Below is an excerpt of an article that recently came to me from Metagenics Institute where I obtain my supplements.  It is particularly relevant for us in the TFT world as it is addressing stress, the topic of our upcoming webinar.  The studies show the deleterious effects of stress on our systems and that meditation and acupuncture (using the same meridian system as TFT) are beneficial.

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What is stress?

An integrated definition of stress states that it is a constellation of events, starting with a stimulus (stressor) that precipitates a reaction in the brain (stress perception) and results in the activation of the physiological fight-or-flight systems in the body (stress response).1

Stress is a fact of life. We all face stressors of some sort in our day-to-day lives; whether psychological, physiological, or physical. We have evolved with stress, and many of us have learned techniques to manage various stressors, so it makes sense to explore the biological ways in which stress impacts our health.

Research has shown that varying degrees and durations of stress affect each of us differently, and short-term stress (lasting from minutes to a few hours) may actually benefit our immune health; in contrast, weeks, months, or years of stress can be detrimental to our health.2

Physiological stress

Many of us are familiar with the “fight-or-flight” response—you may envision an emergency situation like being chased by a lion or needing to react quickly to another dangerous situation. You may even feel your heart racing just thinking about such a scenario. This is the effect of the sympathetic nervous system: stimulus (lion) plus reaction in brain (stress perception), creating a fight-or-flight response in your body (stress response).

In a perceived threatening scenario, where the sympathetic nervous system response is stimulated, norepinephrine and epinephrine potentiate increased arousal, alertness, focus, and core temperature. At the same time, pain thresholds, cardiovascular output, respiratory rate, and blood flow to the brain and skeletal muscles also increase.5

Interestingly, a review of the science suggests that acute stress activates the immune system. Immune activation may be critical for responding to the immediate demands of a stressful situation, especially if the situation results in wounding or infection.

While short-term stress can be an immune stimulator, the same is not true of long-term physiological stress.1 Long-term stress suppresses, or dysregulates, innate and adaptive immune responses.

Psychological stress

Just as we all have differing genetic and biochemical composition, we also have varying responses to stressors. There are significant individual differences in stress perception, processing, appraisal, and coping.6 Sometimes there may be a crossover between the mind and body, as in the fight-or-flight response. The stimulus may be stressful mentally and require physical action.

But what about psychological stress that poses no pressing physical danger? Perhaps a stressful work project requiring a few long days and nights? Or the droning on of work, relationship, or other emotional woes? There are many lifestyle factors that may come into play when individuals experience long-standing mental stress. Financial and social support factors have been studied, as well as nutritional intake, sleep quality, and lifestyle decisions (exercise frequency, alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.).5 All of these factors play indirect roles in stress-related immunosuppression; however, many direct effects on immunity have also been demonstrated.5-7

Lifestyle approaches for stress management

While the side effects of stress are far-reaching, (shown in detail in the full article) there are some lifestyle-related activities that can help quell the effects of life’s worries. One method, supported by considerable evidence, is the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Meditation represents a mental training framework for cultivating the state of mindful awareness in daily life.

Regular aerobic exercise, acupuncture, breathing exercises, and progressive muscular relaxation also help individuals to manage stress.27

More studies are needed to explore the physiological benefits of mindfulness and other stress-management techniques, but there is hope for finding a preferred tactic to support all personality types and stressors.

Join us on our Live Video classes and discover how TFT can help you overcome stress:

Tapping Therapy for Well Being

 

Citations

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  2. Dhabhar FS. Effects of stress on immune function: the good, the bad, and the beautiful. Immunol Res. 2014;58(2-3):193-210.
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  4. Janeway CA Jr et al. Immunobiology: The Immune System in Health and Disease: Principles of Innate and Adaptive Immunity. 5th ed, New York: Garland Science; 2001.
  5. Vitlic A et al. Stress, ageing and their influence on functional, cellular and molecular aspects of the immune system. Age (Dordr). 2014;36(3):9631.
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  7. Kang DH et al. Th1 and Th2 cytokine responses to academic stress. Res Nurs Health. 2001;24(4):245–257.
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  22. Montoro J et al. Stress and allergy. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2009;19(Suppl.1):40–47.
  23. Arndt J et al. Stress and atopic dermatitis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2008;8:312–317.
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  26. Black DS et al. Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016;1373(1):13-24.
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Whitney Crouch, RDN, CLT

While it sounds hard to believe, so did tapping under the eyes to cure a phobia.

Since the early 1980’s the feats of TFT have been hard to believe and have held up over time. TFT is a constantly evolving healing modality, and now we have added a new level of healing and use of the meridian systems. Combined with our new 5 PR’s and resonance testing, we have just initiated it with our VT Conference and Advanced workshop attendees. This new protocol will be a cornerstone of our new Personal Healing Retreats, the first of which will be in December in Costa Rica.

