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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
The Consciousness of Organ Transplants
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
By the time therapists reach intermediate levels of skill in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, they have doubtless encountered events that suggest that a heart is much more than a pump...that a lung does more than facilitate the exchange of gases... that a liver is not just a biochemical laboratory... and that a kidney does more than filter waste products.
In fact, it seems that every organ and tissue in a human, animal or plant is imbued with capabilities that go far beyond the apparent physiological services they perform.
Unless the therapist is in a strong state of denial, he or she has felt the energy of emotions that reside in these tissues - and perhaps even the residual energies of past events, whether related to physical trauma, emotional shock or infections. These energies literally become palpable to the therapist tuned in to the perceptions delivered by the hands. Indeed, no doubt most of us have witnessed clinical changes in our clients as these foreign energies are released from the tissues.
Some of the most profound experiences I have had dealing with tissue-bound energies have been with organ recipients. I have treated six of them - two with heart and lung transplants, three with only heart transplants, and one with a kidney transplant. I have also worked with a number of bone-transplant patients. In each case, there seemed to have been either an antagonistic energy between the recipient's body and the transplanted organ, or at least a hesitancy to accept.
Why should that surprise us? My experiences strongly support the concept that organs, tissues and cells each have an individual consciousness that affords them the qualities of intelligence, memory, emotion, ambition and the like.
From the cellular level, it seems reasonable that each independent consciousness interacts and blends to form the consciousness of the tissue. In turn, the consciousness of the tissues blends to form the overall consciousness of the organ, muscle, body structure, even system. These systems then blend to form the human, animal or plant consciousness. And it appears that this consciousness and its related qualities are resultant to DNA.
Yes, I am suggesting that DNA is the seat of consciousness.
Our recent experience with viruses and bacteria has shown us that the smallest of living creatures have the ability to outsmart our human immune systems and some of our best science. Since viruses are actually membrane sacks of DNA (and in some cases RNA), and they can outwit some of our most highly developed human brains, it strikes me that DNA (and less often RNA) is where intelligence and consciousness are located. And if DNA is the main seat of consciousness and intelligence, it seems likely that all the other aspects of living systems are probably located in DNA or in structures influenced by it.
What has all this to do with organ transplants? If the transplanted organ has a consciousness unique unto itself, with an integrated blend of all the individual consciousnesses of its constituent cells, then each heart also has its own consciousness, intelligence, memories, emotions, opinions, likes, dislikes and so on. In short, each heart has its own personal character and memory bag full of its own experiences.
So what happens when we transfer a unique heart, which has most probably faced death squarely in the face, into a new body that may or may not feel accepting? What happens when we transplant the heart and lungs of an Italian boy - a blue-collar workaholic who loved to ride motorcycles, spend time with his girlfriend and eat fried chicken washed down with beer - into the body of a woman named Claire Sylvia, a middle-aged New York City dancer with lung disease? Can we really expect a bilateral acceptance by the various consciousnesses?
I doubt it. This seems comparable to placing an Australian aborigine in the midst of Manhattan and expecting him to feel at ease, or for the locals to welcome the stranger. It usually takes a lot of time and effort before acceptance can occur on either side of such a sudden mix.
In the same way, if we are going to transplant organs from one body to another, it seems to me that we must consider the consciousness of both the donated organ and the recipient.
I have seen antagonism released and energies blended to a certain degree with the use of CranioSacral Therapy, Energy Cyst Release, SomatoEmotional Release, Therapeutic Imagery & Dialogue and Myofascial Release. It is my strong suspicion that, by routinely using therapeutic modalities like these on transplant patients, we could significantly help reduce organ rejection in the future.
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