sleep much deeper and my face looks different. An improved different. I always felt as if there was something not quite right with my neck and I'm sure that has done the trick. It as an uncomfortable sensation having the treatment but a needed pressure and the results are well worth a short time of being uncomfortable whilst the treatment is being done. As this is a very new treatment in the UK I feel privileged to have been able to find you. Thank you.

Linda W, June 2008

Improved posture

Dear Dr. Amir,
Here is some feedback regarding our son's treatment. Andrius wakes up more rested and has more energy during the day. His posture has improved greatly and it seems that it allows him to breathe more deeply.

Also it looks like his lower jaw tends to stay more forward naturally. He is not as straight upwards as he was just after treatment, but so far his posture is good and feeling the benefits of the treatment. Andrius from time to time checks the posture himself without us reminding him to keep straight. The impression is that whatever needs to flow in his body (energy, blood) it can flow more freely now.

Birute Mazeikiene, July 2008

Gait Problems

In July 1980, I was diagnosed with Optic neuritis in my left eye. I was tested for Multiple Sclerosis involving a lumbar puncture and brain scan, but the results were inconclusive. I was given a two week course of steroids. At this point in my life I didn’t realise what I was being tested for and the doctors didn’t say, but my husband knew as a work colleague explained to him. We had only been married for two years.

In December 1986, I suffered another attack which gave me numb patches on the left side of my trunk. I was retested for MS with a lumbar puncture and a brain scan, but again it was inconclusive for MS. Everything around my chest hurt so I had to wear loose clothing avoiding tight bras. I was however informed that I may have MS. How could I? I had two small children to look after. So began the long journey into the unknown with MS sitting on my shoulder. I counted myself lucky as I was still able to live a fairly “normal life”.

Another seven years went by before I suffered another bout of optic neuritis in my right eye in June 1994. This time I had blood tests, MRI scan and a lumber puncture but the results were again inconclusive. My Doctor wrote to the hospital and was told that a slight abnormality was found in my spinal fluid which could be a sign of MS.

I developed a lot of balance and gait problems. I was very unsteady on my feet and could no longer walk much. I fell over a lot, so in July 2006 I made an appointment to see my Neurologist, who concluded that because of the past 30 years of my medical history, I was actually suffering from Secondary Progressive MS.

In December 2007 I fell on a broken and uneven footpath, I damaged my front teeth, ripped open the left side of my face, I passed out and got taken to hospital by ambulance.

Everyday simple tasks became difficult, I could not stand for long, walking was almost impossible and life in general became a challenge - I had to plan what needed doing and find the easiest way to accomplish the daily chores.

Earlier this year a friend told me about a patient of his seeing a Dr Amir, and how after 6 + months she no longer suffers with any of her MS symptoms and feels she has been given her life back.

So I rang to see if he could help me. Dr. Amir took time to talk about my symptoms and medical history. He went over the comprehensive questionnaire he had sent for me to complete and also my notes from my previous medical treatments.

His impression was that my troubles started at age 17 when I had a tooth removed from the roof of my mouth. This was perhaps an improper correction of the crowding in my mouth and caused further damage to my occlusion and my jaw joint.

The rest was a domino effect causing various asymmetries in my cranium especially in the occiput causing an imbalance of my cerebellum resulting in poor fine motor control. My Atlas vertebra was asymmetric causing my hips to be unlevel. All this was causing my gait problems.

I embarked on Dr. Amir’s treatment and rapidly gained control of my gait within a very short space of time. I can walk for a longer distance and many of my other symptoms have eased. I have a long way to go because of the challenging work I need on my teeth. I have more energy and my sallow appearance has changed to a radiant healthy look confirmed by my friends. After some 30 years I have got my life back.

Eira Foster 2010

Walking taller

As I explained when I saw you, I noticed a big difference immediately after my appointment. As I walked back to the station I felt taller and as if I was standing up and walking straight for the first time ever. The change was so pronounced I could feel muscles working in my lower back that I had not been aware before, and it almost felt as if I was leaning backwards.

By the next day it felt like my back had adjusted and it was as if I had always been straight. My posture feels much better when standing and walking (although I still seem to slouch sitting down). Before the appointment the bones in my upper spine and neck used to click frequently and quite loudly. This has reduced although not completely disappeared.

Rachel, July 2008

Walking differently

Dr Amir!
It is amazing! I'm constantly looking around behind me because I can't believe how well my neck is working! I can feel that I am standing and walking differently, and I have no difficulty keeping good posture, it feels so natural! I wish you had done it 30 years ago for me, in fact my body feels like you have taken 30 years off it! I feel like it should be checked for everyone in the world!

Renata, September 2008

Breathing

A few months ago I was treated by Dr Amir for Atlas correction. It was really worth it! I could not believe the difference it made to me. The main benefits I noticed are better respiration and deeper breathing

Mary Ward , Belfast.

My breathing has improved amazingly. Over the following 4 weeks my chest has cleared up.

Patrick McQuade

... so my partner who thought she was otherwise pretty healthy visited Dr. Amir. He noticed that her breathing was restricted and fitted her for a brace... she felt as if she could breathe with greater ease as soon as she wore the brace and had more energy. She also noticed pretty quickly that her periods changed (in a healthy way).. within 4 months she was pregnant. Our beautiful son Teo is now 5 months old!

O. Parker 2012

On going through the extensive questionnaire that I had to fill out for him, he explained how each symptom was precipitated anatomically and neurologically, starting from my jaws. He explained that my mandibular joint caused a misalignment in my Cranio-Facial Symmetry, and how this led to compensatory deleterious effects on the rest of my body. He showed me how it was affecting my breathing, my sleep, my muscle tone, my digestion, my ears, my eyes, how it contributed to my hair loss and my immune system and many other ramifications throughout my body, including trapping some major nerves in my neck and lower back. He had a far better understanding of this illness than all the other clinicians I had seen put together.

U Qureshi 2009

I am also able to take in more air when breathing. When I do yoga pranayams (breathing exercises), I notice that I am now the last person to be exhaling on breathing sounds. I used to be the first person to be out of breath

Jean Liggett 2009

Serious hip distortion causing severe pain

I was born with one leg supposedly shorter than the other. I did not notice any problem with this until I was in my teens. My skirts were always lopsided and my trousers had to be shortened by 1 inch on the right leg. I also began to experience pain in my right hip, and so began many years of seeing doctors and physios - none of whom seemed to know what was wrong.

One afternoon whilst working in my office in the City the pain became intense and I was taken to the Royal London Hospital where a Consultant decided that this was obviously appendicitis. I had my appendix removed and was sent home. The pain returned and I was given an IVP [Intravenous Pyelogram] at my local hospital. The result was negative! Still the pain was there. Many years later after seeing a succession of physios I was becoming more and more lopsided as I walked.

One evening I was in an armchair at home and had so much difficulty in getting up that I decided this was enough. As luck would have it, my son was seeing Dr. Amir for another problem and I made an appointment to see him in the hope that he could do something for me. He was my saviour - 2 years later, after straightening my teeth and sorting my Atlas vertebra, I was free of pain for the first time in years. My posture was erect and I no longer have to adjust my trouser length - by 2 inches.

I am most grateful to Dr. Amir and would recommend anybody who is in pain, and cannot get satisfactory treatment elsewhere, to contact Dr. Amir for an appointment.

Valerie Page
29th August 2011

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Neck pain | Back pain | Hip pain | Sciatic nerve pain | Arm or leg pains | Posture problems | Breathing problems

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Bladder problems

Cystitis

Please read the article on ‘wisdom teeth’ pertaining to this patient in the articles page.

Dear Mr. Amir,

After 18 months my treatment is still very much ongoing, so I feel superstitious about writing this letter. It seems premature to thank you for all you have done already. However if it can help even one person who sits in your waiting room and reads your file of letters, then it is worth doing.

I started my treatment a few months after being diagnosed with CFS/ME, following a long period of ill health. My story was a common one; unexplained but crippling symptoms from back pain to lack of energy to chronic cystitis and digestive upsets had sent me from doctor to doctor in search of a cure. I was met with various degrees of incredulity, incompetence and insensitivity.

My recovery started with a cranial osteopath. I experienced improvement for a couple of days after each visit. After a few months, she suggested I come to you for treatment because she could not correct the misalignment of my jaw. And so I arrived. At last it seemed to me that someone was willing to listen and take my predicament seriously. It amazed me that the symptoms you listed [in your questionnaire] coincided so nearly with those that I experienced. I knew intuitively that they all were emanating from the same cause, but no other health professional had been willing to even entertain that idea.

Since then I have experienced improvement in all the symptoms, which averages about 75% across the board. I can spend days out of up to 7 hours without problems, as long as I take very good care of myself. This compares to barely being able to walk and having to use a stick to help me only 2 years ago. I still have problems, but I have my life back.

I have spoken to several potential patients of yours over the phone, and everyone worries about the cost and length of treatment. I would like to say to them that they have at last found someone who will tell them the truth about the long and hard road which is ahead of them if they want to get well. Do not listen to those people out there who promise you a quick fix, a course of tablets lasting 3 months and you will be well! I know someone who has done this kind of thing more than six times since I started my treatment and who is just as sick as when she started (if not worse), With your treatment the costs are known up front. Your patients should ask themselves what is getting my life back worth to me?

Another factor which wrongly puts people off is the new and different nature of your treatment. My advice is to get at least one person, one source of support, on your side from the beginning to help you through the tough times. Then it will be easier to ride above other people's doubts.

And remember that at the very least you will end up with great teeth.

B N. 09/07/2001

Bladder Function and Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. In general, urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men and becomes more common with increasing age or in the presence of some illnesses like MS.

Urine is stored in the bladder, which is supported in the pelvis by pelvic floor muscles. Some of this muscle wraps around the urethra, the tube that runs from the bladder to outside the body, to help keep it closed until you need to pass urine.

Urinary incontinence can be an uncomfortable and upsetting problem. Many people think that it is an inevitable part of ageing, but there are several forms of effective treatment, including:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight
  • Pelvic floor muscle training by exercising these muscles by squeezing them.
  • Bladder training, so you can wait longer between needing to urinate and passing urine.
  • Getting up to go to the bathroom at night is often also a very tiring exercise which disturbs deep REM sleep. You can train yourself by saying to yourself that you will be going to the bathroom four times instead of the five that you may be used to. You will soon get used to that and you can lower that figure every couple of days until you no longer have to get up during the night extremely rapidly.

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A paradigm shift in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that:

  • Affects the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger.
  • Cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.
  • Thumb weakness.
  • Muscle wasting.
  • Weakness of grip.
  • A dull ache in the hand or arm.

CTS is thought to be caused by compression of the nerve that controls sensation and movement in the hands. Both the ulnar and the median nerve can be affected which better accounts for all the symptoms.

Traditionally, non-surgical treatments, such as wrist splints and corticosteroid injections, are used to treat mild or moderate symptoms while in severe cases of CTS, surgery is usually undertaken to reduce the pressure on the median nerve at the wrist.

Not all cases get successful results and some end up with a worsening of symptoms.

However, our experience and understanding of the problem is quite different:

Patients with CTS like symptoms are regularly encountered in this office. We have successfully treated many who had 'grip weakness', numbness, tingling, shooting pains and muscle wasting in their hands.

It can be easily demonstrated that the teeth are causing the pain, numbness and tingling feelings in the hands at the time of the consultation. You do not have to wait for months or years to see if a certain treatment has worked.

Lateral pterygoid muscle

It is noteworthy that patients with 'CTS' have a degree of neck pain and stiffness. Many grind their teeth, have difficulty opening their mouth fully or have jaw pains. Palpating the Lateral Pterygoid muscle causes severe pain.

Furthermore the muscles at the base of the back of the head and the sterno mastoid muscles are found to be stiff and very painful. Shoulder pains are also common.

Many patients also suffer from an irritable bowel which brings about symptoms of Rheumatic inflammation in the wrist area which causes further exasperation of the symptoms. The confirmation is provided by the fact that most patients find the symptoms worse on waking up. This is when the breathing mechanism has been at its worst during the night which causes a worsening of the 'rheumatic' inflammatory aspect of the inflamed wrist compromising the nerve supply. The blood vessels also get compressed and perhaps that is what further causes the muscle wasting.

These symptoms are experienced by patients who actually have a jaw problem which is behind the symptoms of "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". I put this in inverted commas as I feel that it is no longer a mystery in a vast majority of the cases.

Please read the testimonials below.

Case history:

I first saw Dr Amir some years ago, when I went to him at the end of my tether, suffering with severe headaches every other day which were very hard to live with.  Within a year of starting his treatment the headaches had completely gone, and I then did not see Dr Amir for quite a long time.

I went back to him , to have a broken filling replaced, in autumn 2012, and he noticed me shaking out my hand and asked why I was doing that.  I told him that the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which has affected me in a minor way for years, had got so dramatically worse over the summer of 2012 that I had reluctantly decided to go ahead with what the doctors advised, and have the operation to cut the ligament, in the hope that the newly re-grown ligament would be more flexible and thus cause less pain in my hand and fingers.  I had been very resistant to having this operation as I know someone for whom it did not work - and indeed her symptoms got worse.  But the doctors told me that since my condition was now beginning to cause loss of muscle at the base of the thumb, if I did not have the operation I would eventually lose the use of my thumb.

Dr Amir told me that I should let him try to adjust my jaw so that the swelling in the tendons running through the carpal tunnel would subside, and the pain in my hands and fingers would ease.  Since he had produced such dramatic results with my appalling headaches, I was very happy to let him treat me again for this entirely unconnected syndrome.  I started wearing a new brace in October 2012 and within about 6 months, the pain had more or less completely gone from my hand and I just occasionally got pins and needles.  I was able to write letters again, and sew, and hold a paintbrush, without having to constantly shake my hand to get the blood back into it.  

At first, I just postponed my hospital appointment for hand surgery with the plastic surgeons because I wanted to be sure that Dr Amir could really help my condition.  But I was deeply shocked when I went to an appointment with these doctors and told them that my hand seemed to be getting better with the adjustment of my jaw.  They laughed in my face - in front of medical students - and said that there was no connection between the jaw and the wrist

I wanted to explain that Dr Amir had told me that if the jaw is not in exactly the right place, the top vertebrae in the neck undergo a compensatory rotation impinging upon the nerves supplying the shoulder, arm and hand.  They were so disinterested and so disbelieving that I lost all respect for them, and I took myself off the lists for surgery.

I am still wearing the brace, as Dr Amir says I am not properly strong yet, and I do get occasional pins and needles in my hand still, after I have been doing something involving a lot of gripping with my right hand, but it is very minor and I no longer get any of the pain which was waking me at night and preventing me from doing so many important things.

I am confident that once my jaw has come properly to the correct place and stabilised, the pins and needles will also go away and leave me able to use my right hand as much as I need to.

I really do think that Dr Amir is a genius, and it's just dreadful that he isn't training ten thousand young dentists to carry on his ground-breaking work elsewhere in the world.

H P.
On 19 Sep 2013,

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Case history

post by Dolly Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:04 am

For several months I have been experiencing tingling, numbness and pain in my right hand, wrist and arm, along with swelling of the wrist and thumb muscle atrophy. My GP suspected that it was carpal tunnel syndrome, put me on diuretics for a month and suggested that I wore a splint at night. I wasn’t convinced as I had tingling in my little finger, which is not connected to the median nerve, and I felt it had something to do with my ulnar nerve.

A month later I returned to my GP with severe muscle atrophy in the other side of the heel of my hand, loss of strength, a thickening and lumpy wrist, increased tingling in the fingers and hand, and similar symptoms appearing in my left hand. I have been referred to a specialist to determine what it is; the possibilities being carpal tunnel syndrome, a problem with the ulnar nerve or rheumatoid arthritis.

I have been a patient of Dr Amir’s for some time and having told him about my symptoms he made me a brace to deal specifically with this problem. Dr Amir also said that I have a slight swelling because of superimposed Rheumatoid arthritis consequential upon my gut problems.

The day after my referral, I picked up my new brace.

I got up the next day and wrote the following to Dr. Amir

‘My hands don't tingle all the time and I have very little pain in my arms - you're a genius! I've found if they do tingle, swallowing helps, and the tingling goes ......... I do think you are amazing to discover this treatment!’

That was yesterday. Today, once again I have got up to find I have no tingling or pain. I am so grateful to him, and I have probably avoided having a diagnosis which would have involved some kind of damaging surgical intervention.

Comment: It is April 2014, The patient continues to feel well and has no symptoms in the hands.

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Dizziness & other ear problems

Recovery from total deafness in one ear

I had the Atlasbalance treatment some weeks ago. Prior to that I had been involved in an accident and my neck was injured. The consequence of that was that my breathing had become very shallow and labored. My hands and feet were extremely cold. My appearance was very sallow. I tried all kinds of treatments. I was hospitalised on a few occasions with repeat pneumonia and chest infections. I was losing weight and had a very poor appetite.

I was referred for the correction of the Atlas. After some thought and having heard from a few other patients I went ahead with it. After the correction I was amazed at the outcome.

I was sitting in the waiting area when I suddenly realised that I could hear from my right ear which I had never been able to do for as long as I can remember. I next found tingling sensations in my hands and feet and they started warming up. They have stayed warm 5 weeks on and I can see my clubbed nails flattening out with new growth. My breathing has improved amazingly. Over the following 4 weeks my chest has cleared up. My appetite has returned. The hearing on both ears has balanced out. My posture has straightened out completely.

It is the most remarkable treatment in just one short visit.

Patrick McQuade, London
26 Feb 2009

Recovery from Dizziness in an instant

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014
Subject: Dizziness

Dear Dr. Amir

I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much.

The dizziness, which as you know is horrible, has gone due to your care and expertise and I can lay on my right side again for the first time in almost two weeks .

I am very grateful to you many, many thanks.

Best wishes

Revd. Jan F

Dizziness

Dear Mr. Amir

Thank you for your time and care with my jaw problems. Your unique orthodontic approaches has given me my life back. My problems began when all four of my wisdom teeth were mistakenly removed in St. Thomas’s hospital, London.

My health deteriorated rapidly starting with a frozen shoulder and progressing to extreme dizziness, head-over-the-hammer headaches, tinnitus, numbness in limbs and tiredness. At first I didn't’t put the two things together and I thought maybeI had a brain tumour, the symptoms seemed to match. After a brain scan I was told everything was fine.

I remember feeling really upset that I still didn’t know what was wrong with me. A dentist told me that I might have TMJD I was referred to the Eastman Dental Hospital and had a splint made for my lower teeth. I wore the appliance at night and at first it did help my headaches.

My dizziness was still very bad so I researched TMJD and then embarked on a very costly (in terms of health, time and money) treatment plan with private dentists.

They all did the same thing - they made me splints of varying descriptions I was so determined to get better that I went along with their advice and treatments. They were ‘top’ Harley street dentists but I continued to deteriorate.

I also spent a fortune on Osteopathy and became reliant on it. These treatments covered 10 or so years. Then one night I woke up to find the room spinning. I could barely move, sit or lie down. This continued for months.

After seeing your article in the Evening Standard newspaper I decided to give it one last try. Thank god I did.

When I first started my treatment with you I could not even touch my teeth together. My splint wearing had caused my teeth to retreat into my gums. You really listened to my story and realised the complexity of my situation. For months I had to have my treatment from you while I was standing up. You adjusted the treatment according to my needs and gradually I began to recover.

The orthodontic work done by you has been amazing. My dizziness is now totally under control. My teeth and jaws work and I feel so much better.

Towards the end of treatment I also became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy. Without your care this would not have been possible.
Thank you Mr. Amir and the team.

M. G.
Jan 2014

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Eating Disorders

Bulimia

Miss K M.....July 2007

If someone had asked me 18 months ago whether bulimia was a mental disorder, I would not have hesitated to confirm that it was. It was not until I walked into Dr Amir’s surgery that I ever thought to consider that there was possibly a physical problem, let alone one that could be rectified.

For over a decade I suffered in silence with a heavy shroud of secrecy, haunting me in waking life and dreams alike. I never felt like a casualty, someone afflicted by an unfortunate condition, but rather as a disgusting, greedy and entirely unlovable individual. I was under no doubt that, should any friends of family discover my condition my life would not be worth living.

Depression and mood swings were part and parcel of my every day life and I also began to drink heavily to forget how tarnished I felt. During my university years, I overdosed on pain killers three times out of sheer desperation. I didn’t truly wanted to die, but I certainly wanted to kill the pain. I felt absolutely trapped; unable to cope with my condition and unable to seek help for fear of discovery.

The process of bingeing and purging (in my case through vomiting) was the only way I felt I had any control over my life. Whilst, in fact, it was the way in which I most lacked control. Try as I might, I could not stop. Dieting, exercise, counting calories, psychotherapy (not that I ever directly addressed the issue), Chinese herbalists - nothing had the slightest affect. In fact, the more I focussed on the problem, the worse it became. And at the back of my mind, at every moment, was the terrifying thought that this condition was going to kill me sooner or later. My menstrual cycle was incredibly irregular, with very infrequent periods. My once stunning straight, white teeth were rapidly decaying, discolouring and were incredibly sensitive - brushing my teeth became an agonising task which I dreaded! I tried not to show my teeth when smiling for fear of people noticing the diminishing incisors. My kidneys ached from excessive alcohol. I had become a master of deceit, to the point that I began to lack any real sense of personal identity. I began to seriously doubt my own sanity. For a period, I suffered from Edema, heartburn, multiple food intolerances, insomnia and an itchy rash across my entire body. I have no doubt that all these symptoms were a result of the bulimia, either directly or as a consequence of the anxiety and stress it brought upon me.

Anyone who became too intimate with me was rapidly pushed away. I was good at putting on the facade of a strong, confident, sexy female, but inside I felt far from attractive. Relationships were limited to a matter of weeks. Anyone who dared to scratch the surface usually disappeared of their own accord - a woman full of self-hatred and self-doubt is far from attractive - any who lingered were swiftly rebuffed.

My sister had been seeing the orthodontist, Dr Amir, to treat her IBS. He is known to realign people’s jaws to treat a multitude of conditions from chronic back pain to M.E. She suggested that I go for a check-up. Despite that fact that we shared a flat, she, of course, had no idea about my bulimia. But she knew my periods were irregular, that I had trouble sleeping, was prone to depression and incessantly ground my teeth. Besides, Dr Amir had said he was happy to give me a consultation free of charge. To her it appeared I had nothing to lose. I knew that I stood everything to lose. One look at my worn away teeth and he would know. That was a given.

I burst into tears when Dr Amir said he had never seen teeth in such a state. He came right out and asked if I vomited a lot, but I was quick to deny it, partly because my sister was there. He did not push the point at the time.

Amir went on to say that it was a wonder I was still alive. My teeth were so ground down that my lower jaw had receded considerably, putting a lot of physical pressure on my brain which resulted in a multitude of negative consequences. He was slightly reluctant to take me on as a patient. The kind of treatment that I required was not going to be straight forward and would take years to complete. However, he also knew that left to my own devises I hadn’t a hope in hell!

Once it was decided that I would begin treatment it did not take long for Amir to extract a confession from me. It felt quite relieving to get this off my chest, especially as his response was not the one of shock, disgust and judgment that I had expected and feared. Amir was very matter-of-fact, informing me that my bulimia was a physical problem and not a mental disorder. He also said it was more common than I might think. I had made the first step towards relieving myself of my secret, the heaviest burden in my life. It was not long before I found the strength - in fact the strong compulsion - to confess to my sister.

The most common cause for these misaligned jaws is the extraction of teeth, which often happens for cosmetic reasons in child dentistry. This was not the case for me. I do not know how or why my problem began, but the stomach acid was wearing my teeth away rapidly. My jaw, feeling ill at ease in its new position, was never at rest; I ground my teeth constantly, to the point that they were almost completely flat.

Amir took moulds of my mouth and made a personal removable dental appliance which would expand my upper jaw and bring the lower jaw forward, thus opening the wind passage. The idea was to align the jaw to the correct position, eventually reconstruct all my teeth with gold and finally cover them with veneers. The notion that I could once again have a beautiful smile was exhilarating, but did not come close to the feeling that he may be able to make me “normal”. Was it really possible for him to rid me of this terrible affliction?

The removable appliance did have some affect on me, perhaps partially psychologically, but progress with slow, mainly because I would, more often than not, remove it during the daytime. Eventually Amir gave me a fixed brace on my upper teeth, which he adjusted week-by-week. It is not the most desirable thing to have to sport at the age of 26, but it was amazing to see how the slightest tweaks affected my mental state. Having significantly altered the position of my jaw, this has now been removed (hooray!) and I once again wear a removable appliance.

So here I am 18 months into my treatment. My recovery is a journey and I have not yet reached the end, but I cannot compare my life then to now. It is very hard to overcome a habit that went on for so many years, but I really am getting there. Whilst once I could not make it through a single day without bingeing and purging (often several times), I now go weeks on end. I no longer hate myself. Bulimia does not define me anymore. I feel strong, lovable and entirely sane!

There are many things that have helped me with this and continue to do so, including my strong beliefs (I am a devotee of Adi Da Samraj), Bikram yoga, a close network of friends and family, and keeping my life well balanced and routined. However, without the help of Dr Amir I wouldn’t even have found the will to help myself. I am incredibly grateful to him for all that he has done. I look forward to and have full faith in my continuing progress and eventual complete recovery.

K.M.

Bulimia nervosa is supposed to be a psychiatric problem that takes the form of over eating and purging by self induced vomiting. The condition usually begins in the late teens (coincidental upon the time a child needs or is having corrective orthodontic treatment) but can also occur earlier. Bulimia is often linked with anorexia. It is mainly a condition that affects females, one in ten bulimics are male.

Experience shows that many patients needing TMJ treatment have Bulimia as one of the symptoms. In less severe cases it disappears fairly rapidly after proper symmetry treatment is instituted. Others may take longer but eventually all patients seem to recover.

Incisal attrition

Patients often present with severe attrition of the teeth. This observation is very real for the patient but convention has it that psychiatric care is needed and any attention to the teeth is only undertaken because of the severe sensitivity which develops from constant vomiting as in the next photograph.

Vomiting erosion

Bulimia can cause very serious dental problems, and the longer the condition exists the worse the problem will be. The frequent vomiting that occurs with bulimics can cause the enamel on teeth to wear down over time, resulting in tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. The damage is most obvious on the palatal surfaces of upper teeth which get affected by the acidic projectile vomiting.

Bulimics are advised not to brush their teeth immediately after purging. Enamel softens within the first 10 seconds. Holding a bit of milk in the mouth immediately afterwards within seconds of contact with the gastric acid will lessen the damage and help remineralise the tooth.

The consequences for a bulimic's teeth can be severe and loss of teeth further imperils their health. Tooth erosion can occur over a very short space of time if purging is frequent. A complete dental plan including dental restorations using crowns and composite resins for damaged teeth has to be undertaken together with jaw correction.

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Eczema

Ms. Hilz....May 2014

At 36yrs of age, a burnt out Nurse, I had resigned to my fate that my ill body was just how it was and how it was going to remain. I had lived with various symptoms forever.

Due to my health problems I could only manage to work part time to conserve energy as I had been also labelled with Chronic fatigue Syndrome. Working in a specialized London Oncology hospital was emotionally and physically demanding leaving me rattled with fear that I was not coping with work and in fact living.

Failing many subjects at school, college, other health training had crushed my dreams of succeeding in life as well as I would have had my health been better. I had very low self-esteem and suffered with depression and emotional break downs.

For many years I had visited doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths and various alternative healers for exhaustion, back pain, eczema with no respite in my symptoms.

I had been diagnosed with "Undifferentiated Autoimmune disease" by specialist neurologists for which the only answer was to take "immune suppressing" drugs. As these drugs can often kill the patient I had avoided them and lived with my symptoms for over 20 years.

I had just settled for a life of endless illness. I always knew that something was not right but no one could give me hope or long lasting relief. My eczema was out of control for, as I was explained, "autoimmune reasons" meaning anytime I got stressed, or ate food I would have some form of reaction, develop digestive and gut problems, drown myself in a bout of depression and the cycle would continue.

