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British Fascial Symposium 2018

v13v14 2019 Rusty Gage Jonas Frisén

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 17:45:36

my reply to Jonas: April 9, 2019

Tyvärr. Jag är tacksam att du skrev mig tillbaka.
I appreciate you taking time to write me back. Thank you.

Answer from Jonas Frisén – Karolinski Institute April 7, 2019
Hej Allissa,
Thank you for your mail and apologies for my slow correspondence.
I am afraid that this is a little far from my research topic and I am not aware of anyone pursuing the research topic you are interested in.

Best wishes,

question: March 26, 2019
To: Rusty Gage, The Salk Institute & Jonas Frisén, Karolinski Institute

Hej Hej Jonas,
Dear Professor Rusty Gage,

I read about you in an article from Scientific American regarding neurogenesis.

Dr Carla Stecco had to take tissue samples from surgery biopsies to find new fasciacytes. My question to you is related to fascia and the brain in the living model. There is more science data on this membrane / connective tissue and its role in communication with the brain for proprioception, touch, and interoception. These senses are heightened in the parasympathetic state. The lack of information from the above senses results in brain disease processes, possibly neuron apoptosis. A “use it or lose it” mantra.

As a Bodyworker, massage therapy, I have the opportunity to work with the body in a drug free manner. The pre and post effects of bodywork for chronic pain sufferers, those with PTSD, or movement disorders is beneficial, yet short lived.

I would be interested in knowing how massage affects the brain with two photo microscopy used in Maiken Nedergaard’s lab to discover the Glymphatic System.

Do you know someone interested in following this path of research?

Thank you.
Allissa Harter from Iowa, Living in Sweden.

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Introduction – Rusty Gage, The Salk Institute
Published on May 23, 2017

Proving causality in the gut brain axis
Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech
Published on May 24, 2017

KEYNOTE: Proving causality in the gut brain axis using human to mouse bacterial transplant- Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech

The Gut-Brain Axis: Who’s in Charge?
May 3, 2017
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine – Roth Auditorium

With the Brain and the Microbiome national initiatives well underway, the time is ripe to explore the important intersection between them. Thanks to support from the Kavli Foundation, we are able to host this symposium to help define a joint Microbiome-Brain Initiative. The goal of this symposium is to bring together the Microbiome and Neuroscience sectors in hopes of bridging the Gut-Brain Axis.

Sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

v6 2019 to/from Gerald Pollack

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 16:46:33

from Dr. Pollack –
10 February 2019 @ kl 23.59
Hi Allissa,
Wow! So much information to digest. I’m afraid my answers might not satisfy.

Regarding your first bullet, I can say “yes.” Our studies have shown that both bubbles and droplets are enveloped by EZ shells. So, I would hazard a guess that any bubbles/droplets you see, either inside or outside the cell, contain these shells. The structure of these shells is described in detail in my recent book. Not sure you’ve seen “The Fourth Phase of Water” but it’s become popular. Whether is participates in tensegrity is another issue – the structure seems to differ from the icosahedron you mention – we see it as a hexagonal lattice, as argued in the above-mentioned book.

Regarding the second bullet, once again, we see the structure as layered, just like the structure around the bubble/droplet. My understanding is that the fascia consists mostly of connective tissue, but likely SURROUNDED by EZ water. On the other hand, the mechanical properties would appear to be some combination of the mechanical properties of the connective tissue AND the enveloping EZ water.

Hope that helps…. maybe a little?


to Dr. Pollack –
10 February 2019 @ kl18.51
Gerald H. Pollack, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering – Box 355061
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

What is within and around a vacuole, space, little droplet? This is the reason I am writing to you, Dr. Pollack. You have a team behind you. And a curious mind.

Can you help me figure out the puzzle of HOW life fits together based on the foundation = the 4th Phase of Water?

Based on your speech at, EU2017: Future Science @29:51 “The dots or little droplets or little bubbles are the structure, lined by EZ material like an onion skin.”

• The structure of “little droplets or little bubbles” are the icosahedrons which provide biotensegrity

• “EZ material like onion skin” is the fascia which is a biofilm created by bacteria.

I write this based on the following information.

According to Bonnie Bassler at Princeton’s Bassler Labs, “bacteria build biofilms.” Her lab works on how bacteria communicate and how they control collective behaviors.

