Studies and Progress Notes (Dec 2008)
Pilot Study shows WHEE and EFT help students deal with test anxiety
Objective: This study explored test anxiety benefits of Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR (WHEE), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Participants: Canadian university students with severe or moderate test anxiety participated.
Methods: A double-blind, controlled trial of WHEE (n = 5), EFT (n =5), and CBT (n = 5) was conducted. Standardized anxiety measures included: the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) and Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL-21).
Results: Despite small sample size, significant reductions were found for WHEE on the TAI (p < 0.014-.042) and HSCL-21 (p < 0.029); on the TAI (p < 0.001-.027) for EFT; and on the HSCL-21 (p < 0.038) for CBT. There were no significant differences between the scores for the three treatments. In only two sessions WHEE and EFT achieved the same or better benefits as CBT did in five sessions. Participants reported high satisfaction with all treatments. EFT and WHEE students successfully transferred their self-treatment skills to other stressful areas of their lives.
Conclusions: WHEE and EFT show promise as effective treatments for test anxiety.
Daniel J. Benor, MD, Karen Ledger, RN, BScN, Loren Toussaint, PhD, Geoff Hett, PhD, and Daniel Zaccaro, Pilot study of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT (WHEE) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Treatment of Test Anxiety in University Students, Abstract presented at the Tenth Annual Toronto Energy Psychology Conference, October 24-26, 2008. Submitted for publication
IJHC – WHR Observations
This study was remarkable for showing significant effects with small numbers of subjects and for demonstrating that WHEE and EFT could produce significant effects in 2 two-hour sessions compared to CBT in 5 two-hour sessions.
WHEE invites people who use it to deepen and strengthen their intuitive and spiritual awarenesses, as it helps to reduce pains, stress and anxieties.
** FUTURE RESEARCH IN WHOLISTIC HEALING * *
The IJHC/WHR E-Zine features monthly suggestions for future research in healing.
READERS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT SUGGESTIONS FOR TOPICS TO STUDY
If your topic is chosen, you ill receive free access to the IJHC for a month, including the current issue and all back issues.
Study of WHEE for test anxiety in 4th and 5th graders
A study is underway in an elementary school in the US to explore WHEE for test anxiety. Pilot explorations showed that WHEE is very helpful in this age group for stress and distress of all sorts.
WHEE is easy to learn and use, and produces impressive results within minutes, calming children even when they are severely distressed.
Request for research help
YOUR BRIEF HELP IS REQUESTED FOR RESEARCH
A researcher is doing a short survey and was wondering if you wouldnt mind helping with some research on digestive issues. "I am trying to see in the general population, the percentage of digestive disorders, the severity and how they have been helped with the traditional medical mode."http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=6Ok0wFD_2bqtf8fkkOniRgTA_3d_3d
* * WHOLISTIC APPROACHES * *
In pain? Take one masterpiece, three times a day
When people were viewing paintings that they found pleasant, they experienced less pain in a laboratory where they were ‘zapped’ with a laser. This was not true when they were viewing paintings they found unpleasant or were staring at a blank wall.
Source: New Scientist 18 September 2008
From Consciousness and Cognition, DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2008.07.002).
IJHC – WHR Observations
This is more than a distraction technique, since the positive paintings worked better than the negative ones or the blank wall. This study is in line with the general observation that when we are in a pleasant space, we are less likely to suffer from chronic pains.
Probiotics to prevent infections
“Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is usually caused by aspiration of pathogenic bacteria from the oropharynx, and hence oral decontamination with antiseptics such as chlorhexidine (CHX) or antibiotics has been used as prophylaxis against this complication. We hypothesised that the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus plantarum 299 (Lp299) would be just as efficient as CHX in reducing the pathogenic bacterial load in the oropharynx of tracheally intubated, mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients…
In this pilot study, we found no difference between Lp299 and CHX used in oral care procedures, when we examined the effects of those agents on colonisation of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the oropharynx of intubated, mechanically ventilated patients.”