Adrian Alexander, the developer of the technology describes it as follows:

We have created a positive polarity application through the use of the meridian system – which has 14 meridians. Out of the 14, 12 meridians represent the negative polarity and are energetically dominant or more active than the opposing 12 meridians that represent the positive polarity. We apply this principle of balance by creating, with the use of audio technology (positive polarity application) of specific audio vibrational frequencies that we use directly on the meridian points. That means we are simply using the two sides of the body containing the same meridians on the left side and the right side to allow us to apply this balancing technology and create balance not only in our physical body but effectively in our multidimensional being, from dense to subtle.

Through research and testing, we found that we can make this technology more effective if we utilize a specific frequency that not only creates balance through the meridian system but has been proven to spike the production of the hormone telomerase – thereby enhancing anti-aging (Cosic, Cosic and Lazar, 2015).”

Immediately following the VT Conference some of our long-time practitioners at the advanced level joined us to experience this new technology. Their comments ranged from “This is good”, “I feel great!”, “….my experience was very similar to how I feel after a meditation. I felt very relaxed, grounded, focused and energized (balanced and sustained energy)“, to detailed descriptions:

From the beginning of the session, I experienced immediate opiation followed by rejuvenation and a sense of well-being. I maintained, with ease, the opiation and high meditative state throughout the session and for a good 24 hours following the session. – AA

Immediately after the treatment I felt good. During it, as I mentioned, I experienced some very cool visual phenomena that I hadn’t expected, and a feeling of glowing happiness.

About an hour or two later I wondered if there was “Anything in my system, physical or etheric, that was resisting the treatment.” Testing this I found that there was. I corrected these three things and began to feel a tremendous energy level. I felt as if I could climb tall buildings and go faster than a speeding train all in a positive and happy way. I was doing a lot of driving and enjoyed a couple of hikes along the Blue Ridge. – Roger Ludwig, TFT-Adv

I had a nice after dinner Meridian Balance session. It was a nice feeling while they did it and it carried over. I never had it before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I went to sleep about 10 PM with a set alarm for 5 AM. I had a long drive of ten hours back to Canada.

The next morning on my way down from the mountain (Wintergreen Resort-where the Advanced workshop was) I had a sensational feeling of total understanding. Everything was suddenly clear, I could even see the trees breathing. It was an emotional high I wish to experience again. It lasted for a whole day. I want MORE… – Chuck Mezei, TFT-Adv

If you haven’t heard about the anti-aging effects of telomeres or telomerase you can view this brief article in Science News: Hidden secret of immortality enzyme telomerase Can we stay young forever, or even recapture lost youth? Date: February 27, 2018 Source: Arizona State University

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Dr. Niki Hearty, Hospital, President
Department of Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine (200 inpatients)

Apr. 14 9:26pm – Magnitude (M) 6.5 earthquake.  Everybody thought it was the main quake, but it was actually the foreshock. After the foreshock, nobody anticipated there would be another larger quake, but there was.

A day later, 1:25 AM of the 16th, the main quake, M 7.3 occurred.

Many houses and buildings collapsed.  Many people were frightened of having another big quake, so they slept in their cars. They experienced hopelessness after they cleaned up all the mess in their houses and then an even much worse quake came, creating more destruction. Read more

weight loss through EFT

by Fränzi Ng, Ed.D., TFT-Dx, RCT • www.DrNg.net

I was sitting on the sofa with my 5-year old reading stories when he suddenly exclaimed in amazement: “Mommy, how do you do that?!” He was pointing at my tummy.

There it was, sticking out like a soccer ball, plump and solid.

Unfortunately, it was not due to another pregnancy or bad posture. No, my son simply pointed out the obvious: mommy had a gut.

For some reason, I was not able to reciprocate my son’s enthusiasm and admiration.

Instead, I felt embarrassed to see myself like that. However, I was not ready to do anything about it. Not yet.

The life-changing insight did not come until about a month later when my husband and I were sitting in an elegant Vancouver restaurant, enjoying a sumptuous lunch buffet. That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks – or a barrel of liposuction fat:

“I cannot go on living like this! I cannot go on pretending that every meal is an all-you-can-eat feast, and he or she who eats the most, wins. I don’t think this will be good for my waist line!”

What waist line?

It was on this late December morning that I found the resolve to change my ways with food. My desire to be slim, fit, and healthy was over 40 lbs. slowly and steadily. It is a personal transformation that changed my life in many wonderful and sometimes surprising ways. Read more

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The Brief Story of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) And Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

About three years ago, I received a phone call from Fuller Royal, MD director of a medical clinic in Las Vegas. He called to tell me that the treatments I developed were helping his patients. He told me that he used Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an objective test, unresponsive to placebo, in order to test all his treatments. He said that he never has seen a more powerful means of improving HRV.

A short while later, I was contacted by an expert on HRV, he told me that he was using HRV to measure the effectiveness of various treatments to reduce anger.

When he tried my treatment for chronic anger, he saw a dramatic improvement in the patient and also a dramatic improvement in the HRV score. (It is well known that chronic anger can be a serious problem for heart patients.)

Still later, I heard from a practitioner in Norway who manufactures HRV equipment and the results he obtained from using my treatments had such a powerful effect on his HRV equipment that at first he thought something went wrong with the equipment for he had never before seen such changes in HRV. He found it was the power of my treatments and his equipment was fine.