A physicist joined Bassler Labs in 2013, Knut Drescher, “I don’t know anything about biology but I know physics.” He studied a fluid flow dynamics.

How physics plays out in biology? Knut said, “One must move away from working in a flask, and mimic the world of the bacterium” @ 28:20…and that is a biofilm. He said, “The world works under pressure driven flow. It is more about curves than flat surfaces. Everything has curves, only in the lab, samples are grown in flat surfaces.”

The space within trabeculae of bone teams with its own ecosystem. Perhaps this is a form of biofilm.

When crossing fluid-filled spaces, trabeculae may have the function of resisting tension (as in the penis, see for example trabeculae of corpora cavernosa and trabeculae of corpus spongiosum) or providing a cell filter (as in the trabecular meshwork of the eye).

A trabecula (plural trabeculae, from Latin for “small beam”) is a small, often microscopic, tissue element in the form of a small beam, strut or rod that supports or anchors a framework of parts within a body or organ.[1][2] A trabecula generally has a mechanical function, and is usually composed of dense collagenous tissue (such as the trabecula of the spleen). They can be composed of other materials such as muscle and bone.

Bone bleaching is, like the bleaching of Coral Reefs, called osteoporosis. Life is all around, but the bacterial biofilm cannot stick where it needs to stick. Bacterial life cannot exist for long in two and three dimensions without a biofilm. Therefore, there is loss of life. The bone dies and becomes brittle, despite the activity surrounding it.

Treat a bone with hydrochloric acid (Ca PO4)(OH2). The acid digests the mineral scaffolding aka biotensegrity structure. The collagen protein remains. Without the minerals, the bone is bendy, rubbery.

Treat a bone with bleach (hypochlorite). The bleach digests the collagen protein. The mineral scaffolding, the tensegrity structure, is left over. Without the collagen, the bone is brittle.

Could collagen actually be a microbial fiber? Currently it is thought to be inert, but at one time Schwann Cells were considered inert peripheral glial cells.

Science is full of Oops moments. R. Douglas Fields changed the “Thinking of the Day” in one experiment. ( R. Douglas Fields, a researcher at the National Institute of Health in the USA, proved in an experiment Schwann cells attach to long axons and form myelin around nerves. The “Thinking of the Day” was: Schwann cells were inert like the plastic coat around a wire cannot feel the electricity within the wire. Fields was imaging cultures and decided to put in Schwann Cells. Low and behold, the calcium change was detected in the surrounding neurons.

Ignaz Semmelweis in the mid 1800s asked his students to wash with chloride of lime (calcium hypochlorite) before they examined women in the hospital. The death rate from child bed fever aka sepsis declined. Bleach kills pathogenic bacteria. This good if the tissue has pathogenic sepsis. Possibly, bad if it kills commensal tissue bacteria as well.

Egyptian mummies’ bones have been found to contain a molecule safe to animal tissue, an antibiotic, tetracycline. Egyptians often drank beer bread. The process of fermenting the beer with bread, gave the beer an elixir of life quality. Basically, a low grade antibiotic which solved a lot of infectious problems at the time. The Scottish chemist Sir Alexander Fleming found something similar in 1921 a bacteriolytic substance, a lysozyme. Then in 1928, he serendipitously found an antibiotic, a mould, called penicillin.

Your information about Bound Water, Liquid Crystal Water, 4th Phase of Water, is thrilling, especially for Body Workers. This hydrophilic water reminds me of the fluid surrounding fascia and the proteoglycans of the ECM. It is the fluid within the scaffolding which contains nano microbial life. The Exclusion Zone, a vacuole? a biofilm?, “The dots or little droplets or little bubbles are the structure, lined by EZ material like an onion skin.”

Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, The french hand surgeon which gave the world intimate views of the body, “Strolling Under the Skin”, said the space is called a vacuole. The vacuole is critical. The dew like fluid around it, holds up the pyramid, cell, icosahedron, per Dr Tom O’Byran Interconnected Series 9 Dec 2018.

Dr. George Tetz and others have done research on small life forms called bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are a type of virus that can infect bacteria and alter their function. First identified in 1917 by the former Soviet Union in their quest for something like an antibiotic.

Dr. George Tetz on Episode 77 of the Empowering Neurologist:
“So as for now, Bacteriophages are the most widely spread biological entities in the world. For example, one drop, just one drop of seawater, it contains 10 in 8th degree of different bacteriophages.

