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Studies and Progress Notes (Apr 2009)

* * * STUDIES and PROGRESS NOTES* * *       


Non-contact therapeutic touch produced significant effects on post-surgical pain in a study of 90 elderly population receiving occupational therapy in an acute care hospital unit in the United States. Participants were randomly assigned to three groups (experimental, control and placebo) using a three-group experimental pre-test-post-test design and a randomized clinical trial. The experimental group received the non-contact touch intervention, the control group received routine care and the placebo group received the sound of a metronome set at a steady slow pace. Objective measures included the Memorial Pain Scale, the Tellegen Absorption Scale, the Health Attribution Scale and measures of pulse rate and pupil size, which were performed as repeated measures. In the experimental group, 22 out of 30 (73%) demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in pain intensity scores from pre-test to post-test (p < 0.01) and were better able to participate in occupations.

McCormack, Guy L. Using non-contact therapeutic touch to manage post-surgical pain in the elderly, Occupational Therapy International 2009, 16(1), 44 – 56.

IJHC – WHR Observations

The elderly are particularly subject to side effects of drugs such as pain medications, which can produce drowsiness and mental confusion. Non contact TT is safe and produces no such side effects.


The IJHC/WHR E-Zine features monthly suggestions for future research in healing.
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Enhancing quality of life in eldercare

The elderly can be very responsive to TT and related forms of healing. In doing such studies, it is helpful to also study amounts of pain medication used; incidence of side effects of medication; and duration of pain following surgery.


Over 2 hours of TV daily can increase asthma in children due to inactivity

Research indicates young children who spend more than two hours watching TV every day double their subsequent risk of developing asthma. The findings are based on more than 3,000 children whose respiratory health was tracked from birth to 11.5 years of age. The amount of time spent in front of the box was used as a proxy measure of inactivity, because personal computers and games consoles were not in widespread use at the time (mid 1990s).

Source: Sherriff A, et al. Association of duration of television viewing in early childhood with the subsequent development of asthma. Online First Thorax 2009 doi 10.1136/thx.2008.104406]

IJHC – WHR Observations

Regular exercise is a drug-free way of decreasing childhood asthma attacks. Suggesting that asthma medication should be minimized is not just a matter of lifestyle preference to avoid using medications. There are significant numbers of fatalities every year from unusual reactions to asthma medications.

Anger can be a danger to people prone to irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias)

Irregular heartbeats may occur when people get angry. This can actually endanger their lives, particularly if they are already prone to cardiac arrhythmias. In this study, people were monitored when they were on implanted electronic stimulators to correct such abnormalities in their heartbeats. The study showed that particular alterations in electrocardiograms (EKGs) occurring with anger were able to predict future ventricular arrhythmias.

Source: Lampert, Rachel et al. Anger-induced T-wave alternans predicts future ventricular arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, J American College of Cardiology 2009, 53(9), 2009

IJHC – WHR Observations

Attending to psychological issues in people with heart disease holds great potential for enhancing the effects of medical interventions, as well as improving quality of life. Many physical heart problems have a psychological component. This is almost totally ignored by the medical profession. The Dean Ornish program, now under exploration as part of the new US governmental evaluations of CAM approaches, is a wonderful doorway into this dimension of wholistic care.


Research confirms Rescue Remedy works for anxiety

Bach'" Original Plower Essence (BPE) Rescue* Remedy, a modality used since 1930 but not yet thoroughly investigated scientifically, was evaluated for the reduction of acute situational stress. A double· blind clinical trial compuring u standard dosage of BPE Rescue Remedy against a placebo of identical appearance was conducted in a sample of 111 individuals aged 18 to 49, randomized into treatment (n = 53) and control (n: 58) groups. The Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) wus udministered before and after the use of Rescue Remedy or placebo. Downward trends in anxiety level measurements were discovered in both the treatment (Rescue Remedy) and comro) (placebo) groups. Statistical analyses indicated that only the high-state anxiety treatment subgroup demonstrated a statistically significant difference between pretest and pastiest scores. The results suggest that BPE Rescue Remedy may be effective in reducing high levels of situational anxiety.
Source: Halberstein, Robert; DeSantis, Lydia; Sirkin, Alicia; et al. Healing With Bach® Flower Essences: Testing a Complementary Therapy, Health Practice Review 2007, 12(1), 3-14.

