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Studies and Progress Notes (Jan 2012)
* * SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND WHOLISTIC HEALING * *
Study descriptions of healing touch with veterans experiencing chronic neuropathic pain from spinal cord injury
IJHC – WHR Observations Quantitative studies of pain may miss many important aspects of the pain experience. Even in this brief abstract it is apparent that different people have different experiences even with the same clinical diagnosis. My own experience in researching WHEE for people with chronic pain, depression and anxiety is that whatever the physical sources of pain, there are always contributory, if not causative, psychological issues. Addressing the psychological issues may completely relieve the pain, even though physical pathology remains.
Abstract CONTEXT: Spinal cord injury often results in chronic pain syndromes that conventional pain management is unable to resolve. Healing Touch (HT) is a biofield therapy that involves using the hands to promote healing and mediate the perception of pain by affecting the energy field of the person. The practice of HT is based on the premise that the energy field has the ability to provide valuable information about the person's physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual condition and can influence the dense matter of physical form.
OBJECTIVE: This secondary analysis using case study reviews describes two different experiences of receiving a HT session for management of chronic neuropathic pain and its sequelae, utilizing energy field data and reports of participants and their HT practitioners.
DESIGN: Qualitative case study approach was used.
SETTING: Data were obtained from 42 HT sessions that took place within the homes of seven veterans with spinal cord injury.
METHOD: Two cases involving the most common patterns of response were selected from seven cases to represent the participants' and practitioners' experiences. A descriptive qualitative approach informed the results.
RESULTS: The findings indicate that a variety of experiences can exist in individuals with chronic pain due to spinal cord injury; experiences will also vary with their healing touch practitioners. There are commonalities in the perception of the practitioners in the damage to the energy field and energy centers, with individualized and consistent resolution of the field over time.
Source: Wardell DW, Rintala D, Tan G. Study descriptions of healing touch with veterans experiencing chronic neuropathic pain from spinal cord injury. Explore (NY). 2008 May-Jun;4(3):187-95. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18466849
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IJHC – WHR Observations Ho'oponopono is a Hawaiian healing method in which we start with our own healing and extend our healing to the entire world. I learned this in a different order from that which is presented in this 6 ½ minute video. This method has yet to be researched in treatment of clinical problems.
This video is created to clear your subconscious of negative memories. While you are watching this video you will be erasing negative memories from your subconscious by using Sound, Images and Ho'o pono pono. What is Ho'o pono pono? Ho'o pono pono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
I Love You I Am Sorry Please Forgive Me Thank You
The order in which I learned this – from a psychotherapeutic context: Please Forgive Me (for contributing to the collective consciousness my problems, my challenging responses to issues in my life) I am sorry I offer you my healing and love Thank you for these opportunities for healing and learning
Harmful vaccines still pushed by medical officials – now admitted by the Institute of Medicine
IJHC – WHR Observations This is a huge area for improvements in preventive care. There are serious questions being raised about whether various vaccines may produce serious damage, such as neurotoxic effects and autism, and whether some vaccines may provide inadequate protection.
Finally someone in mainstream - Institute of Medicine (IOM) - has opened the door to the clear cut obvious fact that vaccines might be dangerous! they do not say much but this is the monumental as it is the opening of the door. - G.F. Gordon MD DO MD(H.)
