Overall, her contributions in this category relate to the eyes and ears of her humanitarianism and clinical skills and which led to detecting hidden societal and medical problems and defining them with sound research, the methodologies and knowledge of which have attained universal applicability. Many of the programs that derived from these efforts are now accepted as an integral part of the landscape of society.
Following is a list of some of her endeavors in this regard:
- It's role in human health and behavior, a subject addressed in some depth in her recent books and publications and the possibilities inherent in future research.
- The role of ENERGY in turning on the human genome.
- Genetic testing, genetic research and the plausibility of genetic registers were all addressed in an article published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 1965 which of course predated the GENOME project by several decades. The concluding paragraphs of that paper of thirty-five years ago (quoted below) foretold the advent of genetic engineering and the pivotal role that Medical Genetics would play in the practice of medicine which events are now upon us. Currently, with knowledge flowing from the GENOME, all the parameters addressed in that article are now under serious consideration, prior to implementation in the world of genetics and the human domain.
The pertinent quotes are as follows:
"In the future, the means to achieve more dramatic effects may become available. "Euphenics," a term coined by Lederberg to imply influencing the chain of information from DNA to RNA so as to obtain a more desirable phenotype, may become a practical possibility."
"Medical genetics may be able to bring about as big a revolution in the art and practice of medicine as bacteriology and environmental health did a century ago. It emphasizes how closely connected are everyday problems in medicine with the most basic phenomena of biology, phenomena whose complexities, such as the control of protein synthesis, are being steadily unraveled at the present time. Thus, it brings to every physician a challenge to the pattern of his* thinking and as never before a realization of the inseparability of clinical, preventive, and research medicine."
* An editorial comment draws attention to the use of the male gender in referring to physicians, 35 years later, this would be deemed very politically incorrect!
- High Risk Groups
Definition of same.
Its application to the morbidity and mortality of mothers and children which resulted in programs designed to improve pregnancy outcome.
High risk groups were the subject of a SPECIAL ARTICLE published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This methodology is now widely used and applied.
- Peri-Natal Care
Research from the above that contributed to the three-tiered approach to peri-natal care which is now universally practiced. q.v. items 12, 13 and 14 under Articles.
- High Risk Registers & Record Linkage
Closely allied to these overviews in Medical Genetics and High Risk Groups were her suggestions for the establishment of Risk Registers and Record Linkage, the purpose of which would be coordinated and comprehensive services to those in need and better employment and deployment of personnel. These proposals were the subject of letters exchanged between her and officers of the American Academy of Pediatrics of which she is a Fellow in 1966 and which are still in her files. The world of computers has brought some degree of reality to Record Linkage and the Child Find Programs promoted by the AAP can in some measure be perceived as progeny of the concept of Risk Registers.
- Teen Pregnancies
First to raise the alarm about the increase in teen pregnancies she carefully examined and projected the medical, social, and educational implications it posed, in an article published in The American Journal of Public Health in November 1966. The concerns and recommendations she made at that time have only recently received the attention, political and otherwise that they called for. In fact, the suggestions made to remedy that situation thirty years ago, not heeded at the time, led to a predictable escalation in teen pregnancies and births.
However, they apply equally well now, to the causes and solutions of the pandemic of violence that pervades all sectors of society world wide.
Following is an excerpt from that article of 1966, plus some comments Dr. Anderson made about it in a recent article and in another context:*
At that time she said, "In looking for reasons one is struck by the fact that the present-day teen-ager (1965) is the child born in the immediate post-war period, an era in which communications media experienced an unprecedented upsurge. Could this alarming phenomenon be due in part to the influence of television which now permeates the living quarters of almost every American and Western European home, satiating the population from babes in arms to those in rocking chairs with orgies of sex and crime? Could the cinema also have played its role, particularly when made available as a drive-in to the younger generation with an automobile. The automobile itself has undoubtedly made its contribution, particularly in the ability it has given to the American family of pulling up roots and moving from one locale to another quite frequently? What this has done to family stability and concepts of neighborly respect and responsibility, is a moot question."
"Surely these observations can only stimulate us to invite the social anthropologists to offer some reasons for these phenomena and to suggest what we can do to effectively direct the inevitable evolution of man's society in more noble terms. As health care workers, we have to ask ourselves, what is our own role in preventive action. It seems self-evident that, for a start, we must involve ourselves much more than we have in the past with every phase of human activity. If we believe that the communications media are in part responsible, then we must make ourselves heard nationally and locally in this regard."
"If we believe that the prevalence of wrong values is responsible, then do we not have responsibility as citizens and as educators to do something about teaching right values? Should we not then concern ourselves with the child and the family at the personal level in the community, as well as at the professional level? And if the powers that be (whoever they are) think that the teaching of family life education is out of line in the schoolroom then let us go to the community center and the Sunday School and teach it there, for it seems that an increase in material wealth, when not supported by an increase in those qualities that engender nobility in the individual, has tragic consequences for society. In our war against poverty, now gaining such momentum, and in which we as health workers, are so vitally concerned and involved let us never forget that the inculcation of a sense of beauty is essential along with the alleviation of material poverty."
