British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Wk 18 - Blog 18b - A Bridge Made of Fabric

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:15:59

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18b - onsdag den 2 maj 2018
“A Bridge Made of Fabric”
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Fascia has been discarded for more than a century. A few professions have known the importance of this structure. In 2007, the First Fascial Congress convened in order to encourage others to consider the relevance of Fascia. The Fascia Research Society was created to help bridge the divide and bridge professions.

A structure is made from parts. Where do the component materials come from?

Like the Roman engineer, military soldier, and author Vitruvius advised: It is wise to look at nature, if one wants to understand design, protection, or attack (see blog 12).

The research team at the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst has done this in spades. Al Crosby’s interest in adhesion and wrinkling combined with Duncan Irschick’s interest in ecology of animal athletics, and talented doctoral students helped in the development of GeckSkin.

GeckSkin is a highly scientific fabric based off of the anatomical properties of the gecko. The small size of the gecko should not disqualify him for the Olympics. This tiny animal can hang onto a surface with incredible force. Equally, he can detach himself with ease. The force “would be similar to a person hanging off a cliff with an elephant hanging on them”, says Professor Duncan Irschick.

So in closing this Blog “Fascia is a Fabric” the term “Area Over the Compliance” described below by Professor Crosby is “Totally NEW”. Fascia has tremendous force like a gecko’s grip. Yet, the system can be stiff or moveable at any time.

Fascia is NOT totally new. Let us get down to the keys to find what lives on Fascia.

Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden.

Geckskin Does Some Heavy Lifting!
UMass - Published on Jun 19, 2012
For years, biologist have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which allow these 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at UMass Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent Geckskin, a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

Think like GeckSkin - Professor Alfred J. Crosby
TEDx Talks - Published on Jun 15, 2014
@9:24 - Term “Area Over the Compliance”
“Area makes sense. The more area you bring into contact, the more force you can achieve. What doesn’t make sense, and it did not make sense to us at the time when we first discovered this… is it says it must become more stiff. Okay. So the more you want to hold the more stiff your system has to become. And this is Totally New.”
@10:05 “So the big lessons: 1) making contact and 2) become increasingly stiff.”@ 10:44 “And what came into my mind is, this is something we experience every day. And this material is something we already know of, it is called Fabric.”
@11:04 “What fabric allows you to do, is it allows you to conform….. to any complex topography. Whether it is conforming to a table, our body, or conforming to the roughness of any surface.”
@11:36 “Fabric allows you to conform, but when I pull on fabric it is also stiff.”

Wk 18, blog 18a - Fascia is a Bridge

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Tue, May 01, 2018 09:12:35

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18a - tisdag den 1 maj 2018
“Fascia is a Bridge”
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Fascia is a Bridge to all sorts of professions. The Joint Conference on Acupuncture, Oncology and Fascia held in November 2015 at Harvard’s OSHER Center was one Bridge.

Brooke Thomas hosted a show for Body Nerds like me to hear from incredible practitioners and researchers in the Sciences, Movement and BodyWork professions. Liberated Body had 70 episodes over 3 years. The eternal Somanaut she is; Brooke is involved with other wonderful projects,

Liberated Body - by Brooke Thomas
December 8, 2015

“One day of presentations was held at Harvard Medical School in Boston, several weeks after the Fourth International Fascia Research Congress in Reston, VA. For the first time, three Societies came together - Fascia Research Society, Society for Acupuncture Research, and the Society for Integrative Oncology to explore the relationship between fascia and cancer. Approximately 575 people attended, more than anticipated by organizers.

A total of ten presenters from the three Societies led discussions through this loop of relationships (graphic). Presenters were not limited to their own research; instead they wove together research with their experience. Each presentation was related to the prior. Every presenter had 30 minutes; the day closed with a panel discussion.

Here are some highlights from each presenter. Note: this is not a detailed reporting of the lectures, but do click on the link at the name of each researcher to access a list of their publications which will take you deeper into their work.”

