TFH I Student Relieved After Two Years of Constant Neck Pain
Touch for Health Instructor, Penny Hillburn of Chico, California wrote me, " This student had neck pain of a constant 7-8 on a scale of ten being the worst pain she ever had . I balanced her as a model the first day of the class and the next day her pain was 0. I just wanted to pass this on to you--Thanks for Touch for Health." Penny also sent along the student's evaluation form dated April 13, 1996, in which she says, "I came to class with chronic and immense neck pain, I had headaches every day and knots in my shoulders prior to this class, I have tried Tylenol and every other type of over-the-counter pain-killer. I have seen 3 different chiropractors and received several massages. Nothing helped me until Penny Hilburn balanced me. I was amazed, after chronic neck pain since 1994, I feel like a new person. I used to wake up and feel like crying. I can't express how truly wonderful it feels to go from neck pain, headaches, knots in my shoulders, to feeling healthy again. I feel alive again. Thank you." We receive letters and reports from all over the world about the benefits of using the TFH System of energy balances . Was this student ready to finally change and get better after all the previous treatments got her ready? Was it due to something unique about the TFH System that was especially effective just for her? We don't know for sure, but the combination of meridian pre and post-assessments by muscle testing with the many safe energy balancing techniques of the TFHS is a unique method of health enhancement and does make a big difference in lived lives. We believe that TFH should be available for everyone and hope more people will take advantage of this information and make our world a better place.
Early Medical Interventions Increase Hospitalizations
Researchers intent on showing just how much healthier you can be by seeing your doctor more frequently got a real shock when they did this latest study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine May 30, 1996. In the words of one of the authors, "I went in knowing that primary care could help keep these patients out of the hospital. That was my passion. I was exactly wrong." In an attempt to reduce hospitalizations by taking care of problems while they were still minor, doctors offered poor and seriously ill veterans increased care which included easy access to a nurse, a family physician to attend their case, appointment reminders and follow-up phone calls. In six months, hopitalizations rose by one-third. Medical costs were much higher, and the death rate rose by 25% in this study of almost 1400 patients. One analyst observed: "We can no longer assume that early intervention is always the right thing to do."(New England Journal of Medicine May 30, 1996)-fromDC on Line Dynamic chiropractic July 15, 1996
A number of times in the past the "annual physical" has been found to be of no value, however many people continue to have them because physicians continue to feel that they are valuable despite the lack of scientific evidence that they detect or prevent diseases. In fact, many follow-up examinations that occur as a result of a physical may be more harmful than beneficial. The exception is that for those experiencing distressing symptoms the physical examination seems to of statistical benefit. Now this study seems to indicate that we need to refer to the subjective intelligence of the individual person and not just to the general guidelines of the professionals when we decide if care is needed. What has your personal experience been with seeing doctors vs. caring for yourself? Do you have a complaint that you doubt requires professional care? How much do we need to take back our personal responsibility and trust our own intuition as to when it is necessary to seek help? One thing for sure is that our subjective feelings need to be discussed with any health professional before we undergo any dangerous procedures. And almost every drug therapy or surgery has serious risks. We need to consider the benefits vs. the risks.
Smoke is Everywhere!
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions tested over 10,000 non-smoking Americans by blood measurements and found cigarette smoke metabolites are present in the vast majority of Americans in every part of the country. Even those who believed that they themselves were not exposed to cigarette smoke at work or at home showed changes in their blood chemistry. Cotinine, a nicotine metabolite that lingers in the blood for 2-3 days, was detectable in nearly 90% of the non-smokers tested. There is no other known source of this compound.(journal of the American Medical Association April 24, 1996)
Patching Up Aging Population Could Bankrupt Our Children
"Patching up my generation's aging bodies could bankrupt our children. Inquiring minds increasingly ask: What are we getting for our money, and is it worth it?"
