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"Guiding a Spellbound Sleepwalker A friend of mine recendy found himself needing to handle a series of sleepwalking episodes with his father who was hospitalized for surgery on his foot. His dad is a strong and mentally stable man in his seventies who had never before sleepwalked. In the hours after the surgery, he got up in a dream state and began running down the hospital corridor. The reaction was probably caused by anesthesia but perhaps by postoperative morphine injections as well. The hospital staff responded by calling two security officers."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"The placebo can be as simple as a sugar pill or common saline solution or as complex as an actual surgery during which nothing is done. In other words, while the patients have agreed to participate in a medical study, they may not know precisely what their role in it will be. To test the placebo effect, they may undergo all of the experiences of surgery—including anesthesia, incisions, and sutures—while in reality nothing is added, taken away, or changed. No organs are treated. No tumors are removed. What's important here is that the patients believe something is done."
- Gregg Braden, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits (Get the book.)

"In the 1950s, angina pectoris, recurrent pain in the chest and left arm due to decreased blood flow to the heart, was commonly treated with surgery. Then some resourceful doctors decided to conduct an experiment. Rather than perform the customary surgery, which involved tying off the mammary artery, they cut patients open and then simply sewed them back up again. The patients who received the sham surgery reported just as much relief as the patients who had the full surgery. The full surgery, as it turned out, was only producing a placebo effect."
- Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe (Get the book.)

"Her doctor had agreed to do another angiogram to see if surgery was still necessary, but Paula, against both her doctor's and NES practitioner's advice, was resisting even doing that because she felt so much better. Her physician continued to monitor her heart. In September 2006, Paula said, "I feel so much better. People have commented on how well I look now that I have had the bypass surgery, which I have not had! My doctor has found a great deal of difference in my health now and told me, 'Keep doing what you're doing.' That sounds good to me!"
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"Doctors also perform surgery to repair or replace defective heart valves. Risks of this surgery can include breathing problems during or after surgery, bleeding, infection, injury to nerves during surgery, or even heart attack or stroke. Heart surgery has saved coundess lives, but it is also expensive, potentially complicated, and not without risk. It is also not fool proof. Often, arteries reclog and require more surgeries. The key to successful heart disease treatment is to prevent plaque buildup from the start. The best place to begin your heart disease prevention plan is with your diet."
- Matthew Budoff, Enhancing Heart Health: Preventing a Heart Attack (Get the book.)

"Unlike other kinds of brain surgery, psychosurgery is performed on parts of the brain with no evidence of any kind of malignancy. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Reese Cosgrove, perhaps the most well-known psychosurgeon in the United States, admits, "We don't understand the pathophysiology; we have no understanding of the mechanisms of why this works." It is not surprising to find patients and doctors who swear by ECT and psychosurgery. Two centuries ago, people reported being cured by bloodletting."
- Bruce E. Levine, Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (Get the book.)

"Freeman became able to perform a surgery in less than ten minutes and perfected the technique so that he could insert picks into both eyes at once.14 A successful operation, in Freeman's view, was one in which the patient became adjusted at "the level of a domestic invalid or household pet."15 Between 1935 and 1950, 20,000 American psychiatric patients were subjected to lobotomies, or, as it was more gently called, "psychosurgery."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"But people don't realize that the surgery is available, or that they can afford it, because it's free. We have to sell them first on the need." The hospital picks up the tab for those who can't pay. Paying customers are charged 50 rupees (about $1) for a consultation. "A-class" rooms ($3 per day) are private; "B-class" rooms ($1.50 per day) have a shared toilet; "C-class" rooms ($1 per day) are a mat on the floor. Paying customers can have surgery with stitches ($110) or surgery without stitches ($120). Since Dr."
- William Bonner, Lila Rajiva, Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics (Agora Series) (Get the book.)

