"....With eyes to see the sunsets glow
     With feet to take me where I'd go.
      Oh God forgive me
when I whine.
      I have two eyes

Once I knew only darkness and stillness...my life was without past or future ...but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
         -- Helen Keller

Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art
To Save a Wretch like Me. I Once Was Lost But Now I'm Found. Was Blind    but NOW I SEE


of the Pear Tree

There once was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in the summer and the youngest son in the fall. 

When they had all gone and returned, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man explained to his sons that they were all right, because each had seen only one season in the trees life. He told them you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season. That the essence of who they are, and the pleasure, joy and love that come from that life, can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when its winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and the fulfillment of your fall.

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by only one season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come in time.

Alone we can do so
little, together we can
do so much.

            --Helen Keller   

That Threatens

A closed mind
is deeper darkness
than loss of sight.
     -- D. Stoddard,

Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; only a few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time  --Voltaire

Far more important than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know -- Eric Hoffer

At every
crossroads to the future there are a thousand self-appointed guardians  of the past -- Betty MacQuitty

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand ...more  perilous to conduct... or more uncertain  in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things  -- Nicolo Machiavelli

All truth goes through three stages:  First it is ridiculed.  Then it is violently opposed.  Finally it is accepted as self evident -- Schopenhauer 

Innovation is a two fold threat to the scientific hierarchy. First it threatens their oracle authority. Secondly, it evokes the deeper fear that their whole laboriously constructed authoritarian edifice may collapse -- Arthur Koestler

In times of change, learners inherit the world, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing it's opponents...but rather because it's opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. -- Max Planck

We live in a world where it is easier to break an atom than a preconceived idea - - Albert Einstein

Science Advances, Funeral by Funeral --  Niels Bohr

The jury is composed of the old guard who, as history teaches us, have a vested interest in protecting the status quo, no matter the cost in human lives
- - Robert Barefoot

I know that most (men), including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread into the fabric of their lives."  - - Count Leo Tolstoy

All great concepts that are currently accepted by those who criticize were initially vigorously opposed by their predecessors -
Robert Barefoot

You can change the course of history easier than you can change a history course- Lou Salza

The bourgeois today burns as heretics and hangs as criminals those  to whom he  erects monuments tomorrow - Herman Hesse

There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo

Macular Degeneration Treatment Breakthrough
("the lame walk and the blind see")

Copyright 2010 by Darrell Stoddard,
Integrative Medicine Pain Specialist, Founder - Pain Research Institute
Leading the World in Drug-Free
Pain Treatments that "Do No Harm,"   Author: Pain
Free for Life
Board Certified Auriculotherapist. Successfully treated  (without drugs or surgery)
 more than 18,000 patients. Featured on National TV in U.S.A., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

"Macular degeneration is an eye disease affecting the central vision.  It is the
cause of blindness and the most common eye disease for those aged
55 and older, affecting more than 10 million Americans - more people than cataracts and glaucoma combined." -- The American Macular Degeneration Foundation

 Most Ophthalmologists believe macular degeneration is a steadily deteriorating,  irreversible condition for which there is no known cure. The only hope  Ophthalmologists in the U.S. offer is to delay the disease process. Any claims      of curing or reversing macular degeneration are almost unknown and definitely  outside mainstream medical eye care.

A few maverick Ophthalmologists (I believe no more than a dozen) are
an expensive, involved, lengthy procedure with electrical micro stimulation around the edges of the eye socket. With a series of such
treatments (costing more than $2500) they
claim to reverse vision loss, or
improve the vision of some patients.

 In contrast to mainstream medical beliefs and the above treatment for
 macular degeneration, I submit the following letter about a very simple,
acupuncture treatment from China that I learned 25 years ago,
 but haven't used
until recently because of false information I was given        
 by a trusted Ophthalmologist.