Another Bridge is the work on Interoception by Bud Craig, PhD (blog #17). Fascia is bridging BodyWorkers to neuroscientists, psychologists, and psychiatrists and more. Although I cannot find reference in Bud Craig’s book that Interoception is carried by the Fascia to spinal cord, all arrows point to Fascia’s structure as having sensing capabilities. “How Do You Feel? An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self”

A pointing arrow is MIT Professor Rosalind Picard as she discusses her team’s development of a skin conductance tool. An unexpected moment led the team to measurements from a student’s autistic brother who had a grand mal seizure. The seizure was on one side of his brain, but the opposite arm reflected the seizure. Her talk is enlightening to say the least.

Pretty Cool Stuff! Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Brain Activity Revealed Through Your Skin: Stress, Sleep, & Seizures | Rosalind Picard
TEDx Talks - Published on Feb 26, 2016
Rosalind is a professor at the MIT Media Lab. She is credited with starting the field of Affective Computing, giving computers emotional intelligence. She also developed the first wearables that sense affective data and can help people with epilepsy, autism, and too much stress in their lives. Her inventions have led to start-up companies such as Affectiva and Empatica.
Listen at:
@05:19 - How can you be excited on one side of your body and not the other? This just didn't make sense!
@06:13 - I'm on the phone with Dr. Joe Madsen head of Neurosurgery Children's Hospital in Boston. “Hi Dr. Madsen. My name is Rosalind Picard. Could you tell me if it is it possible that somebody could have a huge sympathetic nervous system surge many minutes before a grand mal seizure?”
He says, “Probably not. But you know, we’ve sometimes had patients who have hair stand on end on one arm before a seizure.” I said, “On one arm?!”

Week 18 - Folds of Fascia to Fluid

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sun, April 29, 2018 19:18:31

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18 - måndag den 30 april 2018
“Folds of Fascia to Non-Newtonian Fluid
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Alex Honnold and USA Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps have something in common. They need to reach. Reaching an arm up to grab onto a rock or a longer arm to paddle through water, can lead to a split second favorable outcome.

There is strength within their reach. The reach is strong and long at the same time. This is not because of muscle, but the behavior of the connective tissue around / within the muscle, nerves, blood vessels. The connective tissue folds then unfolds or glides then slides. Their reach is stiff, then it retracts and returns to supple. It coils and recoils - again and again and again.

There are instances where suppleness does not return. Frozen shoulder is a common example. There are illness which change connective tissue to stiffness only. Scleroderma, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia have symptoms of stiffness. These illnesses affect women more often than men. At one time, perhaps, these illnesses had symptoms considered to be Conversion Disorder or Hysteria. Now the “Thinking of Today” provides a biological reason for the illness. Yet, no cure.

There is an Indian dude, Amar Bharati who has sacrificed his right arm in devotion to the Hindu deity Shiva. He reached his arm straight up into the air above his head in 1973. At first there was a lot of pain, then pain subsided, but the range of motion stiffened. Now his arm remains in this position without effort. If suppleness should return, these tissues would need some divine intervention. Fluid has a difficult time flowing up without momentum.

Christopher Daprato and colleague Kenneth Leung give an excellent lecture at the OSHER Center Mini Medical School for the public May 9, 2017. The Fascia glides and slides over other connective tissues. A liquid “barrier” is in between them. BRILLIANT, Dr. Daprato, Brilliant !

Daprato provides an activity at @10:00 of his Presentation, linked below. Take a piece of paper (A). Put honey on A, place another paper (B) over A. Pull. Let us take the analogy one step further to explain what happened to Amar Bharati’s arm.

Put a finger on paper A. The tension of the finger on A restricts A from moving. Pull on B. B glides over A. Use warm honey between the papers. The movement of the sheets of paper is effortless. In your own experiment, compare movement and the force needed to pull on paper B with cool honey vs warm honey. Amar Bharati's arm has solidified. The liquid barrier in between his tissues has frozen. It is not from lack of temperature, he lives in India. It is loss of fluid flow.

