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.

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