Chest Pain – Lower Left-sided

You are invited to take the challenge

Can you find the cause of lower left sided chest pain when there is no evidence on X-rays, blood tests, or CAT scans etc???

For more details view the YouTube video below

Try to determine the answer before seeing how I solved the problem in the 40 minute video below

The Personal Benefits to 300 million Patients resulting from my discovery of the precise cause of lower left sided chest pains

My discovery of the cause of lower left sided chest pain has brought benefits to many people. For example, doctors and specialists who, to their disappointment and frustration, previously found it impossible to explain the cause to patients, can now do so easily and quickly, and save 300 million of their patients up to a decade of uncertainty which often led to doubt and fear at the prospect of having heart disease. There is also the massive financial benefits to health insurance companies, and government subsidy budgets as can be seen below.

Check The Maths on 400 Billion Dollar Health Care Cost Savings

I have discovered the cause of several major illnesses which have been a mystery for 3000 years, and have roughly calculated how much this will save international governments in diagnostic and treatment costs. I invite anyone to check the savings resulting from my discovery of the cause of the chest pain in July 2014, which is 400 billion dollars per annum. Since then, on 16th January 2015, The Advertiser reported that the South Australian State Health Minister, Jack Snelling, has announced the merging of six major public hospital emergency departments into three here, and on 17th December 2015, page 4, of the Advertiser, the Federal Health Minister, Susan Ley, announced that the pathology services budget had been slashed by 600 million dollars. Some health insurance companies have been reporting unexpected profits, and regulatory authorities are reviewing and updating diagnostic procedures.

If and when I am paid for the chest pain discovery I will publish my other findings and quadruple the savings.

Economies of Scale in my fee for my discovery of the cause of left-sided chest pain 

5% of the population have this symptom = 300 million patients world wide.

Diagnostic costs prior to my discovery was approximately: $7185 each.

New diagnostic costs since my discovery: $35 each.

5% royalty = Only $1.75 for each patient.

Cost savings to government health care budgets internationally: A massive  $400 billion.

See more details in the chart near the end of this webpage and check or adjust the calculations.

See my other fees here

Consider This . . .

SmallDisplayThere are 7 billion people on the planet, at least 300 million patients with this type of chest pain, 15 million doctors, 1 million specialists, 100,000 medical researchers, including the best in the world, and billions of dollars have been spent on research in an attempt to find the cause, but nobody could solve the mystery for 3,000 years until I discovered it, and yet . . . 

I have seen people act as if they already knew it, and as if it is standard knowledge that has been known forever, or casually give the false impression that it is the result of general research without mentioning my name.

It was a major international mystery in the past but nowadays some individuals are casually referring to it as “it’s just a simple musical-skeletal disorder”.

When I was a teenager my doctor couldn’t explain the cause despite numerous diagnostic tests, but since my discovery 300 million teenagers who experience the same pain for the first time are given the answer immediately.

My discovery was made while I was writing my theories, and providing evidence for the physical cause of the chest pain in a section called “Assessment and management of medically unexplained symptoms” in the online version of the British Medical Journal, and it was published on 13th July 2014 here

Why the cause of lower left sided chest pain was a mystery for 3000 years?

It was because . . . 

Clinical examination showed no signs of scratches, cuts, or bruises.

There was no evidence of broken ribs or other injury.

Stethoscopic inspection revealed no abnormal sounds in the lungs or heart.

Measuring body temperature by thermometer was normal, therefore no fever.

Blood tests were normal.

X-rays, CAT scans, and MRI’s showed no cause.

Endoscopy and colonoscopy showed nothing.

Nothing was found at surgical inspection of the internal anatomy.

There was no evidence of lung or heart disease, or disease of the stomach or oesophagus, and no evidence of kidney stones, gall stones, or appendicitis.

Nothing could be found by microscopic studies of the internal anatomy of the chest  during autopsy.

The general conclusion was that the cause was unknown or was not physical, and must be due to stress, or psychological factors. This led to patients having doubts and anxieties about the possibility that serious problems such as heart disease were being missed. The treatment was to try to persuade them that the pain was due to emotional factors.

How I discovered the cause of the chest pain

I discovered that the cause was postural displacement of the 8th rib and it was published in the online rapid responses section of the British Medical Journal topic of “Assessment and Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms” on July 13th, 2014 as an essay called “The Banfield explanation for anterior displacement of the eighth rib and the cause of previously unexplainable chest pain”. See here.