I was so sensitive, that when I went to stay with friends or family the sheets on the bed would cause a reaction, leaving me scratching and bleeding on the sheets all night. I never went anywhere without my antihistamines and a sleeping tablet to knock me out so i would not get distressed which at the time I accepted that my immune system thrived on. My eczema was just the warning sign that on the inside my body was lacking something. I would cry with the itchy, swollen, red painful feet.

I remember the agony of being unable to relieve the pain until I tore my skin - until there was blood. Anybody who suffers eczema will know exactly the feeling I am talking about. It brings great distress and pain. When it was severe I needed to take a bath in sea kelp to bring the inflammation down, clean my skin, apply non-toxic emollients, and bandage it all up before going to bed. I refused conventional drugs they attempted to give me.

So off I went for a consultation to remove my mercury fillings as I had read widely that they can cause the kind of symptoms I had. We were also planning to start a family so I was recommended to see Dr. Amir to have my fillings changed to at least protect my offspring from mercury toxicity. I arrived never realizing what an amazing impact this day would have on my life.

As I sat on Mr. Amir's dental chair and with no input from me, he informed me my health was in a mess, I had no energy and my posture was linked to my TMJ problems. How did this man know so much from gazing at my undesirable fillings? How was he so right? He informed me of what my GP, dermatologists, rheumatologists, osteopath and dozens of other practitioners had not picked up on. So he asked me to fill in a questionnaire and return the following week to be fitted with a brace in my mouth.

It was exhausting to complete the questionnaire as it went through my lifelong health history. I was so unwell and could not concentrate because of my brain fog which made me believe I was stupid as learning, memory retention and cognitive ability was always a challenge at school and university.

My most cherished memory of Dr. Amir's is the Email I received following my completing the questionnaire. It was a cold November morning, I was starting a new job, the normal fears of a new job are daunting anyway, but my personal challenge was to prove my worth at my new job. Years of feeling stupid, avoiding taking time off work in spite of my serious debilitating symptoms, managing my stress and managing to work a full week again my nerves were doing roller coaster rides round my heart and head.

It was exhilarating to read what Dr. Amir wrote after studying the completed questionnaire:

"Hilary, I read through the questionnaire and am shocked how you have suffered since having your molar teeth extracted.

More than likely you do not have a connective tissue disorder or any autoimmune disease.

We shall see what happens. You should show signs of improvement very rapidly"

My health now:

Physically, I can get out of bed in the mornings without feeling so stiff that my back will break if I straighten it. I can now hold my neck up; I spent years with my head falling forwards onto my chest.

My eczema is all cleared up. I no longer scratch; no longer get reactions or allergies. I have been home to Ireland many times and can sleep shame free in other peoples' beds. I no longer suffer the embarrassment of continuously scratching.

For the first time in all my life I can have a shower without moisturizing my whole body afterwards, as my skin would dry up from the water and change of temperature. I no longer get red blotches of breakouts on my cheeks and my skin is not dry or irritated.

My energy levels are improving greatly.

My breathing has become a lot more comfortable. My husband pointed out within the first week of wearing the brace, that in the morning when we woke I did not suffer from morning bad breath.

My hips have begun to realign. Certain exercise in chi gong practice left me with clicky hips unable to get full range. Now I can do circular leg raises that previously were too painful.

Another "first time in 10 years: I can wear platforms and heels again. Prior to the brace I accepted I would be 5' 1" forever - wearing heels for more than 2 hours left me in structural pain and my muscles would ache the following day. So i gave in a long time ago as I could not even walk down the street in a pair of wedges. I can say I can now go 5 days a week with heels .Yes I do still get tired from it, but I hear that is normal.

I am in love with the fact I can manage a day's work with wedges and walk home for 40mins in them.

Dr. Amir is a gifted modern day medicine man. It's only been 6 months treatment and I know that I have 2 more years to go. My life has been enriched with amazing blessed changes and much improved smile and a smooth facial skin.

How I worried 6 months ago about if I was ready for a new job and new change, I have worked diligently to confront new challenges at work whereas I would have crumbled before. As a result I was approached and asked to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative care. Interview next week so watch this space!

From a person who felt worthless, ill and had no energy to give life, I am now starting all over to start building a future which I could never even dream of before.

Dr. Amir's knowledge and experience has showered me with the best medical advice and treatment that I have ever experienced in 20 years of being extremely unwell.

There will be more to come... Dr. Amir is a journey and a way to empower ourselves that we all have the ability to heal.

In this testimonial I have not focused on the TMJ, physiological explanations, exercises, or brace adjustments. For now, I feel it important to put across a message of hope that this treatment is life changing. As a whole treatment, the corrections have corrected many of my illnesses. Coming from a nursing /medical field yes there will be "professionals" who will dismiss Dr. Amir's amazing knowledge and expertise which far surpasses them. I trust him as my practitioner and observe how he continues to learn, to do more research and always has his patients in his heart.

Hilz

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Eczema:

Eye Problems

Nystagmus

post by EJC Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:20 am

One thing you failed to mention is the improvements to the 'nystagmumbling' eye. Any comments?

True I forgot that Dr. Amir, Emma had very mild "Bells Palsy" type symptoms on the left side of her face, her left eye would wander which gave her motion sickness and depth of field vision problems. She also had a droopy eyelid.

The eyelid is now where it should be, the wandering eye has reduced but not stopped completely and is now only prevalent when Emma is tired. The Bells Palsy like symptoms have, on the whole, disappeared.

These changes are subtle and being with Emma everyday means I miss some of them, they are more obvious to others if they've not seen Emma for a few weeks.

Comment:

in the medical circles the description for this symptom is:

"Nystagmus is rapid, involuntary movements of the eyes which is often unnoticeable to people with the complaint. To others it resembles the eye movements when someone is looking at the scenery from the window of a moving train. Usually it occurs in the horizontal plane but it can also affect the vertical.

Nystagmus can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, including multiple sclerosis of which it is quite a common symptom. Most presentations of a type of nystagmus called Acquired Pendular Nystagmus are associated with multiple sclerosis.

In MS, nystagmus is often associated with internuclear ophthalmoplegia - which is a loss of coordination between the two eyes caused by a lesion in an area of the brain called the medial longitudinal fasciculus (MLF). Nystagmus can also be caused by lesions in the cerebellum, the area of the brainstem where the vestibular cranial nerve arises or further along the vestibular pathways.

Apart from immunomodulating drugs and steroids, there are no treatments for nystagmus. If it is a troubling condition it may be a good idea to experiment with different lighting levels. As with most symptoms of MS, fatigue and heat (Uhthoff's symptom) usually make the condition worse." as per: http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/nystagmus.html

These 'nystagmumbling' explanations simply befuddle the patients and probably have no bearing whatsoever on the underlying problem.

Mr Johns was fitted with a dental appliance the next day which very quickly corrected the jaw deviation, and his symptoms disappeared within three days. He also reported a significant improvement to his eyesight and cancelled his appointment with the optician for a new pair of glasses.

Robin Jones

CFS patient - Blurred vision

My eyes would regularly become blurry. I had my eyes checked by an optician who said that my vision was fine but could not explain the blurriness any further. I started getting more tired, and also started to lose my vision in my right eye.

Uzma

Eyesight was improved in the following area

Peripheral vision, the strength of colours, finer movements of my eyes and perception of depth was the most immediately noticeable along with increased colour perception differentiating colours.  They were all much more vibrant as well as vivid.

James Page

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your eye problems please:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Acid reflux is an extremely common health problem, affecting as many as 50 percent of Americans. Other terms used for this condition are gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer disease.

The hallmark symptom of acid reflux is "heartburn"—a burning sensation behind your breastbone that sometimes travels up your throat. In some cases, this pain can be severe enough to be mistaken for a heart attack.

Conventionally, acid reflux is thought to be caused by excessive amounts of acid in your stomach, which is why acid-blocking drugs are typically prescribed or recommended.

This is a serious medical misconception that adversely affects hundreds of millions of people, as the problem actually stems from a poor breathing mechanism.

(I shall write the rest later - too late into the night. It is almost morning!)

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Gastric reflux please:

(Awaiting posting testimonials)

Restorative treatment

Dear Mr Amir,
Having been a patient of yours now for twenty years, I felt that it was time that I wrote and thanked you.
The crown you replaced last year has now settled down and the tenderness from the post that you put into the bone has completely disappeared. When I think that you told me, in 1976, that you only expected two crowns that you put on my front teeth to last “a few years” because of the state of the roots, caused by years of decay that my previous dentists had not noticed. It’s amazing that this one lasted for 19 and the other for 17 years before needing replacing.
Now that my son Matthew’s second canine teeth have come though it is already apparent that the space that you have made in his mouth by the orthodontic treatment was successful. I am thankful that you did this without needing to extract any of his teeth as was the case for both myself and Sandra, my wife when we were his age.
Once again thank you.
Gary Andrews, January 1996.

Dr Amir,
This is instead of a Christmas Card. Words are inadequate for the thanks I'd like to express for all you have done for me over the 18 years I've been coming to you. I don't expect you remember why I came to you in the first place, but I had been to 7 dentists and they all told me they could not do a thing for me and that I had to have all my teeth out. I had very little money in those days and just getting right up to you from where I was living was a trauma and I was in pain all the time. I not only think you are the most wonderful dentist but the most compassionate man I have ever met, because now inside my mouth there is a work of art and I still have all my teeth.

Yvonne Runtz

Dear Mr Amir,
As I am currently nearing the end of my treatment, I felt that I should write and thank you for the change it has made to my life and general health.
When I first heard about you, I had a long list of symptoms, it felt as if something was wrong with practically every part of my body, and I did not know whom to turn to. I had lost my father to Cancer in the summer of 1995, and had begun to feel ill a few weeks before his death, I, at that time like everybody else put it down to the strain of caring for and losing a loved one. However as time progressed, although I was only too aware that I was grieving, I also knew that something was very wrong with my body. It started with strip lighting, I would break into a cold sweat, felt weak and physically sick, and need to lie down. The other symptoms included: headaches, backache (I had previously been to chiropractors, and osteopaths off and on since 1990), tingling in my arms, fingers and toes, and particularly my left leg, panic attacks, shortness of breath, a sensation like acid indigestion, blurred vision, neck ache, popping in my ears, bleeding between periods (6 monthly smear tests for this came back clear), and a constant pain in liver area (a scan for this also came back clear, as did liver function tests and kidney tests) and perhaps most disturbing to friends and family, crying for no apparent reason.

I had been to the doctors, who initially told me I was grieving, but as time went on and diazepam was prescribed, I could see they thought I was a hypochondriac, it wasn’t until I felt a clicking sensation in my jaw that I realised the problem could be dental. My initial consultation with you was such a relief, as at last somebody seemed to be on my side, and wasn’t talking to me as if I was crazy, or telling me to “Give it time”. From the first few weeks of having my first removable brace, the problem with lights began to disappear, as did the headaches. Although I can’t pretend it was all plain sailing, or immediate, over time my symptoms decreased, until today, when I can say that I am 97% better. Yes, I still get the odd symptom, back ache and pins and needles in my left leg, but having “re-learnt” how to swallow and breathe, these are things that I can work on for myself.

I have seen these symptoms to a greater or lesser degree in other people. While some might think I sound crazy saying that maybe they have a problem with their jaw when their lower back aches, more and more people are willing to consider this an option, I only wish more G.P.’s would. Maybe a few years before this happened to me I’d have been sceptical, but all I know is how ill I felt then, and how different I feel now, and the changes I saw in some of your other regular patients. Now I can quite happily work under strip lighting (and I do), and computer screens don’t bother me, things which three years ago practically disabled me.

Melanie Andrews, February 1999

"I wanted to write to thank you for not only your dental treatment but for a large amount more you have given me. It is my opinion that you have not only developed the most complete system for curing the cause of patient ill health that I as a patient have experienced, but your warmth of heart fills people with much much more! It is out of my huge respect for you and your work, and a desire to communicate my gratitude for you kindness that I was driven to write this. Thank you for inspiring me to realise the possibilities of achievement. ...................Oliver Douglas"

"Dear Dr. Amir,
I would like to thank you again for your sensitive approach and care. I cannot express how much I appreciate it. I have been treated by a lot of dentists and I lost the hope of finding one who is not only skilled but also honest until I met you. You certainly went that extra mile with me as I know I was on the edge of a panic attack and was not easy. I expected the usual pain, after the injection went off, from the drilling and pulled check muscles etc. But I was pleasantly surprised to feel no pain whatsoever. However, your words about the dying nerve as the work had to be done very deep is still on my mind, is there any time scale the nerve takes to show it has been affected? Or can it hit anytime? I so hope it stays quite.
Also a big thank you for the great article. I so love it. It was so easy for me to switch from a tooth paste to salt. I really like nature, it is best for most, if not all things in our lives. I have been already using sea salt for sore throats or cuts in my mouth and it always helped.
Thank you very much for all. I really admire you. You certainly inspired me. I so thank God there are people like you. ....................Ivana Hradilova"

"You shall forever be in our lives. Your wisdom, calmness and patriarchal ways have been a constant support in more ways than you will ever know! Thank you for all your help with Oliver you had, of course, changed his life. He was growing into a strong confident young man. His altered appearance, which you were so caringly crafting, was a joy to behold. His improved stamina and health were miraculous. His belief and respect for you outstanding the completion of your masterpiece was so close and so obvious. Thank you. Please publish your pioneering work on Ollie in any journal so it can benefit others. ....................Christie, Trevor and Jessica"

If you want your dental treatment please:

Gout

Gout

Medical explanation:

Gout usually presents as a recurrent attack of acute inflammatory arthritis. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is affected most often, accounting for half of the cases. Joint pain usually begins over 2 - 4 hours and during the night. Other symptoms may rarely occur along with the joint pain, including fatigue and a high fever.

Long-standing elevated uric acid levels may result in other symptomatology, including hard, painless deposits of uric acid crystals known as tophi. Extensive tophi may lead to chronic arthritis due to bone erosion.

Elevated levels of uric acid may also lead to crystals precipitating in the kidneys, resulting in stone formation and subsequent urate nephropathy.

High levels of uric acid in the blood is supposed to be the underlying cause of gout. This can occur for a number of reasons, including diet, genetic predisposition, or under excretion of urate, the salts of uric acid.

Renal under excretion of uric acid is the primary cause of hyperuricemia in about 90% of cases, while overproduction is the cause in less than 10%.

Comment: I however came across a case which does not quite fit in with the conventional explanation. Please read below.
My gout story post by kriz Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:19 am

I was diagnosed with gout at the age of eighteen, seven years ago. With the lifestyle I was leading before diagnosis (eating red meat, drinking alcohol etc) uric acid in my blood averaged from 600 - 800. After diagnosis my GP prescribed Zyloric 300mg and advised me to take 1 pill a day. The idea of taking pills everyday started bothering me. I looked up this condition and from my research I found a lot of information about how fundamental a healthy diet is for gout patients. Having said this, there is a lot of contradiction about the right food for gout patients from one source to another, which leaves some uncertainty as to what I should be eating and avoiding.

I changed my lifestyle entirely, stopped pills (for the reason of their side effects) and got myself on a steady diet:

  • Omitted any red meat altogether
  • Started eating more vegetables (except spinach)
  • Reduced alcohol consumption (especially beer and wine)
  • Drinking more water (approx 3L daily)
  • Included more cherries and berries in my diet
  • Drinking extract from fenugreek seeds with hot water
Even though I was trying my best to stick to the above mentioned diet there was an occasional relapse where I was treating myself to either a few drinks or inappropriate food and on each occasion it resulted to a sudden gout attack.

From the last seven years of experience with gout I found that the three main causes for my gout attacks are alcohol consumption, inappropriate food and stress.

Every gout attack has the same symptoms: it starts by feeling discomfort in one of my feet. This discomfort develops into extremely severe pain constantly shooting up my leg. At this stage the pain is unbearable to the point that I cannot even stand the touch of a feather, let alone simply rest my foot on the floor. On average my gout attacks last three weeks from the day of discomfort until it's completely healed.

Recently I was referred to Dr. Amir and from the first time I met him he said that more than likely my gout issue is caused by the asymmetry of my jaw. When I heard this I was very sceptical and did not believe it until a few days ago. I had my fifth dental appointment and I happened to be under a severe gout attack. I was hobbling all over the place unable to rest my foot even slightly on the floor. I was helped by two people with me resting my arms on their shoulders hobbling into the dental office.

Astonishingly Dr. Amir proved his theory by demonstrating that I could walk instantly with less pain if my jaw was properly aligned. I could not believe the sense of relief I got from this experience and how much hope it gave me to really believe that Dr. Amir's symmetry treatment will finally eradicate my gout.

Here is an interim report on the patient above:

Patient has been off his medication for 3 months.
His attack was due more than a month ago but has not materialised.

He looks and feels enormously healthy. His gait has improved massively and now appears normal.

His TMJ treatment is about 20% done.

We were able to do Uric acid levels at fortnightly intervals. These have declined from 0.672 to 0.597 (Normal range 0.155 - 0.428 mmol/L)

I hasten to add that these are the first signs of a decline in 6 years.

His test done last week for:
Magnesium 0.92 (0.7 - 1.0 mmol/L)
Potassium 4.0 (3.5 - 5.0 mmol/L)
which are pretty normal.

UPDATE:

It is September 2014. It is 14 months since the last Gout attack. The patient has been on a few overseas trips where he has indulged himself as is usual with young people by consuming drink and eating meat etc. which previously precipitated his gout attacks but he has had absolutely no relapse. He is not on any drugs and his symmetry treatment is almost complete.

However, one patient is not enough to prove a point. The jury is still out on the connection between TMD and Gout. More patients with gout will be welcome for evaluation.

Huge rise in gout cases Henry

'Disease of kings' is on the rise as more people get gout due to rising rates of obesity, according to the Daily Mail. King Henry VIII is supposed to have suffered from gout in later life.

Gout is understood to be a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. It often affects the big toe but can affect larger joints such as the knee, and is supposed to be caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals (a waste product) in the joint.

In modern England gout is linked to obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and taking a type of medication known as diuretics, which are used in the treatment of oedema.

A recent study that looked at the number of hospital admissions of people with gout over a 10-year period (1999-2009) in England and New Zealand reports that over 10 years the number of admissions for gout increased by 5.5% each year in New Zealand and 7.2% per year in England. They say that, over the course of a decade, this resulted in a massive rise in admissions in England, at an 86.6% increase.

Over the 10-year period in New Zealand there were 10,241 admissions directly due to gout, and 34,318 admissions where gout was not the direct cause of admission but was complicating another illness.

Men made up about three-quarters of those admitted with gout. There was also a higher representation of those of Maori or a Pacific Island ethnic origin than present in the general population.

The researchers found that many of the gout cases in New Zealand were associated with cardiovascular diseases. As obesity is known to increase the risk of developing these conditions, it is fairly reasonable to assume that the current obesity epidemic, both in this country and in New Zealand, could be at least partially responsible for this sharp rise in gout cases.

In addition, gout has many causes other than obesity and alcohol consumption, such as the use of certain medications or eating foods that are rich in a substance called purines. Purines are found in beef, pork and seafoods. In some cases certain people do not excrete uric acid from their bodies as well as others, and it builds up. For this reason, gout is known to run in families.

Gout cases double in a decade. The Daily Telegraph, September 30 2012

'Disease of kings' on the rise as more people get gout because of increase in obesity. Daily Mail, October 1 2012

Gout, 'disease of kings', is on the way back. The Independent, September 30 2012

Robinson PC, Merriman TR, Herbison P, Highton J. Hospital admissions associated with gout and their co-morbidities in New Zealand and England 1999–2009. Rheumatology. Published online September 18 2012 

Multiple sclerosis and Uric acid levels

Lower serum values of uric acid have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS patients have been found to have serum levels ~194 µmol/L, with patients in relapse averaging ~160 µmol/L and patients in remission averaging ~230 µmol/L. Serum uric acid in healthy controls was ~290 µmol/L. Conversion factor: 1 mg/dL=59.48 µmol/L

A 1998 study completed a statistical analysis of 20 million patient records, comparing serum uric acid values in patients with gout and patients with multiple sclerosis. Almost no overlap between the groups was found.

Uric acid has been successfully used in the treatment and prevention of the animal (murine) model of MS.

A 2006 study found elevation of serum uric acid values in multiple sclerosis patients, by oral supplementation with inosine, resulted in lower relapse rates, and no adverse effects.

Normalising low uric acid

Correcting low or deficient zinc levels can help elevate serum uric acid. Inosine can be used to elevate uric acid levels. Zn inhibits Cu absorption, helping to reduce the high Cu/Fe in some people with hypouricemia. Fe supplements can ensure adequate Fe reserves (ferritin above 25 ng/dl), also correcting the high Cu/Fe.

Oral Inosine found to reduce relapse rate and EDSS progression:
Please read this blog
and the original trial

It does not pay to have simple solutions and that is perhaps why you may not have heard about this before.

It may be interesting to find out if a relationship between your TMJ dysfunction and Gout exists. It would also be interesting to see if any such relationship exists in other illnesses like MS, ME/CFS also. A consultation would not go amiss.

Testing for Uric acid levels

I have discussed this with the director of County pathology Ltd Mr Bill Wreford. The cost is approximately £40. You will have to personally visit the lab.

Please get in touch with them:

County Pathology Limited

Bill Wreford
Laboratory Director
County Pathology Ltd
31 Frederick Sanger Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7YD
T: 01483 450388
bill.wreford@gmail.com

Headaches and Migraines

Migraine headaches are one of the most common health conditions in the world—more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. They're also one of the top 20 causes of disability among adults.

More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines; nearly five million of them experiencing at least one migraine attack per month. In all, an estimated 13 percent of the world’s population suffer with migraines to a greater or lesser degree.

The condition is more prevalent among women, with about 15-18 percent of women worldwide getting them, compared to six to seven percent of men. About 60 percent of women affected have menstrual-related migraines, meaning they tend to coincide with their menstrual cycle.

Headaches and Migraines can be accompanied by:

  • Backaches, or tension in the shoulders.
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth at night.
  • Repeated pain in the face or around the jaws.
  • Clicking when opening the jaws.
  • Difficulty in opening the jaws.
  • Ringing.
  • Blurred vision, light headed ness, clumsiness.
  • Fatigue, insomnia, restlessness.
  • Dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea and vomiting.
  • Sensitivity to sound or light.

 

In patients who complain of 'sinus headaches' the headaches can be accompanied by:

  • Congestion and pressure in the forehead and behind the cheekbones.
  • Infection, stuffiness and inflammation and discharge of the nasal passages.
  • Pain and pressure around the sinuses - in the forehead, especially behind and between the eyes, and above the nose. These areas may be tender to the touch.
  • Pain that worsens with movement, like bending over or lying down.
  • Cough and sore throat.

The cause of most sinus headaches is a narrow palatal arch along with narrow maxillary sinuses. This is a consequence of poor swallowing patterns which do not allow for proper upper arch development. The nasal passage does not develop fully and hence some obstruction of the nasal airway is always present impeding the flow of oxygen over the nasal mucosa.

Narrow arch

Inadequate oxygen passing through the nasal passages results in bacteria taking hold. Oxygen is the biggest killer of bacteria but these bacteria are difficult to dislodge as the capacity to oxygenate the area remains poor without reshaping the palatal arch.

Surgical treatment to correct deviated nasal septums or cleaning out the sinuses are an inadequate solution with poor long term benefits.

Treating the underlying cause involves the correction of the narrow palatal arch.

In the meantime one can use a neti pot and flush out the sinuses with warm salt water.

Another excellent way of recovering from chronic blocked nasal passages is to use 2 drops of 3% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide in a neti pot full of sterile water and irrigating the nasal passages with this solution. Please do not increase to more than 5 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide as it may seriously irritate the nasal mucosa.

You can also use previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave it open to air dry.

Headache patients have numerous head and jaw asymmetries which tense up all the muscles around the neck and head often leading to lifelong migrainous headaches and a large number of other accompanying symptoms listed above.

Medicines cannot resolve all the other related symptoms and anti psychotics usually worsen all the above listed symptoms.

Please check on the Internet before you start taking any medication for the potential side effects.

You should seek medical help immediately if you have a headache that:

  • Gets progressively worse.
  • Is associated with neurological symptoms such as loss of vision or muscle weakness.
  • Is accompanied by a fever or stiff neck.
The accompanying symptoms listed above very clearly indicate that headaches and migraines are caused by jaw asymmetry.

Physical asymmetries need physical treatment.

Facial pain is often the cause of great suffering for many people, and the source of this pain may simply be an irregularity in the way the teeth meet and because of TMJ dysfunction. A dental and TMJ evaluation can confirm the cause of the problem.

In many patients pain which often has a shooting stabbing characteristic is described as Trigeminal Neuralgia. Experience shows that the cause is not very different from simple jaw dysfunction. I have not had to resort to the use of any drugs for this problem

It may only take the smallest change, such as an incorrect filling or a crown for the painful symptoms to first occur.

Treatment obviously involves the correction of the orthodontic and TMJ issues as noted throughout this website.

I had always suffered with headaches, earaches and a general feeling of being run down since my early teens. These headaches got progressively worse until at 27 years old I developed what I referred to as “face pain” along with a constant “crunching” noise in my ear. These attacks of face pain, migraines, headaches and earaches got progressively worse throughout that year to the point where I was really struggling to make it through a day at work and had to go to bed as soon as I got home. Due to the location of the pain I was misdiagnosed dozens of times by my GP as having sinusitis, and was given antibiotics and strong painkillers and eventually even had sinus surgery to combat the pain.

After the surgery I felt no better and still had headaches everyday with bad migraine / face pain attacks 2 to 3 times a week at least, and the noise in my ear was also driving me crazy. Out of desperation over the next 3 years I went to private GP’s, specialists, had MRI scans, and tried alternative therapies but nothing seemed to help and the people I saw implied that it couldn’t be that bad if they couldn’t find anything wrong. I started to become depressed because of the lack of answers, constant pain, terrible attendance record at work and lack of any life outside of work due to the pain, when my Mum read an article in the Evening Standard Newspaper about Dr Amir and TMJ.

When I first went to see Dr Amir he immediately understood and explained all of my symptoms and how they all stemmed from my jaw misalignment and from having my teeth moved by a cosmetic brace when I was 13. After the first 2-3 months of seeing Dr Amir I was already feeling 50% better and after 3 years of treatment I am 75% better and feel like I have my life back.

I still have bad phases when treatment and braces need to be altered, but even during these times I will have one bad migraine every few months a few bad headaches instead of 10 migraines a month and constant head and face pain, and Dr Amir always reacts quickly and finds a solution to get me feeling better again within a week or two.

Also, after 2 years of treatment my Mum asked me one day how “the ear noise” was and I realised for the first time in 5 years all I could hear was silence. I cannot express how grateful I am for Dr Amir and the progress I have made. Mine is a long and complicated case, but instead of feeling hopeless and like I will never have a “normal” life I feel certain that I will be 100% better in the near future.

D. Levy, London

Nov 2013

Constant Headaches

Dear Dr. Amir,
As you know I have had my Atlas adjustment a couple of weeks ago and ever since I felt quite a few positive changes. Firstly, my neck and shoulders do not feel stiff anymore. I suffered from tension in this area for the past 7-8 years due to long hours of practising piano everyday. Further more due to the latter reason, I have been experiencing arm pain starting from the wrist. Other doctors have diagnosed me with beginning of tendonitis, however after the treatment the pain has totally disappeared and I feel that my playing is much freer and tension-free.

My constant headaches have also disappeared and I'm sleeping much better at night and waking up refreshed and with a clear head. Finally I also had a knee pain which I started feeling 4 months ago which is also gone!

I would like to take the opportunity to show my appreciation and deeply thank you for having suggested this Atlas treatment for me. It has really had a tremendous positive effect and I not only feel much better physically, but I also feel my piano playing has been improving drastically since! Many thanks!

Marcelle Zahra, (Top Maltese Pianist) July 2008

Headaches

Dear Mr. Amir

Thank you for your time and care with my jaw problems. Your unique orthodontic approaches has given me my life back. My problems began when all four of my wisdom teeth were mistakenly removed in St. Thomas’s hospital, London.

My health deteriorated rapidly starting with a frozen shoulder and progressing to extreme dizziness, head-over-the-hammer headaches, tinnitus, numbness in limbs and tiredness. At first I didn’t put the two things together and I thought maybe I had a brain tumour, the symptoms seemed to match. After a brain scan I was told everything was fine.

