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## The Priore Machine and Phase Conjugation , http://www.cheniere.org/books/aids/priore.htm

A Non-Technical Description of the Priore Process http://www.cheniere.org/books/aids/priorenontech.htm

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, in France Antoine Priore built and tested electromagnetic healing machines of startling effectiveness.

In hundreds and hundreds of rigorous tests with laboratory animals, Priore’s machine cured a wide variety of the most difficult kinds of terminal, fatal diseases known today.

Funded by the French government in the amount of several million dollars, Priore’s machines concretely demonstrated a nearly 100% cure of all kinds of terminal cancers and leukemias, in thousands of rigorous laboratory tests with animals. These results were shown to medical scientists as early as 1960.

Many of the experiments and tests were done by prestigious members of the French Academy of Sciences. Robert Courrier, head of the Biology Section: and Secretaire Perpetuel, personally introduced Priore’s astounding results to the French Academy.

The operation of the Priore machine was seemingly incomprehensible. Many orthodox French scientists-some of them world renowned-were outraged at the success of such a machine, shrilling that science had nothing to do with “black boxes:.”

They loudly called upon the inventor to explain the mechanism utilized by his machine, but the inventor either wouldn’t or couldn’t explain the curative mechanism.

Priore certainly knew how to build the machine and make it work. It is debatable to this day whether anyone-Priore included -actually understood its principle of operation.

Neither the French Academy nor Antoine Priore knew anything of phase conjugation at the time.

In fact, the entire Western World knew nothing of phase conjugation in the 1960’s when Priore was getting his finest results. At that time, only the Soviets knew of time-reversed waves.

Certainly Priore’s machine was impressive.
Into a tube containing a plasma of mercury and neon gas, a pulsed 9.4 gigahertz wave modulated upon a carrier frequency of 17 megahertz was introduced. These waves were produced by radio emitters and magnetrons in the presence of a 1,000 gauss magnetic field. Experimental animals were exposed to this magnetic field during irradiation, and the mixture of waves (some 17 or so) coming from the plasma tube and modulating and riding the magnetic field passed through the animals’ bodies.

Amongst other things, a plasma can convert a transverse wave to a longitudinal wave. Also, phase conjugate (time-reversed) waves can be produced by plasmas. Priore’s apparatus produced a scalar EM wave/signal with deliberately constructed, infolded components including phase conjugate waves.

One of Priore’s intermediate devices. This device cured terminal cancers and leukemias in thousands of laboratory animals.(Courtesy Bob Whitney)

One may roughly view a cancer cell as a normal human cell gone “away” and out of control of the body’s master cellular control system. The cancerous cells, viewed as a sort of separate, parasitic group of cells, form a special kind of organism having its own master cellular control system “level,” immersed in the host’s biopotential.*
*One strongly points out the relevance of Dr. Robert Becker’s epochal experiments proving that cells can be dedifferentiated and redifferentiated electrically. Those experiments are strong indicators that the cancer cell should be capable of being reverted to its more primitive state -that of the normal cell-by electromagnetic means.

There is thus a specific, constant electromagnetic “delta” that differentiates the parasitic cancerous “organism” from the normal -human cellular organism.

This “delta” can be considered a sort of constant, complex-structured charge existing in the body’s atomic nuclei. It’s exactly as if the body biopotential had been charged up by Kaznacheyev’s “death photons” for that specific cancer condition.

If this cancerous “delta” (which may be rather like a complex intermodulation mix of waves)-or a frequency shifted “transform” of it to a different frequency band-is phase conjugated, a specific healing delta frequency pattern results.

If phase conjugate replicas of a cancer’s cell’s specific “delta” frequencies are fed into the body having that cancer, the deviation of the cancer cell’s master cellular control system will be “time reversed.”

That will return the cancer cell to control of the animal’s proper master cellular control system. The cancerous cell will be immediately destroyed, or reverted back to a normal cell of the animal.

A very similar process exists for just about every disease bacterium and infectious agent that attacks the body.

# Phase Conjugates of ‘Death Photons” are “Healing Photons”

The Kaznacheyev experiments in the Soviet Union proved that any cellular death and disease pattern can be induced by a specific electromagnetic pattern carried on an electromagnetic signal, if the target cells are bombarded with the pattern-carrying carrier signals for a length of time. What was not published of Kaznacheyev’s work was the correspondent work showing electromagnetic reversal of cellular death and disease conditions by irradiating the diseased cell cultures by phase conjugate replicas of the pattern-carrying induction signal.

In simplified terms, if an action in forward time induces a condition, then the time-reversal of that action will reverse the condition.

The concept is almost laughably simple. The time-reversal of an electromagnetic disease process is a specific healing process for that disease.

In his device, Priore internally structured the carrier photons themselves- making them vacuum engines. He phase conjugated his vacuum engines, and then passed these time-reversed vacuum engines down and through a strong magnetic field which thoroughly penetrated all cells of the biological organism being treated.

The scalar components (structured photons) representing the time-reversal of the disease were absorbed and reradiated in all the cells, “charging up” the nuclei of the atoms in the organism to some potential level of the exact “healing and reversing pattern.”

In the process, the cancer/leukemia pattern/charge also destroyed the cancer calls, or converted them back to normal cells as appropriate.

As a highly simplified analogy, the complex signal – viewed as a scalar Fourier expansion – represented a “stress” against any abnormal cellular control system encountered and returned it to the normal cell’s master cellular control system of the body.

Encountering the normal control system in normal cells, it produced zero stress.
Encountering the abnormal control system in tumerous cells, it produced great stress on it, reverting it to the normal control system of the body’s normal cells.

Thus to a normal cell the Priore signal pattern acted somewhat as a comb passing through one’s hair.
No interference occurred with the normal cell (one whose scalar control pattern is phase-locked to the body’s master cellular control system and in phase with it).

The Priore signal stimulated and “stroked” the normal cell, but did not hurt it at all.
On the other hand, the scalar control pattern in and of an abnormal (cancerous) cell is out of phase with the body’s master cellular control system, and is not phase-locked to it.
Hence the Priore signal caused direct interference with the abnormal cell’s independent scalar control system. The interference pattern constituted the reconstruction of normal energy directly in the cancerous cell, and also jammed its abnormal scalar life signal.

This destroyed the cancerous cell by two mechanisms:
(1) physical energy was kindled directly in the abnormal cell, causing direct mechanical damage, and
(2) the cancerous cell, being an “independent living critter,” had its scalar life channel (connecting its primitive “mind” to its “body”) jammed and stopped.

If the cancerous cell was reverted to a normal cell by the Priore stress before being destroyed, it became just a normal cell and the Priore stress had no further effect upon it.

# The Effect is Universally Applicable

Any disease with cellular, biochemical, or genetic basis can be cured in like fashion.

Priore’s method, for example, was clearly shown to be able to completely reverse clogging of the arteries with fatty deposits, and to be able to lower the cholesterol level to normal, even in the presence of an abnormally high cholesterol diet.

His method also showed complete mastery and cure of sleeping sickness and trypanosome-induced illnesses.

Often Priore found that every cell of the body-even the hair- must be irradiated and treated (“charged up”) with the signal, for the disease pattern was in every cell. The master cellular control system is holographic-the pattern (substructured potential with its dynamic, oscillating components) is in each component (each atomic nucleus, hence in each cell.)

Every structural level of the body larger than the cell also has its own correlated pattern, or modulation, on the overall.
A biological organism can regenerate lost limbs, for example, if it can utilize its natural recovery process in a Priore manner.

Even though Priore’s work was presented to the French Academy of Sciences by Robert Courrier, the prestigious head of the Biology Section, the Academy could not understand the device and its functioning.
That was because the Academicians knew nothing of scalar electromagnetics, and phase conjugation, and the Priore machine was a scalar electromagnetic device using phase conjugation.

# In the Mid-70’s It Ended

In 1974, a change of local government lost Priore his government supporters. His support and funding were lost.
Ironically, Priore was just completing a 4-stories-tall apparatus capable of radiating and treating entire human bodies. It would have been capable of curing cancer and leukemia in humans rather than just in laboratory rats. (His previous machines were much smaller, and only a small animal could be irradiated whole-body. In that machine Priore used a “1amp,” a special section, in which 17 specific frequencies were mixed and modulated upon the 9.4 gigahertz carrier.

The large, special, phase-conjugating plasma tube for Priore’s giant device. The final machine would have treated humans “whole-body.” (Courtesy Bob Whitney)

Capping assembly for the top of Priore’s giant plasma tube device. The last device would have treated human patients “whole-body.” The cap assembly was on the third floor of the device. (Courtesy Bob Whitney)

The machine was large enough to irradiate humans over their whole body. It should have been capable of curing cancer and leukemia in two five-minute irradiations, one week apart.

While Priore was still alive, with my associates I spent nearly two years of my life in an effort to bring the Priore device to market and into the mainstream of medical research and development.

Robert Whitney, Frank Golden, and Tony Gideon played the major role, going to France and negotiating directly with the Priore group and the French government.
Verbal agreements with both the Priore group and with the French government were obtained. The machines were to be built, assembled, and tested in Bordeaux. Then they were to be dismantled and shipped to the purchasers-large medical research and development laboratories where they would be reassembled on site.

A group of wealthy backers was going to provide the necessary millions to fund the effort. Final contracts were being drawn.
Mysteriously, all funding for the project was suddenly withdrawn. Our backers were “leaned on” very hard and strongly threatened. Nothing we could do could revive the project.

Priore never again recovered his funding, and later died. The machine fell into disarray and was disassembled.

However, the proof that the requisite time-reversed signal can be produced, and will ride down a magnetic field, to penetrate every cell and every atomic nucleus in the body, is already in the present hard-core physics literature, if one knows where to look and how to properly interpret the work.

The fact that such signals can reverse nearly every major cellular illness condition of the body also has been proven by Priore and the scientists who worked with him, and it is in the French scientific literature.

The Priore-type cure for AIDS and other diseases only requires the necessary funding and personnel to be redeveloped and reestablished.

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### Homeopathy, Dr Hahnemann is the father of homeopathy.

## Explication by Thomas Bearden :

This means that a given charge can be “activated” (its self-potential’s internal biwave structure can be altered, so that the charge now carries and produces a “vacuum engine” in its own self-potential.

It would seem that the results of homeopathy can be explained by this process.

“Potentizing” a solution of water by vigorous shaking of the water with a physical compound dissolved in it, is distributing the compound uniformly throughout the fluid, and also distributing the vacuum engine accompanying that compound, throughout the H-bonding potential of the fluid.

