Why isn’t dental chair (tilting patient’s body) indicated?

Dr David Blanc, member of GEPEC made a presentation in the global meeting of GEPEC held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in Feb 2018. The following slides are the excerpts from this presetation. (The secretariat of GEPEC chose them to share with the Japanese pd dentists.)           Dr Blanc explained from the biomechanical standpoint why dental chairs (tilting patient’s body) are not indicated in dental practice.

Dr Blanc slides

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Letter to Japan Times : Increase rural-area health force

The following letter was printed in READERS IN COUNCIL, Japan Times 100523

Increasing rural-area health force

Recently newspapers have reported that Japan needs more medical schools because of a shortage of doctors. Medical school diplomas have become major and costly bottlenecks to the supply of competent doctors. Yet, in today’s world of the Internet, there are other ways to produce well-qualified doctors. Simple changes in Japanese licensing laws could provide an alternative to the medical and dental school diplomas that are required to take licensing exams.

First of all, licensing laws should be identified with a bloc of nations oriented toward global licensing. Collaboration on this goal from a broad range of appraisals would improve the content quality of licensing exams.

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My parent’s stance

When I was a child, I was motivated by my Mom and Dad’s stance, which came from World War 1 and their experience during the war. They both concluded that their children were going to be oriented basically as non-patriots. That does not mean they are against any nation. I remember them repeating to me that patriots are people who think like gangsters or who don’t know better. I was carried with that orientation very strongly into the World War II when I was drafted. I had no choice. Officially I volunteered within a week at that time I would be drafted to avoid having been forced into the Army or the Marines, so I volunteered to enter the Navy. I was forced into the military. When Japan bombed the Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt declared to enter the war. There was no option, and even my parents with their anti-war and anti-military stance had to go along with that. I entered the reserve. It would be a big shame to me to enter the regular army services. I stayed in the reserve. If I had gone to the regular navy, my ranks would have been higher, and I would have been better recognized and less suspected. My professional records in the Navy were very excellent in the Yokosuka Navy hospital where I was assigned.

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Maslow and my motivation

I first came to know Maslow* through Fukuo Morita. Maslow gave courses on motivation to top people in companies, universities, colleges. Fukuo took the course, because he was curious about my motivation that he could not understand. Morita was paying me lots of royalty in ’60s and ’70s, and I did not seem to be interested in it. My motivation was based on curiosity and moving further on. Maslow’s basic advice to top management of companies was “do not employ a person who is with this motivation”. If you do, we can predict two things to happen; this person either takes over the company or he will bankrupt the company. Bankruptcy was more likely, because such person is not interested in controlling any organizations. Many people are motivated to travel the world and dream of when he retires, he will go anywhere he fancies. That becomes his long term dream, and he is satisfied with it. Some people are satisfied with getting some property, ie. a house, a building, and a car. I was satisfied with a car and driving it, when I was very young. I was driving a truck, when I was at the age of six. I had a high satisfaction in control of vehicles at very early age. I have never had a desire to own anything like a house or a building. If I had waited for long time for what I wanted, it will become strong motive in my life, but I was satisfied too early. Maslow mentions the person who has been satisfied enough at his early stage with what most people sometimes wait for many years to satisfy gets  him to the level of motivation, that is,  the only thing he is interested in is how much he can achieve in his life. 160413

*Abraham Maslow – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Performance Logic

Acts, instruments and settings are derived as a unit with performance logic. This unification is realized with the use of space-time coordinates, scales of magnitudes and the systematized use of reference planes, lines and points centered on human beings to derive optimum control conditions. It directly relates the health oriented goal of health care with the detail required by educators and engineers.   860617

Systems Logic

Systems Logic is the faculty of  mind or representation concerned with reason for order or obtaining a concensus of order that reflects system. System is a manifestation of order or a pattern with reason. Final question is potential of minds such as finding of universal truth.

Setting Logic is Systems Logic concerned with the order in which human beings live or the effects of patterns conceived, manifested, produced, or arranged by human beings on human beings. Final question is optimal conditions for existence of humanity as related to human beings.

Performance Logic is Setting Logic conerned with optimal control related to valued goals in given settings. Final question is optimal conditions for control of human acts.

Clinical dentistry is a manifestation of results of the use of human hands.


How do I appraise people?

Once Mr. Fukuo Morita, president of Morita Inc. who was a very close friend of mine, asked me how I appraised people that I met, as I was going around the world and meeting many people. My preference is based on whether I want to spend more time with the person. Fukuo asked me what type of people I want to spend time with. My answer was that I classify people as ‘yesterday people’, ‘today people’ and ‘tomorrow people’ or linkage between yesterday-today, today-yesterday, today-tomorrow, tomorrow-today. Today-tomorrow problems are most immediate problems. I told him that I want to spend more time with either today-tomorrow people or tomorrow-today people. I said working with tomorrow-today gets more philosophical, but it is very helpful to orient to know how to answer to today-tomorrow problems.

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The relation between concept 0 and pd

Q: What is the relation between HC=0 or 0 concept and pd? Can 0 concept be derived from pd directly?

A: In concept 0, 0 represents absence or the whole. Concept 0 was originated in India, not my invention. Use of 0 in health care, however, maybe my invention. In Health Oriented Index, 0 denotes Health (=absence of needs of care; HC0), while in global anatomy, 0 denotes the whole body.
pd is the human centered base for appraisal of everything we do and everything we use to maintain or restore health.
pd skill and settings achieve the desired outcomes with least effort. So it is in line with 0 concept.    170318

More on proprioceptors

A proprioceptor is a sensory nerve ending that responds to stretch of elastic tissues. Proprioceptor input is stretch of tissues. Proprioceptors are mainly found in muscles, joints, ligaments and the body balance organ in the ear. Proprioceptor input is changes in tissue stretch.
Proprioceptor output in tissue or nerve paths is reflex. Proprioceptors exist in all animals, and are key to identifying animals from plants. The animal may be as small as an ameba, which demonstrates independent movement in reaction to forces of water current – this is input to proprioceptor. Dr Sherrington coined the word “proprioceptor” in comparison with interoceptors and exteroceptors. But I am not sure if he identified proprioceptor as a key of separating the animal and plant life. (Eg. eyes and ears exist in more highly evolved animals only.)

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State/nation governed care

State/nation licensing started as a fallout of Bismark’s Health Insurance bill which was enacted in 1883(con Otto Bismarck: 1815-1898, the “Iron Dictator”). Bismarck aimed to get support of workers/people for his nation. Benefits of military personnel were extended to all workers/people in the nation. The benefits included pensions and state governed health care. “State/nation governed care” の続きを読む