reply to post by kiwifoot
This comes under the heading of what many think of as "mind over matter."
It has been seriously studied and practiced outside of the traditional medical community for centuries. Traditional science and medicine are just
beginning to take a serious look at it, but usually on the via of brain function.
I'm not a top expert or anything, but I know that various different methods have been developed to improve body health via thought, with varying
rates of success.
I used to work for a place in Berkeley (CA) that made biofeedback machines. Several doctors found these useful.
One of the major modern contributors to this field did an informal experiment at Oak Knoll Hospital (CA) while he was recuperating from war wounds.
A doctor there was testing hormones on the recovering soldiers. Without this doctor knowing, this guy did simple psychoanalysis on a few of the
doctor's research subjects. According to him, the doctor told him that these subjects were the only ones responding well to the hormone
The trick in doing science on this area is developing a workable research model. These things are measurable. No one should accept the idea that they
aren't. Of course, the next trick in doing this research is to get your study funded!
But as I say, this has been looked into outside "traditional" science, and various different life models have been advanced to explain the
I subscribe to Hubbard's model. I think it is the most workable. It goes roughly like this:
A totally non-physical being or entity, which could be called a "spirit" is the primary cause point in most humanoid species. This being may elect
to operate the body directly (less lazy approach) or indirectly through the mind (more lazy approach) and may do both. The mind is an energy system
which surrounds and permeates the live body. The being can separate from it but normally refuses to and considers the mind his property, and the body
as well. Ordinarily, the being gets confused about who actually runs what and becomes totally unaware that it is capable of independent activity.
To complicate things, most beings share the running of the body with a "lower-order" intelligence that is closely connected to the body and monitors
heart, breathing, endocrine activity, etc.
Hubbard's idea of mind roughly corresponds to what others call "aura."
The being is capable of generating energy, but normally stays extremely subdued in this regard. The being can also heal the body directly. But the
fact that the mind exists as an energy system leaves us open to mental influences from external energy sources. This is a huge topic, especially right
now. The criminals on this planet want that technology!
Hubbard discounted mind manipulation and decided to work directly with the spirit. He has thus earned the eternal ire of those who were hoping to
exploit his research for mind control purposes. So that gives you the unfortunate political tie-in that surrounds this whole subject and our attempts
to understand it.