If we take a look into our microbiome, that and play a little bit with numbers, so we will get that the human body consists of 10 in 13 fold of eukaryotic cells. The number of bacteria associated with our microbiome is from 3 up to 5 times more. And the number of bacteriophages is 10 times more than the number of bacterial cells.

In other words the number of bacteriophages associated with our microbiota, it’s eventually like 50 times more than human cells.”

Thank you for reading,
Allissa Harter

Characteristics of Bacterial Biofilms during Long-Term Culturing
Tetz, G V; Artemenko, N K; Zaslavskaya, N V; Tetz, V V.
Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine; New York Vol. 155, Iss. 4, (Aug 2013): 467-9. DOI:10.1007/s10517-013-2180-7

“The Properties of Biofilms during their long-term existence are poorly understood.”

v8 2019 ltr to Dr. Andrew Carr

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 16:29:07

Copy sent to Dr. Michael Mosley.

Dear Dr. Carr,
I watched Dr Michael Mosley’s Placebo Experiment on Swedish television recently.

@20:17-24:10 surgery of shoulder with common operation of bone removal.

@23:25 Dr Andy Carr says, “We saw no difference between the real operation where we removed the spur and we removed soft tissue and the placebo operation where we simply look inside the joint. The treatment effect, the GAIN for the patient were the same.”

@24:09 – Dr. Carr mentions, if the treatment effect is placebo we probably should not be doing the surgery. We should be trying to understand what happened?

May I tell you about an area of study which is gaining evidence based science research? Fascia. This may hold more of a key as to the HOW your placebo experiment had a positive effect on the “real” and “placebo” shoulder operations.

In 1959, Dr. Leonard Cobb reduced Angina Pectoralis with a sham surgery (1). It was thought at the time, chest pain was reduced by real surgery, ligation of the internal mammary artery. The real surgery was thought to increase coronary artery blood flow; therefore, reducing pain. Dr Cobb proved with his sham surgery, the reduction in pain was NOT due to ligation of the internal mammary artery.

What caused chest pain reduction in his patients? It was called the Placebo Effect.

Is the Placebo Effect accurate? Could Fascia play a role? At the time, the rich sensory organ of fascia was discarded as an inert packing material. Only recently, with new technologies, have the advantages of the this connective tissue coming to the forefront of science.

Thank you,

p.s. Sue Hitzmann creator of MELT will be at Manchester Conference Centre March 23-25, 2018 teaching about Fascia.


The mysterious world under the skin
DW Documentary
Published on Jul 23, 2018

Fifth International Fascia Research Congress, November 14-15, 2018
from Fascia Research Society

Carla Stecco, MD – Understanding Matrix Biology of Fascia: New Insights
Neil Theise, MD – What Lies Between: Interstitium, Fascia, & Questions of Anatomy and Function (at 0:45:20)

The British Fascia Symposium 2018
Robert Schleip: Fascia as a sensory organ – keynote speaker
Robert Schleip: Fascia and Interoception

1) An Evaluation of Internal-Mammary-Artery Ligation by a Double-Blind Technic
Leonard A. Cobb, M.D.†, George I. Thomas, M.D.‡, David H. Dillard, M.D.§, K. Alvin Merendino, M.D.¶, and Robert A. Bruce, M.D.
N Engl J Med 1959; 260:1115-1118
May 28, 1959 DOI: 10.1056/NEJM195905282602204

Placebo in Surgical Research: A Case-Based Ethical Analysis and Practical Consequences
Biomed Res Int. 2016; 2016: 2627181
Published online 2016 Aug 10. doi: 10.1155/2016/2627181
PMCID: PMC4995345
Sorin Hostiuc, 1 , 2 Irina Rentea, 3 Eduard Drima, 4 , 5 , * and Ionut Negoi 6

v6 v7 2019 ltr to George Tetz

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 16:20:12

George replied
Monday 11/2-2019 @ kl 13.12 (his time 7:12am on Monday morning)

Dear Allissa,
Thank you for your interest to our project. We will explore your suggestions.
Kindly yours,

I emailed letter to George Tetz
Sunday 10/2-2019 @ kl 18.44

Dr. Tetz,
I listened and watched your interview on Empowering Neurologist, episode 77.

I am excited about your research with the phagobiome, auto-immunity and reading some of the numerous publications. I have thought the same way as you but without a research arm, impossible to test.

Keep going!!! The future is exciting.

Just a few thoughts to leave you with.

