Thoughts and
 Poems about Pain:

Pain can be a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself  -- Albert Schweitzer  

We can remove the thorns from the roses but even God will not spare us all pain, for there is no joy without sorrow.  There can be no flowers without rain. (words that came to me when a beautiful little girl took her life.      -- Darrell Stoddard)

Alas! by some degree of woe we every bliss must gain; the heart can na'er a transport know that never feels pain. 
-- Littleton   

Pain Stayed So Long

Pain stayed so long I said to him today, "I will not have you with me anymore!"

And paused there startled at the look he wore. "I who have been your friend," he said to me, "I who have been your teacher --all that you know of understanding love, of sympathy and patience, I have taught you. Shall I go?"

He spoke the truth, this strange unwelcome guest; I watched him leave and knew that he was wise. He left a heart grown tender in my breast. He left a far, clear vision in my eyes. I dried my tears, and lifted up a song Even for one who'd tortured me so long. -- Anonymous  

Paradoxical as it may seem, God means not only to make us good, but to make us also happy, by sickness, disaster, (pain) and disappointment.
                -- C.A. Bartol

God Whispers 
to us in our pleasures, 
Speaks to our conscience, but  shouts in our pains
              -- C.S. Lewis
Joy Will Follow Pain

will follow pain
And the amount of joy
depends on how much and long you have been afflicted 

Exquisite joy 
will follow suffering. 
And the height and breadth and depth of that joy is determined by how much 
and how long you have suffered.

Justice demands
that this be so.
As life is born
from pain of birth.
As night begets the dawn. 
Joy will follow pain

             -- Darrell Stoddard
If I wanted to stop anybody from the joy of living or amounting to anything, I would endow him and put him beyond the need to struggle.    --  Parlette

Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings.    --  Doctrine and Covenants   58:3-4 

Amid my list  of blessings infinite,  stands this the foremost,  That any heart has bled.  --  Young

No matter how dark the night, the dawn is Irresistible  

We should always record our thoughts in affliction; set up way marks, that we may recur to them in health; for then we are in other circumstances, and can never recover our sick bed views.  

The good are better made by ill, as flowers crushed smell sweeter still  -- Paraphrase of Rogers by Darrell Stoddard

The lessons we learn in sadness and from loss (and pain) are those that abide.
Sorrow clarifies the mind, steadies it, forces it to weigh things correctly. The soil moist with tears best feeds the seeds of truth.  -- T. T. Munger   

Strength is born in the deep silence of long -suffering hearts;
not amid joy

             -- Mrs. Hemans   

Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life. 
-- Brian Andreas, 
Angels of Mercy  

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted (and we add, to never know pain -- djs)  

Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned from pain which those who have never been afflicted dream not of. (paraphrase of  Spurgeon by  Darrell Stoddard)  

Pain is God's megaphone
to a deaf world.

                   CS Lewis

Suffering will come, trouble will come - that's part of life; a sign that you are alive. If you have no suffering and no trouble, the devil is taking it easy. You are in his hand                        -- Mother Theresa

He that has no cross will have no crown
                              -- Quarles

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other; and only he who knows how to accommodate himself to their returns, knows how to live  -- Sterne

The merest schoolgirl when she falls in love has [great writers and poets] to speak her mind for her, but let a sufferer try to describe his pain to a doctor and the language at once runs dry. -- Virgina Woolf

Pain has an element of blank; It cannot recollect When it began or if there were A time when it was not.
--Emily Dickinson

Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.

There is a promise in a rainbow, as it arches after rain, Just as health is better measured when it follows after pain. So stop and find your rainbow, With it's colors bright and clear, It has an added shimmer, When witnessed through a tear.  -- Zola Brown Hodson

"Be grateful in all things, good or bad, knowing its just part of God's great plan for your life."

