Discovery Quotes

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

The greatest achievements of mankind have been accomplished by two types of men, those who were smart enough to know it could be done, and those too dumb to know it couldn't.  -- Anon

In order to discover things, one must be ignorant.  It is better to know nothing than to have certain fixed ideas in one's mind, which are based on theories which one constantly tries to confirm.    A discovery is usually an unexpected connection which is not included in some theory.  - - Claude Bernard

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

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if
he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
Leo Tolstoy

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

Never attribute to malice what is adequately explained by naiveté. People are all-to -ready to believe lies that make them feel morally or intellectually superior. --       Ed Friedlander, M.D.

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. Helen Keller

It has been the fate of all bold adventures and reformers to be esteemed insane. -- G.B. Cheever

Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools. They are precisely the men who defy what school has taught them.

The only death you die is the death you die every day by not living.  Dream big and dare to fail. -- Norman Vaughn

Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
  -- James R. Cook

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis everyday before breakfast. It keeps him young. -- Konrad Lorenz

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. - Copernicus

Do you remember how electrical currents and "unseen waves" were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy. - Albert Einstein

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

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.          
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Curiouser and curiouser!
Lewis Carroll

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
- Winston Churchill

Truth does not change because  it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.  Geordino Bruno

Sell your Cleverness    
and be in a state of Bewilderment.
-- Victor Frankel

I'm looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done. - Henry Ford

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

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
- Albert Einstein

"Beware the counsel of someone who stands to profit from it".

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what no one has thought. - Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius

You can change the course of history easier than you can change a history course.  - LouSalza

“History would be a wonderful thing – if it were only true.” - Leo Tolstoy

Good science permits dissent; in fact, dissent is the only road to discovery and change. -  Henry Scammell

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. - Winston Churchill

The people who are crazy enough to think they can
change the world, are the ones who do.            
         ~ Jack Kerouac

The first responsibility of authority is to maintain it's status. Truth is often a secondary concern. - Sydney Ross Singer

Pain Healed "Immediately"

Disclaimer:     The following article, Pain Healed "Immediately," is from a peer-reviewed alternative medical journal, the Townsend Letter for Doctors. Articles published in the TLfD have gone through a peer review process by qualified professionals. This particular article was reviewed by an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biology who knew of the research presented.  Both reviewers were qualified to make a statement regarding the validity of the research and its value to the medical community. 
     Theories given are based on the Chinese definition of pain.  We observed what appeared to be the "immediate" cessation of pain in many patients.   In Western medicine, no one can make the claim that pain is "healed" because the cause of pain has never been adequately defined.  The most that can be said of any product, drug, or treatment is that such a product, drug, or treatment is for the "symptomatic relief of minor aches and pains."  
     We do not make a claim for even the "symptomatic relief of minor aches and pains" because no double-blind placebo controlled crossover studies have been done giving us the right to make such claims.
     Evidence for what could be the "healing of pain" is presented in a number of case studies from more than 1,200 treatments. Such preliminary case studies are a legitimate part of medical research and are included in every medical journal.

 The title Pain Healed "Immediately" and all statements regarding the healing of pain are the opinions, statements, and observations of patients in case studies. Such statements are not presented as medical claims. They are presented here for educational purposes only and to disseminate health care information from the Pain Research Institute

Pain Healed "Immediately"

By Darrell J. Stoddard  Copyright 1997 
(Published in the August /September 1998  Townsend Letter for Doctors)  

    This paper presents a method to verify (for the first time) with "double-blind" placebo controlled studies, the 2000-year-old Chinese definition of pain. 
    The Chinese believe that pain is caused by the "blockage of Chi." - a concept that has never been adequately evaluated in Western medicine.  I submit that "Chi" is the endogenous electrical potential in living tissue that can be measured and quantified.  I further propose that pain is caused by cut, broken, or suppressed electrical connections between cells.
    In support of the theory, and through my practice of auricular medicine, I have measured the electrical resistance at the site of pain, in more than 15,000 patients.  Where there is pain, the electrical resistance is always high, indicating a blockage or suppression of the body's electrical signals. 
    To further evaluate the Chinese theory of pain, I developed a highly conductive, silver membrane to be applied over the site of pain.  Once the membrane is applied, it acts (electrically) like a living part of the body. 
    Below are five case studies (from more than 1200 treatments) in which the membrane was applied to relieve pain.  The membrane (hereafter referred to by the trade name "Biotape") is chemically inert.  No medicine, drugs, or external electricity is used with or applied by or through the tape. 

Lois C.:  Excruciating endless pain since knee surgery in 1987.  Biotape applied 12-12-96.  Patient reported eight months later that the relief of pain from one application of the tape "is the greatest joy in my entire life." After nine years of relentless pain, patient is still pain free eight months after treatment. 

Carolyn A.:  Fibromyalgia.  Disabling neck and shoulder pain for six years. Patient spent more than two hours every night hot packing her shoulder just to be able to function as the breadwinner for her family.  Biotape applied 4-22-97 providing 70% immediate relief.  Reapplied tape 5-21-97.  Patient reported two months later that her neck and shoulder were completely healed. 

