British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Mon, May 07, 2018 21:17:08

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"Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it."
måndag den 7 may 2018

This lecture will present a unique view of the fascial web under the skin and between the organs and present key visual aids from researchers, medical doctors, scientists, and others.

The lecture will provoke the audience through awe and possible disgust to question and view the fascia and extracellular matrix as a living organism in its own dimension.

More than 4,000 years ago, the theory of the four humors of the human body (black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood) dominated Egyptian thought. It passed into Greek, Roman, and Islamic medicine and eventually became the underpinning of Western medicine until the mid-19th century. (Mütter Museum in Philadelphia,

Are we ready to Turn the Page of Medicine? Let us take a look at the Fascia and who or what lives in it?

I grew up being told facts. As I grew up, these facts became the “Thinking of Yesterday”. The reason facts become myths is because there is someone or many someone’s asking questions. Really? Are we certain? How can that be? Let us test the facts!

Elon Musk’s 1st Principles Analysis: Take the most fundamental truths in a particular arena, almost indisputably correct, reason up from there to a conclusion. And if one sees that the conclusion is at odds with most opinion, then one has an opportunity.

John Lewis’ book, ‘A.T. Still, from Dry Bones to the Living Man’ is one of the most influential books to read from front to back and back to front. The more Dr. Still understood about the human body, the more he could help people. In his time, medicine could kill as well as addict those who were prescribed a remedy. He wanted to pass along his knowledge. All were welcome to attend his school, women and men, lay people and professionally trained medical people alike. Those who could pay tuition and those who could not pay were also welcomed.

There was a requirement: a passion to help others find health.

Dr. Still, M.D. indicated working with Fascia is working with the branch offices of the Brain. In 6 short lectures at the British Fascial Symposium, we will look for the keys to the Kingdom.

1 Entrainment - Senses - Interoception Matthew Sanford
2 Oscillations
3 Genes & Twins
4 Bones / stones
5 Fluid flow
6 TITTA och LYSSNA is Swedish for Look and Listen

Wk 19 - Blog 19 - Fluid Where the Fascia Lives

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Mon, May 07, 2018 16:56:34

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

Blog #19 - måndag den 7 maj 2018
“Fluid where the Fascia Lives”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Remember the last time your body was fighting the flu (see Blog 7)? It sucked! The whole body ached. There was no energy. Viruses like to high-jack the DNA and RNA which live inside most of our cells. Strange enough, a mature Red Blood Cell is called a cell, yet it has no nucleus, therefore no DNA nor RNA (funny thing is a virus has no DNA nor RNA either).

One can think the flu virus does this:
One day Billy Blast is swimming in honey. Daddy DNA and Robin RNA live inside Billy Blast. They tell him what to do. Billy Blast being very young and inexperienced listen to Daddy DNA and Robin RNA without question. When a Victorian Gown Virus swims up in front of Billy Blast and says try me on, Billy Blast gladly does so. The Victorian Gown Virus then hypnotizes Billy’s DNA or RNA.

Viruses are very good at this as they have no DNA nor RNA of their own (like a mature RBC). Science is using this greedy behavior to program viruses with good instructions for the cell. It seems to have some promising affects to help fight cancer and more.

Science also using something called basic Fibroblastic Growth Factor to help people with Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) to heal the eye and see again. AMD can affect 700,000 people, of those people 10% are the wet form. The method Professor Pete Coffey discusses on the Naked Scientist is targeting the wet form. Like a master chef in a kitchen, an exquisite recipe of a basic Fibroblastic Growth Factor and stem cells are combined to create a Specific Cell Type. The dying part of the eye can be brought back to life.

This all happens in a fluid based system. It is worth revisiting Joint Conference: Acupuncture, Oncology & Fascia from November 2015. Melody Swartz, PhD is at the Panel Discussion and has a side lecture as well. She makes a comment about bacteria; it intrigues me. “…all the bacterial products, you know, billions are turning over every day. And the bacterial cell walls are all lipids. So, they must go into the lymphatics.”

