Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder (Updated)

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in disasters & potential disasters, economy, environment, factory farming, featured, health, news | 0 comments

Honey Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder (Updated)


“Vanishing of the Bees” Website

Watch Vanishing of the Bees on Amazon Prime


“Queen Of The Sun – What Are The Bees Telling Us?” Website


Important Overview Resources:

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

The Way Back To Biological Beekeeping (Dee Lusby)

Bush Bees Website (Organic Bee Website)

Yahoo Organic Beekeepers Discussion List

Wikipedia On Colony Collapse Disorder

Very Informative Overview Of ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (5/4/2007)

Maarec Colony Collapse Disorder Website

Map Of U.S. States Reporting Colony Collapse Disorder (pdf)

General Bee Articles & Reports

National Academy Of Sciences Study On Pollinators

Vanishing of the Bees & Related Movies


NHNE News List & NHNE Pulse Articles:

• Wild Bees Dying In New Zealand (10/03/12)
• UN Report: Humans Must Change Behaviour To Save Bees, Food (03/10/11)
Bees In Freefall As Study Shows Sharp U.S. Decline (01/04/11)
Scientists & Soldiers Solve A Bee Mystery (10/08/10)
Scientists Stumped As Bee Population Declines Further (03/29/10)
Pesticides May Be Responsible For Mass Die-Offs (01/08/10)
Scientific American: Where Have the Honeybees Gone? (11/16/09)
The Truth About The Disappearing Honeybees (10/26/2009)
The Mysterious Vanishing Act Of Bees (10/25/2009)
Pesticides Indicted In Bee Deaths (5/18/2009)
Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder? (04/14/2009)
Book: ‘A Spring Without Bees’ (8/18/2008)
UK Honeybee Deaths Reaching Crisis Point (8/17/2008)
Last Flight Of The Honeybee? (6/7/2008)
Vanishing Of The Bees (5/9/2008)
Survey: U.S. Honey Bee Deaths Increased Over Last Year (5/6/2008)
Why Flowers Have Lost Their Scent (4/20/2008)
Consortium To Study Honey Bee ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (4/16/2008)
Disappearing Bees Threaten Ice Cream Sellers (2/19/2008)
Burt’s Bees Defends The Hive (11/6/2007)
Virus Implicated In Colony Collapse Disorder In Bees (9/7/2007)
Possible Colony Collapse Disorder Breakthrough (9/2/2007)
Senator Boxer On Colony Collapse Disorder (7/18/2007)
USDA Announces Colony Collapse Disorder Action Plan (7/13/2007)
Honeybee Die-Off Now Reported In 35 States (6/12/2007)
Who Killed The Honeybees? (5/30/2007)
Very Informative Overview Of ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (5/4/2007)
Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply (5/3/2007)
Honeybee Collapse Myths (5/2/2007)
Bees Vanish, & Scientists Race For Reasons (4/25/2007)
Organic & Killer Bees Seem Resistant To ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (4/24/2007)
Honey Bee Die-Off Alarms Beekeepers, Crop Growers & Researchers (4/24/2007)
Honey Bee Experts Gather To Pool Knowledge (4/22/2007)
Honey Bee Die-Off Resources (4/17/2007)
Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Our Bees? (4/15/2007)
Bee Colonies Across U.S. Continue To Die (4/7/2007)
Are GM Crops Killing Bees? (3/23/2007)
Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers In Peril (2/27/2007)
U.S. Bee Colonies Decimated By Mysterious Ailment (2/14/2007)
Parasite Devastates U.S. Bees (5/2/2005)
Mad Bee Disease (2/20/2001)



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Vitamin D Resource Page

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in featured, health | 0 comments

Vitamin D Resource Page


Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine, Study Says (09/29/19)
Your Greatest Weapon Against Breast Cancer (Not Mammograms) (03/03/12)
Dealing With Too Little Sunlight & The Winter Blues (11/13/11)
Vitamin D Deficiency Common In Cancer Patients (10/04/11)
Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Muscle Injuries & Alzheimer’s (07/19/11)
Aggressive Breast Cancer Linked To Low Levels Of Vitamin D (05/03/11)
Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Vitamin D Deficiency (05/03/11)
• Vitamin D Really Does Prevent Cancer, Autoimmune Diseases (09/03/10)
Vitamin D Shrinks Cancer Cells (02/22/10)
Low Levels Of Vitamin D May Lead To Major Health Issues (11/16/09)
Breast Cancer Risk ‘Virtually Eradicated’ By Elevated Vitamin D Levels (11/05/09)
Important: Swine Flu: What To Do? (10/11/09)
Important: Using Vitamin D To Fight Swine Flu (& Other Influenza Infections) (09/29/09)
Lack Of Sunlight Linked To Male Infertility (10/20/2008)
Sunlight: Vitamin D Health Benefits Versus Skin Cancer (8/14/2008)
Sunlight Cuts Risk Of Many Cancers (10/21/2007)
Dairy Consumption Linked To Breast, Prostate Cancer (10/20/2007)
Vitamin D May Contribute To Longer Lives (9/19/2007)
Vitamin D Cuts Cancer Risk (6/9/2007)
Two New Studies Back Vitamin D For Cancer Prevention (2/6/2007)
Sunshine May Beat Winter Illnesses (11/6/2006)
Surviving Epidemics With Natural Treatments (5/30/2006)
The Pill That Prevents Cancer (12/28/2005)
Sunshine May Prevent Cancer (5//22/2005)



Search NHNE’s News List Database for more articles on Vitamin D.



• Can A Super-Dose Of Vitamin D Cut Hospital Stays? (Futurity)
• Vitamin D Halts Growth of Breast Cancer Tumors (NaturalNews)
Vitamin D Is Nutritional Key For Prevention Of Breast Cancer (NaturalNews)
Vitamin D Prevents Breast Cancer (NaturalNews)
Vitamin D Prevents Heart Disease (NaturalNews)
It’s Winter – Do You Know Where Your Vitamin D Is? (NaturalNews)
Sunlight Emerging As Proven Treatment For Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer And Other Cancers (NaturalNews)


Project Nim: A Chimp Raised Like A Human

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in animals, featured, movies, videos | 0 comments

Project Nim: A Chimp Raised Like A Human




By Rowan Hooper
New Scientist
July 4, 2011

Poor old Carolyn. Six of her previous babies have been taken away from her, and, as this film opens, men are coming to take her seventh. Her son, a chimpanzee named Nim, is two weeks old and is about to be transplanted from his birthplace at a primate research centre in Oklahoma into — wait for it — a large brownstone on the upper west side of Manhattan. There he will live with a human family and be raised as a human child.

Thus begins the stranger than fiction true story that’s explored in James March’s new documentary, Project Nim.

What on earth were they thinking of? Nim was put in diapers and dressed in clothes. He was breastfed by his human surrogate mother, Stephanie Lafarge. “It seemed natural,” she says.

Lafarge’s daughter, Jenny Lee, has a better explanation: “It was the seventies”. Jenny was 10-years-old when Nim came to live with her family. The film, assembled from archive footage shot at the time, recreated scenes and interviews with the main characters, tells the story of Nim’s chaotic life.

In the mid 1970s a scientific debate was raging over the origin of language. There were two camps: those who held that human language was part of a continuum, in which case we’d expect other primates to have the rudiments of language, and those who thought language was uniquely human and there would be no evolutionary trace of it in other apes.

Herbert Terrace, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York and one of the central figures in this film, believed in the continuity arguments. He started “Project Nim” to try and show that a chimp could learn language — in this case American Sign Language — and thereby tell us what he was thinking.

But Terrace’s project was a shambles. For a start, none of Nim’s surrogate family knew how to teach sign language. More seriously, no one had considered the consequences of raising a powerful wild animal in a human environment.

Laura-Ann Petitto says it best. She was a perky psychology undergraduate who took over responsibility for Nim after Lafarge was forced to give him up. “You can’t give human nurturing to an animal that could kill you,” she says. To drive home the point, Pettito shows a scar on her arm caused by a bite from Nim. She needed 37 stitches.

This documentary from James March, who also directed the Academy Award winning Man on Wire, is ultimately remarkable for two reasons: the touching, sometimes comic, yet ultimately heartbreaking story of Nim himself; but also, inevitably, the insight it gives us into human behaviour and folly. Nim, we are told, mastered more than 120 words in sign language. But as the film makes clear, his true talent was for grasping the intentions of the humans around him, and using that understanding to manipulate them.

Terrace eventually realises this, and in 1979, after cancelling the project and sending Nim back to a prison-like primate centre, he published a paper in Science dismissing the idea that chimps can sign complete sentences.

Though the depth of language may not have been what Terrace anticipated, there was clearly deep understanding and emotion between Nim and his carers. Perhaps no more so than with Bob Ingersoll, who was working at the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma when Nim was returned there. One of the most touching moments of the film is when Bob is reunited with Nim after a few years of separation. Nim immediately signs to Bob his favourite word, “play”, made by clapping his hands together, and the two start cavorting around together. Ingersoll, a dope-smoking Grateful Dead devotee, sums up the strength of their bond with the highest praise he can muster: “I’d rather be with Nim than with Jerry, and for me that’s saying something.”

The lasting impact of this film doesn’t come from some insight into the debate over nature-nurture or the origins of language. It is simply from the range and depth of human emotions showed by the characters — including Nim.



