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Ancestral Soul at Solstice Part III

road-homeOur ancestral soul at Solstice time is geared for extra holiday joy but sometimes instead we plummet from seasonal stress, especially after the holiday. Is there a solution–even one for the whole year?

As described in my article in the Malibu Chronicle, (”Staying Balanced at the Winter Solstice, p. 49,) if our emotions are volatile and easily sabotaged, then we can look for cause and effect factors inside and out.  There IS an emotional vortex in our middle section that has the potential of being boiled into a block–even though this area is called ”the solar plexus” and should have sunshine flowing out of it.  Instead, this pressure cooker boiling in our middle causes heat to get trapped above.

This heat rising in the body is one of the main causal imbalances that an acupuncturist addresses. We can break up this quagmire to alleviate this polarizing of our energy.  Sometimes it is just shut down–a dormant area, stifling the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.

This dam of emotional plaque now results in a hot head and cold feet. Hot upper symptoms are headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure above. Meanwhile below we might have low back pain, weak flaccid intestines, low libido, varicose veins, and cold feet. Heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia occur right in the emotional center.

In Part IV  I will discuss how we can empty out the psychic plaque of our personal drama and be ready to refuel with these special cosmic energies pouring in all the time but especially at the Solstice season. Our solar plexus can again be a SUN radiating out to all parts of the body and out to others. The sunny chakra that knits the upper and lower halves back together. A bright solstice solar light to the world! Let’s drink to that Holiday Cheer and an amazing New Year!

 

 

 

Ancestral Soul at Solstice Time Part II

blue winter 2Our ancestral soul at Solstice time is designed to be a blessing, not a curse.  So how to avoid the Holiday blues?? While we carry on the traditions of gaeity and solemnity during this season, our emotional centers are often wrought with negative reactions to life’s (and the season’s) challenges, and we can become even more sensitive at this time of year. We may not be part of a circle of loved ones.  As a result, we might suffer resentment since our culture programs us to focus on drama and conflict—in films, TV and in our own lives, which requires dramatic tension, adversity, crisis, and lots of pathos.
diaphonous bodySo the effects of stress are equally traumatic for the body whether we expose our poor nerves to our own real life dramas or to fictional ones; to bad memories of our life time or to the echos of our ancestors’ plights.  Over the years the ‘plaque’ of so many griefs, grievances, and resentments collects in the heart and solar plexus area of the body, the center of our emotional life.  This build-up creates an armoring across the middle. The free circulation of blood and lymph that we experienced as a child is now cut off at a chest-high bottleneck and no longer flows freely up and down from head to toe.  In Part III, I will share how to address to create champagne from this bottleneck.

The Effects of Positive Thinking on Mental Health

white lightThe effects of positive thinking on mental health  is a popular subject as presented in the film ”The Secret.”  We have all become familiar with the idea that a positive internal state has a direct impact on how we view and respond to the world.  Now we are learning more about how it affects our resulting neurophysiology.  Researchers in physio-cognitive medicine report that when we think an emotional thought, a certain brain wave pattern sends information into the body in the form of nervous system reactions.  This affects our hormone excretions and other chemical reactions in the body. If we had a negative experience in the past and we think about it again and again, this will affect  the body and mind in the same way as if we were actually having the experience over and over again.  Each time the thought occurs, it incites the same negative biochemical and hormonal cascade in the body. This rethinking about a negative event is like a negative meditation and the body establishes a pattern based on this – a negative physiological pattern that gives rise to physical illness and suffering.

Luckily, the same is true conversely for positive thinking techniques: If we evaluate our life experiences positively and remember happy occasions, then these pleasant images trigger the same neuro-physiological responses as if we were actually having the good experience in present time.  Frankly, this gives me the impression that the body is quite indiscriminating.  I have a good imagination but I feel there is a difference between my memory of chocolate cake and eating it NOW.  Just as my opinion of ”God” has changed–if He does not understand that prayers of supplication—asking for what I DON’T HAVE, should not necessarily result in my now creating an energy of Lack that will now be imprinted further.  But the upside of looking at the upside outweighs all down sides..!  I invite your input on this subject!

