When Paramedic Christopher Downdike responded to a seemingly routine ambulance call the other afternoon, he never expected he would be coming face to face with a national movement made up of people who say they’re fighting for the health of their children and for their rights as parents to choose the medical care they feel is best.
Paramedic Downdike responded to a call for help from a local elementary school concerning an 11 year-old child who had fallen on their playground. School officials believed that the student had possibly broken his arm and had called 911 for assistance. Paramedic Downdike happened to be on duty that day, and responded to their call for help. He explains:
“When we arrived at the school, the staff waved us over to the playground where we found the child lying next to a swing set. He had jumped off of the swing and landed hard on his arm when he hit the ground. His forearm was bent in an unnatural angle and he had one of those fractures where it didn’t take an X-ray to tell that it was badly broken. The poor kid was really being a trooper about it too. He had to be in a lot of pain but he had put on a very brave face. I was really proud of him.”
The child put on a brave face, until his mother arrived.
“We checked the kid over for other injuries and didn’t find any. He hadn’t gotten knocked out and all of his vital signs were fine. He had good circulation and feeling below the broken area in his arm, so we really weren’t too concerned that he might lose the limb. We treated it with a simple splint and an ice-pack for pain. After we splinted the arm, the child appeared to be way more comfortable,” Downdike said.
But his mother had other ideas.
Downdike explains, “We were shocked when the child’s mother arrived at the playground. School staff had called her and we were expecting her to be happy that her child wasn’t more seriously injured. However, she was furious with us. She demanded to know why we had chosen to put a splint on her child’s arm and was absolutely livid that we had done so. She demanded that we take the splint off of the child immediately because she thought that we might be impeding the child’s natural energy flow or something like that. I’m really not sure what she was talking about.”
A growing movement:
The “Natural Alignment Movement” as they call themselves, are a group also known as the “Anti-Splinters” as they are called by most healthcare providers. They seek to end the practice of immobilizing fractured bones in such things as casts and other splinting devices because according to them, the splints are dangerous and cause harm.
Sophia Deerbird, a self-styled spokesperson for the Anti-Splinting movement explains, “Members of the Natural Alignment Movement believe that the body has a natural flow of energy along its bones and joints and that any and all trauma to these bones and joints creates a burst effect in the energy flow. This burst of natural energy has hard-to-measure, but definitive effects, usually manifested as pain or misalignment.” She continues by explaining that, “dampening this burst of the body’s natural energy with the application of a circumferential cast or splinting device has harmful effects that can affect a person’s body and overall energy field for years to come. Symptoms are subtle, but they are cumulative and powerful when they’re concentrated together.”
Sophia tells us that she completely understands the mother’s anger at Paramedic Downdike, whom she calls, “a tool of the orthopedic conspiracy.”
The practice of placing a “splint” on an injury is a medical practice that dates back to the earliest of all medical care. A splint is placed on an injury, such as a broken arm or leg, in order to keep the bones that are broken in proper alignment. It also protects the broken bones from moving and allows them to heal. In more modern times, physicians have placed their patients in hard, plaster casts that are usually worn for six or more weeks. However today, rigid casts made of fiberglass or other synthetic materials are worn by patients for the same time period.
Proponents of the practice say that broken bones must be kept in proper place and be protected from movement if they are going to heal properly. They also say that serious and dangerous health effects, such as a worsening of the fracture or loss of an arm or leg can result if the bones are not kept properly aligned. Splinting has been considered such as staple of injury care that it is taught in virtually all first-aid and emergency medicine classes from the Boy Scout First-Aid Merit Badge to Medical School.
Detractors of the practice state that the Orthopedic Conspiracy has been keeping knowledge of the secret energy flow from the public for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and that the body knows the right places for its bones to be. They say that splinting does not allow the body to heal itself in the manner in which it wants to heal.
Sophia Deerbird says “Who are we to say that the arm doesn’t want to be bent at a 45 degree angle from what the orthopods say is ‘normal?’ Who are they to say that they can block the body’s energy flow? And what about the so-called ‘safe’ materials they’re using in those ‘synthetic’ casts? I’ll bet they’re just riddled with toxic chemicals like toxins and such.”
We contacted Dr. Lance Severson, a pediatrician that runs a local practice for Syndicate Health System. When asked about his opinion on the “Anti-Splinter” movement he incredulously exclaimed: “What!?”
We explained Sophia Deerbird’s stance on the Natural Alignment Movement and he thoughts on splinting fractured bones. Dr. Severson listened to our explanation, and then had this to say: “What? Just no. No freakin way. First we have to deal with them whack-a-doodle anti-vaxxers and now this? I just, I just can’t, I mean.”
Dr. Severson chose to end the interview at that point, but referred us to Dr. Sherman, a chiropractic physician with an office located near the Mall off highway 47.
“Look, I’m a chiropractor. I’m not always in support of what the Allopathic doctors do to heal people, but this? This is just plain stupid. Can’t these people just use their brains? Please tell me this is a joke Seriously?”
Sophia Deerbird says that she’s committed to the anti-splinting movement and will be spreading the knowledge as far and wide as she can using her internet site and Facebook page, the Family Health Freedom from Splinting Network. “I just want people to be able to use their natural chi, or ki or whatever that energy flow is called. People can learn about it in my upcoming book, soon to be available on Amazon for $19.95. People can also read my newsletter which can be subscribed to at my website. It costs $10 per month, but the information is very worth it to me.”
When we asked Sophia about the parallels of her Anti-Splinting movement to the Anti-Vaccination campaigns, she exclaimed “What??? No way! We’re not like those people! They’re nuts!”
Pictured: A possible tool of the Orthopedic Industrial Complex
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