Snow and Cherry Blossoms at the Office of Alternative Medicine; NIH

On page 224, Dr. Pert is now in Washington, DC in the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) at the National Institute of  Health (NIH) talking to Wayne Jonas, MD who was at the helm of OAM in the 90’s. She told him that it has long been her wish to see a program started inside the NIH that would do the basic research to put new paradigm science on a secure footing.

“All kinds of practitioners, from the nurse healers who practice therapeutic touch to the holistic chiropractors (and Naprapaths) who do manipulations, tell us that they feel subtle energies moving through the bodies of their patients. My own hunch is that these energy emanations get created as ligands bind to receptors in the body, doing their intricate humming dance with each other. Now, these energies have not been convincingly measured by objective devices, although a few physicists have worked at devising more sensitive means of measuring quantal events. Why couldn’t the NIH fund some research on the subject? —either on measuring the body’s energy field or on studying how energy healers can influence this flow, perhaps by using their own energy to trigger receptors in a manner analogous to the way electromagnetic energy fires neurons.”

As I read this section, which Dr. Pert wrote back in 1997, twenty years ago, it’s a little startling and depressing that this project hasn’t been achieved yet.  I’ve been a Reiki practitioner in my office and my patients and I feel the Ki or Qi, day in and day out as I work on them, and yet materialistic science has yet to ramp up their methods to measure it?  Yes, it’s 2017 and millions of people all over the world, from Qi Gong practitioners to Reiki in hospitals, know that it’s real and it works to move Qi (Chi) as sure as you can feel the heat of the sun when it shines.

Sure, you can make the qi chaotic again with your habits, thoughts, and negative emotions when you walk out the door, but all of it is alignable if you let it in. We’re teaching you how balanced and aligned can feel so you can decide whether or not you want it. We can’t make you accept it.

Wayne Jonas agrees with me on the necessity for basic research and, in a great example of synchronicity, relates how just the day before he had presented his idea for an intramural research program to a gathering of NIH institute directors. This is wonderful news, and if he can make it happen, it will be a terrific breakthrough…”

To be continued…

 

 

THE BODY’S NATURAL MORPHINE

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Continuing on in “Molecules of Emotion”, The Science Behind Mind-Body (same thing) Medicine; Dr. Pert says, “…endorphins, the body’s own natural morphine…which your body makes too.”

There are a thousand studies on this and physicians all know it’s true. Bodyworkers are at the top of the heap when it comes to stimulating natural opioids in the body. Massage therapists, deep tissue workers, manual therapists, and all other manner of soft tissue workers know that this is the case. Some massage therapists do a good job, others really hurt you as they have very poor technique, use too much oil and then dig in with the thumb tips, elbows, and fingertips. Be sure to interview the practitioner before you set up an appointment. I recommend deep tissue manual therapy, a physical therapist or a sports therapist with 2-4 years of training.

Bodyworkers are supposed to relieve pain, not cause it. That is intuitive. It’s counterintuitive to cause pain which is something to consider as you use the white coats. The fact is, the number of Americans seeing massage therapists has declined because the schools are teaching poor technique and not requiring students to do at least two years. But I digress from the book.

Dr. Pert discovered the opiate receptors in the brain and thought she and her team might be on the way to win the Nobel prize.

The discovery of the opiate receptor touched off a mad scramble among scientific researchers to find the natural substance in the body that used the receptor-the key that would fit the lock. We knew that the brain receptor didn’t exist to serve as a binding mechanism for external plant extracts, such as morphine and opium. No, the only reason that made any sense for an opiate receptor to be in the brain in the first place was if the body itself produced some kind of substance. an organic chemical that fit the tiny keyhole itself-a natural opiate.

The brains own morphine is an endogenous ligand. A ligand is a protein that attaches (binds) to another protein called a receptor; receptor proteins have specific sites into which the ligands fit like keys into locks. Endogenous ligands are those that are produced in the body, not those introduced into the body, such as certain drugs. It creates the same effects that exogenous (outside) opiates such as morphine do. They called this substance enkephalin. MT’s know all about enkephalin’s as well in terms of what our treatments can do.

This part of the book ends with her on a media whirlwind for her discovery with her team and getting much positive attention. Then the competition heats up and the power-brokers come into play.

Science is no different than politics. I’m reading about ego, destructive gossip, gender discrepancy and big money. Human nature is pretty easy to predict.