I remember feeling really upset that I still didn’t know what was wrong with me. A dentist told me that I might have TMJD I was referred to the Eastman Dental Hospital and had a splint made for my lower teeth. I wore the appliance at night and at first it did help my headaches.

My dizziness was still very bad so I researched TMJD and then embarked on a very costly (in terms of health, time and money) treatment plan with private dentists.

They all did the same thing - they made me splints of varying descriptions I was so determined to get better that I went along with their advice and treatments. They were ‘top’ Harley street dentists but I continued to deteriorate.

I also spent a fortune on Osteopathy and became reliant on it. These treatments covered 10 or so years. Then one night I woke up to find the room spinning. I could barely move, sit or lie down. This continued for months.

After seeing your article in the Evening Standard newspaper I decided to give it one last try. Thank god I did.

When I first started my treatment with you I could not even touch my teeth together. My splint wearing had caused my teeth to retreat into my gums. You really listened to my story and realised the complexity of my situation. For months I had to have my treatment from you while I was standing up. You adjusted the treatment according to my needs and gradually I began to recover.

The orthodontic work done by you has been amazing. My dizziness is now totally under control. My teeth and jaws work and I feel so much better.

Towards the end of treatment I also became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy. Without your care this would not have been possible.
Thank you Mr. Amir and the team.

M. G.
Jan 2014

Dental appliance to cure migraines?

post by N Ladha Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:05 pm

I started getting migraines in my late twenties. I'd get them every few months or so and they were manageable, but as the years progressed they were getting worse and worse to the point where I was getting them around once a week. It was such a nightmare as I had to carry on working through them and I'd be in pain for around 48 hours. Then, while sitting on the tube, I picked up the Evening Standard and saw an article written by Bella Freud about how a dental appliance had cured her migraines. She had visited Dr Amir at his dental surgery in Putney and he had explained to her that moving her teeth to a more symmetrical position would help her because if the jaw is out of alignment with the skull, the body misaligns to compensate, which can create all kinds of medical problems, including migraines. This made perfect sense to me and I arranged to see him. It was the best decision I made regarding my migraines. My treatment is still on-going, but I hardly get migraines. It was a life-changing decision for me to go and visit him - I can't believe I used to get migraines every week!

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your headaches or migraines please:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis

“I am amazed at the remarkable changes to my digestive problems and posture. More importantly I recovered from my ME symptoms. These improvements happened remarkably quickly and have been sustained for several months now and I still can’t believe it. My family are delighted too. And although they were sceptical at first they cannot dispute the treatments effectiveness.”

Miss H.G. 1997

Thank you, for the wonderful work you did for me.....When I came to see you I was on my last legs. I was in a state of health where I truly felt there was no chance of recovery, IBS, ME and anaemia were getting the better of me and a year and a half of desperately searching for a miracle cure came to no avail. It was by chance that I was referred to you....It is only by your truly individual work that I was able to recover. I had my doubts at times whether all my ailments would leave me, but now I know that everything you kept telling me was true. No medical practitioner of the six I saw helped me in any way other than feeding me pills I did not need. So thank you again for making a young man feel young again.

Mr. L. P. London.

Quoting from various medical resources some conventional beliefs about IBS are:
  • As usual "the cause is not known”
  • Also as ususal “there is no cure for IBS”
  • “It is a functional disorder" meaning - there is no abnormality in the structure but it still behaves abnormally”
  • First develops in teens and young adults. It is twice as common in females.
  • Mild to severe pain.
  • Bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation may alternate.
  • Urgency is common.
  • May be associated with nausea, headache, belching, tiredness, backache, muscle pains, heartburn, and bladder symptoms.
  • There is no test that confirms the diagnosis of IBS.
  • "over activity of nerves or muscles to the gut"
  • Symptoms tend to become worse during times of stress or anxiety.
  • Intolerance to certain foods may play a part in some cases and hence avoidance of these is important.

Conventional treatment for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

Treatment for IBD varies from patient to patient. Some may be given medication, which can range from corticosteroids, anti depressants and antibiotics.

Other patients with more serious prognoses may require surgery.

With ulcerative colitis, 25 to 40 percent of patients commonly need surgery, which can include complete removal of the large intestine. Patients who undergo this type of surgery will need to have pouches attached either internally or externally, for waste removal.

With Crohn’s disease, 65 to 75 percent of patients will need surgery to correct strictures, fistulae, or bleeding in the intestines.

A strictureplasty widens the strictures without removing any part of the small intestine, and a bowel resection removes parts of the intestine and the surgeon sews the healthy ends together. Crohn’s patients can also have their large intestine removed, but require an external pouch.

The readers might find that the ACTUAL cause and treatment of most IBS symptoms lies in adjusting the bodily asymmetries as extensively reported on this website.
Food Intolerance testimonials

"When I was first told about this I was a little sceptical that it would be of any benefit to me. After all I did not suffer from any back pain or any of the typical symptoms it seemed to be instantly curing in other patients. [Having had the Atlas corrected] I was a little tired on the first evening as my body integrated the work, but that night I had a very deep sleep. The next day I felt nothing short of amazing - I definitely had more energy and was really proactive at work, and I know this is directly linked to my lungs suddenly being able to take in more oxygen when I breathe, but the biggest shift for me has been my digestion!!! For 36 years now my digestion and the foods I can and cannot eat have been a continual problem for me. I am often underweight and can't eat many food types without getting a foggy head and strong lethargy.

I have paid a lot of money and spent a lot of time with various nutritionists. For the past two days I have been eating rich heavy foods that I would not normally eat and felt absolutely fine. Even at a work lunch today my colleagues commented on how much food I was eating. Normally I have a safe salad and a little bread as I get filled up easily. I was able to eat a proper three-course meal pretty much for the first time in my life. I cannot thank you enough for this treatment. I am bringing my whole family along to have this done as I know it will help each of them; my dad's digestion problems, mum's asthma, my sister's inability to conceive and my brother's sinus problems. This work is nothing short of amazing...thank you for taking the time and effort to train in it and bringing it to us. I Feel Great!!!" - Miss P Churchill

Food intolerance or non-allergic food hypersensitivity is a term used for a negative reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but it is not a true food allergy.

A true food allergy requires the presence of IgE antibodies against the food, and a food intolerance does not. Food intolerances can be classified according to their mechanism. Intolerance can result from the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, as in hereditary fructose intolerance.

It may be a result of an abnormality in the body's ability to absorb nutrients, as occurs in fructose malabsorption. Food intolerance reactions can occur to naturally occurring chemicals in foods, as in salicylate sensitivity. Drugs sourced from plants, such as aspirin, can also cause these kinds of reactions. Finally, it may be the result of non-IgE-mediated immune responses.

Remarkable recovery from Crohn's disease!

post by Christine P. Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:32 pm


My son had bowel problems since he was very young. Over 5 years, I saw many doctors, the path was very long and tortuous until he was finally diagnosed with Crohn's disease. We were told that you can't cure Crohn's disease. You can control it but not cure it.

He started a long and heavy drug treatment with the doctors which had no effect on his symptoms.

Then we met doctor Amir, who said that the diagnosis of Crohn's disease was perhaps a bit far fetched. He suggested that my son needed treatment to correct his jaws and align his teeth and that if we corrected what is going on in his mouth, he will just be fine.

It was clear that he needed alignment, but I thought this could wait until his health was sorted. I never imagined this was in fact affecting his whole health. So I decided to trust Dr. Amir although I must say I was quite sceptical. But I said to myself: "if this does not help him with the Crohn's disease, it should at least give him a nice smile".

He started getting better and after a year, the Crohn's disease was gone and his symptoms disappeared. Life is so far from what it was 12 months earlier, it is amazing.

Our son may have been misdiagnosed, I will never know. What I know is that since we started treatment with Dr. Amir, my son's life became normal. He is now 11, he is doing great, no more doctors, no more therapies, no more treatments, no permanent worries for mum. And he has a beautiful smile!

Crohn's disease:

Crohn's disease affects about 40,000 people in Britain and is considered incurable by the medical profession.

The main symptoms are bowel pain, diarrhoea, tiredness and weight loss. It can affect anywhere from the mouth to your bottom, and it's often associated with other inflammatory conditions affecting the joints, skin and eyes.

Please read this story about the experience of others in the dailymail

The reality may be quite different and it is actually a very curable illness.

Conventional medical treatment includes the administration of drugs like Azothiaprine and prednisone. The adverse effects of prednisone are documented here

As far as treatment with drugs such as Azothiaprine is concerned here are some comments and adverse effects I found on the internet:

  • Weight gain, acne, heart pulpitations, light headed & dizzy, joint swelling, hair loss, excessive bruising.
  • Dizziness, nausea, panic/anxiety 30 mins after taking meds, joint pain in fingers/knees, peeling skin in mouth, TIRED!!!!
  • Vomiting, bloody stool, fatigue, loss of appetite.
  • Warts, bumps all over hands, feet and face. Tiredness, moodiness, confusion, pain in lower left side, very low blood pressure, joint pain and cancar sores.
  • Hepatosplenic Tcell Lymphoma- a rare, EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE & usually fatal cancer in Liver, Spleen & bone marrow. STOP THIS DRUG!
  • Fatigue constantly and now my kidneys have become inflamed.
  • It has done tremendous damage to my liver. Only after vomiting blood did I find out that the Imuran had caused hepatoportal sclerosis, which caused enlarged varices in my esophagus and stomach. I have since had to have a surgical shunt procedure performed. I'm not sure what the outcome of this will be, but I'm not optimistic......
  • For the first three weeks I was extremely tired and at times nauseous: after that I commenced getting pancreatitis. In my case, it did not work.

These are the drugs which "experts" prescribe for this illness which has it's origins in Cranio Dental and Skeletal Asymmetries. No wonder the drugs are an absolute disaster!

Recovery from Ulcerative colitis and TMJ dysfunction

Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:58 pm

Due to a complex medical history have been officially diagnosed with the following over a 20 year period (Aged 20-39) - writer’s cramp (possible dystonia ), loss of cervical lordosis (neck curvature), BPPV (Benign positional vertigo), Peripheral vestibular damage ( causing bouncing vision “oscillopsia/nystagmus), Ulcerative Colitis, Occipital Neuralgia.

In chronological order:

  • Aged 19: Punched in side of face and nose and suffered a concussion
  • Aged 20: First signs of neck pain, lower back pain and a writer’s cramp in my right arm. Ultimately sought help from an osteopath and had steroid injections into my elbow with a suspected tennis elbow. The writing issue resulted in having to sit exams on a computer and have never resolved. Neck and back pain also remain unresolved to this day.
  • Aged 21: Fell onto my head and suffered another concussion - neck pain and tightness in left occipital area ensued. Brain and cervical MRI showed nothing untoward.
  • Aged 21 to 30: Continued neck pain in the left occipital area accompanied by bouts of dizziness. Further MRIs showed nothing other than complete loss of cervical lordosis (neck curvature). Received facet joint blocks and continued with physio/chiro but to no avail. Basically put up with symptoms.
  • Aged 30: Drove car into a car park wall skidding on black ice. Next day severe vertigo and could not get out of bed. Headache and cranial tension. Consulted with a neurologist and scans again were clear.
  • Aged 31: Diagnosed with BPPV (benign positional vertigo) and peripheral vestibular damage that was causing oscillopsia/nystagmus (bouncing vision when turned head). BPPV was cured overnight with the Epley manoeuvre (first time any treatment had helped with a symptom !). Cranial tension and visual tracking problems continued.
  • Aged 32 to 36: Received vestibular rehab to try and improve balance and bouncing vision which helped to a degree. Cranial tightness/headaches unresolved and could not deal with any jolt to the head as would bring on even more intense pain/symptoms. Unable to do any exercise other than walking the dog.
  • Aged 36: Suffered slipped disc in lower left lumbar region from simply bending over. Pain has continued as well as moving into left hip area.
  • Aged 36: First bowel symptoms arose and ultimately diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis. Prescribed steroids and Asacol (lifetime meds) to try and get into remission.
  • Aged 36-39: Diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia: started getting bouts of tinnitus, ear infections and a fullness in right ear. Constant tightness back of head and neck which gets worse with any jolts/impact. Received pulsed radio frequency into occipital nerve along with Botox. No alleviation of symptoms. Ulcerative colitis in and out of remission and bouts of fatigue would set in.
Current day (Aged 39): In an effort to get to the bottom of ever increasing deterioration of health and myriad of symptoms stumbled across Atlas and cranial symmetry in a Google search which then brought me to a consultation with Mr Amir at the cranio-dental and skeletal symmetry centre in Putney. Diagnosis was a bite slightly off to the side, jaw set too far back along with Atlas out of line which has also impacted my breathing; undoubtedly caused by the series of cervical/cranial traumas sustained throughout my life to date.

It was explained how a series of orthotic dental appliances should restore spinal symmetry and with that will come the resolution of the myriad of symptoms over time. I was informed that, more than likely, the ulcerative colitis (another so called auto-immune disease) is likely the result of the asymmetries and part of this declining pattern in health and could be reversed over time.

Upon the first fitting (a week later) of a dental appliance there were instant changes. My neck felt freer, head stronger supported and visual tracking improved. I was quite shocked as to how different my head felt almost instantly. Over the course of the next few weeks with the daily tightening of the brace there were a whole host of changes.

Firstly bleeding from the ulcerative colitis has resolved and am now back in remission (first time for 3 months). Obviously this needs to be continually monitored to see the long term benefits as remission can come and go. Nevertheless it was a fast improvement without the use of any meds.

My head has felt stronger upon impacts and jolts although still suffering with a band of squeezing tension which sort of covers the area from in front of the ears/temples as a band around the top and back of head. There has also been bouts of dizziness/head swimming sensation which had put down to sort of recalibration. However the brace has been altered to try and mitigate this. My lower back and hip pain feels so much better and can bend down without being conscious of it for the first time in years.

So in summary the UC is in remission, back pain markedly better but there have been some ups and downs with neck/cranial/visual symptoms; although I feel confident I am finally in the right area at long last after only 4 weeks into the program. Will continue to post here on developments over time. In the meantime it would be interesting to hear of any others that have developed UC after similar cervical/head traumas and how symptoms have progressed over time.

Adam

PLEASE READ THIS STORY ABOUT ULCERATIVE COLITIS IN THE GUARDIAN

There are about a 120,000 sufferers in the UK. This is part of the conventional explanation.

"The disease occurs when a sufferer's immune system attacks the colon, causing it to develop ulcers, which ooze blood and mucous. It is not known what causes it, though there are a number of theories. Some researchers believe that viral or bacterial infections can trigger the disease; others that environment and diet play a part; or it is possibly an auto-immune condition that occurs when a sufferer's immune system malfunctions for no particular reason. There is evidence that links certain genes with a vulnerability to colitis, as 16% of sufferers have a close relative with the condition. However, colitis manifests itself differently in every patient. The fact that it is unpredictable and chronic means it is often referred to as a life-limiting illness."

The reality may be quite different and it is actually a very curable illness in most cases.

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis please:

Infertility

The WHO defines infertility as follows: Infertility

“Infertility is the inability to conceive a child. A couple may be considered infertile if, after two years of regular sexual intercourse, without contraception, the woman has not become pregnant (and there is no other reason, such as breast feeding or postpartum amenorrhoea). Primary infertility is infertility in a couple who have never had a child. Secondary infertility is failure to conceive following a previous pregnancy. Infertility may be caused by infection in the man or woman, but often there is no obvious underlying cause."

While respecting the conventional explanation I hasten to add that there is another cause - bodily asymmetry. Correction of Cranio dental and skeletal asymmetries are the fundamental corrections prior to embarking on any expensive therapies. These corrections are the key, not only for the conception, but the maintenance of a full term pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby.

Most mothers having problems of infertility are found to have a number of other health issues - the main being an asymmetry of their hips which is dependent on a symmetrical Atlas vertebrae and a well functioning Jaw joint. They are also found to have serious problems with the adequate intake of a deep breath which is also dependent on the jaws and Atlas symmetry.

It has been very rewarding for the patients who have had successful conceptions following our Symmetry treatment as per their testimonials below.

It's a boy!

post by O Park Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:36 pm

A 30 something male, I visited Dr. Amir with chronic neck pain (among other symptoms). Felt much better very quickly with the treatment and much healthier in general these days, treatment ongoing. Have really been amazed with the treatment having tried loads of other things in the past... anyway during one visit I mentioned to Dr. Amir the difficulties my partner and I had been having conceiving, including an unsuccessful IVF attempt. He said that some women struggling to conceive had managed to do so following his treatment (although they were being treated for other issues)... And so we thought we'd give it a go even if we were sceptical (neck pain is one thing...!)... so my partner who thought she was otherwise pretty healthy visited Dr. Amir. He noticed that her breathing was restricted and fitted her for a brace... she felt as if she could breathe with greater ease as soon as she wore the brace and had more energy. She also noticed pretty quickly that her periods changed (in a healthy way)... within 4 months she was pregnant. Our beautiful son Teo is now 5 months old!

It's a girl!

post by themsforum.org Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:49 pm

Neck Spasms, lower back pain and infertility
Post by clairedillydally Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:30 pm

After a gymnastics injury many years ago, I was left with lower back pain that developed into knee pain where I wasn't walking correctly, to neck spasms and the need to wear a neck brace on occasion. Finally it resulted in realising I wasn't ovulating and that my body wouldn't support a pregnancy. Over the years, I have spent untold amounts of money on osteopaths, chiropractors, physios and masseuses, trying to find a way to stop the near constant pain and feeling of sickness brought on by my lower back and neck spasms. After hearing about the work Dr Amir is doing through a mouth brace, I figured I had nothing to lose, but hopefully, something to gain.

I have been seeing Dr. Amir for 2 years now and have not had the need to see anyone else. Finally I can walk without needing to limp, haven't had a neck spasm in ages, the constantly sick feeling is a thing of the past and after looking at pictures of my spine, it's practically straight! Within 4 months, I was ovulating and within 6 months I was pregnant with my first child! She is now 10 months old and life has never been the same. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Dr. Amir to anyone with either back pain or MS. I have seen and felt first hand what he can do and will be forever grateful.

Getting well before having a baby
Dizziness

Dear Mr. Amir

Thank you for your time and care with my jaw problems. Your unique orthodontic approaches has given me my life back. My problems began when all four of my wisdom teeth were mistakenly removed in St. Thomas’s hospital, London.

My health deteriorated rapidly starting with a frozen shoulder and progressing to extreme dizziness, head-over-the-hammer headaches, tinnitus, numbness in limbs and tiredness. At first I didn’t put the two things together and I thought MaybeI had a brain tumour, the symptoms seemed to match. After a brain scan I was told everything was fine.

I remember feeling really upset that I still didn’t know what was wrong with me. A dentist told me that I might have TMJD I was referred to the Eastman Dental Hospital and had a splint made for my lower teeth. I wore the appliance at night and at first it did help my headaches.

My dizziness was still very bad so I researched TMJD and then embarked on a very costly (in terms of health, time and money) treatment plan with private dentists.

They all did the same thing - they made me splints of varying descriptions I was so determined to get better that I went along with their advice and treatments. They were ‘top’ Harley street dentists but I continued to deteriorate.

I also spent a fortune on Osteopathy and became reliant on it. These treatments covered 10 or so years. Then one night I woke up to find the room spinning. I could barely move, sit or lie down. This continued for months.

After seeing your article in the Evening Standard newspaper I decided to give it one last try. Thank god I did.

When I first started my treatment with you I could not even touch my teeth together. My splint wearing had caused my teeth to retreat into my gums. You really listened to my story and realised the complexity of my situation. For months I had to have my treatment from you while I was standing up. You adjusted the treatment according to my needs and gradually I began to recover.

The orthodontic work done by you has been amazing. My dizziness is now totally under control. My teeth and jaws work and I feel so much better.

Towards the end of treatment I also became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy. Without your care this would not have been possible.
Thank you Mr. Amir and the team.

M. G.
Jan 2014

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your infertility please:

Jaw Problems - TMJ Dysfunction

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is caused by poor jaw development when your bite (the dental occlusion) does not match up with a correct neutral jaw joint position.

When the jaw size, position, and teeth are sitting incorrectly whereby there is stress on the joint patients may present with:

  • Pain.
  • Restricted jaw movement.
  • Difficulty opening the mouth fully.
  • Noises or clicking from the temporomandibular joints.
  • Night time jaw clenching.
  • Tooth grinding.
  • Patients attending our office mainly complaining about jawpain were also found to have many additional symptoms as shown in this graphical statistics of 324 patients:
  • Jaw statistics


TMJ dysfunction causes a cascade of problems from facial pain to tension in the muscles around the jaws, neck, shoulders and the back. It is also a major cause of migraine headaches. A dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is behind many 'illnesses' such as:

  • Asthma
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease

Please also see the right hand column on our blog and the rest of the testimonials listed under various tabs above. Literally all the illnesses are caused by Jaw and body asymmetries.

Common treatments that are used include provision of occlusal splints which have a poor outcome with patients often worse off than when they started.

Every patients head, jaw, dental asymmetry is different and the treatment has to be tailored to address each problem.


Some relevant testimonials are reproduced below. I have decided to show the one on Ulcerative colitis first as it covers a lot of ground.


Ulcerative colitis NOT an auto immune disease but caused by TMJ dysfunction - testimonial
UC

Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:58 pm

Due to a complex medical history have been officially diagnosed with the following over a 20 year period (Aged 20-39) - writer’s cramp (possible dystonia ), loss of cervical lordosis (neck curvature), BPPV (Benign positional vertigo), Peripheral vestibular damage ( causing bouncing vision “oscillopsia/nystagmus), Ulcerative Colitis, Occipital Neuralgia.

In chronological order:

  • Aged 19 Punched in side of face and nose and suffered a concussion.

  • Aged 20: First signs of neck pain, lower back pain and a writer’s cramp in my right arm. Ultimately sought help from an osteopath and had steroid injections into my elbow with a suspected tennis elbow. The writing issue resulted in having to sit exams on a computer and have never resolved. Neck and back pain also remain unresolved to this day.

  • Aged 21: Fell onto my head and suffered another concussion - neck pain and tightness in left occipital area ensued. Brain and cervical MRI showed nothing untoward.

  • Aged 21 to 30: Continued neck pain in the left occipital area accompanied by bouts of dizziness. Further MRIs showed nothing other than complete loss of cervical lordosis (neck curvature). Received facet joint blocks and continued with physio/chiro but to no avail. Basically put up with symptoms.

  • Aged 30: Drove car into a car park wall skidding on black ice. Next day severe vertigo and could not get out of bed. Headache and cranial tension. Consulted with a neurologist and scans again were clear.

  • Aged 31: Diagnosed with BPPV (benign positional vertigo) and peripheral vestibular damage that was causing oscillopsia/nystagmus (bouncing vision when turned head). BPPV was cured overnight with the Epley manoeuvre (first time any treatment had helped with a symptom !). Cranial tension and visual tracking problems continued.

  • Aged 32 to 36: Received vestibular rehab to try and improve balance and bouncing vision which helped to a degree. Cranial tightness/headaches unresolved and could not deal with any jolt to the head as would bring on even more intense pain/symptoms. Unable to do any exercise other than walking the dog.

  • Aged 36: Suffered slipped disc in lower left lumbar region from simply bending over. Pain has continued as well as moving into left hip area.

  • Aged 36: First bowel symptoms arose and ultimately diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis. Prescribed steroids and Asacol (lifetime meds) to try and get into remission.

  • Aged 36-39: Diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia: started getting bouts of tinnitus, ear infections and a fullness in right ear. Constant tightness back of head and neck which gets worse with any jolts/impact. Received pulsed radio frequency into occipital nerve along with Botox. No alleviation of symptoms. Ulcerative colitis in and out of remission and bouts of fatigue would set in.

Current day (Aged 39): in an effort to get to the bottom of ever increasing deterioration of health and myriad of symptoms stumbled across Atlas and cranial symmetry in a Google search which then brought me to a consultation with Mr Amir at the cranio-dental and skeletal symmetry centre in Putney.

Diagnosis was TMJ dysfunction along with my Atlas vertebrae out of line which has also impacted my breathing; undoubtedly caused by the series of cervical/cranial traumas sustained throughout my life to date.

It was explained how a series of orthotic dental appliances should restore spinal symmetry and with that resolution of the myriad of symptoms over time. In fact the ulcerative colitis (another so called auto-immune disease) is likely the result of this declining pattern in health and could be reversed over time.

Upon the first fitting (a week later) of a dental appliance there were instant changes. My neck felt freer, head stronger supported and visual tracking improved. I was quite shocked as to how different my head felt almost instantly. Over the course of the next few weeks there were a whole host of changes.

Firstly bleeding from the ulcerative colitis has resolved and am now back in remission (first time for 3 months). Obviously this needs to be continually monitored to see the long term benefits as remission can come and go. Nevertheless it was a fast improvement without the use of any meds.

My head has felt stronger upon impacts and jolts although still suffering with a band of squeezing tension which sort of covers the area from in front of the ears/temples as a band around the top and back of head. There has also been bouts of dizziness/head swimming sensation which had put down to sort of recalibration. However the brace has been altered to try and mitigate this.

My lower back and hip pain feels so much better and can bend down without being conscious of it for the first time in years.

So in summary the UC is back in remission, back pain markedly better but there have been some ups and downs with neck/cranial/visual symptoms; although I feel confident I am finally in the right area at long last after only 4 weeks into the program.

Will continue to post here on developments over time. In the meantime it would be interesting to hear of any others that have developed UC after similar cervical/head traumas and how symptoms have progressed over time.

Adam

Asymptomatic jaw misalignment causing back pain and eyesight problems

Mr Jones presented with very severe backache, which was preventing him from being able to work without significant discomfort. He was unable to get into or out of his car without a huge painful effort. He could only minimally lean forward. Examination showed the presence of Atlas asymmetry and a deviation of his lower jaw towards one side. Atlas treatment took away 50% of the symptoms on the first day. He was fitted with a dental appliance the next day which very quickly corrected the jaw deviation, and his symptoms disappeared within three days. He also reported a significant improvement to his eyesight and cancelled his appointment with the optician for a new pair of glasses.

"Many thanks for fixing my back last week. Agony to bliss in three days isn't bad! I'm always amazed that such apparently abstract treatment has such an effect on wellbeing. Suffice to say I remain in your debt and will continue to champion your methods amongst my more sceptical associates until they too see the light!"

Mr R Jones  November 2008

Jaw asymmetry causing Gout - a remarkable discovery

My gout story post by kriz Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:19 am

I was diagnosed with gout at the age of eighteen, seven years ago. With the lifestyle I was leading before diagnosis (eating red meat, drinking alcohol etc) uric acid in my blood averaged from 600 - 800. After diagnosis my GP prescribed Zyloric 300mg and advised me to take 1 pill a day. The idea of taking pills everyday started bothering me. I looked up this condition and from my research I found a lot of information about how fundamental a healthy diet is for gout patients. Having said this, there is a lot of contradiction about the right food for gout patients from one source to another, which leaves some uncertainty as to what I should be eating and avoiding.

I changed my lifestyle entirely, stopped pills (for the reason of their side effects) and got myself on a steady diet:

  • Omitted any red meat altogether
  • Started eating more vegetables (except spinach)
  • Reduced alcohol consumption (especially beer and wine)
  • Drinking more water (approx 3L daily)
  • Included more cherries and berries in my diet
  • Drinking extract from fenugreek seeds with hot water
Even though I was trying my best to stick to the above mentioned diet there was an occasional relapse where I was treating myself to either a few drinks or inappropriate food and on each occasion it resulted to a sudden gout attack.

From the last seven years of experience with gout I found that the three main causes for my gout attacks are alcohol consumption, inappropriate food and stress.

Every gout attack has the same symptoms: it starts by feeling discomfort in one of my feet. This discomfort develops into extremely severe pain constantly shooting up my leg. At this stage the pain is unbearable to the point that I cannot even stand the touch of a feather, let alone simply rest my foot on the floor. On average my gout attacks last three weeks from the day of discomfort until it's completely healed.

