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|Posted on January 10, 2016 at 7:25 AM||comments (1)|
Brazil's Atlantic Forest may be dwarfed by the much larger Amazon, but it's still surprisingly biodiverse for its size. It once spanned three times the size of California, until humans cleared about 85 percent of it over the past 500 years. Species that evolved with plenty of space are now trapped in shrinking fragments of forest.
Miraculously, these fragments still hold 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, representing 5 percent of all vertebrates on Earth. That includes nearly 200 bird species and 21 primates that exist nowhere else, yet despite such unique biological wealth, only about 2 percent of the Atlantic Forest is under protection.
In one isolated fragment, however, a small nature preserve has just grown by nearly 50 percent, thanks to conservationists working to save its array of wildlife from extinction. Known as Mata do Passarinho — Portuguese for "Songbird Forest" — this patch of Atlantic Forest has expanded to add 766 new acres, raising its total area from 1,586 to 2,352 acres, or 9.5 square kilometers. That may not sound like much, but in a forest this biodiverse and this endangered, almost every inch matters.
Mata do Passarinho Reserve
A view of the Songbird Forest, located in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Bahia. (Photo: Fundação Biodiversitas)
Due to deforestation, Mata do Passarinho "is like an oasis in a desert," says Gláucia Drummond, director of the Brazilian conservation group Fundação Biodiversitas. That "desert" is mostly farmland and cattle pasture surrounding the Songbird Forest, making it one of the last bits of Atlantic Forest in northern Minas Gerais and southern Bahia (see map below). It's now the southern frontier of a fading forest biome, sheltering rare species in a space that would fit inside some large city parks.
Mata do Passarinho map
As its name suggests, the forest is a haven for songbirds, many near extinction. Its most at-risk species is the critically endangered Stresemann's bristlefront, whose estimated 15 survivors all live in Mata do Passarinho. Not only are they the reserve's rarest birds; they're one of the most endangered animals anywhere.
The Stresemann's bristlefront (pictured below) is named after the long, bristly feathers that protrude from its forehead. It nests in underground tunnels and is famously elusive, first documented in the 1830s but not again until 1945. A third sighting came in 1995 near Una Biological Reserve in southern Bahia, although none have been seen there since. The birds' remaining population was finally found in 2004, in an unprotected area that would later become Mata do Passarinho.
A male Stresemann's bristlefront in Mata do Passarinho, the species' last-known refuge. (Photo: Ciro Albano)
The reserve was established in 2007 by Fundação Biodiversitas, with help from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and both groups again collaborated on its new annex. The bristlefronts are still in dire straits, but according to ABC vice president Daniel Lebbin, these 766 extra acres do brighten their outlook significantly.
"With this acquisition, the Mata do Passarinho Reserve now protects all the forest known to be occupied by the Stresemann's Bristlefront," Lebbin says in a statement issued by the bird conservancy. "Additional expeditions are needed to confirm if any other bristlefronts may still persist in additional forest fragments nearby."
Beyond bristlefronts, the Songbird Forest also hosts several other endangered birds on the IUCN Red List, including the banded cotinga, brown-backed parrotlet, red-browed parrot, hook-billed hermit and Bahia tyrannulet. By giving these birds more space to nest and forage, the expansion is meant to be a rising tide that lifts all boats. Or, to adapt a more relevant idiom, it could save lots of birds with one stone.
Only 1,000 to 2,500 red-browed parrots are left on Earth, some of which inhabit the Songbird Forest. (Photo: Shutterstock)
And while birds are a key reason this forest is protected, they're hardly the only beneficiaries of its expansion. Mata do Passarinho is home to rare mammals, too, like the maned three-toed sloth and the yellow-breasted capuchin monkey (aka golden-bellied or buff-headed capuchin), which is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN.
Hunting and habitat loss have shrunk yellow-breasted capuchin populations by 80 percent in 50 years. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Plant diversity is another strength of Atlantic Forest fragments like this, since about 20,000 different plant species still exist across the biome. That's roughly 8 percent of Earth's plants, according to the Nature Conservancy, which notes that one study counted 458 types of trees in a single 2.5-acre section of Atlantic Forest — more than double the number of tree species found across the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
Plus, as with most nature reserves, fortifying the Songbird Forest is good for people as well as wildlife. There are the broad health benefits of forest bathing, for instance, and possible brain boosts from the sound of birdsong. Atlantic Forest remnants can also help ensure valuable ecological services for humans, including clean air, clean water, erosion control, bee pollination and resources like wood, food or medicine. And given the allure for birdwatchers seeking life birds, conservationists are especially optimistic about Mata do Passarinho's eco-tourism potential.
"We want the reserve to be a source of pride for local communities and for public managers as well as being an opportunity to generate income for these people and municipalities," Drummond says. "The challenge now is to raise awareness among neighboring landowners about local production practices and help them understand the importance of maintaining and restoring native forest."
|Posted on December 17, 2015 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Four Loves:
Storge – affection, familial
Philia – friendship, bond, common interest
Eros – romance, in love, loving someone
Agape – unconditional love
6 Love Styles:
Eros – From the Greek word for “erotic or passionate”; a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love; hormones flying.
Ludus – From the Latin word meaning “sport or play, a love that is played as a game or sport; winning; fun; may have multiple partners at once; short relationship; lust, getting laid, conquest.
Storge – From the Greek word meaning “friendship”‘; an affectionate love that slowly develops from friendship, based on similarity, not physical.
Pragma – From the Greek word meaning “practical”; love that is driven by reason, not feeling; practical; common goals shared.
Mania – From the Greek word meaning “frenzy”; highly volatile love; obsession; fueled by low self-esteem; need for love; possessive; jealous; highs and lows, Hollywood mania love affairs: angry love, revenge love, killing yourself, controlling others, addiction like heroine.
Agape – From the Greek word meaning “divine or spiritual”; “selfless altruistic love”; “true love”; sacrifice anything for the partner; “selfless love”.
Unconditional “love” is presented as the “spiritual love”, as the greatest love, just pure positive feeling towards someone no matter what they do, or towards everything because you “love it all”. Unconditional love, agape, can be the most dangerous, as Thomas Sheridan points out in his lecture in Norway. It is required from a parent towards a child because that child depends on the parent for survival until it is mature enough. Unconditional “love” towards another person (or several) is not healthy. If you start abusing me, am I supposed to still “love” you unconditionally? Would you? No, you are an adult; you have to learn to love conditionally because what other people do does matter and letting people get away with harm is not good or healthy.
Thomas Sheridan makes an analogy about learning a lot from cats. A dog will “love” you unconditionally, but cats won’t, and maybe at some levels they are healthier because of this. They are saying “if you hurt me, I won’t be nice to you.” A dog will “love” you no matter what you do to them. It is charming and endearing to view a dog in that way, but for humans to live our lives in such a way is very dangerous. To love someone unconditionally when it is not a child can develop into a form of fanaticism. You become fanatically devoted to someone, give yourself to them, etc. You end up having no control over yourself and can be led into the Gates of hell by that person by being fooled and not being careful.
You can only have unconditional “love” for those who depend on you because they cannot take care of themselves, like your child. You are responsible for them because they have not matured to a point to be able to do it on their own. With others though, you have to maintain your sovereignty as a human being. A baby is not a sovereign yet; unconditional love from the parents is required for its survival, or at least that is how it should be happening. Unconditional love applied generally is chaos of letting people who harm and violate the rights of others continue to receive care and affection to do so. There is no healthy reason to care and feel affection towards those who harm you. That is deep psychological abandonment or trauma. You don’t “put down” your child when they are learning and need your guidance, but you can “put down” another being that is supposed to be mature and responsible to some degree when they violate your rights.
“Love” means what exactly? People express the use of the word “love” in many ways, but they all have another emotion or state-of-being that can describe what we use “love” for instead.
“Love” is a very common word used in life, in movies, music, literature, magazines and pop culture. People say “love” in reference to other things such as:
– and more things probably that I cannot think of
“I love it!”, “I love this car/song/movie/food”
We mean we like, appreciate, enjoy, desire, become attached and “care” for an object, not a living being. But love is being used anyways.
And also say:
“I love her.”
We are actually referencing care, affection, romance, desire, infatuation, etc. Loving a spouse is different from loving your child, and differs from loving your animal companion.
The birth of child, a sunset, an animal showing affection for you, all can create feelings inside on an emotional level. You don’t “love” a car, song, movie or food, it is something else. “Love” can be an emotion feeling sensation, falling in “love” (romance), a chemical release feeling sensation (sometimes real, sometimes a trick in brain). We are using 1 word to describe many different things. A far range of use has diluted a true meaning for the word. I have noticed that some people may be very attached to a particular definition of “love” and refuse any critical analysis of the word for the psychological reason of satisfying a “need” they are having fulfilled. It is as though the word “love” is now “sacred”, and no one can dare define it or tell you what it is, which is what some people try to say about the concept of “god”. These are both words used to mind control so many consciousnesses. They are ideas in the mind, concepts that have been fed, sold and bought into by people. That is a spell. Words and their definitions and meaning are the basis for our ideas that we develop greater understanding through correspondence and pattern recognition.
Why obfuscate a word to such an extent? It seems that ”love” as the ideal everyone wants to seek, but have so many definitions for, is being used as a manipulative tool upon the consciousness of people who grow up in our society, watch TV and movies, read magazines and books, listen to music, etc. It has become another manipulated word-obfuscation to create a spell on the mind to alter our understanding of the word. From our understanding of a concept from many sources and repetition being inculcated it into us we develop behavior that correlates with this concept of “love” we are given. Changing our understanding for words that are used as the basis for conceptualization and ideas will change corresponding relationships and overall holistic understanding.