I designed my Stress Relief CDs to emphasize how to do just that–get all the feel-good chemicals to flow. And they are available here on this blog site. For if the neuro science findings are true, then we can play with this new paradigm and see if it works–to relive the good times in our minds so that we can experience the positive effects of past joys on our bodies. And interpret present situations in the most “Glass half FULL” attitude possible so as to not set off a cascade of unhealthy chemicals in the body.  Instead we want the endorphins and the dopamine to flow….!

Emotions and Internal Organs

Acupuncture theorists address emotions and internal organs in the same fell swoop. Dr. Andrew Weil reports on a British study showing the success of acupuncture for depression, and adds his own positive opinion based on his experience.  http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/WBL02371/Acupuncture-for-Depression.html  So, how does it work?

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered a specific interaction among the five major organs that is still unrecognized in Western medicine. The Law of Five Elements refers to particular interactions between the major ‘solid’ organs: heart, liver, lung, pancreas and kidney. Each of these is paired with one of the ‘tube’ organs (like intestines) and each pair feeds the next pair in a certain order. If there is excess energy in the stomach causing heartburn, then there is a single point that can pull this excess energy into the lungs/large intestine if they are deficient and cold. The same energy that wreaked havoc in the stomach can now benefit the deficient lung or intestine. Thus we eliminate two problems with one treatment!

When the major organs are balanced among themselves they work together in harmony, as the ultimate example of Wholistic health! But when out of balance, they can then lead to emotional obstructions and these can result in blockages, pain, inflammation and overeating from stress.  If a patient has severe trauma, extended depression, anxiety or other emotional stress, this damages the major organ systems. So we see that treating the whole body affects both mind and body.

In Chinese medicine, each major organ has it own related emotional symptom, but it is a two-way street. There is a feedback loop between the organ and the feeling. The mind can affect the organ, and the organ can affect the mind. Excessive grief damages the lungs or, if the lungs are weak, then melancholy may appear.  Obsessive thinking and over-eating damages the spleen; and excessive fear damages or can develop from the kidneys. Excessive worry hurts the liver and likewise, if the liver is toxic then anger or depression may develop. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.

So the body is, in fact, more ‘whole’ than most people realize. The internal connections are astonishing.  An acupuncturist can work simultaneously on the physical symptoms and the emotional issues using the same few points.  Mental, emotional, and physical issues all addressed in the same session.  One stop shop!

Veterans PTSD Treatment

Veterans Acupuncture for Veterans with PTSD: How can we make acupuncture and meditation more available to our military Veterans? If they are returning with severe trauma and pain, we need to address this problem before it worsens.

As a pioneer acupuncturist in this country, I have aided many Veterans suffering from PTSD through my multi-pronged Veterans PTSD Project: a therapy program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression. It includes:

  • Acupuncture treatment for physical and emotional pain.
  • Deep-state endorphin release achieved through herbs and pharmaceuticals, specialized massage, breathing techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.
  • The powerful Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Stimulator that can regenerate cell tissue anywhere in the brain or body, FDA approved for depression.
  • My  Cellular Meditation VETERANS STRESS RELIEF audio CDs. Two STRESS RELIEF recorded segments are available for listening for free on this blog site www.BrainbodyBliss.com.

Acupuncture or massage point combinations can open up blocked neural centers, waking up the right bio-electrical frequencies.  This can help “teach” traumatized cells how to “unlearn” states of fear and demoralization.  It helps remove physical imbalances such as inflammation, toxicity, pain, brain chemistry imbalance, physical injuries and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects these issues by helping to break up intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.  This impacts the mental and emotional systems as well.

Acupuncture and the Stress Release CDs both address the entire body’s natural, feel-good neuro-hormones to regenerate the proper brain-body connections.  This restores a state of wellbeing and good sleep.

I have lectured twice at the Combat Stress Conference, explaining the science behind the CDs and treatment therapies.  Many Veterans groups are requesting help.  Singer/songwriter Graham Nash has generously contributed, but much more is needed to fill this critical need.  Drug therapy alone does not always go deep enough and often wears off or causes side effects.

