This method, also referred to as biofeedback (receiving feedback from the patient’s autonomic nervous system via the palpation of the radial pulse to the incoming focused field stimulation) is an absolutely brilliant way to get to the information that proves to be most therapeutic to the individual in need of treatment. This biofeedback loop allows the practitioner to go beyond the limited “known” medical history, searching for the causal fact or root of the patient’s health difficulties and disorders. Our emotions, including unresolved emotional trauma or shocks, reside as cellular memory, and until confronted with such memory in a non-threatening way at a time when the patient is ready to revisit his or her dormant laying cellular memory, are often found to be the primal cause for their physiological disorder.
Wilhelm Reich, a believer in the unity of mind and body, noted that memory of traumatic episodes is stored in body cells. Physical therapists have discovered that deep joint and skeletal massage does in fact release memories of emotional episodes.3 While massages stimulate from the outside-in, focused electromagnetic stimulation causes movement from the inside-out by affecting movement in and around cells.12
Candice Pert, Ph.D., was a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. She received her doctorate in pharmacology from John Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she later worked in the laboratory of Solomon Snyder in the 1970s. There she discovered the opiate receptor, which won the Albert Lasker Award for which only Snyder was granted credit. Candice continued her career at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she went on to do pioneering work on receptors and the peptides that they correspond to. She concluded that virtually all illness, if not intrinsically psychosomatic, has a definite psychosomatic component. The “molecules of emotion,” she argued, “run every system in our body,” creating a “body mind’s intelligence” that is “wise enough to seek wellness.”14
She disclosed that, until recently, she viewed the brain in Newtonian terms where the neurochemicals and their receptors operate like locks and keys. Now, she views the brain and its functions as a vibratory energy field with its locks and keys as the only ways of perturbing the field. The brain is no longer the end of the line – it is a receiver and amplifier of collective reality.3
A forerunner to the female brilliance of Candice Pert was Valerie Hunt. They lived their lives and careers at a time when women were not easily found in the elite leagues of science. Both women were highly educated, well trained, actively doing research, taught within their branches of medicine at reputable universities in the U.S., and authored research papers and books. Interestingly, both of their journeys brought them to an “island” of new perspective followed by the creation of new thought in the field of medicine in the 20th century.
These accomplished women passionately pursued the field of mind-body medicine, with Valerie Hunt spearheading beyond the mind-body to the science of the human vibrations of consciousness.3 Valerie was born in 1916 in Indiana and passed in February of 2014 at the astonishing age of 97. She referred to herself as a scientist at work and a mystic intuitive at heart. She is best known for her groundbreaking research in the field of bioenergy - her visionary approach coupled with a rigorous adherence to the highest scientific standards which won her international acclaim in the fields of bioengineering and physiology medicine.
As a professor at UCLA in California, she ran the first laboratory measuring and recording the energy of the vibrational patterns of the bioenergetic field surrounding the human body.