Neuroscientist Dr. Karl Pribram explains in his book, Brain and Perception, how
the amygdala compares what's familiar in memory with new information coming
from the brain. If an old emotion has become familiar, we often respond to new,
similar situations with the same emotion, whether it makes sense or not. In a
strange way, the familiarity makes us feel secure (page 140).,
Now, one of the controlled studies, Feinstein reports:
To provide a sense of how a single acupoint tapping session appeared to be effective
in treating chronically traumatized adolescents, the following account is from the
principal investigator of the Rwanda orphanage study (Sakai, 2010). She describes
the treatment of one of the 47 (of 50) participants whose scores went from above to
below the PTSD cutoff, a 15-year-old girl who was three at the time of the 1994
She’d been hiding with her family and other villagers inside the local church.
The church was stormed by men with machetes, who started a massacre. The
girl’s father told her and other children to run and to not look back for any
reason. She obeyed and was running as fast as she could, but then she heard
her father “screaming like a crazy man.” She remembered what her father had
said, but his screams were so compelling that she did turn back and, in horror,
watched as a group of men with machetes murdered him.
A day didn’t pass in the ensuing 12 years without her experiencing flashbacks to
that scene. Her sleep was plagued by nightmares tracing to the memory. In her
treatment session, I asked her to bring the flashbacks to mind and to imitate me as
I tapped on a selected set of acupuncture points while she told the story of the
flashbacks. After a few minutes, her heart-wrenching sobbing and depressed affect
suddenly transformed into smiles. When I asked her what happened, she reported
having accessed fond memories. For the first time, she could remember her father
and family playing together. She said that until then, she had no memories from
before the genocide.
We might have stopped there, but I instead directed her back to what happened in
the church. The interpreter shot me a look, as if to ask, “Why are you bringing it
back up again when she was doing fine?” But I was going for a complete treatment.
The girl started crying again. She told of seeing other people being killed. She
reflected that she was alive because of her father’s quick thinking, distracting the
men’s attention while telling the children to run.
The girl cried again when she reexperienced the horrors she witnessed while hiding
outside with another young child—the two of them were to be the only survivors
from their entire village. Again, the tapping allowed her to have the memory
without having to relive the terror of the experience.
After about 15 or 20 minutes addressing one scene after another, the girl smiled and
began to talk about her family. Her mother didn’t allow the children to eat sweet
fruits because they weren’t good for their teeth. But her father would sneak them
home in his pockets and, when her mother wasn’t looking, he’d give them to the
children. She was laughing wholeheartedly as she relayed this, and the translator
and I were laughing with her.
We then went on to work through a number of additional scenes. Finally, when she
was asked, ‘What comes up now as you remember what happened at the church,’
she reflected, without tears, that she could still remember what happened, but that
it was no longer vivid like it was still happening. It had now faded into the distance,
like something from long ago. Then she started to talk about other fond memories.
Her depressed countenance and posture were no longer evident.Over the following days, she described how, for the first time, she had no flashbacks
or nightmares and was able to sleep well. She looked cheerful and told me how elated
she was about having happy memories about her family. Her test scores had gone
from well above the PTSD cutoff to well below it after this single treatment session
and remained there on the follow-up assessment a year later. (pp. 50 - 51).
The control group was then given the same EFT treatments. In the end, 86% percent of both groups together no longer scored above 50 on the PTSD checklist.59 veterans suffering with symptoms of PTSD were randomly assigned to a treatment group
or a wait-list control group (Church, Hawk et al., in press). Fifty-four of the initial
participants completed the study, including 29 in the treatment group and 25 in the control
group. Six hour-long EFT sessions were administered to each participant in the treatment
group. The initial mean score on the military version of a standardized PTSD checklist was
61.4 for the treatment group and 66.6 for the wait-list group. The PTSD cutoff is 50. The
mean score after six treatment sessions had decreased to 34.6 (p < .0001), substantially below
the PTSD cutoff. The mean score for the wait-list group a month after the initial testing was
essentially unchanged (65.3).
The SA-45 was administered to 102 participants one month prior to the workshop,
at the start of the workshop, at the end of the workshop, one month after the
workshop, and six months after the workshop. A highly significant decrease
(p < .0005) was found from pre-workshop to post-workshop on all the SA-45
measures of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, somatization, hostility, paranoia, interpersonal sensitivity, phobic anxiety, and psychoticism). The lowered distress scores persisted at the six-month follow-up.