Concerning: Dry Macular Degeneration

To whom it may concern:

      I used to have very good eyes and was very involved with a lot of  hobbies
as doll making, painting, sewing, etc.  Gradually my eyesight began to
fail me.  When I could see nothing but hazy fog, I went to Salt Lake City to
an eye clinic.  They told
me I had dry macular degeneration and that it was
not treatable.  This really frightened me.  As I progressively got worse I
couldn't sew to do my hobbies anymore.  That
makes the days really long
when you are used to being so busy.  I am 86 years old. I Love
to fill my          time working on projects and in the yard.  The thing that made it the worst,
though, was that I could no longer see my little great grandchildren's faces
the flowers or the trees.  I was praying daily that I would still be able to
tell daylight
from dark because the fog was getting thicker and darker and a
lot worse.  When I
would go for a ride I couldn't even tell when we turned
onto my street or see my
house.  When you just feel your way around it is
very discouraging and frightening.  

     My back was hurting, and a friend told me about Darrell Stoddard, and how
he could take pain away in just one visit. So, my daughter took me and sure enough, I left pain free.  I made the comment to him about how good it felt. 
Then I said, "Now if you could just help me see again."  I  hadn't  intended
to say  that, but I was just feeling relieved about my back pain gone and
feeling extremely desperate to be able to see again.  He asked me what was
wrong with my eyes.  I explained the problem, and that
I had been declared
legally blind.  You can't imagine my joy when he said, "Oh, I think
I can help
 you."  I began making visits to him about 2-3 times a week.  I noticed improvement in just a few weeks.  I noticed after about a month that I could
objects and the fog had cleared considerably.  I could have probably
stopped going at
that point but I was so excited about my progress that I
decided that as long as I could see improvement I would keep going.  It was
so fun to ride down the street and say, "I can see the Y on the mountain." 
Or "I can tell those are trees and they have trunks
and branches and leaves."
I could notice flowers again and I could  see colors again. 
I could even tell the  brick fences from the picket fences.   
     This Christmas I was able to make 20 children's quilts for my great grandchildren and grandchildren, and ceramic horses for my grandsons and grandsons in laws.  I can see the print in my curtains and the pattern in the carpet and even the lines in the tile. I can see things like my ring and
ear rings. This is such a blessing.  You really realize it much more after not being able to see anything. I can even see now when Darrell, his wife, and their daughter-in-law Patty, smile at me. (they do the treatments)  We just drive up in front of his house and they come right out to the car to do the treatments. I don't even have to get out of the car. 
They place a small needle in my pointer fingers just to the side of the half moon on
my fingernail. Then I go home and about 1 1/2 hours later I remove the needles and drink a lot of water. You're done for the day.
With my back not hurting and my eyesight returned to me you can just imagine how my quality of life has changed.  I just love life and am so grateful.  I just can't say thank you enough.


 Note: The above treatment is based on the following research that I read in
acupuncture journal 25 years ago.  I was so impressed by the 97.66%
 cure or improved rate that I went to a trusted ophthalmologist to ask him
 about "
Exudative Central Chorioretinopathy."   He said, "We never see that
 in the United States,
almost never." He then quickly added , "If there was  anything to it, it would be in the medical journals!" I wondered in my mind     how they could get 600 patients with the disease in China if the disease is so     rare?  I thought it must be because they have a billion people. This ended my search. What a tragedy that the answer I received was so dishonest and false!

 Years later I learned about wet and dry macular degeneration and that both
caused the loss of central vision.  It occurred to me that Exudative
Chorioretinopathy was precisely wet type macular degeneration,
 the most common eye disease known.  I tried the treatment on just a few
 patients for both wet and dry macular degeneration and saw near miraculous
 results. One man couldn't see my house when we started and after just five  treatments he could see the numbers on my house (could not read them but he could see them).  After nine treatments he could see a bug crawling across the
floor clear across his living room. For all I  know this may be just the placebo effect. If placebos will restore eyesight, then we need a lot more placebos. 

 I have more to learn. My success rate is not as good as the 97.66% cited in        the study below. The results for two of the first patients, however, were so  promising that I'm posting the letter and study here for those who would like        to do more about this life altering eye disease.

Acupuncture Treatment of Exudative Central Chorioretinopathy
    A Preliminary Report of 600 Cases
    Department of Ophthalmology, The First Hospital, Zhejiang Medical
Compiled by Ye Linmei

Exudative central chorioretinopathy is one of the common ocular diseases. 
The early impairment of the central vision and protracted clinical course may seriously interfere with the life of those suffered.  Various remedies have been advocated by authors of different countries with certain beneficial results,
though far from being satisfactory.  On account of the lengthy therapeutic
course and great expense needed, their practical use has not met with general approval.