IJHC – WHR Observations

Bach flower remedies have been in wide use for decades in the wholistic healing community. It is helpful to have this confirmation of what is by now folk knowledge: Bach Rescue Remedy is a first aid treatment for anxiety. Rescue Remedy consists of 5 of the original Bach remedies: Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose and Clematis.

Flower essences are gentle remedies, so it is still likely that this 5-flower essence works for mild anxiety as well. It may take a larger number of experimental subjects to confirm this.

Vitamin deficiencies underlie tooth decay:
 malnutrition causes much more than dental disease
(OMNS, February 19, 2009) Cavities and gum diseases are not often regarded as serious diseases, yet they are epidemic throughout our society, from the youngest of children to the oldest of senior citizens. Research more than suggests that the same good nutrition that prevents cavities and gum diseases may also prevent other illnesses.
Dental caries and gum pathology are frequently associated with serious chronic health problems. Multiple independent studies published after 1990 document this. Cavities are associated with poor mental health [1-4]. Elderly individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's disease had an average of 7.8 teeth with fillings vs. an average of only 2.7 fillings for elderly individuals without dementia [1]. It is likely that the toxic heavy metal mercury, which makes up half of every amalgam filling, is a contributing factor.
A recent authoritative review showed a clear association between cavities and heart diseases [5]. More importantly, this same study showed that people with poor oral health, on average, lead shorter lives. The association between cavities and diabetes is also a subject of active, ongoing research [6-8]. Connections between heart disease, diabetes, and dental decay have been suspected for decades. Many of the scientists who called attention to this have proposed that diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates were the common cause of these diseases [9-15].
Dental diseases, mental diseases, heart disease, infectious respiratory diseases, and heart disease are all at least partially caused by common failures in metabolism. Such failures are inevitable when there is a deficiency of essential nutrients, particularly vitamins D, C, and niacin.
There is especially strong evidence for a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and cavities. Dozens of studies were conducted in the 1930's and 1940's [16-27]. More than 90% of the studies concluded that supplementing children with vitamin D prevents cavities. Particularly impressive was a study published in 1941 demonstrated the preventative affect of "massive" doses of vitamin D [28]. And yet no subsequent studies in the scientific literature suggested a need to follow up and repeat this work.
References in full article at links below
Source: Orthomolecular Medicine News Service free subscription link
OMNS archive link

More CAM reviews at
AMSA website


Internet rehab for chronic pain and burnout: long term followup

This study is a long-term follow-up of a previously published study that used the internet in the rehabilitation of people on long-term sick leave owing to chronic pain and/or burnout. The follow-up was to assess the effects over time of this kind of rehabilitation. The goals of the first study were to improve the participants' health and work capacity. Sixty people were randomly assigned to either a treatment or a waiting-list group. A 20-week rehabilitation programme based on 19 films on different themes was supplemented with written material and a dialogue over the internet. Fifty participants, 25 in each group, were followed up for 1 year after programme completion. They were administered the same questionnaire (SF-36, HAD, Stress Barometer) that they had taken immediately before (pre) and after (post) the rehabilitation programme. No significant differences were found regarding stress and health between the treatment and waiting-list groups at the time of the 12-month follow-up. Significant group differences were, however, seen in work capacity (number of hours worked per week): 52% of the participants in the treatment group reported an increased work capacity, compared with only 13% in the waiting-list group (P=0.005). Rehabilitation of people on long-term sick leave, which is carried out over the internet seems to complement other rehabilitation programmes as well.

Source: Brattberg, Gunilla. Internet-based rehabilitation for individuals with chronic pain and burnout II: A long-term follow-up,  Full text:

 IJHC – WHR Observations

So many psychological factors contribute to pains and burnout. Conventional medicine, focusing so narrowly on the physical body, often misses and ignores these issues. A simple internet group can bring marked relief to many people who are suffering pains and burnout.

