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RE: [Utah-Singularty-Transhumanism-Student-G­roup] FW: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY

From: Mayte G. B.
Sent on: Friday, October 1, 2010 11:18 PM
I would love to talk to you more about it...May I have your e-mail address?
Mine: [address removed]
 
Mayte G. Bastida
 

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [Utah-Singularty-Transhumanism-Student-Group] FW: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY
Date: Fri, 1 Oct[masked]:36:14 -0400

Absolutely. I was a member of the NIH ad hoc Committee on Alternative Health when this issue first went mainstream in 1993. I was in DC when we created the beginnings of the bureaucracy that looms now (though that was not the intent). Come over sometime and we'll do some serious talk. I was also part of Hillary Clinton's team, and made some simple proposals that were politically impossible. Still are.


From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [Utah-Singularty-Transhumanism-Student-Group] FW: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY
Date: Fri, 1 Oct[masked]:56:10 -0400

Thank you James for speaking up,
This comment makes me believe stronger than ever that this is an issue that has to be heard louder, what it should be the real "Health Reform"
 
Mayte G. Bastida
 

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [Utah-Singularty-Transhumanism-Student-Group] FW: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY
Date: Thu, 30 Sep[masked]:58:31 -0400

You and I need to sit down and talk. There is indeed a huge body of scientific and personal experiential data for both energy (chi) work and homeopathy. Neither is a "pseudoscience". I have been an active practitioner for many years. Call me: James C Torgersen, MD, DSc, PhD. [masked]-1525.


From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Utah-Singularty-Transhumanism-Student-Group] FW: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY
Date: Thu, 30 Sep[masked]:16:56 -0400

I hope no one in our group would fall for this. Healing touch is a pseudoscience akin to homeopathy. There is no scientific evidence to support its efficacy or that such "biofields" (akin to auras) on which the practice relies even exist. The NIH does not exist to fund pseudoscience and doing so would only take away from legitimate research that could make a real difference and benefit the world.
Regards,
Jason
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Neuroscience Graduate Student
University of Utah
Email: [address removed]
Office: 650 Komas Drive, Suite 206
           Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Mayte G. Bastida <[address removed]> wrote:

 

To: [address removed]
From: [address removed]
Date: Wed, 29 Sep[masked]:22:37 -0400
Subject: Urgent! Healing Touch and NIH need your voice TODAY

Dear Energy Magazine Readers,
We need you to voice your opinion with the National Institutes of Health today!
 
It has only recently been brought to our attention that draft strategic plan for the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has excluded the study of biofield therapies which will severely impact our purpose and professions. We urge you to take action and stand up for what we all believe in, the power of energy medicine and it's effectiveness on our well being. As one voice, we cannot be heard, but as a community we have the opportunity to make enough noise to get the attention we need. 
 
September 30, 2010 (today) is the deadline to make comments so we ask that you take action right now! We have provided a sample letter immediately after this one that you can copy and paste or modify to reflect your views.

Send your comments to the NCCAM can be made through the following link: http://plan.nccam.nih.gov/index.cfm?module=doc6.

 
View the NCCAM Draft Strategic Plan with their proposed priorities for the next five years by visiting http://plan.nccam.nih.gov/index.cfm?module=paper6
 
We are hopeful that you will ask your clients, colleagues, and friends to explore the draft and request that biofield therapies continue to be part of the strategic plan if they share our feelings that biofield therapies deserve a prominent place in the NCCAM strategic plan. 
 
There is no time like the present to make a declaration that could change the way we live, study and practice. Below you will find a sample letter that you can copy and paste into the comment form, or use as a template to formulate your own letter to help send the message that biofield therapy research deserves a prominent place in the strategic plan.
 
Together we CAN make a difference. We deeply thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Healing Touch Program
 
 

 
Here is the sample letter we are sending now. Please join us and send your letter today!
 
To Whom It May Concern
 
Re: NCCAM Draft Strategic Plan
 
I am a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. I am writing to express my grave concern over the knowledge that the draft NCCAM strategic plan has excluded research on biofield therapies as one of its strategic priorities over the next five years. I disagree with this exclusion regardless of your rationale. Energy based therapies are amongst the most widely practiced CAM therapies at the bedside of North American hospitals and health promotion facilities. They are performed by people from all walks of life and age groups. They are non-invasive, can be done anywhere and cost little to practice. The body of research that has been done to date demonstrates promise of these therapies through increasingly well done randomized clinical trials.
 
One of the common criticisms of biofield research is less than optimal sample sizes, often due to lack of funding. A lack of financial support from NCCAM will continue this trend and further dilute the potential results of biofield therapies that have been recognized by the Cochrane database1 and recently, Jain & Mills2. Through your omission, NCCAM may potentially cut off funding for biofield research from other sources as well. Recognition of the potential efficacy of any therapy through funding by NIH/NCCAM encourages the financial support of these therapies through other avenues. Research in these therapies is needed to assist healthcare professionals in their efforts to provide the best care possible for those they serve both in health promotion and adaptation to illness.
 
Given your goal "... to further develop efforts in the important goals of identifying CAM interventions to improve symptom management, to promote greater well-being, and to sustain a healthier lifestyle." (p.3), I fail to see why biofield therapies are not included (nor even mentioned) in the strategic plan.
Obviously, I have strong feelings about the tone of the strategic plan and would implore NCCAM to rethink their priorities to include biofield therapies in the strategic plan and honor the original definition of CAM.
 
1. So PS, Jiang Y, Qin Y. Touch therapies for pain relief in adults. Cochrane Database of
             Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006535. DOI:    
             [masked]/14651858.CD006535.pub2.
 
2. Jain, S. & Mills, P. (2009). Biofield therapies: Helpful or full of hype? A best evidence
             synthesis. International Journal of Behavorial Medicine, 17, 1-16.
 



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