Potentials superpose, and in so doing they intermix their own internalStoney-Whittaker-Ziolkowski structuring (their infolded vacuum engines).

Thus “potentizing” actually introduces the vacuum engine “template” for that compound into the H-bonding potential of the water.

This indeed conditions the H-potential with an internal engine, that is the same as the engine for that compound.

When the mass of the solute is almost completely removed by extreme dilution, the vacuum engine remains, or at least some of it remains, in the remaining solution, as internal vacuum engine structuring of the H-bonding potential.

Of course, such “activation” is gradually “bled off” by continuing diffusion of other, randomized vacuum engines into the structure of the H-potential.But the chemical functioning of a potential with a given vacuum engine, may be quite different from the chemical functioning of the same potential with a more randomized structure.

## Alchemical Homeopathy http://www.asc-alchemy.com/alchemicalhomeopathy.html

Since the unusual qualities of that liquid crystal, water, is so important in our formulations, we include the following information.

A team in South Korea has discovered a whole new dimension to just about the simplest chemical reaction in the book – what happens when you dissolve a substance in water and then add more water.

Conventional wisdom says that the dissolved molecules simply spread further and further apart as a solution is diluted. But two chemists have found that some do the opposite: they clump together, first as clusters of molecules, then as bigger aggregates of those clusters. Far from drifting apart from their neighbours, they got closer together.

The discovery has stunned chemists, and could provide the first scientific insight into how some homeopathic remedies work. Homeopaths repeatedly dilute medications, believing that the higher the dilution, the more potent the remedy becomes.

Some dilute to “infinity” until no molecules of the remedy remain. They believe that water holds a memory, or “imprint” of the active ingredient which is more potent than the ingredient itself. But others use less dilute solutions – often diluting a remedy six-fold. The Korean findings might at last go some way to reconciling the potency of these less dilute solutions with orthodox science.

German chemist Kurt Geckeler and his colleague Shashadhar Samal stumbled on the effect while investigating fullerenes at their lab in the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. They found that the football-shaped buckyball molecules kept forming untidy aggregates in solution, and Geckler asked Samal to look for ways to control how these clumps formed.

What he discovered was a phenomenon new to chemistry. “When he diluted the solution, the size of the fullerene particles increased,” says Geckeler. “It was completely counterintuitive,” he says.

Further work showed it was no fluke. To make the otherwise insoluble buckyball dissolve in water, the chemists had mixed it with a circular sugar-like molecule called a cyclodextrin. When they did the same experiments with just cyclodextrin molecules, they found they behaved the same way. So did the organic molecule sodium guanosine monophosphate, DNA and plain old sodium chloride.

Dilution typically made the molecules cluster into aggregates five to 10 times as big as those in the original solutions. The growth was not linear, and it depended on the concentration of the original.

“The history of the solution is important. The more dilute it starts, the larger the aggregates,” says Geckeler. Also, it only worked in polar solvents like water, in which one end of the molecule has a pronounced positive charge while the other end is negative.

But the finding may provide a mechanism for how some homeopathic medicines work – something that has defied scientific explanation till now. Diluting a remedy may increase the size of the particles to the point when they become biologically active.

It also echoes the controversial claims of French immunologist Jacques Benveniste. In 1988, Benveniste claimed in a Nature paper that a solution that had once contained antibodies still activated human white blood cells. Benveniste claimed the solution still worked because it contained ghostly “imprints” in the water structure where the antibodies had been.

Other researchers failed to reproduce Benveniste’s experiments, but homeopaths still believe he may have been onto something. Benveniste himself does not think the new findings explain his results because the solutions were not dilute enough. “This [phenomenon] cannot apply to high dilution,” he says.

Fred Pearce of University College London, who tried to repeat Benveniste’s experiments, agrees. But it could offer some clues as to why other less dilute homeopathic remedies work, he says. Large clusters and aggregates might interact more easily with biological tissue.

Chemist Jan Enberts of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is more cautious. “It’s still a totally open question,” he says. “To say the phenomenon has biological significance is pure speculation.” But he has no doubt Samal and Geckeler have discovered something new. “It’s surprising and worrying,” he says.

The two chemists were at pains to double-check their astonishing results. Initially they had used the scattering of a laser to reveal the size and distribution of the dissolved particles. To check, they used a scanning electron microscope to photograph films of the solutions spread over slides. This, too, showed that dissolved substances cluster together as dilution increased.

“It doesn’t prove homeopathy, but it’s congruent with what we think and is very encouraging,” says Peter Fisher, director of medical research at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.

“The whole idea of high-dilution homeopathy hangs on the idea that water has properties which are not understood,” he says. “The fact that the new effect happens with a variety of substances suggests it’s the solvent that’s responsible. It’s in line with what many homeopaths say, that you can only make homeopathic medicines in polar solvents.”

Geckeler and Samal are now anxious that other researchers follow up their work. “We want people to repeat it,” says Geckeler. “If it’s confirmed it will be groundbreaking”.
Journal reference: Chemical Communications (2001, p 2224)

## Pattern and Resonance in the Natural World: http://www.normanallan.com/Sci/bs.html

Chapter One:Beyond Substance, by Norman Allan, Ph.D.

On February the 17th, 1989, MAME came to see us. MAME had stumbled upon a molecular demonstration of homeopathy. The implications are astounding.
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“Us” was Professor Pomeranz of the University of Toronto, and his research team, of which I was a member; and MAME, which is my name for Professor Menir AbouHaidar and his colleagues, Dr. Mohammed Eweida and Michael Dobbs. At the time they came to us they came in confidence, so I got into the habit of cryptically calling them MAME.

MAME found that a solution of viral DNA, diluted beyond substance in the manner of homeopathy, can physically bind its substantial, molecular, complementary strand. This implies that the water “remembers” the substance that was in it. It behaves as though the DNA – even though diluted beyond substance – were still there. The ramifications of this phenomenon deeply effects our understanding of physics, medicine, and of psychology, and as I hope to explain may prove to be the key to our understanding consciousness itself.
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In Prof. AbouHaidar’s viral assay a solution of DNA, the genetic ribbon – even after it has been serially diluted until there was no substance left – binds its labeled complementary strand. This means water can be patterned; can carry a signal, and in this sense “remembers”. Water prefers to be ordered, to be patterned, prefers this to our usual conception of liquid as random. Water is stressed by, rather than enjoying amorphous chaos. It prefers to be organized, to behave like a crystal. So water takes whatever substance we put in it, be that salt, or sulphur, or viral DNA, as a seed from which to organize a pattern.

Homeopathy is a clinically demonstrable reality in “double blind placebo controlled clinical trials”, the “gold standard” of clinical science. It needs an explanation. MAME’s phenomenon points to this explanation. If MAME’s phenomenon can be replicated, we have a scientific revolution, a paradigm shift, possibly as vast as the discovery of electricity some two hundred and fifty years ago: vast because, as with electricity, it shows us whole new dimensions of order underpinning the phenomenal world, and there is no predicting where all of this may led.

Homeopathy has two major tenets. The first is that “like cures like” (“similia similibus curentur”). The second tenet is equally counterintuitive. Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, found empirically that the more he diluted a remedy – diluted and succussed, (or “potentiated”) – the deeper acting, the stronger acting, in many senses, the potentiated remedy became. These dilutions might continue until there was no substance left, and yet (it was found) that the remedies grew in its power.

When I first heard of homeopathy some twenty five years ago I was a young scientist, a neurophysiologist. I accepted the received scientific doctrine that homeopathy, like astrology, was a “pseudoscience”. If it works at all, I knew that it worked through the mind, through credulity, placebo. I had the scientific arrogance: “if it doesn’t conform to my/our understanding, it can’t be true”.

In the mid nineteen eighties my appreciation of homeopathy was changed by two events. The first of these concerned our fourteen year old cat, Grey. Grey started urinating on cushions – on sofas and chairs. “It’s senile dementia”, said my wife, and my daughter. “She’s a spiteful old cat” and very nearly an ex-cat. I was studying alternative medicine (training as a chiropractor and doing research at the University of Toronto) so I decided to repertorise incontinence in a homeopathic Materia Medica. One of the many remedies for incontinence is Gelsinium, yellow jasmine. Gelsinium has as a peculiar “proving” the following “rubric”: “infant fears to fall and clings to nurse or crib”. For six months Grey, when picked up, would hug her body close up to me and grip tight – so on the basis of this rubric, “clings to nurse”, I splashed some homeopathic Gelsinium, 6 CH, into Grey’s face – she licked drops off her nose – and she stopped clinging, and she stopped urinating out of place. I wished that I had been more of a scientist and had splashed water in her face first as a “control” (but perhaps that wouldn’t have been ethical).

The second factor shifting my view of homeopathy was the work we were doing in the lab replicating Benveniste’s findings. Jacque Benveniste was a prominent French immunologist, chief immunologist at the government’s research institute, INSERM. When two of his research assistants asked him if they might conduct an experiment into homeopathy, believing a happy coworker is a good coworker, Benveniste said they might. They showed the results to Benveniste, and he became curious.

If you take an antigen, and dilute it homeopathically – again, diluted until there is no substance – it will still generate an immunological response in certain white blood cells. In this case Benveniste, and his colleagues, were looking at basophils.

Benveniste took these findings to the most prestigious scientific journal, Nature. Because of Benveniste’s prominence Maddox, the editor of Nature, said he would publish the work if Benveniste could find three reputable laboratories that could replicate his findings. “That should get rid of him,” thought Maddox.

Bruce Pomeranz, of the University of Toronto, was one of the researchers that “replicated” the work, along with labs in Milan and Tel Aviv.

In June 1988 the journal Nature, the gatekeeper of scientific orthodoxy, published Benveniste’s ultradilution (homeopathy) paper. The implications of this work are revolutionary, a paradigm shift it there ever was one. There are a lot of people who would rather fight than shift. Nature, the journal, as part of their publishing arrangement with Benveniste, sent a team to investigate his lab. The team included Randy the Magician, to look for sleight of hand, Walter Stewart, a biologist and statistician who had made his reputation as a figure crunching fraud-detector, and the editor, Maddox himself, who had a background in physics. It did not, however, include a cell biologist who might understand the nuances of Benveniste’s experiment. The team had already made up their minds (as Walter Stewart wrote in “Omni”). They knew there had to be a problem with the experiment because in their view the experiment was impossible. In the lab, Beneviniste and his team demonstrated the phenomenon to them three times, but the Nature team had determined before hand that it was an impossible experiment, and not knowing what else to doubt they decided that they couldn’t trust Beneveniste “blind”.