Source: Klarin, Bengt et al. Use of the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299 to reduce pathogenic bacteria in the oropharynx of intubated patients: a randomised controlled open pilot study, Critical Care 6 November 2008 http://ccforum.com/content/12/6/R136
IJHC – WHR Observations
Proboiotics, the use of ‘friendly bacteria,’ is an innovative way to prevent infections in people who are critically ill and have to be on assisted respiration with a mechanical device. Probiotics are much les likely to be harmful than antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill helpful bacteria elsewhere in the body; can produce allergic reactions that are sometimes fatal; and in the long term can breed extra-strong bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. (The latter is becoming a serious problem in many hospitals.)
* * COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES * *
Vitamin D Stops Cancer; Cuts Risk In Half
American Cancer Society Drags its Feet
“A new study of 3,299 persons has shown that those with higher levels of vitamin D cut their risk of dying from cancer in half. (1) Another recent study shows that ample intake of vitamin D, about 2,000 IU per day, can cut breast cancer incidence by half. (2) Still more research found that inadequate Vitamin D is "associated with high incidence rates of colorectal cancer" and specifically urges that "prompt public health action is needed to increase intake of Vitamin D-3 to 1000 IU/day." (3)
Vitamin D's anticancer properties are so evident, and so important, that the Canadian Cancer Society now recommends supplementation with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D per day for all adults in winter, and year-round for persons at risk. (4)
The American Cancer Society, however, is dragging its feet, still maintaining that "More research is needed to define the best levels of intake and blood levels of vitamin D for cancer risk reduction." (5)
What is taking them so long?
Researchers in 2006 noted that "The evidence suggests that efforts to improve vitamin D status, for example by vitamin D supplementation, could reduce cancer incidence and mortality at low cost, with few or no adverse effects." (6)
If you search the US National Institutes of Health's Medline online database for "cancer vitamin D," you will find over five thousand papers. . . some dating back nearly 60 years.
It's true: physician reports on vitamin D stopping cancer have been ignored for decades.
In 1951, T. Desmonts reported that vitamin D treatment was effective against Hodgkin's disease (a cancer of the lymphatic system). (7) That same year, 57 years ago, massive doses of vitamin D were also observed to improve epithelioma. (8) In 1955, skin cancer was again reported as cured with vitamin D treatment. (9) In 1963, there was a promising investigation done on vitamin D and breast cancer. (10) Then, in 1964, vitamin D was found to be effective against lymph nodal reticulosarcoma, a non-Hodgkin's lymphatic cancer. (11)
The American Cancer Society has been obsessed with finding a drug cure for cancer. Pharmaceutical researchers are not looking for a vitamin cure. And when one is presented, as independent investigators and physicians have continuously been doing since 1951, it is ignored.
No longer. Michael Holick, MD, Boston University Professor of Medicine, has come right out and said it: "We can reduce cancer risk by 30 to 50% by increasing vitamin D. We gave mice colon cancer, and followed them for 20 days. Tumor growth was markedly reduced simply by having vitamin D in the diet. There was a 40% reduction in tumor size. And, casual sun exposure actually decreases your risk of melanoma. Everyone needs 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day." (12)
What about safety? Yes, it is possible to get too much vitamin D, but it is not easy. "One man took one million IU of vitamin D per day, orally, for six months, "says Dr Holick. "Of course, he had the symptoms of severe vitamin D intoxication. His treatment was hydration (lots of water), and no more vitamin D or sunshine for a while. He's perfectly happy and healthy. This was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.(13) I have no experience of anyone dying from vitamin exposure. In thirty years, I've never seen it."
There are, of course, some reasonable cautions with its use. Persons with hyperparathyroidism, lymphoma, lupus erythematosus, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, kidney disease, or those taking digitalis, calcium channel-blockers, or thiazide diuretics, should have physician supervision before and while taking extra vitamin D. And when employing large doses of vitamin D, periodic testing is advisable.
But 1,000 IU per day of vitamin D is simple and safe. Some authorities recommend much more. (14, 15) The American Cancer Society recommends less.
What a shame.”
(1) Pilz S, Dobnig H, Winklhofer-Roob B et al. Low serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D predict fatal cancer in patients referred to coronary angiography. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 May;17(5):1228-33. Epub 2008 May 7.