God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.   -- Revelation 21:4

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.” - Alexandre Dumas



Treating Pain 
With Bioelectric and Auricular Therapy

By Darrell J. Stoddard   Copyright 1996

Severe chronic pain and other diseases can be helped and 
even cured (? See footnote*), often with just one treatment by treating the cause
(without drugs, acupuncture, manipulation, massage, injections, or surgery).

Note:  This is the background and history that led to the discovery of "Biotape." 

This essay presents what may be a breakthrough in the treatment of pain and other diseases. The paper will define what pain is, explain how the body heals pain, describe a new procedure for treating pain, and then verify the method with case studies from more than 13,000 treatments. 

Doctors have been trying for more than 200 years to find out what causes pain without ever learning what pain is. If we don't know what pain is, all we can do is suppress symptoms and hope the body heals itself. 

We give medications, that only mask the pain, suppress vital functions, or cause gastrointestinal bleeding. If we can't find anything wrong, we imply that the pain is in the patient's head or tell them they will have to learn to live with the pain. Others are sent to surgery or endless therapy that cost astronomical sums. After all this, the patient may be in worse pain than before we started. 

Everyone knows that injury causes pain but what is the cause of pain when there has been no injury? Pain may continue long after an injury takes place. Why does it still hurt? What exactly is pain? How does the body heal pain? (Knowing that every cell is a tiny chemical/electric generator connected electrically to other cells, is necessary to answer these questions.) 

We are aware of the sensation of touch because cells are pushed closer together. This decreases the electrical resistance between cells. Decreasing the electrical resistance increases the flow of electricity to the brain. The increased flow of electricity is what tells us we have been touched. 

When something hits us, it sends a quick burst of electricity to the brain. If pain continues after the blow, it is because tissue has been damaged and electrical connections between cells have been broken. The brain senses the injury because of a signal from the damaged tissue to the brain. The pain signal, however, is not the pain! What the pain is, is broken or suppressed electrical signals between cells in the injured tissue. 

What about pain that is not caused by an injury? Degenerative diseases, dehydration, inflammation, infection, ulcers, tumors, lack of minerals spontaneous fractures, allergies, etc. may also cause the electrical circuits to fail, even when there has been no injury. Whether it is the breaking of the electrical circuits from an injury or the failure of electrical signals for other reasons, the signal to the brain is the same. Both are interpreted as pain. 

The failure of electrical connections between cells ("blockage of chi") is not only the cause of pain but all degenerative diseases according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The theory is not so incredulous when we know that the brain works electrically and that we are "brain dead" when there is no more electricity going across our brain. All cells will die or become degenerate if electrical signals are broken or suppressed. 

If pain is the breaking, suppression, or failure of the body's electrical circuits, how does the body heal pain? Pain is healed when the body reconnects the broken circuits. When we hit our thumb with a hammer, it hurts because electrical connections between the cells have been broken. It stops hurting when the body reconnects the broken circuits. This is the way the body heals pain and the only way we can heal pain -- by finding and by reconnecting the broken circuits that cause the pain. 

Suppressing the pain signal with drugs is treating the symptom not the cause. The medication only masks the pain and does nothing for the broken circuits that cause the pain. 

How do you find and reconnect broken circuits? An instrument that measures electrical resistance can non invasively detect where the circuits have failed. If the instrument also stimulates with the correct wave form, current and frequency, it is possible to reconnect the broken circuits. I have named this more discriminating method of electrical stimulation "Bioelectric Therapy" to distinguish it from "TENS" (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation). 

Everything I have said can be measured, quantified, and proven with simple electronic instruments on real patients. When there is pain, the part of the body that hurts always has more electrical resistance. This means the electrical signals between cells are suppressed. If you can restore the flow of electricity through the painful area, the pain will go away - often immediately. And if you can keep the circuits turned on, the pain will not return. 

How do you maintain the flow of electricity ("chi" or "life force") so the pain does not return? Acupuncture can reconnect broken circuits. To keep the circuits turned on, Chinese Medicine provides another answer. 