Since the mid 1970 we began to treat this disease with acupuncture of
"Xiangyang" point and the clinical results attained were encouraging with an
overall cure or improved rate up to 97.66%.  From the accumulated clinical experiences for more than 7 years, it has shown that acupuncture of
"Xiangyang" point in the treatment of exudative central chorioretinopathy is
the method of choice.  It is efficacious, with shorter therapeutic course,
simple, safe and almost painless with a low cost and less equipment needed.

Analysis of 600 cases with exudative central chorioretinopathy undergoing acupuncture therapy showed an overall results of cured or improved in 586
cases (97.66%) and unsatisfactory in 14 cases (2.34%).

The role of acupuncture might be postulated as that the favorable effects
of needling "Xiangyang" point perhaps transverse through the distribution of
cervical plexus and sympathetic chains.  More recently the fluorescing
angiography of the fundus has demonstrated definite changes in the
permeability of choriocapillaries.  One would anticipated that the mild
stimulation by needling may regulate the malfunctioned cervical sympathetic
plexus, reduce the permeability of choriocapilaries and promote the
resolution of edema and exudation.  

As regards the nature of channel, whether it does designate nervous system
still remains unsolved.  For the time being we would assume that channel may intimately correlate with nervous system.

October 2010 Update

 My wife's hair dresser has macular degeneration. With each of three  
 treatments her vision cleared almost immediately.

 I (Darrell Stoddard) had cataract surgery about a year ago and was left with
 a scratchy eye. With one treatment my eye is not scratchy at all. The effect
 has continued for more than a month after only one treatment.

 Another patient has received one or two treatments a week for more than a
 year. His vision is far from being completely better, but he has retained his
 vision and experienced noticeable improvement. He states emphatically, "I    KNOW THAT I WOULD BE COMPLETELY BLIND WITHOUT THIS!"

January 2011 Update (letter from the above patient)

    I want to thank Darrell Stoddard for the acupuncture that he has done for me. I have macular degeneration and I think I would be totally blind by now if it hadn't been for him.
     Everything was going a little darker all the time. After the acupuncture it has gradually been getting lighter. I had a large black hole in the center of my eyes, but now there is just a blurry spot.
      Thanks again Darrell.
Reed L Makin 

Looking back, my thoughts about the Ophthalmologist who gave such        misleading and false information are that, His mind was totally closed
 and either he was ignorant and uninformed about a subject he should
 have known the most about
, or to protect his ego, his reputation, and his  profession, he told an outright lie. (To understand why men do this, when
 new truth is discovered, see quotes in the column to the left.
"We have
 learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all

 On 10-20-10 we began a new application of the above research from China
 and the results are so promising that I believe we will be able to achieve the  97.66% cure or improved rate cited in the above study, and do it with just
 one or two treatments. To be able to "cure or improve" the most common
 eye disease known
; a condition considered incurable that leads to blindness,
 is beyond belief. Now all we need are more patients.

 If this sounds too good to be true -
We do not charge for macular
 degeneration  treatments (freely I have received, freely give). The materials
 needed to do the  treatments cost only pennies, and anyone can do them.

 I believe the treatment works and that it may even help other vision
 problems or deficiencies, by increasing the "life force" (or energy that the
 Chinese call "Chi") to the eye. Chi is not a mystery. Chi is the  endogenous  electrical signals that connect all of the cells in the body; signals that can be  measured and quantified. I have measured the Chi in more than 18,000  (documented)  patients. When the Chi  is "broken" or suppressed, there is  degeneration of cells or bad health, often manifest as pain, but every other
 disease as well. 
 Because I was blessed to receive from China this " great treasure of
 knowledge even a hidden treasure"
 (promise made in a code of health
 known as section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants)
"The lame walk
 and the blind see.

 I have been called a quack (which I most certainly am) but the
 ophthalmologist in China that did the above research was not a quack.
 I am only a messenger (sent to open the eyes of the blind).

 If you believe this is true, and forward to the people on your mailing list, it
 could save the vision of thousands of people.
 Thank You,
 Darrell Stoddard
, Email: [email protected] Website: www.healpain.net 

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