Daprato @29:00 minutes discusses ketchup and its thixotropic effect. “Viscosity reduces as one puts in energy to move better.”

The fluid in between these sheets of paper is HONEY. Honey, like corn starch, is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. Either can be stiff or supple. The very definition of the Ground Substance of the human body is a Non-Newtonian Fluid.

“A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid that does not follow Newton's Law of Viscosity. Most commonly, the viscosity (the gradual deformation by shear or tensile stresses) of non-Newtonian fluids is dependent on shear rate or shear rate history.” (wikipedia Non-Newtonian Fluid)

Daprato has worked with Michael Phelps and other athletes. In order to allow Michael Phelps to have a longer reach, a technique other than compression was tested. Myofascial decompression is lifting tissue using suction cups. Images @72:00 minutes demonstrate how decompressing fascia levels increases the flow of fluid.

Ancient oriental texts have used cupping for a long time. And allow me to say: Their medicine has known, for a longer time than A.D. Bud Craig and our “Thinking of Today”, the homeostasis model. Stimulate/Strengthen one system, dampen the signal of another system.

The AMAZING lecture from Christopher Daprato and Kenneth Leung is derived from recent research. Daprato shared his reference list @77:00.

The sources are well known to the Fascia world. A few to name: Carla Stecco, Thomas Myers, Thomas Findley, Hans Chaundry, Helene Langevin, Andreas Schilder, Robert Schleip, and Frank Willard.

And best yet, my silent hero in the Fascial World, Gil Hedley is mentioned @87:00 minutes. Finally, Gil gets air time. He is one amazing explorer of the human body. Even better, he shares his knowledge. It is not locked up somewhere where only other researchers can learn from it, or where one must pay thousands of dollars to access it.

Thank you, Gil, for all you have done to advance the Bridge of Fascia to all people and professions.

Kindest regards Gil,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

The Role of Fascia in Movement and Function
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine presents Mini Medical School for the Public"
Show ID: 32389 - Recorded on 05/09/2017

0:15 - Main Speaker: Christopher Daprato
39:24 - Main Speaker: Kenneth Leung
56:10 - Main Speaker: Daprato
1:07:45 - Questions & Answers

Fascia, or connective tissue, helps muscles communicate. See how to keep this important part of your body supple to improve your mobility and decrease pain.

Week 17a - Saliency - Awareness

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sun, April 29, 2018 11:20:30

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #17a - söndag den 29 april 2018
“Saliency - Awareness
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Alex Honnold is a regular guy. An normal guy who likes to use his body to climb upright structures without safety equipment like a rope or a harness. If Bud Craig would image his brain, perhaps Dr. Craig could predict what would be seen. Alex Honnold has a purpose, a passion. The very definition of a Saliency should be Alex free climbing.

Alex has a lean figure. Muscle is needed to help him maneuver up the cliff face. One could make a strong argument, that more is needed than muscle to navigate a cliff face for hours. Coordination, balance, preparation, staying in the present moment are MORE important than muscle. All the information from his skin, his fascia, his body, MUST be in continuous conversation. Disconnecting from his body, could be deadly.

We are a few hundred years from the theories of Rene Descartes "mind-body dualism." The theory was well accepted as the “Thinking of the Day”. It was about the nature of the mind being separate from the body. It was possible, therefore, to exist without the other.

A Royal Swedish Navy ship was dispatched by Swedish Queen Christina. The Swedish vessel picked up Descartes and 2,000 book in October 1649. It is reported Queen Christina of Sweden and Rene Descartes met a handful of times, but they did not approve of each other.