Many have found tapping therapy to be effective in relieving childhood trauma, changing learned attitudes such as thinking one is 'dumb', weight loss, insecurities that keep a person from finding financial success, insomnia, physical pain--any number of things. Even a form of psychotherapy can be done with tapping. This is best practiced with an ACEP practitioner. Besides tapping about traumas, tapping therapy used on a terminal diagnosis such as 'schizophrenia' or 'bipolar disorder' is tremendously helpful on the pathway to recovery. Tapping over fear of a relapse or Neurolyptic Discontinuation Syndrome helps with tapering medicine.
study showed a high degree of correlation between AK
procedures used to identify food allergies and serum levels
of immunoglobulins for those foods. AK methods in this
study consisted of stimulation of taste bud receptors with
various foods, and observation of changes in manual muscle
testing that resulted. The patient was judged to be allergic to
foods that created a disruption of muscle function. Blood
drawn subsequently showed that patients had antibodies to the
foods which were found to be allergenic through AK
Never underestimate the power of energy medicine. If you happen to be a
supplement kind of person, then this may come to you as a surprise. But of all the
tools in my arsenal for helping patients with withdrawal, the one I value most is
energy medicine–yes, even above the wonderful effects of nutritional supplements
and herbal remedies. I call energy medicine, “the quantum physics of healing.”
The reason I find energy medicine so valuable is because it helps with the formation,
information, and transformation of health at the subatomic level. Here is where little
things (energy, vibration, and thoughts) result in moving mountains, not slowly even,
but miraculously. As many of the testimonials in my newsletters mention, almost
casually, energy medicine is very helpful during the withdrawal process. Patients like
it. An eleven-year-old can learn to do it. I taught EFT to a six-year-old once, and he
was able to learn it without difficulty. And as one of the follow up testimonial attests,
at least one of my patients remained well with just using energy medicine despite
having a diagnosis of bipolar disorder with psychotic symptoms–even when she
stopped all orthomolecular nutritional supplements (believe me, she did it while my
back was turned).
Energy medicine is a vast and burgeoning field. To go from orthomolecular medicine
to energy medicine requires a mental leap, just as physicists had to make that leap
years ago when they went from Newtonian physics to quantum physics. Consider
this: if all matter is made of energy, and we are made of matter, than we are also
fundamentally made of energy. The laws of quantum physics are not simply
applicable to technology. They hold just as many helpful truths about the matter
between our ears.
Remember, positive thoughts lend strength while negative thoughts weaken. Dr, Lee-Bloem designed the meditation to strengthen the patient with positive thoughts, clearing away negative thoughts to speed healing.
There are many energy medicine techniques that aid in recovery of bipolar disorder. Tapping in conjunction with psychotherapy speeds the therapeutic process. Tapping to heal the trauma of being diagnosed reverses the self-judgment and encourages the patient to have faith in recovery. Tapping over fear of a relapse can calm the patient down and replace that fear with faith. Tapping over anything can help calm down the amygdala, the focal point of bipolar disorder (see above).
"Alternative Bipolar Treatment: A Mindfulness Approach" is a web site that lists alternative practices that help heal bipolar disorder. The author explains helpful practices such as psychotherapy, EFT, meditation, and mindfulness. He also promotes a nutritional diet, supplementation, and exercise for a healing regime.
Donna Eden's Energy Medicine provides instruction for calming down the amygdala. The Wayne Cook posture demonstrated in her five minute routine video is helpful. Tracing to calm down the Triple Warmer meridian, although that meridian will give a fight, is helpful. Strengthening the Spleen meridian causes the Triple Warmer to reteat and turn 'off. In her book, Energy Medicine, she provides instruction on how to calm down that meridian even further by holding its alarm point. She explains other connected meridians that might need to be attended to in order to calm down the Triple Warmer.
The Infinite Intention CD is helpful for overall physical, emotional and psychological health. I believe this kind of energy work could heal psychiatric drug brain damage.
Referring back to the page on 'nutrition', attention to the adrenals will help. The adrenals are on the Triple Warmer Meridian and are probably in need of support with bipolar disorder. Ross in her book, The Diet Cure, explains a home test for the adrenals. Or google 'adrenal home test' and lots of tests will come up. There is a home saliva test. a lab runs, costing about 500 dollars.
Ross recommends Vitamin C and GABA supplementation if adrenal support is needed. Lee Bloem recommends Catalyn for adrenal support and Drenamin for liver support, both made by Standard Process (available on Amazon). Healing the adrenals should impact the thyroid positively.
After the adrenals, the thyroid, also on the Triple Warmer Meridian, should be tested. All three tests should be run--T3, T4 and thyroid reversal as Ross explains in her book. Since the adrenals, when healthy, produce enough estrogen for a woman even past menopause, hormones should be tested after checking and healing the adrenals. Bio identical hormones prepared by a compounding pharmacist are the best for hormone replacement.
Many people suffer from insomnia. It is a major symptom for those with bipolar issues. I have tackled mine off an on, getting better all the time. At first I used supplements. I used EFT. Then I used brain wave therapy. Now I am trying the most promising, diet.
