Capable of Thought?
(More on the Heart - The
Heart - Hawthorne)
There is a lot going on in the world of
opinion is that "Modern" medicine is the
"Alternative") at this point in time. Efforts are being made all
around the world to limit or take away our rights to use things like herbs
or even high potency vitamins and supplements. If you are one that is
interested in keeping up with this or possibly even interested in getting
involved in fighting this effort, check out this site: International Advocates for Health
We also try to keep up to date on different research being done in the
world of Alternative medicine and related topics. We arenít really
politically oriented, but letís face it, if youíre passionate about
anything you try to keep up with all aspects of it, including the
political side of things.
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distribute this information. All that I ask is that it not be altered
in any way. I must also make note here that I am not, nor
will I ever be a doctor of medicine. This information is being
provided merely as just that, information, and is not meant to replace
"proper" medical attention. You have the right to do as
you please with this information, but if you decide to use it to
self-treat illness or disease, my suggestion would be to do so with full
disclosure to your physician or health care provider. I have very strong
opinions about the medical field and part of that opinion is that if you
want to use "Alternatives" then your doctor needs to learn about
them. If he doesnít want to work with you, donít get mad or argue with
him/her about it, just find a doctor that will work with you and not fight
you. You are paying that doctor to help keep you healthy, so make him/her
do what you pay him to do.
The Heart Ė Capable of Thought?
Facts and Research
(Capable of Thought?)
Throughout history, the heart has been the subject of many a
writer. References to the heart range anywhere from nothing more than a
pump for the circulatory system to the most important organ of the
Funk and Wagnallís Standard College Dictionary gives a very
wide definition of the heart. From the anatomical; the heart
is the primary organ of the circulatory system of animals, a hollow
muscular structure that maintains the circulation of blood by alternative
contraction, or systole, and dilation, or diastole.
To the emotional; The seat of emotion, especially of love
and affection, as distinguished from the head, the center of intellect and
reason. Tenderness, the capacity for kindness and sympathy, firmness of
will or courage. Oneís innermost thoughts (to pour oneís heart out),
enthusiasm or energy (to put oneís heart into it), state of mind
(a heavy heart), a courageous person ( a brave heart), with
all sincerity; with deep feeling (heart and soul), the deepest and
most intimate part of oneís being (to break the heart), and to
cause deep disappointment or sorrow (to eat oneís heart out).
In this monthís edition, we will be discussing the later of the two
definitions. I hope (Iíd have to say Iím almost 100% positive) that
there will be many different opinions on this subject and that this will
perhaps open a line of discussion amongst those of you that subscribe to
this newsletter. Remember this is supposed to be interactive. Responses
anyone makes will be available for other subscribers to view and make
comments on, so donít respond in such a way as that you would not want
others to view, but by all means respond and discuss if you wish. That is
part of the purpose of this publication, to make people think as well as
give you, the subscriber, a chance to voice your opinion or view, no
matter how different it may be from mine or anyone elseís. I want to get
away from the "pump" image that everyone knows about and get
into what some current research, as well as other literature has called, The
References to the heart date back to pre-Biblical times. Poets have
written about it for centuries. There are over 800 references to it in the
Bible alone, many of which in English translation refer specifically to
the ability of the heart to think, i.e.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to
thee; but his heart is not with thee.
This is from the Old Testament in the King James Version, which was
translated from the Hebrew language. Iím sure that there has been
something changed in the translation, but even when looking up some of the
different words used in the Hebrew language for the English word heart,
some of the same meanings can be found. Words that use the words mind and
Bal, pronounced bawl, in the Hebrew language refers to
anxiety and it implies that the heart is the seat of anxiety.
Mankind has been making progress, be it ever so slowly, in relationship
to the connection in the body/mind area of healing. Several terms that
most will be familiar with, have become almost household words when
referring to individuals or groups that are known to address these
separate, but interlaced, areas of the human being (perhaps separate is a
bad choice of words). Holistic, complimentary, or one of the newer ones,
integrative practices have evolved in response to the need of healing on
all levels, i.e. body, mind, and spirit. In addition, researchers are
beginning to realize the heart, "as a center that metabolizes
harmony, peace, and love."