To be continued…

Conflict Resolution on Gun Rights

 

I’m extremely impressed with this website.  It’s cogent, professional, rational, reasonable…not very sexy at all. Definitely relationship material for something long term that could eventually smolder.  Check it out!

Beyond Intractability on Gun Ownership

This is just the first suggestion as you scroll down.  Maybe I’ll e-mail this to my Federal Representatives and Senators.

From the article:

What SHOULD we do?

  • First, we need to look for areas of common ground that we can build on. There actually are several.  One is grief.  We are all grief-stricken about what happened in Las Vegas, just as we were for high-profile events from earlier—Sandy Hook, the Aurora Theatre shootings, and Columbine High School, for example.  A second commonality is a fear and the strong human need for safety.  Events like these make everyone afraid, and the desire for safety or security is a fundamental need that all humans share.  So, we need to build on our grief and our fear to bring people together, not to tear us further apart.
     
    The second area of common ground ought to be respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, the legislative process, and court decisions.  This means respect for the Second Amendment as it is now interpreted by the courts and how it may be interpreted by the courts in the future.  It also implies a commitment to work within the system to advocate for one’s preferred interpretation.
     
    There should also be common ground with respect to the need for a clear boundary between Second Amendment gun rights and military-class weapons that should not be accessible to the general public.

My comments:

It’s assumed that in any conflict based on values and politics, that people take sides.  Whether they voice their opinion or not, we know human beings are not naturally impartial. We all have an opinion and feelings behind those opinions. What we always fail to do is listen to each other if we don’t agree or to hold the value of give and take or take and give as the case may be.

I don’t do that. I listen to my patients spouting things on the table in treatment all the time that I don’t agree with. But I know that humans are not by nature rational; they are by nature emotional…every last one of us. When there is pain or illness in the body, it’s emotional based, so I let them vent and remain detached as a professional practitioner.  They’re not paying me to have an opinion on how they feel.

That’s why this page (the link) is so important. It’s impartial, neutral, above the fray in its approach. That is not to say the writers don’t have personal opinions. They just know that their personal opinions won’t get anyone anywhere. That’s what FB is for right?

Facebookers are just posturing, spreading some real, some fake news and venting.  It might be interesting for sociologists to read but I just scroll past whatever I’m not interested in. Knowing that is part of being a mature adult and deciding to contribute to problem-solving rather than feeling the need to prove that your point is right all the time.  Everybody thinks they’re right…from their point of view…which is myopic.

Being a mediator or a diplomat means you stand at the peak of the mountain seeing both sides, and both sides stand below in the valley duking it out with rules of engagement.  Sometimes just duking it out will resolve it but if there are guns involved no way, no how.

So someone…please mediate this issue, let’s find common ground as Americans and stop reliving these massacres and thinking we can pray our way out while our heads are in the sand.

Take a look at that website! It’s awesome.

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Woodard’s Proposed Remedies For Our Current Political Debacle

My last post was a review of Colin Woodard’s book, “American Character”. I’ve organized and analyzed his thoughts from the final chapter, “A Lasting Union”.  They are definitely worth considering, and I’m going to do it here.  Most of these are proposed remedies; what we can do differently in choosing the next President.  It’s fairly obvious to me that Woodard is a Democrat, so take it or leave it.

1. The Promotion of Human Happiness.  That’s a core part of the Bill of Rights.  But it seems to be lost on politicians that either want to cause citizens suffering or don’t care.

2.  Accept who we are as a nation.  We are a Union, but we are not unified, and likely will not be for awhile.  We are a federation comprised of eleven countries that share little regarding universal ideals, goals, and views on the meaning of freedom.  Those nations are First Nation, New Netherland, The Midlands, Yankeedom, New France, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, The Deep South, El Norte, The Far West, The Left Coast.  These are the American Nations today regarding function, culture, values, and history.  To understand the cultures of each of these, you could read the book, “American Nations.” by the same author.

Time and again, with no more discussion wasting our time, Americans will not accept and have not allowed in the past:

  1. Social or Democratic Libertarianism-The Gilded Age (aka Trump and many Presidents from the South, gold all over everything by the elite)
  2. Democratic Socialism-(aka Bernie Sanders)
  3. Christian Social Collectivism (The Christian Right minority)

If you don’t know what these are, please google them.  You will find relatively short definitions, easy to understand, and there are entire libraries littered with stories of leaders attempting to get citizens to swallow this.  Americans won’t.