(2) Garland CF, Gorham ED, Mohr SB et al. Vitamin D and prevention of breast cancer: pooled analysis. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol, 2007. Mar;103(3-5):708-11.
(3) Gorham ED, Garland CF, Garland FC, Grant WB, Mohr SB, Lipkin M, Newmark HL, Giovannucci E, Wei M, Holick MF. Vitamin D and prevention of colorectal cancer. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2005 Oct;97(1-2):179-94.
content/PED_3_2X_Diet_and_Activity_Factors_That_Affect_Risks.asp Accessed Aug 29, 2008.
(6) Garland CF, Garland FC, Gorham ED, Lipkin M, Newmark H, Mohr SB, Holick MF. The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention. Am J Public Health. 2006 Feb;96(2):252-61.
(7) Desmonts T, Duclos M, Dalmau. [Favorable effect of vitamin D on the evolution of a case of Hodgkin's disease.] Sang. 1951;22(1):74-5. And: DESMONTS T. [Favorable action of vitamin D in leukemic erythroderma and Hodgkin's disease.] Pathol Gen. 1951 Mar;51(326):161-4. Also: VACCARI R. [Vitamin D2 and experimental carcinogenesis.] Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1952 Aug-Oct;28(8-10):1567-9.
(8) Sainz de Aja Ea. [Case of an epithelioma in a patient treated with massive doses of vitamin D.] Actas Dermosifiliogr. 1951 Nov;43(2):169-70.
(9) Linser P. [Spontaneous cure of skin carcinoma by vitamin D treatment.] Dermatol Wochenschr. 1955;132(40):1072-3. German.
(10) Gordan GS, Schachter D. Vitamin D activity of normal and neoplastic human breast tissue. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1963 Jul;113:760-1.
(11) Desmonts T, Blin J. [Action of Vitamin D3 on the course of a lymph nodal reticulosarcoma.] Rev Pathol Gen Physiol Clin. 1964 Mar;64:137. French.
(12) Andrew W. Saul Interviews Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD. http://www.doctoryourself.com/holick.html
(13) Koutkia P, Chen TC, Holick MF. Vitamin D intoxication associated with an over-the-counter supplement. N Engl J Med. 2001 Jul 5;345(1):66-7.
(14) Vitamin D Boosts Health, Cuts Cancer Risk in Half. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 3, 2007. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n06.shtml
(15) Doctors Say, Raise the RDAs Now. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 30, 2007. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n10.shtml
For more information:
Saul AW. Vitamin D: Deficiency, diversity and dosage. J Orthomolecular Med, 2003. Vol 18, No 3 and 4, p 194-204. http://www.doctoryourself.com/dvitamin.htm
Online access to free archive of nutritional medicine journal papers: http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/
A free, non-commercial vitamin D newsletter is available from John Cannell, M.D., and the Vitamin D Council: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org
Sunlight, Nutrition And Health Research Center: http://www.sunarc.org
Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org
The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.
Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., Editor and contact person. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To Subscribe at no charge: http://www.orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html
IJHC – WHR Observations
This is vitally important news. The conventional approach is to fight cancer after it is found. Prevention is a much better approach.
CAM USE AMONG CHRONIC PAIN CLINIC PATIENTS
“Complementary and alternative therapies have enjoyed increasingly widespread use in recent years. Because of this trend, we were eager to obtain a better grasp on the actual number of people in our hospital's pain clinic who have used these modalities. In an effort to explore the use of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) by patients seen in an anesthesiology chronic pain clinic, we conducted a study using a questionnaire. This questionnaire contained two sections, one covering complementary/alternative modalities and the other dealing with herbals or nutraceuticals. More than 400 patients were surveyed, 41% of whom were male and 59% of whom were female. Comparing alternative therapies by gender revealed no statistical difference in males versus females. The most commonly chosen modalities overall were nutraceuticals, massage therapy, and acupuncture. In terms of age, we found that the patients surveyed who were older than 60 years of age preferred nutraceuticals, and that the younger age group preferred more interactive relaxation techniques, such as meditation and massage.“
Source: Konvicka J., et al. Complementary/Alternative Medicine use among chronic pain clinic patients J PeriAnesthesia Nursing (January 26, 2008, (23)1, 17-23.