Recently I was referred to Dr. Amir and from the first time I met him he said that more than likely my gout issue is caused by the asymmetry of my jaw. When I heard this I was very sceptical and did not believe it until a few days ago. I had my fifth dental appointment and I happened to be under a severe gout attack. I was hobbling all over the place unable to rest my foot even slightly on the floor. I was helped by two people with me resting my arms on their shoulders hobbling into the dental office.

Astonishingly Dr. Amir proved his theory by demonstrating that I could walk instantly with less pain if my jaw was properly aligned. I could not believe the sense of relief I got from this experience and how much hope it gave me to really believe that Dr. Amir's symmetry treatment will finally eradicate my gout.

Here is an interim report on the patient above:

Patient has been off his medication for 3 months.
His attack was due more than a month ago but has not materialised.

He looks and feels enormously healthy. His gait has improved massively and now appears normal.

His TMJ treatment is about 20% done.

We were able to do Uric acid levels at fortnightly intervals. These have declined from 0.672 to 0.597 (Normal range 0.155 - 0.428 mmol/L)

I hasten to add that these are the first signs of a decline in 6 years.

His test done last week for:
Magnesium 0.92 (0.7 - 1.0 mmol/L)
Potassium 4.0 (3.5 - 5.0 mmol/L)
which are pretty normal.

UPDATE:

It is April 2015. It is 20 months since the last Gout attack. He has never had a gout attack since embarking on the treatment. He has been on a few overseas trips where he has indulged himself in consuming drink and eating meat which previously brought about a huge Gout attack but he has had no attacks.

He is not taken any drugs since he started his symmetry treatment which is almost complete.

However, one patient is not enough to prove a point. More patients with gout will be welcome for evaluation.

Periodic jaw pain

I had been suffering from ‘chronic’ neck and lower back pain on my left side and periodic jaw pain from a problem TMJ for the past 40 years. Over these years the pain had on occasion almost reduced me to tears, and much time and money has been spent visiting doctors, dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists - with it must be said some temporary relief, but the problem and pain remained.

I visited Dr. Amir to see what he could make of my situation, frankly not expecting to achieve any real improvement in my condition.
Dr. Amir examined and tested me and advised that the cause of my pain was that my jaw was out of alignment and this then threw the rest of my skeleton ‘out’. Also there was considerable orthodontic realignment required for my teeth in both upper and lower jaws. Probably a two year job!

The immediate action was to fit an upper jaw brace to align my bite. This greatly relieved pain and shortly thereafter my Atlas vertebrae was aligned properly and this bought further improvement to the pain levels.

Over a period of around two and a half years I wore various different mouth braces /pieces and carried out regular jaw exercises, and of course visited Dr. Amir on a regular basis.

The result is a much better looking and feeling set of teeth, a jaw that is in alignment, an overall more energetic and strong feeling, and the relief of pain.
It has been a long road, but thanks to Dr. Amir very well worth it.

Michael Page
August 2011

Severe TMJ Dysfunction

Dear Mr. Amir

Thank you for your time and care with my jaw problems. Your unique orthodontic approaches has given me my life back. My problems began when all four of my wisdom teeth were mistakenly removed in St. Thomas’s hospital, London.

My health deteriorated rapidly starting with a frozen shoulder and progressing to extreme dizziness, head-over-the-hammer headaches, tinnitus, numbness in limbs and tiredness. At first I didn’t put the two things together and I thought Maybel had a brain tumour, the symptoms seemed to match. After a brain scan I was told everything was fine.

I remember feeling really upset that I still didn’t know what was wrong with me. A dentist told me that I might have TMJD I was referred to the Eastman Dental Hospital and had a splint made for my lower teeth. I wore the appliance at night and at first it did help my headaches.

My dizziness was still very bad so I researched TMJD and then embarked on a very costly (in terms of health, time and money) treatment plan with private dentists.

They all did the same thing - they made me splints of varying descriptions I was so determined to get better that I went along with their advice and treatments. They were ‘top’ Harley street dentists but I continued to deteriorate.

I also spent a fortune on Osteopathy and became reliant on it. These treatments covered 10 or so years. Then one night I woke up to find the room spinning. I could barely move, sit or lie down. This continued for months.

After seeing your article in the Evening Standard newspaper I decided to give it one last try. Thank god I did.

When I first started my treatment with you I could not even touch my teeth together. My splint wearing had caused my teeth to retreat into my gums. You really listened to my story and realised the complexity of my situation. For months I had to have my treatment from you while I was standing up. You adjusted the treatment according to my needs and gradually I began to recover.

The orthodontic work done by you has been amazing. My dizziness is now totally under control. My teeth and jaws work and I feel so much better.

Towards the end of treatment I also became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy. Without your care this would not have been possible.
Thank you Mr. Amir and the team.

M. G.
Jan 2014

Clicking Jaw

Hello Mr. Amir!
Thank you very much for all the work you did. I have a lot more energy, my jaw isn't clicking or feeling as uncomfortable as it used to, and I'm not getting shin splint. It's fantastic and I'm feeling so much better - I'm more alive! I'm still getting a little back ache, but not major. I think this is only because of standing up for long periods of time.

- Vienna, February 2010

My eletter published on the British Medical Journal Web site: September 2006

Replies to Post-infective and chronic fatigue syndromes precipitated ...

www.bmj.com/content/333/7568/575/reply

by I Hickie - 2006 -
Predisposing factors as the underlying triggers in CFS. Mohamed Amir, Dental Surgeon/Orthodontist. SW15 1JT.

"This is a most refreshing study with some very important observations. It observes "the host response to the infection rather than the infection itself" and notes more significantly that the "symptom characteristics merged over time" in spite of the causative agent.

It ponders over "alternative neurological mechanisms triggered during the severe acute illness" which may "underpin the persistent symptom domain of post infective fatigue syndrome".

There may not be a trigger as such but perhaps an initial susceptibility factor of the patient or predisposing factors which lead to the varying degrees of the initial "host response". For example, we all know that the young and old succumb more to the flu virus than others.

Many more examples of such predisposing factors are available if one searches for them and it would have been very informative to know the pre-illness lifetime medical history, sporting activities, past physical injuries etc. of the patients rather than excluding such patients or observations. This may more clearly indicate if there is a certain "behind the scenes" commonality in all the patients in both the infected and the non-infected range of patients in this study."

My eletter published on the British Medical Journal Web site: April 2005

Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction as a Differential Diagnosis in ME/CFS patients

http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7498/1012/reply

"I accidently came across this article by Viner & Christie while doing some research. I have also read the responses with great interest.
There is a cursory mention of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders in the article. My experience of treating many patients with CFS is that this aspect must always be excluded in the differential diagnosis as it gives similar symptomatology as many other causal relationships. Asking the patient if they have any jaw pain is not sufficient.

Palpation of the Lateral Pterygoid muscle by running a gloved finger on the buccal aspect of the upper molar teeth backwards and upwards will often produce acute pain in most patients. The pain might be worse on one side than the other. Evidence of jaw clicking, limited mouth opening (Normal 50mm), deviation of the lower jaw on slowly opening the mouth, tooth grinding and jaw clenching while asleep should be enquired into.

A history of orthodontic or wisdom tooth extractions is also often indicative of TMJ dysfunction. Dental splints over the teeth provide limited and symptomatic relief and should not be perceived as "TMJ treatment under control" as the proper dental management of such patients is far more complex.


I shall be grateful if this can be brought to the attention of those in medicine that the patients so depend on. It might even give some an alternative to "psychosocial" relationships."

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction manifests itself and to get treatment please:

Learning Disabilities


How a dental brace could overcome learning disabilities Tom Best

I attended Dr. Amir's office in December 2002. At the time my history was that I was attending a special boarding school/college for people with learning disabilities. I was also very aggressive and had at that time been suspended from school for throwing a table at the teacher.

I also had many obsessions like I would take stuff belonging to other people as if it was mine. I used to collect footballs, football stickers and endless paraphernalia to do with football much of it was to occupy myself as I could not socialise because I got bullied because of my bad speech which people said was gibberish and it was incomprehensible but at the time I could not do anything about it.

I used to hug friends as a way to say 'bye' although it was very strange. I could not stop myself and people now tell me that it was weird the way I carried on.

I used to get blamed for all sorts of things and used to get bullied a lot.

At my consultation Dr. Amir noted that I had serious orthodontic and jaw problems and said that my behaviour was largely due to my dental problems. He explained to my mother that my jaw problem did not allow my head to be oxygenated properly and nor did my cerebrospinal fluid flow sufficiently. He suggested corrective measures.

I soon had my first dental appliance. I went to college to resume my education. At the end of the first day my mum got a call from the college to find out if she had bribed me as my behaviour had transformed overnight.

My very first dental appliance I received from Dr Amir had a huge impact on my wellbeing. In that time that I had been suspended I had been seeing Dr Amir so when I got back to college I had to do an NVQ in horticulture and I only had 5 weeks to do it but I passed and that sort of thing would have never happened if I had not seen Dr amir.

Now many years later I am self-sufficient. I have my own web site tombestcraft.com. I learnt a lot more at an amazing college I went to called Ruskin Mill.

As well as that I am now playing for the England international disability cricket team this is because of hard work and support from friends and my family and Dr. Amir who all helped change my life

Now looking at life from a perspective where I am aware of my faculties and surroundings I note how impossible it was for me to do anything before. My mind just could not function correctly. I was all confused and single minded.

I have been at the other side where life was all doom and gloom but I was not aware of it. I could not read or write. Now I can do both. I am nearly 30 and life could not be better.

Please buy my hand made slippers and rugs from my website. Please note I make these myself.

Tom Best
January 2014

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your/your Childs Learning disabilities please:

Mental illness

“La maladie imaginaire

If press coverage is anything to go by, Americans started to get Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) about three years ago. In 1997-98 the condition was referred to about 50 times in the nation's media. But a year later things suddenly got sadder. In 1999 there were more than a billion references to it in the US press.
According to the international Herald Tribune the increase in stories was not spurred by medical developments but was part of a campaign - coordinated by Cahn & Wolfe, a New York Public relations agency. The strategy included pitches to newspapers, radio, TV and testimonials from advocates and doctors claiming that SAD was America's third most common mental disorder with over 10m sufferers; only depression and alcoholism claim more victims.

Paxil is the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of 'Social Anxiety Disorder,' was the caring sharing marketing message. But the plug for the drug was no accident. Cahn & Wolfe was working at the behest of SmithKline Beecham, now known as Glaxo SmithKline. Whilst aggressive campaigns such as this one raise the concern that pharmaceutical companies are seeking new disorders for existing drugs. They also generate an artificial and increasing need for pharmaceutical inventions amongst huge proportions of people who had not until then 'realised' they needed help. What's more, the expensive campaign paid off. In the crowded anti-depressant market, Glaxo SmithKline's 2000 annual report claims that Paxil became the No 1 in the US selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor market for new retail prescriptions in 2000.”
SAD people, happy Glaxo

UPDATE: January 2014

"Paxil: Few SSRI antidepressants have the checkered safety profile of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Paxil. In 2007 the BBC revealed that Paxil's Study 329 showed adolescents six times more likely to become suicidal on the drug but the results were buried. (GSK settled related charges in 2012 for $3 billion.) Rumors had circulated for years about suicide and toxic withdrawal symptoms with Paxil and they were evidently true in some cases. 

In 2005, the FDA revealed birth defects associated with Paxil including heart malformations. (Babies may also have "seizures, changing body temperature, feeding problems, vomiting, low blood sugar, floppiness, stiffness, tremor, shakiness, irritability or constant crying," warned the Paxil website.)

Commensurate with the "forgiveness is cheaper than permission" business model, by the time the Paxil risks surfaced, GSK had taken the money and run. In fact, Paxil made $2.12 billion for GSK in 2002, the last year it was under patent, and was the preferred method of treating returning Iraq war veterans' PTSD."

SOURCE:

7 Drugs Whose Dangerous Risks Emerged Only After Big Pharma Made Its Money - Martha Rosenberg.

The theory of chemical imbalance as a cause of depression is an unproven hypothesis; and doctors are prescribing the drugs mainly because of the "juggernaut of pharmaceutical promotion", as the US psychiatrist Dr Daniel Carlat calls it. About 10 per cent of Americans over the age of six take antidepressants. In the UK, prescriptions for the drugs went up 43 per cent in the last four years to 23 million a year.

Professor Irving Kirsch, associate director of the programme in placebo studies at Harvard Medical School and author of The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, says the theory of chemical imbalance - that there is not enough serotonin, norepinephrine and/or dopamine in the brain synapses of depressed people - doesn't fit the data (lowering serotonin levels in healthy patients has no impact on their moods). Chemical imbalance is a myth, he says. It follows that the idea that "antidepressants can cure depression chemically is simply wrong".

Patients presenting with a variety of coexisting symptoms which are not curable by the conventional medical route are often labelled as suffering from a variety of mental disorders This includes patients suffering from ME and CFS. The explanations of how the drugs work come afterwards. The patients are "cooked" up first.

Our approach is a radical departure from conventional thought and focusses on the physical asymmetries giving rise to mental problems which essentially emanate from a failure of proper oxygenation, blood perfusion and CSF flow to the brain.

It is my intention to establish a proper pattern of the mental and physical manifestations of this process. We aim to establish if we can come to a new and a more valid explanation and treatment regimen. Your participation will perhaps bring this goal much closer to get relief from this awful condition for millions around the world.

This mode of investigation has taken some 12 years to develop with the sole aim of finding independent answers without interference from commercial or professional organizations with often corrupt agendas.

From my experience patients who seek treatment for depression also have many other symptoms related to their physical asymmetries as emphasised throughout this website. Experience shows that treating the physical often results in the mental taking care of itself in a vast majority of patients.

Dear Mr Amir,

I am writing this letter not only to thank you for your help and treatment but so you may show other possible patients who may be considering coming to you for treatments that they would not initially consider going to a dental surgeon for.

Briefly, around 6 years ago I had started to get terrible headaches from my neck, up the back of my head right round to the front. I rushed to my G.P. who I expected to find something wrong straight away. As I had never suffered before with headaches of any kind. After weeks and many physical tests his answer to me was sorry no results. There is nothing wrong with you. If he had felt what I was feeling he would not have said the same. After months of suffering pain I began to lose lack of concentration. My work suffered and my previously happy life began to disappear. I went back. He then sent me down the road of mental health. Which I felt was wrong. My mind had never changed from the start and I always felt I am within myself I was suffering from a physical symptom. But I was desperate, so I went along now feeling in a very bad way. I was sent to psychologists for months who told me every visit, it's your job, it's your lifestyle, it's your friends. All to my amazement as I refuted all eventually I was sent to psychiatrists much against my views. However now ever more desperate I agreed. I must say that from this point the only thing I received (in my case) from this was the medication Prothiadin and at this time I felt at my lowest point. I used to arrive late for my appointments so as not to sit in the waiting area too long or if I was early, hide in a corner out of view.

The end result was that whatever was wrong with me I knew it was not a mental one. And that the drugs I was taking were to me not a cure but as a painkiller acts hiding or masking the real problem.

One day and ex-girlfriend of mine said to me you have seen this. She was fully aware of my problems. It was an item in a magazine with a diagram of a body's posture linked to the jaw. At the time I myself had always had a sticking out lower jaw and round shoulders as in the diagram. She said maybe this guy is right and your headaches, etc are caused by this problem. I said, oh come on this guy's probably a con man. This man turned out to be Mr M Amir. I rang him, went to see him and started to notice a change. So I continued. Finally, after 2 years I had the confidence to just stop like that the medication without even telling to the psychiatrist I was under. Finally after months of not taking the tablets I told him I wanted to reduce the medication, which I did and never looked back.

Now I'm married, running the business I never thought I would take over and living as normal life as possible. Some days I still get headaches and I get scared but the good thing is they go away like everybody else's. Now I don't know 100% that Mr Amir's treatment worked for me. All I know is that I had exhausted every medical option left to me at the time just before I met him. And that after starting with him, I got slowly better. The rest you can work out for yourself. I don't really care. All I know is that I went to hell and back and I'm a very down to earth person. But maybe just maybe there are things that normal physical Nation Health checks overlook, and that need no mental treatment. I'm sure that if you had toothache every day for 2 years and everyone told you there's something wrong with you, you mental lout look would be normal? Think about it. Because remember one thing, if Mr Amir's ideas and methods seems so unreliable and NHS methods so normal why wasn't I cured before, I had to go looking for someone who could help me!

J S., July 2000

I feel I would like to express my gratitude to you for giving me my son back - this gentle person beginning to emerge I thought was always there, but is only just emerging again after 13 years. This is a very important treatment and I think I would say that Daniel is a good 60% better and his depression has lifted. He's so much calmer and he's not as nearly so rude and seems to hear what I have to say without me repeating myself. Thank you Dr Amir.

Sincerely,
T.L., 2000

Our Approach:

Our approach is a radical departure from conventional thought and focusses on the physical asymmetries giving rise to mental problems which essentially emanate from a failure of proper oxygenation, blood perfusion and CSF flow to the brain.

It is my intention to establish a proper pattern of the mental and physical manifestations of this process. We aim to establish if we can come to a new and a more valid explanation and treatment regimen. Your participation will perhaps bring this goal much closer to get relief from these awful conditions for millions around he world.

This mode of investigation has taken some 12 years to develop with the sole aim of finding independent answers without interference from commercial or professional organizations with often corrupt agendas.

From my experience patients arrive with depression as one of the many symptoms they have. We treat the physical and the mental takes care of itself!

This is a radical departure from a drug based culture.

"Drug companies do not look for 'cause.' The drug company business model is based on 'sustainability.' Rather than find a cause and cure, patients are simply sustained. There is not a single prescription drug that offers a 'cure' to any ailment. Curing a disease versus treating its symptoms does not make 'business sense' to drug companies. The drug industry only makes money from sick people - sick people with insurance or Governmental health service.

This business model enables drug companies to make huge profits and guarantees dependency among users. This dependency allows drug companies to pay for Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) advertising, drug trials, university research, government lobbying, and 'ghost writers.' Combined, these strategies are used to deceive the general public as well as medical doctors." --Shane Ellison, author of Health Myths Exposed

"Much current medical advice is quackery," Dr. James Le Fanu, medical columnist for London's Daily and Sunday Telegraph, author of an excellent book called 'The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine' which everyone should read

Somatoform Disorders

My first introduction to Somatoform Disorders was when a patient walked in saying that a friend of hers, who was a physiotherapist, suggested that her daughter could be suffering from a Somatoform Disorder.

She had done some investigations on the Internet and was intrigued that many of the symptoms mentioned coincided with the symptoms that I relate to the asymmetry of the cranio-dental complex.

I took her advice and did my own investigations.

In brief, the perception of the psychiatric community where these patients had somehow ended up was that these patients were actually suffering from a mental disorder.

The psychiatric community has gone to great lengths to compartmentalise the disorders into various pigeonholes.

During my research I could not help notice that there were huge sums invested in the industry of teaching and prescribing psychiatric medication.

The gist of the various disorders is that the patients complain of mostly physical symptoms to their medical practitioner, who is under an obligation to treat the patient, and as convention dictates it prescribes pain killers.

Our bodies only respond to correct treatment and if the pain killer does not work the patient is invariably back at the doctors' office. The doctor may try stronger medication and as I have increasingly noticed, may jump to the conclusion that the patient is in need of an antipsychotic. These are used "off label" use for "pain".

The patient still does not respond as I said earlier; our bodies only respond to correct treatment the patient is soon back complaining of some other symptoms which may even have been caused as an adverse effect of the drug they were prescribed earlier.

By now the doctor feels he is dealing with a case of "hypochondriasis" and by the time the patient is referred for psychosomatic illness the idea of such disease is firmly set in every ones mind - often including the patient.

In each case the clinician, if not well discerning, can easily assign the patient into the disorders that follow:

Somatoform Disorders Types:

Somatisation Disorder: Symptoms usually include a combination of pain, pseudo neurological, digestive and sexual complaints.

Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder: A milder form of the above usually lasting 6 months

Conversion Disorder: characterized by unexplained sensory motor deficits which are judged to be psychogenic.

Pain Disorder: Diagnosed when the primary symptom is pain and psychological factors are presumed to be important in the etiology, maintenance or exacerbation of the condition.

Hypochondriasis: Fear illness in the absence thereof or exaggeration of symptoms or bodily sensations into serious illness

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: "Preoccupation with an imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person's concern is markedly excessive. Extreme levels of distress and impairment are seen in patients diagnosed as having BDD.

Somatoform Disorder not Otherwise Specified (NOS)

Symptoms that the patient may be presenting with:

It is ironic that all the above symptoms are very clearly related to TMJ disorders. This website provides very wide resources for you to make up your own mind. Here however, the TMJ specialist is not even in the loop of differential diagnosis!

The psychiatrist believes that it is important for the client to examine past decisions to help them make new and better ones which may relieve them of their physical pain symptoms!

It is beginning to get very alarming that the patient's symptoms are so mishandled that many end up with serious consequences from prolonged use of unnecessary medication. The time relapse continues to worsen the patients' symptoms and the medication continues to be increased.

If they did not previously have a psychiatric problem now they definitely have one.

One can develop say cystitis; the medical profession finds no abnormality and refers the patient for psychiatric evaluation (the dentist or TMJ specialist is never in the loop). The same would occur with IBS, Neck pain, back pain, pelvic pain and a plethora of other conditions as listed above. Amazingly psychiatrists use these criteria to evaluate their patients and some of them have managed to put up to 22% of the population in various cities into one of their pigeonholes as listed above.

If one presents with neck pain the best medical evaluation is offered with the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This equipment is not able to check for the routine rotations in the neck vertebrae present in most people. Children these days have severe distortions in their necks but do not complain of any pain. The pains start in the late teens and are at its maximum at around age 22.

  • Anxiety, nausea, double vision, deafness, hallucinations, difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic fatigue, Anorexia, Bulimia.
  • Neck, back or pelvic pain
  • Irritable Bowel, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
  • Cystitis, painful urination, sexual dysfunction.

We must however read on:

Treatment:

  • Adlerian Therapy:The therapist focuses on and examines the clients' lifestyle and the therapist tries to form a mutual respect and trust for each other. Mutual goals are set by the therapist who, provides encouragement to the client to reach these goals.
  • Behaviour Therapy: Concentrates on the assumption that behaviours are learnt and concentrates on correcting overt behaviour by relearning.
  • Existential Therapy: focuses on the present and on the future. The therapist tries to help the client see they are free and to see the possibilities for their future. They will challenge the client to recognize that he / she themselves were responsible for the events in their life and are free to make better choices.
  • Gestalt Therapy: Client's are viewed as having the ability to recognize how earlier life influences may have changed their lives. The client is made aware of personal responsibility, how to avoid problems, to finish unfinished matters, to experience things in a positive light, and in the awareness of now. Challenges the client to accept the responsibility of taking care of themselves rather then expecting others to do it.
  • Person-centered Therapy: The therapist moves the client towards self awareness,  helping the client to experience previously denied feelings. They teach the client to trust themselves and to use this trust to find their direction in life. The therapist makes the client aware of their problems and then guides them to a means to resolve them. The therapist focuses on the here and how. They motivate the client in experiencing and expressing feelings. The belief is that we are and what we wish to be causes maladjusted behaviour. A balance between the ideal self and real self must be found.
  • Psychoanalytic: Psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious and believes it influences human behaviour. It is believed that a person is driven by aggressive and sexual impulses. It focuses mainly on the first six years of human life and how the events of this time period determine later personality. It is assumed that repressed conflicts from childhood lead to personality problems later in life. Anxiety is assumed to be a direct result of the repression of childhood sexual conflicts. Psychotherapists believe that the unconscious moves along with unresolved conflicts leading to maladapted behaviour. They then go onto trying to resolve the flawed personality by making repressed conflicts conscious, making the unconscious conscious. 
  • Rational-emotive Therapy: The therapist believes that we are born with the ability of rational thinking but that we fall victim to irrational thinking. They stress the clients ability to think in making good judgments, and in taking action. The therapist believes that a neurosis is a result of irrational behaviour and irrational thinking and that the clients problems are rooted in the belief system formed in childhood. Therapy employs methods to solve and deal with emotional or behaviour problems by getting the client to eliminate any self-defeating outlooks they may have and to view life in a rational way. The therapist also remains aloof from the client by adopting a teacher student stance.
  • Reality therapy: The therapist helps the client evaluate their behaviours and feelings and challenges them to become more effective at meeting their needs.
  • Transactional Analysis: The therapist helps the client evaluate their past decisions and how those decisions affect their present life. They believe self-defeating behaviour and feelings can be overcome by an awareness of them.

Back to reality:

Neck rotations will cause a compensatory lower back distortion towards the opposite side and result in the rotation of the pelvis forwards on one side This gives rise to a clinically shorter leg on one side. Neck pain is also symptomatic of other organic disturbances; ventilatory, circulatory, digestive and reproductive. How many psychiatrists evaluate leg length to evaluate their patients? None of these irregularities can be evaluated by MRI or CAT scans in the absence of major pathology like a tumour. A Chiropractor or an Osteopath is more likely to confirm the presence of these discrepancies.

Therefore the ability to confirm the presence of asymmetries contributing to ill health are beyond the realm of medicine or psychiatry. So as convention has it many continue to suffer because they never get evaluated for symmetry as the underlying cause of their illness.

It may not be entirely so but it certainly is in a majority of cases.

Fatigue and tiredness is nearly always an accompanying feature. No tests other than Kinesiology can demonstrate the presence of this. No muscle tone testing equipment can mimic Kinesiology. Therefore to obtain an objective analysis of this is again beyond the medical practitioner or the psychiatrist.

One has to accept the patient’s word or confirm it by noticing the shallow breathing and emaciated look on most patients faces.

The presence of gastric and gynaecological disturbances occurs because of poor diaphragmatic function in most patients. The difficulty of diagnosing this problem endangers many to be labelled into some disturbing non-existent neuropsychological disorder.


If someone has a sick child suffering from say chronic fatigue the parents can see that the child is not well. They take them to their doctor to no avail, as this is a syndrome for the medical practitioner, they try numerous venues knowing full well that their child is not acting like other children in the street. Eventually, in the rare case, they may get labelled as suffering from Munchhausen syndrome by Proxy. The children often get taken away from the mother.

In Munchausen the child is brought to a hospital environment where obviously the child is put to rest in a bed. This is the same child who cannot actually breathe well. Rest brings on a decrease in the Childs oxygen requirements and hence the child feels better.

The psychiatrist fails to make the oxygenation connection and may easily start brandishing the parent. As soon as the child is released from the hospital environment and becomes active he starts requiring more oxygen which for reasons of asymmetry the child is unable to obtain. The child starts feeling ill again and the parent takes the child back to the hospital.

This scenario could be repeated until the social worker and the psychiatrist convince themselves of the infallibility of their conclusions and the child may than be placed under a care order often taken away from the parent. Our legal system relies heavily on the psychiatric reports and could exact unforgiveable punishment upon the parent.

Rather disturbing!

PS: I would like to add that it should become mandatory for all medical practitioners involved in the care of such patients to be required to refer the patient for a differential diagnosis to a dental surgeon who is well versed in the treatment of such patients. This must be done at the outset and not when the patient has been mistreated for a number of years before doing so. We might then see fewer patients really becoming mentally ill

An interesting article appeared in the New York Book Review:

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?

June 23, 2011
Marcia Angell

It seems that Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it. The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007 - from one in 184 Americans to one in seventy-six. For children, the rise is even more startling - a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children, well ahead of physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, for which the federal programs were created. Read more by clicking the link below:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/23/epidemic-mental-illness-why/

Schizophrenia: 100 years of bad treatment

A century after the term 'schizophrenia' was coined, life for people living with the illness is still stuck in the dark ages

Rachel Whitehead

guardian.co.uk, Saturday 29 October 2011 16.00 BST

Winston Churchill

"In 1910, Winston Churchill wrote to Herbert Asquith arguing for the mass sterilisation of people with severe mental illness. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Imagine for a minute what life might have been like if you'd been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1911. Shunned by society, you would have been treated with fear and suspicion by many.

With no known cure, you would be subjected to treatment by trial and error, some of which would have gruesome side-effects. Detained by the state, you could expect to be monitored by overworked, underpaid staff and going to church might have been suggested as a way to calm your chaotic mind.