The statement by the IOM that a "relationship between certain vaccines and adverse health complications does exist" is monumental since it is coming from a mainstream medical organization (though it does not truly highlight all of the dangers involved with vaccinations). Gardasil, a popular vaccine developed by Merck, has been linked to over 49 deaths and countless hospitalizations. Adding fuel to the fire, California legislatures passed a bill that would make the vaccine mandatory to young California residents of both genders. It later came out that key legislatures who were instrumental in passing the bill were receiving financial incentives from Merck, who will receive millions if the law is approved.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 by: Anthony Gucciardi, Natural News
For years natural health experts have been battling mainstream medical officials over the existence of vaccine dangers, but a new safety report by the Institute of Medicine settles the argument; they reveal that a relationship exists between vaccine use and adverse health effects. The comprehensive safety report released by the organization aimed to examine the side effects of vaccine use, and it ended up divulging information regarding vaccine side effects that most mainstream medical officials would have previously disregarded. The statement by the IOM that a "relationship between certain vaccines and adverse health complications does exist" is monumental since it is coming from a mainstream medical organization (though it does not truly highlight all of the dangers involved with vaccinations). Gardasil, a popular vaccine developed by Merck, has been linked to over 49 deaths and countless hospitalizations. Adding fuel to the fire, California legislatures passed a bill that would make the vaccine mandatory to young California residents of both genders. It later came out that key legislatures who were instrumental in passing the bill were receiving financial incentives from Merck, who will receive millions if the law is approved.
Still, despite the warnings of the IOM and the death link, we are told by medical 'experts' to make sure that we are vaccinated with all of the 'recommended' vaccines. This includes the seasonal flu shot, which is now combined with the H1N1 vaccine. This is the same vaccine that has been linked to killer nerve disease, narcolepsy, and even death. What is even more ridiculous is that the H1N1 vaccine, loaded with side effects, was created to treat a disease that turned out to be less deadly than the seasonal flu. Piggybacking on the false swine flu pandemic back in 2009, vaccine manufacturers rushed out the H1N1 vaccine and put it into mass production. Pharmacies and health clinics nationwide jumped upon the opportunity to distribute the shots, handing them out to millions through drive-through vaccine outlets and convenience-based H1N1 stations. Millions received the vaccine containing 25 micrograms of thimerosal, which is made up of approximately 50% mercury. This causes the vaccine to contain over 250 times the EPA's safety limit for mercury exposure. Cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome began springing up worldwide, a deadly nerve disease that government health officials admitted months later was linked to the H1N1 vaccine. Even mainstream medical organizations are now speaking out against vaccine dangers due to the overwhelming amount of scientific research. Ineffective and harmful vaccines such as the seasonal flu shot are pushed on the public through expensive marketing campaigns and skewed claims of flu prevention. Vaccine dangers are very real, and natural alternatives such as vitamin D and exercise should be utilized to prevent the flu in a much safer and effective manner. Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/ 034334_Institute_of_Medicine_vaccination_dangers.html#ixzz1fmgOlQ7s
Anthony Gucciardi is the creator of Natural Society (http://www.NaturalSociety.com), a natural health website. Anthony has been accurately interpreting national and international events for years within his numerous political articles. Anthony's articles have been seen by millions around the world, and hosted on multiple top news websites.
Post traumatic stress after 9-11 predisposes to asthma
IJHC – WHR Observations There is increasing evidence that post traumatic stress (PTS) predisposes to physical illnesses of many sorts. In the study below, there was an increased incidence of asthma over the following years in people who had experienced PTS during 9-11.
Context The World Trade Center Health Registry provides a unique opportunity to examine long-term health effects of a large-scale disaster.
Objective To examine risk factors for new asthma diagnoses and event-related posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms among exposed adults 5 to 6 years following exposure to the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attack.
Design, Setting, and Participants Longitudinal cohort study with wave 1 (W1) enrollment of 71 437 adults in 2003-2004, including rescue/recovery worker, lower Manhattan resident, lower Manhattan office worker, and passersby eligibility groups; 46 322 adults (68%) completed the wave 2 (W2) survey in 2006-2007.
Main Outcome Measures Self-reported diagnosed asthma following September 11; event-related current PTS symptoms indicative of probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), assessed using the PTSD Checklist (cutoff score 44).
