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.
Two people can have exactly the same heart rate of 75 beats per minute, while one has a healthy variation in the intervals between beats while the other may be close to death due to extremely small intervals between beats. As the intervals get smaller, death approaches. The chance of death, much research shows is not just due to heart problems but can be due to cancer, infections, diabetes or almost any other condition.
There are numerous research studies that demonstrate that HRV is the best predictor of death available.
This rather pessimistic view came about, in my opinion, because until recently there were no known ways to dramatically improve HRV. It had been shown that quitting smoking and regular exercise could definitely improve HRV but the improvement, though significant, was not dramatic (see chart below).
Our clinical research shows that the elimination of stress in the form of anxiety, depression, guilt, etc, through TFT can improve HRV dramatically and it is now meaningful to speak of HRV as also a measure of renewed health. A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology (Bilchick et al) gives meaning to the degrees of improvement in HRV and what it means. The research states that “… each increase of 10 milliseconds in HRV, gives a 20% decrease in risk of mortality …”
To illustrate the significance of this statement consider this physician who suffered from depression for 20 years and was not helped by the medications or the psychotherapies he tried. He attended one of my trainings and he volunteered to have his depression treated with TFT. He took an HRV test before and after treatment.
His depression prior to TFT treatment was a 10, meaning it was the worst it could be. The treatment took a matter of minutes and his depression completely disappeared. His HRV score (SDNN) before treatment was a very low 32.2ms. Immediately after the brief treatment his HRV increased to 144.4ms. Such dramatic improvements are unheard of in the HRV literature. According to Bilchick et al, such an improvement might result in a profound decrease in the chance of death.
If each 10 ms increase results in a 20% decrease in the chance of death then it may readily be seen in the light of the Bilchick et al study, that there is a dramatic decrease in the risk of death for this individual.
It should be noted that although such improvements as this are commonplace with TFT, not everyone responds in this manner. This case, like others, needs to be followed up in order to ensure that the dramatic gains hold over time. Also, it is important, as noted above, that the person’s medical doctor further check on these findings.
A study carried out at a major hospital on TFT and depression found that depression was reduced from an average 7.3 (on a 10 point scale) to a 1.6 (Sakai, et al).
Professionals all over the world are now eliminating the stress of such psychological problems as trauma, anxiety, and depression with great speed and alacrity not known before TFT.
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Mathews, M., Tanida, G., Boyd, G., Simons, A., Yamamoto, C., Mau,
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Time Scale: Exercise and smoking cessation are after one year. Biofeedback is after two months of training. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression was carried out for 16 sessions. Sertraline was administered for depression for 22 weeks in this study. Common side effects with Sertraline include nausea, diarrhea, tremor, insomnia, somnolence, and dry mouth. TFT for depression was done in one session within minutes (Callahan, 2001d).
Typically there is immediate elimination of depression and immediate increase in HRV averaging 80% in this sample. No harmful side effects with TFT.
I argue that HRV is an index of health – please see: Stress, Health, and the Heart: A Report on Heart Rate Variability and Thought Field Therapy, Including a Theory of the Meaning of HRV.
We recommend that anyone with medical problems obtain the advice and treatment of a licensed medical doctor. Also, if a reader would like to try our procedures we strongly advise that he or she continue to get the opinions of their licensed physician. It is important to have a knowledgeable doctor who is familiar with you and your problems.