The media puts out ideas of love as teenage happily ever after “love” stories, adult romances and lust, developing a princess-complex meme to infect young women with, having ideas of perfection that are not realistic, etc. “Loving” a product was developed to have people consume. Celebrities are now “loved” as the new “gods” of entertainment and distraction, hero worship, idolization, etc. All of these false ideas for “love” creates unrealistic expectations in relationships.
Thomas Sheridan points out that much of the concept of romantic love actually comes from the Bronte sisters who invented modern romantic ideas. They were 3 daughters of a Presbyterian minister, so already they had limitations on the concept of romance, and concocted in their own little worlds a neurosis of what romance was supposed to be, and this became the norm that others bought into, believe in, and accepted. Previously, people would get married out of necessity. Romance didn’t really exist; you would do what you’re told to do by family or the community. Anyone who breaks from the norm of society or family is usually attacked, engaged into rituals, or even killed by society because they broke from the norm, because the culture does not tolerate it. This is particularly true in strict cultures like extremist religions. “Love” would be seen by society as something that is very dangerous. You can’t have people randomly falling in “love” with whoever they want because that could damage the structure and integrity of society. People are made afraid to run away, afraid to “love” someone else. The man who is supposed to accept an arranged marriage in order for two regions to ally, or other reasons of social success, was no permitted to fall in love. Parents and society controlled everything.
We need to regulate our emotions, be an adult, and not let them rule us. A perfect spouse, perfect house, perfect car, are all too many expectations that are not being met and then people crash from failure to attain these things that gave them temporary sensational pleasure fixes. They are constantly trying to get a fix of chemicals, this false happiness. They try to get this from everything.
|Posted on November 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Topography of oxytocin and vasopressin neurons in the forebrain of Equus caballus: further support of proposed evolutionary relationships for proopiomelanocortin, oxytocin and vasopressin neurons.
Melrose PA1, Knigge KM.
The present study describes the topography of immunoreactive (ir) oxytocin (OXY) and vasopressin (AVP) neurons in the forebrain of Equus caballus and the coexistence of ir proopiomelanocortin (POMC)-derived peptides in the same cells. These data are compared to those for other mammalian species and the possible significance of species variations is considered. As expected, magnocellular neurons of the equine hypothalamus, which contain ir OXY or AVP, have prominent discernible projections to the neurohypophysis. Further, as in other mammalian species, the field of ir OXY perikarya generally extends rostral and dorsal to groups of ir AVP cell bodies, and caudal projections from OXY neurons appear to be more numerous than ir AVP projections to the brainstem and/or spinal cord. Interestingly, however, the brain of E. caballus also contains: (1) perikarya staining for OXY in the arcuate nucleus, (2) ir AVP and OXY cell bodies in the suprachiasmatic nucleus, and (3) neurons in the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei that stained for beta-endorphin but not for other posttranslational products of POMC or dynorphin. These results give further credence to the proposal that there is an evolutionary relationship between OXY-, AVP- and POMC-producing hypothalamic neurons. Whether or not species differences in peptide coexistence reflect functional differences in neuronal populations or species differences in residual genomic expression by these neuroendocrine cells warrants further investigation.
|Posted on September 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.
Most doctors and laboratories don't even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
Consider Dr. Norman Shealy's statements, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency" and that, "magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient." The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.
One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration, it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention to magnesium thirst and hunger, which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.
Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it
In fact, there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, "Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?" Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.
A man with magnesium deficiency
Magnesium Torment (Deficiency)
You know all those years, when doctors used to tell their patients 'its all in your heads,' were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it's for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.
A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot."
"Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."
"Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."
"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."
Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.
Water rich in magnesium can prevent magnesium deficiency
Like water we need magnesium everyday. There is an
eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when
magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced.
One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.
If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.
Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy, an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis. People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls. Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.
Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine) is a prolific writer and author of some astounding medical and health-related books. His books are heavily referenced, and for many years Dr. Sircus has been researching into the human condition and into the causes of disease; he has distilled many of the divergent medical systems into a new form of medicine that he has coined Natural Allopathic Medicine.
|Posted on September 16, 2015 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
While "drought-shaming" has stopped corporations from drawing water from California, Nestle continues to draw millions of gallons of water from the arid state with an expired permit.
(ANTIMEDIA) Los Angeles, CA —Nestle has found itself more and more frequently in the glare of the California drought-shame spotlight than it would arguably care to be — though not frequently enough, apparently, for the megacorporation to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.
Drought-shaming worked sufficiently enough for Starbucks to stop bottling water in the now-arid state entirely, uprooting its operations all the way to Pennsylvania. But Nestle simply shrugged off public outrage and then upped the ante by increasing its draw from natural springs — most notoriously in the San Bernardino National Forest — with an absurdly expired permit.
Because profit, of course. Or, perhaps more befittingly, theft. But you get the idea.
Nestle has somehow managed the most sweetheart of deals for its Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, which is ostensibly sourced from Arrowhead Springs — and which also happens to be located on public land in a national forest.
In 2013, the company drew 27 million gallons of water from 12 springs in Strawberry Canyon for the brand — apparently by employing rather impressive legerdemain — considering the permit to do so expired in 1988.
But, as Nestle will tell you, that really isn't cause for concern since it swears it is a good steward of the land and, after all, that expired permit's annual fee has been diligently and faithfully paid in full — all $524 of it.
And that isn't the only water it collects. Another 51 million gallons of groundwater were drawn from the area by Nestle that same year.
There is another site the company drains for profit while California's historic drought rages on: Deer Canyon. Last year, Nestle drew 76 million gallons from the springs in that location, which is a sizable increase over 2013's 56 million-gallon draw — and under circumstances just as questionable as water collection at Arrowhead.
This extensive collection of water is undoubtedly having detrimental effects on the ecosystem and its numerous endangered and threatened species, though impact studies aren't available because they were mysteriously stopped before ever getting underway.
In fact, the review process necessary to renew Nestle's antiquated permit met a similarly enigmatic termination: once planning stages made apparent the hefty price tag and complicated steps said review would entail, the review was simply dropped. Completely. Without any new stipulations or stricter regulations added to the expired permit that Nestle was ostensibly following anyway — though, obviously, that remains an open question.
In 2014, Nestle used roughly 705 million gallons of water in its operations in California, according to natural resource manager Larry Lawrence. That's 2,164 acre-feet of water — enough to "irrigate 700 acres of farmland" or "fill 1,068 Olympic-sized swimming pools," as Ian James pointed out in The Desert Sun.
Though there is no way to verify exactly how much Nestle must spend to produce a single bottle of Arrowhead spring water, the astronomical profit is undeniable fact: the most popular size of a bottle of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water (1 liter) retails for 89¢ — putting the potential profit for Nestle in the tens of billions.
Activists have called for a boycott of Nestle Waters and all Nestle products until they are held accountable for their actions in California.
There is much more to be revealed in future articles as the investigation into Nestle's reckless profit-seeking during California's unprecedented drought continues.
Related research: in order to the "solve" the California drought problem fracking companies are planning on selling their wastewater for agricultural purposes. Recent research shows, however, that wastewater not only contains thousands of petrochemicals but significant amounts of long-lived and highly carcinogenic radioactivity. Read the article here: Fracking Creates Massive Radioactive Waste Problem
|Posted on September 14, 2015 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
Blunted affect is a clinical term to define a lack of emotional reactivity (affect display) in an individual. It manifests as a failure to express feelings either verbally or non-verbally, especially when talking about issues that would normally be expected to engage the emotions. Expressive gestures are rare and there is little animation in facial expression or vocal inflection. Blunted affect can be symptomatic of schizophrenia, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, depersonalization disorder, or brain damage. It may also be a side effect of certain medications (e.g., antipsychotics). Individuals with blunted or flat affect show different regional brain activity when compared with healthy individuals.
Blunted affect is a lack of affect more severe than restricted or constricted affect, but less severe than flat or flattened affect. "The difference between flat and blunted affect is in degree. A person with flat affect has no or nearly no emotional expression. He or she may not react at all to circumstances that usually evoke strong emotions in others. A person with blunted affect, on the other hand, has a significantly reduced intensity in emotional expression".
2 Clinical diagnoses with symptom of blunted affect
2.2 Post-traumatic stress disorder
3 Brain structures involved
3.1 Limbic structures
3.3 Prefrontal cortex
3.4 Anterior cingulate cortex
4 Related symptoms
5 See also
In making assessments of mood and affect the clinician is cautioned that "it is important to keep in mind that demonstrative expression can be influenced by cultural differences, medication, or situational factors"; while the layperson is warned to beware of applying the criterion lightly to "friends, otherwise [he or she] is likely to make false judgments, in view of the prevalence of schizoid and cyclothymic personalities in our 'normal' population, and our [US] tendency to psychological hypochondriasis".
R. D. Laing in particular stressed that "such 'clinical' categories as schizoid, autistic, 'impoverished' affect ... all presuppose that there are reliable, valid impersonal criteria for making attributions about the other person's relation to [his or her] actions. There are no such reliable or valid criteria".
Clinical diagnoses with symptom of blunted affect
Patients with schizophrenia have long been recognized as showing "flat or inappropriate affect, with splitting of feelings from events ... feelings seem flat instead of being in contact with what is going on". One study of flat affect in schizophrenia found that "flat affect was more common in men, and was associated with worse current quality of life" as well as having "an adverse effect on course of illness".
