[Editors note. The NFOSD published Jack Eadon’s story in mid-November. He has a website, www.jacksgettingback.com where he has chronicled his medical and personal journey. On January 14, 2013 he began an intensive two week “Boot Camp” to try and regain his swallowing ability. As President of the NFOSD, I communicate with a lot of people suffering from dysphagia. One of the pleasures of this position is meeting other people, like Jack, who are determined and committed to do what they need to succeed. The NFOSD wishes Jack the best and hopes this intensive approach to therapy opens a new avenue in our arsenal for fighting dysphagia.]
UC Davis physician, Dr. Peter Belafsky, plans to fast in solidarity with dysphagia patients
Press Release – UC Davis Health System (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – November 21, 2012
A UC Davis physician is calling on colleagues who treat swallowing disorders to join him in a Thanksgiving fast as a way to raise awareness and show solidarity for patients who suffer from dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing food difficult or impossible.
Peter Belafsky, a professor of otolaryngology and an expert in treating people with dysphagia, sent a message today to physicians around the country asking that they consider joining him in fasting on Thanksgiving.
Dear Dysphagia clinicians, physicians, and researchers. We’d like your help. In a drive to offer further and fresh assistance to dysphagia sufferers, we’re looking for patient-oriented articles to post on our website and use the content in our growing dysphagia support group network. Whether you’ve already written an article and it’s time to repost it to a broader audience or there’s an article you’ve been thinking of writing, we’d like to share it. Help us get the word out!
The NFOSD team is constantly on the lookout for useful news articles. North Shore Pediatric Therapy posted a website article on Swallowing Disorders vs. Feeding Disorders in Children on October 16, 2012. The article was written by Gretchen Olson, SLP.
We field questions almost weekly from mothers who have young children with Dysphagia. We recognize a pattern of similar characteristics from these frequent contacts. The young child has generally been seen by multiple doctors or therapists over a period of a few years and there is no definitive diagnosis, physical abnormality, or known “reason” why the child is unable to successfully eat. In addition, the amount of time and energy exerted by the mother is draining to the point of near hopelessness.