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A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
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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