The study also reported a "dissociation between reported experience of emotion and its display" – supporting the suggestion made elsewhere that "blunted affect, including flattened facial expressiveness and lack of vocal inflection ... often disguises an individual's true feelings." Thus, feelings may merely be unexpressed, rather than totally lacking. On the other hand, "a lack of emotions which is due not to mere repression but to a real loss of contact with the objective world gives the observer a specific impression of 'queerness' ... the remainders of emotions or the substitutes for emotions usually refer to rage and aggressiveness". In the most extreme cases, there is a complete "dissociation from affective states" on the part of the patient: "not only has he hacked his intellect away from his feelings, but he has smashed his feelings and his capacity for judgment into smithereens".
Another study found that when speaking, schizophrenic individuals with flat affect demonstrate less inflection than normal controls and appear to be less fluent. Normal subjects appear to express themselves using more complex syntax, whereas flat affect subjects speak with fewer words, and fewer words per sentence. Flat affect individuals' use of context-appropriate words in both sad and happy narratives are similar to that of controls. It is very likely that flat affect is a result of deficits in motor expression as opposed to emotional processing. The moods of display are compromised, but subjective, autonomic, and contextual aspects of emotion are left intact.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was previously known to cause negative feelings, such as depressed mood, re-experiencing and hyperarousal. However, recently, psychologists have started to focus their attention on the blunted affects and also the decrease in feeling and expressing positive emotions in PTSD patients. Blunted affect, or emotional numbness, is considered one of the consequences of PTSD because it causes a diminished interest in activities that produce pleasure (anhedonia) and produces feelings of detachment from others, restricted emotional expression and a reduced tendency to express emotions behaviorally. Blunted affect is often seen in veterans as a consequence of the psychological stressful experiences that caused PTSD. Blunted affect is a response to PTSD, it is considered one of the central symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorders and it is often seen in veterans who served in combat zones. In PTSD, blunted affect can be considered a psychological response to PTSD as a way to combat overwhelming anxiety that the patients feel. In blunted affect, there are abnormalities in circuits that also include the prefrontal cortex.
Brain structures involved
Schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect show different regional brain activity in FMRI scans when presented with emotional stimuli compared to schizophrenic individuals without blunted affect. Schizophrenic individuals without blunted affect show activation in the following brain areas when shown emotionally negative pictures: midbrain, pons, anterior cingulate cortex, insula, ventrolateral orbitofrontal cortex, anterior temporal pole, amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and extrastriate visual cortex. Schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect show activation in the following brain regions when shown emotionally negative pictures: midbrain, pons, anterior temporal pole, and extrastriate visual cortex.
Schizophrenic individuals with flat affect show decreased activation in the limbic system when viewing emotional stimuli. In schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect neural processes begin in the occipitotemporal region of the brain and go through the ventral visual pathway and the limbic structures until they reach the inferior frontal areas. Damage to the amygdala of adult rhesus macaques early in life can permanently alter affective processing. Lesioning the amygdala causes blunted affect responses to both positive and negative stimuli. This effect is irreversible in the rhesus macaques; neonatal damage produces the same effect as damage that occurs later in life. The macaques' brain cannot compensate for early amygdala damage even though significant neuronal growth may occur. There is some evidence that blunted affect symptoms in schizophrenia patients are not a result of just amygdala responsiveness, but a result of the amygdala not being integrated with other areas of the brain associated with emotional processing, particularly in amygdala-PFC coupling. Damage in the limbic region prevents the amygdala from being able to correctly interpret emotional stimuli in schizophrenic individuals by compromising the link between the amygdala and other brain regions associated with emotion.
Parts of the brainstem are responsible for passive emotional coping strategies that are characterized by disengagement or withdrawal from the external environment (quiescence, immobility, hyporeactivity), similar to what is seen in blunted affect. Schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect show activation of the brainstem during fMRI scans, particularly the right medulla and the left pons, when shown "sad" film excerpts. The bilateral midbrain is also activated in schizophrenic individuals diagnosed with blunted affect. Activation of the midbrain is thought to be related to autonomic responses associated with perceptual processing of emotional stimuli. This region usually becomes activated in diverse emotional states. When the connectivity between the midbrain and the medial prefrontal cortex is compromised in schizophrenics with blunted affect an absence of emotional reaction to external stimuli results.
Schizophrenic individuals, as well as patients being successfully reconditioned with quetiapine for blunted affect, show activation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Failure to activate the PFC is possibly involved in impaired emotional processing in schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect. The mesial PFC is activated in aver individuals in response to external emotional stimuli. This structure possibly receives information from the limbic structures to regulate emotional experiences and behavior. Individuals being reconditioned with quetiapine, who show reduced symptoms, show activation in other areas of the PFC as well, including the right medial prefrontal gyrus and the left orbitofrontal gyrus.
Anterior cingulate cortex
A positive correlation has been found between activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and the reported magnitude of sad feelings evoked by viewing sad film excerpts. The rostral subdivision of this region is possibly involved in detecting emotional signals. This region is different in schizophrenic individuals with blunted affect .
Blunted affect is very similar to anhedonia, the decrease or cessation of all feelings of pleasure (which thus affects enjoyment, happiness, fun, interest, and satisfaction). In the case of anhedonia, emotions relating to pleasure will not be expressed as much or at all because they are literally not experienced or are decreased. Both blunted affect and anhedonia are considered negative symptoms of schizophrenia, meaning that they are indicative of a lack of something. There are some other negative symptoms of schizophrenia which include avolition, alogia and catatonic behaviour.
Closely related is alexithymia – a condition describing people who "lack words for their feelings. Indeed, they seem to lack feelings altogether. although this may actually be because of their inability to express emotion rather than from an absence of emotion altogether". Alexithymic patients however can provide clues via assessment presentation which may be indicative of emotional arousal.
"If the amygdala is severed from the rest of the brain, the result is a striking inability to gauge the emotional significance of events; this condition is sometimes called 'affective blindness'". In some cases, blunted affect can fade, but its not 100% sure why it does.
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The Main Areas Involved with Emotions
It is important to stress that all these structures interconnect intensively and none of them is the sole responsible for any specific emotional state. However, some contribute more than others to this or that kind of emotion. We shall review now, one by one, the best known structures of the limbic system.
A little almond shaped structure, deep inside the antero-inferior region of the temporal lobe, connects with the hippocampus, the septal nuclei, the prefrontal area and the medial dorsal nucleus of the thalamus. These connections make it possible for the amigdala to play its important role on the mediation and control of major affective activities like friendship, love and affection, on the expression of mood and, mainly, on fear, rage and aggression The amygdala, being the center for identification of danger, is fundamental for self preservation. When triggered, it gives rise to fear and anxiety which lead the animal into a stage of alertness, getting ready to flight or fight. Experimental destruction of both amygdalas (there are two of them, one in each hemisphere) tames the animal, which becomes sexually non-discriminative, deprived of affection and indifferent to danger. The electrical stimulus of these structures elicits crises of violent aggressivity. Humans with marked lesions of the amygdala, loose the affective meaning of the perception of an outside information, like the sight of a well known person. The subject knows, exactly, who the person is, but is not capable to decide whether he likes or dislikes him (or her).
Is particularly involved with memory phenomena, specially with the formation of long-term memory (the one that, sometimes, lasts forever). When both hippocampi (right and left) are destroyed, nothing can be retained in the memory. The subject quickly forgets any recently received message. The intact hippocampus allows the animal to compare the conditions of a present threat with similar past experiences, thus enabling it to choose the best option, in order to guarantee its own survival.
Lesion or stimulation of the medial dorsal and anterior nuclei of the thalamus are associated with changes in emotional reactivity. However, the importance of these nuclei on the regulation of emotional behavior, is not due to the thalamus itself, but to the connections of these nuclei with other limbic system structures. The medial dorsal nucleus makes connections with cortical zones of the pre-frontal area and with the hypothalamus. The anterior nuclei connect with the mamillary bodies, and through them, via fornix, with the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus, thus taking part in the Papez's circuit.
This structure has ample connections with the other prosencephalic areas and the mesencephalus. Lesions of the hypothalamic nuclei interfere with several vegetative functions and some of the so-called motivated behaviors, like thermal regulation, sexuality, combativeness, hunger and thirst. The hypothalamus is also believed to play a role in emotion. Specifically, its lateral parts seem to be involved with pleasure and rage, while the median part is like to be involved with aversion, displeasure and a tendency to uncontrollable and loud laughing. However, in general terms, the hypothalamus has more to do with the expression (symptomatic manifestations) of emotions than with the genesis of the affective states. When the physical symptoms of emotion appear, the threat they pose returns, via hypothalamus, to the limbic centers and, thence, to the pre-frontal nuclei, increasing anxiety. This negative feed-back mechanism can be so strong as to generate a situation of panic. As it will be seen later on, the knowledge of this phenomenon is very important, for clinical and therapeutic reasons.
It is located in the medial side of the brain between the cingulate sulcus and the corpus callosum (principal fiber bundle connecting the two cerebral hemispheres). There is still much to be learned about this gyrus, but it is already known that its frontal part coordinates smells and sights with pleasant memories of previous emotions. This region also participates in the emotional reaction to pain and in the regulation of aggressive behaviour. Wild animals, submitted to the ablation of the cingulate gyrus (cingulectomy), become totally tamed. The cutting of a single bundle of this gyrus (cingulotomy) reduces pre-existent depression and anxiety levels, by interrupting neural communication across the Papez's circuit.
The brainstem is the region responsible for the "emotional reactions", (indeed, they are just reflex answers) of inferior vertebrates, like reptiles and amphibians. The involved structures are the reticular formation, and the locus coeruleus, a concentrated mass of nor-epinephrine secreting neurons. It is important to stress that, even in humans, these primitive structures remain active, not only as alerting mechanisms, vital for survival, but in the maintenance of the sleep-awake cycle.
