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shared by Jeanine DuBois

I am so pleased to have read the article Transforming Medicines By Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP; Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH, in The Permanente Journal, Summer 2007 / Volume 11, No. 3 <> or in pdf format
I strongly encourage you to read the article in entirety, as every aspect of it is vitalizing and enlightening.

This article gives me hope for a new frontier in CAM research and for the possibility of eventually extending some CAM benefits into the realm of allopathic care. To entice you to read this amazing editorial, below are some aspects addressed by Dr. Elder and Dr. Ritenbaugh.
  • individuals being treated with some Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) interventions "may experience and value nonspecific, whole-person, or transformational changes as essential components of the healing process."
  • These benefits may "go beyond the narrow biomedical markers we are accustomed to measuring."
  • patients of two studies share spontaneous reflections of transformational experiences
  • eloquent descriptions of the healing power of nature, tenets of naturopathic medicine
  • an excellent and integral sub-article: "Whole Systems Research: An Evolving Paradigm for Studying CAM interventions"
  • details of participation in a collaborative project (funded by the CAM branch of the NIH, involving U.S. and Canadian institutions) to develop, evaluate, and implement a "questionnaire tool for use in CAM and other biomedical research to quantitatively measure whole-person outcomes, including transformational change."

David Feinstein, PhD just shared a 4-minute video (July 2014)
"David Recognizes the Empirical Nature of Energy Medicine"
As someone who utilizes a variety of forms of energy technologies, I know that I do my work based on observation and empirical evidence with tremendous results. It's great to hear someone steeped in hard-core science, like Dr. Feinstein, to recognize this in Donna Eden's work. (And I highly recommend their Six Pillars article linked below.)

Six Pillars of Energy Medicine: Clinical Strengths of a Complementary Paradigm
by David Feinstein, PhD, and Donna Eden
  • In their abstract, Feinstein and Eden state, "six properties of energy medicine give it strengths that could augment conventional health care models."
  • This article explains with clarity and scientific specificity the six properties. It is documented with 96 notes and concludes with an example research question for each pillar, encouraging the scientific community to develop studies which provide empirical evidence regarding the strengths of energy interventions incorporated into mainstream healthcare.
  • As one who has benefited greatly from energy medicine, I hope the research will be pursued. In the meantime, for those who seek scientific explanations regarding energy medicine, this article is well worth careful examination.

pre-publication papers related to acupoint stimulation (including TAT and other modalities)
  • Modulating Gene Expression through Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Non-Invasive Somatic Interventions  by David Feinstein, Ph.D. and Dawson Church, Ph.D.
    This paper addresses how incorporating somatic interventions, especially acupoint stimulation (such as TAT and other forms of energy psychology) may increase speed and power (effectiveness) of treatment.
    Paper scheduled for publication in Review of General Psychology, a journal of the
    American Psychological Association <>, which holds the copyright. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the “copy of record.”
  • Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective by David Feinstein, Ph.D.  <>
    Paper scheduled for publication in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training., a journal of the American Psychological Association <>, which holds the copyright. The article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the “copy of record.”

TAT for maintaining healthy weight loss studies:
  • initial study ~ supported by a grant from the National Center for Complementary/Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • follow-up expanded Kaiser Permanente study ~ Jeanine one of three certified TAT Trainers facilitating groups for this 2009 study
    (granted $2.1 million from National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a branch of the NIH).
    • articles: Kaiser Permanente press release, Oregonian (from 5/7/08 Health Section, page D5), NIH project info on Randomized Trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for Weight Loss Maintenance

This epigenetics article suggests that influencing expression of genes is the center of modern medicine. At first that could sound a little scary, until we read Bruce Lipton's work on genes. Links to Lipton's articles on my site.
Epigenetics at the Epicenter of Modern Medicine, by Andrew P. Feinberg, MD, MPH in JAMA, March 19, 2008;299(11):1345-1350.
abstract: <>
full text: <>

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