READ MORE:

Schizophrenia Gulag

New Scientist 8th February 2014

"UNTIL shockingly recently, the mentally ill were routinely locked away and given a "chemical cosh" to keep them quiet. We no longer leave people to rot in asylums, but many are still drugged up to the eyeballs.
To be discharged from hospital, people with schizophrenia often have to agree to take antipsychotic drugs for the rest of their lives. We now know these may do little to aid recovery while trapping people in a mental miasma that ruins their chances of living a normal life (see "Rethinking schizophrenia: Taming demons without drugs"). The drugs can also lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Adding to the cruelty, people with serious mental health problems are often denied adequate health care for physical illnesses because their symptoms are assumed to be delusional. Such injustices have led the World Health Organization to declare the treatment of such people a "hidden human rights emergency
.
Recent research suggests that people weaned off anti psychotics are much more likely to live productive lives. The asylum may be history, but as long as enforced drugging continues, many people with schizophrenia are still imprisoned."

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
Stress

Kelly McGonigal is a Stanford University psychologist. Her recent TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend”

She explains that while we have all spent the last 30 years or so thinking that stress, and its physical manifestations, were unhealthy, that that’s actually not exactly the case. Over the course of her talk she discusses three studies that shed new light on the stress response, and how to reprogram our thoughts about it to make it healthier.

Change your beliefs

The first study shows groups of people who experience varying levels of stress over several years, and then tracks death records. Not only does it show that the people that believe stress can kill die at a much higher rate; but also it shows that the people who are under more stress, but don’t believe or know about its “negative” effects are actually healthier and more likely to live long happy lives.

She explains that it has been shown that the dangerous part of the physical stress responses is in the vascular constriction that occurs while the heart is pumping at an increased rate. This vasoconstriction however, has only been documented in people who already believe that stress is dangerous.

Ted Talks

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your "Somatoform Disorder" or other "mental problems" please:

ME/CFS - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Post Viral Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

Before you start reading this you may want to read this article just published in Positive Health Magazine - issue January 2015

You may also want to read the latest Blog posting about recovery from ME (posted today 21st February 2015)

ME/CFS and FM are recognised as diseases with no known cause or effective treatment. However, We have been treating ME/CFS patients successfully for over 15 years. More recently I have started some Fibromyalgia patients with remarkable and very rapid recovery from their symptoms as I predicted in other areas of this website. A vast majority of the patients have recovered through TMJ/Atlas and skeletal symmetry treatment. Some recovered within days of embarking on treatment. Others took a bit longer depending on the condition of their jaws and the time they had been ill.

I regularly see new patients for treatment and I am always anxious to see if I can find a true ME/CFS patients. The good news is that after 15 years I am still waiting. I have never found one.

Please also note that during all these years I have never found any of the following reasons for these illnesses as often claimed by many:

  • Any Amalgam fillings.
  • Any kind of inflammation.
  • Any adrenal fatigue.
  • Any bacteria like 'Biofilm bacteria'.
  • Any virus like the polio virus, Epstein-Barr virus or Parvovirus B19 as often reported.
  • Any shortage of vitamins or minerals.
  • Any candidal or parasitic infestation.
  • Any tick borne disease like Lyme disease.
  • Any 'Mitochondrial disease'.
  • Any sensitivities as the cause of the illness.
  • Any problems with the immune system or any auto immune disease.  
  • Any hormonal imbalances like adrenal exhaustion, thyroid dysfunction or other glandular dysfunction.
  • Any psychiatric problems like mental exhaustion, hypochondriasis, cognitive dysfunction, stress, depression or emotional trauma.
  • Any genetic issues.

Most of the patients who seek treatment have had a long history of treatments undertaken both conventional and alternative with little effect upon their symptoms. Our body is very self healing and responds extremely rapidly to the correct intervention. We find that the earlier the patients get here the more rapid their recovery. If you have been ill for a very long time it takes a bit longer but this is not always so if your teeth and jaws are in good shape and you have not had any dental extractions.

The fact that the patients start improving very rapidly confirms that they actually had a jaw problem and not any of the causes listed above. .

Please tread most carefully before starting any treatment. Any delay prolongs recovery. Also please stop bothering your GP as he has little or nothing to do with your symptoms in a vast majority of the cases.

Experience shows that 'ME/CFS' or 'Fibromyalgia' are NOT MEDICAL illnesses.

Having seen many patients who have suffered for years and their proper treatment seriously delayed before they get to a dentist I feel that It should become mandatory for all doctors, neurologists, endocrinologists, hospital consultants, ME/CFS associations and anyone involved in the care or diagnosis of the supposed 'ME/CFS' or 'Fibromyalgia' illness to be required to refer the patient for a differential diagnosis to exclude TMJ dysfunction before ANY medical interventions.

This must be done at the outset and within a few DAYS of first seeing a patient. Holding onto these patients without getting such an opinion is mercenary and gross medical negligence.

Please read the testimonials below to get a better understanding of the issues involved. There is a lot more information on this website which you may want to navigate through. Patients like yourself may have some 40 different symptoms. We cover nearly all of them on different sections of these testimonial pages.

ME/CFS - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

One of my earliest ME patients:

“I am amazed at the remarkable changes to my digestive problems and posture. More importantly I recovered from my ME symptoms. These improvements happened remarkably quickly and have been sustained for several months now and I still can’t believe it. My family are delighted too. And although they were sceptical at first they cannot dispute the treatments effectiveness.”

Miss H.G. 1997

Thank you, for the wonderful work you did for me.....When I came to see you I was on my last legs. I was in a state of health where I truly felt there was no chance of recovery, IBS, ME and anaemia were getting the better of me and a year and a half of desperately searching for a miracle cure came to no avail. It was by chance that I was referred to you....It is only by your truly individual work that I was able to recover. I had my doubts at times whether all my ailments would leave me, but now I know that everything you kept telling me was true. No medical practitioner of the six I saw helped me in any way other than feeding me pills I did not need. So thank you again for making a young man feel young again. Mr. L. P. London.

Testimonial - Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome or ME

I had always been a healthy child hardly missing a day of school and playing as many sports as I could, whilst loving being active. In the summer after I finished my GCSE's I took a much keener interest in my fitness and was attending the gym and playing tennis and football daily. It was around that time I went on holiday with my family to Norfolk, taking my weights to stay active. On holiday after exercising i would start to feel a little sick but thought nothing much of it. Upon returning home I continued as I had before, however one day when lifting weights I felt like I may collapse. Again I recovered and thought that maybe I had just been low on sugar and things would right themselves quickly. 

I visited my doctor and was told I was probably just suffering with a virus. However 2 weeks later after an evening session at the gym my throat was very sore and dry and it was difficult to swallow. That night when I went to bed I couldnt sleep and awoke to tell my mum I felt like I was having a heart attack as my shoulders and chest were in a constant spasm. From that day forward I experienced a range of horrible and unwelcome symptoms, from freezing cold hands and feet, sore throats an overall feeling of weakness and an overwhelming fatigue. Obviously extremely concerned I visited my GP again and received the standard blood tests when nothing untoward showed up a diagnosis of Post Viral fatigue or M.E. as it is more commonly known was made and I was told hopefully it would correct itself in time. 

The next few years were brutal I went from someone who played many sports and was always active with friends to someone who could barely leave the house at times. I struggled through sixth form getting below par A levels to what I was previously predicted, when the time came to attend University as I had always wanted I was able to last about 2 months at Leeds University before returning home to Nottingham, where I was lying down for around 18 hours a day.

Over the following 7-8 years I rebuilt my life with different coping techniques and was able to attend univeristy at Nottingham Trent, however I was still far from normal and suffered from a range of symptoms that would flare up at times. This lead me to question my diagnosis further especially when paying for all the common viral blood tests (Cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr, Herpes, HIV) returned nothing but negatives. 

After finishing university despite receiving First Class Honors I was still unable to apply for a full time job as physically there was no way my body would adapt to the everyday rigours. It was during that summer whilst I was feeling fairly depressed and staring at what should have been a once bright future that now looked very bleak, I started to look for abnormalities in my body others didnt have. When mentioning my false front tooth that i had since the age of 12 that was knocked out playing squash someone said to me that there was a dentist in Putney who used dental appliances and cured patients who had been told they had M.E. This turned out to be Dr Amir and I visited his practice as soon as I could. Upon meeting him for the first time he demonstrated to me that I had very stiff legs and very high shoulders. He told me that although my body seemed to be awfully wrong I had the most amazing set of teeth and jaws and that I was out of alignment by only a couple of millimeters. I followed his advice. He assured me that I would not be sick much longer.

I started visiting with him in the August and within a month after a few deep tissue massages at the local physiotherapist my breathing had corrected and my legs were significantly looser. However I was still suffering from the weird symptoms that I so desperately wanted to get rid of. Dr Amir told me to keep working at what he suggested and over time the problem would be corrected. At times this took a lot of faith and questioning but recently finally something clicked in my jaw and the muscles at the back of my head and neck that Dr Amir had said were so tight had loosened signifcantly. From this moment my symptoms have become a lot milder and I am nowhere near as tired, now every day as I continue to undergo the jaw correction under Dr Amir's instruction my symptoms are alleviating and for the first time in 12 years i feel that not only may I soon be well and normal again but that I finally have a future I can plan.

P. W. 17th April 2015

Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Uzma

by Uzma Qureshi

Uzma Qureshi BSc (Hons) MSc is based in University College London and is involved in translational academic research, her keen interest being Histopathology and Tumour Biology. Her work primarily involves investigating mechanisms of action involved in novel anti-vascular targeting agents and anti-cancer drug therapies.

Listed in Positive Health magazine under CFS / ME , originally published in issue 133 - March 2007

I have recently recovered from a devastating illness through very unconventional means using dental appliances. I feel that it is my duty to make patients who already suffer from this illness or may fall victim to it be extremely careful, as conventional medical or psychiatric treatment could do irreversible damage to the sufferers.

Throughout my early twenties, I suffered with various unexplained symptoms, all of which became acute last February when I was 27. From that time onwards my body started to go down hill. I began to experience recurrent ear infections, vertigo, and pain in my jaw. My eyes would regularly become blurry. I had my eyes checked by an optician who said that my vision was fine but could not explain the blurriness any further. I started getting more tired, and also started to lose my vision in my right eye.

I developed severe stabbing headaches and noticed that my short term memory was disappearing. I was confused a lot of the time and unable to carry out simple daily tasks and understand simple concepts. I was unable to hold conversations and often stumbled or stammered over my own words. I could see my brain beginning to give up.

Terrible pains travelled from my right ear down the right side of my jaw and under my tongue. This would alternate from pain to numbness and loss of feeling in this area. The symptoms in my head and neck got worse and my body became subject to profound fatigue which concentrated more on the right than on the left side of my body. I would experience unusual tingling sensations in my arms down to my finger tips and in my legs, all of which debilitated me to an extent that I could barely hold a glass up to drink or hold a pen to write. Going to work was extremely difficult and out of the question. I was looking for ways to survive the tragedy that had befallen me.

As a Scientist in Clinical Cancer Research, I had a demanding job which required a great deal of concentration due to the complexity of my work. This change from a dynamic person to one who was mentally and physically exhausted, almost becoming bedridden, was very hard to accept, and I desperately sought an explanation for my condition. My illness did not fit any standard criteria of disease processes in contemporary medicine.

All of the above symptoms and others that I have not listed here were described to three different GPs as I went along. Each one of them appeared baffled and referred me to different specialists at the local hospital. I was seen by Physicians, Neurologists, Ophthalmologists, Gastroenterologists to name a few. One of the practitioners, while unable to positively diagnose my condition, advised that I get signed off work for 6 months as I was “over-worked and stressed and was probably suffering from ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”.

The medications I was prescribed (which I did not take) were: Ulcer tablets for my severe heartburn, even though tests proved I had no ulcer;

  • Beta-blockers for anxiety and palpitations;
  • Amitriptyline for the nerve pain in my jaw;
  • Prozac for my supposed depression;
  • Travel sickness pills for my vertigo.

Due to the mechanism of their action and the awful adverse effects of each of the prescribed drugs, these drugs were totally contra-indicated for my condition and if taken I would have deteriorated very, very quickly. In fact, part of the reason for my early cure through Dentistry may be attributable to not having taken these drugs. According to Mr Amir, the drugs, by suppressing the symptoms, allow the underlying cause to continue damaging various bodily systems and playing havoc with the body.

I was also prescribed Rubinol, which is an anticholinergic drug with intolerable side effects. This was for my unexplained excessive sweating and irritable bowel which, according to the doctors, was caused by my supposed “anxiety and nervous disposition”.

We have controlled drugs and prescription drugs. Statistics will show you that prescription drugs kill more patients each year than any controlled drug ever will. I wonder who should be behind bars: the pharmaceuticals who coerce these drugs onto the market, (as recent papers released under the Freedom of Information Act prove,[1]) or the regulatory authorities, often under the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, or the media, who are under their pay for advertising revenues. I am angry and devastated that I was going to be subjected to a living death.

I was also informed that I should seek Counselling and Psychotherapy for my anxiety, paranoia and my hypochondriacal tendencies. Anxious? Yes, but not paranoid or a hypochondriac!

The final visit to my GP in July 2005 was the culmination of my frustration. I explained to my GP, based in Wimbledon, that I was progressively getting worse to the point where my husband had to feed me; my fatigue was totally debilitating, and I found myself gasping for air. I felt like I was choking. I felt as if I was being strangled and could pass out at any minute.

To my surprise, my GP raised his hands and using a very unprofessional tone accused me of being hysterical. I was blamed for making up my symptoms for attention. However, he contradicted himself by telling me I was stressed and that I was suffering from “post-viral symptoms due to an ear infection and may end up in a wheelchair”, all of which I was “going to have to accept”. I was then asked to leave his surgery, in my distraught state. I cried no end. How could he call himself a caring doctor!

With nowhere to turn, I enquired around a great deal and thankfully came across the help of Mr Amir. During my examination he palpated various areas around my jaws, head and neck, and described many of my symptoms to me before I was able to explain and elaborate on them to him!

On going through the extensive questionnaire that I had to fill out for him, he explained how each symptom was precipitated anatomically and neurologically, starting from my jaws. He explained that my mandibular joint caused a misalignment in my cranio-facial symmetry, and how this led to compensatory deleterious effects on the rest of my body. He showed me how it was affecting my breathing, my sleep, my muscle tone, my digestion, my ears, my eyes, how it contributed to my hair loss and my immune system and many other ramifications throughout my body, including trapping some major nerves in my neck and lower back. He had a far better understanding of this illness than all the other clinicians I had seen put together.

I did not need any more convincing, and I immediately embarked on his treatment. To make a long story short, a myriad of unbelievably simple dental devices which he constructed specifically to correct my asymmetries started correcting my misalignment and the 20 to 30 symptoms I was experiencing started abating almost instantaneously.

Unlike the abuse I suffered at the hands of the medical profession, he explained that I was very fragile and needed very careful adjustments to the appliances that he provided. I had to visit each week, and if I did not feel well I could see him on demand which is what he preferred, as he said that the healing process must not be interrupted by any irregularity of the appliance or to make good the further demands on my healing body.

Over the months, I have improved remarkably and all my symptoms have now virtually disappeared. My Medical Consultant in the hospital where I work was astounded and wrote to Mr Amir.

An additional point that I wish to bring to the attention of the readers is that from the age of 16 up to just before I was fitted with my brace, I had always weighed 71/2 stone. My metabolism was very high; I was always gasping for air and sweating excessively. My body produced so much heat, I felt like a walking furnace. No matter what I ate or how much I ate, I found it hard to put on weight. I am now 9 stone and my metabolism has normalized.

From utter desperation, I have been able to return to work and resume normal activities, including overseas holidays, in contrast to the sentence my GP passed of being bed-ridden and wheelchair bound. I wonder how many other patients have not been able to escape the clutches of the medical and psychiatric professions and are now bed-ridden.

I experienced a great deal of abuse from the total ignorance of the members of the medical profession. I have completely lost my faith in them, especially GPs who treat patients they can't diagnose as a nuisance. Maybe it is our fault. We are going to the GP when we should be going to the Dentist, which is quite analogous to visiting a Shoemaker for a haircut.

Nine months into my treatment, I am on the road to a definitive recovery with a method with its very subtle intricacies pioneered, figured out and perfected by Mr Amir, and almost certainly ignored by most in a position to bring about healing in the patients. He has been providing this treatment for some 10 years. How many patients have become bedridden during this time? None of the medication I was prescribed had any bearing on my condition. Being in the medical field I can now categorically say so.

Without this treatment I would have been paralyzed and bed-ridden. I could see it coming. I was literally saved by the skin of my teeth!

References

1. What doctors don't tell you, Approve our Drug or Else:  How drug companies follow the scientific method. E-news broadcast No. 296 - 28th September 2006.
2. Dr. Mark Loveless, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR. www.cfids-cab.org/excerpts.htm
3. Dr. Phillip Peterson, Minneapolis, MN, in conjunction with Hennepin County Medical Centre. tertius.net.au/foothold/untold.html.

About the Dentist

Mr M Amir BDS MSc (U of London) LDS RCS (England) practices in London and specializes in the treatment of medical problems emanating from dysfunctioning temporo-mandibular joints. He may be contacted via amir2647@msm.com

The Dental Practitioners Comments:

Mr M Amir BDS MSc (U of London) LDS RCS (England)

One study to measure the functionality of patients who are ‘admitted' to the category of CFS, clinically documented it to be near end stage AIDS patients.[2]

Another study concluded that CFS has “greater functional severity than heart disease, virtually all forms of cancer, and all other chronic illnesses”.[3]

The reader must realize that patients are categorized into ME/CFS only after they have been completely debilitated. I feel that the whole concept has gone astray and a number of factors have conspired to create this new western illness. The illness has as much to do with the negligent treatment of the earliest symptoms symptomatically, either with drugs or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), both of which suppress the underlying symptoms as the patient's health continues to deteriorate behind the scenes culminating in what is now called ME/CFS.

My experiences place these patients firmly in the realm of Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. A perfect smile is synonymous with good health. However, this is not always so. The slightest departure from ideal symmetry in the Cranio-facial complex can lead to severe health problems. This is a vast subject and cannot be adequately explained here. Suffice it to say that if the patient's symptoms include tooth grinding, jaw clenching, neck and lower back pain it is imperative that the patient be examined for jaw asymmetries. Many Alternative Practitioners do that by palpating the muscles around the lower jaw, mainly the pterygo-palatine muscle, which will always be very painful in ME/CFS patients.

Treatment involves the wearing of various dental appliances and the recovery is very rapid if the patients are seen at the early stage of their illness. It is slower in cases where the lack of proper timely treatment has made the condition more chronic.

Uzma also had a beautiful smile and the last observation that anyone could have made was that her jaws might be responsible for her illness. However the jaws were not in harmony with the rest of her skull, and her jaw muscles were extremely painful and tender. Early intervention led to recovery of a case which in a very short period of time could have lead to being bed-ridden for the rest of her life.

“Two years ago we were close to collapsing both mentally and physically. We had spent over 6 years struggling on a day to day basis with multiple symptoms - food allergies, swelling, pains, IBS, and ME After only 2 months of coming to see you our ME started to go. 2 years on we no longer have ME. We just hope other people are able to benefit from your work.”

Twin sisters age 24, Bristol, England.

“I am writing about my daughter who has changed under your care. She is 9 and until she came to you she had never really thrived. She never had an appetite, had poor growth, was constantly wane and tired and was slow in development. She was listless and pale, and sat with her mouth open. I was sent around to various consultants in paediatric gastroenterology, paediatric entomology and child psychology, we also tried the United States medical system. We tried homeopathy, speech therapy, nutrition all without success.

She has been wearing her appliance for 9 months now. She has become much happier, healthier, and a more outgoing child. She has colour in her cheeks for the first time in her life, and appears lively and interested in what is going on around her. She participates in conversations, eats well and has a lot more energy. Things have changed for our whole family as we can do a lot more thing sand have to make less concessions for her frailty.
I have gone from feelings of despair to being able to enjoy her so much more and see her enjoy being healthier.”

Mrs. R. C., London, England.

Dear Mr Amir,

After our visit on Saturday I realised that it has been nearly 2 years since we first came to see you! I can't believe what has happened during that time, and feel like a completely different person.

Two years ago we were close to collapsing both physically and mentally. We had spent over 6 years struggling on a day to day basis with multiple symptoms - food allergies, pains, IBS and ME. We had spent a lot of money on doctors, specialists and alternative practitioners in the hope of getting better, but with no success.

After only 2 months of coming to see you, and being fitted with a brace our ME started to go. We no longer have the tired painful limbs, our energy started to improve and our brain became less foggy.

We are now 2 years older and are more positive about a healthy future. Our faces have changed shape, have loads more energy and most importantly have no ME. We have no doubt that it is this treatment which has led us to this improvement.

Thank you for all your hard work and support. We just hope that other people are able to benefit from your pioneering work.

Kind regards
Helen and Kirsten Ireland
13th July 2000

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

D Sherman

David Sherman
June 2011

After 10 years of ever increasing suffering and an endless search for the answer to why I felt so ill and exhausted all I had to show for it was a long list of ineffective treatments and a huge hole in my bank account. What had kept me going was sheer willpower and pushing myself to the extreme to function.  A certain amount of cynicism had already crept in about my deteriorating health when early in 2010, it all came crashing down, the willpower and the energy ran out and I collapsed at work.

I was in a terrible state. I had no energy left and on top of that the chronic insomnia, from which I had suffered for a while, meant that I could not get any rest to recover my energy. I was wracked with pain in my arms and legs and I had blurred vision and often double vision coupled with dizziness. Along with those symptoms, there was also a constant feeling of coming down with the flu and massive headaches To say that I was exhausted is a gross understatement. When attempting to seek relief I found it difficult to lie in bed because of the constant aching in my muscles. My life had turned into an absolute nightmare!

When I eventually got to my GP I was told that in his view I had CFS/ME but would need a definitive diagnosis which, I could get through the National Health Service Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinic in my area, when I inquired about an appointment I discovered an 8-month waiting list. Despite a positive relationship and history with my doctor I was very frustrated realizing that there was non more that he could do about this illness other than tell me that "people do recover but it could take a very long time". My hopes of resuming work quickly were dashed and worse, I couldn't even speculate on an anticipated recovery time. My future started to look bleak and I felt very alone and distressed in trying to deal with this illness and feelings of helplessness.

In an effort to overcome the NHS waiting list, I obtained the services of a private specialist through the ME society. After a long and detailed consultation the specialist confirmed that I was indeed suffering from CFS.  At the time, this was good news and bad news - I could now label what had been causing my sickness; and bad news because there was no recognized cure as my doctor had already informed me. Normally, a series of symptoms is diagnosed as an illness, then a health care professional prescribes a course of treatment in order to facilitate recovery - unfortunately the purpose in being diagnosed with CFS/ME appears to be limited to taking a broad brush and simply labeling a myriad of symptoms I was suffering from. Had I left it at that I would have ended up in the same place a year or two later but kept a lot more of money in my pockets - instead I entered the CFS/ME treatment labyrinth.

The private specialist recommended a test known as a 'CFS profile'. This is an expensive blood test that could allegedly pinpoint what was causing my symptoms.   To my dismay the blood test results came back as normal, except for one area - apparently I had an "imbalance in the mitochondria" and the good news was something could be done about this! The specialist advised that this imbalance could be treated with supplements and minerals however the recovery time would be slow and it would be a long time before I would feel an impact. This course of treatment was going to be costly but I was under the impression that participating in this treatment would make me feel normal again. Instead, I spent most of 2010 bed - bound or house-bound. The person I once was simply withered away. After 8 months of 're balancing my mitochondria' nothing had changed, in fact my symptoms spiraled downwards and I became more disabled, more isolated, and more desperate.

While I was able to, I researched CFS extensively. However, most of the information available was conflicting and confusing - No one appears to know what CFS is or how to treat it yet many individuals refer to themselves as specialists in the treatment of this condition. This specialisation isn't limited to snake oil sales people - many hospitals have specialist units for this illness implying their authority on the treatment of this condition, a misleading perception at best as all their expertise is condensed in a course on how to manage this heinous condition as opposed to treating it. Alternative approaches include Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] and affirmations that boast incidents of spontaneous remission, but of course provide no guarantee of a cure. In fact the word 'cure' appears to be absent in much of the treatment modalities available. There are all sorts of alternative treatments from counseling to life style advice. I am sure that they are all well meaning committed people, some who say that they have actually had the illness and have recovered and now have a business helping others. Everyone has a different approach and a different story and no one speaks with any degree of certainty or conviction. The doctors, some working at the cutting edge of science are arguing over whether or not CFS is actually a virus, some categorizing it in the same league as the AIDS Virus.

My hopes for recovery were routinely rekindled by celebrity stories of diagnosis and recovery along with second and third hand accounts of witnessed recoveries presented by self-appointed specialists in the field however the reality of the situation is that no one knows what is actually causing this multitude of symptoms, nor how to treat it. However, I was about to see the light at the end of this painful tunnel!

In November 2010 I was given the telephone number of a Dr. Amir. He came highly recommended but my pessimism led me to sequester his number in my kitchen drawer. I had no intention of repeating the vicious cycle I had endured over the last 10 years of some specialist giving me hope, providing temporary and/or marginal relief only to have my symptoms return with a vengeance. I no longer had the financial freedom to simply hope for recovery or relief, in particular from a dentist! If I were to emotionally and financially commit to another course of treatment I had to be sure that it was going to work.  By this time I was on a range of drugs from my doctor all prescribed to help me feel better but none of which treated the underlying symptoms. The treatment was analogous to sticking a plaster over a gaping wound. The doctors' efforts to improve my condition actually made me worse because now I felt doped up and had to deal with the never-ending side effects from the medications. The drugs are a palliative measure and do not treat the cause so essentially they mask the underlying symptoms which continue to worsen.

By spring 2011 my emotional and physical state led me to reconsider the possibility of using Dr. Amir. After a brief conversation I was struck by his absolute conviction and confidence that he would be able to help me - a statement he made prior to seeing me!  His initial consultation was very thorough and detailed.  Within minutes of meeting me he clearly demonstrated what was wrong with me and the correlation between my symptoms and the physical asymmetry of my teeth, jaw and skeletal structure. For the first time I was dealing with an individual who was clear, detailed and emphatic about what I could expect by following his course of treatment - startling contrast to ten years of expensive sympathy and ambiguity. It was also an eye opener to find that the cause of my illness could be a structural asymmetry rather than a virus or an organic imbalance in my body. If there was anything like that it was a consequence of the physical asymmetry according to Dr. Amir.

As Dr. Amir explained how each of my symptoms was related to the asymmetry of my structure I was astounded. He took the time to ensure I completely understood what was going on with my body. All this information was new to me, no one had ever suggested that the root cause of my numerous physical problems was my teeth or in the almost indiscernible asymmetry of my skeletal structure. For the first time in years I had hope - he assured me that I will begin to get better in days, a prospect hard to imagine at the time. He asked me to start thinking about my condition as a basic dental problem and not an incurable illness. Not so easy, as this so called "basic dental problem" appeared to have virtually destroyed my life. 

However, what Dr. Amir has on his side is a great track record of numerous patients with solid results.  So after speaking with other patients with some of his success stories on the phone and while sitting in his reception area and reading the testimonials of there patients, it was clear to me that his treatment really does produce results. I also learnt that Dr. Amir has been practicing this art for more than a dozen years during which time he has written to almost every ME association in the country asking them to inform their subscribers through their websites about the impact of the dysfunction of the teeth and jaws on patient health and the fact that this could be the cause of their ME/CFS. Unfortunately none did so. For a victim of the CFS treatment labyrinth, I found this information very disturbing. Had one of those organizations provided that information I may have been able to avoid years of pain, desperation, and isolation. Furthermore, we the afflicted, have continued to suffer while these associations and others have been busy trying to find elusive and/or obscure cures such as a genetic link.

At the end of the day none of that was important to me, I just wanted to feel normal. I did not care if modern medicine and other doctors have a different view about this illness. All I care about is getting better and rebuilding my life. So what, if it is really just a dental problem.

Two days later I was back in his chair. I don't remember the trip up from Brighton as I was slumped in a corner seat in the train in a haze from my symptoms.  However, the trip home was a different story, I felt like I was inside a different body.  Seconds after being fitted with a custom made dental appliance designed to deal with my specific issues, I began to feel lighter, brighter and stronger, the fog that I constantly lived in started to lift.  This had never happened with any other treatment I had received in the past. I began to realize that my jaw and teeth were the cause of my problems -I was astonished.