The visiting team therefore insisted on adding their own “blind” to the procedure. To do this they introduced an extra manipulation of the samples (they moved the samples into new tubes). Of course this added procedure might or might not effect the outcome of an already delicate experiment. The investigating team sealed their extra code in an envelope, wrapped that up in silver foil (to foil X-ray eyes), and stuck it on to the ceiling of the lab with a video camera trained on it.! When, in this one trial, this new variation of the experiment no longer worked, Maddox announced that the whole affair was a delusion, or a fraud. Such is the stature of the journal, Nature, that the “expert’s” pronouncement was treated with gravity. “In our view, ultradilution should not work. Therefore it does not. Trust us. We’ve looked. We’ve tried it.” (I paraphrase.) This was all every unscientific, yet here the matter rests.

Now our name was on this controversial Benveniste ultradilution paper, and we’re a very respectable laboratory, so there was a large section of the world, at least here in Canada, that looked to us to see what we’d finally have to say on the matter. “We have promising preliminary results,” was all the Professor could say. That, and “No comment.” So when MAME stumbled on the incredible… that DNA diluted (one part in ten) eighteen or twenty five times (diluted beyond substance) still binds its complementary strand – they came to see us.

MAME, as I have mentioned, is my acronym for Prof. M. AbouHaidar and Dr. M. Eweida. Prof. AbouHaidar is a virologist; a Professor with tenure at the University of Toronto. Professor AbouHaidar was working on a viral assay. You’d take a plant from a field – he was working with potatoes (10) – grind it up, run it through the Professor’s assay, and it would tell you whether there was any of a particular virus present in those potatoes. It works like this: you take a virus, which in this case was a DNA virus, and you “digest it”, splitting each bit of viral DNA into two single complementary strands. Then you divide this digest into two parts. At this point the two parts are (statistically) identical. Take one half of this now single stranded DNA and call it the “target”. Take the other half and call it the “probe”.

The target is spotted out on a filter paper – that is to say, you put a drop of it on a microfilter to make a spot. Then you dilute what’s left one part in ten, and put a drop of the dilute solution at a second spot. Then dilute again one part in ten, and spot it out again. Keep diluting and spotting out the successive dilutions. This is to test how sensitive the assay is. After all, we may be looking for a little bit of virus in a whole field of potatoes. We need a sensitive assay.

Having spotted out all these successive dilutions, we take the filter paper and bake it at 80 degrees centigrade. After baking, the target won’t wash off. Next let us consider the probe. The probe, remember, in this explanation, the probe is made up of the same single stranded viral DNA fragments. These we’re going to label so we can see them. We mix them with avidin-biotin. The avidin binds to the DNA, and the biotin will bind to a stain, so we’ll get a dark spot where our DNA-avidin-biotin binds the stain.

Now we take our probe and wash it over the targeted filter paper. Where the DNA in the probe finds its complementary strand in the target it binds to it. Next we wash the probe and target, and only where the probe has bound to its complementary strand will there be any of the probe be left. The rest is washed away. Then we ‘develop’ the probe/target filterpaper with our stain. Only where the labeled probe has bound to the target will we see any stain. In the test as set it up, the stain gets lighter and lighter with each dilution. It’s dark, almost black, in the first couple of dilutions, but fades out of sight at about the seventh dilution.
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That’s the assay AbouHaidar was refining. (Actually, it’s Dr. Southern‘s dot-blot test, so it’s called “Southern blot”, though Dr. Western’s “Western dot-blot” predates it and is more widely used.). Mohammed Eweida was a postdoc working in Prof. AbouHaidar’s lab with this Southern blot assay. Mohammed Ewieda wasn’t very happy about his situation. I don’t know why, but he was out of there: he was off to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in the summer: and so, perhaps to kill time, he spotted out the dilutions eighteen times, even though the staining was lost to sight at the seventh, and… and he got a dark spot at the eighteenth dilution!
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“Look at that,” said Dr. Eweida to Michael Dobbs, a postgraduate student working in the lab. Some months before Mike Dobbs had been to Jacque Benveniste’s lecture on ultradilution. (In Homeopathy substances are diluted beyond the infinitesimal till there’s no substance left, which is what is meant by “ultradilution”.) So, when Mohammed showed Michael his anomalous result with an unexpected spot at the eighteenth dilution Michael thought, incredulously, “ultradilution”. “Eh, Mohammed,” he said. “Do that again.” Dr. Eweida repeated the viral assay, this time taking it out to the fiftieth decimal (one in ten) dilution. (That’s 10-50 where ten to the minus 30 is like a drop in the ocean, and 10-37 is like a drop in a million oceans. At 10-26 we pass “Avagadro’s number [which relates to the number of molecules in a “gram molecule”] and would no longer expect to find a single molecule in a gram.) Again there was a dark spot that shouldn’t be there at the eighteenth dilution,
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and now there were also stained spots at the 19th dilution, and the 25th and 26th, and the 38th, and 43rd dilution, but not at the dilutions in between.At the 25th and 26th dilutions there is certainly no substance left in the solution. We have passed Avagadro’s number. There is no DNA left in the target.(footnote http://www.normanallan.com/Sci/bs%20ft.htm ) And yet the undiluted complementary strands in the probe (labeled with avidin-biotin) binds to the target!They can not be binding to a substance, not to molecular DNA. They may be binding to a signal, an electrical signal imprinted into the nitrocellulose. They are binding to something!

At first sight, to some, this has seemed to contradict classical science. “How can water, with nothing in it, remember what was there formerly, but is no longer there?” But here were Prof. AbouHaidar and Dr. Eweida, here they were with these filterpapers, dozens of them, with dark spots at the 18th and 19th dilution, and the 25th and 26th. [Sometimes the pattern moved a little: sometimes only the 18th turned dark, once it was the 17th.]

Well, Prof. AbouHaidar when he first saw it, suspected a joke. And when Dr. Eweida repeated it yet again, Menir AbouHaidar suspected a hoax. So he tried it himself, and there it was. No hoax.

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What to do next? One of the next things that MAME did was to come and see us, Dr. Pomeranz and his research team. From here on in I’m going to call Dr. Pomeranz, the Professor. The Professor’s lab (where I had worked for seven years) was one of the labs that replicated Benveniste’s work with ultradilute antigens. The Professor’s name was on Benveniste’s controversial paper, so MAME came to talk to us, in confidence, to hear what we could tell them. “Do it again,” we said. And they did…

What does all this mean? It suggests a multitude of things. First let’s look at the patterning of water. If you put, say, one part salt in a hundred parts of water, it seems that the salt will pattern the water – the water mirrors the salt’s “vibration”. Certainly with MAME’s DNA we seem to see an electrical patterning that comes back into register with the original space/charge patterning at the 18th dilution.

Now if homeopathic [ultradilute, potentiated] remedies are having effects on organisms – they cured my cat – one of the implications, it seems, is that the body has vibrational fields, patterned energy fields, on which these (vibrational, patterned) remedies can work. Many people, particularly those on the fringe of science, and beyond, have been saying this for years. But no one has demonstrated it in any convincing or replicable manner. This is where MAME’s discovery is so special. Finally we have a handle into this realm of vibration.

How does homeopathy work in practice? At its simplest level, let’s say you’re in an accident, traumatised, the body goes into a particular pattern of vibration, in this case a kind of ‘shock’, Often people seem to get stuck in these patterns. Tinctures made from the plant Arnica have a vibratory pattern that (we may imagine) closely resembles this vibratory pattern associated with traumatic shock. Empirically it has been observed, again and again, that the potentised remedy prepared from Arnica helps physically traumatised people to heal. So, it may be that the body becomes locked in a particular oscillatory pattern, and the remedy, the “similar”, helps to jog it free, to loosen that pattern’s hold on the body so the body can stop repetitively singing that song.

A further implication of homeopathy is seen in the fact that the personality, the emotional make-up, the thought patterns, of patients are the most important guiding feature in deciding which remedy to use. The “mentals” are given more weight then the physical symptoms. The implication of this is that mind, that thought and emotion, are patterns.

Come back to the one part salt in a hundred parts water. If we take this salt water and dissolve it again one part in a hundred in clear water, and shake it, it again patterns the water, but this time with some changes. Remember it’s at the 18th and 19th dilution that MAME’s target bound the probe (at least, that was the case in the first sample that MAME showed us). At the 15th, 16th, there was nothing. This suggests that we are seeing something similar to the interference phenomenon that occurs with harmonic overlays. This is a fairly well know phenomenon (e.g. “Poincare’s recurrence”, see below). However here because it’s a dilution procedure, the harmonics are going to include lower frequency multiples, “subharmonics“, of the original signal as well as the more usual higher frequency harmonics.

Imagine a conjurer’s rope. Take a segment out of that magician’s rope – say one foot out of ten – and hold it taut between your hands, and twang it. Now (by magic) put it back in the original rope. The note, the vibration, in the small piece will pattern and inform the longer piece. The longer piece will now carry that information, but it will also, during the process, generate harmonics, multiples of that original note. But note, in the dilution process (which the homeopaths have traditionally called “potentiation”) it becomes intuitively apparent that we will be generating both harmonics and subharmonics of the original pattern. And this explains one of the mysteries of homeopathy.

It is part of the traditional homeopathic wisdom that the higher potencies, the higher dilutions, are stronger and deeper acting than the lower potencies: that the mother tincture and the low potencies act superficially, at a surface level, at skin level, and at the physical level, while the high potencies act deeper and begin to effect emotions, thoughts, personality – and they are also, the high potencies, much stronger. If I were going to treat you, say, with salt, sodium chloride (in Homeopathy we latinize it and call it Nat mur, short for Natrium muraticum)… Now why would I treat you with Nat mur. Nat mur is one of the polycrests, which is to say it has power over an extremely broad range of symptoms, and with Nat mur, for sure, I would be guided in large part by personality and etiology (causation). Nat mur is seen in problems caused by grief where the person internalises. With that internalizing there’s a withholding and a holding. The person is likely to brood. “Attachment” is a key word with nat mur, and yet they don’t like to be consoled.

Consolation will irritate them. The substance, salt, will cause (this pattern, this disposition) these problems, and it will also cure them. That’s why we call this type of medicine homeopathy: we treat like with like. This thought, that “like cures like” was Hahnemann’s great “law”. Now this, to me, is not intuitively apparent. But it is a piece of empiricism that was first recorded by Hippocrates, was reiterated by Paracelsus, and explored and developed into a fine art and science by Hahnemann at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. Hahnemann experimented on himself. His first experiment was to take quinine. Quinine gave him ague-like fevers!