The lymphatic system which Olaus Rudbeck the Elder shared with Queen Christina of Sweden all those years ago, comes back to the research of today. And it is the fluid where the Fascia lives.

Almost there……what lives in Fascia is next
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Naked Scientists Senses Month:
The Science of Sight
“When vision goes wrong: age-related macular degeneration”
Interview with Professor Pete Coffey, UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital
Segment - age related macular degeneration 10 April 2018

Pete - It does. In age-related macular degeneration those cells which support the seeing part, the neural retina, die. There’s a number of reasons why that occurs but, effectively, because those cells die the seeing part of the eye no longer has the nutrients, etc. and therefore, over time, it itself dies. What we’ve engineered is making those eye cells, those support cells which are called retinal pigment epithelium, and we put them back in exactly the same format as they are at the back of the eye. So they’re in a single layer, on a carpet of cells, which we’ve surgically then implanted into the back of the eyes of those patients, and they’ve been there now for nearly 2½ years.
Katie - That does not sound like an easy process, so what was involved in creating these cells from these stem cells?
Pete - Actually, it is an easy process. I get very embarrassed about that particular position, because most people who are trying to make a specific cell from a stem cell have gone through a very difficult process, so people who are trying to make cells for Parkinson’s disease, or heart cells, or liver cells. Literally, all we have to do is take one component out of the fluid in which we keep cells and that’s just one component. It’s called basic fibroblast growth factor and then the cells spontaneously make the eye cells that we want.

Fibroblastic Growth Factor (
A defining property of fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) is that they bind to heparin and heparan sulfate thus some of them are found to be sequestered in the extracellular matrix of tissues that contains heparan sulfate proteoglycans and they are released locally upon injury or tissue remodeling.[1] In humans, 22 members of the FGF family have been identified, all of which are structurally related signaling molecules:[2][3][4]

Panel Discussion, OSHER Joint Conference - Nov. 2015
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine - Published on Feb 17, 2016

Melody Swartz, PhD -
William B. Ogden Professor, Institute of Molecular Engineering, U of Chicago, IL
@ 31:05-31:54 -
“All dietary lipid is taken up exclusively by lymphatics.” “With food, tolerance is taken up by the liver. The liver promotes tolerance to food antigens”

“…all the bacterial products, you know, billions are turning over every day. And the bacterial cell walls are all lipids. So, they must go into the lymphatics.”

Melody Swartz, PhD (Speaker 7): Joint Conference: Acupuncture, Oncology & Fascia
Lymphatics and Cancer Biology
@ 03:02 - “Lymphatic vessels transport fluid and cells from periphery to lymph node…” “if they don’t work, you swell.”

@ 06:27-07:00 - “We also have to remember, there is a lot of stuff in lymph, and it is not just extra cellular fluid that leaked out of the plasma. It is basically information rich. It has all the information of the tissue it drains. You have almost 1000 lymph nodes in the body. Each cluster drains one particular tissue. And it contains all the information from that tissue; the proteins in extra-cellular matrix and the self-antigens even infection to create tolerance to these items.”

@ 09:09-9:34 - “With the lymphatic system, it is not simply a transport system, but it is really an integrated part of all your organ systems. It is part of the circulation, it is part of the metabolism, it is where all lipids are absorbed from your diet, it is part of the immune system, it is even part of your salt balance. And people are finding now, that salt for example, is regulated in skin actively by lymphatic vessels. So it helps with homeostasis.

Medical Definition of self-antigen
: any molecule or chemical group of an organism which acts as an antigen in inducing antibody formation in another organism but to which the healthy immune system of the parent organism is tolerant

Wk 18 - Blog 18e - Objection! No Rule Change

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sat, May 05, 2018 07:09:48

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

Blog #18e - lördag den 5 maj 2018
“Objection! No Rule Change”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture.

When the rules are changed, many object. This was true for Ignaz Semmelweis who was released from employment at Vienna General Hospital in 1847-8. He encouraged students to wash their hands with calcium hypochlorite after examining corpses and before delivering a baby.