Ventral Tegmental Area
In the ventral tegmental area, located in the mesencephalic part of the brain stem, there is a compact group of dopamine-secreting neurons whose axons end in the nucleus accumbens (mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway). The spontaneous firing or the electrical stimulation of neurons belonging to that region produce pleasurable sensations, some of them similar to orgasm. Many people who, for a genetic error, have a reduction of D2 (dopamine) receptors in the accumbens nucleus, become, sooner or later, incapable to obtain gratification from the common pleasures of life. Thus, they seek atypical and noxious "pleasurable" alternatives, like alcoholism, cocaine addiction, impulsive gambling and compulsion for sweet foods. Certain brainstem structures, like the nuclei of the cranial nerves, stimulated by impulses coming from the cortex and the striatum (a subcortical formation), are responsible for the physiognomic : expressions of anger, joy, sadness, tenderness, etc.
The septal region lies anteriorly to the thalamus. Inside it, one finds the centers of orgasm (four for women and one for men). This area has been associated with different kinds of pleasant sensations, mainly those related to sexual experiences.
This area comprises the entire non-motor anterior region of the frontal lobe. It underwent a great deal of development during the evolution of mammals. It is specially large in man and in some species of dolphins. It does not belong to the traditional limbic circuit, but its intense bi-directional connections with thalamus, amygdala and other subcortical structures, account for the important role it plays in the genesis and, specially, in the expression of affective states. When the pre-frontal cortex suffers a lesion, the subject looses his sense of social responsibility as well as the capacity for concentration and abstraction. In some cases, although consciousness and some cognitive functions, like speech, remain intact, the subject can no longer solve problems, even the most elementary ones. When pre-frontal lobotomy was used for treatment of certain psychiatric disturbances, the patients entered into a stage of "affective buffer", no longer showing any sign of joy, sadness, hope or despair. In their words or attitudes, no traces of affection could be detected.
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We know that Post Trauma Disorder takes place in the oldest part of the brain, or the ‘Reptilian’ brain. The ‘fright and flight’ response takes place here when danger is present. Whenever there is severe trauma this part of the brain replays the events as it they were happening in the present. Advanced drug-free technology restores balance to the central nervous system & relieves the most severe symptoms of Post Trauma Disorder (PTD).
· The human brain is highly evolved, yet at the same time it retains the instinct–driven brain of our reptilian
· The limbic system is part of what’s called the ‘reptilian brain’, or the oldest part of the brain. It regulates
basic emotions, drives and instincts, such as the ‘fright and flight’ response when danger is present.
· The central nervous system is highly vulnerable to stress and can be severely damaged. When this
happens a condition develops called Post Trauma Disorder.
· Raw emotions and instinctual reactions create intense anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
· This part of the brain lacks logical thought or any awareness of consequences. Symptoms of Post
Trauma Disorder can disrupt every area of life.
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Children with behavioral, academic, social, or other challenges often have an imbalance where one hemisphere of the brain is dominant. As such, these children can exhibit unique learning and behavioral characteristics depending upon which side of their brain is stronger. Since the brain also controls the immune system, hemispheric dominance may also influence a child’s immune system response.
According to Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of Brain Balance Achievement Centers and author of Disconnected Kids, the immune system resides in both sides of the brain but each side has a different functional role. The left side typically activates the immune system in response to illness or toxins, whereas the right side suppresses the immune system to prevent it from attacking itself (pg. 39-40).
Left Brain Delay and the Immune System
If a child exhibits left side weakness, immune systems will be down and he or she may be more susceptible to illness in relation to sinuses and the respiratory system. These children also tend to be more prone to ear infections. Some other common immune characteristics of left brain delay are:
Prone to Benign Tumors or Cysts
Catches Colds Frequently
Right Brain Delay and the Immune System
On the other hand, if a child has a right brain deficiency, the immune system is in overdrive. While these children don’t typically catch every illness going around, they are more likely to suffer from autoimmune problems and chronic issues like food sensitivities, eczema, and allergies. Right brain delay immune characteristics may also include:
Craves Certain Foods, Especially Dairy and Wheat Products
Lots of Allergies
Rarely Gets Colds & Infections
Correcting a Brain Imbalance
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, we refer to this brain hemispheric imbalance as Functional Disconnection Syndrome (FDS) to explain the symptoms we see in a long list of neurological disorders, including but not limited to, ADHD, learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, OCD, sensory processing disorder and Asperger’s. Thanks to a branch of science referred to as neuroplasticity, it is now believed that the brain can change, and because difficulties can be corrected, children suffering from Functional Disconnection can be greatly helped.
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In simple terms, our brains consist of two sides or hemispheres. To function well, a child should have relatively balanced strengths on both sides of the brain. Children with behavioral, academic, social, or other challenges often have an imbalance where they predominantly use only one side of the brain. This causes one side of the brain to be stronger, while the other side develops more slowly and is weaker. This explains why many children have obvious strengths in some areas but struggle greatly in others.
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Stress Response 3820
Photo by: Tomasz Sibilski
The stress response is the human body's reaction to anything that throws off the balance inside it—injury, infection, fear, exercise, or pain. The body reacts with an alarm phase, then a resistance phase, during which it tries to fix the imbalance, and then, if that fails, an exhaustion phase.
The response starts when a part of the brain called the hypothalamus detects stress. The hypothalamus starts the alarm phase by turning on the sympathetic division of the nervous system. The sympathetic nerves release adrenaline. The "adrenaline rush" makes the heart beat harder and faster, raising blood pressure. A person's skin turns pale as blood vessels to the skin constrict and direct the blood to the muscles. Blood vessels to the intestines and kidneys also constrict. The liver releases stored sugar into the blood, hair stands up, and the body begins to sweat. The body's natural response is to run away or fight back; that's why the sympathetic system is called the "fight or flight" system.
Next, the body must enter the resistance phase and fix whatever is causing this stress. If the body has lost blood from an injury, the kidneys can help minimize the loss. The hypothalamus makes the kidneys take water from the urine and put it back into the blood by releasing a protein called antidiuretic (which means "against urination") hormone (ADH).
The adrenal glands (sitting right on top of the kidneys) can also make the kidneys move fluid from the urine back into the blood. But what makes them do it? It's the kidneys, located just below them. When the kidneys' blood supply is reduced during the alarm phase, they release a protein called renin (which means " kidney substance") into the blood. Renin reacts with other proteins in the blood to form angiotensin (which means "blood vessel constricting"). When angiotensin reaches the adrenal glands, their outer layer, the adrenal cortex, releases the hormone aldosterone. Aldosterone makes the kidneys secrete potassium into the urine and reabsorb sodium and water into the blood. This helps maintain blood volume.
The hypothalamus and adrenal cortex work together in the resistance phase to replace lost blood volume and send food to damaged cells.
The hypothalamus and adrenal cortex work together in the resistance phase to replace lost blood volume and send food to damaged cells.
As the stress continues, the body uses up its stored glucose . It will need to use its stored carbohydrates , fat, and proteins for energy and to heal damaged cells. Once again, the hypothalamus and adrenal glands tell the body what to do. The hypothalamus releases growth hormone and the adrenal cortex releases cortisol. Both of these hormones tell the body to release stored compounds from body fat, muscles, and the liver. In this case, the adrenals get their orders to release cortisol from the hypothalamus when it releases a protein called corticotropin (meaning "cortex stimulating") releasing hormone (CRH).
The hypothalamus does not affect the adrenals directly. Instead, the CRH goes to the pituitary gland, just below the brain. The pituitary sends the message on to the adrenals by releasing adrenocorticotropic (meaning "adrenal cortex stimulating") hormone (ACTH). This chain of command, in which the hypothalamus tells the pituitary what to do, and then the pituitary tells the adrenals, is called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. When ACTH reaches the adrenals, the adrenal cortex releases cortisol into the blood. Cortisol makes the body release stored chemicals into the blood.
With ADH and aldosterone helping the body preserve blood volume, and cortisol and growth hormone providing food for the cells, the body should recover. But if this isn't enough help, the body could become exhausted and suffer organ damage.
Long-term or chronic stress can keep the body's stress response too active. That can cause high blood pressure by increasing blood volume. It can make the body lose too much potassium in the urine or develop high blood sugar levels. Also, cortisol suppresses the immune and inflammatory systems (that is why the similar compound cortisone is used to treat rashes). With high cortisol levels, the body has trouble fighting off infections. Stress even makes some animals more prone to cancer. The stress response helps saves the body from life-threatening injury, but it may need to be controlled with medications, biofeedback, or meditation to keep it from causing new illnesses or complications.
SEE ALSO Adrenal Gland ; Blood Sugar Regulation ; Hormones ; Hypothalamus ; Immune Response ; Liver ; Nervous Systems ; Pituitary Gland
Patricia S. Bowne
Martini, Frederic H. Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.
Porth, Carol M. Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Press, 1998.
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THE FATHER’S ROLE DURING THE CHILDBEARING YEAR – 3 Part Series
Birth of A New Earth / February 15, 2014
Photo Credit – Patti Ramos – http://pattiramos.com
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The information contained in this seminar is intended to help people prepare for conscious conception and birth. It will have its strongest impact when reaching future parents before they conceive their children.
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Aloha friends and family!
Birth of a New Earth is pleased to announce an educational seminar designed specifically to empower men and to educate the public about the important role of the father during the childbearing year.
The series will explore the father’s role during the entire primal period — from the preconception and conception phases of childbirth, through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. We will take a critical look at the ways in which western culture tends to alienate men from the birth process and undermine the role men need to play in bringing forth new life. We will discuss how beneficial it is for the father to play a central role in the birth of his children and ways to ensure the integrity of the father’s position during hospital and/or home birth.