This is a summary: I had that problem as a teenager, and it soon became obvious that my doctor didn’t know the physical cause and was assuming that I was worried about my heart, and that his primary objective was to reassure me that there wasn’t, and he prescribed various medications. On one occasion, with that well intentioned objective of reassuring me, a doctor yelled at me and told me to stop wasting his valuable time and get out of his clinic. However, in most instances I wasn’t worried about my heart, but merely wanted a logical and believable explanation for the cause, but NONE of them could provided one, and None of the medications had any influence on the symptoms.

About a decade later, when I was 25 years old, I began researching the cause of various medical problems, including that one, and soon found that the top researchers in the world could not find the cause, and were almost all concluding that it was due to anxiety or some other psychological factor.

Nevertheless I knew that the chest pain occurred at any time, such as sitting in a chair and watching TV, and that it didn’t matter whether I was worried or not, and had absolutely nothing to do with anxiety, so throughout the next 39 years I considered and evaluated countless other possibilities.

In the early stages I had concluded that postural factors were the cause, and later considered the biomechanicsl aspects relating to the angles of the spine and chest, but the precise mechanism remained elusive.

However, one afternoon, about 18 months ago, in 2014, I was considering some anatomical details relating to the slipping rib syndrome when I decided to place my hand on my collar bone and run it down the front of my chest and over the undulations created by my ribs when I found that the eighth rib was protruding forward about 1 cm.

This diagram shows a young boy with a vertical spine and a forward angled chest on the left, and one with a slightly stooped spine and a vertical chest on the right. The boy on the right has the physique which disposes to lower left-sided chest pain.

I then combined some of my observations from the past and knew the cause immediately.

One factor is the slightly forward curvature of my upper spine which moves the weight of my head and shoulders forwards and down the front of my chest.

The second is that my chest is vertical which means that the top seven ribs are aligned one under another, and when I lean forward the pressure is transferred to the seventh rib, which tends to push behind the eighth rib and nudge it forwards to eventually stretch the intercostal attachments and leave it loose.

In my case the ribs are now more or less fixed in position, but when I experienced that pain on numerous occasions as a teenager, the eighth rib would have been loose, and whenever I moved at a slightly awkward angle it would have slipped to pinch the nerve between it and the seventh rib.

The movements which caused the rib to slip were so ordinary that they went unnoticed, so the cause of the pain remained unknown.

In that regard, in the past fifty years I have had numerous illnesses, such as chest infections, kidney stones,  whiplash injuries, and a slipped disc in my neck, and six years of cancer during which time I had a full body CAT scan up to four times per year, and more follow ups since, and have probably had a total of more than fifty X-rays or CAT scans etc, but NONE of the reports mentioned the existence of that displaced rib.

Some of the reasons were that the postural mechanism which caused the rib to be loose was not known, and the slight movements which caused the rib to slip later were not noticed, and the pain was usually brief, and the rib usually bounced back to it’s normal position before the patient consulted his doctor later that day, or had an X-ray the next day, so the cause and the abnormality were not detectable.

In my case, in the early stages the loose rib may have been undetectable because it was briefly bouncing out and then back to it’s normal position, but many years later, despite the permanent displacement, it t was not considered to be a cause, and was therefore not mentioned in the CAT scan reports etc.

The health care cost savings to international governments

The lower left sided chest pains affect 5% of the population or 300 million patients internationally, and in a five year period each of those patients would probably consult a doctor or specialists more than 20 times, and be prescribed a dozen or more medications, and have up to 20 diagnostic procedures including blood tests,  X-rays and CAT scans, and some would have had more elaborate treatments for an estimated combined cost of $5000 each.

$5000 X 300 million = 1500,000 million, or 1.5 trillion dollars.

However, my method of diagnosing the cause only requires one doctor to examine the patient for 5-10 minutes at a total cost of $35 which means that I have reduced the international health care costs by more than 1 trillion dollars.

If I was paid a royalty of only $5 each time my method was used, or only a small fraction of how much I have saved governments  I would be a billionaire.

Time will determine that outcome.  Max Banfield

The health care cost calculations are easy to confirm

It should be a relatively easy task for investigative journalists, mathematicians, doctors, peer review researchers, health care officials, and politicians to calculate and confirm the cost savings due to my discovery and method of diagnosis.





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