1970 – “there is little cranial growth during orthodontic treatment; forward growth is opposed; this treatment should not be used.” Merrifield L. L., Cross J. J.: Directional forces, American Journal of Orthodontics, Vol 57, No 5, May 1970, p. 435-463
1978 – “Two groups of ten patients with postnormal molar relation, identical as regards facial morphology and dental stage, were treated for 8 months with cervical traction of the Kloehn type…[after the study] two had to get surgery for sleep apnea.” Melsen, B. (1978). Effects of cervical anchorage during and after treatment: an implant study, American Journal of Orthodontics, 526-540
1999 – “The children in the headgear group were found to have significantly more apnea/hypopnea periods during hours when the appliance was used, and the ODI-index showed increased values in this group.” Pirilä-Parkkinen K., Pirttiniemi P., Nieminen P., Löppönen H., Tolonen U., Uotila R., Huggare J.: Cervical headgear therapy as a factor in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, Pediatric Dentistry, Vol. 21, No. 1, January-February 1999, p.39-45
2000 – “The sagittal dimension of the upper airway was significantly reduced during sleep…the third cervical vertebra moved significantly forward by the wearing of the cervical headgear.” Hyama, S. et al. (2000). Changes in mandibular position and upper airway dimension by wearing cervical headgear during sleep. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 160-167.
2012 – “headgear flattens the cranial base.” Alio-Sanz J., Iglesias-Conde C., Lorenzo-Pernia J., Iglesias-Linares A., Mendoza-Mendoza A., Solano-Reina E.: Effects on the maxilla and cranial base caused by cervical headgear: A longitudinal study, Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal., Vol 17, No 5, September 2012, e845-51
Letter of Support
As you may know, Right to Grow offers zero cost legal support to people who have had their lives altered by orthodontic work. We are supporting our first case right now, Lalani v. Lear out of the BC Supreme Court. This case will set a precedent worldwide, and if we win, it will be a large force in putting a stop to orthodontic growth stunting.
We need your support now, more than ever. We have one shot at this. Please do your part as healthcare professionals, and citizens of this world to make it a safer, better place.
Life is hard as it is. Without a proper airway, life is beyond hard. Again, please do your part. If you are a doctor, use your power. Remember your oath. Now is the time.
Click on the link below to sign the letter. It is short, sweet and based on common sense, and you may be asked to give testimony based on it.
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1. All wild canids (wolves, foxes, coyotes, even domesticated dogs) use their paws to hold a twig, and rotate their heads, maxilla and mandible, and ERUPTING dentition around a ROUND twig to create rolling mechanics and proprioceptive force links between their teeth, the twig, masticatory system, spine and brain to guide their erupting cusps into perfect intercuspation for the optimal chewing of food. Human TODDLERS and CHILDREN with erupting adult dentition can hold a ROUND, raw carrot with their hand, and rotate around the carrot to guide the cusps of erupting PREMOLARS and CANINES into perfect intercuspation. They can do only this until perfect intercuspation is achieved in an area that needs better intercuspation. While doing this it is important to avoid normal chewing in those areas because normal chewing patterns can reinforce an incorrect force vector. Once the intercuspation is achieved, normal chewing can help to reinforce the new, optimal force vector.
2. Wild bears hold salmon with their paws, and use their erupting incisors to pull at the salmon, which creates force links between the incisors to align them, and to stimulate synchronous growth of the mandible and maxilla to avoid overbite, overjet. The pulling also engages the postural muscles to coordinate spinal alignment, airway alignment, and forward jaw growth with perfect occlusion.
Human toddlers and children can hold raw, smoked salmon or meats with their hands and bite into it evenly from the left, center, and right sides to simulate bear chewing. They can hold ROUND, raw apples and bite evenly from each side, while subtly rotating the apple, as they feel necessary, to guide erupting incisors and canines into perfect occlusion.
This BIOMIMICRY WORKS BECAUSE IT USES BIOMECHANICS. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY ADVOCATE FOR CHEWING HARDER FOODS. THE WAY IN WHICH HANDS ARE USED IS CRITICAL BECAUSE THE BRAIN’S PROPRIOCEPTION PASSES THROUGH THE HANDS AS MUCH AS THE TEETH.
Please do a comparative study with school children to demonstrate the percentage of children who can avoid orthodontics and extractions with these exercises. Forest Kindergartens would be most receptive to this biomimicry.
1. What percentage of children with a cusp to cusp malocclusion(class 2, etc.) have the malocclusion on the non dominant hand side because they never introduced food on that side, and the teeth were FREE TO ERUPT CHAOTICALLY.?
2. What percentage of children with crowding or malocclusion were taught not to use their hands and to use a fork?
3. Farmer children use both their hands equally to do labor, and do not have malocclusion. How do they hold and chew dried meats, crusty bread, hard cheese, ROUND carrots and other foods that they carry in the fields? Do they bite into food equally from every side, do they rotate a carrot with their hand?
OBSERVE CAREFULLY TO GUIDE HUMANITY AWAY FROM EXTRACTIONS/ORTHODONTICS AND TOWARDS BIOMIMICRY.
CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW AND TO TRY THIS.
PLEASE TRY THESE CHEWING TECHNIQUES WITH YOUR COMMUNITY.
Please create a you tube demonstrating the ROUND carrot and apple chewing.
NEVER. EVER cut fruit: the convexity of round fruit creates the biomechanics. cut fruit is flat and lacks the effect.