Please consider something other than the Vagus Nerve as a pathway of the ENS to the brain. The fascia has been researched as a Sensory Organ by the Fascia Research Society. And the Interstitum, by Dr. Neil Theise, is credited for health of tissue. Bud A.D. Craig, a neuroscientist, found a pathway from the body to the Insula instead of the Somatosensory Cortex in the 1990s. I believe most of this information comes from the fascia, but I have no way to prove this thought.

All my best for future endeavours.
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Neil Theise
Neil Theise is a professor of Pathology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York, New York

Rebecca Wells
Rebecca Wells is a professor of Medicine and Bioengineering in the Faculty of the Center for Engineering Mechanobiology at UPenn, part of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bassler Labs working on Quorum Sensing, Fluid Flow and Biofilms.
Bonnie L. Bassler @ Karolinska Institutet “Quorum Sensing and its Control”
Research Lecture at Nobel Forum
Published on Nov 9, 2016
@42:56 – 43:21 We have this fantastic 3-way inter-Kingdom partnership.

Parkinson’s disease and bacteriophages as its overlooked contributors
George Tetz, Stuart M. Brown, Yuhan Hao & Victor Tetz
Scientific Reports
Published: 17 July 2018
volume 8, Article number: 10812 (2018)

•The gut bacteria may be implicated in PD through several pathways, including the effects on the enteric nervous system (ENS) which is in constant direct communication with the brain through the vagus nerve14,15

•The model of gut-originating, inflammation-driven PD pathogenesis is based on the idea that alterations in the intestinal bacterial community may play a role in triggering α-synuclein misfolding in the ENS. According to this model, PD starts in the ENS and then spreads in a retrograde manner through the vagus nerve to the central nervous system16,18,19.

•Moreover, changes in the gut microbiota composition may cause alterations in the intestinal barrier function and permeability, affecting both the immune system and ENS, including neurons and glial cells, and exerting a profound effect on the condition of PD patients21,22,23. Increased intestinal permeability is also associated with activation of enteric neurons and enteric glial may contribute to the initiation of alpha-synuclein misfolding17.

v5 2019 ltr to Keith Kowal

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 14:33:02

Friday February 1, 2019
writing letter to Keith Kowal about Fascia-Related Disorders

Dear Keith,
May I tell you about my mom and mTrP?

My mom had pain with her knees when I was in college (1990-1995). I remember in college, I met my sister and my mom at Panera Bread in Des Moines, after my mom’s orthopedic appt. I came up from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa to have lunch with them.

Panera was one of our favorite places to go for lunch and it was nice to meet up with them. My mom told me, the orthopedist said both knees would need replacements later in her life. At the time, she was too young to have them replaced. If she had surgery then, they may need to be replaced again at a later date. She would have to suffer through the pain of walking and exercise, take pain medication. He told her to come back to see him in 10 years. My mom was in her mid 50s.

A few years later, in 1996, Dr. Charles scoped her left knee. My mom was 56 years old.

Then two years later, in 1998 at 58, Dr. Charles replaced her right hip. Oh boy! Was that a mess!

My sister, at the time, worked for Grinnell General Hospital as a Physician Assistant. Allison was already upset as my mom had woken up during the replacement procedure to see Dr Charles standing on the operating table with a malet in his hand. He was hammering in her hip replacement. My mother told my sister about the mishap – lack of anesthesia – so Allison took the concern up to the head of the hospital.

There was a larger issue to address as well. Upon waking from surgery, my mom had a tremendous amount of pain. She is allergic to morphine, so another pain killer was administered per doctor’s orders. Per doctor’s orders, the pain medication was limited. My mother awoke after a short nap screaming in agony. Dr. Charles did not “believe” in pain killers, the nurses could not help my mother.

Grinnell General Hospital due to this situation had a policy shift regarding patients and administration of pain killers. Way to go sis! Allison won a victory for future patients.

To this day, there is a deep scar along my mom’s right IT-band. There is a series of staple scars perpendicular to a deep line from the outer right knee to the upper right hip. And still today, my mom swears she was put back together wrong.

My mom did not give up on surgeons. In 2000, the podiatrist corrected both her left and right hammer toes. In 2003, her right rotator cuff had surgery due to a fall 20 years earlier which damaged the ball of the humerus; therefore, the deterioration of the joint gave her pain, said the orthopedist. The orthopedist also told my mom the left shoulder needed surgery too, but the right shoulder was worse, so we take the right one first (btw the left never had surgery after the right one was ‘fixed’).