Wikipedia on Nim Chimpsky
Project Nim Documentary
Wikipedia on Washoe (another chimpanzee raised as a human)


Vitamin C Resource Page

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in featured, health, videos | 1 comment

Vitamin C Resource Page



Vitamin C Articles

Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus?

More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S.
Health Impact News

A Norfolk doctor found a treatment for sepsis. Now he’s trying to get the ICU world to listen.
The Virginian-Pilot

Vitamin C Cures Disease but Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies Do Not Want You to Know This
Health Impact News

The Effect Of Vitamin C On Cancer Cells
Natural News

Intravenous Vitamin C Kills Cancer Cells

Vitamin C May Be A Life-Saver
The Independent


Other Vitamin C Resources

NewsTarget Vitamin C Resource Page

Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C
The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, M.D.,
abbreviated, sumarized and annotated by
Lendon H. Smith, M.D.

The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin C
By Fred R. Klenner, M.D., Reidsville, North Carolina
July, 1949

Hidden In Plain Sight: The Pioneering Work Of Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D.
By Andrew W. Saul
Assistant Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Wikipedia on Fred R. Klenner



Pulse on Vitamin D


How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in books, climate change, environment, featured, history, inspiring, stories | 1 comment

How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones




Original Link

The Man Who Planted Trees, also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953.

It tells the story of one shepherd’s long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. The tale is quite short — only about 4000 words long. It was composed in French, but first published in English.

The story itself is so touching that many readers have believed that Elzéard Bouffier was a genuine historical figure and that the narrator of the story was a young Jean Giono himself, and that the tale is part autobiographical. Certainly, Giono lived during this time. While he was alive, Giono enjoyed allowing people to believe that the story was real, and considered it as a tribute to his skill. His daughter, Aline Giono, described it as “a family story for a long time”. However, Giono himself explained in a 1957 letter to an official of the city of Digne:

“Sorry to disappoint you, but Elzéard Bouffier is a fictional person. The goal was to make trees likeable, or more specifically, make planting trees likeable.”

In the letter, he describes how the book was translated in a multitude of languages, distributed freely, and therefore was a success. He adds that, although “it does not bring me a cent”, it is one of the texts of which he is most proud.

Real-life people in other countries have produced similar effects. Abdul Karim in India created a forest out of nothing over a period of 19 years, using the same method as Bouffier. Another man, Jadav “Molai” Payeng, planted a forest sprawling 1,360 acres, calling it the Molai Woods, in Assam, India (see below for more information about Payeng). An organization called Trees for the Future has assisted more than 170,000 families, in 6,800 villages of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, to plant over 35 million trees. Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, founded the Green Belt Movement which planted over 47 million trees to restore the Kenyan environment. Shanghai Roots & Shoots, a division of the Jane Goodall Institute launched The Million Tree Project in Kulun Qi, Inner Mongolia to plant one million trees to stop desertification and alleviate global warming.

The character of Bouffier has some similarity to the legendary early 19th century American tree planter Johnny Appleseed. Another tireless promoter of tree-planting is Marthinus Daneel, Ph.D., Professor of African studies at Boston University and founder of ZIRRCON (Zimbabwean Institute of Religious Research and Ecological Conservation). Daneel has worked with churches for years planting millions of trees in Zimbabwe. Due to instability in Zimbabwe in recent years, such efforts have been significantly curtailed. Similarly, concerned about global warming, Bhausaheb Thorat planted 45 million seeds after being inspired by the book. For this he started the Dandakaranya Abhiyaan in June 2006 at Sangamner, Maharashtra, India (Sangamner is on Pune-Nasik highway). UNEP has taken notice of this campaign in its A Billion Tree Campaign in which almost 45 million seedlings have been planted.



Near-Death Experience Inspires Man To Help Save The Planet By Planting Trees
Wikipedia on ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’
The Man Who Planted Trees (book)
Plant A Billion Trees
Trees for the Future Website
Trees for the Future on Facebook
The Green Belt Movement
• The Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project
Johnny Appleseed
Green World Campaign



By Jean Giono

Original Link

For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years. If this performance is devoid of all egoism, if its guiding motive is unparalleled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that there is no thought of recompense and that, in addition, it has left its visible mark upon the earth, then there can be no mistake.

About 40 years ago I was taking a long trip on foot over mountain heights quite unknown to tourists in that ancient region where the Alps thrust down into Provence. All this, at the time I embarked upon my long walk through these deserted regions, was barren and colourless land. Nothing grew there but wild lavender.

I was crossing the area at its widest point, and after three days’ walking found myself in the midst of unparalleled desolation. I camped near the vestiges of an abandoned village. I had run out of water the day before, and had to find some. These clustered houses, although in ruins like an old wasps’ nest, suggested that there must once have been a spring or well here. There was, indeed, a spring, but it was dry. The five or six houses, roofless, gnawed by wind and rain, the tiny chapel with its crumbling steeple, stood about like the houses and chapels in living villages, but all life had vanished.

It was a fine June day, brilliant with sunlight, but over this unsheltered land, high in the sky, the wind blew with unendurable ferocity. It growled over the carcasses of the houses like a lion disturbed at its meal. I had to move my camp.

After five hours’ walking I had still not found water, and there was nothing to give me any hope of finding any. All about me was the same dryness, the same coarse grasses. I thought I glimpsed in the distance a small black silhouette, upright, and took it for the trunk of a solitary tree. In any case, I started toward it. It was a shepherd. Thirty sheep were lying about him on the baking earth.

He gave me a drink from his watergourd and, a little later, took me to his cottage in a fold of the plain. He drew his water — excellent water — from a very deep natural well above which he had constructed a primitive winch.

The man spoke little. This is the way of those who live alone, but one felt that he was sure of himself, and confident in his assurance. That was unexpected in this barren country. He lived not in a cabin but in a real house built of stone that bore plain evidence of how his own efforts had reclaimed the ruin he had found there on his arrival. His roof was strong and sound. The wind on its tiles made the sound of the sea upon its shores.

The place was in order, the dishes washed, the floor swept, his rifle oiled; his soup was boiling over the fire. I noticed then that he was cleanly shaved, that all his buttons were firmly sewn on, that his clothing had been mended with the meticulous care that makes mending invisible. He shared his soup with me and afterwards, when I offered my tobacco pouch, he told me that he did not smoke. His dog, as silent as himself, was friendly without being servile.

It was understood from the first that I should spend the night there; the nearest village was still more than a day and a half away. And besides I was perfectly familiar with the nature of the rare villages in that region. There were four or five of them scattered well apart from each other on these mountain slopes, among white oak thickets, at the extreme end of the wagon roads. They were inhabited by charcoal-burners, and the living was bad. Families crowded together in a climate that is excessively harsh both in winter and summer, found no escape from the unceasing conflict of personalities. Irrational ambition reached inordinate proportions in the continual desire for escape. The men took their wagonloads of charcoal to the town, then returned. The soundest characters broke under the perpetual grind. The women nursed their grievances. There was rivalry in everything — over the price of charcoal as over a pew in church. And over all there was the wind, also ceaseless, to rasp upon the nerves. There were epidemics of suicide and frequent cases of insanity, usually homicidal.

The shepherd went to fetch a small sack and poured out a heap of acorns on the table. He began to inspect them, one by one, with great concentration, separating the good from the bad. I smoked my pipe. I did not offer to help him. He told me that it was his job. And in fact, seeing the care that he devoted to the task, I did not insist. That was the whole of our conversation. When he had set aside a large enough pile of good acorns, he counted them out by tens, meanwhile eliminating the small ones, or those which were slightly cracked, for now he examined them more closely. When he had thus selected 100 perfect acorns, he stopped and went to bed.

There was a peace in being with this man. The next day I asked if I might rest here for a day. He found it quite natural — or to be more exact, he gave me the impression that nothing could startle him. The rest was not absolutely necessary, but I was interested and wished to know more about him. He opened the pen and led his flocks to pasture. Before leaving, he plunged his sack of carefully selected and counted acorns into a pail of water.

I noticed that he carried for a stick an iron rod as thick as my thumb and about a yard and a half long. Resting myself by walking, I followed a path parallel to his. His pasture was in a valley. He left the little flock in charge of the dog and climbed toward where I stood. I was afraid that he was about to rebuke me for my indiscretion, but it was not that at all; this was the way he was going, and he invited me to go along if I had nothing better to do. He climbed to the top of the ridge about a hundred yards away.

There he began thrusting his iron rod into the earth, making a hole in which he planted an acorn; then he refilled the hole. He was planting an oak tree. I asked him if the land belonged to him. He answered no. Did he know whose property it was? He did not. He supposed it was community property, or perhaps belonged to people who cared nothing about it. He was not interested in finding out whose it was. He planted his hundred acorns with the greatest care. After the midday meal he resumed his planting. I suppose I must have been fairly insistent in my questioning, for he answered me. For three years he had been planting trees in this wilderness. He had planted 100,000. Of these, 20,000 had sprouted. Of the 20,000, he still expected to lose about half to rodents or to the unpredictable designs of Providence. There remained 10,000 oak trees to grow where nothing had grown before.

That was when I began to wonder about the age of this man. He was obviously over 50. Fifty-five, he told me. His name was Elzeard Bouffier. He had once had a farm in the lowlands. There he had had his life. He had lost his only son, then his wife. He had withdrawn into this solitude, where his pleasure was to live leisurely with his lambs and his dog. It was his opinion that this land was dying for want of trees. He added that, having no very pressing business of his own, he had resolved to remedy this state of affairs.

