NSIR Technologies School of Alternative Healing
June 25, 2002
Dear Oprah, et al.
I am the granddaughter of Dr. Earl Franklin Craton, D. C., Ph. C. Grandpa's background spanned nearly 75 years of practice in the chiropractic field. In the end he stepped beyond the scope of chiropractic and created what he always referred to as, "What chiropractic should be.".
More than two decades ago he had become convinced of an error in the textbooks that are responsible for educating our doctors and healers. I have been taught the truth regarding the facts surrounding a joint of absolute paramount importance in the body. This joint is the atlanto-occipital joint or occipital/atlas (O/A) joint whichever you prefer. I prefer occipital/atlas. In layman's terms, this is the head coming in contact with the first vertebra of the spine.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so I have included just such enclosures to prove my point. Attached you will find excerpts from several sources. The first three attachments are from actual anatomical texts that are being used in our colleges. The following attached text is from the Today's Chiropractic journal dated 1985. And finally, the last two attachments are from my own web site.
Grandpa always told me that until our medical specialists understand the FORM of these joints that there is no way that they could possibly understand the FUNCTION of them. In his book, he referred to the accepted conceptualization of this function as being one of a gliding movement. The truth he said, is that it is NOT a glide, but a hinge action joint between two pairs of facets. This results in a movement similar to that of a swinging door. He said that these joints can essentially come off their hinges, and that when they did, stress from the inaccurate positioning of these joints would cause the spinal column below to compensate for the weight of the head.
His clinical success rate PROVED his argument long before he had the opportunity to view the anatomical design of a 'fresh' specimen as was given him back in 1985.
I am tired of shouting in the desert of human complacency. I am aware of the facts, not only of these joints' form and function, but of how to place the facets into a proper articular position. I am aware of what I am doing when I am doing it; there is no hit or miss with Grandpa's perfected technique, and it has become a TRUE science.
I await your response.
Tammy Joy Kennedy
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