In 2007, my mom had her left knee replaced by a nice Dutch man, Dr. VandeLunde.

In 2009, the right knee especially hurt. Because my mom had developed clinical depression and anxiety, one way she treated the oppressive symptoms was to exercise by walking. Unfortunately walking, even around the block had become extremely painful. We got a brace for her leg from Chladek Orthotic and Prosthetics in Des Moines, Iowa. This helped her hyper valgus right knee track over the foot better; thereby, not as much pain. We had foot orthotics made as well. And all seemed better, not without pain, but much better.

Her doctor prescribed Physical Therapy (PT). So, we went to a former kindergarten student of my mother’s (my mom taught for 32 years). Kim was a PT at Grinnell General Hospital. My mom was not too impressed with Kim’s work, myofascial release. My mom said, “She just puts her hands on me and waits. It is not helping.” So after a few sessions, we found Stacey. Stacey had her own PT clinic not associated with the hospital.

Stacey assured me that TrPs did not exist. This was confusing to me because I was taking classes with Doug Nelson’s NMT Midwest (Neuromuscular Therapy). His classes centered around Trigger Point research and the work of Janet Travell, M.D and David Simons, M.D.

Stacey worked with my mom manually a few times, then they did strengthening exercises. From then on, it was machine based strengthening. Mom liked it. She had control over her body and she could exercise as well. Win-Win. She wanted to get stronger so she did not have pain, so the Senior Bus (no longer drove after the 2008 car accident) dropped her off, then picked her up an hour later. Stacey was strictly hands off, my mom paid a weekly fee to come to her clinic to exercise. My mom was 69 years old.

One can see from Susan’s partial surgery list1, my mother eventually had the right knee replaced at 72 years old in 2012, by Dr. Matthes at Mercy in West Des Moines, Iowa despite all the strengthening.

High frustration, some anger, irritation and curiosity cause me to ask, questions? Could the outcome have been different for my mom all those years ago in the mid 1990s????

Did she have to take Celebrex and Vioxx all those years for pain?
Did taking the pain medication lead to the sleeping pill dependency?
Or did lack of sleep lead to more pain?
Did the Celebrex and Vioxx contribute to her heart disease? Placement of 2 stents helped fix Coronary Artery Disease in March 2005. Then, followed a roller coaster of 10 years of suicidal depressive emotions and anxiety. Yuck!

First of all, the Orthopedic Surgeon(s) should have been familiar with Janet Travell and David Simons work, right? The 1st edition of Volume 1 was published in 1982. Should one of the surgeons my mother saw know, that, muscle trigger points can cause pain and dysfunction? That there was a concept of Point A can cause pain at Point B and Z, even if the points cross a joint or seems to be unrelated? See picture P 399 Chapter 21, Gastrocnemius Muscle, “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Vol 2.” (2)

The title of the book is: “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Vol 1 and Vol 2.” And Dr. Travell was a White House doctor to President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy suffered from a lot of pain. (3)

Oh. But wait, there is Stacey. A physical therapist in 2009. “Trigger Points do not exist.” UGH!!!

What if we follow some research written about trigger points by Roland U Gautschi in 2012. Frautschi is a Physical Therapist from Switzerland.
(See YouTube in Swiss Pectoralis Major and Subscapularis

Exercise can help someone, really? Someone especially with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue or ME, if ATP depletes and an energy crisis develops. Would it not be true: exercise causes more of an energy crisis?

Mr. Gautschi writes Chapter 5.7 about myofascial trigger points (mTrP) of the book, “Fascia. The Tensional Network of the Human Body.” Page 234 states, “The pathophysiological changes are like individual mosaic stones that fit together to form a picture. The factors which combine in the formation of mTrPs are summarized in the “energy crisis model” (Travell & Simons 1999, Mense et al. 2001).“ See photo of p 234 & 235 for more. (4)

I do not claim to have answers, but I see a pattern in my mother’s health crisis. One mosaic stone fits into many mosaic stones to form a picture.

It is time to ask questions, so others do not end up at the waterfall’s edge, clinging to a slippery wet rock. Instead of discussions on who is right, who is wrong, can we please find answers?

This requires courage: to step out of line, to be ridiculed, to be silenced. It also requires searching for lost keys, not under the light where one can see, but in the darkness where they are actually lying / hiding / living.

