Monday, July 11, 2005

 

Introduction to Energy Therapies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a research center, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and a related web site with information on research being conducted in this area. See: http://www.nccam.nih.gov/. Energy medicine is a domain in NCCAM that deals with energy fields of two types. This description focuses on a type of energy field called bio-fields.
Examples of practices or therapies involving bio-fields include:


Bio-Touch ™
Healing Touch ™
Qi gong, a Chinese practice
Reiki and Johrei, both of Japanese origin
Therapeutic Touch™

Energy therapy is often referred to as energy healing or touch healing. The specific modalities that I utilize are: Bio-Touch™, Reiki, and laying-on of hands.


The most demonstrable benefits of energy therapies are rapid pain relief, immediate calming, and stress reduction, accompanied by a feeling of well being. Energy therapies generally produce observable results rapidly without causing undue emotional stress. Energy therapy is intended for use as a compliment to standard medical treatments.

Following are brief explanations of the three applicable modalities:
Bio-Touch™
Bio-Touch ™ is a simple, hands-on healing technique that can be used to address all types of health concerns. We use the first two fingers of both hands to lightly touch specific points on the body. The combination of correct points and light touch seems to enhance the body's natural healing ability. Healing takes place, as the body’s own inherent healing ability is subtly motivated. In time, many permanent ailments begin to correct themselves. Bio-Touch ™ is found to be effective with pain, illness and stress-related conditions. It does not purport to take the place of standard medical treatment.
The Bio-Touch™ technique can be used in conjunction with conventional healthcare treatments. It can be easily learned and effectively used by anyone with results the same as experienced practitioners. Recipients have been both refreshed and inspired by its simplicity and effectiveness.


Reiki
Reiki is a healing approach that uses light touch from the practitioner to channel healing energy to the recipient. Used to relieve physical and emotional pain and to promote spiritual clarity, Reiki also speeds the healing process and balances the body's energy.
Reiki is a system of hands-on healing developed in the early 1900's by Mikao Usui in Japan. It is an art that is passed from Master to student. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words - Rei and Ki, meaning universal life energy. The term "reiki" is used to describe both the energy and the Usui system of using it. There are many variant's of reiki being practiced these days.
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive form of natural healing. The practitioner places his/her hands on the recipient’s clothed body, moving the hands every few minutes. It is a form of energy work that works on the physical, mental and spiritual levels by restoring and balancing the natural energy within the body. Reiki can be used as a form of health maintenance and disease prevention, and can be applied as a self-help technique.


Laying-on of Hands
The laying-on of hands is an act of service one to another that takes place when a person places one hand or both hands upon the body of another person with the intent to convey healing or instilling special blessings. Often the person receiving the laying on of hands will be prayed for at the same time.
Laying-on of hands is a technique that has been used in various forms throughout the world for thousands of years. It is as natural as a mother’s touch of her children or our touching of our own body when it is hurt. The principle might be stated as a loving energy flowing from the hands into the body. The hands of the “healer” must contact with the body of the sick person. The healing energy does not come from the “healer” but from a higher power through the “healer” to the recipient.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

Bio-Touch Research Project in Tucson

Dr. Kenna Stephenson of the University of Texas - Tyler designed this study, Bio-Touch: an Essential Part of Aging, for residents of Campana Del Rio Center, an assisted living facility. The study began in April 2005 and will be conducted for one year with 50 people who have agreed to be part of the project. Most of the folks are in their 80s and 90s and they are having a blast with Bio-Touch.

The objectives are 1) to study the effect of Bio-Touch on infection rate, recovery rate, healthcare service use and health complications; 2) to study the effects of Bio-Touch on biurnal salivar cortisol and blood hormone levels of oxytocin, testosterone and insulin; 3) to study the effects of Bio-Touch on Quality of Life Measures in elderly and very elderly subjects.

The goal is to provide a holistic, yet practical, model for assisted living centers and other communities - a low-cost, easy to implement program to promote graceful aging, healthy touch and social bonding.

