Scott Atlas: A Radiologist Rides to the Rescue!

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HUP MR Alumni Symposium 1991, Author 2nd row left corner, Scott Atlas bottom right corner

In 1986, Scott and I were hotshot radiology fellows at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), the biggest rodeo in the early Wild, Wild West days of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We were the “young guns” of this revolutionary technology, me in musculoskeletal radiology and Scott in neuroradiology. We came out firing, and the old entrenched ways of diagnosis soon dropped dead in their tracks to be buried six feet under.

I published some of the early research papers on MRI of the knee and shoulder and went on to blaze a new trail in integrative medicine, EFT and dreamwork at Duke. Scott published his respected textbook MRI of the Brain and Spine and went on to become chief of neuroradiology at Stanford. In 2003, he became a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of their Working Group on Health Care Policy. …


The Second President of the Apocalypse: A Jungian Perspective

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In December 2019 I wrote a blog in archetypal terms describing why Donald Trump is the First President of the Apocalypse, although I make no claims at being a Jungian analyst. However, I think the past three plus years have proven that he is indeed a trickster, paradoxical, shadow and apocalyptic political figure. My conclusion at that time was that he was setting the stage for the emergence of a powerful woman president in the future.

My dark horse candidate for that role was Tulsi Gabbard whose claims to fame were having nominated Bernie Sanders at the prior Democratic National Convention and engaging in flaming Twitter wars with the Tweeter-in-Chief. However, her most recent accomplishment during the Democratic primaries was taking down Kamala Harris for her damaging record as a California prosecutor marking the effective end of her candidacy. …


Stay Healthy in a 5G World: Heal Your House, Heal Your Body

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Are you worried about the impact of 5G on your family’s health? There is good reason to be, as the linked Scientific American article highlights that the health effects from wireless radiation include cancer risk, cellular stress, harmful free radicals, genetic damage, changes of the reproductive system, learning deficits, neurological disorders and many other symptoms.

Did you know that the telecom industry has done no safety studies on 5G? Telecom executives admitted in Senate hearings that there are no studies proving that 5G is safe and none are planned. Senator Richard Blumenthal responded in the linked article, “So there really is no research ongoing. …


Healing Lower Chakra Shadow Issues in Physical Illnesses

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Chakra Energy Centers of the Body

At the mind-body-spirit conferences I attend everyone is usually most interested in exploring the spiritual qualities associated with the energy centers of the upper chakras. The 5th throat chakra is about speaking your truth. The 6th third eye chakra is about intuition. The 7th crown chakra is about divine connection. No wonder all the metaphysically-oriented seekers want to hang out in that part of the body’s energy field!

However, as Margaret Lynch Raniere, one of my favorite EFT teachers, emphasized in her Ignite Your Power Course, most of the healing action happens in the lower four chakras. In particular, it is the emotional shadow issues there that we don’t want to deal with and block our progress. We would prefer to avoid fear in the 1st root chakra, anger in the 2nd sacral chakra, shame in the 3rd solar plexus chakra, and grief in the 4th heart chakra. …


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5G antenna transmitters will soon cover the entire earth!

The 2005 movie Thank You for Smoking features Aaron Eckhart as a sleazy lobbyist whose expertise is in spinning the science on the health hazards of tobacco. When his efforts fail to convince the courts and millions of dollars in settlements follow, he is out of job. The closing scene has him in a conference room strategizing with telecom executives and reminding them to just keep repeating “there is no direct evidence that links cell phone use to brain cancer.” Unfortunately, this dark concluding plot twist is an accurate representation of the wireless industry’s behavior since 1996.

In the past 20 years I’ve had four friends who were heavy cell phone users die prematurely from malignant brain tumors. My friend Bret Bocook was a real estate lawyer whose anaplastic astrocytoma was diagnosed in his right temporal lobe near the ear where he logged a million minutes of cell phone calls in the prior two decades. Before he died he participated in a Silicon Valley debate at the Commonwealth Club about the hazards of cell phones. Another close friend had sudden onset of seizures which led to the diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme, the most malignant of the gliomas. I suffered with him through his chemotherapy sessions over the next year as I watched him waste away and die. …


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Stay tuned for coming attractions!