[Why does like cure like? I don’t know; but bare in mind that the symptoms are not in the remedy any more then they are in the agents (germs, exposure, whatever) that cause the disease. The symptoms are the body’s response to the substance or cause of disease. My friend and teacher Michael Vertolli likes to stress that the symptoms are the bodies best response to the “disease”, and that if we suppress the symptoms the body will then look for its next best response.]

We come across this homeopathic “hair of the dog…” in other places. Not in immunization! That’s a hair of different dog, an essentially different process. There the body becomes sensitised to a small quantity of a substance: the immune system comes to recognise and is primed to respond to a subsequent exposure. No, the two echoes of homeopathy I’m thinking of are Clinical Ecology and “hormesis”.

Clinical Ecologists deal with environmental hypersensitivity. One of the chief treatment modalities is to give a hair of the dog. Having identified, by challenge, the substances which cause a patient to produce symptoms, a dilution of that same substance is found, again by challenge – by presenting the patient with it – a dilution is found which will neutralise the symptoms and protect the patient. What they are doing here is essentially “homeopathy”, though here “same cures same” rather than “like cures like”. The dilutions used by Clinical Ecologist, the “Miller dilutions”, are in the pharmaceutically range. They start with a 1 in 20 mother serum, Miller’s 0, and then dilute 1 in 5, so Miller’s 1 is 1 part in 100, Miller 2’s is 1 in 500. Typically they are going to find their neutralizing does at around the 4th dilution (Miller’s 4 is 1 in 12,500). Clinical Ecology, then, is treating like with like, but it is not using ultradilutions.

A second echo of homeopathy is seen in hormesis. In 1987 the journal Health Physics devoted a whole issue to reporting on a conference on hormeosis. “Hormeosis may be characterized as a process whereby low doses of an otherwise harmful agent could result in stimulatory or beneficial effects. The phenomenon of hormeosis is commonly found in nature in biological response to harmful chemical and physical agents” (2). “A biological, physiological or biochemical response to a drug at a low dose may be completely opposite to that response when a larger dose is administered. Hormeosis is often used to denote the beneficial response of an organism to a low dose of a physical or chemical agent and a detrimental response to a much higher dose. … Examples … can be found among these agents: alcoholic beverages, anaesthetic gases, barbiturates, some tranquillisers, many vitamins, caffeine, nicotine, salicylates, enzyme induces and some toxic metals” (3). It is also seen with radiation. It seems then, that this idea, that at some potency like antedotes like, is an established (if little known) principle.

So back again to salt: say I’m treating someone with Nat mur, classically I would start with a low potency, a 6CH (CH for “centisimals Hahnemann”, which is to say, we dilute the salt one part in a hundred, and then again one part in a hundred, and repeat this process six times). After we had begun to clear the patient with the 6CH, we might go on to 30CH, and then to 200CH. In a weak, ill patient the 200th dilution might be too strong to start with. If we start with 200C we might, in a sensitive patient, cause a serious “aggravation”. Again, the homeopathic wisdom is that the higher potencies are stronger, and that the lower potencies work at the physical level, while higher potencies begin to effect emotions and mental aspects. Hitherto the why or wherefore of this has been a mystery. Once we see the high potencies as low frequency, the reason for their strength becomes apparent. At least, I see two apparent reasons. First, the material substances, the mother tinctures, are vibrating at very high frequencies: frequencies in the megahertz and gigahertz range, and beyond. That’s millions and billion of cycles per second. And these high frequencies have effects on atoms and molecules, but they’re out of the range of more complex larger systems such as the nervous system. However, lower frequency patterns may interact with the patterns generated in organism as a whole and in its nervous system.

The second reason came to me one evening while standing out on our “deck” with my friend Darrell. There was a large basin there filled with rain water. Darrell started jiggling it with his foot. When he jiggled it rapidly we saw choppy little waves. When he rocked it more slowly he’d generate larger waves that almost jumped out of the basin onto the deck. Low frequency waves, here, tended to have larger amplitudes. They had more “umph”

A few days after MAME came to see us, my head swimming with the confirmation of ultradilution as a phenomenon and all the thoughts that that spawned, I had an insight of such far reaching consequence, that created so many “closures”, I came to call it “the great thought”. I think (when the great thought came to me) I was thinking about the fact that, according to homeopathic wisdom, it is the selection of the correct remedy, the ideal “similar”, that is crucial; while the selection of the potency, of which particular dilution is given, is of much less important. But with MAME we see that the 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, bind DNA. Intermediate dilutions fail to bind the cDNA. The active “pattern” is there at some dilutions, but not at others. With each dilution we create changes in the manifest pattern. All the information may still be there, implicitly, but the manifest patterns change. To explain this let me tell you about an example Ian Stewart gives pf “Poincare’s recurrence”.

If we take a picture, say a portrait of Poincare (a nineteenth century mathematician and a great hero to students of “Chaos Theory”),

if we take this picture and stretch it out diagonally, and then fold it back on itself, needless to say, we distort the original picture.

If we take the new distorted picture and repeat the process, stretch it out and fold it back on itself, by now the original picture is indistinguishable.

Go on repeating the process, stretching and folding, until there are just these squashed together diagonal “lines” like an out of kilter T.V. set.

Note that this process is at once an “iteration” and also a close analogy to the generation of harmonics. If we continue with this process we will see something quite remarkable. At the 48th iteration we will see multiple facsimiles of the original portrait superimposed on one another, and then at other stages in the process a complete representation of the original picture returns!

The first complete return is at the 241st iteration. “If a transformation is applied repeatedly to a mathematical system, and the system cannot leave a bounded region, it must return infinitely often to states near its original state” (4). Meanwhile we see that with each iteration, or with each dilution, we change the pattern, the information, as it is manifested. And with MAME’s DNA the pattern comes back into space/charge congruence with the original pattern at the 18th and 25th “iteration”. But for a homeopath, it isn’t crucial to give the 18th or the 25th. Any potency will do! One potency may cause an aggravated “healing crisis”, where another just simply cures, and these responses are not predictable – though we do have the rule that the higher potencies give a deeper and stronger response – but ultimately the “cure” will be effected regardless of the potency. The homeopath does not have to hit on the 18th or 25th dilution of DNA. However, if only certain potencies match “reality” (manifest congruence with the original spatial distribution of charges), then the body must ring through these changes – the body itself must accomplish this information processing, these permutations that we see with the iterative successive dilutions.

I think it was this that sparked “the great thought”. A penny tumbled and I thought I had the answer to just about everything. I will write of that in another place. Meanwhile, I started brimming over with excitement. “What’s got in to you?” my wife asked. So I told her. “It’s the answer to almost everything,” I finished. “Says you,” she said.

The next morning I walked briskly into the lab still aglow with the power of my new insight. I found the Professor and our colleague, “The Physicist”, engrossed in trying to remember the details of MAME’s “hybrid” (target and probe) ultradilution experiment.

“I’ve had this great thought,” I said.

“How did they divide the virus into complementary strands,” asked The Physicist. So Jonathan (a postgraduate student in our lab) and I explained the experiment. (I guess it’s quite complex if you don’t have a background in genetics.) And then I asked if they’d like to hear my great idea. “Write it down,” said The Physicist.

“You’re sure you don’t want to hear…”

“No. Write it up. I’ll read it,” said the Physicist.

“Wait a minute,” said Professor Pomeranz. “He might be on to something. No one will listen to him.”

“Do you want to hear?”

“No, not now,” said the Professor. “Write it down.” Meanwhile The Physicist was saying that what puzzled him, and boggled most physicists who gave it any thought, was the fact that homeopathic remedies seemed to defy the law of conservation of energy, one of the most basic tenets of science. You see the remedies last for years and years (there are some of Herring’s remedies from early in the 19th century, still around, and still apparently “potent”) and yet the remedies seem to radiate: there are those who say you only need to be carrying the remedy to feel the effects. You can have it in your pocket. Then again, Jean Munro, a Clinical Ecologist, reports patients coming out with rashes on their hands, like stigmata, simply from holding a phial of diluted (potentiated) antigen. “Try wrapping it in metal foil,” advised Cyril Smith (another physicist). Screened with metal foil or gauze the remedies no longer provoked a skin response. Further, metal gauze of one dimension will screen out the signal while a different sized gauze will allow the signal to pass. This suggests that the effects are radiated. But if remedies are radiating, then they use energy. They should run down. With time they should become inert. It is for these sorts of reasons that the journal Nature, and “straight” science, have so much trouble with Benveniste’s ultradilute antigens. Homeopathy seems, at first sight, to demand a whole new physics. At second thought, though, perhaps it just demands a little mental agility, a little flexibility.

The natural world loves pattern. We see this in the study of “Chaos”. Nature spurns and rearranges the random much like she abhors a vacuum. But in order to see a pattern we need a clean field. If we had put our salt into muddy water the signal would be lost in the “noise”. A clean (smooth, featureless) field invites patterning. At that time when all these thoughts were falling into place I recall going up stairs into my daughter’s attic room. Her walls were covered in postcards; among them a photograph of the ripples in the sand on a beach.If you run water over a smooth plane of sand you will create a rhythmic pattern: or blow two winds (at different heights) across the sky, and see the ribbing in the clouds. Nature adores and adorns itself in patterns. Indeed, The Physicist himself had worked on how calcium ions in an insects egg fall into a linear spatial rhythm that then divides the animal into thirteen segments. So let me ask you to bear in mind this propensity of nature to fall into patterns: think, for instance, of water running past a rock, and the shock waves, standing waves, folding back upstream.

My “great thought” sent me running to the library to look up texts on crystals, and this found me thumbing through a book on magnetic glass (7). The interesting thing about amorphous liquids, said the authors, is not their chaos and their randomness, but rather how closely in their behaviour they resemble crystals, and display order. In “non-crystalline materials… so many properties differ hardly at all from those of crystals”. Give water half a chance and it will carry a message, and this message may be the key to our understanding the further ordering of the world, and the mind.

Grant, for a moment, that if we put salt into water it patterns the water. Think of that pattern, if you would, as a snowflake. There are millions of different ways to be a snowflake. Then think for a moment about a stringed instrument. When we pluck the string there are only certain ways in which that string will vibrate. The whole length of the string can vibrate; or we can get multiples of that frequency (fractions of that wavelength), that is “harmonics”; or we can have, and will have in practice, an overlay of the fundamental note and its harmonics. But the fundamental note and its harmonics are the only vibrations that fit our oscillator. These are the only patterns we will commonly find in our plucked string. Tones, notes, that do not resonate, that are not stable, will disappear.