A gut reaction is communication between the Enteric Nervous System and the brain. This was impossible with the dualist theory. Descartes’ mechanistic view to Queen Christina was - well, mechanical! Perhaps Queen Christina was more instinctual, more attuned to Interoception. She was well schooled in a time where the “Thinking of the Day” was a woman’s brain may explode if she went to school to learn.

Thank goodness she listened to her gut and selected listening to Olaus Rudbeck (see Blog #3) in 1652 instead of Descartes.

Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Free climbing Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes or safety gear (in 3 hours 56 minutes)
ABC News - Published on Jun 6, 2017
Alex Honnold climbs to the top of El Capitan without ropes. The achievement was documented by National Geographic Documentary Films.

The ascent of Alex Honnold
CBS News - Published on Jan 1, 2012
Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity by scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear. Lara Logan reports.

Week 17 - Interoception - Forskning i Framkant

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sun, April 29, 2018 08:25:50

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #17 - 29 april 2018
“Interoception - Forskning i Framkant
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I emailed Dr. Splichal on August 8, 2017 to ask her some questions on Interoception after watching her insightful webinar. I asked if I could reference her free lecture regarding Interoception. She agreed. On YouTube, one can find great self work she prescribes in her podiatry practice to patients.

Dr. Emily Splichal was kind enough to send me her Webinar 1 of 3 for my research purposes. To find more about her and her work “Intro to Interoception", see

Interoception The Emotional Side of Fascia with Dr Emily Splichal
EBFAFitness - Published on Jul 6, 2017
Mind body awareness is more complex than just kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness. Research shows that we also have an emotional side to body awareness called interoception. Interoception or the emotional side of body awareness is actually linked to our myofascial system and makes up 80% of the peripheral nerves found in our fascia. Join Dr Emily as she explores the emotional side to fascial fitness programs and how important this information is to all health and movement specialists.

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What is interesting about Interoception is the change of what has been taught over the years, versus the truth. A.D. (Bud) Craig, PhD spent years trying to correct the “Thinking of Today” with the “Thinking of uhhhhh, no it is not ! ”.

Forskning i Framkant
is lecture series from Linköping University Hospital in Sweden. It translates to “Science on the Cutting Edge”. The lecture series is mentioned in Blog #15 “Thinking of Today: Did NOT support Matthew Sanford.”

Knowing the results of Dr. Craig et. al., work will make me ecstatic. Ohhhhh the places the future will go! Spännande!!! Exciting!!!!

I hope, for the sake of my daughter, the future of medicine will have answers to why depression occurs and how to fix it. Bud Craig in the lecture above mentions treatment resistant depression. Stimulation of the left vagus nerve is important to dampen the right anterior Insula.

Time is salient on this paper. Time can stand still. Time cannot wait for the end of my writing. According to Malcolm Gladwell, knowing the ending of the story, helps to tell the beginning and middle. So now to complete the journey with you.

Let us learn more about the “Branch Offices of the Brain” as A.T. Still wrote in the 1900s.

Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

How do you feel? Seminar by Bud Craig in Swedish Series: Forskning i Framkant
October 8, 2009
Dr. Bud Craig lectures at the Neurological University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden. Research with colleague Anders Blomqvist et al is discussed.

Anders Blomqvist
- Linköping University Hospital
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE) Divison of Neurobiology (NEUROB)
@03:15 minutes in Dr. Craig’s lecture “How Do You Feel?”
Anders Blomqvist states, “Dr. Craig described - rather discovered that pain sensations were processed by separate discreet neurons in the spinal cord and in the brain stem…..His work on the nociceptive system was a paradigm shift. It shifted our view on how the nociceptive system is organized.”

