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Problems And Prospects Of Transitioning From Experimental Data To Clinical Application
May 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM EST | B. BENGSTON


Bill Bengston


The orientation of those interested in the experimental data on healing is oftentimes different than those whose chief interest is in clinical application. The experimentalists generally take the traditional empirical approach of the basic sciences, emphasizing the demonstration of valid and reliable data and seeking some theoretical understanding. Clinicians have often been trained in a particular healing modality, and then more eclectically rely on their experience and intuitive sense about how healing works. The public, meanwhile, has increasingly turned to "alternative and complementary" medicine, and is rarely concerned about the issues deemed important by either experimentalists or clinicians. I have experience in both the experimental and clinical sides of healing. To date, for example, I have conduced 10 experiments on mice in five separate labs, including two medical schools. These experiments, five of which have been published to date, have demonstrated reliable cures on mice infected with cancers that are normally fatal. These cancer cures have been replicated using skeptical volunteers. Clinically, I have also applied the same healing techniques to selected individuals with positive results, and others that have been trained by me have done likewise. These clinical applications have not yet been done in a controlled setting, and so remain only anecdotal. This talk will concern itself with some of the issues involved in transitioning from experimental to clinical work. That is, I will summarize "what I think I know" from the experimental data, and "what I still need to know" to open the door to clinical application. The latter involves questions of dose response and whether healing can indeed be taught. In addition, there are some methodological complications involving the "resonant bonding" of experimental and control group animals resulting in the possibility of type II errors in research that have not been sufficiently addressed.


Bill Bengston is Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph's College in New York. In addition to his "day job" teaching a variety of courses, including research methods, statistics, and supervising theses, he has been involved in researching various aspects of healing for several decades. To date this research has included ten hands on healing experiments on cancerous mice at five different institutions, including two medical schools. Five of these experiments have been published in JSE, JACM, and Explore.




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