So said Former 12-year Colorado governor and defeated presidential candidate for the Perot Reform Party in a Perspective article in the June, 1996 Business & Health. Referring to the high costs of medical care in the Industrialized countries, he also said that only 5 years of the additional 30 years of life expectancy added since 1900 could be attributed clinical medicine. The former governor emphasized that we can't afford to continue in our present approach to health care. Japan, the country that spends the lowest percentage of the national income on health care has the best statistics of the industrialized nations. They attribute this to better living standards and a lower rate of unemployment. When he was Governor of Colorado he learned that lifetime medical expenses for smokers was less than that of non smokers. Apparently it costs more annually, but over a lifetime it is a lot less because smokers die 7 years sooner and tend not to die of the more costly diseases. According to him the 10 leading causes of death will always be with us. His solution? Cut health care spending by over 50% and transfer the money to job creation by the private sector.
What might that mean to those of us using the TFHS for our own health enhancement and in teaching others? It could mean that we will be in greater demand than ever. People will need to take more responsibility for themselves, their families and neighbors. The TFHS is one of the ways that can happen with almost no cost over a lifetime. I strongly believe we have a role to play in the world by sharing how to use our natural energy systems to bring more balance and harmony to ourselves and the world.
Safety of Medicine Documented, But ...
Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, MD, director of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine stated that the safety of allopathic interventions are documented and gave the following statistics. 11% of hospitalizations are iatrogenic incidents, that is, doctor induced, despite adherence to recommended protocol. 30% of hospitalized patients have adverse reactions, and 17 percent of the 30 million Medicare recipients get incorrect or unsafe prescriptions.(speaking at the Harvard Medical School Conference March 27-29, 96)
What kind of adverse reactions occur with TFHS interventions? Do you keep records on what doesn't work with your students, clients or patients? My experience is that almost everyone feels at least a little better after a TFHS intervention. Dr. Jonas said that "little is known about the risks involved with most forms of alternative therapies." One of the goals that I have is to find ways to document the results of teaching TFH and document its apparent safety.
Overweight Mothers Have Twice the Risk of Giving Birth to an Anencephalic Child
Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association April 10,1996 link neural tube defects to the weight of the mother carrying her baby. Overweight mothers have twice the risk of giving birth to an anencephalic child or a baby with a spina bifida. One study found that the risk increased by 400% if the mother's weight was 242 pounds or more before pregnancy. Weight gain during pregnancy does not appear to be significant. It doesn't help to double up on the folic acid for protection; the nutrient showed no beneficial effect on overweight mothers, though it did for the thinner moms. We need to be supportive of the people that have weight problems. If they are planning to be mothers, the risks for themselves and their future children seem to be minimized by changing their life style and eating more effectively. Using TFHS balancing often helps reduce the stress of daily living and enables the overweight person to have more control of their own lives.
Supplements Help in Eye Problems
A Veteran Affairs study has determined that an over-the-counter multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant supplement, OcuGuard Caps from Twin Laboratories, halted the progress of dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The capsules where administered to test groups in the study to provide special micronutrients for the eyes that many people do not get enough of in their regular diets. The micronutrients include zinc picolinate(a chelated form of zinc that is easy to absorb and utilize), natural vitamin E, vitamin C, betacarotene(pro vitamin A), selenium and others. Age related macular degeneration is a major problem, nearly 1/3 of the population over 75 has this problem . It is a major cause of legal blindness in people over 50. (Journal of the American Optometric Association Vol. 67, No. 1 Jan. 1996) Over the years we have had many reports of improvement in sight after using the TFHS. This might be a project you could do with your local eye doctor. When a client reports that their vision is improved, have it documented by the original doctor. Not everyone with eye problems benefits with TFHS interventions alone. Looking at the possibility of nutritional supplements giving additional benefits could be worthwhile. When using a new supplement it is helpful to see what energy systems it turns on. Assess and note the meridian imbalances, then put the supplement in the mouth, re-assess and note the changes in the muscle indicators.