We are working toward the opening of a clinical program for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder located near the West L.A. V.A.  This will help Vets transition to civilian life, helping to eliminate both painful memories and painful conditions.

Cellular Meditation is the full-body form of meditation—made easy. It is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS OF THE BODY—by freeing them up, and sensing them from inside.  It is the ‘Feel Good’ form of meditation, easier to do than other meditation practices, while also achieving deeper results.  A version of the double CDs is also available for the general public and the Veterans’ families.

Studies have shown that relaxing meditation techniques increase the feel-good neuro-transmitters that counter mood disorders, such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA; and beneficial hormones such as DHEA, HGH (human growth hormone), and melatonin for anti-aging and good sleep. Meditation also reduces harmful cortisol produced by stress.

Many Veterans and civilians have benefited from the treatments and these CDs. Our non-profit Earth Harmony Foundation.org receives tax deductible donations from those who want to help our returning soldiers by funding their distribution to many veterans organizations who have requested these CDs.

Acupuncture & Meditation affect PTSD: Part II

Meditation for the Military

Just how does acupuncture and meditation affect PTSD? Many returning Veterans suffer from difficult syndromes including flashbacks of overwhelming violence. Or they cannot down regulate their learned hyper-vigilance. Fortunately, there is an easy acupuncture protocol that involves stimulating five points in the ear that can help to relax and energize an anxious or traumatized patient since the ear is an outcropping, the “keyboard”, of the brain.

Another randomized controlled pilot trial, this one “Acupuncture for post traumatic stress disorder” was done at the Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences, and Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY 40202, USA. [J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13.] The study evaluated the effect of acupuncture for PTSD.  Patients received either acupuncture treatment, or a group cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a wait-list control. Both acupuncture and cognitive-behavior therapy provided large treatment effects for PTSD. Symptoms still remained reduced at the 3-month follow-up for both modalities.

For four decades since we founded the first acupuncture clinic in the U.S. at UCLA, I’ve been watching acupuncture affect people’s emotional states.  I have worked with clinical psychologists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, and I continue to treat serious depression with acupuncture and electro-magnetic pulse stimulus. Secondly, research for my book, “Rene Daumal, The Lilfe and Work of a Mystic Guide”, (SUNY Press & Paris, France) taught me how much awareness of spirit and focus on sensation are relevant to the healing process, especially for the psyche.

From these two strands, I was able to connect the importance of sensing the nervous system and all the cells of the body, once I had experienced myself how much each cell contributes and magnifies my emotional state.  Eventually I realized that my ‘state’ was happening all over my body. I was able to collect all the first hand data into my Cellular Meditation CDs.  Together, acupuncture and this bodily meditation can help to reverse the course of painful life experiences on the mind and body.

Thirdly, in Chinese medicine, each major organ has it own related emotional symptom, but it is a two-way street. There is a feedback loop between the organ and the feeling. The mind can affect the organ, and the organ can affect the mind. Excessive grief damages the lungs or, if the lungs are weak, then melancholy may appear.  Obsessive thinking damages the spleen; and excessive fear damages or can develop from–the kidneys. Excessive worry hurts the liver and likewise, if the liver is toxic, then anger or depression may develop. Acupuncture turns on endorphins and aims at rebalancing these organs which calms their aberrant emotion.

When balanced among themselves these organs work together in harmony, as the ultimate example of Wholistic health! But when out of balance, they can then lead to emotional obstructions resulting in blockages, pain, inflammation and overeating from stress.

Truly, treating the whole body affects both mind and body. Together, words and stimulation of our body’s electromagnetic wiring can both sink deep to balance the waters underneath—of our mind, emotions and total apparatus.

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Emotional Abuse: Generational and Self-Inflicted

Hurting Hearts - PTSD

Emotional abuse, both generational and self-inflicted, keeps us in an emotional prison that we learn to call ‘home.’  As in my last post, this emotional strangle-hold is literally that: a strangle hold around our throat, our lungs, and solar plexus. “My heart was in my throat”, “I had butterflies in my stomach.”  Those individuals most heavily burdened emotionally often have heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia–all impairments that occur right where the emotional center is happening. It is not an accident. Most depressed individuals are shallow weak breathers. They are not getting nourished adequately by this precious substance that enters when we breathe generously with gusto!

