Healing Journeys with Suzie Daggett
Suzie Daggett interviews Dr. Jeffrey R. Cram, a pioneer in the scientific research of mind-body medicine, a holistic psychologist, and the creator of the BioScope and other inventions.
What started you on a journey as a psychologist and inventor?
My interest in the human condition took me to graduate school in psychology in the ’70s. Biofeedback was just at its beginning roots. At the same time, behavioral medicine – taking psychology and applying it to medical conditions – was just at it infancy.
My family lineage has much to do with my creativity and tinkering – Filo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of TV, is a relative. Perhaps this is why I have always felt drawn to create things. My first invention was the “Cram Scan,” a software program which allowed pain practitioners to see images of painful muscles associated with muscular bracing or protective guarding. This is used by thousands of practitioners today. More recently, I have been working on the development of the “BioScope.” This is a tool which will allow practitioners to see how the nervous system is involved in medical and psychological problems.
What is the Mind-Body Connection?
Instead of focusing on just the body or the mind for healing, it is important to connect the two. Most of the time, when people are talking about the brain, they really mean just the mind – however, there are other brains in us. Just like the brain, the heart and the gut also have neurons and neuro-transmitters. This is one reason why we should pay attention and learn to listen to our heart and gut for direction regarding our life and our health.
Explain holistic psychology:
Psychology can be all about the mind with psychotherapy focusing primarily on thoughts and emotions. Holistic psychology interweaves the body, mind and spirit through counseling skills, intuition, biofeedback, neuro feedback, Flower Essence therapy and music.
Biofeedback and neuro feedback are ways to bring the physical aspects of emotion into the therapy. With surface electrodes and biofeedback instruments acting as the conduit between the mind and the body, you can actually observe the mind-body connection. Music and “toning” can be used to soothe the soul, while Flower Essence therapy provide a basis to treat the etheric body.
What is biofeedback therapy?
Using surface electrodes and biological amplifiers, we are able to take information about what is going on inside the body and show it on a computer screen. This allows the individual an opportunity to observe and change the inner workings of their body. For example, using a respiration harness around the belly, along with a heart monitor we can teach a person how to ease irritable bowel syndrome or reduce the need for hypertension medications. Using psychological techniques, the practitioner then helps the patient learn how to reconnect the neurons in healthy ways, as illustrated in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know” (highly recommended).
What is your newest invention – The BioScope?
The BioScope is a very new instrument that is designed to enable our innate intelligence – the body’s ability to heal itself. It is an instrument much like the telescope in which Galileo was the first person ever to see deeply into space or the microscope which gave us glimpses of tiny organisms invisible to the eye. The BioScope allows us to see within our bodies that which we cannot see with our normal senses. The BioScope is also an avenue to train the nervous system. This can include getting the hardwiring in the brain, together with the breath, the heart, the muscles and the gut. We can now observe these systems coming into harmony on the computer screen. This training to self regulate helps the individual learn to calm themselves and return to a condition of wellness. Rather than use a pill to cover a behavior, this therapy allows one to regulate and heal on your own.
Dr. Jeffery R. Cram can be reached at Sierra Health Institute, 478-9660.
Suzie Daggett is the TV host of “Healing INsights” on NCTV, and the publisher of INSIGHT, the Directory of Healing Arts Practitioners; she can be reached at 265-9255 or http://www.insightdirectory.com
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