Source: Just Touch News - Spring/Summer 2005, International Foundation of Bio-Magnetics


Thursday, June 16, 2005

 

Meditation Proven to Lower Blood Pressure

A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension reveals that daily meditation (two sessions each lasting 15 minutes) results in a measurable drop in blood pressure in at-risk teenagers. This is yet more research demonstrating the powerful mind/body connection that western medicine continues to deny exists at all.
Interestingly, the positive effects of the meditation persisted even four months after the patients stopped the practice, indicating that meditation has substantial long-term effects. Meditation is safe, free, and has no negative side effects. It doesn't even need the supervision of a doctor, which is probably why virtually no doctors prescribe it. Pharmaceutical companies don't make money when people engage in meditation, so there's no reason for them to promote it, either. They'd much rather see people popping pills than promoting something that people can do for free.

Source: http://www.newstarget.com/001082.html

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

Medicine: The New World Religion

The book, Medicine: The New World Religion by Oliver Clerk is a real eye-opener for me regarding how to explain our almost fanatical devotion to modern medicine and science. There is an uncanny corelation with organized religion and its practice. He explains that our deep, uncounscious religious beliefs and feelings are transfered to the field of medicine which today enjoys a large degree of udeserved credit that is out of proportion to actual results.

"Almost imperceptibly, medicine has taken on a saving, or messianic role, the characteristics of which we must examine. Looking back through history, there is a sense in which medicine can be said to have displayed characteristics that have at various times characterised the Roman Catholic Church: autocracy, centralisation, the control and manipulation of people, censorship, propaganda, total obedience, infallibility, the destruction of heretics, the stamping out of individuality. All this, of course, has been done in the name of public health and the general good, just as the church acted for mankind's salvation."
"We can see, then, that even though our society considers itself to be secular, it has remained as Christian as it was a century ago, but with two major differences. Firstly, our society is not aware of it. It believes itself to be rational, scientific, and free of superstition. It fails to recognise that it is still, in effect, observing the old religious rituals, but under a new guise. Secondly, our society now lives its religious experiences through secular forms - medical ones, in particular - and has at the same time transferred its hopes and aspirations from the spiritual world to the material.
Medicine, then, has become the new world religion. The specific myths, beliefs and rites of Christianity have been unconsciously projected over medicine since Pasteur."


The unfortunate consequences are to limit the expression of new ideas about disease and what areas of research are pursued. Alternative therapies are outright dismissed and healers are viewed as charlatans.

Underlying all this is the fact that people are still being told, and really believe, that there health and well being depends on something outside of themselves. People are not allowed to act independently and exert their own power, but must yield to "the mediation of priest-physicians, administration of drug-hosts and the protection of vaccine-absolutions."

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."
- Thomas Szasz


Friday, June 03, 2005

 

Ibuprofen Side Effects

A client recently asked me to research the side effects related to ibuprofen. She was up to 1000mg per day to get relief from leg pain. When I heard the dosage, the alarm bells went off.
What I found out was astounding. We don't realize that these drugs cannot be taken without the risk of significant side effects. This is especially true when high doses are taken on a regular basis for pain control.

Ibuprofen has relatively few side effects, but symptoms can be more intense. The most common are gastrointestinal in nature - abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Less frequent side effects involve skin rashes, the nervous system, liver and even the kidneys. Those over age 65 are more likey to suffer from these symptoms.

Before taking doses over 200mg per day, one should consult a physician and check with a pharmacist for drug interactions.

Beyond that I recommend considering other ways of dealing with chronic pain. In my opinion, energy therapy is an effective solution over the long term.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

 

Prayer Ranks with Drugs for Pain Relief

PHYSICAL PAIN AGGRAVATES MAJORITY OF AMERICANS

STANFORD, Calif. — More than half of all Americans are limping through life these days with the aggravation of on-again, off-again pain or the utter misery of hard-to-treat chronic pain. The result is less work, crankier mood and fewer activities, combined with a wide-ranging search for pain relief.

Folks are clear on where they hurt, but often can't link that pain to a specific cause. And in a surprising look at what works for pain relief, researchers find that just as many people cite prayers as prescription drugs.