"Should we not then, in our efforts to improve health, education and welfare bring the artist as well as the physician, the poet as well as the educator and the minister as well as the social worker into our programs? The rate of increase in out-of-wedlock births would indicate that we must do this, for otherwise if our civilization lasts to the year 2000 we will have a nation of fatherless orphans."
AND INDEED THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
What strikes me forcibly are the similarities between what I said 35 years ago in regard to the then emerging problems of teen pregnancies (which in North America, Europe and elsewhere, is now a pandemic), and the comments now being made by politicians and professionals in regard to teen violence today. It seems there has to be a connection. If so, then what is it?
If we touch on but even a fraction of the truth in answer to this question, we have to see its connection to the paths we should be following in turning back this tidal wave of violence by addressing its precursors of anxiety, fear, depression, despair and most of all, the absence of personal responsibility that derives from an absence of personal identity and a felt sense of beauty and nobility.
There can be no doubt that violence and other negative and dysfunctional behavior finds its origins in the need for a quick fix to dissipate the feelings of a deep sense of dis-connectedness, which erupts in the momentary connection of sex, drugs, and the getting even with words, lies and weapons that spray death on goodness of mind and soul and body. We can and must do better.
Paths to the deeper understanding and healing of soul disconnection are described in detail in her books, The Psalms of Children; Their Songs and Laments, Immunology of the Soul; The Paradigm for the Future, Taking Out The Violence; Shedding Light on the Science and Soul of Human Behavior, and in several of her articles.
- Early detection in infancy.
Since the late 1960's she has called for the testing of all infants 4 months of age and younger, for loss of hearing. All aspects of child development have their appointed times for optimal attainment, beyond which, if there are impediments these skills may be crippled or lost. For hearing, it begins even before birth and maximizes out by 6months of age. Fortunately, but 30 years later, early testing for hearing loss is being recognized as a necessary and essential component of routine infant care, and is now being implemented in some child health care facilities and pediatric offices.
- High Frequency Deafness in School Children
Likewise in 1967 she urged routine screening of school children at ages 6, 8, 10, and 13 years of age for their ability to hear high frequency sounds. High frequency sounds fall within the window of 4000-8000 c.p.s.* and are essential components of countless words e.g., th, s, f, etc. Findings of the research she conducted in this regard which were published in the American Journal of Diseases of Children in August 1967 showed a significant relationship between high frequency deafness and learning and behavioral disorders in school age children. 4000 c.p.s. is still the upper reach of routine audiometric screening, consequently many children are being labeled learning and behaviorally dysfunctional when their basic problem is high frequency hearing loss. It is no wonder then that remediation of some learning disabilities is being achieved by the use of SOUND and its higher frequencies, some of which would be unnecessary if these children were identified early and managed accordingly. More needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of screening for this defect.
*Cycles per second
- Dyslexia and Other Reading and Learning Problems
Likewise because of differences in the dominance of sight, sound and touch, as well as laterality in the reading and learning processes she has long advocated flexibility in teaching modalities, which she has addressed in countless articles and in some of her recent books.
- Handicapped Children
Programs for the detection, treatment, and management of physically and mentally handicapped children some of which has been addressed in several articles.
- New Morbidity of Children
Immunisation and anti-biotics have dramatically changed the nature of childhood illnesses, yielding center stage to psycho-social and learning problems. We call this the NEW MORBIDITY of children for which she led the field as follows:
The importance of:
- Parental Perception of childhood sickness and handicap which demonstrated that parental concerns are predominantly educational and social and not medical. This was accomplished in a major study called the Toronto (Canada) Child Health Study funded by the Canadian Department of Health and Education.
- Psycho Social issues that now dominate the concern and practice of pediatrics which she has addressed in her publications.
- Community Health
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
The programs she initiated led her to believe the future of pediatrics lay in social, educational and other community issues. She therefore asked the American Academy of Pediatrics to establish a special section on Community Health. The AAP Board agreed to her proposal and the several programs of this section on Community Health are now at center stage of the Academy's thrust and commitment.
- Energy Medicine
For the past several years she has drawn attention to and written about the pivotal role of Energy in human health and behavior and it s particular use and role in the management of many childhood disorders.
- The use of the energies of Light and Color in healing the physical, emotional, and behavioral disorders of children.
- The use of Imagery and Visualization to change energy from dysfunctional to functional frequencies and other modalities.
- Her insights into the role of ENERGY, described in detail in her writings, makes it clear that effective intervention in the cycle of human dysfunction, will require not only the laying aside of erroneous beliefs systems about it s causation, but new awareness's and their application of the fundamental and dynamic role that energy and its infinity of frequencies play in the dances, both inner and outer, of the individual and collective consciousness of the human trinity of Body, Mind and Soul. It is the Pirouette beyond the Genome but dependant on it.