Results Of W2 participants with no stated asthma history, 10.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.9%-10.5%) reported new asthma diagnoses postevent. Intense dust cloud exposure on September 11 was a major contributor to new asthma diagnoses for all eligibility groups: for example, 19.1% vs 9.6% in those without exposure among rescue/recovery workers (adjusted odds ratio, 1.5 [95% CI, 1.4-1.7]). Asthma risk was highest among rescue/recovery workers on the WTC pile on September 11 (20.5% [95% CI, 19.0%-22.0%]). Persistent risks included working longer at the WTC site, not evacuating homes, and experiencing a heavy layer of dust in home or office. Of participants with no PTSD history, 23.8% (95% CI, 23.4%-24.2%) reported PTS symptoms at either W1 (14.3%) or W2 (19.1%). Nearly 10% (9.6% [95% CI, 9.3%-9.8%]) had PTS symptoms at both surveys, 4.7% (95% CI, 4.5%-4.9%) had PTS symptoms at W1 only, and 9.5% (95% CI, 9.3%-9.8%) had PTS symptoms at W2 only. At W2, passersby had the highest rate of PTS symptoms (23.2% [95% CI, 21.4%-25.0%]). Event-related loss of spouse or job was associated with PTS symptoms at W2.
Conclusion Acute and prolonged exposures were both associated with a large burden of asthma and PTS symptoms 5 to 6 years after the September 11 WTC attack.
See also: Drossman, Douglas A. Sexual and physical abuse and gastrointestinal illness: review and recommendations. Annals Internal Medicine 1995 vol. 123 no. 10 782-794
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Special-needs students use meditation to control behavior
IJHC – WHR Observations Teachers and parents often tell children, "Settle down!" "Quiet down!" or "Calm down!" This is a helpful reminder to those children with the internal awareness and skills to comply, but is often a challenge to children who have ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, or who are just plain stressed out. It is great to see that self-healing through meditation can enable children who are agitated and/or have ADHD to calm down.
By Kristin E. Holmes, Philadelphia Inquirer
Brandon Heinz, an eighth grader in the Bristol Township School District, told occupational therapist Charles E. Gallagher that he had been asked to sit still "millions of times."
The problem is that it's not always easy.
For Brandon, 14, and his classmates - students with autism, attention-deficit disorders, or other special needs - controlling signs of anxiety is often a struggle.
So Gallagher made a suggestion: Breathe.
"In through your nose, and out through your mouth," he instructed. Then, he said, let out a big sigh.
Gallagher went on to teach the students meditation techniques to help them cope when frustration threatens to overwhelm.
The session, at the Benjamin Franklin Freshman Academy in Levittown, was part of the district's summer initiative to help 25 first through eighth graders gain the social skills they often lack because of their special needs.
Students with conditions such as autism and attention- deficit disorders have difficulty reading the social cues of language, voice, and behavior and consequently might react in ways that appear inappropriate. They also can experience high levels of anxiety.
"They feel out of control," said JoAnn Allison, the district's supervisor of special education. "A lot of the strategies we have are to help them feel they have control of their environments and themselves."
Gallagher, who has studied a treatment approach known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, fit in perfectly, Allison said.
Mindfulness is a concept that means "paying attention on purpose in the present moment without judgment," said Gallagher, who has trained at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Meditative exercises such as deep breathing help practitioners pay attention to the reactions of the body and mind in stressful moments, said Don McCown, a faculty member at the Mindfulness Institute. Once those reactions are recognized, the person can work toward controlling them.
Meditation also can help youngsters control their anxiety enough to reduce any medications they are taking, said Christina DiNicola, a pediatrician with the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson.
Early studies show promising results in youngsters with attention-deficit disorders who use yoga and biofeedback to relax, DiNicola said.
IJHC – WHR Observations Many physicians warn people away from Complementary/ Alternative therapies, often suggesting that these are unproven, untested methods that could be dangerous. In part, this is an expression of their willful ignorance, as there are numerous studies which show CAM therapies are effective, and there is virtually no evidence that they are dangerous. (The opposite is in fact the case, with conventional medicine being the third leading cause of death in the US today!) In part, this is the propaganda of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, which do everything possible to steer people away from competition.