If one wants a scientific understanding of _x_, watch at time code:
@29:29 Interoception (dynamic exercise stimulates Insula);
@34:56 Limbic Motor Cortex communicates with Right Anterior Insula “This is where humans engendger their own feelings.”
@42:42 Auditory, Visual, Vestibular systems feed into INTEROCEPTION areas
@43:15 “The brain uses 25% of the energy budget of the entire body.”
@46:00 Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease
@47:00 Representation of Self and Time; Who ME is; the Integration of Saliency
@47:57 Jumping out of an airplane - Time stands still
@50:00 Depression / Stroke / Happiness - 2 sides of brain
@53:32 Homeostasis
@54:09 Stimulation of Left Vagus Nerve - epileptic seizures and depression
@54:29 Activation of Left Anterior Insula causes DE-activation of Right Anterior Insula
@54:40 Breathing slowly - tests homeostasis theory
@55:30 Experiment in press of Ecstatic Seizure of epileptic patient (Picard & Craig 2009)

"How Do you Feel?" with Dr. Bud Craig
- Functional Neuroanatomist
July 28, 2015
Ginger Campbell MD produces the Brain Science Podcast, exploring how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory.

Commentary by A.D. (Bud) Craig, Ph.D. May 2011 referencing 2009 ARTICLE:
Author: Craig, AD
Journal: NAT REV NEUROSCI, 10 (1): 59-70, JAN 2009

The insula is physically hidden beneath the overlying folds of parietal and temporal cortex that form the Sylvian fissure, and so it has often been simply ignored. My paper describes how the insula substantializes human feelings from the body, and it highlights new evidence indicating that the insula may engender all feelings, and even awareness.

I am a functional neuroanatomist who spent years using single-unit electrophysiological and high-resolution tract-tracing methods to map a novel pathway in primates for feelings from the body, such as temperature, pain, itch, muscle ache, and so on. The terminus of this pathway in the dorsal posterior insula, which provides a primary cortical image of these affective feelings, had not been glimpsed in earlier work.

Eventually, I realized that the spinal and brainstem components of this pathway can be viewed as the long-missing sensory complement of the autonomic nervous system, and that the evolutionary appearance of the phylogenetically novel cortical projection in primates provides a high-resolution interoceptive (or homeostatic) sensory representation of the physiological condition of the body—that is, "how you feel.”

Based on our original positron emission tomography (PET) imaging study of brain activation during feelings of cool temperatures, which validated this pathway in humans, I had suggested in an earlier article that integration within the insula leads to re-representations in the anterior insula that correlate with human awareness of affective feelings, consistent with the well-known James-Lange theory of emotion.

In the field of pain research, my functional anatomical findings constituted a paradigm shift that fundamentally contradicted long-standing views, and accordingly resulted in considerable resistance from leaders in the field, as well as funding difficulties. Similarly, although the model for awareness I proposed in this paper resonates with investigators across many fields, particular prominent authors who have different opinions regarding consciousness have chosen to ignore or deny these views.

AD. (Bud) Craig, Ph.D.
Atkinson Research Scientist
Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Week 16 - Interoception - 8th Sense Over Load

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Mon, April 23, 2018 19:11:34

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #16 - 22 april 2018
"Interoception - 8th Sense Over Load“
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Matthew Sanford and Jennifer Brea have something in common: Interoception. Except….. their 8th sense is operating on polar opposite ends.

A.D. (Bud) Craig wrote the foreword to Kelly Mahler’s book, “Interoception: the Eighth Sensory System”. As discussed in the book, our seven systems are not working alone. We have graduated from the five basic senses: smell, sight, sound, touch and taste. We have added the “hidden senses” of the vestibular and proprioceptive systems.

Ms. Mahler is an occupational therapist and autism consultant specializing in the development of self-regulation and social cognition skills. She cites the sources of Craig, 2002 and Fuchs & Koch, 2014 for the best description of Interoception, page 1 states:

“..helps us feel many important sensations, such as pain, body temperature, itch, sexual arousal, hunger, thirst, heart rate, breathing rates, muscle tension, pleasant touch, sleepiness and when we need to use the bathroom. Interoception helps us sense a variety of general and localized feelings, such as feelings of warmth or coldness, tickling or shivering, tension or relaxation, constriction or expansion, sinking or lifting, trembling or steadiness.”

