Runningdeer, I'm sorry you had a negative experience. I was also told that my thyroid was in the dumps, but I already knew that, so in my case, it's true. I do think thyroid issues are a HUGE problem right now because of all of the radiation from Fukushima. It's actually all over the internet and some states have been testing the thyroid function of newborns and reporting an alarming increase in hypothyroidism - especially on the west coast and Hawaii. The fallout has affected the whole world and the US is no exception.
I haven't found him to be "bitter" in the least; on the contrary, he's always been chatty and amiable. He always tells us about things we can be doing to protect ourselves from various environmental toxicities from EMFs to heavy metals to chemtrails to nuclear fallout - and these aren't expensive supplements that only he sells; one of the best ways to prevent damage from radiation is pectin and he recommended simply eating an apple a day (no pun intended. :) )
I don't think he's a quack; I think he does his research, decides what he thinks is legitimate and finds ways to protect the human body from damage.
He's not cheap, but to be honest, he charged a lot less than I anticipated for my daughter's orthodontic treatment. We were fortunate that she didn't need anything beyond the ALF and cranialsacral adjustments. I know a few people who have taken their children for dental issues and needed to address toxicity issues beforehand.
My daughter had both the upper and lower ALFs removed this past spring and then had braces put on the upper teeth and then the lower teeth around April/May. During the time that she had the ALFs on, people who we saw occasionally (maybe twice a month) kept commenting on how her entire face had changed. Her cheekbones expanded outward and moved forward giving her entire face a more rounded and full look. She's had very minimal discomfort and no pain whatsoever despite her teeth, palate, face and skull shifting in what appears to be a major shift.
Like I said previously, we've been seeing a myofascial/cranialsacral therapist all along who also happens to be our friend. One of the first times my daughter went to him after beginning her treatment with Dr. Smith, our therapist said, "Dr. Smith knows what he's doing, everything feels good!" And he'd been working on her for a while before she began treatment with Dr. Smith, so he knew his way around her skull. This past spring when Dr. Smith announced "I'll take the ALF off at the next visit, her head is straightened out!" I was so excited to see what our CST therapist had to say. After working on her for nearly an hour, he agreed that everything had moved into place. I'm so glad that I have this other opinion that I trust to confirm what Dr. Smith says. It's not that I don't trust Dr. Smith, but it's hard to take somebody's word when it's not something you can see for yourself.
I'm going to post before and after photos for you all to see - it's nothing short of a miracle as far as I'm concerned. We even think she can keep her wisdom teeth! This may not seem as miraculous to someone who hasn't been through what I've been through with orthodontists and my own mouth. To spare my children the destruction of their mouths (and entire head structure!) is worth every cent to me.