"How do you counsel patients interested in complementary or alternative therapies?" asked a neurologist, citing a recent study that failed to show a benefit for cranial osteopathy in children with cerebral palsy. This sparked a discussion on Medscape's Physician Connect, an all-physician discussion group, and evinced some sharp contrasts in physicians' attitudes and practices concerning treatments that fall outside of the scientific mainstream.
Some doctors vigorously opposed alternative approaches. Several referred to alternative practitioners as quacks. One oncologist wrote, "I tell patients that there is a lot of evidence that almost all SCAM therapies (supplements, complementary, and alternative medicines) do not work but are expensive."
A general practitioner from Singapore concurred: "Those patients who practice it are doing it out of blind faith. Trying to talk them out of it is like talking religion to them. It is impossible as it is no longer a matter of rational reasoning, but a matter of faith."
Another oncologist grimly added, "My terminal cancer patients often come up with 'treatments' and frequently state that they know the FDA or insurance or whoever is keeping these 'cures' from the public. Of course these treatments are generally completely mad...I tell all of them to try it, but please come back to my office in a year and let me know that it worked! So far, no one has made it that long."
But some colleagues strongly disagreed with these dismissals of alternative medicine.
"Why the narrow mind?" asked a general practitioner. "We are trying to solve medical puzzles. We ought to want to use every tool available. If you [only] knew the detailed understanding of biochemistry, endocrinology, genetics, and immunology that well-trained naturopaths (for example) possess and utilize...you might be a little shamed."
An enthusiastic pulmonary specialist agreed and wrote, "I welcome the opportunity to collaborate and provide something that will be synergistically beneficial for those in my care."
A number of physicians continued along these lines, with several citing the antiquity of some herbal remedies as a recommendation: "Many great and ancient civilizations have natural treatments for various ailments that are safe and effective. Drugs developed in a Petri dish are not the only answer," offered an oncologist.
An allergist tried to temper this passion for the ancient and organic by writing, "In regards to natural medicines, I usually remind my patients that just because they are natural they are not [necessarily] safe."
Others were undeterred. One general practitioner proclaimed, "Complementary medicine is here to stay, and actually herbal medicine is the grandmother of many of our first drugs, so when a doctor says that herbal medicine is dangerous, he may be just showing his own ignorance."
"I wonder whether what is considered 'alternative' today that may become tomorrow's 'standard of care,'" speculated a pathologist.
Among the doctors who advised against alternative treatment, many reported that their counsel was frequently ignored. One oncologist reported that his warnings to patients about the dangers of nontraditional medicine often had no effect: "Of course, they do it anyway."
Other physicians contemplated the causes of this indomitable lure and put some of the blame at the feet of contemporary medical practices. One doctor wrote, "Physicians have trended so far away from direct patient care that patients seek medical information and remedies elsewhere. Medicine has reached the point where...patients self-diagnose via the Internet and visit nonphysician providers who spend the time with them, to sit, to listen and simply acknowledge their own humanity."
An internist added, "I've found that many people looking for alternative medicine 'cures' are dissatisfied with their current treatment. Medication prices are too high; [there are] unpleasant side effects [and] less than optimal results."
Another topic raised was the undeniable effectiveness of the placebo. "Placebo is so effective that most every clinical study has to have a placebo group to compare with the study group. What we fail to consider is that if a patient responds to placebo by reducing both symptoms and signs, it must be because a self-healing mechanism exists. Do we ask, if the patient has an internal self-healing mechanism, how does it work? Or, if the patient has an internal self-healing mechanism, why isn't the patient using it unaided? No we don't, and this represents gross negligence," wrote an anesthesiologist.
"Placebo effect could be a way to diagnose a certain disease -- ok! But it is a dangerous avenue when this drug becomes the treatment instead of the real one," countered a neurosurgeon.
