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Immunity and EFT

Psoriasis is one of the most widespread autoimmune diseases, affecting millions of sufferers worldwide. It is characterized by inflamed red patches and flaking of the skin. A pilot study by Patti Hodge, and Corinne Jurgens of Stony Point University, assessed 12 psoriasis patients for both physical and psychological symptoms, and followed their progress for three months. After EFT, their psychological health improved by over 50%. Their psoriasis also improved, and on follow-up their symptoms had reduced by 74.95% (p<.001). Click here for the study abstract. To subscribe to the peer-reviewed professional journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, in which the study was published, click here.  

Hands-on Healing with Bill Bengston

At an Energy Medicine conference I spoke at, I met Dr. Bill Bengston, a professor at St. Joseph’s College in New York City.

Dr. Bengston has conducted a number of provocative laboratory experiments on energy healing using mice. With animal subjects, unlike humans, the researcher doesn’t have to control for the placebo effect, which predisposes human beings to recover due to their beliefs.

Dr. Bengston injected mice with a cancer-causing substance which produced a 100% fatality rate within 28 days. Then he gave them hands-on healing. The results were astonishing: The mice recovered. The tumors turned black and imploded, and the mice lived a normal life span.

You can read about the study in his book The Energy Cure.

Yet there’s a lot more to the story. Dr. Bengston was recently interviewed by Dr. Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which partnered in an EFT study as well.

Click here for a transcript of the interview in which Dr. Bengston shares the origin of these energy healing insights in the pioneering work of Bernard Grad at McGill University in the 1970s, which I describe in my book Soul Medicine (co-authored with Harvard-trained neurosurgeon Norm Shealy, MD, PhD).


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

NIMH Dumps DSM Diagnosis

In a dramatic announcement, Thomas Insel, the director of the US government agency that provides grants for the study of mental illness, the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), has rejected the “bible” of psychiatric diagnosis, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual).

In a dramatic announcement Thomas Insel the director of the US government agency that provides grants for the study of mental illness the National Institutes of Mental Health NIMH has rejected the bible of psychiatric diagnosis the DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The DSM has been used for decades to define psychological conditions such as PTSD depression and anxiety and has become widely used even in areas for which it was never originally intended such as law and insurance reimbursement.

Insel writes that the NIMH will be reorienting its research away from DSM categories.

The fifth edition of the DSM has been more than a decade in the making and is just weeks away from publication.

Says Insel:

“While DSM has been described as a Bible for the field, it is at best a dictionary creating a set of labels and defining each. The strength of each of the editions of DSM has been reliability — each edition has ensured that clinicians use the same terms in the same ways. The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease lymphoma or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever. Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis once common in other areas of medicine has been largely replaced in the past half century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment. Patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

Rather than the DSM, Insel writes that the NIMH will use the Research Domain Criteria RDoC which use genetic neurological and cognitive data. According to a statement issued by the board of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry ISEPP the DSM supports the perpetuation of myths about mental emotional and behavioral disturbances in individuals which favor pseudo-scientific biological explanations and disregard their lived context.

The evolving editions of the DSM have been remarkable in expanding psychiatric labels for alleged mental illnesses with no scientifically substantiated biological etiologies.

Adherents of biopsychiatric explanations and pharmaceutical manufacturers are the primary benefactors of public acceptance of this myth.

ISEPP recommends public scrutiny and skepticism regarding the DSM as well as a constructive dismantling of the psychiatric pharmaceutical complex through which it is continually supported and redeployed. According to another ISEPP member, Insel’s statement is also an implicit admission that there is no real theoretical basis for drug treatments for mental illness.

See also this Scientific American blog post on the issue:


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.