Auricular Therapy is done by finding and stimulating acupuncture points in the ear electrically, then by taping tiny seeds on combinations of the 136 points that have been identified in each ear. The constant 24 hours a day pressure from the seeds, stimulates corresponding centers in the brain to keep the broken circuits turned on. Healing is thereby achieved - in the same way the body heals pain. 

Spectacular claims require spectacular evidence. Below are case studies to show how well the treatments work: 

Mike W.: Back pain from injury and surgery that resisted every treatment and drug - so severe that more than once, Mike went to his gun closet to end his pain. Had his finger on the trigger then "couldn't go through with it" because of his family. One treatment stopped all pain until Mike reinsured his back. One more treatment relieved pain again. 

Arthur T.: Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and painful gangrenous ulcer on big toe that would not heal. A surgeon wanted to amputate foot to save leg. After first treatment patient slept all night with no pain. Three treatments, plus infrared laser light treatment, totally healed ulcer and 100% of the pain. 

Wilma H.: Pain in lower back and down both legs for 30 years. Was losing use of legs. Pain from arthritis, spurs, fusion of discs, and curvature of the spine so severe her husband had to help her turn over in bed. Started with a brace as the problem advanced, then doctors told her nothing could be done and that she would just have to learn to live with the pain. 100% relief at first. Still 90% better eight weeks later after one treatment. 

Steven A.: Severe migraine headaches on both sides nonstop for two years. Five neurologists did not help. Received 98% relief first treatment. Headaches totally gone a year later. 

Retta B.: Whiplash injury with cervical nerve root damage causing intense unrelenting pain that did not respond to medication. Patient went to physical therapy 3-5 times a week for over three years. This only made the pain manageable. One treatment relieved 100% of the pain with full range of motion restored. Four months later, patient has full range of motion and is pain free with no more treatments. 

Virginia G.: Lower back and hip pain. "95% relief after 17 years! "Giggled all week." One treatment. 

Julia J.: Degenerative disc disease causing severe pain that did not respond to any other treatment. Surgery was considered the only option and was scheduled but had to be postponed. One treatment stopped all of her pain. Surgery was canceled, and Julia is still pain free more than a year later with no more treatments. 

Una H.: Lumbar vertebrae surgically fused. Pain after surgery was even more intense than before. Therapy at spine center three times a week for six months "didn't help." Therapy at another spine clinic three times a week for three more months "made pain even worse." One treatment relieved 80% of Una's pain and 75% of her depression. 

Kristie W.: TMJ, Stiff Neck, Headaches, Painful swollen jaw for ten years. "100% relief within five minutes." Still 100% better two years later with only one treatment. 

Glen S.: Wrists broken that hurt nearly all the time for ten years leading to muscle failure and one year off work as drywall finisher. No relief from physical therapy. Ninety to 100% relief with one treatment and back to drywall work for three years. 

Marie N. & Marie W.: Shingles. 100% relief for both patients with one treatment. (It usually takes three.) 

Dina S.: Fatigue and Depression. Unable to do load of wash and fold in one day. Did eight loads the day after treatment. "Feeling of impending doom is gone" after one treatment 

Carol H.: Depression. One treatment. "Not 100% better but almost". 

Leslie J.: Fibromyalgia for nine years. 90% relief with two treatments. 

Heber P.: Ninety-two year old with spondylitis, bent over parallel to the ground. One treatment and he could stand up straight without pain. Feeling in his feet has even returned. 

Cleo A.: Glaucoma. Pressure measured 27 in one eye and 31 in the other, even after ophthalmology treatments. One treatment and pressure in eyes measured 15 and 16. Vision has remained normal for more than six months. 

Kay W.: Severe incontinence with exercise or stepping down. Tried pelvic exercises. Doctor recommended surgery. Totally dry for six months after one treatment, then for more than two years after 2nd treatment. 

Yvonne N.: Wanted another child but couldn't conceive. Ob-Gyn, infertility, M.D. ran tests on her but could find nothing wrong; so her husband was tested and found to have a very low sperm count. One seed was taped in husbands' ear. Patient conceived the first month then lost the baby. Yvonne conceived again within a month when seed was replaced and nine months later bore a healthy baby boy. Eighteen months after the birth of the baby boy she had a baby girl. 