Since I was at that time, in spite of my youth, leading a solitary life, I understood how to deal gently with solitary spirits. But my youth forced me to consider the future in relation to myself and to a certain quest for happiness. I told him that in 30 years his 10,000 oaks would be magnificent. He answered quite simply that if God granted him life in 30 years he would have planted so many more that these 10,000 would be like a drop in the ocean.

Besides he was now studying the reproduction of beech trees and had a nursery of seedlings grown from beechnuts near his cottage. The seedlings, which he protected from his sheep with a wire fence, were very beautiful. He was also considering birches for the valleys, where, he told me, there was a certain amount of moisture a few yards below the surface of the soil.

The next day we parted.

The following year came the War of 1914, in which I was involved for the next five years. An infantryman hardly had the time for reflecting upon trees. To tell the truth, the thing had made no impression upon me; I had considered it as a hobby, a stamp collection, and forgotten it.

The war over, I found myself possessed of a tiny demobilization bonus and a huge desire to breathe fresh air for a while. It was with no other objective that I again took the road to the barren lands.

The countryside had not changed. However, beyond the deserted village I glimpsed in the distance a sort of greyish mist that covered the mountaintops like carpet. Since the day before, I had begun to think again of the shepherd tree-planter. “Ten thousand oaks,” I reflected, “really take up quite a bit of space.” I had seen too many men die during those five years not to imagine easily that Elzeard Bouffier was dead, especially since, at 20, one regards men of 50 as old men with nothing left to do but die. He was not dead.

As a matter of fact he was extremely spry. He had changed jobs. Now he had only four sheep but, instead, a hundred beehives. He had got rid of the sheep because they threatened his young trees. For, he told me (and I saw for myself), the war had disturbed him not at all. He had imperturbably continued to plant.

The oaks of 1910 were then 10 years old and taller than either of us. It was an impressive spectacle. I was literally speechless and, as he did not talk, we spent the whole day walking in silence through his forest. In three sections, it measured 11 kilometres in length and three kilometres at its greatest width. When you remembered that all this had sprung from the hands and the soul of this one man without technical resources, you understood that men could be as effectual as God in realms other than that of destruction.

He has pursued his plan, and beech trees as high as my shoulder, spreading out as far as the eye could reach, confirmed it. He showed me handsome clumps of birch, planted five years before–that is, in 1915, when I had been fighting at Verdun. He had set them out in the valleys where he had guessed–and rightly–that there was moisture almost at the surface of the ground. They were as delicate as young girls, and very well established.

Creation seemed to come about in a sort of chain reaction. He did not worry about it; he was determinedly pursuing his task in all its simplicity. But as we went back toward the village, I saw water flowing in brooks that had been dry since the memory of man. This was the most impressive result of chain reaction that I had seen. These dry streams had once, long ago, run with water. Some of the dreary villages I mentioned before had been built on sites of Roman settlements, traces of which still remained. Archaeologists, exploring there, had found fishhooks where, in the 20th century, cisterns were needed to assure a small supply of water.

The wind, too, scattered seeds. As the water reappeared, so there reappeared willows, rushes, meadows, gardens, flowers, and a certain purpose in being alive. But the transformation took place so gradually that it became part of the pattern without causing any astonishment. Hunters, climbing into the wilderness in pursuit of hares or wild boar, had of course noticed the sudden growth of little trees, but had attributed it to some caprice of the earth. That is why no one meddled with Elzeard Bouffier’s work. If he had been detected he would have had opposition. He was undetectable. Who in the administration could have dreamed of such perseverance in a magnificent generosity?

To have anything like a precise idea of this exceptional character one must not forget that he worked in total solitude: so total that, toward the end of his life, he lost the habit of speech. Or perhaps it was that he saw no need for it.

In 1933, he received a visit from a forest ranger who notified him of an order against lighting fires out of doors for fear of endangering the growth of this natural forest. It was the first time, the man told him naively, that he had ever heard of a forest growing of its own accord. At that time Bouffier was about to plant beeches at a spot some 12 kilometres from his cottage. In order to avoid traveling back and forth — for he was then 75 — he planned to build a stone cabin right at the plantation. The next year he did so.

In 1935, w hole delegation came from the Government to examine the “natural forest.” There was a high official from the Forest Service, a Deputy, technicians. There was a great deal of ineffectual talk. It was decided that something must be done except the only helpful thing: the whole forest was placed under the protection of the State, and charcoal burning prohibited. For it was impossible not to be captivated by the beauty of those young trees in the fullness of health, and they cast their spell over the Deputy himself.

A friend of mine was among the forestry officers of the delegation. To him I explained the mystery. One day the following week we went together to see Elzeard Bouffier. We found him hard at work some 10 kilometres from the spot where the inspection had taken place.

This forester was not my friend for nothing. He was aware of values. He knew how to keep silent. I delivered the eggs I had brought as a present. We shared our lunch among the three of us and spent several hours in wordless contemplation of the countryside.

In the direction from which we had come, the slopes were covered with trees 20 to 25 feet tall. I remembered how the land had looked in 1913: a desert . . .Peaceful, regular toil, the vigorous mountain air, frugality and, above all, serenity in the spirit had endowed this old man with awe-inspiring health. He was one of God’s athletes. I wondered how many more acres he was going to cover with trees.

Before leaving, my friend made a brief suggestion about certain species of trees that the soil here seemed particularly suited for. He did not force the point, “for the very good reason,” he told me later, “that Bouffier knows more about it than I do.” At the end of an hour’s walking — having turned it over in his mind — he added, “He knows a lot more about it than anybody. He’s discovered a wonderful way to be happy!”

It was thanks to this officer that not only the forest but also the happiness of the man was protected. He delegated three rangers to the task, and so terrorized them that they remained proof against all the bottles of wine the charcoal-burners could offer.

The only serious danger to the work occurred during the War of 1939. As cars were being run on gazogenes (wood-burning generators), there was never enough wood. Cutting was started among the oaks of 1910, but the area was so far from any railway that the enterprise turned out to be financially unsound. It was abandoned. The shepherd had seen nothing of it. He was 30 kilometres away, peacefully continuing his work, ignoring the War of 1939 as he had ignored that of 1914.

I saw Elzeard Bouffier for the last time in June of 1945. He was then 87. I had started back along the route through the wastelands, but now, in spite of the disorder in which the war had left the country, there was a bus running between the Durance Valley and the mountain. I attributed the fact that I no longer recognized the scenes of my earlier journeys to this relatively speedy transportation. It took the name of a village to convince me that I was actually in that region that had been all ruins and desolation.

The bus put me down at Vergons. In 1913 this hamlet of 10 or 12 houses had three inhabitants. They had been savage creatures, hating one another, living by trapping game, little removed, physically and morally, from the conditions of prehistoric man. All about them nettles were feeding upon the remains of abandoned houses. Their condition had been beyond hope. For them, nothing but to await death — a situation which rarely predisposes to virtue.

Everything was changed. Even the air. Instead of the harsh, dry winds that used to attack me, a gentle breeze was blowing, laden with scents. A sound like water came from the mountains; it was the wind in the forest. Most amazing of all, I heard the actual sound of water falling into a pool. I saw that a fountain had been built, that it flowed freely and — what ged me most — that someone had planted a linden beside it, a linden that must have been four years old, already in full leaf, the incontestable symbol of resurrection.

Besides, Vergons bore evidence of labour at the sort of undertaking for which hope is required. Hope, then, had returned. Ruins had been cleared away, dilapidated walls torn down and five houses restored. Now there were 28 inhabitants, four of them young married couples. The new houses, freshly plastered, were surrounded by gardens where vegetables and flowers grew in orderly confusion, cabbages and roses, leeks and snapdragons, celery and anemones. It was now a village where one would like to live.

From that point I went on foot. The war just finished had not allowed the full blooming of life, but Lazarus was out of the tomb. On the lower slopes of the mountain I saw little fields of barley and rye; deep in that narrow valley the meadows were turning green.

It had taken only the eight years since then for the whole countryside to glow with health and prosperity. On the site of the ruins I had seen in 1913 now stand neat farms, cleanly plastered, testifying to a happy and comfortable life. The old streams fed by the rains and snows that the forest conserves, are flowing again. Their waters have been channeled. On each farm, in groves of maples, fountain pools overflow onto carpets of fresh mint. Little by little the villages have been rebuilt. People from the plains, where land is costly, have settled here, bringing youth, motion, the spirit of adventure. Along the roads you meet the hearty men and women, boys and girls who understand laughter and have recovered a taste for picnics. Counting the former population, unrecognizable now that they live in comfort, more than 10,000 people owe their happiness to Elzeard Bouffier.

When I reflect that one man armed only with his own physical and moral resources, was able to cause this land of Canaan to spring from the wasteland, I am convinced that, in spite of everything, humanity is admirable. But when I compute the unfailing greatness of spirit and the tenacity of benevolence that it must have taken to achieve this result, I am taken with an immense respect for that old and unlearned peasant who was able to complete a work worthy of God.

Elzeard Bouffier died peacefully in 1947 at the hospice in Banon.