Marvin W.:  Peripheral Neuropathy.  Balls of feet almost too tender to walk on for five years.  Biotape applied 7-7-97.  "There was instant relief and no pain until the tape came off." 

Brandon J.:  Back pain and headaches from an auto accident, unable to work for 18 months.  Lumbar spinal surgery scheduled the following week.  Pain reduced 85% with one application of Biotape and auricular therapy 2-25-98.  Pain was completely gone the next day.  Surgery canceled.

Tricia M.:  Low back pain so severe she couldn't stand or walk.  Used magnets (that are being touted for pain) for a week.  The magnets had not helped (because magnets are not conductive).  Biotape relieved pain immediately and patient could stand and walk.

    Obviously not all cases are this successful but they are representative of what does occur more often than could be attributed to a placebo. (More case studies may be seen at end of page.) 

    The existence of minute endogenous electrical potentials in the body is not in question.  It is a measurable phenomenon.  If electrical nerve signals are blocked, cells will die or degenerate, causing muscle wasting.  All muscular movements are controlled by electricity.  The heart works electrically.  If the heart's pacemaker (sinus node) fails, an electrical pacemaker is implanted.  We are "brain dead" when there are no more electrical signals going across the brain.  I submit that this is also true of every other cell in the body. 
    Western medicine primarily addresses just the chemical and mechanical functions of the body.  Traditional Chinese medicine deals with electrical processes.  Acupuncture points cannot be seen, but they can be found with modern electronic instruments called "point finders."  The points are areas of low electrical resistance that are no bigger than the head of a pin. Incredibly, acupuncture points are precisely where the Chinese have said they were for centuries! 
    A practice which shows the mechanical orientation of Western medicine is to look for "the cause of pain" with imaging devices such as X-ray, CT scans, MRI scans, etc.  Imaging instruments cannot see electricity (Chi) or pain and no imaging device can tell what is going through a nerve, even if the nerve is pinched.  Nerves can function perfectly even if they are pinched.  Nerve signals can also be impaired and cause excruciating pain when they are not pinched. 
    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, June 7, 1990, p.1627 on the use of TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) shows how little Western medicine knows about the electrical functions of the body.  The study concluded that, "for patients with chronic low back pain, treatment with TENS is no more effective than treatment with a placebo."  This is like learning that a drug is ineffective, and then concluding that "all drugs are no more effective than treatment with a placebo."  Western medicine dismisses Chinese medicine the same way. Negative studies are cited and then everything is rejected.
    There are potentially as many different kinds of electrical stimulation, wave forms, frequencies, etc. as there are drugs.  The only thing the above study showed was that one particular TENS instrument, used as they used it, was ineffective! 
  Western surgical procedures cannot be proven with "double-blind" studies, the same as acupuncture cannot be proven, because there is no placebo for either one.  Does this make coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, spinal fusions, hysterectomy, and all such surgery unscientific? 
    The concept of pain in this paper is important because nearly everything that is done for pain in Western medicine only masks the pain by suppressing the pain signal.  This is treating the symptom, not the cause. Masking the pain with medication is harmful for many reasons:  First, pain signals cannot be suppressed without suppressing other vital functions. Second, aspirin may cause Reye's syndrome in children.  Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Third, continued use of even over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen) etc. may cause kidney failure or liver damage.  Adult doses given to children may cause severe liver damage and even death.  Fourth, narcotics and steroids have harmful side effects in addition to being addictive.  Fifth, pain medication does nothing to repair the broken circuits which cause the pain.
    The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, "An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage."  This tells us little about the physiology of pain, and nothing about how to heal pain. 
    Western medicine can name many conditions believed to cause pain.  It is known in nanoseconds how fast pain signals travel to the brain.  Pain control chemicals that are produced by the body have been discovered in the brain and spinal column.  Blocking the pain signal with drugs is a highly developed science.  Still Western medicine does not fully understand the physiology of pain.  Pain is caused by injured tissue, but what causes pain when there has been no injury?  How does the body heal pain?  The extolled "Gate Theory of Pain" revealed how pain signals are transmitted, not what pain is. 
    Traditional Chinese medicine has understood what pain is for more than two thousand years.  We now offer a simple method anyone can use to relieve pain or verify the Chinese definition of pain.  "Double-blind" placebo controlled studies could easily be done using the conductive tape and tape with an identical appearance that is not conductive.  Unlike research on acupuncture, neither the doctor or the patient would know who is getting the real thing and who is getting the placebo. 
    The reason we do not do our own double-blind study is because the outcome would be questioned.  Such a study should be completely independent of the Pain Research Institute.  We will provide materials and training without charge to any independent researcher who has designed, conducted, and published double-blind placebo controlled studies.  A positive outcome from such a study would be evidence for what is almost inconceivable, that Western medicine has never learned the underlying cause of pain! 

Note: The following case studies were not included in the above published article.
    More Biotape Case Studies:
Case studies given are best-case examples. Not all patients respond equally well or permanently.  No medical claims are made for Biotape.  The evidence presented and the case studies given are only anecdotal, until established by "double-blind" placebo controlled medical studies.

