Saturday, 22 June 2019

American Indian Bodywork: The Origin of Osteopathy

Manual osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and visceral osteopathy have roots in Indigenous  Bodywork.

Most people might not know, but the origin of manual osteopathy that Dr Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO founded over 140 years ago (in 1874) in the United States is based on traditional American Indian bodywork and healing arts.

Dr Still has commented on the bone-setting manual therapy techniques of the Shawnee tribe as reported by the director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in a lecture, who added that Dr. Still often used the phrase ‘Taking an Indian look’ at something.

The American Indian Bodywork involves manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue therapy, mobilization and manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, organs and cranial bones mixed with energy and narrative work.

Dr Still lived and worked on Shawnee reservation for many years. He learned Shawnee language and was quite fluent in it.

The cranial osteopathy, founded by Dr William Garner Sutherland, DO in the 1930s is also based on Indigenous Bodywork which works with energy and the breath. American Indian bodyworkers,  similar to craniosacral therapists of today (craniosacral therapy has originated from cranial osteopathy) move cranial bones, seeking the ridges. They however use a bit more force in applying pressure than craniosacral therapists. These practitioners use osteopathic-like soft tissue therapy, osteoarticulary and manipulation techniques on musculoskeletal system, organs and viscera, and joints, as well as acupressure on points and energy channels (that, in fact, correspond to the meridians). They combine all this with gentle oscillatory techniques and narrative healing, both verbal and energetic, using storytelling, and dialogue with the musculoskeletal system and with the patient, and intense breath work to “restore spirit” to all parts of the body, when giving treatments that they commonly refer to as “doctoring.”

The visceral osteopathy that uses manual therapy techniques on organs (mainly abdominal) has its root in American Indian Bodywork as well. Organ (visceral) manipulation was practiced by Native Indians for thousands of years before being presented as a distinct osteopathy technique by French osteopath, Dr Jean Pierre Barral, DO who began teaching visceral manipulation in 1985. 

Most of the bodywork techniques of Native Indians are lost because early Christians missionaries called it devil worship. However there still remains known techniques of Cherokee Bodywork along with Zuni and Navajo tribes bone-setting techniques which are very similar to the Shawnee Bodywork techniques in Virginia as they were neighboring tribes.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of National Academy of Osteopathy, National University of Medical Sciences and Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Manual Osteopaths can now join ACOPM

We are happy to announce that Alumni of National Academy of Osteopathy, National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA) can now join the American College of Physical Medicine.

The American College of Physical Medicine is a medical association open to manual osteopaths and other health professionals.

To apply for membership please contact ACPM directly at: Thank you.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Want to slow time?

Time flies for you? Do days, weeks, months and years pass without you feeling them?
You have only one life and that is a short one. You should aim to feel your life, to experience it to the fullest.

There are many techniques you can use to slow down time so you can feel the day.
For me the best technique has been to change my routine. Routine tasks are the main reason your days go by quickly without you feeling them. Change your routine. Be mindful about what you do on daily basis and change them as much as you can.

One of the best ways to change you routine and to slow down time is moving to a small town. Moving changes your routine. You will feel the hours and days of your life when you move.
Additional benefit is the decrease in travelling time. For example when I lived in Richmond Hill (Ontario, Canada) a while back, it would take me about 3 hours to go to work and come back. To go to the nearest supermarket would take me 30 minutes both ways. And so on. A lot of time I spent in the car travelling from one location to another. Living in a small town decreases your travel time greatly.

As I said in my previous post living in a small town closer to nature allows you to live longer, to become happier and calmer. Small town living is less stressful.

So if you wish to feel your life, to slow down time, move to a smaller town and that forces you to change your routine.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Palm trees in Switzerland?

Palm trees were brought to Switzerland in 17th and 18th century and were planted in public gardens. However the seeds somehow travelled to nearby forests and now some large sections of the forest have palm and other tropical plants!!

It is such a contrast to see palm trees growing in people's home here in Switzerland.

Other unrelated facts: Switzerland has the only square flag in the world! Also it is the only country in the world where there is a shelter against nuclear attack for all its citizens, 8.5 million shelters! Every community by law must make sure they have enough shelters for its people. Also all the incoming bridges, and roads to the country have bombs planted in them. In case of an invasion, the bombs will explode and the country will become fully isolated and like a fortress. Last fact: aside from free healthcare and education, they also have free medication (they only pay 10% of the drug fees). Switzerland takes care of its citizens.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Want to live longer? Think about where you are living.

