Science of The Perfect Storm

What Is The Cause?

The Perfect Storm is an epidemic we see our kids facing today – caused by what I refer to as the “3T’s.” The “3T’s” are simply the three categories of stress: Trauma (physical stress), Toxins (chemical stress), and Thoughts (emotional stress). In today’s world, children are being assaulted by more physical, chemical, and emotional stress than ever. And this does not come without devastating consequences.

Trauma (Physical Stress)

Although bumps, scrapes, and falls are certainly a factor, I’ve found that undiagnosed birth trauma to be the common thread in nearly all cases that I’ve seen in children with these disorders. The attitude about birth in hospitals today is NOT one that encourages a natural delivery without intervention. Pitocin, epidurals, vacuum extraction, forceps, and C- sections are so common nowadays that they are considered “normal”. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no reason why the C- section rate in our country should be higher than 5-10 %. In many hospitals across the country however, this is not the case. In Oakland County today the average is approaching 40%.

Toxins (Chemical Stress)

Chemical stress includes not only the pollution in the air, soil, and water; but also our food, household cleaners, and medications- specifically vaccinations. This category could really be an article all by itself. Vaccination is a very polarizing subject, but no matter which side of the fence you’re on, there’s no arguing that injecting live viruses, chemicals, foreign DNA, heavy metals, aluminum, mercury, etc., is one heck of a heavy punch to the immune and nervous system of a developing infant or child.

Thoughts (Emotional Stress)

Most people don’t associate emotional stress with children, but this is something that begins all the way back at conception and throughout the pregnancy. While in-utero, baby and mother share a nervous system – so if mom is stressed, the baby is stressed. And again going back to the culture surrounding birth today, it can indeed be a very stressful time. All the doctors visits, tests, procedures, ultrasounds, scare tactics, etc. – it’s all about what can go wrong. Have you read the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting?” It’s like a Stephen King novel.

Cause and Effect

It really comes down to simple cause and effect. Whether it’s a person or a machine – a system can only function for so long under stress before things start to break down and fall apart. The “3T’s” are the stressors behind the CAUSE. They all feed the subluxation. The EFFECT is something I refer to as the “4D’s” as outlined below.


The first “D” is Dyskinesia, which simply means something is misaligned and/or fixated and isn’t moving as it should. Think of a door with bent hinges – it won’t swing properly through its range of motion. Where this becomes a real problem is in the upper cervical spine because of it’s close proximity to your brainstem and some very important nerves.

The undiagnosed birth trauma I referenced earlier plays a major role here. Even a natural birth with no interventions can cause a misalignment (subluxation) to the spine. But in an age where labor interventions are the norm and C-sections are approaching 40%, misalignments to the upper cervical spine are more severe than ever with more significant repercussions.

In his research, Dr. Guttman, MD, found that spinal injury was present 80% of the 1000 infants he examined shortly after birth, thus causing interference to immune and neurological function of the body. He concluded that birth injuries to the upper cervical spine are severely under- diagnosed, and therefore under-recognized for their significance. He further stated that the upper cervical spine should be examined after all births for vertebral subluxation, and adjusted by a Chiropractor if necessary.


Dyskinesia leads to the second “D” – Dysafferentation. Dysafferentation refers to faulty or confusing information traveling up through your spinal cord into your brain, which essentially is one big sensory organ. did you know there are actually 7 senses? Besides sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell; there is also movement and balance, but the movement sense is what we’re going to talk about here.

There are two types of movement:

Proprioception: Good, healthy, “brain food” movements to the nervous system

Nociception: Bad, noxious stimuli, stress, Metallica to the nervous system

Neurological stimulation from movement “charges” the brain’s “batteries”. Over half of the neurons in the spinal cord are there for this function. 60% of proprioceptive input comes from the spine, a third of it just from the upper cervical spine alone ! So it is a VERY important area ( and why the effects from undiagnosed birth traumas are so significant).

Therefore, if there is a misalignment (or dyskinesia) to the upper cervical spine (likely from birth), the communication is jammed. Proprioception is decreased and nociception (stress) is increased. This leads to a “stressed out” nervous system, otherwise known as Dysautonomia.


An increase in nociception input into the brain leads to the 3rd “D” – Dysautonomia. This is defined as a state of imbalance or dysfunction of the Autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is what controls your body’s organs, glands, and blood vessels, as well as all other major systems.

  • Immune System
  • Digestion System
  • Endocrine System

Your Nervous System really has two main modes of operation.

Gas Pedal Mode: This is survival, or protection mode

Brake Pedal Mode: This is where growth and development happens

Both modes are equally important, but you should spend most of your time in brake pedal mode – but especially when talking about a child who is going through more growth and development than any other time in their life. But if you have Dysautonomia, your systems aren’t in balance. You spend to much time in gas pedal (protection) mode which means you’re not spending enough time in brake pedal (growth and development) mode. And sense ” you can’t be in growth and protection at the same time,” this plays a huge role in these kiddos who have a neurodevelopmental condition.


Dysponesis is the 4th and final “D” and is defined as a reversible physiological state consisting of unnoticed, misdirected neurophysical reactions to: environmental events, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts: and the repercussions of these reactions throughout the organism.

Basically it’s errors in energy output and organization. Does that sound like something your child struggles with- energy output and mental organization?

In my office I’ve noticed 3 basic types of kids.

1) Raging Bull Kid – Stuck on gas pedal at all times (survival mode). ADHD, Anxiety, Hyperactivity, etc.

2) Drunken Bull Kid – Brain is disorganized and disconnected. Sensory Processing Disorder, Balance / Motor Issues.

3) Drunken / Raging Bull Kid – Both stuck on “gas pedal” and disorganized. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, Seizures, etc.

The scan that you see above is used to determine how efficiently the nervous system is functioning. In this example, the kiddo is a “drunken raging bull”, as evidence by his low pattern score and high tonal energy score. These scans are repeated at regular intervals throughout care to track your child’s progress.

Where Chiropractic Fits In

Most people would not put together chiropractic and kids, let alone kids with neurodevelopmental issues like autism. But after reviewing the information in this article, it’s easy to see how the problem is rooted in the nervous system. The nervous system runs everything – it’s a living breathing organ. Think of it as the “middle man” between brain and body. And depending on where the restriction is and how severe it is, it will affect each individual differently.

As a pediatric chiropractor, my job is to locate and remove these restrictions. In fact, no other doctors in the world are trained to do this. You go to the dentist, eye doctor, etc. for regular checkups, doesn’t it make sense to get your nervous system checked as well knowing it is the most important system in your body? Of course it does.

Ahern Family Chiropractic is different than most chiropractic offices. While we do treat adults with back pain, neck pain, and headaches; our specialty and passion is kids. The reason is simple; if you remove the nerve disturbance early enough, you prevent a small problem from becoming a big problem in the future.

We’ve gone through hundreds of hours of continuing education, seminars, and training that sets Ahern Family Chiropractic apart from other traditional chiropractic offices. There are a handful of Chiropractors in the state that have the same level of training that we do, so if you are not local, please contact us so we can locate a qualified pediatric Chiropractor in your area. Thank you.

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