Nowadays the term ‘mind-body’ is mentioned so often that one assumes one understands all its ramifications.  But most people do not understand that the brain occurs all through the body. The preeminent endorphin researcher Candace Pert entitled her recent book: Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. In it she shares new research that shows that the brain’s activity is more dependent on hormones than it is on the synaptic action of the brain neurons. She claims the term ‘brain blood barrier” is an anachronism left over from our old paradigm of separating the brain and

body. She states that AIDS researchers have isolated immune cells in the brain that originated for instance in the bones. The interaction is constant. The neuropeptide hormonal soup is lapping up in the brain but even more so around the spine and the entire digestive system.

When we breathe deeply into our lungs and abdomen we can begin to break up the strangle hold of negativity in our emotional center. We can clear from its walls the toxic plaque made up of old griefs and grievances. When this dissolves then we have space for something new. The bions of light blasting us from our Sun and magnetism from our living entity Earth. As we travel every day about 25 million miles through the galaxy we encounter brand new energies daily. Every day going where no man has gone before… Imagine!

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Emotional Intelligence? How the Emotional Center Cuts the Body in Two

The lack of emotional Intelligence–how the emotional center cuts the body in two is a critical factor for our overall mental and emotional health.  The heart and solar plexus area of the body is the center of our emotional life. Given the attraction toward drama in Western culture, our emotional centers are often wrought with negative reactions to life’s ups and downs.  In our culture we appreciate a good dramatic plot which requires adversity, dramatic tension, crises, and lots of pathos. Every love song depicts a broken heart and lost love; most films contain assault and murder.  This is what we pay money to watch as ‘entertainment.’  It is beyond my understanding, since I can produce my own drama quite well in real life.

So whether we expose our poor nerves to real life dramas or fictional ones, the effect is traumatic for the body.  Over the years the ‘plaque’ of so many griefs and grievances, resentments and disappointments collects in the emotional center.  This build-up creates an armoring across the middle. The free circulation of blood and lymph that we experienced as a child is now cut off at a bottleneck.

The constancy of temperature regulation is undermined—we now tend to have a hot head and cold feet. This can go along with many other similar symptoms such as headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure above. Meanwhile below we might have low back pain, poor flacid intestines, low libido, varicose veins and cold feet.

This problem of heat rising and top heavy energy is one of the main causal imbalances that an acupuncturist addresses. We must look to our emotional center to alleviate the pressure cooker that is boiling or exploding in our middle. Or it is sometimes a dead and dormant area, totally suffocating the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.

This is the perfect set-up for the atrophying cellular action that we call cancer. This action occurs when the oxygen is stifled and when the terrain is so acidic that normal cellular life cannot flourish.  Cells are swamped in stagnant toxicity–the perfect fertilizer for down graded cells to proliferate like plants.

And what is the main culprit? The poor coping mechanisms–measured by our low scoring emotional IQ. We often are not given any direction toward a spiritual connection to the universe, to the planet, to our community, to our inner core.  Our spirit must be nurtured by our respiration–respiriting our whole body. I will address this further with more solutions to this armored emotions syndrome.

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Graham Nash Supports Veterans PTSD Therapy

Veterans PTSD is a problem we all are concerned about. Famed singer/songwriter Graham Nash has had a longstanding interest in the welfare of our returning Veterans. He has supported the Veterans for Peace organization in particular, given his strong feelings that war is NOT the solution for securing Peace. Graham recently had an exhibition of his cutting edge art photography at Gallery 169 in Santa Monica California, and gave half the proceeds to my Veterans PTSD Project at Earth Harmony Foundation–to promote acupuncture treatment for PTSD and to make my STRESS RELIEF CDs available to more Veterans groups. This has made possible a new design and re-release.

Graham’s music never stops and his efforts for peace and global renewal never wain. Kudos to Graham!

