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Studies and Progress Notes (Nov 2011)

* * SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND WHOLISTIC HEALING * *

Therapeutic Touch healing stimulates human cell growth in laboratory cultures

IJHC – WHR Observations
This study confirms other, similar reports of effects of spiritual healing on growth of cells in laboratory cultures. These studies both confirm some of the effects of healing and begin to suggest ways in which healing may be beneficial. They also add further confirmation that healing is not a placebo effect.

OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the effect of Therapeutic Touch (TT) on the proliferation of normal human cells in culture compared to sham and no treatment. Several proliferation techniques were used to confirm the results, and the effect of multiple 10-minute TT treatments was studied.
DESIGN: Fibroblasts, tendon cells (tenocytes), and bone cells (osteoblasts) were treated with TT, sham, or untreated for 2 weeks, and then assessed for [(3)H]-thymidine incorporation into the DNA, and immunocytochemical staining for proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). The number of PCNA-stained cells was also quantified. For 1 and 2 weeks, varying numbers of 10-minute TT treatments were administered to each cell type to determine whether there was a dose-dependent effect.
RESULTS: TT administered twice a week for 2 weeks significantly stimulated proliferation of fibroblasts, tenocytes, and osteoblasts in culture (p = 0.04, 0.01, and 0.01, respectively) compared to untreated control. These data were confirmed by PCNA immunocytochemistry. In the same experiments, sham healer treatment was not significantly different from the untreated cultures in any group, and was significantly less than TT treatment in fibroblast and tenocyte cultures. In 1-week studies involving the administration of multiple 10-minute TT treatments, four and five applications significantly increased [(3)H]-thymidine incorporation in fibroblasts and tenocytes, respectively, but not in osteoblasts. With different doses of TT for 2 weeks, two 10-minute TT treatments per week significantly stimulated proliferation in all cell types. Osteoblasts also responded to four treatments per week with a significant increase in proliferation. Additional TT treatments (five per week for 2 weeks) were not effective in eliciting increased proliferation compared to control in any cell type.
CONCLUSIONS: A specific pattern of TT treatment produced a significant increase in proliferation of fibro-blasts, osteoblasts, and tenocytes in culture. Therefore, TT may affect normal cells by stimulating cell proliferation.

Source: Gronowicz Ga, Jhaveri A, Libbe WC, Aronow MS, Smith TH. Therapeutic touch stimulates the proliferation of human cells in culture. J Alternative Complementary Medicine 2008;14, 233-239.

 

* * 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
 
Promotion of cell growth requires laboratory facilities but anyone can study effects of healing on plants. Here is a simple basic design to check whether you have healing abilities:

The simplest model is with plants. Fill pots of the same size with soil from the same source. Use larger seeds so that you can control both the placing of the seed (e.g. sharp end of corn seed pointing down, so roots of all specimens grow straight down) and the depth of the seed in the earth. Water the various pots with measured amounts of water from the same source. Provide equal lighting for all pots.

Have a person who does not know the assignments of the pots (for healing vs controls) handle the pots from beginning to end. Have a person who does not know the assignments of the pots measure the plants at the pre-determined endpoint(s).

For further suggestions on healing research see http://www.wholistichealingresearch.com/Basic-Designs-for-Healing-Research.html


* * WHOLISTIC APPROACHES * * 

Research suggests that laughter has healing effects

IJHC – WHR Observations
Most of us enjoy a good laugh and feel better for it. Here is research confirming that this is not a joke.

Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good
By JAMES GORMAN

Published: September 13, 2011
Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.

The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha, he said, trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect.

His results build on a long history of scientific attempts to understand a deceptively simple and universal behavior. “Laughter is very weird stuff, actually,” Dr. Dunbar said. “That’s why we got interested in it.” And the findings fit well with a growing sense that laughter contributes to group bonding and may have been important in the evolution of highly social humans.

Social laughter, Dr. Dunbar suggests, relaxed and contagious, is “grooming at a distance,” an activity that fosters closeness in a group the way one-on-one grooming, patting and delousing promote and maintain bonds between individual primates of all sorts.