In addition, we will also take a close look at the social construction of masculinity and male sexuality as they are being expressed in western societies. We will discuss the ways in which the current definition of “manhood” may not only be wounding our men, but may also be undermining the potential for healthy male/female relationships and for powerful, love-filled, conception experiences for ourselves and our children.
Finally, we will explore why the healing of the masculine is essential for the preservation of love in our families and discuss how men can reclaim their divine masculine potency and step into their power as partners and as fathers.
Photo Credit – Midwife Carol Gautschi – https://www.facebook.com/midwyf
Cost for the three-part series is $147. All classes are 90 minutes in length. The next series begins on April 8, 2014, at 9PM U.S. Eastern.
To register, please follow this link:
For more information, please contact: [email protected]
Please help spread the word.
IT IS TIME TO RECLAIM THE SACRED MASCULINE ON PLANET EARTH!!!
PLEASE NOTE: This series is being brought forth as an antidote to the current trauma-based paradigm of unconscious conception and technological birth. All segments will be led by Jeanice Barcelo, M.A. and have been inspired by Jeanice’s own personal experiences with childbirth and years of professional study and training regarding the impact of prenatal and birth experiences on the human spirit/body/mind system.
Jeanice’s work has also been inspired by her reading of the Anastasia books (http://ringingcedars.com) and her deep desire to effectuate global transformation by transforming the cultural dysfunction around human sexuality and childbirth.
Thanks Jeanice My husband Stephen connected with you a few months prior to our sons birth & we couldn’t be more grateful for the help you gave to us in steering the right way. I had a completely natural, vaginal birth that was absolutely amazing… He has not been vaccinated nor circumcised & we are damn proud of that!!! We love you for saving our baby boy from so much unnecessary pain & damage because we knew some, but not enough & you were definitely our guide to the right decisions. Thank you to the moon & the stars!!!
— Rebecca L. Farley
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LESSONS OF LOVE BEGIN IN THE WOMB
Birth of A New Earth / February 15, 2014
How many of my readers feel satisfied with the quality of love they have experienced in their lives?
How many feel tremendous satisfaction?
How many find themselves coming up short and/or longing for a connection to the real deal?
My guess is that most are experiencing the latter. But it’s important to understand that no matter which way you answer that question, what you are experiencing now is deeply connected to what you experienced in the earliest days of your life.
Photo Credit – Angie Garrapata – https://www.facebook.com/angiedegaytan
Just as goslings will follow the first thing they see when they emerge from their eggs (even if it is a fox going into a fox den), so too, humans carry psycho-physiological imprints that encode us with information about “love.” Our imprints are based on the thoughts, feelings and experiences of our parents during our conception, gestation and birth, combined with our own unique interpretation of these events.
Imprints influence our perception about what qualifies as “love,” and are often at the root of the cross-wiring that can occur, causing many to confuse abuse with love.
Conception creates the spark for our earliest imprint and lays the foundation for our future understanding of love. Whether we were conceived in love and whether we were wanted are two significant indicators of our future capacity to experience healthy love. What were our parents thinking and feeling at the moment we were conceived? How did they feel about each other? How did they feel about the sex they were having? Was there shame involved? Fear? Aggression? Was pornography part of their consciousness? Prostitution? Sado-masochism?
How did our parents respond when they discovered our presence in the womb? Were we welcomed and embraced, or was abortion considered? Was our womb experience nurturing? Or was it toxic (emotionally and/or physically) and uncomfortable? What was the relationship like between our parents while we were gestating? Was there deep love and support between the two? Or was there fighting and stress, and perhaps even talk of separation?
What about our birth? Were we born in a harsh technological setting? Exposed to bright lights, cold temperatures, loud noises and people wearing masks? Was our mother drugged, unconscious or c-sectioned? Was our father present? Who handled us as we emerged from the womb? Were we handled with loving sensitivity or were harsh hospital protocols inflicted upon us with little regard for our spiritual and emotional needs? Were we separated from our mother at birth? Left in a nursery to cry? Were we breastfed on demand or fed formula on a hospital feeding schedule?
All of these early life experiences affect our understanding of what love is, and they strongly influence our current capacity to generate/create healthy experiences of love. Once we begin to recognize that our earliest memories influence our current situation, the healing has begun.
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THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE FATHER DURING HOSPITAL BIRTH
Birth of A New Earth / February 15, 2014
This article is written to empower future fathers. It is dedicated to all the beautiful men who want to take part in the birth of their children but who have no idea what they can do to contribute to the experience of birth.
The suggestions outlined below are intended to fill a void – i.e., a void that runs very deep in our culture due to its tendency to focus on women’s role during birth while relegating future fathers to the peripheral background. Throughout the western world, there is virtually no education or support for fathers-to-be. The lack of information about the masculine role at birth has left many men feeling impotent and confused during the birth of their children and unable to play an integral part in the process. Assigned the menial position of “spare part” by the medical profession, fathers lose the respect of their partners at birth and are unable to fully bond with their children. The alienation of fathers at birth is at least partially responsible for the breakdown of family love on our planet and the reason why men are leaving their families in droves. As one heartful father recently commented:
“I took my wife to the hospital and I lost her there. She was never my wife again. A few months after the birth of our son, we were getting divorced. I haven’t seen or spoken with my wife or my son in many, many years.” David B.
It is imperative for men to reverse this negative trend and reclaim their power at birth.
The information that follows is intended to ignite a flame of understanding and remembrance within the male psyche regarding just how important a father’s presence during birth really is. The suggestions are articulated in a very blunt and honest way so as to spark men into action regarding the reclamation of their power. Because hospitals are where most babies are being born today, the following suggestions are geared toward fathers whose baby’s will be born in a hospital.
[Special thanks to Doula Patti Ramos, Angie Garrapata and Midwife Carol Gautschi for the beautiful photographs you are about to see. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF CIRCUMCISION. Those with weak constitutions may not want to view these photographs.]
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Suggestion #1 – Educate yourself about hospital birth and especially about the negative effects of common hospital procedures such as induction, epidural, the use of drugs like pitocin and cytotec, forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, episiotomy (i.e., slicing a woman’s vagina when the baby is ready to emerge), c-section, cutting a baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth, and the circumcision of baby boys. Many hospital protocols are violent and abusive, and especially with respect to procedures such as episiotomy and circumcision, represent some of the most sadistic and ritualistic forms of sexual abuse occurring on our planet today. Although this truth is rarely talked about in the mainstream world, it is nevertheless the truth. If you google “negative side effects” or “complications” of any of the procedures listed above, you will be led to a plethora of information about the negative impact of habitual hospital protocols. It is imperative for you to understand the shadow side of hospital birth so that you can protect your partner and child from unnecessary and harmful interventions.
Suggestion #2 – Become a fierce protector at birth so that no harm will come to your partner and baby. This is one of the most powerful gifts you can offer, both as a man and as a partner/father. Since your partner and baby will need to be giving all of their attention to the birth itself, it is up to you to protect the birth environment. Do whatever you can to bring your full power and potency into the birthing field and stand strong in your intention to keep your partner and child safe from unnecessary hospital interventions. If protecting your loved ones means threatening to file a lawsuit against a medical professional who attempts to engage in a harmful act, do it. If it means creating a birth plan ahead of time and having the doctors sign a written agreement before the birth, do it. Whatever it takes to protect the birth environment of your partner and child – DO IT. Your courage and willingness to speak-out and stand-up to outside authority is invaluable. It is the single most important thing that you can do to enable your partner and child to feel safe and to trust that you are strong enough to protect them and keep them from harm. Your partner will respect you immensely if you do this, and your child will thank you profusely.
Suggestion #3 – Heal your own birth trauma before attending the birth of your child. This cannot be stressed enough and is particularly important if you, yourself, were born in a hospital.
95% of American hospital births are considered traumatic, with 50% of these being considered “moderately traumatic” and 45% being considered “severely traumatic.” Millions (perhaps billions) of people suffer from unconscious memories of what was done to them at birth. Although most of these memories remain unconscious throughout our adult lives, they nevertheless influence all aspects of our health and personality, AND as soon as a person enters into the experience of a hospital birth, the memories can and do “activate.” If this happens to you, it can undermine your ability to be powerfully present during the birth of your child.
Many men, especially those who were circumcised as infants, experience symptoms of parasympathetic shock (i.e., the tendency to freeze, go numb, or feel paralyzed in the presence of threat) as soon as they enter into a hospital birth environment. Although these men may not consciously remember the event of circumcision, their bodies remember and their physiology responds accordingly. Because the conditions of their child’s birth remind them of the conditions of their own birth, they freeze or go numb and are unable to stand in their power and enact their role as fierce protector during the birth of their children.
It is important for men to understand that most baby boys are circumcised WITHOUT ANESTHESIA. The baby is violently strapped down to a board, unable to move, but sees and feels everything that the medical “professionals” are doing to him. His vulnerable, newborn sensory apparatus is completely overwhelmed by the extreme pain, violation, and betrayal of the circumcision experience and his system has no choice but to shut itself down – i.e., to go numb, freeze, or “play dead.” This is the beginning of the tendency toward parasympathetic shock, a tendency that can last throughout the child’s infancy (many people will comment on what “good” babies these babies are because they express little or no emotion) and can rear its ugly head throughout life, especially in circumstances having to do with sexual interaction and/or birth.
When I make the claim that medical professionals are engaged in extremely violent, sadistic and abusive behavior, this is an understatement. If you would like to understand better what baby boys are being subjected to during circumcision, please view the following clips. The first link contains footage of a real baby being circumcised. The second link contains footage of a medical professional teaching other medical professionals how to perform a circumcision. Both clips are incredibly difficult to watch but will give you great clarity about the violence of the circumcision procedure.