True to his prediction that I would get better in a matter of days I experienced relief in minutes for the first time in many years. I always thought I had great teeth but as Dr. Amir put it, I'd been imprisoned by my own teeth which were causing all my symptoms. When this happens over the course of a long time or a lifetime, as Dr. Amir explained, the outcome is that every major system in the body gets affected which eventually leads to a catastrophic failure.  The analogy that came to my mind is one of a dripping pipe in one's loft.  One may not notice the drip for years until one day the roof suddenly falls in. I realized that perhaps, just perhaps, I was going to be saved just before the roof caved in!

It has now been 3 months since my first treatment with Dr. Amir. I have been able to get off of all the medication that I was on which included sleeping pills, anti-depressants, pain killers, blood pressure medication and hormones.  I have also lost about 18 pounds in weight which was much needed. It appears that the body brings about healing very rapidly when the correct treatment is applied. The drugs were just making things worse. I hate to think what life would have been like after years on the drugs I had been prescribed.

I visit Dr Amir's clinic every 2 weeks for an adjustment to my appliances. The results have been incredible.  I experience good restful sleep. The majority of my symptoms have completely disappeared and the issues that remain are substantially better than they were in the past.  I have seen time and again that the recurrence of any symptom is immediately handled by Dr. Amir.  I am flabbergasted that the asymmetry of my jaws and the rest of my body has been the cause of all my illness unlike the belief of the medical community who would like one to believe that it is a virus or some mental or psychological issue that is the cause.

I have been given a time frame of some 2 years to adequately sort my jaws out with appointments spreading out as time goes on. It appears that if patients have had any teeth extracted as I have it may take a little longer, but who cares if you experience almost instant results and just keep getting better. My experience has been that with the expert eye, knowledge and experience of Dr. Amir the results have been immediate and continuing.  Over time my jaw will settle into its new position permanently and that will be the end of the treatment and the end of the diagnosis of "CFS/ME" for me.

In the meantime, my strength, vitality and passion for life are flowing back to me. I wish I had seen Dr. Amir when I was first given his number but at that time my cynical heart stopped me.  Fate was not on my side. I have a renewed respect for my life and what is increasingly possible. I feel very grateful to Dr. Amir and my heart is no longer cynical.

Thank you Dr. Amir.

P.S. Three months ago I did not have the cognitive function or energy necessary to use my computer to write this account.

Email received 11th August 2011

“Just got back from Holidays which where a major success. Last year was a heart break for me and the kids as I was useless.

This year due to financial restrictions we went camping and visited 4 major attractions like Longleat and the eden project.

Although I experienced being tired I had no major meltdown in my health and when I step back and look at driving a 1000 miles, setting up camp in 2 different places and all that is involved in camping I get that I am cured and well on the way to being fully healthy. My kids are thrilled and had a wonderful time. That down to you THANK YOU

See you next week

David”

Recently we have had a number of young men in their late 20's present with symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Here is a graphical representation of patient improvements in just a few days.

Kang Bar graph Kang Line graph

These Graphs show how rapidly our bodies respond to correct treatment.

Just a little note to say thanks for today. The impact you both have on me is nothing short of life changing.
Warmest regards
D.
January 2014

Dear Mr Amir,

I have been having orthodontic treatment with you since early 1997. I had chronic fatigue and the orthodontic treatment has made a real difference to my well being. But I still feel that 10% of the problem is persisting.
Recently you fitted me with FootMax Orthotics. I want to let you know what difference these appear to have made.
This has gone beyond my expectations. Almost immediately, I started to stand straighter after being hunched over for years. My feet, which were hurting because I am flat footed stopped hurting and because of the Orthotics I seem to be less flat footed and it appears to me that over the next 6 months to a year I will no longer be flat footed.
I am also able to take in more air when breathing. When I do yoga pranayams (breathing exercises), I notice that I am now the last person to be exhaling on breathing sounds. I used to be the first person to be out of breath.
I am also less tired and on my last visit you noted that my neck is better. Orthodontic treatment had made my neck substantially better and the Orthotics appear to have taken another leap forward. I wish I had them fitted earlier.

Jean Liggett

Dear Dr. Amir,

Believe it or not, it is almost exactly 2 years since I walked into your dental office for the first time. I was thinking today about how different I feel now compared to then, and thought I'd write you this letter.

The eight months before that first visit have been pretty miserable ones. It is hard to remember all the details but I do remember feeling very unwell throughout that time. There were some specific symptoms: clicking in the left jaw; bad headaches and neck-aches; facial pain; and tingling in the left arm and leg; and there were some vague ones like feeling generally weak and tired - you know, the kind one tries to shrug off as nothing. But I remember exactly when I was sure there was something really wrong and that was when I nearly dropped my then 11 month old daughter on the stairs because my left arm just gave way.

It is not as tough I have ignored these symptoms. Indeed, there were several doctors who listened patiently to this list. And all had the same diagnosis - stress. And why not? I had two very young children, a husband who was on assignment overseas, and a full-time job with overseas travel myself - plus no family living in the UK to provide any support. It made sense and would have been easy to believe but luckily I didn't. I am sure I was a bit stressed, and that some things had worsened because of it, but deep down I knew that something was wrong physically, and no amount of relaxation exercises or even quitting my job would fix it.
Fortunately, my mother-in-law is a physiotherapist (in Canada) and when I described all of the symptoms to her she immediately said to skip the doctors and try a dentist office instead. So I chose the one that from an appearance stand-point looked like it knew what it was doing - a private clinic with a good name, a fortune spent in advertising and promotions, and brand new shiny offices.
But that was where the impressiveness ended. The consultation was abysmal. I saw a dentist who I had seen three months before for a check-up and who at the time had noticed nothing. Now, however, after a 5 minute examination and a hastily taken but expensive x-ray, she informed me that I had a bad jaw problems and would need to wear a splint for a couple of years and braces for at least two years after that. The pain with the splint would be intense she said, and I'd probably need to take a few weeks off work to adjust.
I will never cease to be thankful that I immediately doubted her. It just didn't make sense. I couldn't understand how the splint would help nor how she could jump to such serious conclusions and decisions in so little time - she didn't even ask about other symptoms or look at anything beyond my jaw and teeth. I was handed a pamphlet on jaw problems and a hefty bill and then rushed out so that she could see her next patient.
I am also indebted to the Thompson's Directory. My husband immediately agreed that I should get another opinion and as I searched through the pages I came across one ad that stood out. It caught my attention not because it was glossy or flash, but because it mentioned orthodontics without extractions and new methods of dentistry. By this time I was pretty fed up with the old methods of the entire medical profession and willing to try something new. You saw me that day- within the hour in fact - and said on the phone that I was no to tell you what was wrong, that you would tell me after the examination.
And the amazing thing was that you did. After some very simple tests (that involved my head, neck, arms etc. Not just my teeth and jaw), you were able to figure out almost exactly what symptoms I had, and had some very plausible ideas of what was causing them. Even better, you knew of ways to improve them. And all of this was explained to us patiently and thoroughly - I think we were there about an hour at least. And, best of all, it all seemed to make intuitive sense, even for us non-dentists.
The first step was a removable appliance. I was grateful that it made me feel better almost immediately. And, as the 18 months of treatment continued, some of the symptoms when away for good and others improved dramatically. And now, after two years, I don't feel weak or tired all the time - in fact, in the past year I have managed our family's move to South Africa, a promotion, and I feel fit and have the energy to exercise regularly. I can even lift up and carry my now three year old daughter with ease. And all of this I owe to you.
Thank you for everything you have done: for you constant striving to learn and improve; for always questioning the methods even though most of your colleagues can't be bothered; for you genuine concern for your patients' well-being; for having the ability (gift, really) of thinking and working holistically - ignoring the status quo beliefs that dentists should just focus on the teeth and jaw, and the rest of the medical profession can therefore afford to ignore them.
I know we still have a bit of work to do, but the improvement in my quality of life has been a dramatic one. I will try to include regular visits to you when I come to London, and I promise to remain optimistic, knowing that you are constantly learning and discovering and improving.

Patricia K

Fibromyalgia Syndrome

"Fibromyalgia" conventionally, is described as a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning from head to toe. It changes location and varies in intensity.

The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion along with a flu-like illness. It may come and go and often result in a complete drainage of all energy. Other conditions that are said to "overlap" are ME/CFS and 'Facial pain Syndrome'

It is described as more common than rheumatoid arthritis and even more painful. A Survey in Five European Countries www.fmauk.org/prevalence puts the prevalence of "FM" at between 2.9 and 4.7%. This equates to some 9 to 15 million people!

Symptoms:

  • Chronic pain stiffness, tenderness of muscles, tendons and joints without inflammation.
  • Unrefreshing sleep.
  • Profound fatigue.
  • Waking up tired and stiff.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Irritable bowel - alternating bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
  • Cognitive disturbances, memory impairment and dyslexic tendencies.
  • Clumsiness and dizziness.
  • Sensitivity to sound, bright lights, chemicals, electromagnetic fields and phone masts.

Conventional treatments are based on pain relief and anti psychotics.

According to 'UK Fibromyalgia' and, according to an Email received from them:

"Our position is currently pertaining to alterations in neurotransmitter regulation (particularly serotonin and noradrenalin, and substance P), immune system function, sleep physiology, and hormonal control are under investigation."

Comment:

Those of you who have gone through the rest of the information on this website including reading the patient testimonials will realise that it appears that "Fibromyalgia" or "Fibromyalgia Syndrome" is not a syndrome. It is merely an extension of untreated Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction initially hijacked as ME/CFS and later as FMS. It merits little discussion.

Relief can be provided in most cases by the correction of the Atlas and by appropriate TMJ dysfunction treatment. Again timely treatment is important for a faster resolution of symptoms.

P.S. A Norwegian study is hyping a certain drug as a cure for the illnesses ME, CFS and FM. It is an immuno suppressant and has absolutely nothing to do with the treatment of such patients who actually have a jaw joint disorder. Can one imagine that these patients have a very poor breathing function leaving them open to chest infections and then along comes a drug to suppress their immune system with potentially disastrous consequences.

Please read this article and beware:
www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/150657.php?mid=50

Bumbling befuddlement of illness

There is widespread belief that there are many 'overlapping illnesses'. Clinicians are taught to concentrate on trying to differentially diagnose them so that they can be appropriately pigeonholed. I do not know where this nonsense originated or what the agenda is.

Here are some nonsensical assumptions and teaching models for clinicians:

"Chronic widespread pain (CWP), the "hallmark symptom" of Fibromyalgia, is defined by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) as pain present in at least 2 contralateral body quadrants and the axial skeleton and persisting for at least 3 months. These patients are also purported to experience higher rates of psychological distress.”

My comment: Experience shows that these patients actually have a jaw dysfunction and they need not live with pain for the rest of their lives.

"Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) share many clinical illness features such as myalgia, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and impairment in ability to perform activities of daily living as a consequence of these symptoms.”

My comment: Experience shows that nothing in these conditions is "shared". Patients almost exclusively have a TMJ disorder. The other titles are unnecessary.

A growing literature suggests that a variety of comorbid illnesses also may commonly coexist in these patients, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic tension-type headache, and interstitial cystitis."…

My comment: Again these symptoms are a consequence of TMJ dysfunction and there is no "co-morbidity" in my opinion.

"A number of hormones and neuropeptides regulating pain, well-being and stress are shown to play important roles in the association between stress perception and pain reception. Long-lasting derangements in the stress axis may induce several neuroendocrine modifications, giving rise to many of the symptoms seen in chronic pain syndromes, including Fibromyalgia."…

My Comment: A simple jaw problem taken to the heights of absurdity!

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • Fibromyalgia.

Please:

Multiple Chemical sensitivities

How a dental brace could cure MS, Migraines and Paralysis & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Bella

Bella Freud

Published in the Evening Standard
7 Oct 2009

Earlier this year I developed a pain at the very end of my left jawbone, near my neck

I had just had a crown made at a Harley Street dentist but when I went back he found no evident complications. The pain continued to worsen, particularly at night. I would get into bed and the dull ache would burgeon into full-blown agony. I rang my dentist again in desperation. "I'm sorry, I'm just off skiing," he sang happily. "It can't be the tooth, though." Clang! I felt a prison door close.

To read more please visit evening-standard.vlex.co.uk/vid/migraines-paralysis-bella-freud-amir-67868553

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Multiple Chemical Sensitivities please:

"Multiple sclerosis remains a disease of unknown aetiology. In recent years, most researchers have uncritically accepted the hypothesis that it is an autoimmune disorder. An in-depth review of the literature failed to support this concept, and the immunological claims for this disease are tenuous and fragile."..... Dr Giovanni - MS Research

Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis symptoms are all amenable to proper treatment and 'MS' is NOT an incurable disease.
Testimonial: Demyelination or a different phenomenon?

"My wife has had PPMS for twenty two years. She has been told that there is no cure by the neurologists who are called the experts in MS. My wife has been completely paralysed to an extent that she cannot move her arms or legs at all. I have to turn her over a few times during the night to avoid bed sores.

In desperation and hoping for a miracle we  tried C.C.S.V.I. three times at enormous expense twice in Egypt and once in the USA with no improvements.

When we were last in America Dr. Arata said that my wife's jaw was too close to her internal jugular veins. He said that there was someone in Britain, mentioning Dr. Amir, that he had heard of who could help. We were very apprehensive as this was an entirely new dimension but nevertheless, we travelled to London from Scotland to see Dr. Amir. I am 62 years old and travelling to London with my wife's total paralysis was extremely challenging with me having to do all the lifting.

Dr Amir explained to us all his concepts. Dr. Amir rejects the conventional wisdom about MS outright, especially that it is an auto immune disease in need of immune-suppressing  drugs. He says that MS is entirely caused by the asymmetry of the structure of our head and bodies. He has many testimonials to prove it and we were also able to talk to a few patients.

We have been travelling to London for eight months while Dr Amir has slowly been trying to improve my wife's jaws. Last week when we were there Dr Amir had some 4th stage appliances to fit. As soon as they were fitted my wife could suddenly raise her arms. She could barely lift her hands an inch before that. She was also able to lift both her legs a couple of inches. This was startling. I ran to the waiting room to get my friend to come in and see this miracle.

During that night I felt my wife pulling me towards her telling me that she is getting feeling back in her body. Her legs started moving. I was flabbergasted and phoned my son at 2.00 AM to come over and see movement in his mothers arms and legs for the first time in 8 years.

Unfortunately this only lasted for about two hours. My wife woke up the next morning wondering if it was a dream. It had not been a dream. If I had not witnessed it with my very own eyes, I would not have believed it. It was miraculous.

Now I can see that my wife is definitely beginning to appear a bit stronger. We can see that something is happening and my wife will finally turn the corner. It also clearly shows that no brain lesions are causing her incapacity. This is consistent with Dr Amirs claims and findings.

We are lucky to have found Dr. Amir. My wife may get a chance to live a fuller life again.

I Roberts, April 2015"

Comment: My recent experience of treating many 'MS' patients through symmetry treatment astonishes me how many varied symptoms a dysfunctional jaw joint can cause. Finding the solution to a problem allows one to realise that the established protocols of treating 'MS' through drug paraphernalia should be confined to the dust bin of history - the sooner the better.

'MS' is often described as an incurable disease. This is patently wrong. Many of the symptoms disappear very rapidly with correct treatment. 14 years into treating 'MS' patients I have yet to come across a patient who did not have a serious jaw disorder causing their symptoms conventionally attributed to 'MS'.

At the early stages the recovery is very rapid. Previously the patients got progressively worse in spite of the very expensive medications. The recovery with our treatment depends on the length of time of the illness and the degree of patient incapacities. The sooner we see the patients the quicker the resolution of symptoms.

We do not differentiate between different types of MS whether Primary Progressive (PPMS), Re laps ng Remitting (RRMS) or Secondary Progressive (SPMS) stages. Patients can recover from most of their symptoms. If the patients have taken extensive courses of Steroids which damage the hips the recovery from such damage is limited however all the other symptoms are amenable to treatment with a good chance of recovery.

Please read the many links on this website and our blog

The cardinal sign for 'MS' is the presence of brain lesions - a highly suspect conjecture. Please read this link on this website.

No study has ever proven any link of incapacity to brain lesions? in the so called 'MS' patients.

Conventionally 'MS' is purported to be a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). Neither the antigenic target(s) nor the cell population(s) responsible for CNS tissue destruction in 'MS' have ever been defined. Neurologists admit that they really do not know what 'MS' is and a lot of the treatment offered is steroids and other dangerous drugs WHICH DO NOT WORK AT ALL and actually cause serious harm and occasionally death.

When the patients are ensnared into 'MS' they are actually prevented from getting proper TMJ evaluation and treatment and their underlying problem continues to deteriorate causing further ravages throughout the body. The patients are then classed into "Secondary Progressive" stage of the disease and then the neurologists withdraw from treating them knowing full well that any drug use will only give a bad name to the drug.

When the patients reach an irreparable stage of the disease the neurologists are very apologetic as per this comment I discovered on a blog run by neurologists:

The realisation that the DMTs have failed leads to the re-emergence of grief and the five emotional stages that go with it. The anger is more often than not directed at the medical team for being impotent to stop the disease; exposing our false promises, which were made to give you hope."

The above quote was perhaps an inadvertent admission about the utter failure of MS treatment through drugs by a top neurologist who is a very strong advocate of giving drugs at the first sign of any symptom purported to be 'MS' related:

themsforum.org » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:39 pm

“#MSBlog MS is emotionally exhausting! Posted: 14 Feb 2013 03:43 AM PST

"Being a neurologist, who sees MSers, a clinical scientist, who studies the disease, and one who puts his head above the parapet,it is getting increasingly hard not to disappoint people."

"One of the issues that I have under estimated is the psychological impact that MS has on you and your families. This is compounded by disappointment when science and medicine, which promises so much, fails to deliver. This is particularly acute for relapse-onset MSers when you pass from the relapsing into the secondary progressive phase of the disease and you realise that the disease-modifying therapies are not working or have not worked."

"In my sociology course at medical school we learnt about Helen Kübler-Ross's five stages of grief, best known by the acronym DABDA (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance). For those of you with relapse-onset disease, not only do you have to go through these stages when you are diagnosed with the disease, but you go through them again when you enter the secondary progressive phase of the disease."

"MS is a double-disease; it hits you twice!"

The realisation that the DMTs have failed leads to the re-emergence of grief and the five emotional stages that go with it. The anger is more often than not directed at the medical team for being impotent to stop the disease; exposing our false promises, which were made to give you hope. As a result of being an outspoken critic of therapeutic nihilism - the blight of our profession - a proponent of early aggressive treatment and a disciple for the active and holistic management of MS, I seem to be taking more flak than most. It is emotionally exhausting!...................."

"................It helps you understand why MSers turn to alternative theories, and treatments, when science and modern medicine lets you down."

After reading the above it must make newly diagnosed patients very suspicious and no wonder many find that all conventional 'MS' treatment is very questionable. With such uncertainty in conventional care it is imperative that you make an appointment for a consultation to find a different more understandable solution. The earlier correct treatment is started the better the chance of a complete recovery.

Disease mongering 'pharmaceutical agents' in league with big Pharma selling unproven drugs which have never ever cured even one patient which cost up to $400,000 per patient per year, with a mark up of up to 2 million percent, have the following to say about CCSVI ( A well documented and proven treatment) in a recent drug pushing post:

"Whilst there will be many MSers who will continue to believe or convince themselves about this aspect [CCSVI] it seems that this aspect has largely had its day .

The question is......what's Next

What does the MS medical community do about Physicians that offer these unsubstantiated treatments for financial gain..is this private practise or Fraud?"

Yet in a contradicting article The Pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis Revisited the same author prints the following conclusion to the conventional 'MS' fraud:

"Multiple sclerosis remains a disease of unknown aetiology. In recent years, most researchers have uncritically accepted the hypothesis that it is an autoimmune disorder. An in-depth review of the literature failed to support this concept, and the immunological claims for this disease are tenuous and fragile. There is no one specific immunological abnormality found in MS that does not occur in patients with other diseases or in normal controls. The acceptance of EAE as a model for MS is an unfortunate error that has its basis on faith rather than science. Whilst Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a good example of an experimental organ-specific autoimmune disorder in animals, it cannot be accepted as a model for MS for a wide variety of reasons. This is particularly important in relation to the development of MS pharmacotherapy. We have analysed the literature on immune-modifying therapy in MS and it is clear that none of these agents can qualify as a candidate therapy under scrutiny."

I wonder who is really perpetrating the fraud. The innovators or the ones pushing drugs. I leave the reader to be the best judge.
Testimonial:

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1990 at the age of 21. My mobility had gradually got worse over the years and I used a wheelchair if I needed to travel any distance over 20'. I first read about Dr Amir in a 2009 online article in The Evening Standard, "How a dental brace could cure MS, migraines and paralysis" by Bella Freud.

At the time I was reading about the discovery of CCSVI and the news from Italy that MS symptoms could be alleviated by a simple venous angioplasty of the Internal Jugular veins. All my energies for the next two years were spent on trying to arrange the trip and secure the funds necessary to be able to access the procedure abroad. (The procedure is not available to MS patients in the UK largely due to the stranglehold of pharmaceuticals on health who do not allow any non-drug based therapy to get approval or see the light of day.)

I benefitted considerably from CCSVI treatment. Most other patients that I know have derived some benefit from this procedure.

I had three rounds of venous angioplasty, the third had given me considerable benefit and more lasting results as far as balance, fatigue and cognition were concerned but I still experienced symptoms like L'Hermitte's sign, numbness, neuralgic pain, muscle weakness etc. I decided to make an appointment to see whether my remaining symptoms might be helped by what Dr Amir had to offer.

My first appointment with Dr Amir included an examination of my jaw plus a skeletal alignment assessment. He explained that I had asymmetries in my teeth, jaw, atlas and pelvis and that I did not have MS but a simple jaw problem that could be corrected and that I would be walking again.

This news was obviously shocking and quite unbelievable having experienced 24 years of accumulating disability. I went home to mull over the news and study the paperwork. I realised I had nothing to loose so I decided to go for it.

This was the best decision I ever made.

After having impressions of my teeth taken, a custom made, adjustable brace was fabricated and fitted. I felt better almost immediately even before I got out of the chair. Dr Amir explained how to make the daily adjustments and instructed me to do some exercises.

The first few days with my new brace proved to be nothing short of a miracle. For the first time in ten years I walked completely unsupported across my kitchen. My breathing was deeper and the numbness in my feet disappeared.

After only 3 months I noticed that I no longer experienced electric shock sensations down my back every time I flexed my neck. L'Hermitte's Sign, a symptom previously attributed to a lesion on the dorsal column of the spinal cord had completely disappeared!

Over the months my so-called 'MS' symptoms have faded away, one by one. My mobility is the only sign that I once had progressive MS and even that is still gradually improving. I have had other fleeting moments where I can walk normally and I have taken up exercising again to strengthen my muscles.

Now, two years after starting treatment I remain symptom free and my jaw no longer gets locked open when I yawn. I still have some work to do to perfect my bite but I am getting there.

Dr Amir is one of a kind. He listens to the patient and believes what they say. His treatment is logical and practical, his mind holistic and compassionate.

Jeni Cornell'

September 2014

Multiple Sclerosis? Hannah
A mothers testimonial about her daughters illness.

Hannah had always been a bright, very bubbly and an active young woman. She excelled at school and was chair of the school council and head girl. She played many sports including swimming, netball and when she was 19 was running 8 miles twice a week.

Hannah enjoyed mathematics and did well in her A levels and gained a place at University in October 2012 to study Maths. She was having a wonderful time experiencing the benefits of student life and enjoying studying when one morning during March 2014, her life changed abruptly. She woke up with a severe pain in her chest eventually ending up in the hospital A&E department. They found no cause for her symptoms and after a few hours she was discharged.

Her excruciating pain persisted for five weeks with little respite from pain killers. Her energy levels also started dropping rapidly. There was a noticeable change in her facial features. She became so debilitated that she had to leave university, her friends and her favourite subject - maths.

Over the next eight weeks Hannah developed a myriad of other symptoms including:

•  Severe fatigue.

•  Dizziness particularly on standing.

•  Belching which became significant.

•  A cold feeling trickling down her right arm.

•  Pins and needles in her right foot.

•  Weakness in her right arm and right leg developing later into total body weakness.

•  A tendency to feel faint and often a loss of consciousness (syncope).

•  Severe dry eyes.

We all became extremely worried about this and over a period of some three months saw very many clinicians and specialist consultants both through the NHS and privately to no avail.

One clinician who examined her right sided weakness referred her to a neurologist. With a small family history of MS this was mentioned as a possibility - a devastating prospect for a 19 year old. An urgent MRI scan was undertaken. Seeing the neurologist the next day privately and anxiously awaiting the outcome is one of the worst experiences of our lives. To our great relief, she did not have any 'brain lesions' and with greater understanding we now believe that she narrowly escaped being labelled into Multiple Sclerosis.

During this period, fretfully searching for an answer, Hannah continued to deteriorate and became virtually housebound. She struggled to walk up the stairs. She was very distraught at what was happening to her.

Ultimately at the end of the three months when the myriad of tests were all negative Hannah was finally given a diagnosis of ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia. Hannah was further alarmed at the stories she read on the internet about people having these illnesses and how badly it impacted their lives. Every website said "The exact cause of ME/CFS/FM/MS is unknown and that there is no cure for any of these illnesses but there were lots of drugs to control the symptoms".

Her plight caused severe upsets in our family. Hannah believed that her life was over as she had known it - her sports, her social life, her love of studying and a future career as a mathematician was all over.

Throughout the whole process, whenever we mentioned the change in her facial features or the rib abnormality it was neither acknowledged nor considered by the medical professionals we saw. Indeed there was more focus on anxiety as a potential cause. We were perhaps heading for a dreadful calamity of mental illness!

On reflection, we now realise that her facial changes were a key observation and this was always on our minds.

We continued in our quest to find some answers. As fate has it, we finally hit Dr Amir's website. He tells us that he had just started advertising his website and we were amongst the first to call.

Thankfully he agreed to see Hannah immediately.

Despite our initial scepticism we listened intently as he spent a full hour with Hannah listening to the story going through the questionnaire (which we had completed online via his website), physically examining Hannah from head to toe and at the end of the hour showed us his findings. He found that Hannah had:

•  A severe jaw displacement.

•  Misaligned ribs – causing the rib pain.

•  Very asymmetric hips – this was a complete shock as Hannah had no hip issue.

•  Severe breathing problems.

•  Extreme muscle weakness.

Dr. Amir was able to show us how all the symptoms were related to the asymmetry of her jaw. He showed us Hannah's very misaligned jaw which was affecting the vertebrae in her neck, lower back and the hip bones. He showed us how the jaw was affecting the ear organ causing the dizziness. How the shallow breathing was affecting her energy system and causing her belching.

He also reassured us that Hannah did not have any disease process going on and the entire illness emanated from the asymmetry of her jaws and teeth. He had seen this many times before.

Dr Amir speculated that her problems started with the removal of some teeth and the wearing of braces as a teenager. It had also caused the change in her facial features. He explained that the illness hits anytime between 17 and 25 and can come about all of a sudden with a myriad of symptoms. He has successfully treated very many patients over the last 20 or so years./

It all made so much sense. This was perhaps our last chance to find an answer and here was someone who had all the answers. We were desperate. We did not wait and decided to embark on the treatment immediately.

Hannah started an extensive treatment to reposition her jaw using Dr Amir's custom made appliances. The improvement in Hannah's health in the first few weeks of treatment were remarkable.

The symptoms that have disappeared completely are:

•  Dizziness.

•  Belching.

•  The cold feeling trickling down her right arm.

•  Pins and needles in right foot.

•  Tendency to feel faint, syncope and dry eyes.

The fatigue has virtually disappeared and the weakness in her arms and legs has much improved.

Interestingly Hannah's ribs no longer protrude and her hips are visibly completely aligned. She has a few problems sometimes but these are almost immediately resolved by Dr. Amir changing the appliances or his strategy.