Supplements. Taurine, L-theanine, and GABA are three amino acids that relax. Some make GABA rice, brown rice is cooked over 100 degree Fahrenheit for over 24 hours. This produces gabapentin. L-tryptophan is another amino acid that causes sleepiness. It is a small amino acid and the other larger ones need to be occupied with muscle rebuilding in order for this little guy to get past them and into the brain. This is one of the reasons exercise helps greatly with insomnia. Another sleep aid is 5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, an amino acid made from L-tryptophan. It is easier to assimilate than L-tryptophan. Reviews are mixed about its effectiveness.
Valerian, an herb, is effective, although it looses its potency with long term usage.
Melatonin, the natural hormone that causes sleepiness, is very tricky to use effectively. Everybody starts taking it at too high a dose. It can cause a rebound effect in high dosages. It comes in liquid, L.A. Naturals makes it. Begin with 5 drops, 0.5 ml. Tart cherry juice has melatonin. A tablespoon in a half cup of water should dose the right amount of melatonin.
Of all of the above, I only still take GABA and 0.8 ml melatonin. I take GABA for adrenal support, not insomnia. Those supplements were expensive!
Emotional Freedom Technique. Here Ruth Stern demonstrates using tapping for addressing insomnia. She recommends that a person with insomnia should use EFT during the day when upsetting events happen. This habit will clear the psyche of strong emotions, allowing the person to go to bed unhassled by the events of the day. In the video she does not teach the method to clearing an emotional event. I learned how to do that through purchasing the 2012 Tapping Solution Summit. There are other resources on the Internet. I was only when I broke down to buy something did I learn how to do it.
The points are easy to learn. It is knowing what to say that takes instruction. For example, if a person has a fear. That's what he talks about at first, about the fear. Then the tapper moves on to talking about releasing the fear. The fear will still be present and he needs to make a statement acknowledging those feelings. He moves back and forth from the fear to releasing the fear as he moves from point to point.
The Stern video uses a good script for resolving anxiety about not sleeping. Every night I use a typed script I keep by my bedside.
Brain Wave Therapy. This insomnia treatment is from the Monroe Institute. It is a CD to listen to when going to sleep or when waking in the middle of the night. It plays music, but that is not the crucial factor. What the CD has on it are inaudible sounds that are different from the left to right ears. These sounds are designed to equalize the different brain waves, alpha, beta, theta, on both hemispheres of the brain. Here is the link where there are two studies on brain wave syncing and insomnia. I also hava a CD for anxiety.
To produce metabolic enzymes the human body needs amino acids, nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and copper, and digestive enzymes. After the GAPS diet, my body tested that I had only one problem: weak digestive enzymes. This is still a big problem that GAPS did not resolve. I supplement digestive enzymes. I take ginger now, rich in amino acids and nutrients.
Common Sense Approaches to Insomnia. Most of this information is from Mercola's website. Google his website for more. He suggests sleeping in a cool, below 70 degrees, room. Wear socks. Sleep in the pitch dark. Even a small amount of light in the eye will reduce melatonin production. Don't look at a computer or TV screen after sundown. Their blue light stimulates the eyes like the sun.
Dr. Daniel Amen recommends taurine and fish oils for bipolar disorder in his book, Healing Anxiety and Depression. For an orthomolecular look at supplementation for bipolar disorder, here is a link. And here is an excellent web site for alternative healing modalities.
Back to a general discussion of healing 'mental illness', a social network of support, counseling or psychotherapy, or peer support individuals or groups are helpful to recovery. The supportive individuals need to be believers in the prospect of your recovery.
Remember, the prospect of recovery from bipolar disorder was relatively good in the days before psychiatric medication (See Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic). Often, individuals had just one crisis in all their lives. If multiple crises occurred, a lengthy state of normalcy between episodes happened. Rapid cycling never occurred. Psychiatric medication have changed the disease of bipolar disorder. It has become a chronic, lifelong, debilitating disorder.
Lithium does not have a good track record for controlling bipolar disorder and is very toxic, tolerated by a small percentage for long term usage. It has lost its sheen as a 'magic bullet' for bipolar disorder.
A person is more than biology. When all is said and done, repairing
the body is like repairing a radio. Just because the radio is repaired,
doesn’t stop it from playing bad music. Healing our neurotransmitters
and hormones, liver and adrenals is all very good, but they only ALLOW
the person to be happy. They do not MAKE the person happy. Nothing
does, short of real growth in wisdom, love, forgiveness, and compassion.
I have had patients who suffered from severe abuse or childhood neglect
who were able to heal their bodies long before they are able to feel a
consistent state of well-being. There is a learned aspect of being that has
to be reconfigured. A person has to learn to heal from real traumas and
heartaches. The road to well-being is paved with lessons. Skipping lessons
does not lead to well-being. Some of those lessons lead to self-mastery,
some to spiritual strength, and some to forgiveness. Unfortunately,
happiness cannot be bought in a bottle, but is a side effect of living life