A By-Product of Heart Transplants - Cellular Memory
Legend has it that about 2,500 years ago, during China’s Warring State Period, two men went to see a great doctor by the name of Bian Que. Bian cured their sickness very quickly but discovered that they had another problem that had been growing more serious over time. Bian said that they would both get well if they exchanged their hearts, and they agreed to let Bian perform the surgery.
Bian had the two men drink some anesthetics and they lost consciousness for three days, during which Bian opened their chests, exchanged their hearts, and applied medicine. When they regained consciousness, they had already recovered and were as well as before.
But something was wrong: When they returned home, they were both baffled because their wives couldn’t recognize them. It turned out that they had both gone to the other person's home and thought that the other person’s wife was their wife.
It seems inconceivable that such a surgery could have been performed 2,500 years ago, but this story is unbelievably similar to the situation observed in some modern heart transplant cases.
The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported that, after a heart transplant, Sonny Graham of Georgia fell in love with his donor’s wife and married her. Twelve years after their marriage, he committed suicide the same way his donor did.
In another Daily Mail report, a man named William Sheridan received a heart from an artist who died in a car accident, and suddenly he was able to produce beautiful drawings of wildlife and landscapes.
Claire Sylvia, the recipient of a heart and a lung in 1988, wrote in her book A Change of Heart: A Memoir that after the transplant she started to like beer, fried chicken, and green pepper—all of which she didn’t like before but her donor, an 18-year-old boy, liked.
She had a dream in which she kissed a boy she thought to be named Tim L., and inhaled him into her during the kissing. She later found that Tim L. was the name of her donor. She wondered if it was because one of the doctors mentioned the name during her surgery, but was told that the doctors did not know the name of the donor.
In a paper published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Dr. Paul Pearsall of the University of Hawaii and Dr. Gary Schwartz and Dr. Linda Russek of the University of Arizona discussed 10 cases of heart or heart-lung transplants in which the recipients were reported to have “changes in food, music, art, sexual, recreational, and career preferences, as well as specific instances of perceptions of names and sensory experiences related to the donors.”
In one of the cases that they described, the donor was an African American, so the recipient thought the donor would like rap music and therefore didn’t think the transplant was the cause of his new preference for classical music. However, it was found that the donor was a violin player and loved classical music.
This case suggests that changes in organ recipients’ preferences occur without the recipients anticipating them. Thus these cases are unlike the placebo effect, in which patients’ health conditions change in the direction of their expectations.
In addition, the researchers pointed out that like the above recipients, there might be other recipients who dismiss the idea that they adopted their donors’ preferences because of their expectations of the donors, so the number of organ transplant recipients who experienced a personality change similar to that of their donors might be underrepresented.
Pearsall, Schwartz, and Russek concluded that it is unlikely these cases happened out of coincidence, and hypothesized that it is because of cellular memory, meaning that memories and preferences can be stored in cells.
However, it is currently unknown whether this form of memory exists.
Red Ice Radio
Howard Martin - Heartmath Institute, Heart Based Living & The Global Coherence Initiative
Dominick Ohrbeck - Reptilian Marketing vs. The HeartBrain Model
'Closed Heart Surgery': Scientists Jump-start The Heart By Gene Transfer
Human Heart Regenerates Cells Automatically: One Percent Each Year
Archeologists find 20,000-year-old hearth in Taitung
Indian artificial heart design uses cockroach heart technology
Heart pill to banish bad memories
Study: Cell phones cause heart disease, kidney failure
US teen lives 118 days without heart (Video)
'Full' artificial heart implant
Heartbeat Encryption - Literally
New wi-fi devices warn doctors of heart attacks
Man with suicide victim's heart takes own life
The future of mobiles: powered by a heartbeat
Latest News from our Front Page
"Racist" Facts White People Daren't Talk About
Police brutality targeting blacks will not subside until this becomes part of the national conversation
"RACIST" FACT: Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks commit around half of homicides in the United States.
"RACIST" FACT: Blacks commit eight times more crimes against whites than vice-versa.
"RACIST" FACT: Between 1999 and 2011, 2,151 WHITES died as a result of being shot by ...
Norway's sneaky arms exports to Israel
It may come as a shock that Norway, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Oslo accords, is funneling weapons to Israel.
Palestine is second only to Afghanistan in the amount of aid it receives from the Norwegian government. Last year, Norwayâ€™s aid to Palestine totaled nearly $100 million.
Palestine solidarity activists stage a die-in outside the Norwegian parliament in ...
TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined
TV2 Denmark has done something no mainstream media network in the United States will dare to do: look into the controversial HPV vaccine that many have claimed has ruined the lives of so many young women, and publish an investigative report.
In December of 2013 Katie Couric did a show on the HPV Gardasil Vaccine where she dared to interview the ...
Unique historic color video shows Berlin in July 1945
New footage has emerged of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The video, filmed in July 1945, shows famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in ruins as ordinary citizens try to go about their everyday lives.
The video, shot around two months after the city fell in 1945, shows the utter destruction the German capital underwent ...
Universities Don't Understand Safe Spaces
Youtube description: Apparently people don't understand why allowing people to grow up in a perpetual hug box is bad for them. This article's writer does give me some faith in humanity though.
|More News » |