At just over three months into the treatment Hannah has recovered a lot and has been able to return to university and is getting stronger with each passing day.

She is also back to her noisy, bubbly self! The family is so relieved.

Hannah and her family are eternally grateful to have found Dr Amir so early in her illness as she was physically deteriorating so rapidly that walking was becoming a significant concern and disability a real possibility. We would encourage anyone with these symptoms or with such a diagnosis to see Dr Amir to determine if the cause is the same as Hannah's so he can work his magic on them.

We believe that Hannah has been saved from being drawn into a "chronic incurable illness" like CFS/ME/MS or Fibromyalgia. Our advice to everyone with these or in fact many chronic disease labels is to have their jaws checked. You may have a chance to recover fully.

If any family or individual wants to discuss this with me I would be more than happy to help. You can phone me on 07436037332

Mari Gay 31st Oct 2014

Conventional medical thought claims that the most common early symptoms of 'MS' are:

  • fatigue
  • vision problems
  • tingling and numbness
  • muscle weakness, muscle spasms
  • problems with balance and coordination

 They go on to say that other, less common symptoms include:

  • speech and swallowing problems
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • sexual dysfunction
  • mood swings, depression


It is astounding that TMJ dysfunction causes the exact same symptoms and many more!
Correct early intervention rapidly resolves most of the symptoms as we have noted on numerous occasions.

Please read further testimonials below:

My 'Multiple Sclerosis'

Re: My MS diagnosis

post by Jencor Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:14 pm

Thanks Dr Amir,
Your confidence and assurance in this treatment is what gives us the faith to carry on with it.
One really needs to be able to dedicate oneself completely to this treatment to experience the improvements. They may not come quickly enough for some of us, but if disabilities that took decades to manifest can resolve in the space of a few months, it is miraculous!

I wrote this poem three years ago when CCSVI was first reported but I think it is apt here too. ;)

Pathways

Dark and onerous the journey, be careful who you trust
Extortioners and parasites are trying to make a crust
Uncertain destination, they keep you running round
On a tread-mill to nowhere, tied, gagged and bound.

Prostrated and behind the times, they sit in disclamation
The blinkered peddlers of despair can't make the correlation
Can't see that something sparkles like a diamond in the dirt
It shines out like a beacon to the minds that are alert

Illuminating the way ahead with hope, anticipation
A completely new ideal from such a simple realization
So I'll take this new light with me now, leave the gloom behind
Thank goodness for the mavericks and their percipient, open minds

I have had the fortune to be advised by some of the brightest medical practitioners around the world taking advantage of all known information to help me. My hope is that now, in spite of the fact that my life-changing 'jaw re-alignment' approach is a new idea, they will allow their natural sense of curiosity to come to the forefront and explore this surprising experience.

It would have been wonderful to avoid those years of uncertainty. Those years, however, have made me who I am today, so it is not so much a feeling of regret as one of anticipation. I am expecting great things from the medical profession in the future with respect to new treatments for multiple sclerosis.

As an aside, I see other applications for Dr Amir's approach, beyond the avoidance of sickness, possibly involving athletes and raising their performance. The physical strength and performance improvement I have experienced during my treatment, having been an amateur weight lifter and competitive Irish dancer in my younger days, would definitely interest any athlete looking for a natural advantage.

Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 28, I've spent the last 16 years focusing on staying well. Having lost my sight in one eye temporarily and having suffered a progressive loss of balance and loss of energy I've tried many things with varying degrees of success: diet, mercury removal, acupuncture, supplements. I've been well enough to confident in maintaining my promise to myself not to take MS drugs. I'm thrilled to be one of the people that Dr Amir has helped. Even though I've only been seeing him for about 6 months I would be so bold as to say that I no longer consider MS a threat to my future health. Even my normally ongoing symptoms are gone. I no longer have migraines either and the tension in my jaw that has been present my whole life is gone. I feel relaxed and can breathe fully.

P. B., Chislehurst. Posted : 8 Aug 2010

Please go to Pauline’s web site to read more

Dr. Amir - just a short note to thank you for solving Pauline's significant medical problem. Sylvia and I are very relieved since Pauline has been given a "new" life - with gratefulness to you for showing her the way. I hope to meet you someday.
J. B., Escondido California 2013

For the first time in my life my jaw 'click' is gone when I open my mouth....also my mid-line is EXACTLY in line. The effect seems to be improving my eyesight which was deteriorating quite a bit in the last month or so...everything feels slightly strange but good.
PB 2013

Case Study: Dental Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

by Mary Maguire

Listed in case studies, originally published in Positive Health Magazine issue 90 - July 2003

The backdrop to this story is long and convoluted, so I will spare you the details and concentrate on the essentials.

I had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984, following a lumbar puncture and, more recently, by an MRI scan. Nothing remarkable or untoward happened until one night in December 1994, when I found myself in the most dreadful situation. Having fallen asleep after a day at work, I awoke suddenly and dramatically on hearing a loud click in my head behind my right ear. I got up feeling ‘spaced out’ and terrified, as if a curtain had dropped between reality and myself, as if I existed in a bubble.

The following day I visited my GP who recommended rest and suggested that ‘stress’ was the probable cause. A few weeks off work brought no improvement. I felt even worse. A metal band seemed to be tightening its grip around my brain, causing extreme pressure and my mind to run riot.

Convinced that I was going mad/ crazy, I agreed to see a psychiatrist who decided that I was mentally ill and suffering from anxiety/depression. Anxious yes, very worried yes. Who wouldn’t be? The prescribed cocktail of drugs brought horrendous results. I was then required to attend a day centre from which I was discharged after a period of three months with the comforting comment that I might never recover - a fate worse than death.

Neurology was the next area to be explored. There was nothing to offer here and the consultant dismissively suggested that the earlier diagnosis of MS and/or mental illness was probably correct - “these were simply labels”!

Left to my own devices and painfully aware that conventional medicine had failed, I spent the next three years and thousands of pounds attending alternative medical practitioners, healers and anyone else who offered a ray of hope. I was clutching at very costly straws. By now I was feeling disillusioned and quite angry.

Still hoping for a miracle, I continued to buy health magazines. My luck was about to change when an advertisement caught my eye. Terms such as ‘cranial symmetry’ struck a cord with me. I phoned and spoke to the practitioner and described my symptoms. He said that he had read a lot about MS but he had never seen an MS patient and was keen to see if his hypothesis would work for this condition. He would be in a position to say if his criteria would be helpful after he had examined me.

In short, I took the plunge and flew from Belfast to London. In spite of niggling doubts, I was hopeful. I desperately wanted this to work. My fears that this was another wild goose chase were overwhelming. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

I met the dentist who patiently listened to exhaustive responses to his questions before examining my mouth and jaw. All doubts disappeared when he casually observed that mine had been a problem waiting to happen and had begun when I cut my second teeth. He didn’t know that at around the age of eight or nine I had started to suffer from migraine and had been troubled with it ever since. He further stated that the history of my symptoms fitted in with his hypothesis and was in line with his predictions and thoughts on the subject. He also warned that, as he had not previously treated an MS patient, he could not give any kind of warranty.

I received a full explanation about the underlying cause (according to his hypothesis), and the proposed treatment. Concerning my perfectly straight teeth and jaws, he said that they were not in harmony with the rest of my head. I was fitted with a dental appliance and was asked to follow certain exercises that he prescribed. I continued wearing various appliances for two years and got increasingly better as time went on.

Now, some four years later, I have experienced a huge improvement and, in fact, normality. Almost all of the problems that troubled me prior to and after the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, have disappeared. Although the treatment finished some 18 months ago, I still visit for check ups. It seems that my face says it all. Not the expression but the ‘arrangement of features’. He doesn’t need to ask how I am - he seems to know. He views things through a wide-angled lens (metaphorically speaking) looking for the bigger picture. Minor ups and downs that I have occasionally suffered are quickly sorted out.

It strikes me that there is something fundamentally wrong regarding the way in which medicine is controlled and practised, as far as chronic illness is concerned. My experience raises very serious questions, which warrant serious consideration. Psychology and psychiatry are nebulous areas, and too often when conventional medicine cannot find the answers, patients are being referred into the unknown. They are weaned out of the system if they fail to take up the psychiatric route - which is, at best, only an attempt to paper over the cracks.

Acknowledgements

My heartfelt thanks to Mr Amir for succeeding where others have failed, for thinking laterally, for his power of prediction, for leaping forward for and, in his profession, for being brave and forthright in his judgements, for his ability and confidence, for not giving up, for his passion in the care of his patients and making the dreams of many come true. I was fortunate enough to meet him.

Mr Amir's Comments

While I can understand the patient’s sentiments, I would be most reluctant to raise hopes for millions of sufferers of this serious condition. I can confidently say that persons suffering from the extreme form, which is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, cannot be successfully treated with my methods. With milder cases, especially for those where the condition has not been long standing, this may be a breakthrough. However, even to make this claim I need to have successfully treated many more patients. The lasting effect of the treatment will not be known for many years to come. It does appear already that ongoing supervision will be necessary but refinement of technique together with patient motivation may obviate it in some cases.

Constraints laid down by the scientific community require that the treatment methodology must be reproducible at other centres before any real claims of a cure, or rather relief of symptoms, can be made. The methods also have to withstand the rigours of a peer review and recognition by the governing body of my profession for the necessary protection of patients.

Perhaps we are on the threshold of a definitive new discipline. This requires funding for the establishment of a centre for excellence where researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines can combine the hardware, software and training facilities together for the advancement and implementation of this discipline.


PS It is September 2013 a little over 10 years on. Patient is still doing well and has not had any serious problems.

L'hermitte's sign

After only three months of treatment my 'MS' symptoms are disappearing. A constant symptom for 22 years, L'hermitte's sign has completely gone.

My walking which was crippling me, is getting better- not progressively worse. I have even managed to walk completely unaided for the first time in 10 years! I sleep better, and my body thermostat seems to be working properly again, normal perspiration. Could it be that my disability was actually caused by a problem with my asymmetries and had nothing to do with MS? Was I misdiagnosed? I have been paying a heavy price having lost my youth to this dreaded incapacity and utter lack of hope and dreading the future as I continued to decline prior to this intervention...... Jenny C.

Pauline

There was one symptom that came back during my treatment with Dr Amir and I’m so grateful it did. One of the first symptoms I experienced when I was 28 that prompted me to seek medical attention was Lhermitte's sign, i.e., when I bent my head forward I felt tingling all down my back and the back of my legs. In September 2012, nearly 3 years since I’d had any exacerbations or any signs of having MS at all, my Lhermitte’s ‘scar’ reappeared during a particularly stressful time and I felt deflated.

I made an appointment with Dr Amir, and he made a new brace for me while I waited. Just before retiring that night, I felt the L'hermitte's 'scar’ and it reminded me to use the new brace.

Afterwards, I bent my head and the Lhermitte’s sign had completely disappeared and remained so. My ‘scar’ had healed in two minutes flat. As it sank in and I considered all I had thought about MS in light of this new ‘evidence’, I actually started to cry, a rare occurrence, because I knew at that moment that 22 years of fear, and hope, and of being careful; and my mother’s tears of fear for my potential bed-ridden life had been unnecessary.

My jaw had needed to be realigned; I hadn’t had multiple sclerosis.

I felt relief and then anger and then gratefulness. Gratefulness that I had had the fortune to cross paths with Dr. Amir, a new thinker, who has changed my life experience. .......................Pauline

Gait Problems, Optic Neuritis

In July 1980, I was diagnosed with Optic neuritis in my left eye. I was tested for Multiple Sclerosis involving a lumbar puncture and brain scan, but the results were inconclusive. I was given a two week course of steroids. At this point in my life I didn’t realise what I was being tested for and the doctors didn’t say, but my husband knew as a work colleague explained to him. We had only been married for two years.

In December 1986, I suffered another attack which gave me numb patches on the left side of my trunk. I was retested for MS with a lumbar puncture and a brain scan, but again it was inconclusive for MS. Everything around my chest hurt so I had to wear loose clothing avoiding tight bras. I was however informed that I may have MS. How could I? I had two small children to look after. So began the long journey into the unknown with MS sitting on my shoulder. I counted myself lucky as I was still able to live a fairly “normal life”.

Another seven years went by before I suffered another bout of optic neuritis in my right eye in June 1994. This time I had blood tests, MRI scan and a lumber puncture but the results were again inconclusive. My Doctor wrote to the hospital and was told that a slight abnormality was found in my spinal fluid which could be a sign of MS.

I developed a lot of balance and gait problems. I was very unsteady on my feet and could no longer walk much. I fell over a lot, so in July 2006 I made an appointment to see my Neurologist, who concluded that because of the past 30 years of my medical history, I was actually suffering from Secondary Progressive MS. In December 2007 I fell on a footpath, I damaged my front teeth, ripped open the left side of my face, I passed out and got taken to hospital by ambulance.

Everyday simple tasks became difficult, I couldn’t stand for long, walking was almost impossible and life in general became a challenge. I had to plan what needed doing and find the easiest way to accomplish the daily chores.

Earlier this year a friend told me about a patient of his seeing a Dr Amir, and how after 6 + months she no longer suffers with any of her MS symptoms and feels she has been given her life back.

So I rang to see if he could help me. Dr. Amir took time to talk about my symptoms and medical history. He went over the comprehensive questionnaire he had sent for me to complete and also my notes from my previous medical treatments.

His impression was that my troubles started at age 17 when I had a tooth removed from the roof of my mouth. This was perhaps an improper correction of the crowding in my mouth and caused further damage to my occlusion and my jaw joint.

The explained that the rest was a domino effect causing various asymmetries in my cranium especially in the occiput causing an imbalance of my cerebellum resulting in poor fine motor control. He checked and found that my Atlas vertebra was asymmetric causing my hips to be unlevel. He concluded that all this was causing my gait problems. He said that his treatment could perhaps address all these issues.

I embarked on Dr. Amir’s treatment and rapidly gained control of my gait within a very short space of time. I can now walk for a longer distance and many of my other symptoms have eased or disappeared. I still have a long way to go because of the challenging work I need on my teeth. I have more energy and my sallow appearance has changed to a radiant healthy look confirmed by my friends. After some 30 years I have suddenly got my life back. ...........Eira Foster

How a dental brace could cure MS, Migraines and Paralysis & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Bella

Bella Freud

Published in the Evening Standard
7 Oct 2009

Earlier this year I developed a pain at the very end of my left jawbone, near my neck

I had just had a crown made at a Harley Street dentist but when I went back he found no evident complications. The pain continued to worsen, particularly at night. I would get into bed and the dull ache would burgeon into full-blown agony. I rang my dentist again in desperation. "I'm sorry, I'm just off skiing," he sang happily. "It can't be the tooth, though." Clang! I felt a prison door close.

To read more please visit evening-standard.vlex.co.uk/vid/migraines-paralysis-bella-freud-amir-67868553

Conventional explanations about Multiple Sclerosis !

"In Multiple sclerosis, an agent such as a virus or foreign antigen, in theory, may alter or interact with the immune system so that the immune system perceives myelin as an intruder and attacks it."

Comment: The wildest of imaginations at work with no scientific basis.

Inflammation occurs and causes myelin to disappear. Consequently, the electrical impulses that travel along the nerves decelerate, that is, become slower. In addition, the nerves themselves are damaged. While some of the myelin may be repaired after the assault, some of the nerves are stripped of their myelin covering (become demyelinated). Scarring also occurs, and material is deposited into the scars and forms plaques.

Comment: Scientifically unsupported. T2 Scans may show plaques while T1 scans of the same area will show translucencies!.

As more and more nerves are affected, a person experiences a progressive interference with functions that are controlled by the nervous system such as vision, speech, walking, writing, and memory.

Comment: No such correlation has been demonstrated in 99% of patients!

MS cells

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may be single or multiple and may range from mild to severe in intensity and short to long in duration. These include:

  • Visual disturbances (blurred vision, colour distortions, loss of vision in one eye, eye pain)
  • Limb weakness, loss of coordination and balance
  • Muscle spasms, fatigue, numbness, prickling pain
  • Loss of sensation, speech impediment, tremors, or dizziness
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Mental changes (decreased concentration, attention deficit, memory loss)
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Uncontrollable laughter and weeping

Comment: The above symptoms are generally a feature of TMJ dysfunction and not 'MS'.

There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatments are supposed to be able to return function after an attack, prevent new attacks, and prevent disability.

Since there appears to be no entity like 'MS' so the treatments are a dismal and total failure. Life expectancy of people with MS is purported to be 5 to 10 years lower than that of the unaffected population. We however have no evidence if this decrease comes about because of the use of the drugs which are immune suppressants and death occurs because of secondary bacterial and viral infections which the body can no longer fight.

Please note that the symptoms listed are a common feature of many other illnesses but the common denominator in all of them is TMJ dysfunction. We have also seen, time and again, that this condition is very curable.

An interesting post on an 'MS' forum, with which I concur, went like this:

"There are three big problems for the constituency that believe to their very core in the scientific method:

A. You don't know what causes MS
B. You haven't found any methods for rolling it back
C. You haven't found a cure."

And in a later post he said:

"I believe the scientific method will 'one day' make a breakthrough.
Until then, I (for one) will be open for listening to maverick outsiders, garden shed boffins and spurious snake oil salesmen.
I mean, why wouldn't you?
Being open to stunning developments is one of life's great joys."

'MS' Brain lesions débâcle
Brain lesions

After treating very many patients it is my contention that there appears to be absolutely no correlation between patient symptoms that were previously attributed to ‘MS’ and the existence of ‘MS brain lesions’. Such lesions appear to resolve and reform in fairly rapid succession with no relationship to the presence or absence of physical or cognitive symptoms.

In one post mortem study "44% of the MRI-detectable abnormalities were macroscopically neither visible nor palpable".

It further reports:

"Histopathological analysis revealed that 48% of the hyperintense areas seen on T2-weighted images representing active lesions, including lesions localized in the normal appearing white matter, [were found to be] without apparent loss of myelin"

In another study when investigating 40 MS patients' periventricular lesions (Dawsons fingers) were found to be present in 92.5% by one neuroradiographer and 77.5% by a second neuroradiographer. This I am afraid points to an increase in cerebro-spinal fluid pressure and not 'MS Brain lesions".

I suspect it highly unlikely that any neurologist or physician can demonstrate a satisfactory relationship between the classic 'brain lesions' and patient symptomatology.

Brain lesions could well be the proverbial red herring.

Propagandising the link as the sole cause between pain, incapacity, spasticity, cramps/spasms, fatigue, and bladder malfunction to brain 'lesions', has and will likely continue to lead to serious errors of judgment. Because of the delay in the correct diagnosis, patients will continue to be subjected to further incapacity and at a huge financial and physical burden on them, their families and society at large.

After studying thousands of documents during my last thirteen years of treating 'MS' patients, it is my firm contention that the 'MS' label be reserved for speculative conjectures and experimentation about "autoimmune disease and Disease Modifying Drugs (DMT's) to address the "brain lesions' and not the other symptoms which have been wrongly attached to the "brain lesions'.

The 'MS' diagnosis, label and related treatments, require more thorough and disciplined assessment before their allocation to the largely unrelated symptoms often presented by patients whose pathologies originate from very disparate sources.

Many patients treated with venoplasty for CCSVI have experienced momentary or longer lasting relief, due to improved blood flow, improved oxygenation and improved CSF hydrodynamics and not as a consequence of the resolved 'brain lesions'.

The physical manifestations of purported 'MS' related symptoms are treatable if the patient is seen early for a symmetry examination and immediate treatment to correct the asymmetries in the teeth, jaws and the skeleton. Empirical evidence reveals that symptoms can resolve extremely rapidly.

It should be mandatory for neurologists to refer patients presenting with the above listed symptoms for a TMJ and symmetry examination for an essential differential diagnosis before starting very expensive and often lethal therapies.

My claims are supported by many patients, including an eminent personality who recently provided a lengthy testimonial. Excerpts follow:

'........6 months ago (December 2012) I developed instant numbness in my right shoulder, bicep, chest and neck - none of which dissipated thereafter. Following numerous medical examinations during this period, the severe numbness in my arm/shoulder prompted MRI scans. Inflammation was identified in my brain and neck section of my spine and on 3rd January 2013 I was diagnosed with MS (a condition I held little knowledge of at that time)..........

........I made the choice to visit Dr. Amir as a result of substantial reading by my wife following my diagnosis. This reading identified a wide variation in views about MS (from a number of respected medical practitioners throughout the western world) and comments reported by patients in my situation who had also received treatment from Dr. Amir and subsequently considered themselves well........

........As a professional entrenched in the value of evidence to guide decisions, I decided to pursue an option which, at face value, offered what I assessed as having evidence worthy of consideration. While I understand that the scientific world would consider individual post-treatment testimonies to be anecdotal and virtually useless when evaluating the effectiveness of a treatment, I do not.......

1. I understand that medical views suggest there to be more than one possible cause for lesions in the brain and spine.

2. My own diagnosis (by the NHS Neurologist) included the professional view that the lesions in my brain could be several years old.

3. I understand that medical findings within autopsies have identified the presence of lesions in persons who have never suffered the symptoms of MS.

4. I know, from personal experience, that of others and open source advice that numbness of the type I am experiencing can be generated by a range of causes, not least trauma caused by accidents, sporting injuries and a variation of illnesses, disease and physical conditions. It is not exclusive to MS......

........I visited Dr. Amir with complete deadness in my shoulder and bicep and severe numbness in my right chest side and back of my neck. This had been unchanged for 6 weeks. My right thumb had been numb for 2 weeks and the fingers for over 6 months.......

.......Dr. Amir did not claim he would definitely be able to 'cure me' but did explain that my jaw misalignment and other matters were causing my condition and that he would treat these as best as he was able - without guarantee.........

.......That day (15 days ago) Dr. Amir fitted a bespoke brace to my upper jaw and advised on exercises and a method of eating.

The next day I noticed a distinct alleviation of the numbness in my right bicep.

Within 1 week sensation had returned to my right bicep, chest, neck and fingers in my left hand.

This week, my shoulder can be reported as feeling less dense, although my thumb (the most recent development) remains numb.............."

[Update: Patient continues to feel well and the symptoms have largely resolved. April 2014]

This patients' testimony, together with that of many more patients, very eloquently confirms my reservations regarding the present state of this dreadful label and the treatment methodologies which are highly suspect.

Multiple sclerosis and Uric acid levels

This relationship leads to a different conclusion AND FOR SOME REASON I HAVE NOT FOUND THE EVIDENCE TO CONFIRM WHAT IS PRESENTED BELOW.

Lower serum values of uric acid have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS patients have been found to have serum levels ~194 µmol/L, with patients in relapse averaging ~160 µmol/L and patients in remission averaging ~230 µmol/L. Serum uric acid in healthy controls was ~290 µmol/L. Conversion factor: 1 mg/dL=59.48 µmol/L

A 1998 study completed a statistical analysis of 20 million patient records, comparing serum uric acid values in patients with gout and patients with multiple sclerosis. Almost no overlap between the groups was found.

Uric acid has been successfully used in the treatment and prevention of the animal (murine) model of MS.

A 2006 study found elevation of serum uric acid values in multiple sclerosis patients, by oral supplementation with inosine, resulted in lower relapse rates, and no adverse effects.

Normalising low uric acid

Correcting low or deficient zinc levels can help elevate serum uric acid. Inosine can be used to elevate uric acid levels. Zn inhibits Cu absorption, helping to reduce the high Cu/Fe in some people with hypouricemia. Fe supplements can ensure adequate Fe reserves (ferritin above 25 ng/dl), also correcting the high Cu/Fe.

Oral Inosine found to reduce relapse rate and EDSS progression:
Please read this blog:
and the original trial:

It does not pay to have simple solutions and that is perhaps why you may not have heard about this before!

Testing for Uric acid levels

I have discussed this with the director of County pathology Ltd Mr Bill Wreford.The cost is approximately £40. You will have to personally visit the lab.

`Please get in touch with them:
County Pathology Limited

Bill Wreford
Laboratory Director
County Pathology Ltd
31 Frederick Sanger Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7YD
T: 01483 450388
bill.wreford@gmail.com

Dr Amir,

Has supported me in totally transforming my health and physical experience of life. I saw him for the first time in April 2011. I was in a terrible state not having worked for 3 years and spending most of my time bed bound or house bound, in a lot of pain, depressed and suffering a whole host of symptoms. I was also on a cocktail of prescribed drugs from the doctor. Trying to treat all the individual symptoms but they were not very effective and the side effects were just making me feel even worse.

Dr Amir's consultation gave me a whole new way of thinking about my health. I had never thought my health issue could have possibly been connected to my teeth, Jaw or Atlas nor had anyone of the many people I had sort help from ever mentioned this to me. But what Dr Amir explained to me in detail made perfect sense and was logical. I was amazed that a relatively simple asymmetry of the jaw could have such a devastating impact.

From the very 1st treatment the difference was huge and over the last 8mths I have gone from strength to strength. I am off all medications. I have no pain, the symptoms have reduced by about 90% I am sleeping well for the first time in years. I have absolutely no doubt that I will make a complete and total recovery. I feel that Dr Amir - his approach and treatment has given me a new lease of life. I would encourage any one to at least have a consultation with him. Good Luck

From THISISMS DSHerm DEC 2011

I am a 56 year old married mother of 4 grown up children and have been in a wheelchair for the last 7 years. I was diagnosed with MS 34 years ago when I was in the final year of a nursing degree course.
Contrary to medical advice at that time I finished the course and after a year as a Staff Nurse trained for a further year to become a midwife. I married and worked full time until I was pregnant with my first child. During this time I experienced 1 to 2 relapses per year of sensory nerve loss, such as pins and needles in my limbs, optic neuritis and other symptoms (which I assumed were ‘MS’ related but I now realise they were not).

When I was 19 years old I had my wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic. Following this, I dislocated my jaw (usually as a result of yawning) about 6 times over the next 4 years. This necessitated long painful stays in casualty departments while the relevant specialist was summoned. To avoid this happening when I was responsible for young children, I had surgical insertions of bilateral bone grafts into my temporo mandibular joints. With the benefit of hindsight although they did not solve the problem,l they gave me a 10 year period of seemingly fairly inactive/non progressive MS. This is also perhaps an indication that the previous ‘relapsing remitting MS’ was actually caused by the loss of the wisdom teeth and the adverse effect this had on my jaw joint.

In 1984 when I was 28 years old, I stopped paid employment and started a family. At this stage few people (except close family and friends) were aware that I had MS. I was just an understandably tired mum of 4 young children born within 6 years of each other, leading a very busy, active life.

2 years after the last baby was born, the ‘MS’ returned with a vengeance. I was relapsing every 3 months. I seemed to be continually “ill” and started to experience motor nerve loss. My left side was becoming weaker; I walked with a limp etc. At the time the bone grafts in my jaw seemed to have worn out, as I started dislocating it again. A crash course for my husband in how to relocate the jaw was given by a very concerned dentist.

Having avoided any regular contact with neurologists until this last relapse, I decided that once my children were all in school full time, I would see a neurologist if something could be done for me.
I was desperate enough to try anything. I finished up on the co-paxone trial. For 18 months I gave myself daily injections. Every month I had an MRI scan. Every 3 months I had a full neurological examination by the neurologist. It was an experience not particularly enjoyable and definitely not beneficial in any way.

Through a work colleague of my husband’s, we were recommended to give an MS clinic in Essex a try. This opened the door to complementary medicine. Initially I was counselled and then food allergy tested. The results lead to numerous fairly strict elimination diets, expensive food supplements and for the first time in what seems like ages, I began to feel better.

16 years ago trying to obtain organic food was nearly impossible. I got fruit, vegetables and meat delivered and spent the rest of my time trailing round health food shops to obtain expensive gluten free, dairy free foods. Now I buy it all in the local supermarket.

Over the next 10 years, despite sticking to my healthy eating plan, my health continued to deteriorate and I became more physically disabled. After a nasty fall I reluctantly accepted that I was not coping and spent 2 weeks in the local cottage hospital. There I realised the best and safest ways to get around was in a wheelchair.

By 2009 I had been using a wheelchair for 6 years. I had had full time carers for that time and my physical capabilities were severely limited to just a normally functioning right hand and arm.