1. A real circumcision – from
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Letter from U.S. Senator Elmer Thomas,
explaining his failure to obtain official investigation of Hoxsey treatment.
EXPOSED!!!! SENATE EXPOSES THE MEDICAL MAFIA SUPPRESSING CURES AND INVENTIONS IN 1947, IN WRITING. MAKE THIS VIRAL, SHUT THEM DOWN!!!!
Harry Hoxsey - An Introduction to His Life and Work
by Katherine Smith
Harry Hoxsey was born in 1902, into a family which had been successfully curing cancer for several generations using herbal medicine. According to Hoxsey, the healing power of the herbs used in the family's secret formula was discovered by his great grandfather in the nineteenth century.
In 1840 or thereabouts John Hoxsey had a horse which became sick with a cancerous sore. He fully expected the animal to die, but when it seemed to be miraculously gaining in strength, he observed the animal closely. He noticed that the horse would go and eat the wild herbs ("weeds") in a certain corner of its paddock. By the time the horse made a full recovery from the cancer which had threatened its life, John Hoxsey had become convinced it was the herbs which it had consumed which were responsible for its reprieve from death.
He refined the herbs over the years, treating other animals afflicted with cancer. In time he developed an herbal tonic to be taken internally as well as a powdered formula—which could be mixed into a paste—to be applied to external lesions and tumors.
When John Hoxsey died, he passed the knowledge of his cancer treatment to his son, who later passed the knowledge down to his son, Harry's father.
Harry Hoxsey was told the secret formula of the family's anti-cancer preparations by his father when the older man was on his death bed. (See inset "The Hoxsey Family Formulas" on page 116 for a listing of the herbs.) At that time, the eighteen-year-old Harry Hoxsey was already skilled in the application of the powdered formula to skin cancers. He was also familiar with the dosage for the herbal tonic, having assisted his father in the unofficial cancer clinic he had held in the evenings after his work.
With his father's death, however, Harry Hoxsey gained not only the responsibility of being the sole inheritor of an important cure for cancer, but also the responsibility for taking over his father's role of supporting the family.
Harry Hoxsey worked hard at a number of jobs, including coal miner, since he not only had to provide for his mother and younger siblings, but he also dreamed of going to medical school. Hoxsey believed that if he were to become a bona fide M.D., he would be able to carry on the family tradition of healing cancer without fear of censure, or being prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license.
To this end, he resolved not to treat any people with cancer until he had qualified as a doctor. However, after he was approached by an old friend of his father who had cancer, Hoxsey concluded that he couldn't withhold a life-saving treatment from someone who needed his help. After this first unofficial patient was cured of his cancer, word spread and Hoxsey soon found his skills in demand.
As a consequence of successfully treating cancer patients as an unqualified healer, Hoxsey found that his dream of becoming a doctor was to remain unfulfilled. The word had been put out within the community of organized medicine to blacklist the untutored young man who was treating cancer patients more successfully than the vast majority of the medical profession of the time (with a few notable renegade exceptions such as Dr. Max Gerson). No medical school in the United States would accept Hoxsey as a student.
For the rest of his working life, Hoxsey by virtue of his lack of formal qualifications was officially employed in his own clinics as a technical assistant by other doctors who were brave enough to face AMA reprisals and work with him.
Hoxsey also spent the rest of his life being harassed by the AMA (American Medical Asssociation), whose actions periodically forced him to close the clinics where he was successfully treating cancer, and move on to another location. Hoxsey, charged only modest fees for his cancer treatment in accordance to a promise he had made to his dying father. He never charged anyone who could prove they were unable to pay, but he was rewarded for his humanitarianism by being hauled into court over one hundred times for "practicing medicine without a license." Representatives of organized medicine even manipulated Hoxsey's own family into bringing a civil suit against him, having duped them into believing that Hoxsey had stolen a valuable economic asset from the family when his father had relinquished the secret formulas to him.
Despite his continued persecution by the AMA, Hoxsey remained hopeful that his cancer curing formulas might eventually be accepted by the medical profession. He submitted documented case studies to various official bodies as proof of the efficacy of his treatment. He also put out a Suppressed Inventions and Other Discoveries bold challenge to the medical profession: that if he were allowed to choose his own cancer cases so that he would not be faced with the impossible task of trying to treat people who were on death's doorstep, he would guarantee that 80 percent of those people he treated would be cured.
Organized medicine continued to persecute and prosecute Hoxsey, even though in court his enemies publicly acknowledged that his treatment had merit. Despite this admission, Hoxsey's treatment for cancer was nonetheless driven out of the United States in 1963.
Like the unconventional nutritional theory devised by Dr. Max Gerson, those doctors—and patients—who wish to use Hoxsey's external powders and herbal formula have been forced to relocate their practice out of the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico—a long way away from the hundreds of thousands of people most in need of their assistance.
The Hoxsey Family Formulas
Originally developed in the nineteenth century by John Hoxsey, the Hoxsey Therapy for cancer has been passed down from generation to generation. This therapy is comprised of herbs and other substances believed to have antitumor effects. Some of these substances are combined to form a tonic that is taken internally, while others are used to make a salve designed to heal external lesions.
The following shows the specific ingredients used in each of the Hoxsey therapies:
prickly ash bark
pokeberries and root
For those who cannot travel to get these formulas, there are companies in the United States that sell similar combinations designed to have the same effect.
The AMA's Successful Attempt to Suppress My Cure for Cancer
by Harry M. Hoxsey, N.D.
One of the landmarks of Taylorville was the three-story converted residence on Main Street occupied by the local Loyal Order of Moose. My friend and former patient Fred Auchenbach, an official of the Lodge, informed us that the board of trustees might be induced to sell the property if persuaded that it would be employed for a worthy purpose. There was plenty of room not only for our rapidly-expanding clinic, but for a twenty-five bed hospital. He said his bank would finance the entire transaction.
Accordingly one Sunday afternoon in March, accompanied by Dr. Miller, I appeared before a meeting of the membership in the auditorium of the Lodge and presented our proposal. To reinforce my arguments nearly a dozen of my cured patients were present including Larkin, McVicker, Hunter, Bulpitt, Mrs. Sleighbough, Mrs. Stroud and Fred Baugh, secretary of the Lodge. After hearing their testimony the members voted unanimously to sell us the building.
At this point a stranger in the audience demanded the floor. He identified himself as Lucius O. V. Everhard, an insurance broker and member of a Moose Lodge in Chicago. He said he'd recently written a large policy on the life of Dr. Malcolm L. Harris, chief surgeon at the Alexian Brothers and the Henrotin Memorial hospitals in Chicago, and a power in the American Medical Association (he later became its President).
"If half of what I've heard today is true," Everhard declared, "Taylorville is too small to hold this clinic. Cancer is a national calamity. If Hoxsey is willing I'll telephone Dr. Harris and try to get his support for a clinic in Chicago, where the Hoxsey treatment can reach a wider audience."
I was more than willing, I was excited and elated. Here was the answer to all my problems. With the backing of Dr. Harris, medical recognition of the Hoxsey treatment was a foregone conclusion. Moreover his recommendation would be an "Open, Sesame" to any medical school in the country.
Everhard immediately put through a long-distance call, reached the eminent AMA official at his home, poured out what he'd just seen and heard, and urged that Dr. Miller and I be permitted to demonstrate our treatment on patients at one of the Chicago hospitals.
There was a pause, then came the reply:
"Have them meet me tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the south door of the Alexian Brothers Hospital!"
The distance from Taylorville to Chicago by road is more than 200 miles. Setting out in my car immediately after dinner that same night Everhard, Dr. Miller and I arrived at our destination just before midnight. We checked into the Sherman Hotel. Bright and early next morning we were waiting outside the hospital.
Promptly at 8:25 a shiny black Locomobile piloted by a chauffeur drew up at the door and Dr. Harris alighted. He was a thin, slightly-built gentleman (about 5 feet 6 inches tall) in his late fifties with steel-gray hair and a small, closely-cropped mustache. Well dressed and carefully groomed, he moved with the dignity and self-assurance of a man of distinction. As he gave me a limp hand and inspected me from head to foot I was painfully conscious of my rough, calloused miner's paws and ill-fitting store clothes, my Sunday best.
Leading the way into the hospital, he said:
"I have a patient I want you to see. Frankly, he's a terminal case. We've done all we can for him, so there's no harm in experimenting. I don't expect you to cure him. But if your treatment produces no unfavorable reaction, we'll go ahead and try it on other cases not so far advanced.'"
That sounded fair enough. We took the elevator to the third floor where we were met by Dr. Daniel Murphy, the resident in charge. After a brief conference with Dr. Harris he took us to the room where the patient lay.
Thomas Mannix, 66-year-old former desk sergeant at the Sheffield Avenue Police Station, seemed more dead than alive. His cadaverous appearance was enhanced by a head completely bald except for a fringe of gray hair, sunken orbs, long sharp nose and grizzled mustache over a bony chin. The mottled skin hung loosely from his scrawny neck, his once-burly frame had shrunk to little more than 70 pounds.
The chart at the foot of his bed showed that a prodigious amount of morphine was being administered at regular intervals to dull his pain. Unfastening the patient's gown, Dr. Murphy drew it away from the left shoulder and disclosed a hideous mass of diseased flesh about six inches in diameter. It was seared and baked by intensive X-ray treatment which had, however, failed to halt the progress of the disease.
After a minute examination of the patient, Dr. Miller drew me aside and told me that in his opinion there wasn't a ghost of a chance that Mannix would survive our treatment. I was less pessimistic.
Bending over the bed, I said with deep conviction:
"Sarge, if you help us we'll pull you through. You can get well. It depends on how hard you fight. Do you understand me?"