We all know that practices such as meditation, positive thinking,
prayer, etc. Can help us feel better, and that different aspects of the
human physiology can be affected by these practices. Research done in 1998
at the HeartMath Institute in
Boulder Creek, Ca. Is dedicated to just this subject. For a one month
period, a group of 30 individuals were asked to focus on feelings of love
and appreciation everytime they felt anger or frustration. After this
period, levels of DHEA (an anti-aging hormone) were measured. It was found
that DHEA levels had increased by 100% and that cortisol (a stress
hormone) had decreased by 23%. During the same period, a control group of
15 individuals had no changes in hormone levels. This study was published
in Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science as well as another
study of a smaller group of 25 focusing on the same feelings. Of this
group of 25, 80% experienced slowed breathing rates, while their hearts
became synchronized with their breathing. HeartMath director Rollin
McCarty stated, "There are a lot of implications for health. With
feelings of love, the inner systems synchronize. That affects your immune
system, your hormones, and even cognitive performance."
Speak unto the children of Israel that they bring me an offering of
every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my
Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work,
of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in
blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver,
even of them that do any work, and those that devise cunning work.
The above verse is cross-referenced to another verse just 4 verses
prior in verse 31; "And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in
wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of
And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in
whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred
him up to come unto the work to do it.
According to Strongís Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible the verses
above also use the word heart as translated from the Hebrew word leb.
Additional meanings or meaning come into play in one or two of these
verses as the word leb is has many different meanings. It is also
considered to be the center of anything.
I wonít go into all the Biblical uses of the word heart, as there are
over 800 mentions of this word in the Old and New Testament. The Old
Testament was translated from the Hebrew language, and the New Testament
from the Greek language. I merely reference them to provide example that
perhaps it has been known for centuries in other cultures what
"Western" culture is just beginning to find out.
The heart has been associated with harmony, compassion, love, and
healing in many different Spiritual practices. Early Catholic art often
shows Jesus as if his heart was on fire. In Sanskrit, the heartís light
is so intense; it is said to burn away all impurities. A great yogi once
said, "The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and
Om mani padme hum, a Tibetan mantra, translates into, "The jewel
of consciousness is in the heartís lotus." In Judaism, the Tree of
Life has the light associated with the heart (tiferet) at its center.
Chinese philosophy associates the fire element with the heart, and is
regarded as the seat of consciousness. Xin,
which is the Chinese word for heart means both "heart" and
"mind." Roger C. Hirsh, a doctor of Chinese medicine and
acupuncture says, "the heart is sovereign, it is the leader, itís
the king of all organs. Why? The heart is the seat of the spirit."
Facts and Research
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In the 1940ís, a person suffering from pneumonia could receive 40,000
units of penicillin and be cured of it in four days. Due to the abuse and
misuse of antibiotics, which in turn has caused bacterial adaptation, the
same patient could receive 24,000,000 units of penicillin and still die of
Do you suffer from mild to moderate depression? SSRIís (Selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are now the drugs of choice for this sort
of depression. They increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. Some of
the side effects of these types of drugs are severe agitation, anxiety,
aggression, suicidal thoughts, as well as emotional detachment, and many
others. If you have ever thought about getting off these drugs, DO NOT
STOP TAKING THEM ON YOUR OWN, AND AVOID USING ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES UNTIL
THE DRUGS ARE CLEANED OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM. Discuss the possibility of Tapering
off the drugs gradually. For mild to moderate depression some of
the following natural antidepressants should be discussed with your
doctor. For severe depression you should work directly with your physician
as the following supplements are only helpful for mild to moderate
S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) Ė
This supplement elevates serotonin
levels and helps balance other neurotransmitters. Some studies have shown
that 70% of those who try SAMe show mood improvement in just days. CAUTION:
If you are taking prescription antidepressants or have bi-polar
(manic) depression, consult your physician before using this product.
Pregnant or lactating women should also consult their physician before
taking this supplement.