Arian G.: Hand Tremors ended career of violinist. Neurologist tried for two years with every drug known for tremors. Nothing helped so she went to acupuncturist six times a week for three months. Acupuncture helped but gave only temporary relief. First treatment reduced tremors 95% and "did more good than all of the above." 

Artis P.: Chemotherapy and radiation left her mouth as dry as sandpaper for six years. Within an hour of one treatment, saliva was running out both corners of her mouth. 

Joy C.: Three slipped disks. Neurosurgeon said without surgery, she would be paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Two treatments and patient has been pain free for eight years. 

Jolene N.: Neck pain from injury for 15 years. Told she would just have to learn to live with the pain. One treatment and Jolene has not had any pain in more than two years. 

Marilyn A.: Trigeminal neuralgia or "Tic Douloureux" (possibly the most intense pain known). As many as four excruciating pain attacks an hour if she moved, for fourteen years. One treatment gave 70% relief. 

Janeen C.: Migraine headaches, that no medication would touch, every week for 20 years. Had one more migraine a week after one treatment, then not one migraine for two years! 

Orvil E. "Suicide" migraine cluster headaches - "Two or three every month for fifty years." Even the Mayo Clinic couldn't help. One treatment stopped his migraine headaches for more than two years. Treatments are not always this effective, but it works so well that most patients get significant relief with the first treatment. 

Diseases successfully treated include: adrenal insufficiency, amenorrhoea, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, astigmatism, Bells palsy, bone spurs, bursitis, cancer pain, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, dry mouth, endometriosis, enuresis, eye pain, excessive sweating, fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, glaucoma, headaches (migraine, sinus, tension), herniated disks, heartburn, hiatal hernia, hypertension, hypothyroidism, incontinence, infertility, impotence, low sperm count, lupus, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, neuralgia, neuritis, neuromas, neuropathy, paralysis, parkinsonism, post surgical pain and/or loss of function, plantar fascitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, rheumatism, sciatica, scoliosis, seizures, shingles, spastic colon, spondylitis, to stop smoking, tachycardia, tendinitis, tinnitus, TMJ, toothache, torn rotor cuff, tremors, trigeminal neuralgia, vertigo, vulvar pain, whiplash, for weight control, etc. Gall bladders have been emptied and programmed to work properly instead of cutting them out, and toes have been straightened, eliminating bunions without surgery. 

You may know about acupuncture anesthesia where major operations are done with no anesthesia and no pain. This is accomplished because the acupuncture needles send a signal to the brain to keep the brain from knowing the circuits have been cut. 

Anesthesia cannot be achieved with auricular therapy, but for chronic conditions auricular therapy is better than acupuncture because pressure from the seeds with one treatment continues 24 hours a day for up to a month. This is better than receiving acupuncture with needles every day

Darrell J. Stoddard, Founder, Pain Research Institute
266 East 3200 North,  Provo, UT 84604 U.S.A. 

* Note: In the United States, no one can legally make the claim that any medication, product, or treatment "cures pain." The most that can be said for any product is that the product is for the symptomatic relief of minor aches and pains. This incomprehensible situation exists because Western medicine  has never adequately or accurately defined the physiology of pain. If no one knows what pain is, then no one can claim to "heal pain."
    If I treat a patient who is in so much pain that she can't get up off the floor; if she has been told by a neurosurgeon that without decompression back surgery, she will be paralyzed or spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, and 15 years later she is still pain free without the surgery and after having had only one treatment, I think maybe she was healed (whether I did it or whether nature did it, SHE WAS STILL HEALED)! To make such a claim, however, I risk a lawsuit and risk going to prison for making "unsubstantiated medical claims." Everything above is therefor just theoretical or anecdotal with no claims whatsoever for a cure of any kind.

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"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven."
Orson F. Whitney