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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
We've been talking about the use of dialogue in patient therapy for years. When you think about it, dialoguing with patients is not much different than talking to organs, which I've been doing for quite some time.And talking to organs, well, that's just a step away from talking to cells.
Consider Kayla, who is 16 years old. She's extremely bright and talented. I first met her while she was still inside her mother's womb. I had been treating her mother for injuries suffered in a car accident while she was pregnant with Kayla. After she was born, I treated Kayla periodically for one thing or another, but usually, I would treat her mother while Kayla sat in the room.
One Sunday morning, I got a call from Kayla's mother. "John, can you help me?" she asked. Kayla had taken sick two months earlier. She had gone first to her primary care physician, then to an infectious-disease specialist who put her on approximately eight different courses of antibiotics. None of them worked. He sent her to a rheumatologist, who thought she had some sort of autoimmune disease, but he wasn't sure. Finally, Kayla and her mom made an appointment to go to the Mayo Clinic to see what they thought. The appointment was scheduled for after she called me. I said, "Okay. Bring her over. I'll see what I can find."
Kayla was 13 or 14 years old at the time of this particular visit. She lay down on the treatment table, and I put my hands on her feet. I immediately sensed a virus in there somewhere. I "arced" (a light-touch technique used to perceive subtle energy changes) all the way up, and picked up chaotic energy or entropy in her knees, left pelvis, left bronchus (just off the side of the sternum), and the posterior aspect of her head - inside her cranium. All of those places seemed to me to have a disorganized energy that I would call an inflammatory process. I said, "I think you have a virus."
I worked hard to clear those "stuck" places. I'm calling them "stuck" because, for me, the energy couldn't get through. The areas were inflamed, and swollen, and there was a certain amount of what I call "fluidic stasis." It took me an hour and a half, but I finally got all of those places opened up, and she told me she felt pretty good. Then I gave her a regular spinal manipulation treatment to loosen everything that had been caught up by all of the discomfort she was having. Her mom called the next morning and said Kayla was "great."
The following Wednesday, she went to the Mayo Clinic as scheduled. They did some blood tests, and mom called me on Friday.
She said, "You were right. She has a cytomegalovirus."
"What did Mayo tell you to do?" I asked.
"She has to go to bed and rest until the virus burns itself out."
"How is she doing?"
"She did really well until Thursday, but then it started coming back. It's not as bad as it was."
I said, "Bring her over."
Over the next few sessions, I worked through the blocks again. Then I began to get the idea that the viruses create stasis so immune cells can't get in to get rid of them. They also hide inside normal cells, and they're hard to pick out. A virus in a normal cell will put out 10 or 12 abnormal markers on the cell surface. A normal cell has about 10,000 protein markers on its surface, so you've got to be pretty alert to pick out 10 abnormal markers amid 10,000 normal markers in an immune cell.
I helped Kayla's body break down all those blocked areas. I don't remember if it was the second or third time I saw her, but it struck me that if I could talk to organs, why couldn't I talk to immune cells? I put my hand or her thymus (a gland in the upper chest and lower throat that's responsible for directing and producing immune cells) and said, "Thymus, will you talk with me?"
I said to Kayla, "Just let the voice of your thymus come through. Don't censor it or change it or feel obligated to answer. Just go with whatever comes." Immediately, "Yes" came through from the thymus.
I said, "Thymus, I think there are viruses hidden around in this body that are so clever, you might need my help to find them. Would you be willing to send a whole bunch of monocytes and macrophages (types of immune cells) to the places where I put my hand?"
It seemed best to send a unique signature energy that was just mine, so I said, "Can you tell that this is my energy?"
"Okay. I'm going down to her knee. I want you to send a bunch of immune cells. Just tell them where to go. Clone them! Make millions of them to come down here."
Within a minute, I could feel a buzzing under my fingers. "Now, clear out anything that even looks as if it could possibly be diseased or 'not self.' Please, please, please take care of it."
That's right, I was not above begging the thymus for help. I could feel it responding.
"Now, can I move to the next place? You can leave the macrophages here and send me a whole new batch for the next one."
I went quickly, but with real intensity from place to place. Finally, I went up to the back of the head and Kayla said, "Oh my God! I feel better!"
"Kayla," I said, "you heard what I did. Right?"
"What I want you to do is look through your body every morning and see if you can find places that might be virus pockets. Then, I want you to politely ask thymus to send macrophages to wherever you find those pockets."
Kayla performed did this self-treatment twice a week for several months; she's doing quite well. She also showed a friend whose mother had CMV (cytomegalovirus) how to do it. Normally, the prognosis for that condition is poor. The mother came and did a two-week program and we taught her how to do it herself. Now she's running around doing fine. That's what got me started on what I now call "Cell Talk."
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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