The term Heart Rate Variability refers to a precise measure in milliseconds in the variation in the intervals between heart beats. Over 40 years ago, it was found that when the interval between heart beats becomes smaller then death follows. Read more

Jim McWhorter on Peak Performance Trading
(originally published March 31, 1991 – Club 3000 News)

performanceI would like to take time from trading to recommend a person who can show traders how to achieve peak performance in trading. I speak from personal experience that his techniques are easy to grasp and they work. His name is Roger J. Callahan, PhD. And he currently resides in Indian Wells, California.

In the mid 1980’s, Dr. Callahan authored the book “Five Minute Phobia Cure”. This book brought national attention to Dr. Callahan where he was able to demonstrate the effectiveness of his techniques by treating total strangers with severe anxieties and phobias on live syndicated talk shows. His most celebrated patient was Tom Snyder, who was cured of a severe fear of heights on his own talk show, the Tomorrow show. During this time, I was not aware of Dr. Callahan’s teachings and it would be 1990 before I would become interested in his work. Read more

TFT is a healing modality that seems to be limitless in its applications and potential. Our international team for training and trauma relief is leaving Uganda for home in the next day or so. Together with our Rwandan teams, they have helped war and genocide victims, prisoners and guards, teachers and school children, disabled and homeless, and the families and community leaders of many countries.

We have also shared wonderful cases of pets and animals that have benefited from tapping. Mary Kennedy is one who has shared some of these stories with us in the past. But her next story crosses boundaries of healing that we don’t often have the opportunity to experience. Read more

The TFT Foundation is excited to announce the publication of its 2009 PTSD study and work in Rwanda.  It has taken a long time and a lot of effort by many, and led by our board member, and Trauma Relief Committee chair, Suzanne Connolly.

It was a long time coming but, I think, an important article in a well read journal by those interested in helping Africa recover from trauma.  I would also like to thank the Peter C. Alderman Foundation for their assistance in edit corrections.

The entire study can be found on page 24 of the June 2013 Issue of the African Journal of Traumatic Stress, found here: http://petercaldermanfoundation.org/AfricanJnl/AJTS_V1N5.pdf

I wish to thank all the members of the TFT Community, The Paton Family Trust, The PepsiCo Foundation and the Ruth Lane Foundation for their support to complete this work.

The abstract is below.

 

Abstract

The use of Thought Field Therapy (TFT), a brief therapy technique, is examined in a study titled, Utilizing Community Resources to Treat PTSD: A Random Controlled Study Using Thought Field Therapy, to determine if there is a significant difference in the reduction of trauma symptoms between the treated group and the untreated group post treatment.

Study participants in the waitlist group received treatment after having completing the posttest.  One-hundred and sixty four adult survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide received a one-time trauma-focused TFT intervention in this randomized waitlist controlled study. Prior to the study,TFT techniques were taught to community leaders, who then provided them in their native language, Kinyarwanda, to the participants during an individual session. Pre- and post-intervention surveys of trauma symptoms included the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI)

(Briere, 1995) and the Modified Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale (MPSS) (Falsetti, Resnick, Resnick, & Kilpatrick, 1993). After one week, significant differences were found in trauma symptoms and level of PTSD symptom severity and frequency between the treatment and the waitlist control groups. Participants in the waitlist group experienced significant reductions in trauma symptoms following their treatments,which took place after the first posttest.  These positive outcomes suggest that a one-time, community leader facilitated trauma-focused intervention may be beneficial with protracted PTSD in genocide survivors.

An 11-year old girl was admitted to the local children’s hospital wing for acute pain, level 10, throughout her body.  Doctors told her parents that based on a CT scan, her cancer had returned and had spread through her entire body and that there was nothing for them to do but to give her a Dilaudid/morphine drip, get the pain stabilized and send her home.

By the time that I arrived she had been on the narcotic IV drip for 18 hours and her pain was still at a 10.  I knew she had to have Massive Reversal or the pain would have dropped.  The young girl didn’t want to tap nor to have anyone to tap her so we treated her reversals through her mother.  We used a combination of CB2, Rescue Remedy, tapping PR spots and a Toxin release over 45 minutes to correct the Massive PR.

Her pain dropped from a 10 to a 3.

I instructed the parents to treat for Reversals every 30 minutes around the clock in order to help her body stay receptive to healing and to allow the medications to work their best.  That evening she walked around the hospital floor two times.

I went again the next day and she smiled.  Her only discomfort, at a level 8, was horrible itchiness from the drugs.  I tested for PR, and she was PR free.  She felt  good enough to tap herself or let us tap her.  We began with CB2,  the toxin treatment, and put Rescue Remedy drops on her itchy legs, arms, chest.  The itch stopped.  She had a bruised feeling on her chest bone.  We put Rescue Remedy there and tapped it for reversal.  The soreness disappeared.

After the itch was gone she got up to use the bathroom, brushed her teeth and asked her daddy to film her getting back on the bed by herself, a big accomplishment.

The nurse asked her to rate her pain and the girl replied that she couldn’t find any even though the morphine had been removed from the drip.  We tested to continue tapping the Reversal spots every thirty minutes.