IJHC – WHR Observations
There is a spectrum of CAM approaches for dealing with pains, from totally self-healing (e.g. meditation, relaxation, fitness, diet, WHEE and other Energy Psychology methods, yoga, qigong) through interactive (counseling/ psychotherapy/ WHEE and other Energy Psychology methods) to passive (e.g. massage, acupuncture, and related derivatives). My personal and professional experience is that the more responsibility people take for their own health, the deeper the healings that they can achieve.
My personal preference for dealing with pain is through WHEE, which empowers you to heal yourself, and opens you to connections with every level of your being – body, emotions, mind, relationships and spirit. WHEE enables you to apply this self-healing method to any aspect of your life that you would like to change. Furthermore, WHEE invites you to install positives to replace the negatives you have released.
More CAM reviews at
* * TECHNOLOGY * *
Astronomers capture first optical photo of exoplanet orbiting nearby star.
“This 2006 Hubble Space Telescope optical image shows the belt of dust and debris (bright oval) surrounding the star Fomalhaut and the planet (inset) that orbits the star every 872 years and sculpts the inner edge of the belt. A coronagraph on the Advanced Camera for Surveys blocks out the light of the star (center), which is 100 million times brighter than the planet.
After 8 years and repeated photographs of a nearby star in hopes of finding planets, University of California, Berkeley, astronomer Paul Kalas finally has his prize: the first visible-light snapshot of a planet outside our solar system.”
The challenge of identifying this tiny mote in the image of the star that is 25 light years away is comparable to photographing a candle next to a floodlight. Modern photographic techniques allow the subtraction of the starlight from the image, leaving the photographic image of the planet, estimated to be about the size of Jupiter.
Source: Astronomy, November 13, 2008 www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=7599
IJHC – WHR Observations
This is a truly phenomenal feat. I find this incredibly exciting and inspiring.
When I’m tired, at the end of a day’s work, I’ll sometimes treat myself to a virtual trip through the glaxies on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
A stroll through archives of years of daily photos of the cosmos refreshes my awareness of being part of something far vaster than myself.
My reason tells me that on those other planets there almost certainly must be races older than humanity, and hopefully wiser and less homicidal and suicidal.
My intuition (supported by research in telepathy – showing that mind to mind communication knows no limits of distance or time) tells me that we can be in contact with them – through intuitive modes of awareness – if we but open ourselves to these modes of consciousness.
For me, opening my own awareness in these directions has been a marvelous series of lessons in letting go of fears of the intuitive and healing realms of human interactions.
But then, I don’t have to look to the stars for this, if I am really awake and aware... The miracle of existence of life here on planet Earth is pretty awesome too... And the beauty in a dewdrop on a flower petal or spider web can remind me of this as well...
Connecting to the living consciousness of our planet is both deeply heartening and heart-rending at the same time. Much healing needed here...
Saving lives in a virtual world
Paramedics learn on the job, as much as in their training. This is a natural experience in any occupation. However, the work of paramedics may involve life and death consequences. Errors can carry very high costs.
Second Life is a 3D virtual world where characters can create their own scenarios. Paramedic students in hospitals in England are using this program to learn and practice options in various challenging situations. Here, mistakes are harmless learning experiences.
“In the virtual world they can treat patients by checking a pulse, dressing wounds and administering drugs.
They can also access a toolkit, including all the equipment typically found in an ambulance, such as oxygen masks and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to test electrical activity in the heart.
After assessing and treatment the 'patient' at the scene, students have to decide how to get the patient into the ambulance and then set a GPS device to take them to the hospital where they hand over the patient notes - which are then emailed to a real-life tutor for feedback…
The e-learning unit now plans to expand Second Life lessons to students on a range of other healthcare courses such as midwifery and physiotherapy.”
