In my practice I do not tell parents what to do. With the many controversies in pediatrics, parents have the right to raise their child as they see fit. But I have strong opinions about the Gillespie Approach possibly helping infants avoid some specific surgical procedures.
I have posted about hydrocephalus and craniostenosis and how the Gillespie Approach can help normalize brain function. This week a mother informed me of an anti-reflux surgery called fundoplication that was offered for her baby with severe reflux.
In our Lancaster infant research, reflux was one of the conditions that responded well to the Gillespie Approach. Layered deep in the infant’s onion, reflux was usually the last condition to clear in therapy before the baby became truly happy.
We believed that birth trauma caused craniosacral fascial strain in the esophageal/diaphragmatic/stoma
In the medical procedure the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach (gastric fundus) around the lower part of the esophagus. This operation creates a “new” LES. Let’s try our noninvasive therapy first before performing this surgical procedure.