Dorothy S.: 
Arthritis in knees "swelled up as big as cabbages."  So painful it was almost impossible to walk.  Biotape applied 10-22-96 around both knees.  Pain relieved almost 100% immediately.  Swelling gone in two days and has not returned.  Tape reapplied for pain without swelling 10-29-96, 11-25-96, 12-10-96, 1- 7-97, 2-11-97.  Received total relief of pain lasting about a month each time. 

Jane R
.:  Very painful "frozen shoulder."  Biotape applied 10-29-96 Received near 100% instant relief.

Royola A.:  Grandma with severe low back pain from injury jumping on trampoline.  Biotape applied right side of lumbar spine 11-11-96. Ninety-five percent relief within seconds.  Tape reapplied 1-6-97.  Pain still 75% better six months later. 

Hope P.:  Arm and shoulder ached like a toothache all night.  Possibly lymph edema after mastectomy.  Biotape applied over shoulder and down to hand 10-7-96.  Pain 100% better the next night with no reoccurrence in eleven months. 

Terry G.:  Pain so severe in low back that patient couldn't walk.  Biotape applied 2-11-97.  There was almost immediate "miraculous relief."  Biotape reapplied 5-2-97 when the pain started to return.  Patient reported four months later that the pain never come back. 

Elizabeth S.:  Back pain, "unending for years."  Biotape applied 1-15-97. Patient reported six months later that "It helped a lot.  The Pain is just starting to come back but not near as bad as before." 

Mary E.:  Sciatic pain.  Biotape applied 6-18-97.  Patient bent over immediately after and said "That's the first time I have been able to bend over without pain in 10 years!"  Pain a month later still only about 10% of what it was before treatment. 

Lisa R.:  Low back pain with pregnancy.  Biotape applied down both sides of lumbar spine resulting in 95% relief.

Joleen S.:  Thoracic pain so severe that she couldn't sleep lying down for six months.  Biotape applied 4-28-97.  Patient reported three months later that "It was extremely successful.  Doesn't hurt at all now."

Fredrick C.: 
Peripheral neuropathy.  Severe burning in the soles of feet. Significant relief came with application of Biotape that stayed on for only three or four days.  Still 50% better a month later with no more tape. Biotape applied to soles of feet 7-16- 97.  Burning "gone" immediately. 

Mary Jo S.:  Post polio syndrome.  Severely disabled.  Biotape applied over swollen knee 1-3-97.  Patient reported 2-13-97, "It helped tremendously.  I was able to walk through the grocery store for the first time in years and was not crippled after doing it!"

Summer D.:  Unending pain from cheer leading accident two years before.  Biotape applied on left side of lumbar spine 9-18-96 for Pain gone until 10-23-96.  Reapplied tape 10-24- 96.  Pain has still not returned 7-13-97.

Ben C.:  Osgood-Schlatter's Disease.  Biotape applied 6-18-97 around knee.  "Pain gone" immediately.  Has not returned in more than a year. 

Anne C.:  Heel and Achilles tendon pain for six months.  Biotape applied 4-22-97.  Pain still completely gone 7-11-97. 

Glen A.:  "Drop foot."  Biotape applied down leg 11-4-96.  Definitely improved eight months later.  Can now move toes.

Colleen M.:  Rheumatoid arthritis pain in hands.  Three strips Biotape applied down arm to hand 10-8-96.  Received 90% relief within minutes.

Paul S.:  Low back pain so severe patient couldn't stand up.  Applied Biotape.  Relief was immediate.  Pain completely gone for more than a year.

Helen S.:  Ninety-year-old with pain that came three years after knee joint replacement surgery, so severe that she couldn't walk.  Biotape applied to knee and within 15 minutes she was walking and 90-100% of the pain was gone.  "Completely better" a month after the tape came off. 

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The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities.  We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask, why not. -- Spencer W. Kimball

Truth cannot enter a closed door  -  Sydney Ross Singer

"Don't let the future be held hostage by the past."  -- Neal Maxwell, Religious Leader

"There is always a better way." -- Thomas Edison, Inventor

Human progress has never been achieved with unanimous consent. Those who were enlightened first are compelled to pursue the light in spite of others. -- Christopher Columbus

Nothing is likely to ruin a good reputation in medicine faster than being the first to come up with the right answer. - Henry Scammell

The world has always crucified its saviors. - Darrell Stoddard

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

By opening my mi
nd I can more clearly recognize its reach and its limits

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits
- Albert Einstein.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it.  Upton Sinclair

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former - Einstein

.Anything will give up it's secrets if you love it enough.  -  George Washington Carver

Every great mind that has influenced the way we view the world was initially ridiculed.

The same vehemence that led Galileo to be condemned by the Church for his theories, in spite of the scientifically demonstrable facts, is now being used by medicine to reject any thesis that is contrary to its own dogmas.  -- Olivier Clerc

I'm not an atheist, and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. -- Albert Einstein

For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries. -- Robert Jastrow

It's a lot safer for doctors to kill their patients with treatments that have been approved than to cure them with treatments that challenge tradition. -- Jane Fagen

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