TFHS a Gerontological Approach to Expanding Elder Population
The industrialized world population is aging rapidly. People in their 80's constitute the largest growing group by 10 year categories . By the year 2000 there will be 75 million Americans over 75. Over 75% of all health care expenses in the United States is spent on people over 50. This is all a great change which has occurred over the past 100 years. In 1900 the life expectancy was about 47 years. Today, the average man can expect to live about 72 years and the average woman 79.2. Gerontology is the study of the processes of aging: physical, psychological, social, financial, vocational, spiritual and emotional. Sounds like the TFHS definition of health, a Holistic approach to the older population. Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases associated with old age. TFHS is a very helpful modality for this aging population. Are we, as TFH instructors and practitioners using TFH, prepared to meet this growing need for more responsibility by our aging population? Carrie and I are part of this group of older Americans and I can encourage you to do what we do. We balance each other several times a week. It makes a big difference and we notice the difference when we become "too busy" to take time for balancing ourselves. Our TFH program can help the functional ability of this population. It is non-invasive, safe and easy to use. We need more older TFH Instructors training older people to be more responsible for themselves and having more personal best days by having their meridians and other cycles in balance. More and more studies are showing that what we associate with old age has more to do with environment, personal lifestyle choices and genes than with actual chronological age. Life long learning is one of the keys to continued high level functioning, and TFH can help you learn about yourself and how you can function more effectively.
Animal studies at Ohio State University suggest that a single episode of binge drinking can trigger the spread of tumor cells throughout the body. Researchers found that the effect doesn't occur until the blood alcohol level reaches 0.2 percent, which is when the "Natural Killer" cells (NK) activity is reduced to 1/40th normal. These cells normally eliminate the roaming tumor cells, so their diminished effectiveness can result in a tumor spreading to another location in the body. The NK cells can recover quickly at first when the alcohol is cleared from the blood stream by the liver functions, but repeated episodes seem to cause permanent damage. These findings may help explain why heavy drinkers suffer from such high cancer rates. Nature Medicine, April 1996
Gulf War Neurology
When comparing civilian subjects with Gulf War Veterans with complaints of unexplained illnesses, abnormalities were found in the Veterans but not the civilians. A scientist reporting in The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry March 27, 1996 stated he believed the neurological damage he discovered was caused by the combination of anti-chemical weapon drugs and vaccinations resulting in permanent organic damage. You may recall the controversy over the use of these drugs and vaccinations because there were not sufficient trials prior to their massive use in Allied troops.
Attention Deficit Disorders ADD linked to Mother's Smoking
A study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston suggests that mothers who smoke during their pregnancy will triple the risk of their children developing attention deficit disorder. The problems appear to develop in utero.
What works in Animals May not work in Humans
The New England Journal of Medicine October 26, 1995, reported that a promising drug that fared well in animal tests of treatment for hepatitis has reached a tragic conclusion. One third of the volunteers testing the drug fialuridine died from a "fatal new side effect." Adverse reactions at first appeared to be minimal, then nausea, numbness and fatigue caused concern among doctors supervising the study. When one patient experienced liver failure, the therapy was stopped in all subjects. But even though the chemical was no longer being taken, the effects progressively worsened.
Foods can be Dangerous when taking anti-depressants
Stephen Goldfinger, MD, editor in chief of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter, said in a recent letter, "A friend recently told me about a woman taking anti-depressants who attended a wine and cheese party and suffered a severe reaction from the food that she ate. Her case is one of many in which someone, unaware of the dangers of eating certain foods while taking a certain medication, experiences serious side effects." I am grateful that I have never had a problem with anything that I have recommended to my patients, as I have never prescribed dangerous drugs. It is important to remind ourselves and our students and clients of the dangers of drug and food interactions. I wonder if muscle testing would have indicated a food sensitivity for that woman. Perhaps, since she was taking anti-depressants, she could have prevented the pain and suffering caused by the reaction by simply asking someone to test her for the foods prior to ingesting them. Any experiences?