To this end by combining her own clinical experience, observations and research with science, spirituality, and religion, she has developed a unique concept of the roots of these disorders and dysfunctions and describes how the memories and energies that ignite them, are passed from generation to generation. At a time where there is great concern about the failure to stem the rising tide of abuse and violence world wide, her work renders HOPE, based on (these) new perspectives, of what constitutes LIFE, SOUL, and SCIENCE that she offers.
She has said many times that:
It is, I believe, altered energy and its altered messages that initiate and then maintain the electrochemical changes in body and brain which, being measurable have up until now, been believed to be the cause of psychiatric disorder and human dysfunction. If this is so, then the implications for treatment and healing take on an unprecedented aura of light and hope. For by changing the quality of the energy, we change the quality of life's experience.
Because the energies of memories and consciousness of children are more amenable to change than those of adults, when frequencies are damaged it becomes imperative to engage them in the young in order to release them from their bondage.
We carry the blue prints of the energies to which we are heir and the electrochemistry that they drive, in our genes and other memory systems of our trinity. (These subjects have been addressed in depth in her books.) However, in general, those that disservice us call into question long held beliefs about human behavior, including those about FREE WILL. How free is it? With all the best intentions in the world, how can we effectively use WILL, when that with which we are naturally endowed dictates energies that go against, what is willed? This is, of course, the reason so many seek counseling for relief from the emotional and behavioral burdens they carry.
It is my belief that while recognizing the importance of environment we need to also deeply and carefully examine the biology and energies of human behavior. Indeed, what is required is nothing less than bringing reality and therefore BALANCE to the Nature versus Nurture debate.
This becomes a sweet challenge in these times, wherein the hitherto major killers and cripplers of humankind, which were predominantly infectious and physical diseases, have yielded center stage, to those of the mind and soul. We most commonly refer to them as psychiatric disorders. This shift has collided with the faith we have been programmed to place on technology and drugs as the panaceas for all the ills of humankind. Beyond doubt they have rendered invaluable knowledge and facilitated the diagnosis and management of many serious physical diseases and injuries. However, statistics loudly proclaim they have done little or nothing to reduce the incidence, or alleviate the destructiveness on individuals and society, of mind and soul disorders. The reason is simple. As currently used in a therapeutic context, both, but drugs in particular only address the consequences of altered energy. But, we know that energy, of itself, can be changed and transformed. Therefore, it is entirely logical to expect that if we apply the principles of technology (and Immunology), to the energies of mind and soul, as they have been so successfully applied to physical energies, then we may hope and expect their negative energies, to be transformed.
This means that if we are to allow the human soul to dwell within its connection to the creative mind of God, it is self evident that society must turn its attention to children because their energies are the most susceptible to change. For this reason I call on society to use the many opportunities, beginning before birth and continuing through childhood, where intervention for positive change can be made. We do it for physical diseases, why not for those of the mind and soul.
Her recommendations on how to do this are carefully explored and presented in her books.
Personal and Collective
- She has addressed in depth the role of consciousness in Health of Body, Mind, and Soul.
- How cultural and religious belief systems are passed from generation to generation thereby becoming a part of Collective Consciousness that then affects if not determines the value systems of society.
- How these memories within trans-generational consciousness have played into the unequal values placed on women and children vis-à-vis men and how these have impacted on their health and well-being, and in some degree contributed to the violence in society.
- Women's Issues
She has written extensively on women's issues some of which may be found in her books.
- Immune Systems for Mind and Soul
In the late 1980's she conceived the concepts of immune systems for the mind and soul. Since 1991 she has published on same and these concepts play an important role in her recent books.
- Violence and Behavioral Dysfunction
Currently she is drawing world-wide attention to the real causes underlying the current epidemics of learning and behavioral disorders in children and the violence being done to, as well as committed by, the young. Her well researched work and publications challenge long held beliefs about the causes of these blights and explains why so many modalities used to correct them, currently and in the past have failed. This coincides with the mounting crescendo of concern amongst professionals who are now saying that given the failures of so called traditional remediation, it is becoming obvious that the causes of human misery and its multitude of disorders and dysfunctions lie far beyond our currently held and time honored beliefs.
Amongst these are her descriptions of how throughout endless ages many factors have altered energy frequencies, either in a process of adaptation for survival and healthy functioning, or as impediments to them. Technology which has delivered so much that is positive to the human scene, may also, she believes, in some cases, be causing profound problems. Described in some detail in her books and articles, of particular concern are some procedures which are a routine part of Pre-natal Care. For example, it is not beyond reason to conjecture, that Ultra Sonagrams may be interfering with the normal development of the brain and nervous system and if so, are contributing factors, amongst others, to the epidemic of learning, and behavior disorders in children and the adults they become. She calls for immediate clarification of this and other similar issues while pointing out that research published over the last six years show that ultra sonogram's render no advantage to the immediate outcomes of pregnancy.
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