By Manimugdha S. Sharma
The Times of India
April 1, 2012

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Way back in 1953, French author Jean Giono wrote the epic tale The Man Who Planted Trees. It seemed so real that readers thought the central character, Elzeard Bouffier , was a living individual until the author clarified he had created the person only to make his readers fall in love with trees. Assam’s Jadav Payeng has never heard of Giono’s book. But he could be Bouffier. He has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 550-hectare sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently.

The place lies in Jorhat, some 350 km from Guwahati by road, and it wasn’t easy for Sunday Times to access him. At one point on the stretch, a smaller road has to be taken for some 30 km to reach the riverbank. There, if one is lucky, boatmen will ferry you across to the north bank. A trek of another 7 km will then land you near Payeng’s door. Locals call the place ‘Molai Kathoni’ (Molai’s woods) after Payeng’s pet name, Molai.

It all started way back in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng , only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life.

“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage . I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” says Payeng, now 47.

Leaving his education and home, he started living on the sandbar. Unlike Robinson Crusoe, Payeng willingly accepted a life of isolation. And no, he had no Man Friday. He watered the plants morning and evening and pruned them. After a few years, the sandbar was transformed into a bamboo thicket. “I then decided to grow proper trees. I collected and planted them. I also transported red ants from my village, and was stung many times. Red ants change the soil’s properties . That was an experience,” Payeng says, laughing.

Soon, there were a variety of flora and fauna which burst in the sandbar, including endangered animals like the one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal tiger. “After 12 years, we’ve seen vultures. Migratory birds, too, have started flocking here. Deer and cattle have attracted predators,” claims Payeng . He says locals recently killed a rhino which was seen in his forest at another forest in Sibsagar district.

Payeng talks like a trained conservationist. “Nature has made a food chain; why can’t we stick to it? Who would protect these animals if we, as superior beings, start hunting them?”

The Assam state forest department learnt about Payeng’s forest only in 2008 when a herd of some 100 wild elephants strayed into it after a marauding spree in villages nearby. They also destroyed Payeng’s hutment. It was then that assistant conservator of forests Gunin Saikia met Payeng for the first time.

“We were surprised to find such a dense forest on the sandbar. Locals, whose homes had been destroyed by the pachyderms, wanted to cut down the forest, but Payeng dared them to kill him instead. He treats the trees and animals like his own children. Seeing this, we, too, decided to pitch in,” says Saikia. “We’re amazed at Payeng. He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”

Help from the government wasn’t forthcoming, though. It was only last year that the social forestry division took up plantation work on a 200-hectare plot.

Meanwhile, Congress MP from Jorhat, Bijoy Krishna Handique, took interest and said he would moot a proposal to the Centre to declare the area a conservation reserve under provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Payeng would be happy.


By Itanagar
The Asian Age
March 25, 2012

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A man in his mid-50s helped grow a huge forest on a sand bar in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam’s Jorhat district, which has caught attention of the government, tourists and film-makers.

The 30-year-long effort of Jadav Payeng, known among local people as ‘Mulai’, to grow the woods, stretching over an area of 550 hectares, has been hailed by the Assam Forest Department as ‘examplary’.

Mulai began work on the forest in 1980 when the social forestry division of Golaghat district launched a scheme of tree plantation on 200 hectares at Aruna Chapori situated at a distance of five KMs from Kokilamukh in Jorhat district.

Assistant conservator of forest Gunin Saikia, who is presently posted at Sivsagar district, said, “Mulai was one of the labourers who worked in our project which was completed after five years. He chose to stay back after the completion of the project as others left.”

Mulai not only looked after the plants, but continued to plant more trees on his own effort slowly transforming the area into a big forest, Saikia noted.

“This is perhaps the biggest forest in the middle of a river,” Saikia, who was instrumental in conceiving the project, said.

The department planned to launch another plantation programme in the area this year, Saikia said pointing out that there was ample scope to extend the forest by another 1,000 hectares.

Not only tourists are flocking to the woods in droves, a famous British film-maker Tom Robert went there two years back to shoot one of his films.

The forest, known in Assamese as ‘Mulai Kathoni’ or Mulai forest, houses around four tigers, three rhinoceros, over a hundred deer and rabbits besides apes and innumerable varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures.

It has several thousand trees among which are valcol, arjun, ejar, goldmohur, koroi, moj and himolu. There are bamboo trees too covering an area of over 300 hectares.

A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest every year and generally stay for around six months. They also gave birth to 10 calves in the forest in recent times.

Mulai’s efforts caught attention of the forest department only during 2008 when a team of forest officials went to the area in search of a herd of 115 elephants that sneaked into the forest after damaging property of villagers at Aruna chapori, around 1.5 km from the forest.

“The officials were surprised to see such a large and dense forest and since then the department is showing interest on conservation with regular visit to the site,” Mulai said.

Mulai, an avid nature lover, has constructed a small house in the vicinity of the reserve and stays with his family which comprises wife, two sons and a daughter.

He earns his living by selling milk of cows and buffalows he has kept. Mulai has one regret, though. The state government has so far not provided any financial assistance to him to carry out his ‘mission’ except for the Forest Department which from time to time supplies him saplings for plantation.

“A few years back, poachers tried to kill the rhinos staying in the forest but failed in their attempt due to Mulai who alerted department officials. Immediately our officials swung into action and seized various articles used by the poachers to trap the animals,” Atul Das, forest beat officer, said.

In the last three months Das along with a few of his staff are camping in the area to stave off any attempt by poachers to kill the rhinos.

“We are persuading the state government to initiate necessary measures with the Centre for declaring the area a mini wildlife sanctuary,” Pranon Kalita, leader of Jorhat district Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, said.

Member of Parliament from Jorhat and former DoNER Minister B K Handique would also take up the matter with the concerned union ministry for declaring the area into a wildlife sanctuary, Kalita said.

Mulai said, “If the Forest Department promises me to manage the forest in a better way, I shall go to other places of the state to start a similar venture,” he said.


Dr. Bruce Greyson: Science & Postmortem Survival (Updated)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in after-death communications, brain/mind research, extraordinary human capabilities, featured, gatherings, nature of reality, near-death experiences, past lives, spiritual experiences, videos | 3 comments

Dr. Bruce Greyson: Science & Postmortem Survival (Updated)


Dr. Bruce Greyson



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Dr. Bruce Greyson, leading researcher on near-death experiences at the University of Virginia, Division of Perceptual Studies, at the 2018 IANDS Conference in Bellevue, WA.


From the “Cosmology and Consciousness Conference – Mind and Matter” in India (2011)


Science and Postmortem Survival
Talk by Dr. Bruce Greyson
Society for Scientific Exploration
May 12, 2010

Original Link

The belief that some part of human beings may survive bodily death has been around for millennia, yet it has been regarded as a scientific hypothesis only for the past century. Although some scholars still argue that belief in survival belongs to the magisterium of religion and is not amenable to scientific exploration, postmortem survival can be, and has been, operationalized in terms of empirically testable hypotheses. More than 40 years ago, a research division was founded at the University of Virginia for the scientific exploration of the survival question. Now designated the Division of Perceptual Studies within the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, this division continues to pursue three parallel lines of empirical evidence bearing on the question of what, if anything, survives bodily death.

The first line of investigation explores the question of whether persons living today provide evidence of having lived previously, that is, of having reincarnated. This evidence may include verifiable cognitive memories from a previous life; unexpected personality traits, likes, and dislikes attributed to the previous life; unlearned skills attributed to the previous life; birthmarks and birth defects attributed to the previous life; and objective biometric similarities to the facial geometry of the previous life.

The second line of investigation explores the question of whether persons now deceased still manifest consciousness in some form. This evidence may include spontaneous or induced interactive apparitions of the deceased, communication with the deceased through mediums, instrumental transcommunication or contact through physical (usually electromagnetic) devices, and the communication of keys to decipher messages encrypted by the deceased prior to death.

The third line of investigation explores the question of whether the mind can function independent of the brain, a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for postmortem survival. This evidence may include unexplained recovery of lost mental functions as the brain dies, near-death experiencers with enhanced mental activity while the brain is demonstrably impaired, and out-of-body experiences with accurate perception from an extracorporeal perspective (sometimes accompanied by objective detection of a disembodied entity).

The convergent evidence from these three lines of investigation provides empirical support for the scientific hypothesis of postmortem survival.

Bruce Greyson, M.D., is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. He was a founder and Past President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and for the past 26 years has edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Dr. Greyson graduated from Cornell University with a major in psychology, received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical College, and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia. He held faculty appointments in psychiatry at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut, where he was Clinical Chief of Psychiatry, before returning to the University of Virginia, in 1995. His research for the past three decades has focused on near-death experiences and has resulted in more than 70 presentations to national scientific conferences, including an international symposium at the United Nations last year, more than 100 publications in academic medical and psychological journals, three edited books, and several research grants and awards. He has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by the International Association for Near-Death Studies and the Parapsychology Association, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


NOTE: The audio drops out for a couple minutes in the first video, but improves thereafter.