And an anesthesiologist pointed out, "If the practitioner knows the treatment is placebo yet pretends it's real -- that's fraud."
An accompanying poll showed that 31% of respondents supported their patients' use of alternate paths of treatment. Only 18% discouraged it as a general rule, and a full 38% advocated "telling [patients] there is little evidence one way or the other and leaving it open."
References 1.Wyatt K, Edwards V, Franck L, et al. Cranial osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial. Arch Dis Child. 2011;96:505-512.
Forwarded by C. Norman Shealy, M.D., PhD, who notes, "This article explains why I gave up on the medical profession 40 years ago. Most physicians are somewhat worse than dinosaurs and have less than zero intellectual curiosity!"
GMO crops banned around the world in display of health freedom
IJHC – WHR Observations It is encouraging to see increasing caution and resistance to GMO crops. The effects of these foods on humans, animals and the environment have not been tested.
by Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety
Colorado’s Boulder County was the latest health freedom hotspot to stand up against Monsanto and genetically modified produce, with Boulder County advisory committees announcing plans to phase out GMO crops on open space in pursuit of sustainable and ethical farming practices. The county joins a long list of other political bodies that have banned, condemned, and even uprooted GMO crops across the globe.
Both the Food and Agriculture Policy Council and the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee of Boulder Country voted 5-4 to phase out GMOs in an economically viable way. The transition proves that it is possible to be environmentally conscious, preserve the health of citizens, and still maintain economic stability.
Genetically modified corn has been growing on around 16,000 acres of cropland owned by the county for around a decade. In 2009, public concern over the consequences of GMO crops sparked public debate within the county. Citizens demanded that GMO crops be banned after 6 local farmers asked permission to plant sugar beets that were engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup.
Nations Starting to Ban and Uproot GMO Crops
Hungary has gained international recognition for their bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto, destroying all Monsanto corn fields littered with GMO crops. The nation destroyed 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, which are banned in the country. Many of the farmers were actually shocked to find they were using GMO seeds, which are resulting in extreme environmental consequence.
Peru has also taken a stand for health freedom, passing a monumental 10 year ban on genetically modified foods. Amazingly, Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization. The known and unknown dangers of GMO crops seem to supersede even executive-level governmental directives.
Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”
When the people demand anti-GMO action from the government, they are oftentimes forced to listen.
“There is an increasing consensus among consumers that they want safe, local, organic fresh food and that they want the environment and wildlife to be protected,” wrote Walter Pengue from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a recent statement concerning GMOs in South America. “South American countries must proceed with a broader evaluation of their original agricultural policies and practices using the precautionary principle.”
Political displays of defiance against Monsanto and genetically modified foods is the best method of combating their existence. As more political bodies worldwide begin to take a stand against GMOs, Monsanto will be forced to retreat from the food supply.
IJHC – WHR Observations While it might look like a plastic bag couldn't be a serious pollutant to the environment, this is not proving to be the case. Along with other plastic debris, there is an accumulation of plastic floating around in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of Texas.
Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation.
* * HUMAN ECOLOGY * *
Love in Action: Occupy Spoken Word Piece with Drew Dellinger
IJHC – WHR Observations The Occupy Movement is growing stronger around the world. The 99% are demanding that the 1% who hold and control a disproportionate amount of money and other resources be taxed more appropriately and be limited in their control over natural resources and other aspects of the lives of everyone on the planet.
IJHC – WHR Observations Wholistic healing teaches best when it teaches experientially and when it touches the emotions while it is providing helpful information. This is a wonderfully clever, perceptive statement about our younger generation's relationships to those who are mortgaging their future through irresponsible behaviors today.
A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.
This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant. Make sure you read as well as listen...forward and backward.
This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old. The contest was titled "u @ 50" by the American Association for Retired People (AARP). This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant! Take a minute and watch it.
This is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR
(Forwarded by Genevieve Wright)
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