Back to our pattern in water, our snowflake, or salt “pattern”, or DNA “pattern” in water: there are only certain ways the water vibrations can be set up as a stable pattern. What’s vibrating?! Ionic dipoles. In standing waves. Setting up patterns, like snowflakes. And there are, in all probability, an infinite number of ways, of patterns, that the oscillating dipoles can take, but there are infinitely more patterns that aren’t stable. So there are an infinite number of ways in which the water can resonate, like snowflakes, and an infinitely greater number of patterns which don’t resonate, and this is what gives the patterns their permanence. Between one resonant pattern and the next nearest stable resonant pattern there are infinite ways of vibrating that are not resonant, that decay. It’s like the energy hills and troughs that are used as an analogy to explain the stability of electron shells, and of molecules for that matter. Now in that analogy it is the very law of conservation of energy that keeps the electrons in their orbit. With homeopathy the mechanism is a little different. In so far as the water (dipoles) fall away from the pattern, they fall into chaos and the pattern dissipates, and no doubt this happens. But meanwhile, through resonance (through a process akin to “entrainment”) the system is capturing new energy that will amplify the already established patterns.

Let’s talk a moment about the general properties of vibrations. Vibrations do three very wonderful things: they “resonate”, they can “amplify”, and they “entrain”. We’ve talked about resonation in the previous paragraph. There are just certain ways in which anything (a violin, a bottle) will vibrate, and if the energies impinging on that object match (to a certain degree) those patterns, they will drive those patterns, and the object will vibrate in sympathy with that driving force, or “resonate”. This resonance allows, in certain situations, for amplification of the signal.

I can illustrate what we mean by entrainment by telling you about one of Pomeranz’s ultradilution runs. Remember, he was trying to duplicate Benveniste’s ultradilute antigen findings, so the lab was making up serial dilutions of antigens to human basophilic white blood cells to see if these “homeopathic”-antigens would cause histamine release from the basophils. In one particular run we seemed to get degranulation at two separate intervals with these two patterns overlapping, summing with one another (in a linear fashion), and in that, to some extent hiding each other. This was the apparent pattern in the low dilutions, up to about forty-five, and then these two waveforms (when plotted out in a graph of successive dilutions they appear as waves) seem to “entrain” each other – a “compromise” was reached – and thereafter we saw peeks and troughs with a new periodicity. So with entrainment we have two periodic functions and they “entrain” one another to give one resultant function. This indeed is part of the essence that makes an oscillation “non-linear”: where two periodic functions don’t simply sum, but interact, we say they are “non-linear” – that is, they don’t add together in a linear fashion like the waves in a pool.

Back to the Physicist’s question, why don’t homeopathic remedies dissipate there energies? They do! but meanwhile they’re capturing and structuring energies. The remedy sits there on the shelf, radiating its signal: however in the meantime it is catching and interacting with the seismic vibrations, and other energies, that are incident upon it, and where these incident vibrations resonate with the remedy, they drive it, they energise it.
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How do I know all this is what is going on? I don’t. I do know that homeopathy cured my cat. I know that MAME’s ultradilute DNA bound molecular DNA And then we have the well conducted clinical trials of Reilly published in Lancet that demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that a phenomenon exists. Homeopathic remedies are reproducibly significantly more effective than placebo controls (Reilly 94). We know the phenomenon exists. What I’ve written here is my groping for an explanation.

The physicist, Del Guidice, after hearing Benveniste speak, went back to his lab and started to look at the mathematics and physics of dipole oscillation in water. The result is four pages of equations unfathomable to a layman. The conclusion is that such oscillations do not consume energy – like the electrons orbiting round atoms in their electron shells, the oscillating dipoles are energetically neutral – once a pattern of oscillation is set up in dipoles in water it will continue to vibrate .. forever.” (9)

One of the further experiment that MAME has undertaken is to try a slightly different strain of virus, potato virus X, in place of potato virus S, as the probe to see if DNA would simply binding to another strand of any DNA, or if the specificity of the particular piece of DNA to its specific complementary strand of cDNA was essential to the phenomenon. And indeed they found that a virus X probe would not bind to any dilution of a virus S target. It was specific. To check that there was indeed no substantial residue left in the ultradilution, MAME labeled their target with radioactive P32: and yes, they demonstrated that there is no substance in the ultradilute target. It is informative that we see activity in adjacent dilutions, in the 18th and 19th, in the 25th and 26th, (and that they move around a little, shifting sometimes to the 15th, or 16th, or 17th, for instance), for this suggests that we are slowly generating (and “stretching out”) the “harmonics”, rather then doing some flip-flop with the dipole patterns.

In May 1989 MAME submitted a paper on this ultradilute DNA phenomena to Nature. And Maddox, the editor, sat on it. In the summer of 1989 the University of Toronto opened a new botany building, and Prof. AbouHaidar moved his lab out of its old quarters. After the move and some initial difficulties for a short while the ultradilute experiment ran as before, though the pattern (18, 19, 25, 26) became more chaotic. But then shortly after the move, they lost the phenomenon! It no longer worked. They tried it a few times, and moved back to their mainstream work, genetic engineering, with the world not even ruffled.
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# Post Script: Chasing the Unicorn.

In the summer of 1992 I started teaching at a school of Homeopathy. I took the position in part to motivate and position myself to follow up on MAME’s work. At that time I was approached by Elizabeth Huston, a Ph.D. candidate, who wished (while finishing off her doctorate in biochemical neurophysiology) to conduct some research in alternative medicine. I spoke of MAME’s work and my desire to replicate it. We approached Prof. AbouHaidar and told him of our intention to explore the phenomenon. Professor AbouHaidar invited us to use his laboratory and facilities.

The MAME’s (AbouHaidar-Eweida’s) Southern dot-blot assay takes three days to complete. Over a period of six months in 1992 through to March 1993 Elizabeth Huston and I ran different permutations of MAME’s protocols, and learned what we could about their lab and their procedures. As far as we could gather, their procedures varied over time. It is hard for us to establish exactly what was done at particular times. For example, the first time Elizabeth ran the assay AbouHaidar advised her that succussion (vortexing) was not required and had not often been employed. Their protocols, however, call for 20 seconds of vortexing. Michael Dobbs informed me that more typically 5 seconds of vortexing was employed. The second time we ran the assay, I succussed by hand delivering about 15 taps to the vials between dilutions. In this second assay I also turned off the fluorescent lighting – we do not know which factors are relevant. The DNA provided to us on that occasion proved to be rather too dilute, faded out between the second and third dilution! Nonetheless we saw a faint “ghost” of a response at the 15th dilution. This was to be the only time we saw any hint of the phenomenon. We also learned that Eweida had run successful assays with “crude saps” and in electrophoresis gels. Again, we were not able to replicate this work.

There are many different factors that might account for the “loss” of the phenomenon with the move, the change of laboratories. We were able to enumerate some of these, but we were not able to isolate them. Let me list some of them. (Much of my information comes from Charles Braid, the former chief engineer in the University’s Works and Utilities department, and from Ken Pollyiak his successor, to whom I am grateful.)

The original botany laboratory, where the assay worked robustly for six months, was a nineteenth century building on the corner of University and College Street. (It is now called the Tanz Neuroscience Building.) It is built directly on top of an underground river, Taddle Creek. The water table is close to the surface (8 foot). The greenhouses adjoining the Tanz building have a water pump in constant operation to drain the foundations. The new botany department, on the other hand, is built of dry ground, and there are “electrical anomalies coming out of the ground”.

The first work was conducted in a ground floor laboratory. The ceilings were high. The windows were single glazed and could be opened. Humidity was maintained at 20%. The new lab is on the fourth floor; the windows are double glazed and do not open. Humidity is 35%. Outside the window of the new lab there is a 30,000 volt power line. The original work was done on an old stock of “gridded” nitrocellulose paper donated by another lab.

When they first moved to the new lab in July 1989, a summer student was put onto the assay. He was unable to reproduce the phenomenon. Michael Dobbs then attempted it. He used water from the old laboratory, and subsequently found that the assay would work with any water except the double distilled “multiplex” water used by the summer student. (The on-tap distilled water in the old lab was steam-stilled with a resistance of 1.8 Mohm. In the new building the reverse osmosis water on-tap has a resistance of 16 Mohm.) The phenomenon worked robustly for Dobbs in late summer, though in the new building the “pattern” shifted. It was no longer always the 18th and 25th dilution, but scattered unpredictable dilutions that were active. Dobbs tells me that the 18, 25 pattern was particular to the PVS virus. By October of 1989 Michael Dobbs withdrew from the project, for “political reasons”. It is not clear whether the procedure was still robust when Eweida and another colleague resumed work in October 1989. They saw the phenomenon a few times, and then lost it.
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It was not my impression that procedures, protocols, were clearly and precisely defined in AbouHaidar’s lab. (Elizabeth once characterized their work as “bucket chemistry”.) Nonetheless the phenomenon seemed to be robust up to the move, and for a short while after the move. As far as I am aware, apart from Elizabeth and my follow up in 1992/93, there has been no further work done with the phenomenon.

[I was talking in 1994 with a young student from Guelph, Tom Ikam, who was running a sensitive bioassay with “Con-A”, a substance that stimulated T-cell activity. He tried some ultradilutions and saw ten fold enhanced biological activity at eighteenth decimal dilution! So far, unfortunately, he has not had accesses to the lab to attempt replication.]

Was it all a hoax? That seems hardly likely. Prof. AbouHaidar is a full professor with tenure at a major university. When he submitted his paper to Nature (and later to Science) he put his reputation on the line. If he had had the least suspicion that a fraud, prank, or hoax was involved he would not have risked the ridicule. MAME’s phenomena was real! I saw the filterpapers with their dark spots, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, fading out between the 6th and 7th dilutions, and back as dark as ever at the 18th, 19th, 25th, etc. Furthermore, homeopathy works! Clinical trials show that it works (5, 6,). We have the same clinical empirical scientific evidence that homeopathy works that we have for standard pharmaceutical – no more, no less. Given this phenomenology, MAME’s phenomenon was simply a confirmation of something that has already been amply demonstrated to exist. What was so exciting about MAME’s assay is that it could afford us a means to manipulate and examine the phenomena. The fact that when MAME moved labs the phenomenon vanished is itself fascinating.