Matthew Sanford spent years not listening to his 8th Sense. He was told he could not feel it. He had an under-load of sensation due to a spinal injury. Whereas, Jennifer Brea had the opposite situation. Jennifer's sensations were/are so outstandingly deafening that every part of her body felt/feels it. She had/has pain or a total collapse of function due to 8th sense over-load.

How completely frustrating to both of them!!! They were told it was all in their head. The sensations were not real. Jennifer was told, there was no biological reason for her issues, the diagnosis: Conversion Disorder. In decades past, Conversion Disorder was known as Hysteria.

Matthew and Jennifer have been saved and failed by the current thinking of today. It is time to unfold the levels of the Fascial System and bridge professions. Others may learn, accept, and advance the structure called Fascia and what lives in it.

Thank you for attending my lecture at the British Fascial Symposium Sunday Lecture, May 13th.
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Kelly Mahler, MS OTR/L

Jennifer Brea
TED Talk -

Jennifer Brea
2017 Documentary “Unrest”

Week 15 - Thinking of Today

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sun, April 22, 2018 10:49:24

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #15 - Sunday 15 april 2018
Thinking of Today: Did NOT support Matthew Sanford
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There are 10 systems of the body which regulate functions, give us form, and maintain life. This is the Thinking of Today.

Human Body 101 | National Geographic
Published on Dec 1, 2017
How does the human body work? What roles do the digestive, reproductive, and other systems play? Learn about human anatomy and the complex processes that help your body function.

Researcher and Functional Neurobiologist Dr. Bud Craig from America has worked with the people at the Neurological Clinic Hospital in Linköping, Sweden (Anders Blomqvist). They are learning more about the pathway from the body to the Brain’s Insula. Dr. Craig discovered this pathway in 1990. The Insula is a like a master GPS which receives satellite signals from connective tissues all over the body.

Is the Interoception pathway part of the Nervous System? Or does it belong to another system? An entirely NEW system?

Matthew Sanford was not told of Interoception nor the Fascial System at age 13. The discovery of the CORRECT pathway of Interoception to the Insula was years after Matthew’s life changing car accident.

Matthew was told by the doctors he could not feel. The thinking of the day was: Matthew’s thoracic spinal cord was severed at T4, T5 and T6; therefore, Matthew was unable to have nerves fire and connect. He could not feel.

No one shared with Matthew, there was another way his body was sending information to his brain about his environment and surroundings. He said he could feel. But the thinking of the day, told him to stop this thinking. It took Matthew 12 years to reconnect to his body. It was after he dropped the “Thinking of Today” to pursue listening to his body when conscious mindfulness began.

It is time to proceed to the next stage of thinking.
Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Matthew Sanford -- Transform 2009 - Mind Body Awareness
Mayo Clinic - Published on Feb 28, 2013
Matthew Sanford, the founder of Mind Body Solutions, speaks about the connection between the mind and body at Transform 2009, a symposium sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

@ 08:40 “Trauma disconnects the mind from the body.”

@ 09:20 “I'm being told that I've severed my spinal cord and that's the devastating injury at T 4,5,6. And I am being told I have no sensation in my whole body; in my body below my point of injury. That basically that mind-body relation from my point of injuries is over. And I - I’m a 13 year old boy and I'm sitting there thinking I don't know if that’s true. I feel something I feel it's a tingling or a hum. And you know, it’s not like other sensations, but it's real. I have it. So I tell the doctors about it.”

@ 10:59 “They [neurology residents] poke me in my arm and then they poked me in my foot. And say, “does it feel the same?” And I’m getting ashamed now and humiliated for thinking and I could have sensation with a severed spinal cord. And I say, “No.” And they say, “See they are not real.”