Problem-based Learning in Virtual Interactive Educational Worlds (PREVIEW
* * ENVIRONMENT (HEALING OUR PLANET) * *
I'd like to announce the launch of Unscrew America, the brainchild of An Inconvenient Truth producer Lesley Chilcott and Austin's SG&M Idea City. The site is about getting people to Unscrew their regular light bulbs and to screw in more energy-efficient ones in the form of CFLs and LEDs. LEDs are the next big thing in lighting technology and use 97% less energy than regular lightbulbs. They're trying to share all these nifty facts with everyone, but it's evident their target audience are Milennials as the site reads more like a game and resembles something that might have come out of Napoleon Dynamite's notebook. Aside from looking cool, it's filled with tons of useful information about both types of bulbs, covering everything from disposal of your CFLs when they burn out to a highly complex mathematical algorithm about how buying more expensive bulbs now can save you money in the future. Check it out at www.unscrewAmerica.org.
IJHC – WHR Observations
Read up on the LED lights in particular. The CFLs have mercury in them that creates a hazardous waste problem at the end of their useful life – however much longer this is than ordinary bulbs.
Carbon emissions rising in developed nations
“Emissions of greenhouse gases by industrialised nations rose 2.3% from 2000 to 2006, according to new figures from the UN's climate change agency… The worst culprit has been Canada. Its emissions since 1990 have shot up 21.3% - they should have fallen 6%... Recently the biggest rise was recorded by the Eastern European bloc, with emissions up 7.4% since the turn of the century… The UK is one of the few countries on track with emissions targets.”
IJHC – WHR Observations
Carbon emissions must be curtailed. The continued rises are unconscionable. Even though economic concerns are dominating headlines, they must not be allowed to overshadow the dangers of runaway global heating.
* * HUMAN ECOLOGY* *
Your Creative Genius Mindset: The Essential Qualities for Thinking Outside the Box
To be creative is to have the capacity to think freely, openly, without limitations or constraints about problems and challenges. Creativity allows you to think outside of the box, around the box and through the box in an imaginative and free flowing manner.
A Creative Genius has a certain set of qualities, beliefs, methods of talking to themselves, asking the right kinds of questions and taking strategic actions that naturally cultivate creativity within the recesses of their minds. By consistently and persistently instilling these traits into your psyche, you can supercharge your mind and unlock your capacity for creative thought.
The Qualities of a Creative Genius Mind
Flexibility: A Creative Genius is flexible in thought, opinion and in the decisions they make on a daily basis.
Possibility Thinker: A Creative Genius persistently thinks about the possibilities that are available to them at any one moment in time.
Risk Taker: A Creative Genius fully understands that without “risk” there can be no worthwhile rewards.
Focused: A Creative Genius is fully focused and locked mentally on the goals they seek to achieve.
Imaginative: A Creative Genius utilizes the full capacity of their imagination to find the answers they need to overcome the challenges in their life.
Dedicated: A Creative Genius is fully committed and dedicated to the outcomes and objectives they seek to achieve.
Patient: A Creative Genius realizes that creativity is a process that involves patience and careful preparation.
And more… at the link below
The Proactive Actions of a Creative Genius
Proactive Learning: A Creative Genius fully understands that life is a process of constant and never ending learning and self-improvement.
Journaling: A Creative Genius keeps a regular record of their life experiences, learnings and questions within a journal.
Mind Mapping: A Creative Genius consistently uses a set of accelerated learning tools that help to build strong associations between seemingly unrelated ideas within their minds.
These Creative qualities are very much like muscles -- they must be trained and built over the course of days, weeks, months and years. The more time you spend flexing these muscles and utilizing them, the stronger, more creative, effective and efficient they will become. And when you have these qualities ingrained deeply within your psyche, then your true Creative Genius Capacity will finally shine through.
Source: Lifehack.org September 3, 2008
IJHC – WHR Observations
Refreshing to have a website with a very generous harvest of positive observations and suggestions!
See Ancient Rome in 3D
Open Google Earth and select "Ancient Rome 3D" in the Gallery layer
In the Ancient Rome 3D layer, you can:
* Fly into Rome as it looked in 320 A.D.
* Tour the interior of famous buildings.
* Visit the sites in 3D such as the Roman Forum, Colosseum and the Forum of Julius Caesar.
* Learn about how the Romans lived.
IJHC – WHR Observations
Bringing architectural history to into virtual reality. Wow!