Another excellent self-healing method for pain and burnout is WHEE: Whole Health - Easily and Effectively®
Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT

Using salt water as fuel?

Home inventor shows how salt water burns

IJHC – WHR Observations

What a wonderful solution (no pun intended) this would be for our global energy and carbon emission problems!


The internet is becoming a major carbon equivalent emitter

"According to a recent Harper's annotation on Google's expansion, "In 2006, American data centers consumed more power than American televisions." That number is sure to rise, possibly exponentially, as Google breeds these data centers, or 'server farms,' like rabbits. And the company is far from alone: AT&T, Microsoft, Yahoo and more are building out their infrastructures to accommodate the millions who are coming online and sharing not just lightweight information like email but also heavier content like video, images and audio.

According to the annotation's author, Ginger Strand, a new server farm being built by Google at The Dalles in Oregon is on target to chew up '103 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 82,000 homes or a city the size of Tacoma, Washington' -- by 2011. And Google isn't alone. Strand, who also authored the forthcoming Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies, explains that Google is soon to be joined on the Columbia River by server farms from Microsoft, Yahoo and By the time Google hits the 103-megawatt threshold in 2011, data-center power usage will have doubled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In other words, the internet is no virtual world: Its energy costs will impact the real world like never before."

IJHC – WHR Observations

Carbon footprint counts give us ways to assess how ‘green’ a company is.

Vote with your dollars and feet for the greenest!

Climate change risk underestimated

"WASHINGTON (AFP) — The risk posed to mankind and the environment by even small changes in average global temperatures is much higher than believed even a few years ago, a study said Monday.

Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study updated a 2001 assessment by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change that looked at temperature changes and the risks they pose."

Major glaciers are melting much faster than previously anticipated. Sea levels are rising twice as fast as predicted earlier.

Source: Independent March 11, 2009

IJHC – WHR Observations

Global heating is upon us. WE MUST REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS!!!

Write your congressperson to tell them this is an issue that is important to you.



The lessons pilots can teach surgeons

"Debrief sessions, like those carried out by pilots, could reduce surgery errors

Before take-off, every pilot needs to brief their crew about what to expect.

At the end of each flight, they talk briefly about what went right, what went wrong and what could be done better.

Pilots say this brief and debrief system has reduced errors and made flying safer, and a growing number of NHS medics think this system should be adapted - to make surgery safer.

Avoiding errors

A report by researchers at the University of York claims that accidents, errors and mishaps in hospital affect as many as one in 10 in-patients - but that up to half of these were preventable.

One doctor who has trialled the brief and debrief system in two units at his hospital says incidents were reduced by between 30-50% over the period they used it."

Source: Jane Elliott, Health reporter, BBC News

IJHC – WHR Observations

Many hospital errors originate in miscommunications. Hospitals require good teamwork. Safety could clearly be improved with team briefings. This is common practice on hospital psychiatric units, but much less so on medical and surgical units. Medical and surgical unit nurses regularly meet at changes of shifts. Adding the doctors to at least one of these meetings would not be difficult to do.

Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network

Objectives - To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks.
Design - Longitudinal social network analysis.
Participants - 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.
Measures - Happiness measured with validated four item scale; broad array of attributes of social networks and diverse social ties.
Results - Clusters of happy and unhappy people are visible in the network, and the relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends). People who are surrounded by many happy people and those who are central in the network are more likely to become happy in the future. Longitudinal statistical models suggest that clusters of happiness result from the spread of happiness and not just a tendency for people to associate with similar individuals. A friend who lives within a mile (about 1.6 km) and who becomes happy increases the probability that a person is happy by 25% (95% confidence interval 1% to 57%). Similar effects are seen in coresident spouses (8%, 0.2% to 16%), siblings who live within a mile (14%, 1% to 28%), and next door neighbours (34%, 7% to 70%). Effects are not seen between coworkers. The effect decays with time and with geographical separation.
Conclusions - People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon.

Fowler, James H. and Christakis, Nicholas A. Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study, British Medical J 2008;337:a2338  4 December 2008, doi:10.1136/bmj.a2338

IJHC – WHR Observations

Isn't it lovely to see that happiness is indeed infectious!

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