"This major surgery can take anywhere from four to six hours. The surgeon makes an incision in the middle of the chest and separates the breastbone for easy access to the heart. In some cases of cardiomyopathy or when the heart is permanendy damaged, a heart transplant may be required. Doctors also perform surgery to repair or replace defective heart valves. Risks of this surgery can include breathing problems during or after surgery, bleeding, infection, injury to nerves during surgery, or even heart attack or stroke."
- Matthew Budoff, Enhancing Heart Health: Preventing a Heart Attack (Get the book.)

"His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually. Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and has hosted several shows including Second Opinion with Dr. Oz and Life Line. His "Transplant!"
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually. Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show."

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Prior to the surgery, she'd felt great and was going through life with Corey, her sons, and her beautiful gardens with absolutely no clue that anything might be wrong. This is an example of how we can apply the mirrors in our lives. Because Mom and I had learned to read the messages that life was showing us in the moment and we trusted the language enough to apply it in a practical way, this story has a happy ending: Mom recovered from her surgery. As of this writing, she's doing great and has been cancer free for six years."
- Gregg Braden, The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief (Get the book.)

"A study published in the April 2006 Archives of surgery reported that people with diabetes had twice the risk of postoperative infections, compared with patients who did not have glucose-tolerance problems. This makes surgery far more dangerous for people who are prediabetic and diabetic. Blood Sugar and Insulin: Understanding the Deadly Duo Now we'll explain a little more about blood sugar and insulin, the two substances that play central roles in prediabetes, diabetes, and overweight."
- Jack Challem, Stop Prediabetes Now: The Ultimate Plan to Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes (Get the book.)

"And Gary was scheduled for yet another surgery. "Our savings, everything, just went," Janice said. Wendy Sontag, who works with cancer patients at her job at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Des Moines, said such stories were no longer unusual. She regularly receives calls, she said, from cancer patients who can no longer make their mortgage payments because of the cost of their drugs, doctors, and other care. One patient sent her a copy of a five-thousand-dollar bill for Thalomid, a drug for multiple myeloma. And that was for a single prescription."
- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"Iowa Methodist Medical Center had broken ground on a new surgery and cardiovascular center just a mile or so away. These projects were part of the biggest boom in hospital construction in the United States since World War II. And the physicians inside those hospitals? They were making plenty of money too. Some hospitals in Iowa paid their physicians so well that a few doctors made more than two million dollars a year, about forty-five times the average income of an Iowa family."

- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"The same interventions are described as alternative medicine when they are used in place q/conventional medicine (as when a person is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy). Integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. For more information on CAM, go to the website of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health at http://NCCAM.NIH.GOV."
- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"You will also start to develop intuitive wisdom (for example, you will just know which doctor to go to, which diet is best, which medication to choose, whether to have surgery now or wait). Early in meditation, you will actually begin to feel larger because meditation increases the size of your electromagnetic energy field. With that increase comes much greater awareness and power. You will start sensing and directing the energy fields associated with yourself as well as other people, places, and events."

- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"He told her the only answer was surgery and said there was a good chance she'd never ride again. The cause the orthopedist suggested makes sense, but at the same time, many career riders never develop severe spine problems. Obviously, the key to Joan's dilemma was in her story behind the story. I did an energy diagnostic on Joan and picked up a lot of negativity in the third energy center (the stomach and lumbar spine). She carried a great deal of pain and anxiety there."

- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"From the TENS machines and laser surgery that we've already mentioned to the use of sound waves to break up kidney stones, or X-rays and magnetic fields to see into the body and the use of light to clean the blood. Some forms of energy are more effective than others. As we will see, scalar energy is merely another application of healing energy. It is the application of science as nature intended. A New Paradigm We are about to talk about some things concerning health and nutrition that are probably brand new to you."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"And that, dear readers, is why chemotherapy and radiation (at least in their current forms) will someday be considered a barbaric remnant of our medical past, like doctors not washing their hands before surgery and using mercury to treat syphilis. Specific Recommendations on What to do to Build Your Baseline of Health, Day By Day The secret to health, the secret to all of the success that the great miracle doctors share, is that they look to raise every inch of a person's Personal Health Line."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"In that case, surgery might make sense to give you the time to pursue alternatives. On the other hand, I would be very leery of any chemo or radiation treatments. I would need to see very convincing (and I mean convincing) statistical evidence that those particular treatments were indeed effective for my particular type of cancer before I would even give them a passing look. Remember, chemo and radiation are "subtractive" treatments."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Even though there are natural treatments that are at least as effective as chemo and radiation and surgery (not hard to do, since the medical modalities are so ineffective and have such deleterious side effects), no one in the medical community will tell you about them. 'And this is another area in which the deck is rigged against alternative treatments."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Indeed my skin was very blue, except for my neck in the area that I recently had surgery. I looked away from the mirror for a few seconds, and when I looked back something very strange happened. I became the color blue. It wasn't just my skin color. I was actually the color, as though without me blue would not exist. This is one of my most difficult dreams to express in words, because it is hard to describe what it feels like to be a color."
- Robert Waggoner, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Get the book.)

"I've never seen anything like it in all my years of surgery. There was nothing there. Go back to sleep dear, you do not have cancer." The Revelatory Power of Hypnosis By learning and developing your skills at hypnosis, you can focus the searchlight of your awareness in very powerful ways to uncover the content of your subconscious and super-conscious minds. Typically, a psychological wall stops what is in the subconscious mind from going into the conscious mind, and vice versa. In psychology, this wall is known as a "gatekeeper."
- Rick Levy and Lou Aronica, Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Get the book.)

"OPEN-HEART surgery ON TUESDAYS It was a hot, breezy afternoon on a rare, smog-free day in the San Bernardino Valley when I dropped in on Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, who was hard at work in his backyard. From his property on Crestview Drive you can look out on the valley's mountains receding like brown waves, and when the air is as clear as it was that day, you could even make out the shirt colors of people walking on the LLUMC campus a mile and a half away. For all the sweat rolling into his eyes, however, Wareham couldn't see much of anything."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Fuhrman describes Straight from the Faster's Mouth Lou Bancala didn't like thinking about open-heart surgery. The idea of having his chest sawed open scared him. In fact, so did everything about the surgery, including the risks associated with the procedure. Yet surgery is exactly what Bancala, aTowaco, New Jersey, sandwich shop owner in his early fifties, was facing. Having already tried angioplasty and diet to clear the blockage in a major artery, he feared there might not be any alternative to surgery. Then he found out about fasting."
- Selene Y. Craig, Jennifer Haigh, Sari Harrar and the Editors of PREVENTION Magazine Health Books, The Complete Book of Alternative Nutrition
(Get the book.)

"I would not have surgery and researched alternative medical options. I listened to Gary on the radio and, although the information made sense, I followed the diet part only. Eventually I sought teachers of meditation and consulted with Luanne Pennesi. The impact of the total protocol was fantastic. Feeling healthier I totally devoted myself and my future to the protocol [the teacher] offered. It took two years for the mass to reduce in size. Throughout this ordeal my bloodwork was normal. My tests are normal today even though the mass remains, but my life and objectives have changed."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"As it is known that psychological issues can affect recovery after a number of illnesses, notably cardiac surgery, it may have been that a disproportionate number of patients with a positive mental outlook had landed in the healing group. To demonstrate that healing was what had actually made patients better, it was vital to separate out any effects that might have been due to other causes. Even human expectation could skew the results. You needed to control for the effects of hope or such factors as relaxation on the outcome of trials."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"After all, none of Ivan Pavlov's dogs survived his brain surgery, all succumbing to brain abscesses or epilepsy.1 Lashley sought to deactivate certain portions of his rats' brains to find which part held the precious key to specific memories. To accomplish this delicate task he chose as his surgical instrument his wife's curling iron ?a curling iron! ?and simply burned off the part he wished to removes His initial attempts to find the seat of specific memories failed; the rats, though sometimes even physically impaired, remembered exactly what they'd been taught."

- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

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