These findings come from a recent nationwide survey sponsored by Stanford University Medical Center, ABC News and USA Today. Among the survey's significant findings:

Where does it hurt? Back pain is far and away the most common. Knees and shoulders are also troublesome. About one-quarter of all respondents cited back pain as their most recent difficulty, and another quarter cited joint pain. Nearly one-tenth said they suffered from headaches.
Why does it hurt? Half the crowd could identify a specific medical condition or injury behind their most recent painful experience. Just as many could not. Among those who could, injury or accident was the most common culprit, followed by arthritis.
Does it matter? Yes. About four in 10 people cited interference with each of these quality-of-life indicators: work and other duties, mood, day-to-day activities, sleep and enjoyment of life.
What helps? In desperation, people have tried everything from over-the-counter drugs to alcohol. For effectiveness, prayer and prescription drugs come out on top.
"Pain has been a hidden disease; it has not received as much attention as other diseases," said Raymond Gaeta, MD, associate professor of anesthesia at the Stanford School of Medicine and director of pain management services at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. "But now there's a growing recognition that pain really is not just the sensation we have — it's something that interferes with every one of us, with life."

The new survey carefully documents the experience of pain in America. "It's very unusual that you have an independent, rigorous, national random-sample survey on the subject of pain," said Gary Langer, director of polling for ABC News. "This survey puts this issue out before a broader public, and it really underscores the serious public health problem that exists regarding pain in this country."

Indeed, the incidence of pain is significant. About 60 percent of respondents said their most recent pain episode had occurred within just the last month. And about 40 percent said pain plagues them often.

So what do the multitudes do when physical distress kicks in? Most — about 80 percent — go for over-the-counter drugs and home remedies. Prescription drugs, bed rest and prayer constitute second-string remedies: About six in 10 respondents have tried those.

And what helps most? Good pain relief, it seems, is hard to come by. Respondents ranked prayer and prescription drugs as tops. Still, only about 50 percent of those who tried these methods said they worked "very well." Another 40 percent said they worked "somewhat well." Chiropractic and massage therapy ranked second-best. Forty percent of the people who tried these modalities said they worked very well.

Gaeta offered an explanation for the popularity of prayer as pain relief. "Prayer falls in the category of having patients learn about the meaning of their pain," he said. "Sometimes patients do need to be introspective before they can move forward." The survey noted that those who used prayer were likely to rely as well on other pain treatments.

Many people are getting by only with the regular help of modern pharmaceuticals. Of those who have tried over-the-counter-drugs for pain relief, 10 percent use them daily. And among those who have tried prescription drugs, about 20 percent take them daily. In other words, more than 10 percent of all adults in America rely on prescription painkillers every day.
The good news, Gaeta said, is that people are talking to their doctors. More than six in 10 survey participants said they consulted a doctor or other health-care worker about their most recent pain episode. And more than half found at least some relief.

Now, with growing numbers of pain specialists and better-educated patients and physicians, he's hopeful that number will rise. "All the surveys and information coming out now are saying pain impacts not only the patients' livelihood but also, in ever-widening circles, family, work and even society in general," Gaeta said. "I'm hoping for not only the clinical care to improve, but for the science to catch up and for us to make some dramatic breakthroughs in pain treatment."

Pollsters queried 1,204 adults by phone, April 13-19, 2005. The results have a three-point error margin. Poll results and analysis are available at abcnews.com.

Friday, May 06, 2005

 

Meet One Special Woman

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in early July, 2004, and receiving doctor’s opinions to proceed with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery as soon as possible, Sandy flew to Seattle with her husband to investigate an alternative treatment program. She returned home from Seattle on July 21, and began a detailed program of alternative care. It includes careful intake of food, lots of pure water, an intense supplement program, use of a Rife machine (sound frequencies), monitoring reports from testing, and several other important steps that include healthy environments and consistent routines. These steps required that Sandy stay at home in a less stressful environment for the next several months.