3.  A Leading Northern Alliance that

  • Checks on corporate power
  • conservation of natural resources
  • A champion for collective action for the common good
  • We consistently favor active central government to act as a federal referee

4.  Free and Fair Competition between individuals and the ideas, output, and institutions they produce.

5.  Leave people alone to be themselves.

6.  Use the government to protect individual freedom be it economic or civic.  It is a collective referee. Stop hereditary privilege. (How?)

7.  Let go of the projections of “handouts.” or “trickle down.” Neither or those is happening, and neither do they work.  They are myths.

8.  A supportive government that has your back for a time, not forever as you make your way up in the world or keeping your power in check if you are 0.1% at the top.

9.  Let go of labels, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican.

10.  Equality of Opportunity.  Individuals are obviously not equal by nature, but the society owes it to each person to make sure they have a chance to do better.  Then it’s up to them to apply themselves.

11.  Destroy special privilege that hasn’t been earned. (What if their ancestors earned it,)

12.  The Doctrine of Fairness is equality of opportunity and intervention against oligarchy. Again, my question, who gets to define justice?

Conservatives may accurately say that this is contrived.  Some people are born into wealth that was earned by their ancestors.  I don’t have an answer to this yet.

13.  Re-channeling wealth

14.  Defensive Regulation

  • Conserve the nation’s patrimony
  • protecting human health and stability of ecological systems that sustain us.
  • Maintaining a competitive marketplace
  • preventing abusive and monopolistic practices

15.  Investment in schools and basic scientific research

16.  Isolate, ignore, and move against Greater Appalachia and The Deep South in all elections.

17.  Economic fairness as the central moral issues of politics (I disagree with this.)

Now as I look at this list I see Robin Hood.  Steal from the rich to give to the poor. That is ASSUMING the rich have ill-gotten gains.  That simply is not true for all rich people. Forcing the wealthy who legally have money, to share is called stealing.  It can also be tinged with jealousy from those who have not.  So, the rich can look to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates who are fine examples of philanthropy for the world.  But the Democrats can’t force the rich to behave a certain way.

If I’m rich someday, I will be delighted to be a philanthropist, but you have to watch out for takers, users, and offloaders, even if you’re just an open-hearted real person, money aside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of “American Character”, A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good by Colin Woodard

I highly recommend this book if you’re somewhat mystified regarding how we go into the political quagmire we’re currently in.  Woodard has divided the book into nine chapters:

  1.  Maintaining Freedom
  2. Two Paths to Tyranny
  3. The Rival Americas
  4. The Elite and the Masses (1607-1876)
  5. The Rise and Fall of Lassez-Faire (1877-1930) ******
  6. The Rise and Fall of National Liberalism (1933-1967) FASCINATING!!!
  7. Dixie Takes Over (1968-2008) REALLY PAINFUL-Hard to read
  8. Rise of the Radicals (2008-)  Unbelievable, including Obama
  9. A Lasting Union

If you can get through the hard parts after everybody was assassinated during Liberalism (1933-67), Chapter 9, where he puts forward his ideas is great!

Democracy is no easy task and we are struggling.  That is clear from all the facts and quotes he has footnoted.  This book brings to light the fact that only watching the way the media portrays the behavior and action of politicians are very misleading.  You have to read FACTS, quotes, proof of what they’ve said and done to have the full picture.  Unless you read American History you won’t know the truth.

Woodard is an excellent writer and knows his history.  He puts the facts right out there for us to chew on and couches nothing at all.  It’s amazing to me that in 150 years (1877-2017), the forces of oligarchy, plutocracy, and Gilded Age Lassez-faire capitalism are still trying to squash individuals like a bug, despite the realities of the French Revolution and the like.  You would think these tyrannical evil ones would get a clue but they have not. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  They all seem to have more time to meet in their groups to try to keep us all down and throw us out on the street while we stare at our tech toy.

At some point here, we better start talking to each other and our neighbors again so that we can agree on what the Common Good looks like and what we need the role of government to be in the meantime.  It is exceeding constitutional reach but that is due to pluralism!!  That’s a good reason!

For the first time in my life (B: 1963), I feel like the American Commune is falling apart due to incredible dysfunction, cynicism and just pure evil from the Federal Government and this handful of right wing nut bags.  The majority of Americans are not like this.  We cannot just default to someone like Trump as many did this last time.