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

1) Susan’s partial surgery list October 1996 – June 2012

10-96 left knee arthroscopy Dr. Charles Grinnell, IA
4-97 umbical herina repair Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
1-98 heart cath. Dr. Laughrun Des Moines, IA
2-98 angioplasty Dr.McGaughey Des Moines, IA
3-98 right hip replacement Dr. Charles Grinnell, IA
6-98 colonoscopy- biopsy Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
6-98 EGD Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
8-98 hiatel hernia repair Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
8-98 right carotid endernecetony Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
3-00 hammer toes on both feet Dr. Pendarvis Grinnell, IA
straightened-toenails removed on 4th and 5th toes of each foot and bone spur under 5th toe on rt. foot removed
8-01 colonoscopy & EGD/duodenal Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA and pyloric ulcer found
12-01 EGD Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
6-24-03 right shoulder rotator cuff repair Dr. Davick Des Moines, IA
1-24-05 Bilateral inguinal hernia repair Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA mesh needed/veins removed from left leg WARNING: Dramatic bld pressure drop at end of procedure, in ICU afterwards.
3-30-05 Angioplasty rt. Coronary Dr. McGaughey Des Moines, IA 95%&50% blockage –2 stints medicated stints placed in artery/70% descending lateral blockage, left alone
02-07 MRI, brain Donna Sullivan Grinnell, IA
08-07 Electric Shock Therapy Dr. Preston Iowa Lutheran, Des Moines IA
09-07 MRI, brain Donna Sullivan Grinnell, IA
12-07 CT scan – abdominal Donna Sullivan Grinnell, IA
12-07 Chemically Induced Stress Test Dr. McGaughey Des Moines, IA
2-11-07 L Knee Replacement Dr. VandeLunde GRMC hospital, Grinnell, IA
04/28/08 Auto Accident Dr. Sidwell / Swagel Des Moines, IA
5-20-08 CT scan – brain Dr. Carlstrom Des Moines, IA
08-08 Electric Shock Therapy Dr. Preston Iowa Lutheran, Des Moines IA
3/5/09 Diagnosed with low pressure glaucoma Dr. S.J.Kaufman Florida
3/10/09 1st treatment – laser surgery right eye
3/12/09 2nd treatment – laser surgery left eye
5/17/09 ICU, GMRC Dr. Jerry Wehr Grinnell, IA
06-07/09 to Jan 2010 ECT treatment Dr. Mark Preston IA Lutheran Hospital
10 / 12 Umbilical Hernia, outpatient Dr. Coster Grinnell, IA
06/04/12 R knee replacement Dr. Matthes Mercy West Lakes

2 Picture page 399 Chapter 21, Gastrocnemius Muscle, “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Vol 2.”

3On the day she first met and hospitalized JFK in May 24, 1955…. Dr. Travell made sure that hardly a day went by without JFK doing a little rocking. She also highly encouraged him to swim.

Physical Rehabilitation – Dr. Travell was a marvel at physical rehabilitation measures. She had a keen interest in how shoes, chairs, and braces put stress on back muscles.31 She found that JFK had a left leg about an inch shorter than his right. As a result she made him a heel lift to keep him balanced. She designed special chairs with a writing table attached so he could sit and write without back strain. JFK used a variety of back braces and corsets, which Dr. Travell designed.

Most pain practitioners today use a variety of measures that mimic what a rocking chair or swim can do. The idea is to keep lymph draining and excess electricity moving to reduce pain and promote healing. Included in these measures are massage, vibration, trampoline, walking, aquatic exercises, copper bracelets, and magnets.”

“John F. Kennedy’s Pain Story: From Autoimmune Disease To Centralized Pain” By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH,4

See photo of p 234 & 235 for more. Roland U Gautschi writes Chapter 5.7 about myofascial trigger points (mTrP) of the book, “Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body.”

v10 2019 ltr from Jaap

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 14:14:55

Letter from Jaap to me follows. I went to the Embryo in Motion five day lecture with Jaapy in Stockholm 30 May-3 June 2019. “Jaapy” he called himself this when he would tell stories from his childhood, I find it endearing. NO disrespect is intended for this man. He does not like questions being asked, he has his own thoughts to convey. I learned a lot. BUT, I chickened out discussing my Theory in more detail with his complicated mind. My loss!

sent Monday march 4, 2019
Mr van der Wal,

Thank you very much for the response.