When we begin to understand the level of organisation of matter indicated by homeopathic ultradilution we will have in our hands a new tool: a tool with which we may be able to open new doorways of understanding into such things as mind /consciousness/ experience (again, recall that “mentals” – personality, thoughts – are the most important criteria for the selection of homeopathic remedies). And it might be that if we understood this subtle patterning of water and looked at how heavy water patterns around palladium electrode in Pons and Fliechman’s heavy water electric cell, we might just get some insight into their elusive cold fusion phenomenon.

So I urge anyone who has the opportunity to look for ultradilute activity, whether in dot-blots or in other assays, to do so. We stand on the threshold of a new science, a level of patterning in the natural world hitherto overlooked, and who can say where this knowledge might lead.

# Bibliography

(1) Davenas et al: Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE: Nature, vol 333, p.816-818, 30th June 1988.
(2) Cohen: Conference on Radiation Hormesis: an Overview: Health Physics Vol 52, p.519. 1987.
(3) Furst: Hormesis Effects in Pharmacology: Pharmacological Inversions as Prototypes for Hormesis: Health Physics, vol 52, p527.22
(4) Stewart: Does God Play Dice: the Mathematics of Chaos
(5) Reilly: Is evidence for homeopathy reproducible?: Lancet Vol 344 p1601-1606. Dec 10, 1994.
(6) Kleijnen et al: Clinical trials of homeopathy: Br. Med. J. 1991 302:316-23
(7) Moorjani and Coey: Magnetic Glass: Elsevier 1984
(8) Del Giudice: Water as a Free Electric Dipole Laser: Physical Review Letters: 29 Aug. 1988, 61:9:1085-88
(9) et al and Pomeranz JAMA spring 1998
(10) M. Eweida et al. J.Virological Methods, 26 (1989) 35-44 “Highly sensitive and specific non-radioactive biotinylated probes for dot-blot, Southern and colony hybridizations”

## Humor therapy

# Laughter Is The Best Medicine, http://www.luminet.net/~wenonah/new/laugh.htm

by Feebee A. Clown – RN – feebeea@aol.com, ( Its Dr. Feebee A. Clown in my book. -Tommy C.- )

” New Attitude Music ” – mp3 http://www.luminet.net/~wenonah/ext/attitude.mp3

The lyrics to the song. http://www.luminet.net/~wenonah/ext/attitude.htm

The human animal is a highly complex organism that lives in an equally, if not more, complex environment filled with a infinite number of stresses and messes, most of which are created by man himself. In a serious attempt to understand the complexities of human behavior and mental processes, we have developed the serious science called psychology. It is obvious to me that life is much too serious to be taken soooo seriously. Therefore, I intend to take a serious look at laughter and how it fits into the scheme of adjustment, relationships, and mental health before I get seriously ill.

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary to laugh is “to make the explosive sounds of the voice and the characteristic movements of the features and body, that express mirth, amusement, ridicule, etc.” While this definition is suggestive of the average belly laugh, it also correctly suggests, by the use of “etc.”, that people laugh for all kinds of reasons, employing a wide variety of types of humor from simple expressions of joy to sarcasm that thinly veils fear and hostility. My intention is to explore not only the various types of humor at our disposal, but also the ways we can use humor in our lives to adjust to adversity and promote our own mental, emotional, and physical health.

All of the research I have done to date on the subject of humor, laughter, frivolity, levity, etc., supports my own theory that laughter is good for you which, as authors John-Roger and Peter McWilliams point out in their most recent book, Life 101, may be unfortunate. “If laughter were only forbidden, then people would do it all the time. The rebel yell would be replaced by the rebel yuck. They’d have laugh police. If they caught you laughing, they’d write you a ticket. Stand-up comics would become stand-up convicts. Sitcoms would be sitcons. Children’s programming would have to be watched very carefully. We wouldn’t want anyone pushing humor on young, innocent minds. ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ ‘We’re drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.’ ‘That’s OK, but no laughing.'”{2}

But, seriously, folks… While there is a lack of solid scientific research into humor therapy, there is considerable case-study and testimonial evidence to support prescribing humor as an adjunct to the more specific forms of therapy, such as diet, medication, and surgery in treating physical illness. Perhaps one of the most published and discussed cases of healing with laughter is that of Norman Cousins. In his book Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived by the Patient, Mr. Cousins describes how he took it upon himself to use humor therapy in conjunction with medical treatment to treat a rare collagen disease from which his doctors had given him little hope of recovery. He developed a systematic program of viewing “Candid Camera” and old Marx Brothers films and reading humorous books. The results he reported were, “that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.”{3} The only side-effect from this approach was that it sometimes disturbed the other patients.

Laughter as a means of pain control can be attributed to several things. It reduces muscle tension, distracts attention from the pain, has a positive effect on a person’s attitude and can actually stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. In addition, laughter stimulates the cardiovascular system thereby increasing oxygenation of the blood which further promotes healing.

“Norman Cousins calls laughter a form of internal jogging. In responding to the initial phase of a typical joke, comedy routine or story, muscle tension increases in anticipation of the climax of the story or punchline. Immediately following the story climax, the thorax (chest), abdomen and face get a vigorous workout. In convulsive laughter, where the individual really breaks up, even the legs and arms are involved. During this phase, heart rate, breathing and circulation are speeded up. When the spasm of laughter subsides, the pulse rate drops below normal and the skeletal muscles become deeply relaxed. During the laughter response, the body is revitalized by what sometimes is called internal massage.”{4}

Beyond the physiological effects of laughter, a good sense of humor is essential for dealing with all the negative stress and anxiety-producing hassles and obstacles involved in living life on planet earth. The Martian character in Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel Stranger In A Strange Land, perhaps states this best in his efforts to understand human behavior. “I’ve found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts… because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting.” He goes on to observe, “The goodness is in the laughing. I grok (Martian for comprehend) it is a bravery…and a sharing…against pain and sorrow and defeat.”{5}

In the face the twentieth century accelerated pace of life, extreme job competition, a sharp rise in the crime rate, phenomenal societal use of drugs and alcohol, and a plethora of self-help books on supermarket shelves, it is difficult to devalue a good sense of humor (unlike the US dollar). Our society has become the living theater of the absurd. Our choices would appear to lie between total despair and laughter.

Humor is the sense of the absurd which is despair refusing to take itself seriously.

– Arland Ussher –
In the treatment of moderate depression, as in the treatment of physical illness, humor can be a powerful tool. According to Dr. Laurence J. Peter, “The lack of humor and laughter in an individual who normally displays a sense of humor is an indicator of depression. Playfulness and depression are incompatible states of mind. Because playfulness is a prerequisite for humor, the amount of laughter and joking shown by an individual is a good day-by-day picture of his / her progress into or out of depression.”{6} Dr. Peter goes on to point out that humor has the power to reduce tensions, as discussed earlier. It can also provide an outlet for otherwise unacceptable feelings, put an individual in a frame of mind conducive to constructive communication with others, often on sensitive matters. And humor can often lead to insight into causes of conflict and emotional disturbance, whatever that cause might be, such as job loss, death of a loved one, divorce or separation, etc.

It might be appropriate at this time to insert a note of caution regarding the use of humor, for there are times when humor can be inappropriate and counter-productive. Humans seem to have a great capacity for turning any tool into a weapon. The same holds true in the use of humor. When we laugh at new ideas we can retard progress, be it in trying to solve the problems of daily living or problems in business. While healthy humor can relive tension and restore perspective, there are sick forms of humor, such as “put-down” comments and insult jokes that can be painful to the point of devastation for the one who is the brunt of this so-called humor. In fact, what is often passed off as a joke or teasing is in reality thinly veiled hostility on the part of the “joker”. Certainly a jocular put-down is better than a direct verbal attack or overt violence, but it has been my experience that any form of hurting others has a nasty boomerang effect. An eye-for-an-eye approach to life produces a lot of blind people. We would do well to be vigilant self-monitors of the times our wry cynicism becomes hurtful sarcasm. It is a very narrow path.

In the arena of business management humor has been found to be a powerful tool if it is not used to block new ideas, as mentioned earlier. Often a hot debate in a board meeting can be cooled by a well-timed anecdote, setting the atmosphere for win-win solutions to problems that affect the direction and success of an entire company.

Many companies are beginning to see the wisdom in fostering a certain amount of measured fun in the workplace to boost loyalty, enthusiasm, and productivity in the employees. These tactics can range from familiar activities like company picnics, Christmas parties, athletic events, and casual dress days to the more outlandish “costume” days. A company in Redmond, Washington, that makes heart monitors and defibrillators lightened up their dull workplace by having an employee dress up like a clown and pedal a tricycle towing a little red wagon that carried a siren and a banner announcing production of $500,000 worth of goods everytime they reached this mark in production. While this created a temporary disruption of work, sometimes as often as three times a day, overall production soared.{7}

It is apparent to me that arguments for the uses and value of humor could fill volumes. I would like to conclude with some of my own personal observations. If I had even a penny for the times I have been able to laugh in the face of conflict, adversity, and pain I would be extremely wealthy in monetary terms. As it is, no amount of money can match the treasure I possess in my ability to laugh. I might add that while laughter can ease physical and emotional pain, laughing is just plain fun and brings great joy to my life. I have often been accused of being a very silly person. To that I say, “Thank you! And thank God, or whoever gave me such a precious gift.” I try to never leave home without it. The beauty of humor is that if it is lost or misplaced, it can be created in the time it takes to smile. So ” don’t worry-be happy ! ”

1. Reader’s Digest. – Blatantly stolen title.
2. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams. Life 101 p. 335.
3. Norman Cousins. Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived by the Patient p. 39.
4. Dr. Laurence J. Peter. The Laughter Prescription p. 7.
5. Robert A. Heinlein. Stranger In A Strange Land pp. 299 – 300.
6. Dr. Laurence J. Peter. The Laughter Prescription p. 71.
7. Charles A. Jaffe. Management By Fun, Nation’s Business, Jan. 1990.

# Rats Tickled with new Rodent Laughter Research. Winona Daily News – Monday, May 4, 1998 Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Rats just want to have fun. The fact that rats can laugh, and do, is nothing new to scientists, but a researcher at Bowling Green State University found that the rodents most people consider filthy pests are also playful and love to be ticlded.

“About a year ago, I literally came into the lab one morning and said, ‘Let’s go tickle some rats,”‘ said Jaak Panksepp, a psychobiologist. “As soon as we did it, it was ‘Eureka!’ This vocalization came on right away, and more intense than before. And the data have literally been flowing ever since.”

A graduate student came up with the idea of recording the giggling rats by using “bat detectors,” sophisticated instruments that register high-pitched sounds humans cannot hear.