Many young Vets are returning, only to suffer fatal heart attacks!  The common thread among them seems to be excessive medicating for both pain and depression. I am working with others to create a multi-pronged program to restore them to health. My lectures at two annual Combat Stress Conferences were well received by Vets groups, glad to hear the scientific basis behind my CDs as an additional remedy for PTSD other than drugs.

Now the redesigned CD cover has added endorsements, from Graham, Dr. Hyla Cass, and author Danion Brinkley.  These CDs, and the version for the general public, can raise one’s level of wellbeing, no matter how high or low. From the basement to the first floor or from the fourth to the 14th!

Anyone can listen to two audio Cellular Meditation segments on my website: BrainBodyBliss.com.  One doctor who listened to the excerpt reported an 80% reduction in postpartum depression after ten minutes! She went on to happily have a second baby!

If you listen to one, I would so appreciate your pushing the comment button here on the blog and sharing your response and your experience. Thanks!

Negative Psychiatric Drug Effects on Veterans’ Hearts

IMPORTANT INFO:  I want to share a must-read article about a tragedy being investigated by a courageous doctor. I spoke at the Combat Stress Conference two years in a row and heard Dr. Frank Baughman give his lecture “Dead in Bed”. He has shared with me a list of hundreds of veterans who suffered sudden cardiac arrest and whose cases were stamped ‘suicide.’ Here is his story as reported by Jon Rappoport.

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS KILLING SOLDIERS BY HEART ATTACK

·       MILITARY COVERUP?

·       WHO IS PROFITING?

·       DAUGHTER OF SENATOR WINS DRUG-SUPPLYING CONTRACT WITH THE ARMY

MEDS KILLING SOLDIERS BY HEART ATTACK

By Jon Rappoport

MARCH 30, 2012. Is the US military employing a policy that is killing its own soldiers?

Dr. Fred Baughman published an explosive letter in the European Heart Journal (December 29, 2011) that detailed yet another aspect of death by medicine: “Psychotropic drugs and sudden death.” (See also Hundreds of Soldiers & Vets Dying From Antipsychotic–Seroquel published on Nov 7, 2011)

This time it’s American soldiers and fatal heart attacks, brought on by so-called antipsychotic drugs; for example, Seroquel, given for PTSD.

Baughman began his own investigation into four American soldiers who died in their sleep, in 2008. Baughman writes: “…all in their twenties…no signs of suicide or of a multi-drug ‘overdose’…as claimed by the Inspector General of the VA…All were on the same prescribed drug cocktail, Seroquel (antipsychotic), Paxil (antidepressant) and Klonopin (benzodiazepine).”

Baughman calls on the Surgeon General to embargo the use of all antipsychotics and antidepressants in the military. Baughman’s initial inquiry suggests as many as 247 soldiers have died from cardiac arrest after ingesting these drugs.

He finds the US military has spent, in the last decade, $1.5 billion on antipsychotic drugs, despite the fact that these meds have never been approved for PTSD or sleep disorders.

Baughman writes, “From 2001, US Central Command has given deploying troops 180-day supplies of prescribed psychotropic drugs.” This is like making each soldier a self-dosing pharmacy. Finally, Baughman charges that the Army has no reliable record-keeping system to track the uses of these drugs or their harm.

Recently guest-hosting The Alex Jones Show, I interviewed psychiatrist Peter Breggin (www.breggin.com)Several startling points emerged in our conversation. Among them: a decade ago, the Army wouldn’t accept recruits who had taken psychiatric meds, including Ritalin.  Now, according to Breggin, the whole policy has been reversed. Soldiers who are heading for the battlefield must agree to take these drugs.  If you were mounting a conscious plan to destroy a military force from within, the widespread prescription of psychotropic drugs would be an obvious choice.

The Army states that diagnosis of psychiatric conditions like depression among troops has escalated. But once you open the door to psychiatry in the services, it’s a fait accompli, because many human behaviors can be arbitrarily classified as mental disorders. As I have documented, over and over again, no labeled mental disorder is based on chemical or biological tests—because there are no such tests. There never have been. It’s pseudo-science. But with increased numbers of diagnoses, the drugs automatically flow. The harmful drugs.