He endured 20 years of being ridiculed for the crazy idea of cleanliness, then he was institutionalized. There he died of sepsis in 1865. Today, calcium hypochlorite is commonly used to sanitize public swimming pools and disinfect drinking water. (

Being ridiculed, harassed and almost deported from the USA was the experience of our modern day researcher: Dr. Bennet Omalu. Despite a resume which runs 53 pages, his credentials and education were not enough to convince others of his word.

Change grinds at a tragic and slow pace. Many families suffer in the interim.

As change goes, so does academic excellence: Jeff Iliff and Maiken Nedergaard no longer work at the University of Rochester Medical Center where the team coined the term Glymphatics.

Like other medical sciency people Professor Iliff has a lot of titles, and like other innovators, he is busy. In between publishing papers and receiving awards. Jeff Iliff was able to step away from Oregon Health and Sciences University to deliver a TED Talk at TEDMED in 2014, "One more reason to get a good night’s sleep" (see below)

Blog 18b indicated, the research of Fascia is bursting. Yet other professions have not traveled across the bridge. How can we include more researchers and scientists to be involved and jump on the train?

What if we changed two statements from Professor Jeff Iliff at 06:00 minutes. Would this make others more interested in the importance of their own fascia? Italicized words are additional.

“Yet the
fascial tissues, they extend from the surface of the body around to reach every single cell in the brain and the body.”

“And what's amazing is that no other organ system takes quite this approach to clearing away the waste from between its cells. This is a solution that is entirely unique to the brain and the branch offices of the brain, the fascia.”

Thank you and see you at the BFS 2018,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4
Anatomic Pathologist/ Clinical Pathologist/ Forensic Pathologist/ Neuropathologist/ Epidemiologist Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of California, Davis [UC-Davis]
Chief Medical Examiner, San Joaquin County, California
Co-Founder, TauMark, Inc, Better Brain Diagnostics
Founder, Bennet Omalu Pathology [BOP], Inc.,MBA,MPH,CPE,CurriculumVitaeAndTestimonies,August2015.pdf

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep | Jeff Iliff
TED TALK - Published on Oct 13, 2014
San Francisco, CA - 11:41 minutes
@ 05:00 “…the fluid and the waste from inside the brain, they don't just percolate their way randomly out to these pools of CSF. Instead, there is a specialized network of plumbing that organizes and facilitates this process. You can see that in these videos. Here, we're again imaging into the brain of living mice.”
@ 05:30 “…that the fluid on the outside of the brain, it didn't stay on the outside. Instead, the CSF was pumped back into and through the brain along the outsides of the blood vessels, and as it flushed down into the brain along the outsides of these vessels, it was actually helping to clear away, to clean the waste from the spaces between the brain's cells.”
@ 06:00 “the brain is enclosed in a rigid skull and it's packed full of cells, so there is no extra space inside it for a whole second set of vessels like the lymphatic system. Yet the blood vessels, they extend from the surface of the brain down to reach every single cell in the brain, which means that fluid that's traveling along the outsides of these vessels can gain easy access to the entire brain's volume, so it's actually this really clever way to repurpose one set of vessels, the blood vessels, to take over and replace the function of a second set of vessels, the lymphatic vessels, to make it so you don't need them. And what's amazing is that no other organ takes quite this approach to clearing away the waste from between its cells. This is a solution that is entirely unique to the brain.”

Jeffrey J. Iliff Ph.D. -
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine School of Medicine
Vice Chair of Basic Science Research Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine
Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine

*"Effects of traumatic brain injury on reactive astrogliosis and seizures in mouse models of Alexander disease." Brain Research In: , Vol. 1582, 25.09.2014, p. 211-219.
*"The spectrum of neurobehavioral sequelae after repetitive mild traumatic brain injury : A novel mouse model of chronic traumatic encephalopathy." Journal of Neurotrauma In: , Vol. 31, No. 13, 01.07.2014, p. 1211-1224.
*“ 'Hit & Run' model of closed-skull traumatic brain injury (TBI) reveals complex patterns of post-traumatic AQP4 dysregulation." Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism In: , Vol. 33, No. 6, 06.2013, p. 834-845.
*"Sleep drives metabolite clearance from the adult brain." Science In: , Vol. 342, No. 6156, 2013, p. 373-377.