Get to Woodard’s Chapter 9 and the wheels will start turning.

One quote, “The Deep South’s tradition of hierarchical libertarianism is profoundly un-American, being authoritarian in governance, oligarchic in economics, retrograde in human rights”

Yet all of our Presidents from 1968-2008 have been from the south:

  • LBJ
  • Nixon
  • Carter
  • Bush I
  • Clinton
  • Bush II

Woodard contends that despite their party, their record shows that they have done their best to pare down The New Deal put in place by FDR, have given the private sector, Wall St., and the banks more leverage and in some manner, want to de-centralize the government.  The civil war isn’t over.

Deportations

My blood was boiling on a rampage today about Trump ordering the ICE to deport people in five states until…

I remembered they called Obama the King of Deportation after he called for 3 million people to be deported.

It’s amazing how easy it is to find fault in your enemy and forget that an ally did exactly the same thing.

Why was I so biased?  Why did I forget Obama did that?

Why are humans so biased for one side against the other when most of the time, they do the same things?

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Base-Building for a stronger Green Party of Michigan

Currently, the Green Party of Michigan has the foremost, best-developed political ideas of any party in the entire state. Our party has a comprehensive platform to stand upon; our values uniquely identified through the Four Pillars and Ten Key Values; our shared vision providing a firm footing for our policy positions and unifying us, both in principle and in political spirit. Without a doubt, the GP-MI has made great advancements in the past year and there are positive signals that this trend of progress will continue.

Source: Base-Building for a stronger Green Party of Michigan

Resistance or Allowance?

I just saw a post that quoted Gandhi as saying that Christ was the greatest resistor of all time.

No, it was the opposite.  The man didn’t resist anyone or anything, ever.  He was just being himself which was different than everyone else!  He was just flowing with his Christ being, descended from God.  We can flow with that in us too.  He was the great allower because he was the greatest lover of humans and all life on earth, ever, because he was our Creator.  He lived a completely relaxed, calm, and good life.

Do not mistake someone who is very different, who is being themselves, who does not bend to human control, who isn’t concerned as much about following the crowd as God in him/her, who has a focused mission, as being a resistor.  He allowed everyone and everything to flow around him.  No one had to agree with him for him to love them.  He allowed so much, that at the end, knowing exactly what was going to be done to him and by whom, he yielded to the whole sordid affair to teach the lesson of the resurrection; eternal life.  Life doesn’t end with the death of the body.  That’s spirituality 101 among many traditions.  He had to prove that by dying and then appearing to over 200 people in his spirit body.  That was his reason for yielding.

He could have easily avoided it and was taunted to avoid it as he was dying!  He didn’t have to do what he did.  He had a choice!  But he ALLOWED it.  He YIELDED to it.

He was not a blood sacrifice, he was not a martyr, he was not a fighter, he was not a resistor.  He was a lover no matter what.  On this planet, loving makes you a rebel.  On this planet, if you want to love, forgive, heal, be peaceful and happy, that does not mean you’re resisting the flow, it means you’re allowing the flow of Universal Love, of God’s Love.  I keep working on flowing with that myself.

Politically, the Jews needed and wanted him to free them from the political and social oppression of the Romans.  They were not succeeding trying on their own and they needed help.  If the leaders, and not just the people had listened to his teaching, they could have helped themselves.  There’s a reason he was called “Rabbi”.  He was teaching them and they could have been good students.  That’s how that works.

They wanted him to be their Messiah and save them, and not do the work on self.  Now, if Jesus had been a good Democrat, he would have done just that.  He would have saved them.  Oh, he’s a savior in his example and in his teaching!  But then you have to do it.

I’m being facetcious, but he refused to get distracted and react to the politics of worldly power and get pulled into being what humans wanted him to be according to what they thought they needed.  He came to fulfill a mission for an entire universe, not just to be a messiah for the Jewish people.  And boy did he disappoint the Jews.

He lived with his own flow inside of himself.  That appears to be rebellious to people who refuse to follow his example and that makes them resistors, not him.  He didn’t resist anyone.  He disagreed with the Pharisees and Sadducees publicly because their laws and required blood sacrifices were an oppression to the Jewish people.  That mattered to him because he was Jewish, was raised Jewish, his disciples were Jewish and his whole family was Jewish.  So, yes, he had a personal opinion about those leaders.

He never fought against anything and I hardly believe that Gandhi said that.  I doubt he said that.  Good ole’ FB.

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