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Apoptosis (Programmed Cell Death) and Tendinopathy
March 28, 2004

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Apoptosis (Programmed Cell Death) and Tendinopathy
-- Necrosis not the same as Apoptosis
-- Abnormal Breakdown by Apoptosis
-- Could Harmonizing Communication Relieve Pain?
-- Consider Being Part of the Research
-- Get Details on our Web site www.touch4health.com
-- Plan to come to Malibu for the TFHK Reunion

Because pains in joints and other parts of the body are frequently attributed to inflammation there is a prevalence of anti-inflamatory drug usage. The net benefit inevitably comes into question due to the side reactions to these drugs. New drugs come into favor until new side reactions become apparent and the cycle continues. This is one of the reasons for the increasing cost of drug development and health care in general. We have long advocated getting a Touch for Health muscle/energy balance before resorting to medication for aches and pains. Pain is often greatly reduced or even disappears after a balance. The change is sometimes so instantaneous that one wonders whether inflammation and swelling are the cause of the pain.

Warren Hammer, MS, DC, DABCO. Writing in Dynamic Chiropractic, March 2004 discusses "apoptosis", the medical term for the normally occurring death of cells so that new cells can take their place. In the scientific community it is thought that apoptosis is activated by genetic programming. Much of the aging process is thought to be a result of apoptosis.

Necrosis not the same as Apoptosis
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Dr. Hammer points out that necrosis, another type of cell death, is caused by inflamation as a result of injury rather than genetic programming as in apoptosis. In both cases the dead cells are cleaned up by phagocytosis: white bloods cells act like vacuum cleaners, absorbing and disposing of the dead cells.
Dr. Hammer also presents a new term, "tendinopathy", replacing tendonitis and tendinosis. Teninopathy refers to degeneration without inflammatory cells, indicating apoptosis or genetically programmed cell death, which might be a reason for pain.

Abnormal Breakdown by Apoptosis
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The question is, why does the communication break down in these joints and other tissues so that an abnormal amout of apoptosis is taking place? We now know from the studies in genetics that one gene rarely causes anything by itself. One gene, or an interaction of genes, may start a cascading effect and other genes are turned on or off according to a complex design for optimum function in a wide variety of circumstances.

Could Harmonizing Communication Relieve Pain?
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Could we be harmonizing the genetic functions with the TFHK energy balances that allow the changes to take place so rapidly? Is pain a signal that something is going wrong in the communication system between cells in the whole person? If the communication is restored, then there would be no need for the pain signal. This seems like a possibility because of the many anecdotal reports I have received over the years from my own patients and from many people using TFHK around the world.

Consider Being Part of the Research
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A recent grant from the International Kinesiology College should allow us to be ready by the end of this year. We will be calling for people that are using TFHK protocols to report their results on the Internet at our soon to be established research data site. Consider being one of these participants by learning to use the recording methods that are on our new etouch CD. Get Your eTouch CD. Get Details on our Web site www.touch4health.com
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Matthew and I are doing seminars in Southern California that will train you to use TFH. You can also learn from others around the world that are certified TFHK Instructors. To find instructors and schedules go to the web site: www.tfhka.org

You can also learn TFH in the convience of your own office or home by using our new eTouch CD if you like to learn from the computer. It has the entire TFH program and protocols on it. It has lots of movies of the muscle tests and other great features. We highly recommend it. You can purchase for $59.95 plus S&H from eTouch from our web site. Order your eTouch CD http://www.touch4health.com
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Contact us today! Plan to come to Malibu for the TFHK Reunion

I'd like to invite you to a TFH Kinesiology REUNION, Exactly one year from now, March 28 to April 1st 2005, at the Serra Retreat center, perched on a hilltop in Malibu, overlooking the Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. This will be five wonderful days of retreat time enjoying fellowship with fellow TFH'ers, with plenty of opportunity to Trade Balancings and renew your enthusiasm of TFH Kinesiology. Enjoy Presentations by Dr. John, Carrie & Matthew Thie as well as Earl and Gail Cook (developers of the eTouch for Health CD and research module- bring your laptop and start using the program!). There will be time each day for practice, quiet, relaxation or exploring Malibu.

Space is limited so please sign up early! Shared Rooms, All meals and TFH Reunion - all for $995.00. And save $200 If you book your reservation with a non refundable deposit of $250 before July 1 2004 . Before December 1, 2004 Save $100. No reduction after December 1 2004. This will be a very relaxing seminar with plenty of time to visit with TFHers from around the world, get balanced and and enjoy the atmosphere and grounds.

Fax your credit card number to 310 589 5369 (With exp. date, Billing address, Name, Signature & "TFH Reunion 2005) or mail your check to 6162 La Gloria Drive, Malibu, CA 90265

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Contact Information
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email: thie@touch4health.com
voice: 310 589 5269
web: http://www.touch4health.com
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