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Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
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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