He was too weak to reply verbally, but I was sure I detected a responsive flicker in his dull, faded eyes.
Dr. Harris and Dr. Murphy watched intently as I applied a thick coating of the yellow powder to the gaping lesion, and Dr. Miller put a dressing over it. We left a bottle of our internal medicine with directions that the patient receive a teaspoonful three times per day, and advised the two doctors that we would be back in a week to administer another treatment.
On our way back to Taylorville, Dr. Miller observed:
"If we pull this one through, it'll be a miracle!"
I patted his arm.
"Don't worry, Doc. Mrs. Stroud looked even worse when I first saw her, and she recovered. We've given Mannix hope. He'll fight for his life now. And that's half the battle."
My confidence was justified in full. Within two weeks the surface of the pustulant sore turned black and started to dry, a sure sign that our medicine was working on the malignancy.
Within four weeks a hard crust had formed, the cancer was shrinking and pulling away at the edges from the normal tissue. Moreover the rapid improvement in the patient's general physical condition amazed all who saw him. He was able to sit up now, his eyes were bright and alert and the pain had vanished, he no longer needed morphine to sustain him, his appetite had returned, he was beginning to pick up weight.
Two weeks later he was walking around, taking care of his physical needs, champing at the bit and impatient to get back to work.
When he saw us he chortled:
"I guess we fooled 'em, didn't we, Doc? Can't wait to get back to the station house and see the look on the faces of the boys. They was all set to give me an Inspector's funeral."
His daughter Kate Mannix, a registered nurse who had assisted in the care of her father, stopped us in the corridor to express the gratitude of the family.
"We feel just as if he's been raised from the dead," she declared. "We'd given up hope. Anyone who's seen a loved one dying of cancer will know what a nightmare we've been through. Now we're just about the happiest people on earth. We'll remember you in all our prayers. And if there's any other way we can show our appreciation, please let us know."
To me these simple, heartfelt words were the richest reward any man could ask. That same day we informed Dr. Harris that necrosis of the cancerous mass in the policeman's shoulder was complete, it had separated from the normal tissue and could be lifted out within two days.
He could scarcely believe his ears, insisted on examining the patient himself.
"This is something I want every doctor in the hospital to witness," he asserted. "Would you be willing to perform that operation in the amphitheatre before the entire staff?"
Dr. Miller and I welcomed the opportunity.
That Wednesday at 10 A.M. when we arrived at the amphitheatre of the Alexian Brothers Hospital we found it buzzing with excitement. The gallery of seats surrounding the operating pit was crowded with more than sixty interns, house physicians and visiting doctors. Scrubbed and gowned, we took up our positions in the pit beside Dr. Harris. He cleared his throat, and the gallery suddenly was silent.
He began with a concise review of the case, detailed the various treatments given the patient, described the latter's condition when he was turned over to us. Then he introduced us and explained our procedure. When he'd finished the patient was wheeled in and we took over.
Dr. Miller removed the bandages from Mannix's shoulder. Self-conscious and tense with awareness that scores of trained eyes were following every move under the bright operating light, I picked up the forceps, scraped and probed the black mass of necrosed tissue. It moved freely at the perimeter but was still anchored at the base. I worked it loose, lifted it out with the forceps, deposited it on the white enamel tray provided for that purpose. And that's all there was to the operation.
Dr. Harris inspected the cavity left by the tumor. There was no sign of blood, pus or abnormal tissue, clean scar tissue already had begun to form.
"In time it will heal level with the surrounding flesh," I told him. "There will be no need for plastic surgery."
Shaking his head incredulously, he declared:
"It's amazing, if I hadn't seen it I wouldn't believe it!"
Then, looking closer:
"What about the necrosis in the clavicular bone?"
"That was caused by X-ray. It too will slough off."
Doctors and interns filled the pit and crowded around the operating table, inspecting the patient, examining the necrosed tissue, firing questions at Dr. Miller and me. The entire demonstration had taken less than half an hour but it was nearly noon before we could break away. Dr. Harris accompanied us to the door and asked where we were stopping.
I told him I was at the Sherman Hotel, and would remain there a couple of days before returning to Taylorville. He promised to get in touch with us before we left. On our way back to the hotel I was jubilant.
"We did it! Now they'll have to admit that we have a treatment that cures cancer!"
Dr. Miller smiled skeptically.
"It's not that easy. Wait until Harris gets a chance to think it over and discusses it with other doctors. They'll come up with all kinds of reasons why our treatment wasn't responsible for the patient's recovery. There's more at stake here than you think—prestige, and money, millions invested in X-ray and radium equipment..."
At that time it sounded fantastic, and I quickly changed the subject.
Early next morning I was awakened by a telephone call from Dr. Harris.
"I'd like to have a talk with you," he said. "I'm at my office in the Field Annex, about two blocks from your hotel. Can you come right over?"
Glancing at my watch, I discovered that it was just 7:15 A.M. I agreed to meet him in half an hour. Hastily I showered, shaved, threw on my clothes and—postponing breakfast—set off to keep the appointment.
Dr. Harris occupied an extensive suite on the seventh floor of the imposing office building. Bristling with early morning energy he met me at the door, ushered me into his private office, motioned me into a chair beside his desk.
Surveying me appraisingly, he began:
"Hoxsey, the demonstration you put on yesterday has opened up an entirely new vista in the treatment of cancer. I spent most of last evening discussing the Mannix case with some of my colleagues, and they agree that his amazing recovery is convincing evidence that chemical com-pounds such as you use offer the best hope to eradicate this disease. It's not just the yellow powder you used; that I suppose is an escharotic.* It's the amazing improvement in his general condition as the result of the medicine you've been giving him."
* A substance that causes a dry scab to be formed on skin.
This was it, the official recognition I'd been seeking so avidly. Giddy with triumph, I could scarcely control an impulse to jump up and grate-fully shake his hand.
"Of course," he cautioned, "it's much too early to say that Mannix is cured of cancer. There may be a recurrence; we'll have to wait five years or more before we can reach a definite conclusion. Moreover we can't be sure that your treatment actually cures cancer until we've tried it out on hundreds of other patients and thus can evaluate its effectiveness."
I broke in eagerly:
"We can show you hundreds of people who've already taken our treatment and been cured!"
He shook his head impatiently.
"That's not scientific proof. We must set up a large-scale experiment under absolute medical controls. Our doctors must select the cases treated so that we're treating cancer; they must administer the treatment in order to determine the effective dosage, unfavorable reactions etc.; the patients must be kept under constant medical observation to ward off the possibility that some other factor may account for their recovery. It's a long-range project involving technical skill, hard work and considerable expense."
He paused significantly.
"Dr. Harris," I assured him fervently, "I'll cooperate 100 percent in any experiments you care to make with the Hoxsey treatment. All I want is the opportunity to prove that it actually cures cancer, and is made available as widely as possible to relieve human suffering."
He nodded approvingly. Opening a drawer in his desk he produced a sheaf of papers fastened together with a clip and handed it to me.
"I was sure you'd feel that way about it, so I had my lawyers draw up a contract. Read it, sign it and we'll get busy at once in setting up an organization to handle the experiments."
There were ten double-spaced, typewritten, legal sized sheets in the contract. I read slowly, struggling with the involved, unfamiliar legal terms. Dr. Harris arose and strolled over to the window, contemplating the vast expanse of Lake Michigan in the distance.
By the time I reached the bottom of the second page I discovered that I was to turn over all the formulas of the Hoxsey treatment to Dr. Harris and his associates, and relinquish all claims to them. They would become the personal property of the doctors named in the contract.
On the following page it specified that I was to mix and deliver 10 barrels of the internal medicine, 50 pounds of the powder and 100 pounds of the yellow ointment, and instruct a representative of the doctors in the method of mixing these compounds.
Farther along I agreed to close my cancer clinic and henceforth take no active part in the treatment of cancer.
My reward for all this was set forth on next to the last page. It appeared that during a ten-year experimental period I would receive no financial remuneration. After that I was to get 10 percent of the net profits. Dr. Harris and his associates would set the fees—and collect 90 percent of the proceeds.
Stunned and appalled by this incredible document, I turned back and reread the principal clauses to make sure my eyes weren't playing me tricks. There it was, all neatly typed in black and white.
The eminent doctor turned away from the window, seated himself behind his desk and favored me with a nonchalant smile.
"Well," he said heartily, "I trust it's all clear to you."
It was all too clear. He and his friends were trying to trick me out of the family formulas, abscond with the fame and prestige attached to the discovery of a real cure for cancer, and thereby enrich themselves fabulously at my expense and the expense of millions of helpless cancer victims. Disillusioned and angry, I could scarcely speak.
Finally I found my voice.
"Before signing this," I said carefully, "I'd like to show it to a lawyer. Mr. Samuel Shaw Parks, who has offices in the Delaware Building on Randolph Street, was my father's attorney. I'll consult him and be guided by his advice. Perhaps he'll suggest some changes...."
Dr. Harris' smile turned frosty.
"There won't be any changes," he snapped. "We've set forth the only conditions under which your treatment can be ethically established. Unless you accept them in their entirety, no reputable doctor will have anything to do with you or your treatment."
With considerable effort I kept a tight rein on my temper. He has a powerful organization behind him, I kept telling myself. You mustn't antagonize him.
"In any case, I'll have to have some time to think over your proposition." I stood up. His eyes, friendly as a cobra's, took my full measure. "Hoxsey," he said levelly, "until you sign that contract you can't see Sgt. Mannix again."
He picked up the telephone, called the hospital, asked for the superintendent, Brother Anthony.
