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Friday, August 13 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Body mechanics of modern life and the development of complex chronic illness: An evolutionary perspective

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The physical habits common to modern life diverge from those of our evolutionary past, removing us further from the body mechanics of our ancestors. We will explore how modern activities such as texting, tablet use, computer use, prolonged sitting, and others, can lead to non-optimal or even pathological mechanical loading on the human body. This, in turn, may contribute to the development of chronic illness. With a focus on craniospinal hydrodynamics and neural tension, we will explore several mechanical neurological conditions associated with chronic illness states, including craniocervical instability, tethered cord syndrome, Eagle’s syndrome, and intracranial pressure problems. Finally, we propose a model of how some complex chronic illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, may have a mechanical basis. We discuss medical interventions, both surgical and non-surgical, that have resulted in patient improvement in symptoms of fatigue, cognitive impairment, migraines, gastrointestinal disturbance, post-exertional malaise, muscle weakness, and others.

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Jeffrey Wood

After solving his own case of myalgic encephalomyelitis in 2017, Jeff built and proposed a new model of the disease. Jeff's conceptual innovation has, in turn, led to improvements and remissions in people with an illness once considered unsolved and incurable.After regaining his health... Read More →

Friday August 13, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

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