“Lo and behold … it sounded like a playground,” Panksepp said, adding that keeping rats laughing isn’t difficult.

“It’s quite easy. They’re small, of course, but it’s really no different than running your fingers as if you’re tickling a child,” he said. “You get the most laughter at the nape of the neck, where they direct each other’s play behavior.”

Rats register their gratitude with little nips.

It Wasn’t Funny, but Test Had Patient Laughing. Star Tribune – Wednesday, March 18, 1998. Health Notebook by Gordon Slovut

New York Times

Life, it seems, imitates humor as well as art.

Back in the 1930s, humorist Robert Benchley, who poked fun at scientists and academics who took themselves too seriously, wrote a mock analysis, “Why We Laugh – Or Do We?”

In a footnote, he wrote “Schwanzleben, in his work ‘Humor After Death,’ hits on this point indirectly when he says, ‘All laughter is a muscular rigidity spasmodically relieved by involuntary twitching. It can be induced by the application of electricity as well as by a socalled joke.’ ”

Little did Benchley know that someday the imaginary Schwanzleben would turn out to be very nearly right.

In a recent article in the journal Nature, Dr. Itzhak Fried and colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote that stand-up comics, sitcom script writers and even amateur jokesmiths must now confront the fact that scientists can make people laugh – and even invent a plausible reason for laughing – merely by delivering a tiny electrical shock to the right spot of the brain.

While searching for the possible causes of a 16-year-old girl’s epileptic seizures, the UCIA team found that an electrode touching a tiny patch of brain in the “supplementary motor area” of her left front lobe made her laugh.

There was nothing forced or artificial about it. Amazingly, the girl said she perceived genuine humor in her mundane surroundings. At one point she told the researchers, “You guys are just so funny standing around.” Her reaction, they wrote, “suggests a close link between the motor, affective and cognitive components of laughter.”

The UCLA team also discovered that “the duration and intensity of laughter increased with the level of stimulation current,” they reported. “At low currents, only a smile was present, while at higher currents a robust contagious laughter was induced.”

– Questions, comments? Call Star Tribune medical writer Gordon Slovut at 673-9083. Please leave your name and phone number.

# Entrepreneur Discovers Humor Helps with Cancer. Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/ – Sunday, April 12,1998. Small Business by Dick Youngblood

There were a couple of portentous events that triggered Chris Clifford’s extraordinary response to her bout with breast cancer three years ago.

One was the clinical depression that had gripped her mother, who died of cancer at age 42.

“When she was diagnosed, she withdrew to her bedroom and never came out again” in the three years before she died, said Clifford, 44. For her and her three siblings, “it was depressing beyond comprehension.”

And it left Clifford, following her own cancer diagnosis in December 1994, determined to “celebrate life for as long as it lasts” with her husband, John, and sons, Tim and Brooks.

The other event occurred shortly before she was to begin cancer treatments, when several friends came up with the inspired notion of throwing her a “chemotherapy shower.”

“For a while everyone was ill at ease, not knowing what to say or how to act,” said Clifford, who at the time was recovering from what appears to have been a successful lumpectomy. Then someone offered her a cigarette, and her response not only broke the party ice, but inspired a thriving cottage industry.

“Gee, no thanks, I already have cancer,” she said to an explosion of laughter.

That’s when it hit Clifford, a workaholic senior executive of a large marketing firm, that “there has to be a market out there for products that offer humor and support” to cancer victims and their loved ones.

The Cancer Club

Although it took several months of planning to get things going, that party was the birth of The Cancer Club, a home-based Edina business that offers victims of cancer a variety of what Clifford calls “humorous and helpful products.”

There’s a video that tells women what to expect following surgery and outlines an exercise regimen that helps them regain normal use of their arms.

There are soft-cover books that tell the story of Clifford’s illness in prose and in cartoons depicting humorous moments during her battle with cancer.

And there are audio tapes of the motivational speeches she’s been giving around the country, plus a newsletter with 5,000 subscribers and a computer program that helps people find laughter in their own lives.

Throw in some gold “Attitude” pins sold in pop-up jewelry boxes designed to look like hats, include some T-shirts and coffee mugs bearing the “Cancer Club” name and its logo of a bald-headed woman, and you’ve got a business that generated revenues of more than $165,000 in 1997.

More surprising, that revenue level was reached despite the fact that Clifford continued working full time as a senior officer of Spar Marketing Services in Bloomington until July.

Compared with her career at Spar, a company that provides in-store support services to the packaged goods industry, that might look like pretty small spuds. After all, just before her cancer was diagnosed, Clifford had signed Procter & Gamble to a $21 million contract.

Business of humor

But she figures The Cancer Club still has a ways to go: “I really think therapeutic humor can be a very big business, ” Clifford said.

She might be right. Her first book, “Not Now … I’m Having a No Hair Day,” has sold 30,000 copies in bookstores and to hospitals and clinics since it was published in mid-1996.

The book, which chronicles her illness and recovery is decorated with 60 cartoons drawn by illustrator Jack Lindstrom, who produces the syndicated “Executive Suite” strip. All the drawings are based on actual events – including the cigarette yarn cited above – and they can leave you wondering whether to laugh or cry.

There’s son Tim, then 11 years old, asking: “Mom, when can I stop worrying?”

And his brother, Brooks, then 8, greeting the delivery man at the door and shouting out, “Mom … more flowers for your breast.”

And the relative who explodes in indignation: “You’re writing a humorous book about cancer? You’re sick!”

There are some unexpected triumphs as well: Consider, for example, the traffic cop who stopped to give her a ticket and wound up giving her an escort after she explained, “Look, I’ve just finished chemotherapy and I was speeding home to get sick.”

Late last year, Clifford published another cartoon book, this one for children, entitled “Our Family Has Cancer Too.” That one has sold about 3,000 copies, mostly to support groups, hospitals and clinics.

Despite the comparatively brisk book sales, however, the largest part of the business so far has been the exercise videos. Some 20,000 have been sold to pharmaceuticals giant Schering-Plough Corp., to be distributed with a drug used treat breast-cancer patients.

But that could change. A favorable review of her audio tapes in the January issue of the Library Journal has generated 10 to 15 orders a day at prices ranging from $9.95 to $12.95.

And interest is growing in a new computer program, called SMILE, which allows a user to fill out a questionnaire designed to assess one’s sense of humor, then offers a “laughter prescription” that includes recommendations, for books, movies and activities that might lighten the mood.

More important, having freed herself of full-time employment outside her business, Clifford already has booked 40 speaking engagements that promise to generate nearly $120,000 in 1998 revenues, compared with 20 engagements that brought in about $52,000 in all of 1997.

The upshot: The Cancer Club’s revenues in the first quarter of ’98 were up 27 percent from the fourth quarter, to more than $50,000. If she can maintain that growth rate – and she figures she can, given the jump in speaking engagements – then revenues this year would top $210,000.

Whatever the total, Clifford figures she’s made enough to start giving something back: Since starting The Cancer Club, she’s contributed about $20,000 to nonprofit, cancer-related causes. And this fall she’s sponsoring the Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Minikahda Country Club to benefit the Cancer Society.

# Mental Attitude and Self Image. By Gus J. Prosch, Jr., M.D.

With a good positive mental attitude, you will … Look Better, Feel Better, and Heal Better.

Our libraries are full of all types of books that will help you develop a better positive mental attitude. God tells us, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7. I have rephrased this proverb to make it a little easier to us to understand: “We become what we think about.” Because of this, we need to try to force ourselves to think good positive, goal-oriented thoughts at all times. By doing this, because we truly become what we think about, we will soon find ourselves actually becoming whatever these thoughts are that we have been forcing ourselves to continually think about. You may want to get my tape recording entitled, Remove the Fat Between Your Ears, which will give some real detailed instructions on how you can get some real direction in your life. I have explained in this recording a simple technique that will force you to think positive about everything you do. I have seen this technique actually change people’s lives around 100%, and it has done so for me on several occasions.

The truth is that every circumstance of your life can be looked upon from a positive or negative viewpoint – it’s entirely up to you. Dr. Robert Schuller gave an excellent example of this in the following story. He said:

“One of my favorite stories is the classic story of the Chinese who had one horse and one son. One day his horse broke out of the corral and fled to the freedom of the hills. The neighbors came around that night and chattered. “Your horse got out? What bad luck!”

“Why?” the old Chinese said. “How do you know it’s bad luck?” Sure enough, the next night the horse came back to his familiar corral for his usual feeding and watering, leading twelve wild stallions with him. The farmer’s son saw the 13 horses in the corral, slipped out and locked the gate. Suddenly, he had 13 horses instead of none.

“The neighbors heard the good news and came chattering to the farmer. “Oh, you have 13 horses. What good luck!”

“The old Chinese answered, “How do you know that’s good luck?” Some days later, his strong young son was trying to break one of the wild stallions, only to be thrown off and his leg broken. The neighbors came back that night and passed another hasty judgment. “Your son broke his leg? What bad luck”. “And the wise farmer answered again, “How do you know it’s bad luck?’

“Sure enough, a few days later, a ‘Chinese War Lord’ came through town and conscripted every able-bodied young man, taking them off to war, never to return again. But the young man was saved because of his broken leg. Only God knows what’s good for us and what’s bad for us.”

Another important factor is for you to try to always feel good about yourself and have a positive self-image. Do you have basically positive feelings or basically negative feelings about the person you see in the mirror? Do you love yourself or hate yourself? King Solomon put it this way: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Without a positive self-image, you will not properly digest and assimilate your food or the nutrients in your food. If this happens, the foods can become toxic within your intestine and a negative self-image, as well as other emotional and spiritual stresses interferes with our digestive system from functioning property. Some researchers are convinced that the colon (large intestine) is a manifester of the emotions. So much so that a wise doctor in Philadelphia some years ago remarked that “the colon is the mirror of the mind and when the mind gets tight, the colon gets tight.” On the other hand, positive feelings toward yourself relaxes the intestines, stimulating the proper functioning which will give you the best possible digestion and nutrition.

It is also believed by most authorities that when you have relationships that are not good with other people, they usually result from a negative self-image. If we don’t get along with ourselves, we tend not to get along with others. Other people tend to react to the negative image that we project. Negative relationships affect our bodies just like a negative self-image. For these reasons, we should all strive to develop a good positive mental attitude at all times and to keep a good self image concerning ourselves. I’ve seen so many people who live their lives according to what other people may think about them. Frankly, this is a rather stupid attitude, because when the real facts are known, most of the people you meet do not care that much about you or what you are or what you think unless it affects their own pocketbook. The important thing is to be genuinly yourself, and we all know what we really are inside because we cannot fool ourselves. So don’t live your life according to what you think people may think about you, but live your life in truth and be genuine to yourself then, you will always maintain a good positive self-image about yourself.

