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June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06

Complementary Health-Care Leaders Attend "Beyond the Dura" 2003 Conference

By Editorial Staff

More than 20 speakers and panelists from diverse fields of complementary and alternative health care joined host John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, world-renowned developer of CranioSacral Therapy, at the eighth biennial "Beyond the Dura" research conference, April 30-May 4, at the Jupiter Beach Resort in Jupiter, Florida.

The five-day event, which offered a mix of individual presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions, focused on the use of complementary techniques in conjunction with mainstream and other alternative approaches for specific conditions.

One of the hot topics discussed was the case of conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, whose story appeared on NBC's Dateline and in previous issues of Massage Today (see and Dr. Upledger, Sally Fryer, PT, and several other event presenters, have provided crucial therapy to help prepare the twins for separation surgery. Kenneth Salyer, MD, one of the separation team's lead surgeons and founder of the Dallas-based World Craniofacial Foundation that brought the twins to the United States in June 2002, also spoke during the conference.

Andrew Fryer, MD, FAAP, delivered the conference's keynote address. Dr. Fryer, a pediatric cardiologist from Dallas, Texas, has increased his use of CranioSacral Therapy from tentative office trials into the armamentarium of therapies he offers his patients. He has successfully introduced the technique into the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and at the scene of major, life-threatening traumas.

This year's event included numerous presenters covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, "Exploring New Realms of Healing With CranioSacral Therapy: More About Cell Talk";
  • Michael Allen, MD, "A New Rx for Pediatric Medicine: Case Studies of CranioSacral Therapy in a Traditional Practice";
  • Alaya Chikly, CMT, "Healing Relationships and the Emotional Component of Disease";
  • Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.), "The Dream of the Soul and the Lymphatic System: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Aspects";
  • Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, "CranioSacral Dissection: Further Validations and Discoveries";
  • Andrew Fryer, MD, "Transformation of a Medical Practice With CranioSacral Therapy: A Work in Progress";
  • Tim Hutton, PhD, LMT, CST-D, "The Physics of Energy, Energy Work and Energy Cysts: Benefits and Limitation";
  • Jon Kabara, PhD, "Mother's Milk: The First Neutriceutical"; and
  • Kenneth Salyer, MD, "Craniofacial Surgery: The Extra-Dural Approach to Quality of Life."

Other presenters included: Don Ash, PT, CST-D; Judith Bluestone; Cloe Couturier, LMT/CO, CST-D; Sally Fryer, PT, CST; Alison Hazelbaker, MA, IBCLC, CST; Rebecca Flowers Giles, OTR, SCP, CST-D; Susan Vaughan Kratz, OTR, BCP; Sally Morgan, PT; Sheryl McGavin, MBA, OTR/L; Dalia Nitzani; and Sanno Visser, DO, CST-D.

Beyond the Dura 2003 also included a reception to honor the Upledger Institute for including massage therapists in the network of other allied health professionals; and a Friday evening wine tasting, with silent and live auctions to benefit The Upledger Foundation's programs (including the Conjoined Egyptian Twins Surgery Fund).


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