I have contacted the host for the Stockholm event to get more information. It would be a superb lecture for me to hear.

I will see what I can do to clarify the comments I have made. I am gathering information and building more understanding.

The article in Cell, the microbiome changes in a certain period of time 9-10 months.

This is the gestation period for union of a sperm and an egg to develop an embryo. It is within this time period membranes differentiate cells into nerve, bone, blood, etc. Fascia is a membrane. Some fascia is so highly specialized like the dura mater or the pericardium, it is unique to certain structures, perhaps being the scaffolding for stem cells to become glial cells, neurons, or cardiac. The basic layer or building block of an organ originates from a biofilm, a membrane with specialization capabilities. I know this theory has a long way to go, so I will see about coming up to your lecture in Stockholm to listen. Thank you for the information.

All my best,

Sunday March 3rd, 2018
Dear Alissa Harter

First of all I would like to apologize for the delay in replying to your email.

Quite unexpected there was a complication in my biography and I needed to spend time to that first.

You write to me from Sweden isn’t it?

In June I will give a course on Embryo in Motion in Stockholm from 30 May till 4 June including a seminar about fascia.

Will you also attend that?

I ask you this because I am more or less embarrassed by your email.

I read your theory over and over again and it’s quite intriguing but I do not get it fully how you connect the three B’s with each other. So if we could be capable of talking and discussing with each other for example during this period in Stockholm, that would make everything far more easier.

I can promise you that I will keep of course all this quite original theories “safe and secret” but in particular I have very large problems in understanding and appreciating the first paragraph (chapter) that begins with “from there was a study in Cell November 2018” till … .”from an egg and a sperm”.

And why you use the term blasphemous that is not become clear to me at all.

It would be wonderful if we could discuss your paper during a meeting.

I am a phenomenologist and phenomenologist’s are very used to make associations and connections where people usually do not make them because it concerns transdisciplinary views and nowadays in science we don’t like transdisciplinary thinking. We always want to live in narrow dead ends of specialists and specialism.

But this time even I cannot follow your associations between bio, biofilm, bone and baby.

I apologize for this.

Thank you for following and appreciating my work as to fascia.

Maybe it’s a good idea to make acquaintance with my embryological phenomenology or phenomenological embryology.


Jaap (J.C.) van der Wal MD PhD
Embryo in Beweging / Motion / Bewegung
Sibemaweg 33D
6224 DA Maastricht
The Netherlands – Holland
T. + 31 6 55323305

“If we get rid of the life we’ve planned, we can live the life that is waiting for us” (freely from Joseph Campbell).

v5 2019 ltr to Jaap

BFS Lecture Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 14:05:42

This letter is being posted in July 2019 as I have been lax in keeping up on posting in this BLOG. One day someone will find it. Then the Nobel Prize Committee will call me. 🙂

This letter is written the same day #45 is making a State of the Union speech in the USA. UGH!!! And amazingly, Dr. Van der Wal answered, see BLOG v10 2019 ltr from Jaap.

Tisdag den 29/1-2019, kl 9.48
Backaryd Sweden

Dear Dr Van der Wal,
I have followed some of your work regarding the Fascia Congresses as keynote speaker at the 2nd FRC to asking for your autograph at the 5th FRC in Washington D.C. in the book: “Tensional Network of the Human Body,” your chapter 2.2 Proprioception, p81.

Today, I listened to your TEDx Apeldoorn talk from Sept 29, 2017…. about the embryo.

I have a strange idea. I cannot share this with many. It is too blasphemous. Perhaps, I can bend your ear. May I get some advice where to go with the idea, B3 ? Baby, Bone, Biofilm

There was a study in Cell November 2018, “US Immigration Westernizes the Human Gut”. It took 9-10 months for immigrants microbiome to change to the microbiome of their neighbors, about the length of time for gestation.

It is a funny thing that creates a biofilm: delicate workers, yet millions of microbes going to work for 9-10 months can create: cells, tissues, organs, systems = life (human or animal) – all from an egg and a sperm.

Bones of ancient Egyptians have found fermented antibiotic, Tetracycline, nestled inside the bone. Why would a molecule live in teeth and bone if it were anti-life? The bones seen at BodyWorlds in Amsterdam showed me a picture of the spongey trabeculae, where biofilms have hardened to make bone.