Throughout most of my time with MS I have always avoided prescription drugs. Those I did try I nearly always rejected because the side effects seemed a lot worse than the symptoms they alleviated. I used oxybutin to reduce bladder irritability from very early on and when it was available used detrusitol (which is the slow release form). Although frequently offered steroids to treat relapses, I always declined them. Apart from a disappointing 18 months Copaxone trial and 8 years using LDN (low dose naltrexone) I never found any need for prescription medicine. I willingly stopped the LDN later at Dr Amir’s request.

September 2009 was a big turning point. Lots seemed to be happening in the MS world. Stem cell therapy, for example. I tried to obtain a place on a research trial, but I did not fit the criteria as I could not walk. Then CCSVI began unfolding. Although I was prepared to pay for treatment, the practicalities of travelling long distances to get the treatment made it impossible.

One evening my husband was browsing the Internet and his attention was called by an article in the Evening Standard:
“Cure for MS with a dental brace”.

As everyone else who is Dr Amir’s patient says “and the rest is history”. It took me less than 48 hours to decide that the article needed further investigation. I had two things wrong with me, MS and a jaw that dislocated. Maybe going to a dentist was a step in the right direction. For me, from then on everything fell into place. Filling in the medical history in the extensive questionnaire that Dr Amir provides, made me see the connection between my long standing dental problems (I've had teeth extracted from age 8 to “make room in my small mouth”).

At my first appointment in Putney, I burst out crying when Dr. Amir scanned my medical and dental history and said the unforgettable words “you realise you don't have MS, you just have a problem with your teeth and jaws?”

At last somebody had worked out the connection between my teeth and the weird neurological signs and symptoms that are called "MS". It all made sense! Dr Amir explained as he fixed my teeth there was a possibility that once jaw alignment had been achieved my body would start to heal and the MS symptoms would disappear. So the treatment was initiated with my enthusiastic approval.

In October 2009 I had my “Atlas” done. A slightly uncomfortable massage with a machine and then a journey home in the car, when my body started to wake up. Within 24 hours I had regained sensation in my normally numb left leg. It was a weird yet wonderful sensation! It CANNOT have been due to "brain lesions".

There followed 3 years of regular appointments, a variety of braces both fixed and removable to address a lot of headaches, sleepless nights, sore teeth, dizziness and overwhelming tiredness. When I look back on it, for the last 3 years, whenever something went wrong with my health instead of blaming my ill health on MS, I could blame it on the brace! It seemed to have taken a long time. My breathing started to recover after some 18 months of treatment. It started to make a huge difference when my irritable bladder resolved (after 2 years).

In November 2012 I can confidently assert I am nearly there. I have been saying that for the last two years. My early problem with my dislocating jaw is virtually resolved, which tells me jaw symmetry is much better.

I realise now that the next stage is up to me. I need to relearn all the skills I lost when or because I had ‘MS’. It’s hard to know where to start, but I am surrounded by helpers and machines that will make it happen.

Thank you doctor Amir for giving me the chance to have a go. It's been a challenging 3 years for both of us, but it was worthwhile and the quality of my life has already improved immeasurably."

Mrs J.O.

Damning Indictment of ‘MS’ Clinical Drug Trials

Prof George Ebers: MD Professor of Neurology Chair of Clinical Neurology University of Oxford

Professor Ebers

Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:57 pm

"Clinical trials of multiple sclerosis have been uniform in utilising invalidated outcome measures. This has occurred to a degree for which it is difficult to find parallels in medicine in general.

We have recently evaluated the outcomes which have been used for evaluating past trials leading to drug approval and current trials. It is not a pretty sight.

It is quite clear from natural history studies that relapses have very little if anything to do with long term outcome.

Similarly, MRI measures have been thoroughly evaluated within large datasets and found to be similarly non-predictive for meaningful outcomes.

The measures of disability used in trials certainly don’t measure unremitting disability as investigators and their industry supporters have claimed.

The widespread embracing of dubious and poorly validated outcomes by some ‘MS’ investigators, often in contexts where there are egregious conflicts of interest, threaten academic credibility not to mention long term professional autonomy."

There is no doubt in my mind that I will achieve full recovery. Your dedication and brilliance is what keeps us all motivated. It's very frustrating but its so close I can taste my freedom! I'm seeing a dietitian on Mon re: my thyroid etc. I have seen such an improvement since I increased my protein that i don't want to miss anything else.

JH Oct 2013

A recent article reports:
Fatigue is not due to sleep apnoea

Posted: 01 Dec 2013 03:04 AM PST

Wunderlin et al. Fatigue in multiple sclerosis is not due to sleep apnoea. Eur J Neurol. 1997 Jan;4(1):72-78.

Background: Fatigue is a frequent and disabling phenomenon among MSers. Daytime sleepiness is a typical symptom of the sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome due to nocturnal hypoxia (lack of oxygen at night) and recurrent arousals causing sleep fragmentation.

Hypothesis: Since MS plaques are often found in the midbrain, brain stem and upper cervical cord on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) we hypothesized that fatigue in MS patients might be caused by a central respiratory dysfunction.

Methods: We investigated 10 MSers by oligography, two questionnaires assessing fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale, FSS) and daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale, ESS), MRI and pulmonary function tests.

Results: A total of 6 MSers had either an elevated FSS and/or an elevated ESS. None of the 6 MSers with an elevated FSS and/or ESS has an apnoea index > 5/hour. CT90 was normal in 9 MSers.

Conclusion: We conclude that fatigue and daytime sleepiness in MS cannot be explained by nocturnal apnoeas or oxygen desaturations. The Fatigue Severity Scale should be integrated to the extended Barthel index, which is a new instrument for disability assessment in MSers.

COMMENT:
As noted at numerous places on this website sleep apnoea or fatigue have little or nothing to do with the hypothesis presented above. Fatigue is a common feature of most patients with TMJ dysfunction and so is sleep apnoea.

Imagining all symptoms as part of 'MS lesions' is inconsistent with the experiences of our recovering patients.

Both, Sleep apnoea and Fatigue are very treatable conditions. (Sleep apnoea link will be added shortly)

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your 'Multiple Sclerosis' please:

Polly Non-extraction orthodontics

When I was 14, I was told that I needed four teeth extracted and fixed braces for years, Dr. Amir fixed my smile orthodontically without any extractions.

 

Ten years later, I am still seeing Dr. Amir and still don't know what an injection in my gums feels like!' [as the patient never needed a filling]

'Very happy indeed.'

Polly-Jane Harrison

Dear Mr. Amir,

I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the orthodontic and crown work you have performed for me over the last year. As you know, I had already undergone orthodontic and crown work fifteen years ago but I was not at all satisfied with the results and therefore decided to go through the ordeal a second time.
I was determined not to make the same mistake again and I therefore underwent four pre-consultations with four separate orthodontists. However, I heard for totally contradicting evaluations of treatment that should follow which left me extremely confused.
I therefore contacted the BMA and BDA explaining my quandary with the disparate views of the orthodontists. I explained that if I had a problem with a sprained arm, it would be comparable to going to four separate doctors, with one saying it should be in a sling, one in a plaster-cast, one saying that nothing could be done and the last saying it should be cut off! I feel that such disparate views do not exist in the medical world, and it is disappointing that the unsuspecting dental patient is left on their own to effectively draw straws as to which treatment they should choose.
As the BMA and BDA explained they could not get involved in individual cases, I was forced to research into the matter myself. After visiting a number of libraries, I eventually came to the conclusion that your approach was the only appropriate method of treatment for my teeth. Now that I have finished my treatment, I am pleased that I made the correct decision.

I would like to express my gratitude again for the quality of both your orthodontic and crown work. I would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone.

S. M. Piech

Orthodontics - Tongue resection!

Dear Mr Amir,

I was referred to Mount Vernon Hospital regarding orthodontic treatment where a team of specialists assessed my case. I was told that due to my tongue being too large for the space in my mouth my jaws (upper and lower) had moved into a very awkward position. I was then told that in order to correct this, I would have to undergo jaw surgery to shorten both jaws, also a tongue reduction which would involve cutting the muscle. I was also referred to a speech therapist, they planned to assess my speech before and after the operation. However a friend told me of Mr Amir who I then proceeded to see. Mr Amir assessed the situation without jaw surgery or a tongue reduction. Mr Amir went on to give me orthodontic treatment consisting of retainers and finally a brace, which had a very successful result in correcting my previous problem.

Natalie Ettienne

To find out how to obtain non-extraction orthodontic treatment please:

Juvenile & Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis

(Awaiting posting the testimonials)

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Juvenile or Adult Rheumatoid Arthritis please:

Raynaud's Disease


Atlas treatment, TMJ/TMD, Cold hands and feet, Sleep, Eyesight, Posture, Stamina, Digestive problems

James P...........March 2011

I was recommended to see Dr Amir from Canada. Whilst I was there, I had been having problems with my jaw, concentration, energy-level digestion and overall well being.  It was hard to keep weight on and to gain weight was almost impossible, despite eating very considerable quantities of food.

I had also been diagnosed with TMJD some years earlier.  My health had not been what it was and had faced difficulties for approximately seven years before seeing Dr Amir.  Benefits had been gained from Osteopathy and a nutritionist and homeopathy, and the general trend was positive.  However, after contracting food poisoning, I was very unwell and recovery was very slow.

My general symptoms were, cold hands, and extremities, being underweight and being relatively lethargic relative to what I had been; my stamina was variable, as were sleeping patterns and eating habits-though I had  a very healthy, organic, varied diet-tested for allergies etc.

The first treatment was a mouth insert or plate.  The effect was very soon after applying this. My sleeping pattern came back after many years, and I went to sleep at more regular hours, without really trying to.  Also, I started to put on weight, and had more stamina for walking, and even at the computer, typing.

After the atlas treatment, my hands instantly became saturated with a warm sensation and the circulation returned-my hands were bright red in colour [This is what is diagnosed as Raynaud's disease where the circulation in the extremities is very poor] and I had feeling in them unlike I had had in years. Circulation also improved remarkably in my face and was commented on by many, without informing them of what had taken place.  Flexibility, dexterity, general sensation and the fineness of touch were greatly increased. My feet too were much more relaxed and warmer than before. My whole complexion changed from a pasty colour to a warm healthy glow - an enormous change.

It was clear that my breathing was shallow and there was a difference in eyesight between the two sides, left and right.  These both improved also after the treatment (immediately after), with my being able to bend down and to be much, much more flexible through the central region of the torso, for example when bending to pick something up.

Eyesight was improved in the following areas:
Peripheral vision, the strength of colours, finer movements of my eyes and perception of depth was the most immediately noticeable along with increased colour perception differentiating colours.  They were all much more vibrant as well as vivid.

With the use of the removable plates- a second was soon added as well as that for my upper jaw; for the lower jaw.  My jaw felt as though it finally had at last some resting place and the reduction of tension with the brace in was exceptional. For the first time in years that my jaw felt somewhat relaxed and in a position it could rest.  Not only that I could swallow better, stand better and my digestion gave growls of satisfaction. My eating patterns and appetite were much improved as were the structure of my stools. I put on more weight, something that had not been possible for seven years.  It has stayed on and continued; as a result I am a much healthier weight than what I was.

Regarding the initial results:

My stamina elevated to a level very quickly-within a week, whereby I could undertake tasks in succession I had not previously been able to undertake unless activities were spaced out much more.  I was also sleeping much more satisfactorily.  In short, I was getting into a more usual pattern and level of function, which helped bring all the aspects of healing and improved health together.  My appetite also improved with weight much easier to hold on to.

The next aspect noticed:

With regard to my ears and sinuses, these had been areas that had to some degree harboured infections when I became ill-they were weak points due to the tightness and the tension from the jaw and face, something that had earlier been identified by an ENT consultant, who had thought that not much could be done, and had concurred with the TMJD diagnosis.

Some weeks in, the results have been wholly positive, and without the use of nasty or invasive procedures or drugs for that matter.  It has addressed the core of the problem identified, for it has addressed:

  • Breathing
  • Swallowing
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Weight
  • Concentration
  • Stamina
  • Circulation

with demonstrably positive results and to great effect.

Before  seeing Dr Amir, the results from other forms of treatment-the gamut of physio, osteopathy of various kinds, all given  a chance over years, and did have a very positive effects- were not as comprehensive or far reaching in such a space of time.

Since he has developed his treatment it has made all the difference and without which, in fundamental areas, my health was deteriorating.  The change for the better cannot be over stated.  It is improving all the time as the treatment continues to progress. I am more than satisfied and it has meant that I can lead a 'normal life' rather than being concerned or posed difficulties by some health aspects.

Best regards,

James P

Atlas treatment to correct "Raynaud's Syndrome"

Fri Oct 19, 2012

Amazing change - deafness & Raynaud's Syndrome:

I had the Atlasbalance™ treatment some weeks ago. Prior to that I had been involved in an accident and my neck was injured. The consequence of that was that my breathing had become very shallow and labored. My hands and feet were extremely cold. My ppearance was very sallow. I tried all kinds of treatments. I was hospitalised on a few occasions with repeat pneumonia and chest infections. I was losing weight and had a very poor appetite.

I was referred for the correction of the Atlas. After some thought and having heard from a few other patients I went ahead with it. After the correction I was amazed at the outcome. I was sitting in the waiting area when I suddenly realised that I could hear from my right ear which I had never been able to do for as long as I can remember. I next found tingling sensations in my hands and feet and they start warming up. They have stayed warm 5 weeks on and I can see my clubbed nails flattening out with new growth. My breathing has improved amazingly. Over the following 4 weeks my chest has cleared up. My appetite has returned. The hearing on both ears has balanced out. My posture has straightened out completely.

It is the most remarkable treatment in just one short visit.

Patrick McQuade, London 26 Feb 2009

We have amazing success controlling this problem by correcting the Atlas vertebra and if required TMJ correction.

You may also want to read my article on the Atlas vertebrae
and a patient testimonial on Cold hands and feet.

Quitting smoking can also help improve symptoms, as smoking can affect your circulation.

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your Raynaud's disease please

Sleep apnoea can cause serious heart problems

Article Awaiting Completion!

References:

Improvement of Chronic Heart failure by Masked CPAP Therapy in a Case of Sleep Apnea.  Takamasa Sato, Hiroyuki Yaoita, Takahiro Yamaki, Toshiyuki Ishibashi, et al. August 2007,  Journal of Cardiac Failure Vol. 13, Issue 6, Supplement 1, Page S40

Sleep-disordered Breathing Exacerbates Ongoing Myocardial Damage in Patients with Heart Failure Makiko Miyata, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Satoshi Suzuki, Koichi Sugimoto, et al. October 2013 Journal of Cardiac Failure Vol. 19, Issue 10, Supplement, Page S153

Adaptive Servo Ventilation Improves Long-term Prognosis in Heart Failure Patients with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction and Sleep Disordered Breathing. Akiomi Yoshihisa, Satoshi Suzuki, Takamasa Sato, Koichi Sugimoto, et al. October 2012 Journal of Cardiac Failure Vol. 18, Issue 10, Supplement, Page S161

Sleep apnoea and other sleep problems

“It was terrible doing the ‘rounds’. I can't believe how many specialists, both medical and alternative, that I saw over the 20 years that I have been sick with some 34 symptoms. It is wonderful to free from the chronic fatigue, swollen stomach, etc. the most miraculous cure of all is actually being able to sleep without any sleeping pills and tranquillisers which I had been taking for some 20 years.”

Mrs VRS

I came to Dr Amir because I have a receding lower jaw and the alignment of my upper teeth, which mostly slope inwards, prevents me from closing my mouth in a comfortable position. My tongue felt cramped and I constantly wanted to push my lower jaw forward past my upper teeth to get it into a good place. Over the years this discomfort has become more aggravating and my cranial osteopath has told me that a lot of the tension I get in my throat and neck (which can be considerable) is related to this. I was starting to have difficulty swallowing sometimes and I have a voice problem which is exacerbated by the discomfort in my jaw and throat. I saw an orthodontist a couple of years ago who told me that, to benefit from moving my teeth forward with a brace, I would also need to have my lower jaw surgically broken, brought forward and then pinned in place. I really didn't want to go along that route and now I am very pleased that I didn't.

I have had my dental plate from Dr Amir for about 4-5 weeks now and I am surprised at how delighted I am with it. My jaw is so much more comfortable that I find wearing it a real pleasure. I am able to take the plate out when I want and I can adjust the pressure from it myself. I was worried that it might be painful but it never is - in fact it is quite the reverse. The pressure the plate exerts is really helpful.

One surprising benefit is that I am sleeping far more comfortably and deeply at night wearing the plate.

I had become used to sleeping quite lightly and always I woke with the miserable awareness that my jaw felt awkward and uncomfortable. Now I am sleeping more deeply and I wake with my mouth and jaw feeling much more comfortably aligned. During the day I am aware that my throat is easier and my voice has become stronger - unexpected benefits. My teeth are moving - I already have more room in my mouth, and I am looking forward to the results that I am confident the treatment will bring.

Ms.L W.

Excessive Sleep

“Before going to university I decided to go to an orthodontist to see how much work would be required to straighten out my teeth with an aim to boost my confidence.  I had an unusual history with my teeth.  My first teeth didn’t fall out naturally by the age they were expected to have, and as a result, the majority were removed by my dentist.  I had previously had some orthodontics when I was in my early teens, but never finished treatment.  I was told they were waiting for my teeth to come down fully and was told to keep coming back every 6 months before for a check-up and gave up after 3 to 4 years of waiting.  I’m fairly certain that at 21 my teeth still hadn’t come through fully so I would probably still be waiting had I continued!  I was shocked when the first orthodontist I visited said they would have to break my jaw in 3 places with a 30% chance of some resulting paralysis of the face or tongue.

I decided to look elsewhere as I would never risk any form of paralysis for what I considered to be a cosmetic change.  When I had my first consultation with Dr. Amir, he assured me that I did not need to have my jaw broken to sort my teeth out, which was reassuring.  He also asked if I was sleeping a lot, which my mother confirmed right away.  I would normally wake up still feeling tired and struggle to get out of bed.  At the time I didn’t think there was anything wrong with me, but Dr. Amir suspected that the way in which my teeth met was the cause of my prolonged sleep.  When I started treatment, Dr. Amir designed a custom brace for me to help my sleep problem.

Very quickly my sleep pattern became much more regular, I was sleeping for fewer hours and I was able to get out of bed much quicker upon waking.  I found my ability to concentrate at work much improved, and felt much more ‘with it’.  However, I was not aware quite how much difference the brace made until I was away at university and managed to break my brace.  Being 3 hours drive away, I had to wait around 2 months before I could get back to get a replacement made.  Over those 2 months I began to sleep longer and longer and found it increasingly hard to get out of bed when I woke up or attend to my studies.  At one point I was sleeping over 15 hours a day and was unable to function.  I did not at the time think that it could just be my jaw causing the problem. 

When I was finally able to reach Dr. Amir and get a replacement brace I hoped it would help, but wasn’t expecting it to help quite in the way it did.  Following putting it in, I had one more long sleep and woke up feeling very rested.  Within a couple of days my sleeping pattern had returned to normal and I was able to return to university. 

Had I not had this treatment from Dr. Amir, I’m not entirely sure where I would be today.  I wonder if I would have even completed university let alone get the job I have today.  I am much more alert in general and have a much better sleeping pattern.”

JT April 2014

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your sleep apnoea please:

Kings speech Stammering

The King's Speech:

Lionel Logue tried a variety of psychological and physical methods to cure the King’s stammer, some of which are seen in a fast-paced four-minute montage sequence. In this almost certainly fictional scene, Queen Elizabeth sits on his stomach as he tries breathing deeply. ‘Unfortunately I think Colin may have a weak diaphragm,’ Helena Bonham Carter says. ‘With me sitting on top of him, we thought you’d be able to see me going up and down. That didn’t happen. It was hard to keep a straight face. I had a lot of laughs with these two. They’re both funny and brainy. But they’re different: Colin’s tough on himself, while Geoffrey’s a natural comedian. I talk a lot, but on this set I was virtually mute. I couldn’t get a word in.’

Picture: Laurie Sparham from The Telegraph

There is a more realistic solution. Please read the next posting.

Recovery from Stammering

I met Dr Amir by chance at another mutual friends’ medical office. I was treating a patient and Dr Amir noticed my intense difficulty in getting to form a sentence due to my stammer. He offered point blank to fix it for me!

When Dr Amir told me he could help me with my stammering I was sceptical. For more than forty years I have tried very many approaches to overcoming stammering, from one to one speech therapy, hypnosis, meditation, ‘prolonged speech’ in the 1970’s to the ‘Starfish’ programme a decade ago. I know that these approaches have worked for some but not for me. I had become resigned to life as a stammerer.

It is almost a year since I first met Dr Amir and was fitted with my first brace. From the beginning I remember a sense of spaciousness in my mouth which felt remarkably liberating. 3 or 4 months into the treatment, as my teeth continued to move, I noticed a marked increase in my energy levels and friends began to comment on my improved fluency of speech. It felt too good to be true!

Part of my work is as a teacher and the amount of energy expended to maintain any level of fluency during a workshop was such that I would be drained after a day of teaching and exhausted after a weekend intensive. I began to believe in the reality of my improvement when I came through a weekend workshop I was teaching having barely stammered at all and feeling exhilarated. Family, friends and colleagues have all commented on my fluency without any prompting from me.

There is an increase in confidence around my ability to speak fluently: I recently became aware of a willingness on my part to initiate small talk, a pastime so excruciatingly frustrating and difficult for me in the past that I have avoided it for most of my life. I now pass the time of day with strangers with barely a hint of a stammer and I am sufficiently confident to be able to spice up the interaction with some humour. I have workshops scheduled throughout 2012 and I am planning to give public talks about the work I do. I feel liberated! I will keep you posted as to how I am getting on.

Alongside an improvement in speech fluency there have been other benefits which I believe have occurred as a result of Dr Amir’s treatment. In 2007 a tumour on my spine paralysed my legs and in 2008 further tumours paralysed my pelvic area. Prior to starting Dr Amir’s treatment, I had, to a great extent, regained the ability to walk but still had minimal sensation in my pelvic region which profoundly affected my quality of life. Over the last few months sensation has returned to a great extent in that area and, as previously reported, my energy levels are far greater than they were a year ago.

Keith Moore, January, 2012

To find out how your TMJ dysfunction may be causing your stammering please:

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the para nasal sinuses. Sinusitis affects an estimated 35 million people per year in the United States.

Please also read more under Headaches above

Signs and symptoms

  • A blocked nose
  • Postnasal discharge
  • Facial pain
  • Persistent throat infections
  • Decreased sensitivity to odours
  • Maxillary dental pain
  • Blocked ears

The cause of most sinus blockages is a narrow palatal arch along with narrow maxillary sinuses. This is a consequence of poor swallowing patterns which do not allow for proper upper arch development. The nasal passage does not develop fully and hence some obstruction of the nasal airway is always present impeding the flow of oxygen over the nasal mucosa.

Inadequate oxygen passing through the nasal passages results in bacteria taking hold. Oxygen is the biggest killer of bacteria but these bacteria are difficult to dislodge as the capacity to oxygenate the area remains poor without reshaping the palatal arch.

Surgical treatment to correct deviated nasal septums or cleaning out the sinuses are an inadequate solution with poor long term benefits.

Treating the underlying cause involves the correction of the narrow palatal arch.

In the meantime one can use a neti pot and flush out the sinuses with warm salt water.

neti potting

Another excellent way of recovering from chronic blocked nasal passages is to use 2 drops of 3% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide in a neti pot full of sterile water and irrigate the nasal passages with this solution. Please do not increase to more than 5 drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide as it may seriously irritate the nasal mucosa.

You can also use previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave it open to air dry.

Sinusitis patients have numerous head and jaw asymmetries which tense up all the muscles around the neck and head often leading to lifelong migrainous headaches and a large number of other accompanying symptoms listed above.

Medicines cannot resolve all the other related symptoms. One needs to attend to the correction of the jaw asymmetry.

To find out how your jaw asymmetries may be causing your Chronic Sinusitis please:

Listlessness

Listless Child:

Dear Dr Amir,

I am writing to say how much my daughter Chloe has changed under your care.

She is nine years old, and until she began coming to you for treatment she had never really thrived. She had a very patchy infancy, and was hospitalized for whooping cough at 2 months, after which her height and weight dropped from above-average to the 5th percentile, where it has remained.

As she got older, she never had an appetite and had very poor growth and was constantly wan an tired, and was slow in development. She was listless and pale, and sat with her mouth open.

I was sent around to various consultants in pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric entomology and child psychology. Various possibilities were ruled out, but nothing helped. I was convinced that something was wrong, something that didn't apply to my two other children; Chloe's G.P. agreed, but couldn't think of anyone else to send us to, and suggested we try the United States medical system. I also took Chloe to a homeopath, a speech therapist and a nutritionist without success, but when I saw an osteopath, he suggested Dr. Amir could help.

Chloe has been wearing her brace for nine months now, and she has become a much happier, healthier, more outgoing child. She has colour in her cheeks for the first time in her life, and appears lively and interested in what's going on around her. She participates in conversations. She eats well and has much more energy

Things have changed for our whole family because we can do more active things, like run around the park, and have to make less concessions to her frailty when, for instance, travelling. I have gone from feelings of despair about Chloe to being able to enjoy her so much more , and see her enjoy being healthier.

R Cesar.

Dyslexia

Dear Mr Amir,

I just wanted to write and tell you what a difference you have made to my life. Apart from the fact that I'm no longer afraid to smile, the severity of my dyslexia has diminished a lot.

Originally I had problems reading but writing either ad letter or filing in a form was a nightmare. My problem was remembering the letters of a word and what order they came in, this is no longer a problem for me, even though we are only halfway through my treatment! I have at last bought a computer and am planning to write a book, so for the difference you have made to my life, thank you.

My son Robert, also dyslexic, had a problem reading and would avoid reading at all costs. He is now doing a National Diploma in Performing Arts and aims to become an actor, reading and reading aloud is now something he does naturally and enjoys.

L. Tweedie

Flourescent Lighting

Dear Mr Amir,

As I am currently nearing the end of my treatment, I felt that I should write and thank you for the change it has made to my life and general health.

When I first heard about you, I had a long list of symptoms, it felt as if something was wrong with practically every part of my body, and I did not know whom to turn to. I had lost my father to Cancer in the summer of 1995, and had begun to feel ill a few weeks before his death, I, at that time like everybody else put it down to the strain of caring for and losing a loved one. However as time progressed, although I was only too aware that I was grieving, I also knew that something was very wrong with my body. It started with strip lighting, I would break into a cold sweat, felt weak and physically sick, and needed to lie down.

The other symptoms included: headaches, backache (I had previously been to chiropractors, and osteopaths off and on since 1990), tingling in my arms, fingers and toes, and particularly my left leg, panic attacks, shortness of breath, a sensation like acid indigestion, blurred vision, neck ache, popping in my ears, bleeding between periods (6 monthly smear tests for this came back clear), and a constant pain in liver area (a scan for this also came back clear, as did liver function tests and kidney tests) and perhaps most disturbing to friends and family, crying for no apparent reason.

I had been to the doctors, who initially told me I was grieving, but as time went on and diazepam was prescribed, I could see they thought I was a hypochondriac, it wasn't until I felt a clicking sensation in my jaw that I realised the problem could be dental.

My initial consultation with you was such a relief, as at last somebody seemed to be on my side, and wasn't talking to me as if I was crazy, or telling me to "Give it time". From the first few weeks of having my first removable brace, the problem with lights began to disappear, as did the headaches. Although I can't pretend it was all plain sailing, or immediate, over time my symptoms decreased, until today, when I can say that I am 97% better.

Yes, I still get the odd symptom, back ache and pins and needles in my left leg, but having "re-learnt" how to swallow and breathe, these are things that I can work on for myself. I have seen these symptoms to a greater or lesser degree in other people.

While some might think I sound crazy saying that maybe they have a problem with their jaw when their lower back aches, more and more people are willing to consider this an option, I only wish more G.P.'s would. Maybe a few years before this happened to me I'd have been sceptical, but all I know is how ill I felt then, and how different I feel now, and the changes I saw in some of your other regular patients. Now I can quite happily work under strip lighting (and I do), and computer screens don't bother me, things which three years ago practically disabled me.

M. Andrews