Week 14 - Thinking of the Day

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, April 20, 2018 19:26:55

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #14 - Sunday 8 april 2018
“Thinking of the Day”
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Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician in mid 1800s at Vienna General Hospital. Despite increased bloodletting and increased prayer, new mothers would die of Child Bed Fever at alarming rates. The hospital across the street was preferred by expectant mothers to Vienna General.

After the death of a dear friend and colleague who led the autopsy education of the Vienna Hospital, Semmelweis deduced the blood poisoning his friend died of WAS child bed fever.

Semmelweis asked students to wash with chloride of lime (calcium hypochlorite) before they examined women in the hospital. The death rate from child bed fever declined. But the “Thinking of the Day" by the administration and doctors had none of the heresy Semmelweis proclaimed. Death was the price to be paid for bearing a child. It was God’s will or bad air called 'Miasma Theory' causing death of the women in Vienna General Hospital. Ignaz was laughed at, ridiculed and fired from the Hospital.

He was institutionalized (mental institution). There he died of very disease he proclaimed the doctors had transmitted to new mothers: sepsis aka child bed fever.

The Germ Theory took hold after Ignaz Semmelweis' premature death. A mistake was made by Scottish chemist Sir Alexander Fleming which led to the discovery of penicillin in 1928. Yes, an Oops Moment led to a discovery which has saved lives from Sepsis, Child Bed Fever, and Consumption.

Consumption aka Tuberculous was an illness which consumed the person and the body. Eventually, the result was death. Certain populations and cultures knew the reason why Consumption happened. It was the spirit of Uncle Bob, a deceased loved one, coming back to suck the soul out of the living family member. The only way to solve the illness from infecting other family members was to dig up Uncle Bob and dismember him. Strangely, Consumption still plagued others after Uncle Bob was dismembered. So prayer and bloodletting, prevailed.

A few chosen words from and about Sir Alexander Fleming after the Oops Moment, see below.

See you at the BFS May 2018
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Scottish chemist Alexander Fleming
Nobel Prize 1945 - acceptance speech:

Bacteria are very adaptable - “this will not last long nor can it be over used.”
Early in his medical life, Fleming became interested in the natural bacterial action of the blood and in antiseptics. He was able to continue his studies throughout his military career. He settled to work on antibacterial substances which would not be toxic to animal tissues.

In 1921, he discovered in «tissues and secretions» an important bacteriolytic substance which he named Lysozyme.

In 1928, while working on influenza virus, he observed that mould had developed accidentally on a staphylococcus culture plate and that the mould had created a bacteria-free circle around itself.

In his Nobel Lecture Acceptance Speech December 11, 1945, Dr. Fleming said,
“I invented the name "Penicillin". I simply followed perfectly orthodox lines and coined a word which explained that the substance penicillin was derived from a plant of the genus Penicillium.”

page 87 and 88 he said:
“ By this method and by the method of serial dilution I tested the sensitivity of many of the common microbes which infect us and found exactly what is illustrated in Fig. 2 - that many of the common human pathogens were strongly inhibited while many others were unaffected. This led us to our first practical use of penicillin, namely in the preparation of differential culture medium. There was such a sharp distinction between the sensitive and insensitive microbes that by adding penicillin to the culture medium all the sensitive microbes were inhibited while all the insensitive microbes grew out without hindrance. This made it very easy to isolate microbes like the whooping-cough bacillus and Pfeiffer’s influenza bacillus which are normally found in the respiratory tract in association with large numbers of cocci which are sensitive to penicillin.”

WARNING: page 92 and 93
“But I would like to sound one note of warning. Penicillin is to all intents and purposes non-poisonous so there is no need to worry about giving an overdose and poisoning the patient. There may be a danger, though, in underdosage. It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them, and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body."

"The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant."

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945
was awarded jointly to Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Howard Walter Florey "for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases".

Cite this page:
MLA style: "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945". Nobel Media AB 2014.
Web. 28 Mar 2018