Referencing 2 famous songs in one title is a bit over the top, but extreme times like these require extraordinary measures to free us from our limiting beliefs. R. E. M.’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It was released in 1987, the year also infamous for the Black Monday stock market crash. Prince’s 1999 was released in 1982, but became the party theme song for the Y2K millennium apocalypse that fortunately turned out to be a nothing burger.

It doesn’t look like we are going to be so lucky this time around, as the black swan event of COVID-19 has triggered a perfect storm to collapse the global financial house of cards that has been inflated out of control since 2009. Many of our parents and grandparents lived through the 1929 Crash and Great Depression, so we likely have inherited genetic memories of extreme panic that are being reactivated and amplified by the media doomsday machine. …


Transforming Symptoms as Metaphors: Is There a Hidden Meaning?

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“Fear of the future. Not wanting to move.”

The worst charley horse of my life happened spontaneously one day in 1987 with a severe calf cramp coming out of the blue and causing me to collapse to the floor in agony. It went on for what seemed like minutes before I crawled over to the bookshelf to find a little blue book I had just purchased a few weeks before. It was Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them.

As a radiologist new to the world of holistic medicine my initial reaction to the book had been significant skepticism toward the encyclopedic list of every imaginable symptom accompanied by simplistic explanations as to the underlying meanings. However, at that moment of suffering, I was desperate to understand the cause of this unexplained pain. I looked up Lower Leg Problems and found “Fear of the future. …


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The Final Goodbye

“Little Betsy is going home now.” I was dreaming one morning when I heard the familiar voice of a woman who was waving goodbye to me. She looked like my Aunt Betty, but years younger than my first memories of her. She had been sick for a long time, but I hadn’t thought about her in months. I called my mother and found out her sister had died that night. I had never heard her called Betsy, and she said it was a pet nickname only used by my Uncle Walt.

My visitation dream can be considered a form of after-death communication (ADC), one of the four categories of spiritually-transformative experiences (STEs) included in the spiritual alphabet soup of death and dying. I have written previously about the four psychospiritual after-effects of near-death experiences (NDEs), but ADC, nearing-death awareness (NDA) and shared-death experiences (SDEs) also can have significant impact on our worldviews about how life and death intersect. …


Do Near-Death Experiencers Represent The Second Coming?

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Resuscitation = Resurrection

Are you one of the 300 million people on the planet who have had a Near-Death Experience (NDE)? If so, you are part of an important minority of the population, estimated to be about 4%, playing a vital role in the transformation of consciousness. With over 700 NDEs occurring daily in the United States alone, the impact of these life changing events may be larger than any of us realize. …


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Learned neural pathway causing chronic pain

What if your chronic pain is in your brain, rather than in your neck, back, pelvis, legs or arms?

In the 1980s I was one of the pioneering researchers in MRI of the shoulder, motivated in part by my own unexplained left shoulder pain that appeared mysteriously upon awakening one morning without an injury. One of the first MRI scans I did was of my own shoulder, but I couldn’t find any definite cause for the pain. However, convinced there was some mechanical problem that needed fixing, I talked one of my orthopedic colleagues into doing arthroscopic surgery.

All he found was rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis which he treated with an acromioplasty and bursectomy. Much to my dismay, I was shocked to discover that my shoulder pain didn’t go away. I took strong NSAIDs and got such bad mouth ulcers that I couldn’t talk or eat for a week until I realized it was a side effect of the medications. My struggle with chronic pain went on for the next 15 years, never understanding that it was really about repressed anger. It eventually came out in passive-aggressive ways that led to the end of my first marriage. …

About

Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

Holistic radiologist, Certified Energy Health Practitioner, author of Dreams that Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases

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