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Patient Testimonial on Robert Johnston, CAO Principal
By Darren David, current CAO Student

An Osteopathic Story of Gratitude - Part 7

“The Other Side of Wolf’s Law”

My son’s first treatment was done at the CAO in front of a year 3 and 4 class. We walked through the doors, and Mr Johnston reached out to my family, looked at my boy, and said, he was going to be fine. He said that it was a honour to treat him. He asked if we could do in front of students, to which we agreed to without hesitation.

The students and staff were respectful, kind, and compassionate. One student (now a professor) was kind enough to draw a scene from the event, and offered it to us as a token of appreciation before we left. We almost lost it in all the commotion, but it was, luckily, saved, and now hangs on my office wall.

The whole treatment was over and done within 10-15 minutes, but nothing was rushed. We took breaks when needed. There were no tears. Mr Johnston treated our boy in whatever position was most comfortable for him. Nothing was forced. At the end, we and the class were given an osteopathic diagnosis in that first session that was astounding for several reasons, one of which I would like to share here.

During our time with allopathic doctors, we were given the name of a genetic abnormality in my son’s DNA. We met with genetic councillors, who drew diagrams, crunched numbers, and gave us statistics of possible outcomes. That was it. Mr Johnston, on the other hand, began by stating that he believed in the powers of the body to self-heal and self-regulate, and that if the body was able, it would seek health. After the treatment, he and I spoke for a short time, and he told me that his issue was a digestive disorder. He told me that he had seen dozens of “genetic” disorders that were thought to be terminal resolve themselves because the body will find a way.

In osteopathy, we often think of Wolf’s Law as a contributing factor to mapping out a pathology, but it is really a response to stress that seeks health. Upon diagnosis, Mr Johnston, in that first contact, was able to note many things, including the digestive and eliminating mechanisms of the body that were being compromised; but he also mentioned there being a stress being put on my son’s spleen as a result of that compromised ability to eliminate.

As we have continued treatment, my wife has also been taking our son to Sick Kid’s in Toronto for blood work, as part of his contact with the medical world. A year and a half into their monitoring they noted stress on the spleen—something they had not expected, and didn’t really have an answer for; Mr Johnston, however, did.

The spleen was compensating for the backlog in the liver, and was seeking to change the structure of the bile ducts. Part of this was the body; part of it was treatment; all of it was osteopathy. From the onset, the body was seeking to right itself, and now, finally, it was helping it along.

Within an hour of that first treatment, our boy’s urine came out the colour of cola drink. Within 2 hours, although not solid, our son had his first dark stool of his life. We were on our way.
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