And the pharmaceutical and military view of human beings merges: people are units, they’re bio-machines with identical chemistry, and drugs can be shoved down their throats with no real concern for the consequences.

The drug companies consider the military just another market; and the Pentagon is merely hoping that, somehow, the drugs can help exhausted soldiers maintain performance levels through increasing numbers of deployment assignments.

Here are excerpts from Dr. Baughman’s published letter: “ [I] opened and financed my own investigation into these unexplained deaths. Andrew White, Eric Layne, Nicholas Endicott and Derek Johnson, all in their twenties, were four West Virginia veterans who died in their sleep in early 2008…. All were on the same prescribed drug cocktail, Seroquel (antipsychotic), Paxil (antidepressant) and Klonopin (benzodiazepine) and all appeared “normal” when they went to sleep.

“On February 7, 2008, Surgeon General Eric B. Schoomaker, had announced there had been ‘a series, a sequence of deaths’ in the military suggesting this was ‘often a consequence of the use of multiple prescription and nonprescription medicines and alcohol.’ However, the deaths of the ‘Charleston Four’ were probable sudden cardiac deaths (SCD), a sudden, pulseless condition leading to brain death in 4-5 minutes, a survival rate or 3-4%, and not allowing time for transfer to a hospital…

“Antipsychotics and antidepressants alone or in combination, are known to cause Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Sicouri and Antzelevitch (2008) concluded: ‘…A number of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs can increase the risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death…’

“I call upon the military for an immediate embargo of all antipsychotics and antidepressants until there has been a complete, wholly public, clarification of the extent and causes of this epidemic of probable sudden cardiac deaths.

“Pfc. Ryan Alderman was on a cocktail of psych drugs when found unresponsive, dying in his barracks at Ft. Carson, Colo. Sudden cardiac death was confirmed by an ECG done at the scene. Inexplicably, military officials de-classified his death and reversed the cause, calling it instead, a “suicide.” Again I challenge the military to produce the evidence.

“In June 2011, a DoD Health Advisory Group backed a highly questionable policy of ‘polypharmacy’ asserting: ‘…multiple psychotropic meds may be appropriate in select individuals.’ The fact of the matter is that psychotropic drug polypharmacy is never safe, scientific, or medically justifiable. What it [is] is a means of (1) maximizing profit, and (2) making it difficult to impossible to blame adverse effects on any one drug.

“From 2001 to the present, US Central Command has given deploying troops 180 day supplies of prescription psychotropic drugs–Seroquel included. In a May 2010 report of its Pain Management Task Force, the Army endorsed Seroquel in 25- or 50-milligram doses as a ‘sleep aid.’ Over the past decade, $717 million was spent for Risperdal and $846 million for Seroquel, for a mind-blowing total of $1.5 billion when neither Risperdal nor Seroquel have been proven safe or effective for PTSD or sleep disorders.

“Heather Bresch, daughter of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV) was recently named CEO of WV drug-maker Mylan Inc., that recently contracted with the DoD for over 20 million doses of Seroquel.

“Defense Department Health Advisory Group chair, Charles Fogelman, warned: ‘DoD currently lacks a unified pharmacy database that reflects medication use across pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment settings.’ In essence, through a premeditated lack of record keeping, mandated by law at any other pharmacy or medical office to track potential fatal reactions to mixing prescription drugs, the military is willfully preempting all investigations into the injuries and deaths due to psychiatric drugs.

“I call on the DoD, VA, House and Senate Armed Services and House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees to tell concerned Americans and the families of fallen heroes what psychiatric drugs each of the deceased, both combat and non-combat, soldiers and veterans were on? It is time for the military and government to come clean.”

Jon Rappoport

www.nomorefakenews.com

 

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans: Gallery Show Opening Night

Last night Graham Nash was superb at his opening at Gallery 169. It was the largest crowd they had ever had–just off the beach at PCH and Channel Road in Santa Monica.  Graham’s photographic assemblages were sometimes beautiful,  sometimes disturbing. They have a strong political content which reflects Graham’s concern about our crazy planet.  And his desire for solutions as reflected in his interest in my Veterans’ Stress Release CDs which will benefit from the proceeds of his art show.