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Dean Radin Interviews Dr. Bruce Greyson


Dr. Bruce Greyson (left), Dean Radin (right)

Another version of this interview is located here. You can also listen to and/or download an MP3 version here. Here are a few excerpts:

09:00 – 10:25

Bruce Greyson: “If you try to bring about a near-death experience, it’s not likely that you will actually have one. If you look at the content, the process of a near-death experience, one of the critical factors often seems to be letting go, giving up control, or having control arrested from you. Sometimes people will report approaching death and trying very hard to stay alive, trying very hard to stay in control, and fighting very hard against loosing control. And at some point they get exhausted and give in and just let go. And when they let go they are able to have this experience. And we find that those people who are able to let go are the ones who have the more elaborate experiences and have the more profound aftereffects. So if you are trying to bring about a near-death experience – and people have tried this with drugs, with various other means – you are not actually letting go, you’re not giving up control, you’re trying to maintain control. And I think that works against actually having the experience.”

34:56 – 36:16

Call in Question: “I would like to know how the study of this subject has changed you over time personally; how has this affected you personally…”

Bruce Greyson: “Most people who have near-death experiences talk about the profound changes in their attitudes, values, and beliefs afterwards. Most profoundly, they are no longer afraid of dying, but they also become more open in many other ways. I think some of that has rubbed off on me. You can’t listen to these stories year after year and not be affected… I don’t think I have the aftereffects of a near-death experience, but I think I am much less afraid of dying than I was before I started all this work. I’m much more open to other possibilities. There is a sense of meaning and purpose in the world that near-death experiencers seem to have that they didn’t have before and I think I’ve gotten some of that; the sense that things do really happen for a purpose; that there is something that we all have in common that I wasn’t aware of before I did all this work.”

36:48 – 38:10

Bruce Greyson: “I did a study once looking at people who had made suicide attempts and either did or didn’t have near-death experiences. I would interview them right after the suicide attempt and then every month thereafter. And there were some people who right after the suicide attempt told me that nothing had happened. And then a month or two later, they would say, you know, now that I’ve gotten to know you a bit, I think I can tell you that I did actually leave my body. And maybe four or five months later they would say, well now that I know you’re not going to make fun of me for this, I’ll tell you what really happened. They’ll tell me about seeing a deceased loved one. And then a year later they’ll say, Now that I know that you’re not going to treat me like I’m crazy, let me tell you what really happened. And they’ll tell you about meeting Jesus. And they keep telling you more and more as they start to trust you more and more. And there are some near-death experiencers that I’ve known for 30 years who I’m sure have not yet told me the more personal parts that they just can’t share. Some things are just too personal and… it would profane the experience by sharing it with somebody else.”

Dean Radin: “That’s interesting because it does suggest then that the percentage of people who report near-death experiences may be a vast underestimate.”

Bruce Greyson: “That’s right. I think that’s true.”




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NHNE Vaccination Resource Page (Updated)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in featured, health, politics & social justice, videos | 1 comment

NHNE Vaccination Resource Page (Updated)



RFK, Jr. Responds to Criticism from His Family


Three of my Kennedy relatives recently published an article criticizing my advocacy for safe vaccines. Our contentious family dispute highlights the fierce national donnybrook over vaccinations that has divided communities and raised doubts about the Democratic Party’s commitment to some of its defining values: abhorrence of censorship, wariness toward excessive corporate power, support for free speech, religious freedom, and personal sovereignty over our bodies, and the rights of citizens (codified in the Nuremberg Code and other treaties to which we are signatories) to decline unwanted government-mandated medical interventions. The debate has also raised questions about the independence of our press and its role as a champion of free speech, and First Amendment rights and as a bulwark against overreaching by government and corporations.

I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedys have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. “All issues are simple,” the saw goes, “until you study them.”

I’ve arrived at my skepticism after 15 years spent researching and litigating this issue. I have watched financial conflicts and institutional self-interest transform key sectors of our public health bureaucracies into appendages of the very pharmaceutical companies that Congress charged them to regulate.

Multiple investigations by Congress and the HHS Inspector General have consistently found that an overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers. These public servants are often shareholders in, grant recipients from, and paid consultants to vaccine manufacturers, and, occasionally, patent holders of the very vaccines they vote to approve. Those conflicts motivate them to recommend ever more vaccines with minimal support from evidence-based science.

The pharmaceutical industry also enforces policy discipline through agency budgets. FDA receives 45% of its annual budget from industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) gets roughly half its budget from private sources, including Pharma and its allied foundations. And CDC, frankly, is a vaccine company; it owns 56 vaccine patents and buys and distributes $4.6 billion in vaccines annually through the Vaccines for Children program, which is over 40% of its total budget. Further, Pharma directly funds, populates and controls dozens of CDC programs through the CDC foundation. A British Medical Journal editorial excoriates CDC’s sweetheart relationship with pharma quotes UCLA Professor of Medicine Jerome R. Hoffman “most of us were shocked to learn the CDC takes funding from industry… It is outrageous that industry is apparently allowed to punish the CDC if the agency conducts research that has potential to cut into profits.”

HHS partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales. HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties. Furthermore, under the 1986 Act that created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, HHS is the defendant in Vaccine Court and is legally obligated to defend against any claim that a vaccine causes injury. Despite high hurdles for recovery, HHS pays out hundreds of millions of dollars annually (over $4 billion total) to Americans injured by vaccines. Hence, if HHS publishes any study acknowledging that a vaccine causes a harm, claimants can use that study against HHS in Vaccine Court. In June 2009, a high-level HHS official, Tom Insel, killed a $16 million-dollar budget item to study the relationship between vaccines and autism by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Insel argued that petitioners would use these studies against HHS in vaccine court.

Such conflicts are a formula for “agency capture” on steroids. “Instead of a regulator and a regulated industry, we now have a partnership,” says Dr. Michael Carome, a former HHS employee who is now the director of the advocacy group Public Citizen. Carome says that these financial entanglements have tilted HHS “away from a public health perspective to an industry-friendly perspective.”

In 1986, Congress — awash in Pharma money (the pharmaceutical industry is number one for both political contributions and lobbying spending over the past 20 years) enacted a law granting vaccine makers blanket immunity from liability for injuries caused by vaccines. If vaccines were as safe as my family members claim, would we need to give pharmaceutical companies immunity for the injuries they cause? The subsequent gold rush by pharmaceutical companies boosted the number of recommended inoculations from twelve shots of five vaccines in 1986 to 54 shots of 13 vaccines today. A billion-dollar sideline grew into the $50 billion vaccine industry behemoth.

Since vaccines are liability-free — and effectively compulsory to a captive market of 76 million children — there is meager market incentive for companies to make them safe. The public must rely on the moral scruples of Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, and Pfizer. But these companies have a long history of operating recklessly and dishonestly, even with products that they must market to the public and for which they can be sued for injuries. The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons. Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and sold under pretense of safety and efficacy…


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In 2017, Health Impact News reported that the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), supported by 55 organizations, representing over 5 million people, had taken the unprecedented step of serving a notice to Mr. Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H., who was the acting secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) department at the time, stating that HHS had failed in their duty to conduct the proper scientific research required to demonstrate vaccine safety as was required by law and that they should take immediate action to remedy this negligence.

Last week (July, 2018), Del Bigtree interviewed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on his program HighWire, announcing that they had filed a lawsuit against HHS for violating U.S. law on vaccine safety, and won…


How to End the Autism Epidemic
By J.B. Handley

Amazon Description:

In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Generation Rescue’s co-founder J.B. Handley offers a compelling, science-based explanation of what’s causing the autism epidemic, the lies that enable its perpetuation, and the steps we must take as parents and as a society in order to end it.

While many parents have heard the rhetoric that vaccines are safe and effective and that the science is settled about the relationship between vaccines and autism, few realize that in the 1960s, American children received three vaccines compared to the thirty-eight they receive today. Or that when parents are told that the odds of an adverse reaction are “one in a million,” the odds are actually one in fifty. Or that in the 1980s, the rate of autism was one in ten thousand children. Today it’s one in thirty-six.

Parents, educators, and social service professionals around the country are sounding an alarm that we are in the midst of a devastating public health crisis — one that corresponds in lockstep with an ever-growing vaccine schedule. Why do our public health officials refuse to investigate this properly — or even acknowledge it?

In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Handley confronts and dismantles the most common lies about vaccines and autism. He then lays out, in detail, what the truth actually is: new published science links the aluminium adjuvant used in vaccines to immune activation events in the brains of infants, triggering autism; and there is a clear legal basis for the statement that vaccines cause autism, including previously undisclosed depositions of prominent autism scientists under oath.

While Handley’s argument is unsparing, his position is ultimately moderate and constructive: we must continue to investigate the safety of vaccines, we must adopt a position of informed consent, and every individual vaccine must be considered on its own merits. This issue is far from settled. By refusing to engage with parents and other stakeholders in a meaningful way, our public health officials destroy the public trust and enable the suffering of countless children and families.


JB Handley’s new book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, arrived on the desks of every state legislator in the United States last week (October 12, 2018). Each book included a letter from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. urging the legislators to read the book and take action. You can read Kennedy’s letter here. To learn more about the campaign to contact every state legislator in the country about this health crisis, go here.






