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Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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