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A Dolphin at Play Keeps the Blues Away
Fri Nov 25, 5:02 PM ET

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Swimming with dolphins appears to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, according to new U.K. research.

The randomized controlled study was conducted at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences in Honduras and involved outpatients recruited from the United States and Honduras from November 2002 thru December 2003.

A total of 30 people with mild or moderate depression were involved: Half of them were assigned to swim and snorkel with bottlenose dolphins for an hour a day for two weeks. The rest also swam and snorkeled but not in the presence of dolphins.

All the study volunteers discontinued antidepressant drugs or psychotherapy at least four weeks before the start of the study and did not take any drugs during the study, the researchers said.

By the end of study, those people who swam with the dolphins had a greater average reduction in the severity of their depressive symptoms than those who did not. The findings appear in the Nov. 26 issue of the British Medical Journal.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first randomized, single blind, controlled trial of animal facilitated therapy with dolphins. The natural setting itself is also an important factor that has to be considered in the treatment of emotional disorders. This is confirmed by other studies," the authors wrote in their study findings.

"The effects exerted by the animals were significantly greater than those of just the natural setting," they added. "The echolocation system, the aesthetic value, and the emotions raised by the interaction with dolphins may explain the mammals' healing properties."

The researchers, from the division of clinical Psychiatry at the University of Leicester Medical School, noted that the study supports the theory of biophilia, which contends that human health and well-being is dependent on the human connection with the natural world.

Sent by K.C., Boone, NC


Igor Charkovsky, the Russian male midwife, is known for helping pregnant women give birth underwater in the Black Sea 'aided' by dolphins. 'Dolphins have an affinity with the baby in the womb and are automatically attracted to pregnant women. They sense when a woman is about to give birth and gather round. They give both the mother and child a sense of protection and safety,' says Charkovsky.

'Dolphins sense when a woman is about to give birth and gather round. They give both the mother and child a sense of protection and safety'

'Sometimes when the baby is born the dolphins muzzle it to the surface to help it breath.'

Charkovsky began to experiment with dolphins and children in 1979 at a dolphin research station. He discovered that 9ft mammals were exceptionally gentle with the children, aged between eight days and eight years, allowing them to ride on their backs, and handling them with extraordinary care, under-standing and purposefulness.

More specifically he realised how powerfully beneficial the animals were for the newborn, who lay peacefully sleeping in the sea with the dolphins swimming around them. He concluded that dolphins through their benign energy take the stress off the baby and mother alike, during and after the birth.

Igor Charkovsky, 127254 Moscow, Rustaveli 15a, Kv61, CIS (tel 7095 219 5937).

Sent by S.D., Haiku, HI


Dolphins to help out in Underwater Childbirth in Israel

EILAT (AUG. 3) DPA - A school of dolphins will play a key role in a revolutionary childbirth technique to be pioneered in a Red Sea bay off the coast of Eilat in southern Israel, local press reports said Monday.

The project is the brainchild of French and British scientists who researched the therapeutic powers of dolphins and noticed their extraordinary cooperation when a baby dolphin is born.

Six British mothers-to-be were due to arrive in Israel in September, a month before their schedule delivery date, to test whether the dolphins will be as much help in human births.

The women are scheduled to swim daily in the Dolphin Reef to create a bond with the friendly sea-mammals. The birth will take place inside a special perspex tank underwater which will allow the women to touch and stroke the dolphins during labour in order to divert their minds from the pain.

The women will be accompanied by a full medical team which will also set up a highly sophisticated maternity hospital on the shore in case of complications, the Ma'ariv daily reported.

Also part of the entourage will be film and press crews from England where detailed coverage of the experiment is planned.

Sent by S.D., Haiku, HI


Birth with Dolphins

Igor Charkovsky, a Russian male mid-wife has assisted in over 20,000 underwater births, but in 1979 he began experiments with dolphins and children. His daughter, one of the first modern water-birthers, was in her late twenties when the following incident happened. Charkovsky and his team had taken a woman to the Black Sea in Israel for an underwater birth. In two feet of water, preparing for the birth, suddenly three dolphins approached, pushed everyone out of the way and took over. They scanned the length of her body (with sonar?), which somehow relaxed the mother and child and gave birth with no pain or fear. Apparently all the human midwives were pretty shocked though. This opened up the new practice of ‘Dolphin mid-wivery’ which may sound strange, but fits in with the new breed of super-children that are currently coming in to existence.

For some reason, dolphins are attracted to pregnant women and young children and as most people are aware, the dolphins can also help heal people with mental and psychological problems. But the children, who are being born with the aid of dolphins, at least with the cases documented in Russia, are extraordinary children. Most of the have IQ’s of over 150 (genius range again), plus extremely stable emotional bodies and strong physical bodies. They are superior in one way or another.

Sent by S.D., Haiku, HI


Puna, Hawai'i Oct. 2004

Beyond being life's blueprint, DNA plays a powerful role in newly discovered communications between dolphins and humans, according to a team of Cetacean (dolphin and whale) researchers at the Sirius Institute on the Big Island of Hawai'i. An ongoing study there shows these marine mammals receive and transmit sound signals capable of affecting the genetic double helix, and using natural biotechnology, dolphins may heal humans swimming near them sonogenetically.

Fourteen years of multidisciplinary study at this arm of the Human-Dolphin Foundation indicates that the expression of DNA, traditionally considered the blueprint of life, can be changed by the sound and electromagnetic fields generated by dolphins. A startling report, published this month in DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral (Tetrahedron, LLC; 1-888-508-4787), by research director Dr. Michael Hyson and others, examines DNA's coiled design, vibrating action, and electrogenetic functions during bioacoustic interactions between dolphins and humans. The dolphin's acoustic and electromagnetic effects on the human body through DNA may best explain how remarkable healings, often reported by swimmers following dolphin contacts, have occurred.

DNA is activated, new research shows, by waves and particles of energized sound and light which, more than chemicals or drugs, switch genes on or off. Likewise, genetic inheritance is energetically transmitted bioacoustically and electromagnetically through special water molecules that form the electrogenetic matrix of the DNA. These hydroelectric structures shaped like pyramids, hexagons, and pentagons, direct healing processes. In this case, dolphin-assisted therapy occurs in an undersea environment electrochemically similar to human blood serum which enhances the energetic effects according to the researchers.

These findings, according to Paradise Newland, founder of the Sirius Institute, dolphin-attended underwater childbirth pioneer, and originator of the Cetacean Commonwealth, support a new view of dolphins and whales as people of the sea. The Cetacea have had complex languages for millions of years, have the largest brains, include the largest creatures anywhere, and have a history of friendship, cooperation, and even partnership with humans, she says. These facts support the need to enact legislation, according to Ms. Newland, designating dolphins and whales as conscious beings and giving them full protection under human laws. The Commonwealth is advancing this scientific and political agenda to encourage Cetacean preservation, cross-species communication, and their increasing participation in our world.

Experiences with dolphins over 40 years, Dr. Hyson notes, have shown me that dolphins are more human than many of us. They are empathetic, telepathic, and often willing to help humans heal. We will use this research to help establish the rights the Cetacea are entitled to in a process similar to how the Australian Aboriginal people gained their human rights to life.

Dr. Hyson's research on the mechanisms of dolphin-assisted therapies is included in the new 550-page book ($29.15) available by special order from the small press and select bookstores. It is written for intelligent lay readers and above.

Sent by D.M., NY, NY



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