The following are excerpts from the Talking Hands osteoporosis book by Atily Gunaratne and John Yuen.

Excerpt 1 – Igne

Six-year-old Inge’s doctor was right about one thing.

When young children, like Inge, experience pavor nocturnus, a sleeping disorder, also called night or sleep terror, they would probably grow out of it usually between ten and nineteen years of age, said the paediatrician, bluntly laying it out for Anna Cosenza, Inge’s mother.

As her motherly instinct took hold, Anna was certainly not willing to have her perennially “bad skinned” second daughter with “an often off-temperament and behaviour” wait possibly four to thirteen years for nature to take its natural course. The magnitude of Inge’s challenge and the specialist doctor’s prediction were such that few—if any—mothers with the patience of Job in enduring suffering, would accept it comfortably.

Since age two-and-a half, the young Cosenza had hardly “slept well, she has had nightmares all the time,” said Anna. “Inge would scream and yell for hours and hours. Sometimes, she would be screaming and we couldn`t get her to calm down. And these nightmares went on every week for four years.”

But early 2014, a change—of a different kind—took place.

Within a few days after the first osteopathic manual treatment at the Osteopathic Health Centre in Vaughan, “Inge’s screaming stopped a week after her first session with the osteopath,” Anna claimed.

“She no longer has night terrors. If she has a nightmare it would be now once in a blue moon. When that happens she would wake up and be able to talk to me and tell me what’s wrong—which wasn’t the case before.”

In 2014, Inge started grade one and according to her teacher, “she’s a smart student and she’s doing well,” said Anna.

Young Inge continues to visit her osteopathic practitioner but not as frequently.

Excerpt 2 – Sheridan

As a young woman in her early 20s, Sheridan experienced the discomforts of IBS—irritable bowel syndrome—a common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. With the help of natural health therapists like homeopaths, Sheridan, an analyst at a Greater Toronto Area construction company, overcame the aches and discomforts of this affliction that affects five million Canadians today.

Yet the worst was yet to come.

Fewer than seven years later, at the age of thirty with a husband and two kids, Sheridan experienced another GI problem, perhaps the worst of about sixteen other common gastrointestinal disorders—fecal incontinence (FI).

Sheridan described what happened to her: “If I ate anything, it would go right through me.”

“After my second pregnancy with my son, I had fecal incontinence that I could not get rid of. I tried many different things that helped me diet-wise, health-wise, but I couldn’t get to a point where it could stop happening,” said Sheridan.

But it did stop. But only after getting osteopathic treatment that capped 18 months of visits to medical doctors including a GI specialist, a functional medicine practitioner, a homeopath, and a nutritionist.