Bone needs pressure and stress to develop properly. In the womb, there is pressure in the small space of the placenta, but it is the sensation of touch: the baby walking and crawling, which make the bones & baby develop further.

The placenta is an incubator of an anti-gravity environment yet of pressure & fluid in a compact space. This would allow quorum sensing to occur. Unlike the environment of astronauts, whom have a difficult time with wasting of: muscle, joints, eyes, bone in space. Pressure and FLUID are needed for microbial life as we know it.

Bacteria quorum sense, per Bonnie Bassler at Bassler Labs at Princeton. Quorum Sense (QS) can turn on when bacteria density reaches a quorum. Can QS turn off, if there is too much pressure or not enough fluid, as in cancer?

Bacteria build biofilms. This is their job and they have billions of years practicing their craft.

I hope this message is received in good faith. It is original and I would appreciate it kept between us for now.

Thank you,
Allissa Harter from Iowa, Living in Sweden.

US Immigration Westernizes the Human Gut Microbiome
Pajau Vangay, Abigail J. Johnson, Tonya L. Ward, Purna C. Kashyap, Kathleen A. Culhane-Pera and Dan Knights 13

Published: November 1, 2018

US immigration is associated with loss of gut microbiome diversity
US immigrants lose bacterial enzymes associated with plant fiber degradation
Bacteroides strains displace Prevotella strains according to time spent in the USA
Loss of diversity increases with obesity and is compounded across generations

v4 2019 letter

BFS Lecture Posted on Sun, January 27, 2019 17:14:08

Hi folks,
I wrote last week, week 3 a.k.a Vecka 3, to Microbiologist Lucy Mailing again. She replied and she is very busy. I also wrote to Professor Francis McGlone from Liverpool University.

I did not post these letters. Professor Francis McGlone was on Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s podcast Jan 19, 2019, and then I watched him on YouTube and Science Friday (2014) discuss the importance of TOUCH.

Professor McGlone wrote back, and I will be contacting folks at Göteberg University as well as researchers at Linköping’s Center for Systems Neurobiology based on his TOUCH research. I think TOUCH is of the utmost importance for neural & physical entrainment, healthy aging and INTEROCEPTION.

Today, I would like to share the letter I wrote to Dr. Ginger Campbell on her amazing episode speaking with Harvard researcher, John Dowling, regarding the brain and vision from her podcast, Brain Science.

Dear Dr. Campbell,
Again, I am humbled and amazed your Brain Science podcast produces such quality. I am one of the curious non-scientists who listen to your show. The information Neuroscientist John Dowling provided in Episode 153 is valuable to me. The Fascia and the Interstitium, I am trying to understand regarding Touch and Healthy Aging. I purchased Dr. Dowling’s book, “Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition”. I noticed his papers on Google Scholar, he is referred to as Dowling JE.

Since you have access to Dr. Dowling, can you tell me if he knows of A.D. Bud Craig’s work regarding Interoception traveling to the Insula? As I learned from your show, the Insula is the 1st fold of the brain to form in fetal development. To me, this would be an answer to the “binding problem”. As the Fascia is the Outer Brain, intimately connected to the Inner Brain just like the retina is critical to the inner brain.

I read A.D. Bud Craigs work after your show and attempted his book as well, “How Do You Feel”. No where does Dr. Craig mention Fascia, but it is only recently science is uncovering the potential of collagen’s piezoelectricity, the fluid interstitium (Dr. Neil Theise, Nature, March 2018), and as a sensory system of pain, proprioception and interoception, (Dr. Robert Schleip Ulm Unversity in Germany).

Thank you kindly,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Understanding the Brain with John Dowling (BS 153)
January 25, 2019

BS 153 is an interview with Harvard neuroscientist John Dowling about his most recent book Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition.

Touch – The Forgotten Sense with Professor Francis McGlone
Podcast by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
January 16, 2019

Did you know that being touched is essential for healthy brain development? Yet with teachers, healthcare professionals and work colleagues being increasingly hesitant about social touching, for the first time in the evolution of human history, many of us are being exposed to less touch than ever before. But what effect is all this having on our emotional health? World-leading researcher Professor Francis McGlone explains the importance of touch for humans and the devastating consequences of not receiving it. The research in this area is mind-blowing and learning about it has changed the way I interact with my family. I hope you find this conversation useful. I dedicate a chapter of my new book ‘The Stress Solution’ to touch, which is available to order on Amazon now.

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