British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Wk 18 - Blog 18d - Keys in the Brain

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:38:32

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18d - fredag den 4 maj 2018
“Keys in the Brain”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

My philosophy professor, Dr. John Pauley, at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa confounded me often. His class was the most challenging. I could no longer find the answer in the book, nor memorize the text. I had to develop my own answer, then support the answer. UGH! It was the most difficult class I had ever taken. IF a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there, does it still make a sound? IF no one hears it, then the sound does NOT exist.

But the sound does exist! My entrained senses say: If something falls, it makes a sound. We live in gravity. Just because no one is there to witness it, the sound still happens.

With new technology, Maiken Nedergaard’s team saw something which has existed since the beginning of humanity. They dubbed a NEW system “the Glymphatic System” in 2012. The technology, known as two-photon microscopy, allowed the team to look at the flow of blood, CSF, and other substances in the brain of a living animal.

The Glymphatic System acts much like the Lymphatic System but is managed by brain cells known as glial cells. The team made the findings in mice, whose brains are remarkably similar to the human brain. Finally, the team could see the sleeping brain and see a network of channels in the brain whose purpose is to eliminate toxins using cerebrospinal fluid as we sleep.

Maiken Nedergaard is a Danish neuroscientist who discovered the Glymphatic System while working at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is now a professor at University of Copenhagen's Center of Basic and Translational Neuroscience. (wikipedia Maiken Nedergaard).

The “thinking of pre-2012” was that the body has a Lymphatic System, but the brain has no Lymphatic Vessels; therefore, it has no cleansing system. (see Blog 15 - Human Body 101 and Blog 3 - Olaus Rudbeck the Elder).

Dr. Sara “Sally” Sutton discussed this fact with me during our one of my many osteopathic treatments when I lived in Iowa. Her MET style of osteopathic treatment was so light and powerful, my center of gravity was corrected every time I saw her. Afterward, she fed me delicious meals. She is a brilliant wizard in the kitchen.

Dr. Sally is a wizard to many people, namely her patients, her medical students, and to me. Not a wizard in the black magic sense nor in the Salem Witch Trial sense of the words ‘gifted woman’ or ‘outspoken female’. She is more like the perceptive and wise Professor Albus Dumbledore at Hogwarts.

Dr. Sally Sutton is hardly fiction. She is a REAL pioneer. A woman through her own life, clearly went beyond the “Thinking of the Day” to reach for a new goals. As a student in 1953, she was one of two female students at Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery, now DMU in Des Moines, Iowa USA.

“I didn’t mind the teasing, but I greatly resented the profanity.” Dr Sutton said.

I remember one of her many stories, when we discussed my concussions. She had volunteered as the team doctor for the local high school football team. For the non-American’s reading, not fútbol which Americans call soccer. The American Football Game is the sport where the goal is to forcibly run over the person carrying the ball. One friday night during a game, a student was knocked unconscious from a tackle. He was benched on the sidelines. Being one of the better players, the coach needed him back in the game. Dr. Sally looked directly at the coach and said firmly, “Coach, if you put that boy back in the game against my medical opinion and advice, I will walk off this field and not return.” The coach put the teenage boy back in the game. Dr. Sally walked off the field forever; very sad for the boy’s future.

Dr. Sally made her stand nearly 20 years before Dr. Bennet Omalu. Dr. Omalu came to the USA from Nigeria. One day in 2002, a middle aged man who died of heart failure arrived on Dr. Omalu’s autopsy table. “Iron Mike” played 24 of his 50 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Webster’s brain looked healthy at first glance, but to Dr. Omalu - Iron Mike’s brain held keys deep inside.

Dr. Omalu was an outsider of the American Football religion when he studied the brains of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in American Football Players. The question was strong in Dr. Omalu’s own mind: Why, oh why…would a famous, well-loved, wealthy American Football player die homeless, penniless, and physically deformed from self inflicted wounds?

Enjoy reading more, thank you,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

“Concussion” by Jeanne Marie Laskas
“Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports” by Bennet Omalu.

Dr Bennet Omalu et al - 1st paper on CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a National Football League Player
Bennet I. Omalu, M.D., M.P.H. Steven T. DeKosky, M.D. Ryan L. Minster, M.S.I.S. M Ilyas Kamboh, Ph.D. Ronald L. Hamilton, M.D. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
Neurosurgery, Volume 57, Issue 1, 1 July 2005, Pages 128–134,
Published: 01 July 2005

Movie: Concussion

More Pioneer credentials for Dr. Sally:
Sara “Sally” Sutton, D.O. raised some eyebrows when she invited two DMU students to attend the AAO annual convocation in 1969. The unprecedented move also raised interest among students of the nation’s then-five osteopathic campuses, prompting the AAO board to allow students to attend the event if they paid tuition to do so.
Now, more students than graduate physicians attend the convocation, eager to learn osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) and muscle energy technique from experienced and often famous doctors.

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain
Newer Imaging Technique Brings ‘Glymphatic System’ to Light
Wednesday, August 15, 2012