Orthodox Treatment of Pain Questioned
Despite advances in knowledge about the causes and treatment of pain of malignant and nonmalignant origin, undertreatment continues to be the norm. Pain management authority C. Stratton Hill, Jr. M.D. writes in a recent editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (1995;274:1881-1882): "Culture and societal barriers and knowledge deficits about pain and its proper treatment leave health care professionals, especially physicians, to act on their cultural image of pain rather than scientific knowledge. The cultural position holds that opioids enslave patients to a life of antisocial behavior despite pain relief being the only motivation for the patient's request [for opioids] and despite the patient's known high ethical and moral value system. Currently, if a patient who has experienced pain relief with opioids demands them, even for cancer pain, that patient can expect to be accused either overtly or by innuendo of being a drug abuser. Patients must challenge this accusation and demand respect for their position." I am preparing a new TFH program that deals with pain relief by the TFH Synthesis methodology. This approach includes the recommendation that orthodox drugs or other methods be utilized by referral to an appropriate practitioner if the pain is not relieved through TFHS. TFHS methods are then used as supplemental or complementary methods. Looking at the cause of the pain is important, but it may be more important, at a given moment, to recognize that all pain is real and some relief may need to precede any attempt to understand the meaning of the discomfort and make the necessary changes in lived lives. Recently, a woman who was enhancing her skills in TFH at my six day seminar wanted to quit smoking. We found that when she quit smoking she was in emotional pain, would cry without reason and was very nervous. In my examination I found that, for that moment, a hand rolled cigarette was biogenic for her, in that it strengthened her muscles which were weak. I also found that the Teres Minor reflex was weak when challenged for the Triple Warmer meridian. This reflex is related to metabolic function and is associated with crying without reason when found out of balance. Supplemental iodine will sometimes be indicated for metabolic function. In this case using supplemental iodine(Iosol-TPCS Distributors) reversed the challenge and almost immediately relieved the anxiety she was feeling. I would think that using the supplement and reducing the smoking gradually will allow a removal of the habit without severe withdrawal symptoms.
Anecdotal Reports from Norway
I recently received a letter from Norway which said "I have had good benefit of you balancing me. I was the "hyperenergetic" woman who wanted more energy, and by your very clever way of asking questions ended up with my goal to be that it would be perfectly all right doing and being nothing but just being for the sake of being. Very cleverly done of you, finding this out, and perfectly right!!! And I can still be at peace while not having done "what I ought to had done"! "It is amazing how effective your system is. I would like to tell you about one of my workshop participants, she had three week-ends of TFH, her old mother was suffering ulcers in her legs which were so painful that she hadn't slept properly for months. After my student had done a 14-muscle balancing the pain left, and she slept the whole night through. It is amazing that 3 weekends of TFH can help people with problems that medical physicians can't!!! " It gives me great joy to receive letters like this and makes up for a lot of the opposition that I still receive from "professionals" for sharing this information.
Gordon L. Woods, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, University Of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, said "The modern concept of health care professionals as "providers" of health care implies that health care is a product or commodity that is dispensed to those who need it, and the patient's right to that commodity is unconditional. But patient care is actually performed in the context of a relationship, and legal and ethical obligations bear on both health care professionals and patients...the relationship is therefore mutually conditional." (In the Trenches-Making the Rounds in Health Faith and Ethics July 15, 1996) This statement agrees with my thinking and how I believe that TFH can help professionals change their minds and the minds of their patients about the responsibilities each has for the improvement of the lived lives of both. Health is so multifaceted and so many different aspects can effect the lived lives of all of us that we need ways to understand how we are not staying in homeostasis --staying balanced -- so that we can have peak performances and personal bests. The TFH system of evaluating the muscles that relate to each of the meridians and our functions as whole persons/souls is an excellent way of learning about how we are functioning and can be restored to balance.We need to think about getting a minimum of a 14-muscle assessment and balance the way that we think about brushing our teeth, washing our hands before eating and taking regular baths and showers. It is a way of feeling better which also helps to prevent disease, pain and suffering.
A blessing of compassion
Recently, my son Matthew attended a wedding in the Sequoias National Park and was asked to say a few words on the idea of compassion. I'd like to close with this blessing which is appropriate for any people who participate together in a relationship, be it as partners in life or partners in energy balancing: "May you in your commitment to be with each other develop the blessing of compassion. Living and loving together you will find that the distress or misfortune of either is the sorrow of both. And in your compassion for one another you will desire to ease each other's suffering, helping to solve problems and, perhaps more importantly, learning to know each other's heart, understanding one another's feelings, coming to share these feelings-- to feel them together. As you develop this state of sympathy and like-feeling, may this expand and bring harmony to your affairs together and may this harmony spread from your lives to those around you. And finally, may your blessing of compassion extend beyond the resonance of your agreements in qualities and feelings. Let the blessing of your caring and concern for each other be most apparent in those areas where your perceptions do not correspond, in those moments where you are clearly different from each other. When you see the faults in each other, when you find the other wrong or mistaken, may your compassion enable you to seek to use only love to show your partner a better way.