During the ensuing months Sandy kept the strictly regimented holistic program which was very intensive and time consuming. Yet, as she states, “I have not been sick (throwing up, nauseated, nagging headaches or pain, etc.) one single day during this entire journey to date. I am encouraged by what I feel going on in my body! Good things - like increased stamina and energy.”

It is now mid-March and Sandy’s progress has been astounding. The carefully managed therapeutic program was instrumental; however, Sandy’s beautiful attitude and intensely spiritual life play an essential role as well as loving support of family and friends. Read Sandy’s own words in a recent letter:

Hi Frank,

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and thoughts. God has truly blessed me with caring friends and fellow believers who faithfully pray. One day this past week for the first time in months, I stopped by the cleaners to pick up something and the owner was so happy to see me after my absence – she came around the counter and hugged me twice and said she was praying for me. Then at the post office the gal behind the counter took a double take when she saw me and grabbed a little pink sticky off her cubicle wall and pointed at it - there was my name written down - she said I have been praying for you, can I take your name off? I told her no - keep praying. I'm telling you, it was like showers of blessings to me! How humbling to be upheld in this way.

I received new test results last week - all the carcinoma virus numbers were ZERO!!! I still have the melanoma virus, but those numbers were 38 and 28 - getting closer to zero all the time.
We fly to Seattle soon for an appointment with the gentleman I have been working with long- distance since mid-July. He will do new muscle testing and we will talk about how to proceed from here and what life looks like after all my numbers are zero. I'm very excited to see him. I had some blood work drawn so I’ll have results prior to seeing him – was really curious to see what the medical profession would have to say at this point in time. We got a phone call last night from our family doctor. He said "I am happy to tell you that all your blood work is normal!" Isn't that great? Eventually I will have an ultrasound done to confirm that I no longer have any masses/tumors. I know they are disappearing, but want standard medical confirmation that I hope will stimulate the doctors to consider alternatives!

For me, most of this swirls around trust - trusting in our great God - seeing more deeply who He is and wholly trusting in that alone. What a wonderful, loving Savior we have! I had to come to grips with the possibility of an early death - something that I told God I didn't want - but had to come to the point of being willing for such. He is gracious and I am seeing healing! But I have pondered more than once Christ's own prayer that He be spared the crucifixion. I need to walk in complete faith knowing that I can trust Him without question. I'm still learning this on a daily basis.

Thank you again for your continued encouragement toward healing in many areas!

Sandy



More on Sandy’s Amazing Story

In her own words:

I saw the gentleman I have been working with over the past 9 months personally on Wednesday, March 30. While in his office, we received the results of my most recent test. ALL the cancer numbers we have been tracking on read ZERO!!! Yes, you read that right - ZERO!!! We had prayed and asked the Lord that my numbers would be zero by the time I visited Washington again, because I wanted a face to face conversation about what life looks like after the zero mark! GOD IS GOOD! I keep telling you all that and IT IS TRUE! What an awesome answer to a specific prayer!

You can bet the tears flowed - tears of rejoicing! I have been encouraged to continue my protocol over the next year as my body recovers from the damage of the cancer. I can use the equipment on a modified schedule and we are making plans for me to be back on the road with (husband) Rolly. My heart is very full. Tears of gratitude fill my eyes as I write. Praise the Lord with us dear friend! He has "dealt bountifully" with us! Praise His Name!

A dear friend told me recently that she was sorry I had to go through this experience. I have to say that I have great joy in what God is doing. I am not sorry. He continues to refine me and He has granted me additional days to serve Him. He has walked with me every step of the way and guided our steps from the outset. He is our "Emmanuel", our "Redeemer", our "Peace", our "Good Shepherd", our "Deliverer". Truly He is matchless in His grace. AMEN...................................Sandy


This is a wonderful example of faith. Sandy gives the credit to God. This is good, for God is good. Yet there is more to this situation than meets the eye. To me, Sandy’s willingness to step up and take responsibility for her life, is what stands out. I believe we must assert our God-given power as we seek God’s presence in deep prayer. Sandy beautifully demonstrated that.

E-mail Sandy: Sandycq@aol.com

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