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• L’affaire Wakefield: Shades of Dreyfus & BMJ’s Descent into Tabloid Science
• Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project Issue Report Regarding New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC
• Study: Flu Shot Associated with Spontaneous Abortion in Pregnant Women
• Millions of People Take to the Streets in Italy and France to Protest Mandatory Vaccines
• Hiding Vaccine-Related Deaths With Semantic Sleight-of-Hand
• Mercury and Autism Relationship Confirmed in Longitudinal Study
• Dispelling Myths Regarding the Use of Thimerosal in Vaccines
• Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations Over ‘Serious Heath Concerns’
• DTP Vaccine Increases Mortality in Young Infants 5 to 10-Fold Compared to Unvaccinated Infants
• Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders
• Study: Almost All Vaccines Contaminated with Toxins and Linked to Side Effects
• Furious Couple Claim Their Son Started Suffering From 14 Seizures A Day After Having A Meningitis Jab
• Physicians Opposed to Mandatory Vaccines Start “Physicians for Informed Consent” Organization
Mercury, Vaccines And The CDC’s Worst Nightmare (an interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.)
• Study: Unvaccinated Children Healthier Than Vaccinated Kids – Doctors Agree
• US Vax Court Sees 400% Spike in Vaccine Injuries, Flu Shot Wins Top Honors for Biggest Payout
• 3 Month Old Baby Dies 12 Hours After Receiving 8 Vaccines – Pediatrician Denies Link
Lawsuits Against HPV Vaccines Mounting In Japan
• Vaccines Injuries and Deaths Increase in Government Vaccine Court – June 2016 Report
• Actor Rob Schneider Speaks Out on Mandatory Vaccination Laws
CDC Forced To Release Documents Showing They Knew Vaccine Preservative Causes Autism
• Mother Of EIGHT Refused To Immunize Her Two Youngest; Says They’re The Only Ones Without Chronic Health Problems
• Victims of HPV Vaccine in Japan Will Sue State and Vaccine Makers
• Former NBC Chief Bob Wright on Vaccines and Autism
• Former Science Chief: ‘MMR Fears Coming True’
• I Have Decided To Vaccinate My Child Because…
• Harvard Trained Immunologist Demolishes California Legislation That Terminates Vaccine Exemptions
• Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All
• What the News Isn’t Saying About Vaccine-Autism Studies
Johnson & Johnson: America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker
• 30 Scientific Studies Showing the Link between Vaccines and Autism
• Mom: Vaccination Caused Disease In My Children – Health Returned When We Stopped Vaccinating
• Tens Of Thousands Of Teen Girls Suffer Serious Illnesses After HPV Cervical Cancer Jab
• Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Continue to Increase in Federal Vaccine Court
• UK Mainstream Media Prints the Truth About HPV Vaccine
• Emmy Award Winning Journalist Exposes Corporate Censorship in Mainstream Media
• 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Vaccine Industry That The Mainstream Media Refuses To Report
• Brain-Damaged UK Victims of Swine Flu Vaccine to Get £60 Million Compensation
• Feds Award Family $7.4 Million Over Disabling Vaccines
• 200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate
• Gandhi’s Anti-Vaccine Views Ring True A Century Later
• The Truth About Measles the Mainstream Media is Suppressing
• Why is the Mainstream Media Ignoring Measles Vaccine Fraud Cases?
• Studies Show that Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease
• The 21 Curious Questions We’re Never Allowed To Ask About Vaccines
• Flu Shot Paralyzes Healthy Florida Girl
• More Parents in California Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Kids
• Dr. Suzanne Humphries on Vaccine Safety: “They Don’t Want You to Hear the Other Side”
• Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims
• Hollywood Actor Targeted for Raising Concerns about Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
• Hollywood’s Biggest Anti-Vaccine Proponents
• Victims Crippled and Killed by the Flu Shot Compensated by U.S. Government
• Bad Measles Vaccine Kills at Least 15 Children in Northern Syria
• Autism Parents Reply to CNN: ‘Hear This Well’
• A Blueprint for Safer Vaccines
• CDC Whistleblower Confesses To MMR Vaccine Research Fraud In Historic Public Statement
• CDC Whistleblower’s Secret Letter To Gerberding Released By Natural News
• Vaccine Researcher Charged With Felony Crimes For Research Fraud
• Irrefutable Proof That Influenza Vaccines Routinely Given To Pregnant Women Still Contain Mercury
• Vaccine-Induced Immune Overload Now Affects Majority Of US Children, Study Finds
• Nearly Two Dozen Medical Studies Prove That Vaccines Can Cause Autism
• 10 Outrageous (But True) Facts About Vaccines The CDC And The Vaccine Industry Don’t Want You To Know
• Survey: Dozens Of Students Suffering After Cervical Cancer Vaccination
• Evidence Grows For Narcolepsy Link To GSK Swine Flu Shot
• Federal Court Admits Hepatitis B Vaccine Caused Fatal Auto-Immune Disorder
Minimum of 40 Children Paralyzed After New Meningitis Vaccine
• New Study: Infants Receiving The Most Vaccines Are The Most Likely To Be Hospitalized And Die
What’s Really In Vaccines? Proof Of Msg, Formaldehyde, Aluminum & Mercury
• Vaccinated Children Have Up To 500% More Disease Than Unvaccinated Children
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Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition
By Walene James

The only book that explores the vaccination issue from political, ethical, psychological, aesthetic, and spiritual perspectives. Using principles of general semantics to recognize propaganda, particularly medical propaganda, it points to the power of the media to create our reality. James suggests an unusual consciousness-raising plan of action to insure freedom of choice and non-harrassment of persons who choose to stay off the vaccine bandwagon. The author’s controversial position is supported throughout the book by the scientific discoveries of researchers who have received little recognition in orthodox medical literature. This new, completely revised edition shows: how vaccinations damage the immune and nervous systems, the vaccine-drug-AIDS connection, how to become propaganda-proof, and how to develop new paradigms of health and preventive medicine.


Vaccine Safety Manual

The Vaccine Safety Manual (new, updated 2015 edition) is the worlds most complete guide to immunization risks and protection. It includes pertinent information on every major vaccine: polio, tetanus, MMR, hepatitis A, B, HPV (cervical cancer), Hib, Flu, chickenpox, shingles, rotavirus, pneumococcal, meningococcal, RSV, DTaP, anthrax, smallpox, TB, and more. All of the information, including detailed vaccine safety and efficacy data, is written in an easy-to-understand format, yet includes more than 1,000 scientific citations. More than 100 charts, tables, graphs and illustrations supplement the text. This encyclopedic health manual is an important addition to every family’s home library and will be referred to again and again.


NHNE Resources

• NHNE Swine Flu Resource Page
NHNE News List Archive on Vaccinations



• Report: International Medical Council On Vaccination
• H1N1 Vaccine Linked To 700 Percent Increase In Miscarriages


Anti-Vaccination Websites

• Flu Vaccine Facts
Stop Mandatory Vaccinations
Mercola on Vaccinations
NaturalNews on Vaccinations
The International Medical Council on Vaccination
The National Vaccine Information Center
• The National Vaccine Information Center on Facebook
Think Twice
Vaccination News
World Association for Vaccine Education (WAVE)
International Medical Council on Vaccination
Vaccination Liberation
Holistic Moms
The Truth About Gardasil
The Military Vaccine Resource Directory

• List of Vaccine Friendly Doctors State by State

• Sharyl Attkisson’s Vaccination Resource Page

• Gary Null Website
• Gary Null TV
• Gary Null on YouTube
• Gary Null on Facebook
• Gary Null on Twitter


For Children On The Autism Spectrum

15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum
How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities
For Educators: Strategies for Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (pdf)
Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps
Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism


Growing Up Unvaccinated

• Growing Up Unvaccinated
• Voices for Vaccines: 11 Facts Show How it’s a Propaganda Ploy for Emory University, CDC, and Big Pharma
• How To Write an an Article Bashing Vaccine Critics, in 10 Easy Steps
• Growing Up Unvaccinated: A Rebuttal









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Demonic Possession & Exorcism (Updated)

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Demonic Possession & Exorcism (Updated)



Recent News Articles:

• When Exorcists Need Help, They Call Him (08/04/17 – CNN)
As A Psychiatrist, I Diagnose Mental Illness. Also, I Help Spot Demonic Possession. (07/01/16 – Washington Post)
• ‘The Exorcist’ Maker Says Vatican Let Him Film Real Rite (05/19/16 – The Local)
Woman Possessed By Demons In ‘Portal To Hell’ House Reveals New Details Of Her Family’s Terrifying Ordeal (01/30/14 – Daily Mail)
• Mother Details Haunted House Horrors (01/30/14 – Inside Edition)


Especially Important Articles on Pulse:

• The Ghosts of Japan’s 2011 Tsunami
• U.S. Exorcist-Trained Priests Overwhelmed With Requests


Related General Links:

• The International Association of Exorcists
• The Catholic Encyclopedia on Exorcism
• Wikipedia on Exorcism


Distressing & Hellish Near-Death Experience Resources:

Hellish & Distressing Near-Death Experiences (NHNE’s Formula Website)
Hellish Realms, Evil Spirits, and How Our Vibrations Create Our Experiences
Is There A Hell? (PMH Atwater)
The NDE & Hell (Kevin Williams)
NDErs Who Experienced Hell (NDE Stories)
Hellish & Distressing NDEs on YouTube (NHNE)
Wikipedia on Hell





Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption
By M. Scott Peck

In his 1983 bestseller, People of the Lie, Peck devoted a chapter to exorcism. In this astonishing new book, the megaselling author of The Road Less Traveled reveals his work as an exorcist and attempts to establish a science of exorcism for future research. Peck knows that many readers will be skeptical of or flummoxed by his report, and thus he emphasizes that he himself scoffed at the idea of demonic possession before encountering Jersey Babcock; Peck became involved in her case mostly to “prove the devil’s nonexistence as scientifically as possible.” But a comment by Jersey at their first meeting “blew the thing wide open.” Jersey, a Texas resident who believed she was possessed and who was neglecting her children as a result, said that her demons were “really rather weak and pathetic creatures” — a statement so at odds with, as Peck puts it, “standard psychopathology” that his mind began to change. Peck describes two cases in this book, that of Jersey and the more difficult case of Beccah Armitage, a middle-aged woman who grew up in an abusive family, married an abusive husband and was practicing self-mutilation when Peck took her case. Both cases result in full-blown exorcisms with Peck as the lead exorcist, and both, according to Peck, involved paranormal phenomena, including Beccah acquiring a snakelike appearance. Peck intersperses his calm but dramatic recitation of these cases with set-off commentary, and he concludes the book with a reasoned proposal for a science of exorcism (“An exorcism is a massive therapeutic intervention to liberate, teach, and support the victim to choose to reject the devil”). A report from what is to most of us a strange and distant land, Scott’s book probably won’t convince crowds, but it’s powerful and concisely written enough to interest many, and maybe to give a few pause for thought. — Publisher’s Weekly


People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
By M. Scott Peck


NHNE News List Articles:

As Interest In Exorcism Rises, So Do Questions (11/17/2011)

Don Gabriele, The World’s Most Famous Exorcist (03/12/2010)

To Hell & Back: An Ayahuasca ‘Cleansing’ With Amazonian Shamans (05/12/2009)

Does Satan Exist? Sides Square Off During ”Nightline Face-Off’ (03/27/09)

‘Child-Witches’ Of Nigeria Seek Refuge (11/08/2008)

Exorcist To Star In Reality Show (10/27/2008)

Family Resolves To Take Exorcism Case To Supreme Court (07/27/08)

Ritual Of Dealing With Demons Undergoes Revival (02/11/2008)

Vatican Denies Exorcist Expansion (12/30/2007)

Pope’s Exorcist Squads Will Wage War On Satan (12/28/2007)

20/20 Reports On Exorcism (5/15/2007)

Vatican Exorcist: Hitler & Stalin Possessed Devil (08/29/2006)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (09/20/2005)

Monk Indicted In Nun’s Crucifixion Death (06/20/2005)

Priest Unrepentant After Crucifying Of Nun (06/19/2005)

The Sex Demon Of The Zanzibar Spice Islands (05/19/2005)

Vatican Offers Classes On Satanism (02/18/2005)

More On Exorcism (01/18/2005)

M. Scott Peck: Glimpses Of The Devil (01/18/2005)

Pontifical University To Take On The Devil (12/9/2004)

Pope Has Performed 3 Exorcisms To Ward Off Devil (02/19/2002)

Report: Mother Teresa Had Exorcism (09/6/2001)

Creating False Memories, Exorcism Style (10/17/2000)

Archdiocese Of Chicago Gets Exorcist (09/19/2000)

Devil Defeats The Pope In Vatican Exorcism (09/10/2000)




• Wikipedia on Anneliese Michel
The Exorcism of Emily Rose Movie Website



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Anneliese Michel (September 21, 1952 – July 1, 1976) was a German college student who died during an exorcism. Her parents and the priests who carried out the exorcism were later convicted of manslaughter.

From her birth on the 21st of September, 1952, Anneliese Michel enjoyed the life of a normal, religiously nurtured young girl. Without warning, her life changed on a day in 1968 when she began shaking and found she was unable to control her body. She could not call out for her parents, Josef and Anna, or any of her 3 sisters. A neurologist at the Psychiatric Clinic Wurzburg diagnosed her with Grand Mal epilepsy. Because of the strength of the epileptic fits, and the severity of the depression that followed, Anneliese was admitted for treatment at the hospital.

Soon after the attacks began, Anneliese started seeing devilish grimaces during her daily praying. It was the fall of 1970, and while the young people of the world were enjoying the liberal freedoms of the time, Anneliese was battling with the belief that she was possessed. It seemed there was no other explanation for the appearance of devilish visions during her prayers. Voices also began following her, saying Anneliese will “stew in hell.” She mentioned the “demons” to the doctors only once, explaining that they have started to give her orders. The doctors seem unable to help, and Anneliese lost hope that medicine was going to be able to cure her.

In the summer of 1973, her parents visited different pastors to request an exorcism. Their requests were rejected and they were given recommendations that the now 20 year old Anneliese should continue with medication and treatment. It was explained that the process by which the Church proves a possession (Infestatio) is strictly defined, and until all the criteria are met, a bishop can not approve an exorcism. The requirements, to name a few, include an aversion to religious objects, speaking in a language the person has never learned, and supernatural powers.

In 1974, after supervising Anneliese for some time, Pastor Ernst Alt requested a permit to perform the exorcism from the Bishop of Wurzburg. The request was rejected, and a recommendation soon followed saying that Anneliese should live even more of a religious lifestyle in order to find peace. The attacks did not diminish, and her behavior become more erratic. At her parents house in Klingenberg, she insulted, beat, and began biting the other members of her family. She refused to eat because the demons would not allow it. Anneliese slept on the stone floor, ate spiders, flies, and coal, and even began drinking her own urine. She could be heard screaming throughout the house for hours while breaking crucifixes, destroying paintings of Jesus, and pulling apart rosaries. Anneliese began committing acts of self-mutilation at this time, and the act of tearing off her clothes and urinating on the floor became commonplace.

After making an exact verification of the possession in September 1975, the Bishop of Wurzburg, Josef Stangl, assigned Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt with the order to perform “The Great Exorcism” on Anneliese Michel. The basis for this ritual was the “Rituale Romanum,” which was still, at the time, a valid Canon Law from the 17th century. It was determined that Anneliese must be saved from the possession by several demons, including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, and Fleischmann, a disgraced Frankish Priest from the 16th century, and some other damned souls which had manifested through her. From September ’75 until July ’76, one or two exorcism sessions were held each week. Anneliese’s attacks were sometimes so strong that she would have to be held down by 3 men, or even chained up. During this time, Anneliese found her life somewhat return to normal as she could again go to school, take final examinations at the Pedagogic Academy in Wurzburg, and go to church.

The attacks, however, did not stop. In fact, she would more often find herself paralyzed and falling unconscious than before. The exorcism continued over many months, always with the same prayers and incantations. Sometimes family members and visitors, like one married couple that claims to have “discovered” Anneliese, would be present during the rituals. For several weeks, Anneliese denied all food. Her knees ruptured due to the 600 genuflections she performed obsessively during the daily exorcism. The process was recorded on over 40 audio tapes, in order to preserve the details.

The last day of the Exorcism Rite was on June 30th, 1976, and Anneliese was suffering at this point from Pneumonia. She was also totally emaciated, and running a high fever. Exhausted and unable to physically perform the genuflections herself, her parents stood in and helped carry her through the motions. “Beg for Absolution” was the last statement Anneliese made to the exorcists. To her mother, she said, “Mother, I’m afraid.” Anna Michel recorded the death of her daughter on the following day, July 1st, 1976, and at noon, Pastor Ernst Alt informed the authorities in Aschaffenburg. The senior prosecutor began investigating immediately.

A short time before these final events unfolded, William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” (1974) came to the cinemas in Germany, bringing with it a wave of paranormal hysteria that flooded the nation. Psychiatrists all over Europe reported an increase of obsessive ideas among their patients. Prosecutors took more than 2 years to to take Annaliese’s case to court, using that time to sort through the bizarre facts. Anneliese’s parents and the two exorcists were accused of negligent homocide. The “Klingenberg Case” would be decided upon two questions: What caused the death of Anneliese Michel, and who was responsible?

According the forensic evidence, Anneliese starved to death. Specialists claimed that if the accused would have begun with forced feeding one week before her death, Anneliese’s life would have been saved. One sister told the court that Anneliese did not want to go to a mental home where she would be sedated and forced to eat. The exorcists tried to prove the presence of the demons, playing taped recordings of strange dialogues like that of two demons arguing about which one of them would have to leave Anneliese’s body first. One of the demons called himself Hitler, and spoke with a Frankish accent (Hitler was born in Austria). Not one of those present during the exorcism ever had a doubt about the authenticity of the presence of these demons.

The psychiatrists, whom had been ordered to testify by the court, spoke about the “Doctrinaire Induction.” They said that the priests had provided Anneliese with the contents of her psychotic behavior. Consequentially, they claimed, she later accepted her behavior as a form of demonic possession. They also offered that Anneliese’s unsettled sexual development, along with her diagnosed Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, had influenced the psychosis.

The verdict was considered by many to be not as harsh as they expected. Anneliese’s parents, as well as the exorcists, were found guilty of manslaughter resulting from negligence and omitting first aid. They were sentenced to 6 months in jail and probation. The verdict included the opinion of the court that the accused should have helped by taking care of the medical treatment that the girl needed, but instead, their use of naive practices aggravated Anneliese’s already poor constitution.