In five sets of studies in the laboratory and one field study at comedy performances, Dr. Dunbar and colleagues tested resistance to pain both before and after bouts of social laughter. The pain came from a freezing wine sleeve slipped over a forearm, an ever tightening blood pressure cuff or an excruciating ski exercise.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, eliminated the possibility that the pain resistance measured was the result of a general sense of well being rather than actual laughter. And, Dr. Dunbar said, they also provided a partial answer to the ageless conundrum of whether we laugh because we feel giddy or feel giddy because we laugh.

“The causal sequence is laughter triggers endorphin activation,” he said. What triggers laughter is a question that leads into a different labyrinth.

Robert R. Provine  a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of “Laughter: A Scientific Investigation,” said he thought the study was “a significant contribution” to a field of study that dates back 2,000 years or so.

It has not always focused on the benefits of laughter. Both Plato and Aristotle, Dr. Provine said, were concerned with the power of laughter to undermine authority. And he noted that the ancients were very aware that laughter could accompany raping and pillaging as well as a comic tale told by the hearth.

Dr. Dunbar, however, was concerned with relaxed, contagious social laughter, not the tyrant’s cackle or the “polite titter” of awkward conversation. He said a classic example would be the dinner at which everyone else speaks a different language and someone makes an apparently hilarious but incomprehensible comment. “Everybody falls about laughing, and you look a little puzzled for about three seconds, but really you just can’t help falling about laughing yourself.”

To test the relationship of laughter of this sort to pain resistance, Dr. Dunbar did a series of six experiments. In five, participants watched excerpts of comedy videos, neutral videos or videos meant to promote good feeling but not laughter.

Among the comedy videos were excerpts from “The Simpsons,” “Friends” and “South Park,” as well as from performances by standup comedians like Eddie Izzard. The neutral videos included “Barking Mad,” a documentary on pet training, and a golfing program. The positive but unfunny videos included excerpts from shows about nature, like the “Jungles” episode of “Planet Earth.”

In the lab experiments, the participants were tested before and after seeing different combinations of videos. They suffered the frozen wine sleeve or the blood pressure cuff in different experiments and were asked to say when the pain reached a point they could not stand. They wore recorders during the videos so that the time they spent laughing could be established. In the one real-world experiment, similar tests were conducted at performances of an improvisational comedy group, the Oxford Imps.

The results, when analyzed, showed that laughing increased pain resistance, whereas simple good feeling in a group setting did not. Pain resistance is used as an indicator of endorphin levels because their presence in the brain is difficult to test; the molecules would not appear in blood samples because they are among the brain chemicals that are prevented from entering circulating blood by the so-called blood brain barrier.

Dr. Dunbar thinks laughter may have been favored by evolution because it helped bring human groups together, the way other activities like dancing and singing do. Those activities also produce endorphins, he said, and physical activity is important in them as well. “Laughter is an early mechanism to bond social groups,” he said. “Primates use it.”

Indeed, apes are known to laugh, although in a different way than humans. They pant. “Panting is the sound of rough-and-tumble play,” Dr. Provine said. It becomes a “ritualization” of the sound of play. And in the course of the evolution of human beings, he suggests, “Pant, pant becomes ha, ha.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/science/14laughter.html
Research source: Royal Society B: Biological Sciences http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rspb.2011.1373

 
* * COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES * *
 

Acupressure helps recovery from for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

IJHC – WHR Observations
Conventional medicine has limited means for helping people recover from traumatic brain injuries. It is not surprising to see that acupressure can help for TBI, as it is well established that acupuncture is of benefit in recuperation from strokes.

Acupressure has not been previously investigated with a controlled design in traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, who could particularly benefit from a non-pharmacological intervention for cognitive impairment. A randomized, placebo-controlled, singleblind design assessed the effects of acupressure (eight treatments over 4 weeks) on cognitive impairment and state of being following TBI, including assessment of event-related potentials (ERPs) during Stroop and auditory oddball tasks. It was hypothesized that active acupressure treatments would confer greater cognitive improvement than placebo treatments, perhaps because of enhanced relaxation response induction and resulting stress reduction.

Significant treatment effects were found comparing pre- to post-treatment change between groups. During the Stroop task, the active-treatment group showed greater reduction in both P300 latency and amplitude, as well as a reduced Stroop effect on accuracy than did the placebo group. Additionally, the active-treatment group improved more than did the placebo group on the digit span test.