One of the goals of these Cellular Meditation Stress Release CDs  is to melt the interior walls of the automatic brain.  My repetitive brain function is stuck in certain patterns, often based on fears of various intensities.  Many of these fear patterns are lifelong, from childhood.  As I outgrew some, I grew into new ones, so the pattern of living in a fear dynamic was set.  Some fears were attached to my youth; now new ones are connected to getting old! Worries, agendas, concerns, that become so habitual, they become familiar sign posts that represent ME, or my little prison that I have become attached to.

Veterans’ Stress Release CDs cover many of these issues and pull me into a joyful NOW. They get me used to just being present and learning to see joy around me instead of fear.  Even listening to them in the car affects my conscious brain, while listening to them in a dark room, sitting or lying down takes me deeper on an excursion of this whole body full of brains… More anon…

Veterans and PTSD

PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast which helps Veteran sufferers.  In World War II, they called it “Shell Shock.”  Finally, today PTSD is considered an actual disease syndrome.  It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem.  Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer.  A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches.  We need to provide other modalities and therapies.

“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches.  It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations do sink into the psyche upon repeated listening.  It is clear common sense and cognitive & behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and release trauma-related thoughts and beliefs.

There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states.  Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation.  They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and the triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.” Most of all, they connect with their entire body’s network of feel-good hormones until a new baseline of wellbeing pervades their mental and emotional outlook.

 When coupled with acupuncture, there is a huge shift possible.  Acupuncture enduces the relaxing endorphins, dopamine and seratonin.  In the graphic below, we see the dopamine jumping across and binding to receptors and then returning to the original neuron through the uptake pump. Veterans with PTSD improve considerably.

The PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator has also been shown to affect mental and emotional imbalances.  The Mayo Clinic was the first U.S. medical facility to study PEMF in 2002, and offered it for treatment after FDA approval was granted in 2008.  Columbia Univ. Dept. of Psychology has done a study on PEMF and depersonalization disorder (DPD).  Cedars Sinai did a depression study at the Thalian Mental Health Center in 1998.  The greatest amount of studies  of  PEMF and depression has been done in Israel.

These are all non-invasive modalities that have been shown to treat many conditions without harmful side effects, alone or in conjunction with other conventional remedies.  Acupuncture, PEMF, and stress release meditation can access the deeper roots of energy imbalance so that the recovery is deeper and longer lasting.  The body’s intelligence is tapped and reinforced.  We can then begin to trust the trillions of cells’ brains and emotional centers to reintegrate the Whole of the Body/Mind…

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans

 Famed singer/songwriter Graham Nash is having an exhibit of his photographic collages– of social/political content– at the Gallery 169 in Santa Monica, at 169 Channel Rd at Chatauqua and PCH. The opening is on September 1st and it will run into October. Graham will donate part of the proceeds to support my Veterans Stress Release CD Project for veterans with PTSD.  I will be donating them to veterans through the Veterans for Peace organization.   Graham has already written an endorsement for my CDs:  “I am against war, but I support efforts like these CDs that support the men and women who are fighting for us.”

Graham is a mensch.

The CDs include practical advice, guided imagery & focused breath sensation to help normalize biochemical imbalances, reprogram negative patterns, release endorphins, achieve emotional readjustment— with innovative self-help exercises to improve focus and wellbeing.  Initially designed for everybody and titled Cellular Meditation, also available, I added material about the military experience to create a separate version for veterans. Two selections are available for listening on my website (currently being updated) CellularMeditation.com.   

Cellular Meditation is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS–ALL THE BRAINS– OF THE BODY–sensing them from inside via our breath. Since we are 99.9% pure air and energy, we can finally taste our real make-up.  Based on physiology and neurochemistry,  I try to guide the listener to better understand the power we have over our own thoughts and emotions.  Science now validates the conscious mind’s ability to alter neuro-peptides.  

The CDs are an adjunct to acupuncture as a program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression through a combination of

 1) Acupuncture treatment especially in the ear— an outcropping of the brain, and thus a way to access the brain centers.  

2) Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Stimulator (PEMF) FDA approved for treating depression.

