Introducing Research Considerations That I Consider Important [v. January 18, 2013]
1) AcuGraph digital meridian imaging
2) FlexAware® as Brain Neuroplasticity Treatment for Trauma
See below: 1. AcuGraph research| 2. Flexaware. See also: AcuGraph overview | FlexAware's basis in science
AcuGraph digital meridian imaging to assess correlations
Two insights are driving me to coordinate these two observational studies:
1. Future Project: Research of Mental Health Benefits of Acumeridian Approaches.
This project is intended to generate interest among the AcuGraph community (and others such as practitioners of Applied Kinesiology, Energy Psychology, EFT, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Tong Ren, etc.) in establishing a formal research project involving patients that will address the benefit of using AcuGraph to help document the mental health benefits of acumeridian-based approaches. [In fact, any treatment that helps the human being should result in improved readings on AcuGraph assessments.] I also am inviting the attention of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, clergy and others whose services to the public at present do not take into account their client's acumeridian energy system or how to enhance the flow of Chi/Qi.
2. Enhancing Chi flow -- Hyaluronic Acid as Basic Factor in Human Adaptability and Healing.
I want to introduce to the AcuGraph community the Synthovial 7 hyaluronic acid supplement that I am convinced can increase the flow of Chi in the body -- as described in my Hyaluronic Acid Acumeridian Hypothesis. I am more convinced than ever that the Hyaluronic Acid component of the human fascial system is the key to the dynamic autonomic regulation that makes human beings different from other mammals. . Our extensive matrix of soft, pliable fascia with a supply of Hyaluronic Acid that can rapidly shift to be where there is injury or a need for more attention of the body to healing a specific area is the reason that humans are so adaptable and so intelligent. H.A. and the meridian system are at the core of what makes us human. The crystal-clear Hyaluronic Acid is in my opinion the matrix that carries the photons that then begin the minute changes in the electroconductivity that end up causing major changes in physiological function. The AcuGraph can document its effects. This is an observational survey. The survey will be open to any AcuGraph user who has had experience with the Synthovial Seven Hyaluronic Acid product.
Note: Each of these Survey Projects is what researchers call an observational study. It is intended to show the need for further, formal research that would qualify for submission to research journals.
The following link leads to text from an earlier research project presentation: New project description.
FlexAware® as Brain Neuroplasticity Treatment for Trauma: Observational Survey
[Welcome and Instructions -- PDF]
Invitation submitted to the Wellbeing Journal:
A call to self-select for initial phase for research into brain Neuroplasticity treatment method for trauma.
With the recent recognition of long-range effects from traumas that affect the brain (such as combat-related effects in active duty and veterans or head impacts experienced by football players, boxers and soccer players), there is a clear and present need to identify people who need help, and to determine a spectrum of interventions that can make a difference. Recent developments in brain function imaging and the continued expansion of the concept of Neuroplasticity are making it easier to recognize when an intervention is making a significant difference.
This invitation involves the breath-directed awareness and movement practice called FlexAware®.
FlexAware® is based on important recently clarified basic concepts of human function including Biotensegrity®, and Neuroplasticity. The creator of the FlexAware method and the growing number of FlexAware teachers have observed impressive changes in many aspects of the health of their clients and in their own health. When a person includes “flex-awareness” in their daily movements, neuroplasticity can lead to improvements of many kinds. FlexAware enhances coordination and can improve performance of Yoga, Tai Chi and other movement practices. However, FlexAware can be done in the imagination if mobility is limited.
This observational study is the first step toward formal, funded human subject research.
You are invited to self-select to participate in this observational study. Instructions are presented on this page: http://www.naturalworldhealing.com/research.htm .
Ralph Wood Wilson, N.D., M.S., Washington DC
Ref: FlexAware Learning Corporation: www.FlexAware.com
Amen Clinics, for SPECT scan brain imaging: www.AmenClinics.com
To participate: Visit the FlexAware site, view the DVD on FlexAware basics, then track your progress over several months.
On the Report page [part of the Welcome Letter and Instructions document] you are encouraged to include your health concerns, including mobility limits (FlexAware can be done in the imagination). Be sure to email the report to email@example.com with Subject: [FlexAware] Observations Report.
I am deeply impressed with the insights behind FlexAware®: www.FlexAware.com. Below is a video clip of Steven Shafarman and images of some applications of FlexAware. Steven Shafarman is the founder of this powerful educational and coaching program. FlexAware is a technique that can be practiced during other activities, as well as being a major rehabilitation-support activity on its own. For more in-depth information and to watch descriptive videos: FlexAware.
Testimonials/Examples of FlexAware helping people resolve problems [from FlexAware teachers]:
1. I was approached a few weeks ago by a woman who works as a lifeguard... She was involved in a car accident a few years ago, fracturing a vertebra and damaging a knee. As a result she missed the arm and leg strength to lift herself out of the water at the side of the pool. She asked if I could help. Without FlexAware training I would not have felt confident to help. But now with the knowledge that if you let the body figure movement out for itself, I thought we had a chance. In the past weeks we have been working in the pool, feeling how she can adapt the technique to find the strength she has in her body to get out of the pool. Yesterday she managed to do just that!
2. [Holding this space for Martha.]
3. [Holding this space for Steve.]
Regarding actual scientific research --
These have conducted various research and may be helpful in preparing human subject research proposal:
The Samueli Institute: Exploring the Science of Healing [link]
The Mindsight Institute [link]
The Positive Neuroscience Project [link]
Daniel Amen, M.D., brain imaging and brain typing [my introduction]
Stephen Porges and the PolyVagal Theory [my introduction]
David Eagleman and the Laboratory for Perception and Action [link]
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. Books include Buddha's Brain: The Practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom. [link]
Well-referenced and grounded in science, the book is full of practical tools and skills that you can use in daily life to rewire your brain over time.[Emphasis added] The brain is the bodily organ that most affects who you are and your experience of living – so learning how to take good care of it, and strengthen and direct it in the ways that will help you the most, is a profound gift to yourself, and to everyone else whose life you touch.
Dr. Hansen's Key Scientific Papers reference page: [link]
Ruth Buczynski, Ph.D. National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). [link]
David Van Nuys, Ph.D. Interviewer of brain science and psychotherapy experts. [link]
Marsha Lucas, Ph.D. Author, Rewire Your Brain for Love. [link]
Robert Hedaya, M.D. WholePsychiatry.com [link]
Additional Implication that I think is important:
Possible abandonment perception as psychological trauma that engenders paranoid schizophrenia. [My introduction of psychiatrist Clancy McKenzie's model.] My hope is that people who have paranoid schizophrenia could do the FlexAware exercises and end up growing new brain circuits that are more socially adaptive.