Numerous research has shown that people who live near highways get more cancer. People who live in industrial towns with big factories get more cancer. People in polluted big cities get more cancer.

In some cities, like Tehran, breathing the city air is equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day! Just think about this for a minute. This means you, you family, and specially your children will have a shorter life.

I understand sometimes you have no choice and have to live in a certain place. But you can always change. There are always options.

Research shows people in small towns that are closer to nature live longer, are happier and more calm. The green color of trees, the blue color of water has therapeutic effects on people. It reduces stress and you know stress is the number one killer of people these days.

I love both mountains and the water. Some towns have both and that is the best type of living. To live in a place where you can see the mountains as well as the water.

I like the small towns and whenever I go, I stay more in the small towns than the big cities. For me they have more charm, are romantic and more natural.

So please wake up, think about where you are living. If it is near a highway or main street, where do you think all the smoke from cars go everyday? Even if you close the windows, they will get inside your home/condo. Do you know what that smoke does to you and your family? Can you accept putting them in increased risk of developing cancer?

The world is a big place and you can always make a living in a clean small town where there is no pollution, where you have access to trees, water or the mountains, where life is slower and you feel what life is all about. No more rush, no more traffic, no more pollution. Where people know your name and say hi to you on the streets.

My business trip to Switzerland is coming to an end. This was one of the best business trips I have ever had. So many clean, beautiful towns here with access to mountains and the water. Pure air everywhere, pure water everywhere. What a beautiful, natural, clean country. I am in awe of Switzerland.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

You MUST buy this book if you have a child!

One of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy in USA, Dr Kristen Poe has published a children book titled "Healthy Heath and his Magic Fruits and Vegetables: A book about kids nutrition, kindness, and celebrating individuality."

I highly recommend this book. Every child should know about healthy eating, and proper nutrition. By buying this book for your child you ensure a better life, healthier life for your loved one.

This is the best $12 you will spend in your life. A healthy child is a happy child.

Click on the link below now to order the book from Amazon: 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Meeting Albert Einstein in Bern, Switzerland

I met Albert Einstein yesterday in the Rose Garden restaurant in Bern, Switzerland!  

He lived in Bern between 1903 and 1905 and developed his theory of relativity here.

Rose Garden is a beautiful garden on a hill above the river that surrounds the old town of the capital of Switzerland on three sides. You can see Bern old town clearly from this garden.

People are so polite here. You do not see anyone speaking on a mobile phone in public places.
Everything is quite and peaceful. So few cars, no pollution, clean air, organic food everywhere, shops close at 6PM, people spend time with family a lot more and treat each other politely. I did not hear even one car horn yet! And trains and tramways arrive exactly on time, not even one minute late!

I walked to the End of the World!

I am not joking. I really did! Today I spend the day walking from the bilingual (German/French) city of Biel/Bienne in Switzerland to the top of Jura Mountain which is called End of the World (Fin Du Monde/End Der Welt).

The walk today took about 8 hours but was amazing. The mountain air is so refreshing here in Switzerland. I have never seen weather as pure and clean. And the view was just wow! I could see snow on the top of the Alps mountain! 

The pure oxygen helped me think clearly. My brain became focused and I went into a zen like state. It is this zen like state that makes me enjoy walking so much. I get to walk for hours without feeling fatigue.

I am grateful to God for showing me this beautiful country. God is great and this world is truly beautiful.

With a fig tree in Switzerland

I love fig trees. They remind me of my childhood and my father. He loved figs and when I was a child I would go to the top of the fig tree in my grandfather's farm to pick the best and sweetest looking figs for my dad. I would feel so proud when he bite into one and thank me for bringing such heavenly fruits to him.
No matter where I am, when I see a fig tree I remember my dad. I stop, touch the leaves and speak to my father in my heart.
Today I visited the town of Thun in Switzerland, one of the most beautiful little towns I have ever seen. I wish my Papa was here with me. I would give anything to hug him and hold him one more time in my life.

Saying Hello to Osteopaths!

Everywhere I go, I always make sure to say hello to the local osteopaths!  

What does $27 per hour minimum wage do to a country?

I wish all countries would have a high minimum wage like Switzerland. Lack of money is the source of most evil. And this is so evident in Switzerland as this is the safest country I have ever visited.

I am in awe of Switzerland and its people. Since I arrived here I have not seen even one homeless person, drug addicts, drunk people and any such signs of poverty. I have not seen any police here yet. The whole country is safe. I see young children walking on streets alone by themselves.