"This is Dr. Harris. Until further orders, neither Hoxsey nor Dr. Miller are to be admitted to your hospital, or to communicate in any way with the patient Thomas Mannix."
I waited until he hung up the receiver, then seized the telephone and called the Mannix home. Before I could be connected Dr. Harris reached over the desk and tried to take the telephone away from me. My left elbow flipped up, caught him squarely in the chest and sent him flying into his chair. It promptly toppled over, depositing him in a most undignified position on the floor.
Miss Mannix came on the wire and I explained the situation to her.
"If you want your father to get well you'd better get him out of the hospital and take him home. I'll be over to see him this evening and change the dressings."
She assured me she'd get him home immediately. Dr. Harris picked himself off the floor, his dignity considerably ruffled, his face as red as a boiled lobster.
"You'll never get away with this!" he shrilled. "If you as much as touch that patient I'll have you arrested for practicing medicine without a license. As long as you live you'll never treat cancer again. We'll close down your clinic, run you and that quack doctor of yours out of Illinois. Try and set up anywhere else in this country and you'll wind up in jail."
Without bothering to reply I walked out.
Returning to the hotel, I received a telephone call from Dr. Miller. He was in a booth across the street from the Alexian Brothers Hospital, where he'd gone to see our patient. They'd refused to let him in. I explained what had happened at Dr. Harris' office. When I finished, there was a long silence.
Finally he sighed:
"Well, that does it. Harris won't rest now until he's put us out of business. You've made yourself a powerful enemy. It's not just a few local doctors you have to reckon with now, it's the whole Medical Association. They'll hound you and blacken your name, and that of everyone associated with you, from one end of the country to the other. You're young and brash, but how long do you think you can go on bucking the entire medical profession?"
I didn't hesitate a moment.
"Until I prove to the world that I can cure cancer. As my Daddy once told me, there's one thing doctors can't do, and that's put back the cancers we remove. Don't worry about me, Doc. I can take anything they dish out. How about you?"
His voice came back strong over the wire:
"I still say a doctor's first duty is to his patients. I'll string along with you, my boy."
He waited outside while Kate Mannix, over the strenuous objection of hospital authorities, signed her father out of the institution. When they finally emerged he helped them into a cab and escorted them home.
There we continued to treat the policeman until he was fully recovered, three months later.
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Patients with colorectal cancer may benefit from the cancer-growth-inhibiting power of grape seed extract.
Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center report that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping the growth.
Grape seed extract is amazing in that it attacks the cancer cells but leaves the healthy cells untouched. This is a departure from conventional cancer treatments that destroy all of the cells in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer.
Actually, the power of grape seed extract seems quite remarkable in this research.
Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, and investigator at the CU Cancer Center and her team saw that while doses of chemotherapy only increase with more severe cancer cases, such as a stage IV instead of stage II, the amount of grape seed extract required actually decreased.
“It required less than half the concentration of GSE to suppress cell growth and kill 50 percent of stage IV cells than it did to achieve similar results in the stage II cells.”
“We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE.”
One of many berry types, grapes were introduced to America over 300 years ago.
There are over 8,000 grape varieties with the main types being American and European. With only 100 calories per cup, grapes are a great source of vitamins K and C and are loaded with antioxidants.
Grape seed extract is made from the seed of the grape and is beneficial for a number of cardiovascular conditions such as poor circulation and high cholesterol. The extract has also been found useful in the treatment of diabetes-related eye disease, loss of vision due to aging, and swelling associated with injury.
Currently, GSE is being studied in the treatment of leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Interestingly, past research also points to berries as a solution for colorectal cancer and many other cancers. In one study, the growth of new tumors in mice fed black raspberry decreased by 45 percent and the total number of tumors went down 60 percent.
Other research found that foods rich in flavanols (berries, grapes, apples) also reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Advanced Cancer and Grape Seed Extract
The bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells.
With an increase in colorectal cancer, the findings of this study are timely. By the time most people are diagnosed with the disease, it is in the advanced stages. But thankfully, as mentioned, researchers found that it required less grape seed extract to kill advanced cancer cells than it did cells in the early stage.
It is thought that the extract kills cancer cells by a process of oxidative stress.
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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, one cause that most likely won’t be marketed to us is that of women taking back control of their health by consuming more cancer-fighting foods.
In years past, Smith & Wesson’s pink hand gun and KFC’s “buckets for the cure,”  have made the list of approved ‘pink’ products, but nowhere does one find fund-raisers and races for better access to and consumption of the extensive list of foods that increasingly science has vetted as actually preventing and/or killing breast cancer. 
All the more reason why a new meta-analysis on flaxseed and breast cancer published in the journal Integrative Cancer Therapy this month is so timely.
The review was no small undertaking, as it obtained its findings by sorting through 1,892 records from a variety of biomedical databases, including MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and AMED from inception to January 2013, concerning any available human interventional or observational data pertaining to flax and breast cancer.
They discovered the following benefits of flaxseed among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients:
Decreases in hot flash symptomatology
Increased cell death (apoptosis) within their tumors
Decreased HER2 expression (a protein associated with breast cancer malignancy)
Decreased breast cancer proliferation
Additional findings among uncontrolled and biomarker studies included:
Improved atypical cytomorphology (i.e. normalization of cells)
Improved mammographic density
Possible anti-angiogenic actiactivity (i.e. anti-invasive properties)
Finally, observational data suggested the consumption of flaxseed:
Decreased risk of primary breast cancer by 18%
Improved mental health by 76%
Lowered mortality among breast cancer patients by 32%
The study authors concluded:
Current evidence suggests that flax may be associated with decreased risk of breast cancer. Flax demonstrates antiproliferative effects in breast tissue of women at risk of breast cancer and may protect against primary breast cancer. Mortality risk may also be reduced among those living with breast cancer.
These findings, of course, are extremely valuable to women, many of whom have been wrongly lead to believe that the #1 most important step in breast cancer prevention is “early detection” via x-ray based breast screenings - as if the point is to watch and wait for the juggernaut of genetically-based cancer to unfold within their bodies, and ‘catch it early’ if you can.
Truth be told, never before have so many women been at so great a risk of unnecessary harm from breast screening, due to the millions of dollars of cause marketing propaganda that assault them year around in myriad products and services ostensibly put in place to help ‘raise awareness,’ or ‘raise money to raise awareness,’ as to why they should participate in the dangerous ritual of mammography.
Ironically, and tragically, it is now firmly established (but still widely unknown) that participating in conventional breast screenings increases breast cancer mortality, as a direct result of it generating countless cases of misdiagnosed and mistreated ‘cancer’ in healthy women every year [1.3 million causes in the U.S. over the past 30 years].
Never before have women so desperately needed an alternative path towards breast cancer prevention, beyond subjecting themselves, as a “preventive” measure, to annual or bi-annual doses of highly carcinogenic mammography radiation - a screening procedure that we now know mostly detects harmless lesions known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and that a National Cancer Institute commissioned panel recently suggested should not even be called cancer, owing to its intrinsically harmless or indolent nature.
Flaxseed is actually only one of hundreds of natural foods, spices and substances that have proven anti-breast cancer activity, even among drug-resistant and multi-drug resistant breast cancer cell lines.
 Learn about the Dark Side of Breast Cancer [Un]Awareness Month
 Note: The acrylamide in fried chicken has been linked to increased breast cancer risk.
 GreenMedInfo.com, Health Guide: Breast Cancer
 Gillian Flower, Heidi Fritz, Lynda G Balneaves, Shailendra Verma, Becky Skidmore, Rochelle Fernandes, Deborah Kennedy, Kieran Cooley, Raimond Wong, Stephen Sagar, Dean Fergusson, Dugald Seely. Flax and Breast Cancer - A Systematic Review - 2013 Sep 8
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A little-known plant with a truly bizarre name is now making headlines as a cancer killer, with the compound of the plant vanishing tumors in mice with pancreatic cancer.
Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
According to the new research out of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the thunder god plant compound led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period - even after discontinuing the treatment.
Published in the journal Science Translational Medicine (Pancreas Cancer Meets the Thunder God) and funded by the National Institutes of Health, even the scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound.
Known to contain something known as triptolide, which has been identified as a cancer fighter in previous research, it is thought to be the key component that may be responsible for the anti-tumor capabilities.
Study leader and vice chairman of research at the Cancer Center explained to Bloomberg how he was blown away by the effects of the simple plant:
“This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumor cells,” he said.
And just like with numerous other powerful substances like turmeric and ginger, mainstream science is still slowly confirming what many traditional practitioners have known for their entire lives.
This is, of course, due to the fact that there is simply no money for major corporations in researching the healing powers of natural herbs and compounds such as the compound found in the thunder god vine.
Turmeric and ginger, for example, have been found to be amazing anti-cancer substances that are virtually free compared to expensive and dangerous cancer drugs.
Nevertheless, the Big Pharma sponsored corporate scientists have managed to ignore these spices as much as possible.
In fact, they have even been caught time and time again faking thousands of studies to fraudulently demonstrate the supposed value of pharmaceutical drugs pushed by major pharma juggernauts - many of which are later forced to pay millions in fines which only slightly stack up against their billions in profits.
Profits that are threatened by the many real studies that were performed by scientists examining the rejuvenating power of cheap ingredients like turmeric, which has been found by peer-reviewed research available on PubMed to positively influence over 590 conditions:
While it is great news that this study is bringing the beneficial effects of inexpensive and near-free plant compounds to light, the bad news is that the individuals responsible for the research are actually looking to create a pharmaceutical drug from the essential component triptolide.
A drug that will seek FDA approval and ultimately be patented, nutritionally ruined, and sold for exorbitant amounts of cash.
Instead, just get your hands on some thunder god vine for yourself.