Together, these results suggest an enhancement in working memory function associated with active treatments. Because acupressure emphasizes self-care and can be taught to novice individuals, it warrants further study as an adjunct treatment for TBI.

Source: McFadden, Kristina L. et al. Acupressure as a non-pharmacological intervention.
 J Neurotrauma 28:1–14 (January 2011)
http://www.mendeley.com/research/acupressure-nonpharmacological-intervention-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi/


Homeopathy e-Learning Program by Prof. George Vithoulkas

IJHC – WHR Observations
George Vithoulkas is one of the international leading homeopaths in the world today.

A full, academic, well organized Homeopathic course with Theory, Materia Medica, Topics, Repertorization, Cases with Analysis, Questions and Answers (videos and audios with the teaching and deep experience of George Vithoulkas).
Moderator for the students, Forum for questions, Chat room for discussion, Tests during the course, ON LINE Exams, Free Books, LIVE SESSIONS
http://www.vithoulkas.edu.gr
 
The Spanish e-Learning Program with the same facilities is already ONLINE
http://www.vithoulkas.edu.gr/es
 
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www.naturalhealthvillage.com
www.mdlinx.com/FamilyMDLinx 
www.ucalgary.ca/~camig/litsearch.html
AMSA website
www.amsa.org/humed/camresources/camnews.cfm


* * TECHNOLOGY * *

How to build a solar bottle bulb 2.0 ( updated English version)

IJHC – WHR Observations
A simple plastic drinking bottle filled with 10 ml chlorine and filtered water, sealed into a hole in a galvanized iron roof produces light as bright as a lightbulb in the room below it. What a savings in electrical energy!



Knocking On the Devil's Door DVD

IJHC – WHR Observations
There are many warnings here about dangers of nuclear technology. Most national governments are continuing with plans for greater nuclear power development to fill gaps in energy needs. This is so dangerous as to be suicidal.
 
The trailer for this film is only the first few minutes of the documentary… the best parts of the actual film are the testimonials from Dr. Helen Caldicott, Harvey Wasserman, Karl Grossman and others towards the end, building an extraordinary case for the immedidate termination of nuclear programs, with a very strong emphasis on Indian Point from Dr. Michio Kaku! The passage with Greg Palast about Bill & Hillary Clinton being in the pockets of Entergy is just as frightening as the pictures of babies deformed by radiation poisoning. This is a wonderfully well produced documentary, a must see. The price online is $19.97.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Qq-0tZWpo
(Forwarded by Remy Chevalier)


* * ENVIRONMENT (HEALING OUR PLANET) * *  

IJHC – WHR Observations
It is a great gift to see the world through this cinematographer's eyes.

Gratitude

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and "slice-of-life" photography - the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

See a beautifully illustrated Ted Lecture, with varieties of Louie Schwartzberg time lapse photography, titled GRATITUDE.

(Forwarded by Genevieve Wright)


 

The Secret Life of Plants

IJHC – WHR Observations
This is a wonderful book that documents the oneness of consciousness between living beings on our planet. See how you can make plants grow more quickly or more slowly through your intent, healing and/or prayer. See which kind of music enhances plant growth and which kind retards it. See Cleve Backster's game of 'murder' that proves plants are far more conscious than most people are aware.

Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, The Secret Life of Plants, New York: Harper/ Row 1972

The Secret Life of Plants was the basis for the 1979 documentary of the same name, with a soundtrack specially recorded by Stevie Wonder called Journey through the Secret Life of Plants.
See this documentary based on the book in a series of YouTube clips, starting with the one below.



 * * HUMAN ECOLOGY * * 

IJHC – WHR Observations
The pharmaceutical industry and conventional medicine seek every possible way to discredit complementary/ alternative medicine. Here is a glaring example.

Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women
The Iowa Women’s Health Study
Jaakko Mursu, PhD; Kim Robien, PhD; Lisa J. Harnack, DrPH, MPH;
Kyong Park, PhD; David R. Jacobs Jr, PhD

BACKGROUND: Although dietary supplements are commonly taken to prevent chronic disease, the long-term health consequences of many compounds are unknown.
METHODS: We assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in relation to total mortality in 38 772 older women in the Iowa Women’s Health Study; mean age was 61.6 years at baseline in 1986. Supplement use was self reported in 1986, 1997, and 2004. Through December 31, 2008, a total of 15 594 deaths (40.2%) were identified through the State Health Registry of Iowa and the National Death Index.
RESULTS: In multivariable adjusted proportional hazards regression models, the use of multivitamins (hazard ratio, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.02-1.10; absolute risk increase, 2.4%), vitamin B6 (1.10; 1.01-1.21; 4.1%),  folic acid (1.15; 1.00- 1.32; 5.9%), iron (1.10; 1.03-1.17; 3.9%), magnesium (1.08; 1.01-1.15; 3.6%), zinc  (1.08; 1.01-1.15; 3.0%), and copper (1.45; 1.20-1.75; 18.0%) were associated with increased risk of total mortality when compared with corresponding nonuse. Use of calcium was inversely related (hazard ratio, 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.88-0.94; absolute risk reduction, 3.8%). Findings for iron and calcium were replicated in separate, shorter-term analyses (10-year, 6-year, and 4-year follow-up), each with approximately 15% of the original participants having died, starting in 1986, 1997, and 2004.
CONCLUSIONS: In older women, several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron. In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.
Mursu, Jaakko ET AL. Dietary supplements and mortality rate in older women: The Iowa Women’s Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(18):1625-1633
http://junksciencecom.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/aim-multivitamin-older-women-mortality.pdf


Critique of this research:
Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine

Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy.

Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million US adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.” The study’s authors outrageously concluded, “We see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”

The study, published in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Archives of Internal Medicine, assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in nearly 39,000 women whose average age was 62. The researchers asked the women to fill out three surveys, the first in 1986, the second in 1997, and the last in 2004, reporting what supplements they took and what foods they ate, and answering a few questions about their health.

That’s right, all the data was self-reported by the study subjects only three times over the course of the 19-year-long study. To say the data is “unreliable” would be a generous description. This kind of “data” has no place in a valid scientific study.

Then the researchers looked at how many of the women had died by 2008. They reported that the number of deaths were somewhat higher for women who took copper, a little bit lower for women who took calcium, but about average for most of the women.

In the study, all of the relative risks were so low as to be statistically insignificant, and none was backed up by any medical investigation or biological plausibility study. No analysis was done on what combinations of vitamins and minerals were actually consumed, and no analysis of the cause of death was done beyond grouping for “cancer,” “cardiovascular disease,” or “other”—there was certainly no causative analysis done. The interactions of potential compounding risk factors is always tremendously complex—and was ignored in this so-called study.

“Multivitamin” can mean many different things, and of course changed tremendously over the 19 years during which this “study” was conducted. Were they high quality?  Were the ingredients synthetic or natural?  How much of each nutrient was taken? Were they really taken at all? How good is anyone’s memory in describing what took place over many years? One would assume that that the women’s diets fluctuated greatly over the same period; when self-reporting only three times in 19 years, there is a great deal of information one would naturally leave out even if some of it was accurate. No analysis was done of the effect of supplements on the women’s overall health, nor of their effect on women of other ages.

In short, this study is less than useless: it is dangerous, because it is being used by the media and the mainstream medical establishment to blacken the eye of nutritional supplements using poor data, bad analysis, and specious conclusions—otherwise known as junk science.

According to Dr. Robert Verkerk the Executive & Scientific Director of ANH-International;

“This study is a classic example of scientific reductionism being used to fulfill a particular need. In this case, it’s supplement bashing, a well-known preoccupation of Big Pharma — and an approach that appears to be central to the protection of Big Pharma’s profit margins.”

Read Dr. Verkerk’s article critical of the AMA’s goals and scientific methodology here.

In short, this study is less than useless: it is dangerous, because it is being used by the media and the mainstream medical establishment to blacken the eye of nutritional supplements using poor data, bad analysis, and specious conclusions—otherwise known as junk science.

Source: Association for Natural Health http://www.anh-usa.org/shame-on-ama-archives-of-internal-medicine/ 

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