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Medical Controversies/ Lucid Dreaming

Date Monday - September 26, 2016
Host George Noory
Guests Jon RappoportDavid Jay Brown

In the first half, investigative medical reporter Jon Rappoport discussed the latest in the Zika virus controversy, a new CDC ruling that allows mandatory detention and inoculation without a person's consent, and the new rule in California requiring mandatory vaccines for all children attending school. Zika, which is carried by mosquitoes, has been considered the cause of a birth defect called microcephaly, and pregnant women have been warned to stay away from certain locations. Yet Rappoport noted that this virus has been around since the 1940s, and previously never caused such problems. He cited that there have been many cases where pregnant women were infected with Zika but did not give birth to microcephalic children. "It's a promoted story," like such epidemics as swine flu and SARS which were hyped as pandemics but ended up fizzling, he remarked.

He expressed concern over a proposed new CDC ruling which involves police powers, and the ability to contain and quarantine anyone in the US traveling between states if they are suspected to have a communicable disease that could impact public health. According to the new ruling, people could be forcibly medically treated, and inoculated with vaccines, and then electronically tracked upon release (there's a public comment period until October 14th on the ruling). Regarding California's new stringent vaccination program for students, Rappoport reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of parents who disagree with this policy, and lack of exemptions based on personal beliefs.

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In the latter half, former neuroscience researcher at the University of Southern California, David Jay Brown, talked about lucid dreams and offered practical suggestions on how to enhance lucid dreaming and maximize its healing effects. Lucid dreaming is when you become aware that you are dreaming when it is actually happening-- in an ordinary dream, we confuse the dream environment for the waking world, he explained. Interestingly, the latest research shows that when transcranial electrical brain stimulation is applied to the prefrontal cortex when people are in REM sleep, about 80% report having lucid dreams.

The lucid dreaming state can be used for many things such as perfecting a skill, which can then be transferred over into one's waking life, he reported. It also can have therapeutic values such as healing-- Brown detailed a case in which a person had a serious infection in their tonsils, and during a lucid dream looked in a mirror and imagined a glowing healing light around the tonsil area, and when they woke up 90% of the infection had cleared up. Lucid dreaming can also be used for exploring philosophical questions, enhancing psychic abilities, as well as teleporting to different locations, he said. To change your location in a lucid dream, he suggested closing your eyes, and spinning around while imagining the new environment you seek, and when you open your eyes you may be there.

News segment guests: John Curtis, Howard Bloom, Steve Kates

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