Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby's Total Health Newsletter #21. Week ending Oct11th, 2009
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- Prof Keith's Simple Sleep Process
- The Fumblings Of Science
- The Artist Who Tried To Psych Hitler
- Another "I Told 'Em!"
- How Stupid In The Name Of Science
- Ladybugs In My Wine? Yuuccch!
- What's In A Word?
- This Week's Quote
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1. Prof. Keith’s Simple Sleep Process
Try this method when you can’t sleep easily. I used it for many years. I could never reach the end of the steps—I always fell asleep before I got there!
So it works for me. That doesn’t mean it will work for everybody. But try it and please let me know. It could be valuable to many poor sleepers. Sleep, it has been scientifically shown, is one of the keys to a longer life. Get your share.
- Make up your mind to relax. Deep breath. Calm. Don’t get yourself tense and anxious about getting to sleep.
- Examine yourself, body and mind, and try to figure out what feeling is keeping you awake. You might think of worries or problems that are preying on your mind. These are not what you want. Turn these ideas into a FEELING.
- Get the size and shape and scope of this feeling or feelings. Really let yourself FEEL it. Let it grow, through recognition of that fact it’s there.
- When you are feeling the feeling strongly and are very clear THIS is what’s keeping you awake, reach out for the boundaries of this ball or mass of feelings and sensations. Stick with the feeling, not the concept, worry or problem. Really reach out and find the edges. BELIEVE YOU CAN DO THIS.
- When you have the boundaries of the feeling, what lies beyond? Just pure consciousness, of course!
- Now push the mass of the feeling away from you. Push it as far as you can. Notice it get smaller; push it right into the distance, to where you can hardly see it.
- Tell yourself, with intention, “This is my creation. It is not I.” Or “It is not me”, if you don’t care about correct grammar!
- “I hereby uncreate it and let it go.” It will vanish, if you do this step right.
- Say to yourself “I am pure creation”.
- Say to yourself “I hereby create restful, deep sleep”.
This could be important for many people. Sleep deprivation is emerging as one of the causes of Alzheimer’s. Animal studies* show build up of adverse proteins during the day; the kind that might lead to plaques and tangle formation, characteristic of Alzheimer’s (though not the proven cause).
At all ages we should sleep well. We are designed to sleep. But as middle age approaches and then recedes behind us, we must be sure to have adequate, quality sleep.
[By the way, a process like this works well for removing headaches too. Get the boundaries of the headache. Move it away, off your body. Try it!]
*Reported online Sept. 24, 2009 in Science.
2. The Fumblings Of Science.
Sometimes knowledge and certainty isn’t easy to come by. Not the same as incompetence!
You may have seen a recent breakfast piece in the USA, about a boy who had OCD (quite severe) but it turned out to be the consequence of a strep sore throat. Sep 24th, see the OCD video here. [http://healthbeat.yourtotalhealth.com/2009/09/dr-nancy-infection-blamed-for.html]
His mother Beth Alison Maloney wrote a book about the journey back to wellness, “Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD”.
It’s a powerful story, not least because Sammy could have been a prisoner for life of this dreadful incapacitating condition; but by chance his mother hit on the cure, when the family doctors missed it.
I believe in all cases of so-called mental illness, doctors MUST look for physical causes and exclude them. But doctors get lazy, make assumptions, cut corners and deny the many successful recoveries that occur outside their particular box.
We now recognize a condition called PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections. You will hear more of this.
The question hangs: how many cases of psychological disturbance, Tourette’s, autism, OCD and other disorders really have a physical basis, such as PANDAS? I know I first found international acclaim just by investigating foods as the cause of such conditions and nobody was more astonished than me to find how common it was and how easy the recovery, once the right cause was found.
There is still the question of scientific studies and finding the truth. By coincidence, a new study arrived only this week, which tried to find an association between strep and tourette's syndrome, tics, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It was published in the advance online edition of Neurology, and looked at data from 4,774 children and young adults in the U.K. 129 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), 108 patients with Tourette's syndrome, and 18 with tics.
The researchers -- who included Anette Schrag, MD, of the Institute of Neurology at University College London -- checked all participants' medical records, looking for any pattern of strep infection within two to five years of diagnosis of OCD, Tourette's syndrome, or tics.
It’s frustrating that they found no statistical evidence of a connection. But that’s how science is. It can lead to breakthroughs; it can cause muddles and block the path forward for years.
I think it was a good study and a good attempt. But the fact it failed to find any link means that further studies needed, costing a lot more money, will probably not now be carried out.
SOURCE: Schrag, A. Neurology, Sept. 30, 2009; advance online edition.
3. The Artist Who Tried To Psych Hitler
Emma Kunz (1892- 1963)
I’ll be honest and say that I had never heard of this lady till I was introduced to her by a visiting friend a few days ago.
She was a special one-off; that much is evident. For most of her life, Kunz remained in her hometown of Brittnau, serving as a telepathic healer as well as preparing various non-pharmaceutical medicines.
Her uniqueness was in the fact that she channeled drawings individually for each patient. The impact of the visualization when the patient gazed at it was part of her powerful healing abilities.