St. Johnís Wort Ė
This is an herbal antidepressant and studies
have shown it to be effective for mild to moderate depression. It may
cause stomach upset and possibly cause some to become photosensitive to
the sun. It should not be taken with other SSRIís or with the following
drugs; Coumadin, theophylline, digoxin, triptan drugs for migraines, oral
contraceptives, several AIDS medications, or transplant anti-rejection
drugs. CAUTION: While taking this product,
avoid exposure to strong sunshine and tanning rays or tanning salons. It
is advisable to wear sunglasses when exposed to strong sunlight. Consult
your physician before using this product if you are taking prescription
antidepressant drugs including SSRIís, as well as any MAO inhibitors.
5-HTP Ė This is another herbal antidepressant, and it is a
natural precursor to serotonin. Doses of 30-50 mg on an empty stomach at
bedtime in most cases are enough to lift moods as well as help you sleep.
The dosage may be safely increased to as much as 100 mg three times a day over several weeks.
CAUTION: If taking prescription medication, consult a health care
practitioner before taking this product. Pregnant or nursing women should
seek the advice of their physician before taking this supplement.
Ohwi, is one of the earliest medicinal plants known in China. It is
also known as the notorious kudzu, an invasive weed, which plagues the
landscape of the southern United States.
Chinese alcoholism, drunkenness and hangover cure
Kudzu is fast-growing vine with large leaves and sweet-smelling blooms.
The vines grow as much as a foot per day during summer months, climbing
trees, power poles, and anything else they contact.
Its starchy root tubers have been used as a medication in China since 200
B.C. It has a special reputation for combating drunkenness, as noted in
the Chinese Pharmacopoeia of A.D.600
Research with laboratory animals at Harvard Medical School has revealed
that a drug extracted from Kudzu root may help in the treatment of
When alcohol- loving rats were given kudzu either orally or by injection,
they, too, drank about half as much as usual. The scientists also noted
that kudzu-suppressed alcohol's intoxicating effects after it entered the
bloodstream, tending to confirm the ancient claim that taking kudzu before
drinking alcohol helps stave off intoxication and hangovers.
In its native lands, the roots are also used to make a medicinal tea for
treating dysentery and fever. In Japan, a kind of kudzu tofu is highly
prized. The stems yield a fiber called ko-kemp that is useful in making
cloth and paper. And, last but not least, the plant contains a chemical
compound, daidzin that has proven to be effective in suppressing the
craving for alcohol.
When kudzu is present in a diet, it also prevents anyone from falling into
an alcohol addiction.
In China, Kudzu is included in a "morning after tea", known as
xing-jiu-ling, which essentially means, "sober up."
What makes kudzu especially appealing is its lack of side effects. No
liver damage or nausea or vomiting.
Kudzu's toxicity is very low. Taking as much as 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces,
has no adverse effects. Don't combine kudzu with prescription drugs unless
your doctor okays it. In China kudzu is sold as a root or extract. In the
United States you can buy extracts from a health food store. In China
tablets are standardized so that milligrams equals 5 grams of crude root.
Some experts have advised taking one such standardized tablet two or three
times a day to discourage drinking.
A laboratory at the Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences
and Medicine at Harvard demonstrated about 80% repression of alcohol
cravings in golden hamsters given both synthesized diadzin and crude
extract of the plant, with a lower dose dependency for the crude extract
in Syrian Golden hamsters biochemically addicted to alcohol.
Collaboration between labs at the Skipper Bowles Center for Alcohol
Studies and Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina
School of Medicine, Chapel Hill with the Laboratory of Chemistry and Life
Sciences, Research Triangle Institute and Natural Pharmacia International,
Research Triangle Park demonstrated that intraperitoneal injections of
Chinese herbal preparation NPI-028, made with kudzu, lowered cravings in
two types of alcohol preferring rats. In addition injection of puerarin,
an isoflavone purified from the NPI-028 gave significant results at lower
dosages than that of the crude extract.
Journal article on the isoflavanone derived from kudzu, daidzin:
Keung, W.M., O. Lazo, L. Kunze and B.L. Vallee.
Potentation of the availability of daidzin by an extract of Radix
puerariae. 1996. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 93: 4284-4288.
Journal article on Chinese herbal preparation containing P. lobata,
NPI-028 and the isoflavone puerarin:
Overstreet, D.H., Y.W. Lee, A.H. Rezvani, Y.H. Pei, H.E. Criawall and
D. S. Janowsky. 1996. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research