3) Deep-state endorphin release, achieved through herbs, specialized massage, breathing/sensation techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.      Acupuncture point combinations have been discovered for opening up frozen chakras–stimulating bio-energy frequencies that can help “teach” traumatized cells how to unlearn most dysfunctional reactions and states such as fear, demoralization, inflammation, toxification, and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects trauma, anxiety and depression, by helping to dissipate intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.      

More importantly, it is possible to heal ancestral, genetic emotional trauma—the psychic pain that we have inherited from generations of suppression. Genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional scars of our forefathers in the DNA of our mitochondria.  This DNA, in contrast to the DNA in our cellular nuclei, is in fact accessible and re-programmable.  This is a huge breakthrough in our understanding of the alterability of our genetic make-up.  (It must be added that we also carry the DNA from a previous era when our ancestors built open cities, not fortresses— and sharing, not conflict, was the order of the day. Will we ever return to that era of abundance for all? 

T’is my prayer…

What is PEMF? Electromagnetic Field Stim

What is PEMF?  Since the body has a magnetic field just as critical as the earth’s field, the Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field stimulator acts to strengthen the body’s magnetic field  and thus affect all bodily systems and tissue.  Just as we use MAGNETIC resonance (MRI) for diagnosis, so we can use magnetism for treatment.  PEMF can heal and regenerate damaged tissue for faster recovery from sports injuries, torn tendons,  fractured bones, and especially “incurable” neuropathy (numbness and pain in the feet).  This form of  PEMF therapy enhances cellular protein synthesis and improves circulation.  It has also been shown to improve many psychological conditions such as depression and PTSD by modulating neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

Dr. William Pawluk’s book on PEMF:  Magnetic Therapy in Eastern Europe explains how PEMF can provide a basic anti-aging strategy. Pathology starts in the magnetic field first and then in individual cell tissue, rising from damaging agents such as stress, pollutants, oxidation deprivation, chemical agents, genetic derangements, radiation, or drugs.

PEMF only affects damaged cells by reestablishing a normal magnetic field around them.  The normalized field then induces normal tissue regeneration. PEMF penetrates all biological tissue unlike laser or ultrasound, going right through casts and splints.  This stimulator, so popular in Europe and the Middle East, can affect every bodily system since electromagnetic fields surround the body as well as every organ and cell.  PEMF:

—Activates the metabolism.

—Helps repair torn muscles and ligaments.  Revitalizes skin tissue.

— Boosts the body’s defenses: Toxins & waste products are more rapidly broken down.

—Boosts Energy and healing processes through better micro-circulation.

—Increases formation of the body’s natural protective substances to combat free radicals, and strengthen the immune system.

Improves the rolling and adhesion behavior of white blood cells that fight infection.

—Increases usable oxygen and ATP, the body’s own energy supplier.

I use acupuncture and massage with the PEMF for an enhanced synergistic effect.  Most patients feel energized, relaxed, and usually pain free–immediately or within hours.  Just as in every other field of science and industry dependent on field theory, for our own bodily health we must all begin to THINK FIELDS…!

Brain Body Bliss Blog Launch

I am launching my Brain Body Bliss Blog today in order to share with others the knowledge and strategies that I have gathered over the many decades since we launched the first Acupuncture clinic in the country (at UCLA in 1973).  This blog is dedicated to helping others connect with their 70 trillion little brains–the cells that fill their body, each with an intelligence, a consciousness, and an emotional center.  We can alleviate both physical and emotional pain since they are so interconnected in every cell.

Acupuncture, massage, and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) stimulation regenerate and rejuvenate cell tissue and stimulate the receptor sites in every cell to induce the production of the feel-good chemicals–endorphins and dopamine.  We can FEEL healthy and BE healthy—and HAPPY! Naturally!!

At my website CellularMeditation.com, you can listen to two excerpts of my stress release CDs to see how You can influence your physical and emotional state just by exploring these trillions of cells and interior communities on your own–letting your mind travel on the magic carpet of your breath.  Practical techniques make it easy! Check it out and my other website AcupunctureBelair.net.

Til next time!

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