In almost all countries there are jobs the local do not want to do as it pays little. For these jobs employers bring temporary workers to country. As a result, a lot of the salaries these workers make are sent outside the country to support their families and that is the money the country loses. This money if stayed in country would benefit the country.

Here in Switzerland you do not see such things. I have not seen any temporary workers in restaurants, hotels and farms. Because the salary is high, Swiss people take the jobs themselves. As a result there is almost no one on welfare here, everyone works, and all Swiss people have good lives and high paying jobs.

Yes, the country is expensive. A two hours train ride cost me about $500 but they also make high income and everything seems better here. The food, cloths, services, and so on.

And I rarely see an empty storefront. This means businesses are making money. This means they do not go bankrupt by paying high salaries to their employees.

The whole economy improves if countries adopt a higher minimum wage for employees.

I love how the Swiss care about the environment. Here in the Alps, they only use electric cars. Just amazing!

Are you thinking about moving to Switzerland?

Moving to Switzerland is easy if you either have a lot of money or if you plan to open a business there. To move there for work purposes as an employee is hard as the potential employer must first hire a Swiss national. If a Swiss national is not available the 2nd choice is given to citizens of European Union countries (Switzerland is not a member of EU). Thousands of Europeans work in Switzerland. So if you are not European then the chance of getting a work permit is extremely low.
However there is a business class visa that is easier to obtain if you can prove that it is a solid business idea. The difference between a Swiss business visa compared to most other countries is that you are permitted to work in your own business. In many countries you can open a business but cannot work in it yourself if you are not a permanent resident. With this visa you can stay for 5 years (you must renew it every year) and after that you can apply for another type of visa which gives you permanent residency for another 5 years. After 10 years in Switzerland you can apply for citizenship.
Please note that you will pay business and personal income tax in Switzerland (up to 40% for personal income of over 400,000 Franc, which is about $560,000 Canadian). VAT is also about 7%. There is no capital gain tax. This tax rate is a lot lower than many other countries.
Switzerland is known as a tax haven country but only for the wealthy. There is a type of visa for wealthy individuals. They pay about 10% tax per year (depending on their lifestyle) as long as their income is generated outside Switzerland, they pay no additional tax which can save them a lot of money. This tax rate of 10% on personal income is a lot lower than other countries that charge up to 56% tax on personal income. Also as Switzerland has double tax treaty with most countries, this means the wealthy can pay about 10% tax here and avoid paying tax in their home country. However this visa for wealthy individuals is not good for people who are not wealthy as Switzerland allocates a fictional income of 400,000 Franc (about $560,000 Canadian for you) as your minimum income. Meaning you pay this tax for income of 400,000 franc even if your income is lower than that.
If you are not a millionaire then it is best to apply for a business visa which taxes you based on your annual income. Tax rates in Switzerland differ depending on where you live.

Canadian Osteopathy College Found Guilty

The first osteopathy school in Canada known as CEO (Le Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal) in Quebec and some of its teachers and students were found guilty and convicted for practicing medicine illegally which is a criminal act in Canada.

CEO is also known as the Canadian College of Osteopathy and Canadian School of Osteopathy in other Canadian provinces.

I am sad to see them become convicted. However I believe it is the duty of the school to ensure it, its teachers and students follow the established laws of the jurisdiction they work in.
We must all follow the law. There is no exception.

I always teach my students NOT to offer medical diagnoses as it is against the law in Canada and USA and a number of other countries.

Manual osteopaths can only offer osteopathic diagnosis, not medical diagnosis. They were found guilty of medically diagnosing conditions of the internal organs which is a controlled act.
This is a sad day for the profession.

We Now Have a Clinic in POLAND (Clinic # 256)

We started an Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada in Rzeszów, Poland.

OCPCC now operates in 26 countries! However this is our first chronic pain clinic in Poland.
Our phenomenon growth is directly related in our ability to treat last resort chronic pain cases. All our manual osteopaths take fellowship postgraduate studies in chronic pain management offered by National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada).

The chronic pain specialist in this clinic is osteopath, Dr. Jakub Modliszewski, DO, a graduate of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and a member of the International Osteopathic Association.

Our clinic in Poland is located at:

OCPCC Clinic # 256
ul. Lewakowskiego 1A/U1, 35-119 Rzeszów, Poland
Tel: 0048 792 97 98 32