Dr. Norman Allan's

Vol 2, No. 2,
February 2006


*   newspaper clippings !
*   visceral manip. workshop 9 Feb
*   bioenergetic character types 16 Feb
   open house (treatment available by donation)
*   archives
*   what's new in my "practice"

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This month the news clipping are slim, but I've got round to precising (writing a short bit about) what I think is an important article about "schizophrenia".

And let me again remind you of my
open house on Thurs. from 3 to 6 pm.
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Newspaper clippings
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Further to the soy controversy (see Jan 06 newsletter in the archives):

"Soy diet may hurt broken hearts"
Toronto Star, 6 Jan 2006

Heart conditions became worse in male mice carrying a genetic mutation for heart disease when they were fed a soy diet, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (Female mice were relatively unaffected.)


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"Simple exercise counters dementia, study shows"
Toronto Star, 17 Jan 2006

"Routine exercise, as simple as a 15 minute walk three times a week, helps ward off dementia... among those 65 and older..." The study published in the Annals of Internal medicine showed "up to a 40% lower risk for dementia."


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"Ginseng May Reduce Number and Severity of Cold"
New York Times, 1 Nov 2005


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Nature, Nurture and Madness.
from an essay by Oliver James
published in the
Guardian, 22 October 2005,

"... The fact that some two-thirds of people diagnosed as schizophrenic have suffered physical or sexual abuse is shown to be a major, if not the major, cause of the illness. Proving the connection between the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia, Read shows that many schizophrenic symptoms are directly caused by trauma. ...
    " ... it is not being suggested that all cases are caused by parental care. ...
    " ...40 studies that reveal childhood or adulthood sexual or physical abuse in the history of the majority of psychiatric patients...   A review of 13 studies of schizophrenia found rates varying from 51% at the lowest to 97% at the highest
    "Among the sexually abused there is a greater risk of developing schizophrenia the earlier the abuse happened, the closer the relation to the abuser and the more invasive the act. Of course, not all schizophrenics suffered trauma and not all abused people develop the illness. James speculates that genetics and less overtly cruel early childhood maltreatment may be involved in determining outcomes.... negative or confusing early care may be an important addition to abuse as a cause.

    Mother are crucial in early nurturing... Children with schizophrenic mothers are twice as likely to develop the illness as those with afflicted fathers. This could be because disturbing mothers are a major factor. Equally, it could be due to gender-linked genetic inheritance, but there are strong reasons to doubt it. For instance, the mothers of 11,000 Finns were asked if they had considered an abortion for their child during pregnancy, a clear sign that the child was unwanted, increasing the likelihood of subsequent maternal deprivation. Following up 28 years later, the offspring of mothers who sought abortions were four times more likely to be schizophrenic..." (Compare also Lowen's of "Bioenergetic" who postulated that psychosis is due to intrauterine rejection!)
     " ... the more negative and mystifying the parents had been in a son's childhood, the greater his likelihood of being schizophrenic...
    "Fifty-six children born to schizophrenic mothers who had subsequently been adopted at a young age ... On its own, simply having a greater genetic risk ... did not incease the likelihood... However, if there was a high genetic risk and it was combined with mystifying care during upbringing, the likelihood was greater."

Stress in general is also implicated. The poor are much more likely than the rich to get ill.
   Furthermore "... if you become ill in a developing nation where hardly anyone is treated with drugs, you are 10 times less likely to have any recurrence of the illness...

This view comes out of the work of John Read (and his associates) and was published in Acct. Psychiatrica Scandinavica and in his book Models of Madness.

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Visceral Manipulation

a hands-on workshop

Dr. Norman Allan

7:00 to 9:00
Thursday the 9th February

at 2 College Street, suite 305

Visceral manipulation is an adjunct to CranioSacral Therapy. Dr. Barral observed that the abdominal organs move to and fro in a slow gentle rhythm. When their movement becomes restricted, our health suffers. Through visceral manipulation the organs can be gentle mobilised.

Studying visceral manipulation is a wonderful, simple way of learning anatomy, and learning how our bodies function.

Enrollment is a limited
Register early -
(25$ prepaid)
(35$ at the door)

Phone 416 928 9272

Character Analysis
Bioenergetic Archetypes

7:00 to 9:00
Thursday the 16th February

at 2 College Street, suite 305

· Participants will be introduced to four basic character archetypes: 'void, oral, anal, and egoic.

· "Modeling" the archetypes, participants will gain a first-hand understand of the emotional and social dimensions of these personality styles.

· Wilheim Reich wrote extensively on Character Structure.
His pupil, Alexander Lowen, the founder of "Bioenergetics Psychoanalysis", elaborated on, and simplified, Reich's system. Lowen's four "pre-oedipal" character types gives us a useful template for understanding the roots of personality and character.

· Lowen described postural attitudes and body types associated with the character types.

Enrollment is a limited
Register early -
(25$ prepaid)
(35$ at the door)

Phone 416 928 9272


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Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, January 2006: snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, December 2005: as above

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, November: 2005

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, October: 2005

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, August/September: 2005

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, June/July 2005:

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, May 2005:

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, March/April 2005: an essay on immune tonics published in "Healthy Directions" - and snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, February 2005: snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest - and a discussion of "C Reactive Protein" as an indicator of risk for heart disease.

Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, January 2005: snippets from newspapers, various.

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  What's new in my "practice":-  

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