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I believe that birth trauma can be a possible cause of allergy for some patients.

A nine-year-old girl presents with allergies to pollen, grass, and the like. Her eyes redden, and her vision is affected. In the past her mother used natural remedies to manage her problem, but this year she had to resort to allergy medication and eye drops. She also has constipation with coughing and hiccuping spells.

There was emotional stress at birth. When mom arrived at the hospital in labor, she told the nurses that she wanted to have a natural birth. They said that was not an option at their hospital, and she would have to go to another hospital for that service. She reluctantly relented and followed the rules of the hospital.

Baby presented sunny-side up after 30 hours of labor. A vacuum-assisted birth caused a hematoma on her cranium, and her nose was compressed, red-colored from birth pressure. Vacuum-assisted delivery is a huge red flag in the Gillespie Approach. She was a fussy baby who often cried during her first two years.

Upon clinical examination, I found strain in the small intestine (constipation) and in the diaphragm (coughing and hiccuping). She presented with the anticipated zero-second brain cycle and a tight neck. I expect her to do well with treatment.

In the Gillespie Approach philosophy, birth trauma can cause fascial restriction in the sinus and eye area creating issues later in life. In 1947 I was born with eye and sinus trauma at birth, which was significantly corrected later in my life with therapy. This approach at birth would have saved me decades of wearing glasses and sinus issues.

Neonatologists need to realize the merit of the newborn work. Hospital administrators need to understand its health benefits. Insurance companies need to see its preventative value. Trained therapists need to provide it directly at birth.

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Dr. Barry Gillespie founded Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, which provides patients with a freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web, all critical to optimal health. Dr. Barry Gillespie also created the Baby Brain Score and discovered effective therapeutic techniques for newborns and infants. Read more about Dr. Barry Gillespie.

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