Some of her drawings, which she did on graph paper with the aid of a divining pendulum, comprised of intricate webs of line which looked like the output from a child’s spirograph or a crystalline structure. There is a mandala-like quality in their symmetry and complex color symbolism.
Apparently, in 1942, the financial adviser to the royal family of Lichtenstein asked Kunz if she would attempt to “repolarize” Adolf Hitler from a distance. At first she was reluctant but finally agreed. The outcome was very strange: the 63 centimeter metal spring Kunz used as a psychic “transmitter” flew up and began to slash at her body, before wresting itself from her grip and flying across the room. Woo!
Here’s one of her drawings.
4. Yet Another "I Told 'Em!"
My readers will know that in the paradigm-shift book "Virtual Medicine", I referred to the structure of DNA as perfect for transmitting (forget the idea it passes on its message through molecules; it clearly cannot).
Now, exciting research has shown I was right! DNA strands can communicate with each other over a distance. Mystics call it DNA "telepathy"; some says it's just God, which is a cop out. If God is in everything, what's to stop us figuring out how he did it? We call that science.
According to the research scientists, intact double-stranded double helixes of DNA can recognize matching molecules from a distance and then gather together, all seemingly without help from any other molecules or chemical signals.What is mystifying the scientists is how the bits of DNA "know" the status of other strands nearby.
In the study, scientists observed the behavior of fluorescently tagged DNA strands placed in water that contained no proteins or other material that could interfere with the experiment. Strands with identical nucleotide sequences were about twice as likely to gather together as DNA strands with different sequences. No one knows how individual DNA strands could possibly be communicating in this way, yet somehow they do.
What I'm waiting for is the answer to my big question about gravity: how does the Sun "know" the Earth is there, to exert its influence over us. Same for distant galaxies. We humans can see 'em through a telescope but how does our galaxy "know" that other galaxies are there and so exert pull on each other.
Don't write and tell me it's a field effect. But it has never been shown to be so. All we have is the effect in action and SUPPOSE it must be a field effect.
Physics, incredibly, is still that crude. As I said in Virtual Medicine, we can talk about mass and charge, for instance, but we have no idea at all how these astonishing properties of matter arise. Or how interia (one of the properties identifying mass) can exert its influence.
In fact, we know NOTHING! Humility is called for.
5. How Stupid In The Name Of Science
I look forward to getting "New Scientist" every week. But it's not objective. They hype vaccination as if there were no flaws in the arguments and they love to pooh-pooh anything spiritual or telepathic.
The US government is heavily commited to investigating the power of psychic "remote viewing" and telepathy. Some people can do it and this could give a very successful edge on the enemy.
But now, according to "New Scientists" it's all in vain. Some geezer with his iPhone has "proved" it doesn't work and there's no such thing as telepathy. Richard Wiseman enlisted thousands of people on "Twitter" to conduct a mass experiment. The guesses of the participants did not do any better than chance results predicted.
Yeah, so right. This half-assed experiment is supposed to compare in depth and meaning to proper and expensive research carried out by a full-time science laboratory?
Why do I know that Richard Wiseman is a fool? You cannot prove anything doesn't work. You can only fail to prove it did. When your pet obsession is proving something "doesn't work", then the results lose all meaning.
But-- bless 'em -- the journalists for "New Scientist" reckon this is the defining experiment, ignoring all the thousands of results which show telepathy, prescience and remote viewing are perfectly valid.
It's often been said that journalists have written their story before they go out and search the facts. But this is a ludicrous standard of judgement.
Try reading Rupert Sheldrake's (this is not an affiliate link):
The Sense of Being Stared At: And Other Unexplained Powers of the Human Mind.
6. Ladybugs In My Wine? Yuuccch!
The bad taste of young wine – known as the "ladybug taint" – is caused by chemicals called alkyl-methoxypyrazines that accumulate in wine, both from grapes themselves and from remains of ladybug beetles crushed when grapes are processed.
Researchers decided to see if different packaging helped. They tested bottles against cartons. They added equal amounts of methoxypyrazines to red and white wines and then stored them for 18 months in aseptic box cartons or in bottles sealed with either synthetic corks, screw tops or natural corks. The cartons easily outperformed the bottles, reducing the levels of the chemicals by up to 45 per cent, probably because the aluminium seal absorbs the chemicals.
Unfortunately, the oxygen admitted by the cartons destroys important flavour and odour compounds through oxidation and this makes cartons totally unsuitable for the decent wines I like to drink!
[SOURCE: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (DOI: 10.1021/jf803720k)]
What's In A Word?
I don't pick words to be snobby or pedantic. They just come up and intrigue me.
Mordacious means biting, acid, caustic. It has a literal meaning but we tend to use it to describe someone's speech or criticism. It's from Latin (as usual) mordere, to bite.
It's related to the word mordant, which is a special chemical that makes a dye "bite" (I suppose) into the fabric and so attach firmly, without being washed out.
This Week's Quote:
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (early pilot and author of "The Little Prince")
So, that's all for this week!
Be well; find the sacred in all you do, otherwise don't do it!
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