On Doing Research

You are about to start a journey that for the first time will introduce you to the concept that health care can be consistently and predictably effective.

Advanced BioStructural Correction™ is not my creation, it is a discovery.  What I mean by that is that all I set out to do was to make the methods of health care I was using more effective.  I did not set out to discover the basis of why structural treatments like Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy and any other method of structural treatment of the body worked when they did work and did not work when they did not work. But that is what happened.  Because I found THE basic factor behind why structural treatment of the human body works, suddenly everything about every method became understandable.  If this sounds too good to be true, I promise you that no one will be more astonished as to the truth of this then I was the day I realized how all encompassing it is.

The first thing to cover is the basic reason that explains why structural alignment problems lead to and cause neurologic, musculoskeletal and other disorders and symptoms in the human body.  Every mode of healing – Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy and others – has its own basic theory of how changes in structure affect the body adversely.  The difficulty one runs into in studying how altered structure adversely affects the body is that none of these theories are wrong for all cases but none of them are correct for all cases, either.

That means that each of those theories can be demonstrated to be true on some body at some time and reversely, each of those theories can be demonstrated to be wrong, or not true, on some body at some time.  The result is that a vast confusion has ensued as to which of the theories is “right”.  This confusion has led to arguments, legislation and even outright war between various professions.

Because none of those theories explain all cases, they, therefore, cannot be the basic reason that things go wrong with human structure, which then leads to all the various syndromes and diseases one sees.  This is born out because none of the treatment methods, developed from any of those past or current theories, consistently did or does produce the desired results.

What all those theories and professions have missed is that they have not gone far enough down the trail to find the basic problem or basic piece of information underlying the chain of events that have led to the various overtly apparent health problems.  (By overtly apparent health problems, I mean things with descriptive names such as “arthritis” which many think is a disease, but is actually just Latin for “inflamed joints”.   There is a basic process of which no one else seems to be aware, which leads to those inflamed joints.  Therefore, the process seems mysterious and there seems to be no effective treatment.  It will be easily understood and easily corrected when you get through this course.)

You could liken science to tracing back a tree from one of its outlying branches and leaves to its trunk and roots.  In this case, the science of trying to find the basic reason altered structure causes all the various problems it does.  At the outlying branches and leaves, you have the varying problems people present with as patients in an office.  Tracing down the next layer you find why those things occur (the immediate and closest cause).  You can stop there and say that is why and try to treat it, sometimes thinking you are successful and sometimes not, or you can continue tracing down to the next layer.  Arriving there, you can stop, say that is why and treat etc. or continue downward.  At some point you get to the bottom.  Every researcher in every one of the healthcare professions knows there is farther down the tree to go; they even know that they are looking at the bottom of the tree every time they look at a patient with a problem.  The difficulty is that they do not know what they are looking at so they do not see it.  It is like looking at a written word that you can pronounce but do not know the meaning of.  (Yes, I am ending that sentence with a preposition).  You can sometimes work the meaning of the word out of the context but sometimes not.

A great example of this can be seen in reading Watson and Crick’s book on their discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953.  Until they put it all together, all the researchers trying to discover how DNA worked as the basic blueprint of the cell, knew DNA existed and knew that DNA was the basic outline of how cells reproduced (established in the 1940s), but what they did not know was HOW it worked.  The most basic problem in discovering how it worked was to discover the shape of the DNA molecule.  All the researchers had x-ray pictures of the molecule (regular light waves are too long) so they all knew what it looked like on the x-rays, they knew what atoms they contained and that some of the atoms occurred in matching amounts.  However, though they were looking right at it and knew they were looking right at it, they could not see how it went together so they did not have the basic information they needed which would unlock the puzzle.

Various researchers proposed various models that could explain some of the results of various experiments done.  None of the models proposed explained ALL the results without having to create such complicated mechanisms that everyone realized these would not work in life.  Everyone knew none of the models were the correct structure or the basic information on the structure of DNA and the mechanisms used to replicate bodies.  Then, working with the data of others, Watson and Crick came up with the crucial conceptual step simplifying the whole thing.  They modeled a double helix with two strands of molecules joined together as opposites.  Simple as heck but no one saw it before them.

The proposed structure was a fit for ALL the experimental data and was therefore immediately accepted.

What all the researchers did was follow the experimental data down the tree from the top, where there was a lot of data that seemed confusing, to a more basic level.  Eventually, they reached a point they just could not get past with the many ideas they already had about how molecules went together (pardon the crude diagram below).  Then, Watson & Crick, looking at the data another way, came up with a different idea that happened to work as a model of the form of the DNA molecule that explained all the working data available.  This was the basic information that explained all else and led to further discoveries.

The rest is history. Once they knew that most basic information, the structure of the DNA molecule, the tremendously complex working of human replication became easy to understand.

manualimage1The basic workings are so simple and the way in which all the other data came together is now so easy to understand, they teach it to grade school kids.  Anyone can understand all the very complex and seemingly different workings on that tree of information. That is in either direction, from the simple structure of DNA up the tree leading to replication of more and more complicated bodies to human bodies and to all the possibilities in them that one can see looking across the human race or down the tree from complex life forms and all the possibilities they have or show, to simpler life forms and on down to the basic structure of DNA in the cell nucleus of   a virus, as the diagram shows.

That is the basic form of what happened in my work trying to find what the basic problem was behind human body structure becoming dysfunctional and how it made bodies go unhealthy in various different ways. The major difference is that I was a single researcher, working alone and did not work through the right channels to get a paper published that would be acceptable.