Wk 18 - Blog 18d - Keys in the Brain

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:38:32

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

Blog #18d - fredag den 4 maj 2018
“Keys in the Brain”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

My philosophy professor, Dr. John Pauley, at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa confounded me often. His class was the most challenging. I could no longer find the answer in the book, nor memorize the text. I had to develop my own answer, then support the answer. UGH! It was the most difficult class I had ever taken. IF a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there, does it still make a sound? IF no one hears it, then the sound does NOT exist.

But the sound does exist! My entrained senses say: If something falls, it makes a sound. We live in gravity. Just because no one is there to witness it, the sound still happens.

With new technology, Maiken Nedergaard’s team saw something which has existed since the beginning of humanity. They dubbed a NEW system “the Glymphatic System” in 2012. The technology, known as two-photon microscopy, allowed the team to look at the flow of blood, CSF, and other substances in the brain of a living animal.

The Glymphatic System acts much like the Lymphatic System but is managed by brain cells known as glial cells. The team made the findings in mice, whose brains are remarkably similar to the human brain. Finally, the team could see the sleeping brain and see a network of channels in the brain whose purpose is to eliminate toxins using cerebrospinal fluid as we sleep.

Maiken Nedergaard is a Danish neuroscientist who discovered the Glymphatic System while working at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is now a professor at University of Copenhagen's Center of Basic and Translational Neuroscience. (wikipedia Maiken Nedergaard).

The “thinking of pre-2012” was that the body has a Lymphatic System, but the brain has no Lymphatic Vessels; therefore, it has no cleansing system. (see Blog 15 - Human Body 101 and Blog 3 - Olaus Rudbeck the Elder).

Dr. Sara “Sally” Sutton discussed this fact with me during our one of my many osteopathic treatments when I lived in Iowa. Her MET style of osteopathic treatment was so light and powerful, my center of gravity was corrected every time I saw her. Afterward, she fed me delicious meals. She is a brilliant wizard in the kitchen.

Dr. Sally is a wizard to many people, namely her patients, her medical students, and to me. Not a wizard in the black magic sense nor in the Salem Witch Trial sense of the words ‘gifted woman’ or ‘outspoken female’. She is more like the perceptive and wise Professor Albus Dumbledore at Hogwarts.

Dr. Sally Sutton is hardly fiction. She is a REAL pioneer. A woman through her own life, clearly went beyond the “Thinking of the Day” to reach for a new goals. As a student in 1953, she was one of two female students at Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery, now DMU in Des Moines, Iowa USA.

“I didn’t mind the teasing, but I greatly resented the profanity.” Dr Sutton said.

I remember one of her many stories, when we discussed my concussions. She had volunteered as the team doctor for the local high school football team. For the non-American’s reading, not fútbol which Americans call soccer. The American Football Game is the sport where the goal is to forcibly run over the person carrying the ball. One friday night during a game, a student was knocked unconscious from a tackle. He was benched on the sidelines. Being one of the better players, the coach needed him back in the game. Dr. Sally looked directly at the coach and said firmly, “Coach, if you put that boy back in the game against my medical opinion and advice, I will walk off this field and not return.” The coach put the teenage boy back in the game. Dr. Sally walked off the field forever; very sad for the boy’s future.

Dr. Sally made her stand nearly 20 years before Dr. Bennet Omalu. Dr. Omalu came to the USA from Nigeria. One day in 2002, a middle aged man who died of heart failure arrived on Dr. Omalu’s autopsy table. “Iron Mike” played 24 of his 50 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Webster’s brain looked healthy at first glance, but to Dr. Omalu - Iron Mike’s brain held keys deep inside.

