I stopped the ALF treatment a few months ago. But I didn't feel like writing more about it then because it was just too disappointing. I wasted thousands of dollars, and my bite is non-functional, because I have "buildups" on the molars, and looks stupid with the teeth all jutting forward in front. Chewing is painful. I'm a mess.
Anyways, I wasn't completely convinced that the ALF did nothing for my skull until I put together this video of before and after x-rays. See it here:
It wasn't the best quality "after" x-ray-- it's all my practitioner would provide me at the time. I had to resize it and turn it to match it up properly, which is what they should have done too, if they really wanted to discover the truth.
I also sent a letter to Dr. Nordstrom, the inventor of the ALF, since my practitioner had been with him discussing my case and how "successful" it was. But also I was complaining. He's responsible for sucking people like me in with his claims as anyone. He responded defensively-- basically you can see his comments on the youtube video. I could have replied, but it's just no use. These people are going to believe what they want. Let the buyer beware.
One thing I didn't clarify with him-- I still believe the ALF may change the bones in the head when used in a developing child. So yeah, parents should definitely try this as opposed to extracting teeth, or harsh palate wideners that expand in intervals when you turn it with a key, as I had when I was a kid. The most striking evidence of this was an experiment done with identical twin girls, which you can see pictures of in this article: http://www.westonaprice.org/dentistry/1733-from-attention-deficit-to-sleep-apnea.html
Unfortunately for the less fortunate twin, it was the standard practice of the time to remove teeth for crowded palates. Only x-rays like my own would tell for sure what the differences there were in skull development, but it would be downright cruel to repeat this experiment.
But in adults, as far as I know, there is no such evidence. So I wouldn't believe it. It's kind of a ridiculous idea, but I was desperate to believe it, as I'm sure many are.
I should write to the WAPF to warn others, because I do think they're at least honest. But I just don't have the will to.
I'm quite self-conscious about my looks. I wonder if it's simply a major impediment in my life, or the
major impediment in my life. It's a terrible curse. I'd think I have "Body Dismorphic Disorder" if there weren't evidence that this is an actual deficiency. I wasn't supposed to be like this.
Basically the only way to even sort of fix this is craniofacial surgery. I was trying to go the cheaper and more natural route with the ALF, but it just didn't work. It's just disheartening to think that I'd have to fight so hard to even get a chance of having the personal confidence that most other people have never had to worry about. And if it looked the least bit weird, it would still suck. People want good nature, not a damn surgery.
I shouldn't be so disheartened though. I've seen a few really good results with surgery. I'd just want to make sure I got the best. You know, with full 3d modeling and manipulation. Ideally there could be someway to tell what my skull was supposed
to look like, but I doubt anyone does that. Because that's the only way I could be sure it could look natural. It seems as though my whole skull should be expanded, but I don't know if they do that.
Like see, this isn't bad:
And there's this. That's like, WHHHOOOOAAAAA.
But yeah, the biggest obstacle of course is the money. And especially because I don't want just anybody, but really the best that can be done for me. But I don't have money, and I can't get money. I don't even want to work because I'm so depressed and fatigued all the time. What to do guys? Shit just sucks. I'm 25. I'd think that it has to be soon or never. I still have a youthful body that could heal well, but that probably won't last much longer.
As for my fatigue, I'm trying a shot in the dark liver treatment I found on Google. See here: http://www.sensiblehealth.com/
. Sorry to get off-topic again, but please feel free to give any advice.
... I have also been off the raw paleo diet for some time now (I still eat raw on a weekly basis, but probably 90% cooked now). And have recently been eating increasing amounts of cooked starches in large part to reading matt's blog since cooked low carb wasn't doing alot for me. Although I think Matt has some good ideas, I take what I read there with a large grain of salt. In other words it's a good blog to get ideas from, but best to experiment yourself. His approach of overfeeding to up the metabolism is simplistic. I think the best take away I've had is really the importance of eating enough. Forcing calories down has not had any benefit for me...
Nice to hear it. Yeah, I briefly tried overfeeding too, but it didn't work for me. Then, more recently, he suggested people try eating a high protein breakfast, and 80% of their calories within the first half of the day. This is an interesting idea, and seems to jive with stories I've heard of how wealthy successful businessmen in the old days used to get up early and have a ridiculously large meat-filled breakfast. Successful? Wealthy? Early? Yes, sounds good to me! But no, I tried it, and I just get too fatigued when I eat a meal that large. This would make sense if I have trouble digesting, which may go with the current theory about the liver that I gave the link to above.
So yeah, I'm skeptical of Matt too, but boy does he continue to seek answers and learn more. He's determined to figure this stuff out better than anyone, and what a value to our society to have someone like that. At least he got us unafraid of carbs so far.