Stress and Stress Management

Many human illnesses are directly related to stress, isolation, emotions, pressures from society and the negative effects of the social, political and industrial choices we are required to make each day. Stress therefore affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, and influences all our behaviors. Stress may be defined as a demand for adaptation. It has been shown, however, that we humans respond to demands not as they actually are, but as we perceive them to be. A stress may be real or imagined.

There are many types of stress we constantly face. These stress factors may be physical (exposure to the extremes of temperature, injuries, or accidents), chemical (exposure to pollutants, allergens, poisons, toxins, and drugs), microbiological (germs, bacteria, viruses, fungus, and other microorganisms), psychological or extreme emotional states (fear, anger, sadness, or a sense of loss), mental functioning (suppression or repression), as well as inborn drives to hurry, to succeed, to compete, as well as sociocultural (work pressures, crime, IRS, regulations, financial crisis and peer and parental pressure). Stress affects practically every organ in the body and if not controlled can certainly aggravate and complicate most any known disease or illness. The intention of this discussion is to summarize for you some suggestions on how you can better cope with stress and methods that have been proven to help relieve stress in your life. These methods help you reduce stress, relax better, and enjoy life more.

Stress is the response of your mind, emotions and body to whatever demands are being made on you. So the important thing is that it’s not so much what happens to you that determines the effect on stress upon your body, but the way that you respond to it. The ideal response is a relaxed, carefree and positive thinking reaction. This in itself will prevent many problems when you are faced with stressful situations. And don’t forget, there are two kinds of stress, positive and negative. Positive stress is happy, desirable, controllable, easy-going good stress like being informed that you’ve just had an increase in salary. Negative stress, however, is maddening, sad, disturbing, uncontrollable and depressing like having an argument or being in an accident or losing a loved one. This is the worst type of stress you can have, and if you can learn to face it in a relaxed, carefree, positive thinking manner, it will not cause nearly the harm to your system as to the average person.

# Develop a positive attitude about everything you do.

The Bible tells us, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We become what we think about. If we constantly think about negative, bad problems and thoughts, we are simply going to create more of these bad situations to face from now on. The Public Library is full of books that will show you how to think positively.

# Tell yourself to relax totally.

By simply sitting down and taking some deep abdominal breaths and closing your eyes, try to relax all over. Sit in a comfortable chair and tell yourself that you are totally relaxing as you visualize in your mind – your feet relaxing, then your lower legs relaxing, then your upper legs, then your pelvis, then your stomach, then your chest and your hands, and your lower arms, your upper arms, your neck, and your head. Then, visualize yourself in your mind’s eye as being totally relaxed. A few minutes of this will do wonders to relieve stress in your entire system.

# Practice breathing exercises to relax.

You should use abdominal breathing to relax totally. Sit in a very relaxed position in a comfortable chair with your hands on the arms of the chair and your feet on the floor. Breathe in slowly through your nose as you expand your abdomen and imagine that you have a balloon inside your abdomen, and, as you inhale, you are slowly inflating the balloon, which will cause your abdominal area to swell. Then, breathe out slowly through your nose. Pull your abdominal muscles in as you press all of the air out of your lungs. You should take several breaths in this manner, and it will help relax you. Another variation of this type of exercise is to use abdominal breathing as you inhale deeply through your nose. Then, exhale through your puckered mouth as if you were blowing out a candle. Repeat this several times.

# Cultivate a good sense of humor.

Laughing always relieves stress. If you know yourself, you know what things make you laugh. If you would try to do these things more often, this will help you relieve stress. Remind yourself to have fun. This may mean going to a comedy movie or picking up a book of funny jokes to read to get you laughing. You may even consider keeping a laugh scrapbook where you can keep a record of all letters, funny jokes, poems, limericks, or anything you have collected that made you laugh. Read through these in times of severe stress.

# Listening to relaxing music will dissolve your tension.

Listening to your favorite music is an excellent way to relieve stress. Instrumental music like that performed by the harp, piano, string ensembles, or the flute tend to be more soothing than vocal pieces which may distract you. While enjoying the relaxing music, you will notice that you are breathing more slowly and deeply which means you are relaxing more.

# Call a relative or friend.

When hit with any type of stressful situation, an excellent technique is to call a close friend or family member and discuss the situation with them, which can help you get a clearer picture as to how you may solve any existing problem. Do not keep it pent up inside of you as it will build and grow within.

# Exercise or take a brisk walk to lift your spirit.

Any type of exercise and especially brisk walking will result in very effective stress reduction. The faster you walk, or the harder you exercise, the more your stress will be relieved. This is because certain neurotransmitters are released during the exercise process for about 20 minutes. Try not to think about your problems while you are walking or exercising.

# Stretch or yawn for better relaxation

Yawning itself is a very effective way to relieve stress. If you yawn and try to stretch your muscles as far as you can, this will add effects to the stress relieving techniques. If you develop tension in your neck, shoulders and upper body, the simple shoulder shrug will help relax these muscles. Bring your shoulders up to your earlobes for three or four seconds, and then drop your shoulders down and think – shoulders up, shoulders down. Do this 3 or 4 times. Another simple exercise is “reaching for the sky.” Try to push your arms upward and slightly backwards, and feel these muscles in your shoulders and upper back stretching. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds as you breathe normally. Stretching any muscles in your body will help you relax more.

# Take a nature break.

If there is any way you can get out in the country, or out in the woods to get away from your present problems, even for a short time, this can do wonders for your stressful situation. It may be that going to the river and just sitting and watching the clouds go by and admiring the scenery will be of benefit to you. Even watching a video or going to a movie involving the great outdoors can be very relaxing.

# Take a vacation or a weekender.

Getting away from your stressful environment is always relaxing. However, you should try not to feel guilty about not working when you “get away from it all”. When you do this, you should relax mentally, physically, and emotionally and learn to let everything go. Tell yourself that it’s okay not to work at times. The best form is a vacation that lasts for at least a week to get maximum benefits however.

# Get proper rest.

Sound sleep each night is a perfect antidote to stress. To do this, stick to a regular sleep schedule and try to begin relaxing about an hour before you go to bed. Don’t eat a big meal before going to bed, and be sure that you sleep in a very comfortable environment. Also, taking a 15-minute nap in the afternoon if you can arrange it, will be very stress relieving.

# Prayer will break the anxiety cycle.

Praying can strengthen your religious beliefs and provide you with strength during times of loss or hardship, which may include the death of a loved one, an injury or illness, or financial problems. Praying can teach forgiveness, patience and understanding and relieve some of the negative emotions like anger, bitterness, and hostility. This is an excellent stress reliever.

Of course, there are other stress-relieving techniques such as getting a pet ( Excellent for Many ), but the important thing is to Do Something To Relieve the Existing Situation !

– Source http://www.luminet.net/~wenonah/riddick/prosch12.htm

A time comes in your life when you finally get it … when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out …


Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.

You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you … and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance. You approve of who or what you are … and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself … and in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval.

You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn’t always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself … and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties … and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view.

You Begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing.

You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love.

You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be.

You learn that alone does not mean lonely. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.

You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance.

You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself.

You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people … and you learn not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening.

You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.

BREATHE in and BREATHE out LIGHT and LOVE daily.ALL IS WELL. Author unknown

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Wellness… Use your body, mind and soul to create it. By Walter Bortz, MD – from Diabetes Wellness Letter © Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation Inc.

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A couple of years ago, at a medical meeting in Los Angeles, a young physician drew my attention to a research article recently published in the British Medical Journal. The research involved a retrospective look at the lives of a large group of men born in 1933 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The study found that those men who had died from usual causes such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, etc. had endured substantially more stressful life events than those still alive.

But, the major thrust of this study was that of those men with a number of stressful events in their lives, it was those who lacked a strong support system who died in the highest numbers. Those men who had experienced a number of bad happenings with no one to dampen the blows were four times more likely to die than those with strong allies. Studies in our own country on both men and women have produced similar results. It seems it is not so much stress alone that kills; it is lonely stress that is the danger.

Such findings support a current concept of wellness as having more than just a physiological domain. My friend, Norman Cousins, wrote wonderfully about the biology of hope-how the body is able to muster up its resources to stave off illness and heal itself.

Every physician’s experience is full of examples of patients who have done much better than expected, and the only explanation lies in their attitudes: willingness to fight and do whatever it takes to survive. More often than not, these patients also have a corps of warriors selected from a network of family and friends who are well-equipped, strategically positioned behind the scenes, but ready for the fight.

As a physician, I remain optimistic about the future of our health care system because the emphasis is shifting from sickness to wellness. This shift is not a new idea, but rather one whose time has come. Indeed, it has been the battle cry in our public health institutions for decades. But now, our glorious nation, so accustomed to abundance, is being forced to confront its dwindling pot of gold for health care, most of which is being used to treat at great cost, illnesses which, at their root, are preventable.

Out of this confrontation, a new model of the health practitioner is evolving. So is a new model of the patient, the consumer of health care. If health care reform is going to work, it will need health professionals who subscribe to more than a rhetorical notion of patient as partner. It also will need patients who actively participate in their own health care by adhering to basic, well publicized guidelines for disease prevention.

Beyond that, we all need to recognize that wellness encompasses a state of balance between the equal and interdependent domains of body, mind and soul. No disease illustrates this concept better than diabetes. It intrudes every day into one or more of these domains, and we know from both research and experience that the diabetics who gather their weapons and muster their warriors are the ones who will triumph in the pursuit of wellness.

While this may prove easier said than done as we face sweeping changes in the way health care is bought and sold, I do believe that first-rate health care eventually will be the universal reality if knowledgeable, caring practitioners forge new bonds with informed, motivated patients.

In this issue of Diabetes Wellness Letter, we celebrate National Diabetes Month by renewing our mission to keep you informed about the latest developments in diabetes prevention, treatments and cure. Within these pages, medical experts as well as persons with diabetes share tips for staying well. I am confident that you will find something here to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Walter Bortz, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and an internist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. His most recent book, Dare To Be 100, was published in June 1996. Dr. Bortz is Chairman of the Diabetes Wellness Letter’s Medical Advisory Board.

The next time you prepare something mundane like wiped potatoes, engender a feeling of love in yourself, and let the energy flow down your arm into the food as you mix it. Then, just quietly watch and observe the reactions. I always get plenty when I do it.

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