Dr. Omalu was an outsider of the American Football religion when he studied the brains of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in American Football Players. The question was strong in Dr. Omalu’s own mind: Why, oh why…would a famous, well-loved, wealthy American Football player die homeless, penniless, and physically deformed from self inflicted wounds?

Enjoy reading more, thank you,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

“Concussion” by Jeanne Marie Laskas
“Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports” by Bennet Omalu.

Dr Bennet Omalu et al - 1st paper on CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a National Football League Player
Bennet I. Omalu, M.D., M.P.H. Steven T. DeKosky, M.D. Ryan L. Minster, M.S.I.S. M Ilyas Kamboh, Ph.D. Ronald L. Hamilton, M.D. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
Neurosurgery, Volume 57, Issue 1, 1 July 2005, Pages 128–134,
Published: 01 July 2005

Movie: Concussion

More Pioneer credentials for Dr. Sally:
Sara “Sally” Sutton, D.O. raised some eyebrows when she invited two DMU students to attend the AAO annual convocation in 1969. The unprecedented move also raised interest among students of the nation’s then-five osteopathic campuses, prompting the AAO board to allow students to attend the event if they paid tuition to do so.
Now, more students than graduate physicians attend the convocation, eager to learn osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) and muscle energy technique from experienced and often famous doctors.

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain
Newer Imaging Technique Brings ‘Glymphatic System’ to Light
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wk 18 - blog 18c - Pioneers Find Keys

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:25:56

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

Blog #18c - torsdag den 3 maj 2018
“Pioneers Find Keys”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Malcolm Gladwell has interesting books. I remember listening to Blink. Many times, I stopped the recording and rewound it. I had to listen once, twice, thrice. There is a TED Talk with him and a 2013 book with a similar story about giants. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

David and Goliath is a story of “an arrogant BIG dude who thinks he is fighting a sword fight, and David changes the rules! A paper written by an Israeli endocrinologist, suggests Goliath had a rare medical condition which causes a giant to loose their eyesight.” says Gladwell. Giants lose “because they cannot SEE!! …. They lose the ability to properly appreciate the WORLD around them.”

Looking Under the Light is one way to see the world around us (Blog #2 - Dr Findley). Pioneers come along and change the rules. In doing so, Pioneers find Keys.

David Lesondak’s book “FASCIA: What it is and Why it Matters” page 93 and 99, discusses a pioneer who changed the rules and found the keys with Schwann cells. Schwann cells were thought to be inert stuffing in between neurons attached along axons. R. Douglas Fields changed the “Thinking of the Day” in one experiment.

Science is full of Oops moments (see Michael Rosbash in Blog 9, Sir Alexander Fleming and Ignaz Semmelweis in Blog 14). Low and behold, glial cells are more important than believed for 50 years. Schwann cells are glial cells living outside the brain and central nervous system. Thank you, R. Douglas Fields from the NIH. (

Naked Scientist Podcast from Cambridge University discussed Schwann cells in an interview with another pioneer. Professor Alison Lloyd who works at the University College London. Professor Lloyd states peripheral nerve cell damage can be healed by Schwann cells. The healing brings back sensation and movement.

Schwann cells are able to migrate out of a severed nerve across a bridge of tissue. As they travel, they take the axons they are attached to with them. Like dragging a broken foot to the hospital, one limp at a time. Schwann cells NEED a track or a bridge of tissue to travel along. In Professor Lloyds example, a blood vessel is the surface Schwann cells use as a bridge.

The folks in the Fascia Research Arena consider Fascia relevant. But as I listen to other scientists, doctors, colleagues, etc, I rarely come across Fascia in their discussions.

Do other science disciplines see Fascia as being a train track or a bridge or inert packing material? If one could change the tissue type in Professor Lloyd’s example to say….. fascia is the surface Schwann cells use as a bridge, would other professions start listening?

A few more blogs to go,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Iowa
. (August 17, 2015)

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”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

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”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

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
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

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

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