I started with the same things other researchers started with, a bunch of patients who had what seemed to be the same body problems that would regularly but not consistently be corrected when the body structure was rearranged or realigned in the same way and all the medical and anatomical data available.

The top layer was the same people who walk their bodies in to any doctor’s office with back pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, stomachaches, sciatica and so on. The middle of the tree going down toward the trunk and roots contains the data about anatomy of the body, structure of the body, physiology of how the muscles, nerves and other tissues work and even the data from Watson & Crick on genetics and how bodies replicate and regenerate when they do.

manualimage2Yet even with all that data on bodies and ways to replace parts or take out ailing parts and so keep the entire body alive, there has been this barrier to understanding how it all fits together. As it was with the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule, the answer seems so simple it is a wonder no one noticed it before.

What is the data that led to the discovery?  For that start one must credit the neurosurgeon Dr. Alf Breig and the chiropractor Dr. Lowell Ward.

In his book, Adverse Mechanical Tension on the Central Nervous System, Breig showed experiments and noted that when bodies went forward or into flexion it pulled on and stretched the nerves to a point where they ceased to function, even when they were not damaged.  He also showed that the meninges were a critical STRUCTURAL component of the spinal column.  The meninges are more than just a covering to protect the spinal cord.  (See more on this later in the course.)

Dr. Ward, working to correct structure with the data from chiropractic generally as well as from Breig’s data, then made the observation that patients whose spines were within what he called normal limits of structural alignment (as shown on standing full spine x-rays) still had some pains and required further investigation in the sitting position.  Ward already had the data that the forward stress factor was the key, but there was no general tying together of all the pieces.

It was by comparing standing and sitting full spine x-rays of patients that the key observation was made by me, Dr. Jutkowitz. What is that key observation? It is that:

Bones can and do go out of place in directions the body cannot self-correct because it has no muscle or combination of muscles pulling in the direction needed.

This is applicable not just in the spine but in other places, and the body goes wacky trying to compensate for them.  (Pardon that medical term, “wacky” but it is the best one since many of the compensations lead to weird, off the wall syndromes that cannot otherwise be understood as to their origin and that are thought to be separate “diseases” in themselves, like the earlier mentioned “arthritis”.)

This observation was first thought to be idiotic as it was so apparent that I thought everyone knew it and that there must be something wrong with the idea.

It is a long story but I soon discovered that almost everyone assumed the opposite, that human bodies could pull all bones in all positions and so were completely self-correcting as far as alignment went.  Even chiropractors, osteopaths and other practitioners thought this.  Were it true, none of them/us would have the job we do.  That bodies are totally self-correcting is such a silly idea that is so easily refuted in even a basic study of anatomy that I was astonished no one else had noticed it and pursued it as a basic problem in human health – not to mention the health of other animals and types of bodies.

So I pursued it. I worked long and hard to find what bones could go out of place in directions the body cannot self-correct because there were no muscles that could pull in the directions needed and what the compensation patterns were and what they led to as far as effects on the body.  All health problems (excluding cancer, infections, diabetes and the like), complicated as they are (and many of them are very complicated) are easily understood with the knowledge that they are effects of structures out of place in directions the body cannot self-correct, the attendant compensation patterns and following layers of other structures out of place in directions the body cannot self-correct and their compensations patterns which become more and more layered and complex until the body causes itself damage of greater and greater consequence.

Advanced BioStructural Correction™, is a protocol to find and then correct the things in the body that have gone out of place in directions the body cannot self-correct so the body can self-correct the rest.

manualimage3As you will find applying ABC™, if you correct the various structures (not all of them bones) out of place that the body cannot self-correct because it has no muscle or combination of muscles pulling in the directions needed, the body will self-correct the rest until it runs into the next thing or things it cannot self-correct, which you correct and so on until you have a body working as it is supposed to work or so close that levels of health only admired in a few are commonplace in any treated this way.

I am often asked why I think no one else made the discoveries I made. There are probably many reasons but I know of three reasons that seem to be the basic reasons no one else made these discoveries. First, except for Lowell Ward, I do not believe any other researcher has truly looked at standing and sitting full spine x-rays of the spine for structural analysis measuring everything to objectively see the changes. Even he stopped that at some point short of discovery.

Next, at the locations in the body where the patients complain of pain or that show damage internally (like arthritis etc.) there are most certainly things out of place that are the proximal or, the close and immediate causes of the pains and damages. Researchers and practitioners not doing full spine analysis sitting and standing get their attention stuck on those points and stop searching further as noted above. The difficulty is that those bones out of place are almost always bones out of place that the body can self-correct but does not because they are compensating for other bones out of place that the body cannot self-correct that are distant to that point. That is the reason the problems return and need to be addressed repeatedly in most cases.

The last point is a bit unbelievable but does show the mindset of many bodywork professionals. When Lowell Ward came up with the sitting and standing full spine analysis many chiropractic researchers and technique developers or inventors implemented the analysis but stopped when the after treatment films showed what they were doing was worsening people’s biomechanics though the people felt better. Unbelievable as it sounds, I know this to be true through personal discussions with two of these doctors and others from Dr. Ward who was a bit incredulous and astounded that they would admit it to his face.

By the way, I believe you will find to this day that the Chiropractic profession, through the policies of the Council on Chiropractic Education and the various state associations that promote laws prohibiting saying one method is better than another, is criminally negligent in that it prohibits technique or method based research in its schools insisting on a sweeping definition of manipulation as though all methods worked the same.

Because practitioners with a wide range of backgrounds and even laypeople will be reading this material, a glossary has been included to cover technical terms or other uncommon words used.  Please use the glossary to assure your comprehension.