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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.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
The Path of a Healer, Part 1
By Rita Woods, LMT
Editor's note: The contents of this column are the views of the author, and should not be considered as medical advice.
I'm calling this series of articles "The Path of a Healer" because it is just that; a path to follow to get somewhere. I received a call one day from a therapist and, during our conversation, she said, "I didn't go to massage school to be a healer, per se, but it looks like that's what I'm doing." Many therapists are healers or want to be healers, but going to massage school doesn't make anyone a healer. So what is a healer?
To me, a healer goes beyond the tangible. They seem to be a part of something bigger, something cosmic in nature, connected to a mass consciousness and are universal in their interactions with others. They seem to understand there is more than meets the eye and have found their own special way to interact with and use that source of energy.
My sister attends Mass with Father Joe, known for being the "Healing Priest" and many report astounding healings from him. Shamans, monks, yogis, doctors, spiritual healers, ministers, witch doctors and regular people all over the world are healers. But what is it that's sets them apart from a regular practitioner in their field? The healers I know are compassionate, caring, loving and appreciative in nature and they often are dedicated to a practice or discipline. I think they know, either consciously or unconsciously, that there is a cosmic matrix that connects all matter and within this field of energy is where miracles happen. So, in this article, we will look at the "Divine Matrix," as Gregg Braden calls it, and look at the possibility that all things are connected in a very real way.
The new physics has provided us with ample research to turn our belief system about our world upside down and inside out. It doesn't take a lot of effort these days to find legitimate scientific proof of bi-locating photons, parallel universes, the superstring theory and such. Just watch the science channel. But what I want to focus on today are experiments that support the theory of our ability to not only interact with the world around us, but to influence it and actually change it. This is an important concept to accept because without that knowing, you are limiting your ability as a healer. You receive as you believe. So, let's look at one interesting study and just know that there are many more supporting similar findings.
The U.S. Army decided to conduct a study dealing with emotions and the immune system. They wanted to know what kind of effect the emotions have on the immune system. For the sake of space and time I'm going to paraphrase this, but you can read about it in Braden's book or by doing a Web search. The Army hired Dr. Cleve Backster to conduct this ongoing project. Prior to this Army experiment, Dr. Backster's research had been discussed in a book in the 1970s called "The Secret Life of Plants." (As an interesting side note, the chlorophyll molecule in a plant is similar to the hemoglobin molecule in a person. This gives science a method of measurement for evaluating the benefits of a "healing" on the plant.)
In his earlier work, Dr. Backster had devised some equipment to evaluate the reactions of plants to various stimuli. After "hooking up" a plant, he decided to eat lunch before continuing. He had brought a sandwich from home and was preparing to eat it at his desk in the lab when a spider walked across his desk. His first thought was to kill it, but before he even moved his hand, the equipment to which the plant was hooked up went wild. The plant sensed the oncoming action (smacking the spider) and responded to that energy shift. Everything is connected. There is nothing that is not connected to everything else. This pioneering work on how human actions affect plants was what led the Army to design this new experiment.
The Army took samples of DNA from volunteers and, using sophisticated equipment, attached sensors to the DNA that was capable of recording changes. The volunteer was then exposed to a variety of intense emotional stimuli through pictures and video. As soon as the volunteer experienced a peak or dip in emotion, their DNA (which was in a container in the room) demonstrated a powerful electrical response at the same time. They then moved the DNA sample to another floor in the building, repeated the experiment and got the exact same response. Think about this; in order for this to happen, there has to be some sort of medium through which this information is exchanged. Dr. Backster continued this work and moved the DNA to another city more than 350 miles away and still got the same results. It's also interesting to note that there was no lapse in time between the emotion and the DNA reaction. Whatever this field is, it is not regulated by time and space. To see our potential in working with this "source," it's important that we recognize we are a part of the world and not separate from it. The most important thing to me in this experiment is the suggestion that human emotions affect living DNA.
Human emotions are said to be the catalyst of creation. Your feelings are your personal GPS system as to whether you are making the right choice. It is the power and passion you feel that drives you to excel and achieve great things. It's the unquenchable desire to learn that pushes us to new discoveries. Emotions are neuropeptides stored in the tissue, according to Dr. Candace Pert, and their impact on the brain is astounding. It is believed that many healers demonstrate specific brain activity that the general population does not exhibit. Dr. Dolores Kreiger, the developer of Therapeutic Touch, recognized a specific brain pattern that must be present for a client to have a "successful" healing session.
Brain patterns and activity as they relate to healing will be our next article. Did you know that happy people have a well developed left frontal lobe? Or that London taxi drivers (because of the many curvy streets in that city) have an overdeveloped section of the brain that deals with spacial relationships? You can train your brain. You can change your thinking. And when you do, your world will change as well. The final article in the series will be a "how to" guide with exercises and disciplines that can help change your body's chemistry and your brains activity to put you on "The Path of a Healer."
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