A commission of the German Bishop-Conference later declared that Anneliese Michel was not possessed; however, this did not keep believers from supporting her struggles, and it was because so many believed in her that Anneliese’s body did not find peace with death. Her corpse was exhumed eleven and a half years after her burial, only to confirm that it had decayed as would have been expected under normal circumstances. Today, her grave remains a place of pilgrimage for rosary-praying and for those who believe that Anneliese Michel bravely fought the devil.

In 1999, Cardinal Medina Estevez presented journalists in Vatican City the new version of the “Rituale Romanum” that has been used by the Catholic Church since 1614. The updates came after more than 10 years of editing and is called “De exorcismis et supplicationibus quibusdam,” otherwise known as “The exorcism for the upcoming millennium.” The Pope approbated the new Exorcism Rite, which is now allowed for worldwide use. This new form of exorcism came after the German Bishop-Conference demanded to ultimately abolish the “Rituale Romun.” It also came more than 20 years after Anneliese Michel had died.


By Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
August 30, 2005

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Can a Christian make horror movies? Scott Derrickson thinks so. As a screenwriter — and a Christian — he has worked on quite a few films in the genre, including Urban Legends: Final Cut, Dracula 2000 and Hellraiser: Inferno, the last of which he also directed. His newest film as co-writer and director, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, coming to theaters on September 9, looks at first glance like more of the same.

But this movie is a little different. It is based on the true story of a German woman named Anneliese Michel, who died during an exorcism in 1976; the priest who tried to cast the demons out of her was charged with manslaughter. So the film is part horror story, part courtroom drama — and Derrickson says it will get people talking about God.

Derrickson spoke to Christianity Today Movies from his home in Glendale, California.


Why would a Christian get involved in horror films, of all things?

Scott Derrickson: In my opinion, the horror genre is a perfect genre for Christians to be involved with. I think the more compelling question is, Why do so many Christians find it odd that a Christian would be working in this genre? To me, this genre deals more overtly with the supernatural than any other genre, it tackles issues of good and evil more than any other genre, it distinguishes and articulates the essence of good and evil better than any other genre, and my feeling is that a lot of Christians are wary of this genre simply because it’s unpleasant. The genre is not about making you feel good, it is about making you face your fears. And in my experience, that’s something that a lot of Christians don’t want to do.

To me, the horror genre is the genre of non-denial. It’s about admitting that there is evil in the world, and recognizing that there is evil within us, and that we’re not in control, and that the things that we are afraid of must be confronted in order for us to relinquish that fear. And I think that the horror genre serves a great purpose in bolstering our understanding of what is evil and therefore better defining what is good. And of course I’m talking about, really, the potential of the horror genre, because there are a lot of horror films that don’t do these things. It is a genre that’s full of exploitation, but the better films in the genre certainly accomplish, I think, very noble things.

How do you avoid what some might consider a fascination with evil?

Derrickson: It’s something I’ve thought a lot about. I think of this kind of material in an almost dietary fashion. It’s something that is potent and powerful and it’s not healthy for anyone to overindulge in it.

I would be concerned if one of my children were constantly watching nothing but horror films or indulging in gothic literature without the balance of other types of art and entertainment. I do think that’s a danger. C. S. Lewis had that very practical wisdom, well stated, in his introduction to The Screwtape Letters, when he talks about how the two great dangers, in regard to our thoughts about the demonic and the devil, are to think too much of them or too little of them. To be too afraid of them, to be too hesitant to engage in discussion or thought or art that deals with this realm, is to give in to fear; but to become fascinated with it and to indulge in the material is also very unhealthy.

So for me personally, I stagger the kinds of material that I do. I’ve written in other genres, and if I’m working on a project like the one that I just did, during the course of working on it, I don’t watch any horror films, I don’t read any scary literature, I try to fill myself with things that are a bit brighter, to keep myself personally balanced. But I think that both kinds of material are important for a balanced diet — at least for me.

It’s been said that The Passion of the Christ was very popular with horror audiences. Do you have any perspective on that?

Derrickson: I do. It’s very gothic, a very dark film. And I think there are people who just have an inclination to want to see material that deals with that aesthetic. And yet I think that film also ought to be regarded by Christians as a horror film. I think the crucifix is gothic iconography, and yet what I love about the horror genre, what I love about gothic iconography, what I love about gothic literature, is the potential that it carries to blend with it beauty and meaning. And when beauty and meaning are combined with the horrific, you get things like the cross, and you get things like medieval art, and you get things like Dante’s Inferno.

And it is something that American evangelicalism has abandoned, for the most part — to their own detriment, because I think the result is, we have left gothic imagery and the power of that aesthetic to Catholics and to non-Christians. Not that Catholics are non-Christians — I think most Catholics are Christians — but my point is that there is a great value in that aesthetic and people need that. I think that the history of the Christian church is one that is marked by an understanding of this. When I went to Europe a few years ago, I felt very at home there, and I loved standing in Notre Dame and looking at all the gargoyles on the outside of that building, and realizing that, as scary and frightening as they were, what I was looking at was something that was built to the glory of God.

How did your interest in the horror genre begin?

Derrickson: When I was in film school. I knew that I wanted to integrate my faith with cinema in some way that was relevant to the culture. And I was looking for a way to do that, and I had just re-read The Screwtape Letters, and within the same year, I read Walker Percy’s novel Lancelot, and there was a line in Lancelot that said, “‘Evil’ is surely the clue to this age, the only quest appropriate to the age. For everything and everyone’s either wonderful or sick and nothing is evil … God may be absent, but what if someone should find the Devil?”

It really started to resonate with me, that this was the genre where a Christian could connect with mainstream culture, and there was potential there to not preach to the choir — not even preach to the culture, but connect with the culture. And that is certainly what I have been trying to do with a lot of my work. And in the case of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, I was very committed to not making a movie that was intended to give spiritual or religious or metaphysical answers to the audience. I really just wanted to make a film that was going to provoke the mainstream audience to ask themselves what they believe, and cause them to come away from the film provoked to think about and discuss spiritual matters and spiritual issues that I think are profoundly important.

Turning to Emily Rose specifically: I’m aware that there is a possession case and I’m aware that there’s a court case. Is the movie kind of divided like Law & Order? How does it balance these two elements?

Derrickson: They’re pretty balanced all the way through the movie. With Law & Order, the first half is a cop show and the second half is a legal show, and this one is really a courtroom movie all the way through and it is a horror film all the way through.

Is the possession told in flashbacks?

Derrickson: Yeah, it’s very inspired by Rashomon. And that’s a term that gets thrown around by filmmakers a lot, inaccurately I think, because typically, any time a film has a fragmented narrative and has any flashbacks, people talk about Rashomon. But Kurosawa is my hero and I’ve taught courses on his films, and I love what he does, and Rashomon is, I think, his second greatest film after Ikiru. And I think what is so amazing about that film is not just that it’s a fragmented narrative and not just that it has flashbacks, but that it really has flashbacks from multiple points of view that are not all compatible. And this movie does have that strategy at work in it. It is a movie that is looking at the past from various retrospectives, trying to extricate from that past what really happened.

This film is about presenting cogent arguments for two very different perspectives on this girl’s condition and her story, and I tried to have those articulated very well throughout the film. The goal is, again, not to provide any metaphysical answers for the audience, but to leave them asking themselves what do they believe about this particular girl’s case? What do they believe about the larger questions that her case proposes? Do demons exist? Is there a spiritual realm? How does God play into all of that? Is there a devil and therefore is there a God? Questions like that. And I don’t think that anyone can watch this movie without asking themselves what they believe.

You’ve got some really great actors in there — Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, and of course Laura Linney. Was it intimidating to be surrounded by so much talent?

Derrickson: It wasn’t intimidating because they were all such generous people. It was a really, really enjoyable experience.

When Laura Linney and I first met, Laura was very hesitant to do a movie with this title, I think. She had read the script and thought the script was really good and really fascinating, but she reeeeally had a lot of questions. We met and talked for maybe three hours, and she really wanted to know very specifically where I was coming from, and what kind of film I wanted to make. And I think, when we were finished, she was sold that this was not going to be an exploitive film but a classy movie, which it really is. There’s virtually no gore or blood. It’s not a violent film. But Laura just wanted to know that it was going to be intelligent and that it was going to represent various points of view and not just one point of view on the subject matter.

It was a thrill to watch them act, particularly the scenes with Jennifer; some of the possession scenes with Jennifer were just jaw-dropping to observe, to watch an actress do the things she was doing, and go as far as she would go. But then, also, the more intimate scenes between Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney — that was a real delight for me as a director, and as a writer, to sit there and listen to them say things that I had written, and to watch them act. I had just never been physically in the proximity of that kind of talent, acting-wise. It was quite a thing to behold. I felt really privileged to do it.




Past Life Research (Updated)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2019 in featured, movies, past lives, relationships, television, videos | 1 comment

Past Life Research (Updated)

Dazu Wheel of Reincarnation


To read all the posts on this website pertaining to past lives and reincarnation, click here.


Especially Important Articles

The Mysterious Reincarnation Of Omm Sety – A Woman Who Lived In Ancient Egypt
The Boy Who Believes He Was Lou Gehrig In A Past Life
• Boy Remembers Wife and Killer of Past Life, Finds Them Again
3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body
The Science of Reincarnation
• Bio Channel Examines Child Memories of Past Lives
• Reality Show Searching For Reincarnated Children
• Dr. Bruce Greyson: Science & Postmortem Survival
New Book: ‘Science and the Afterlife Experience’
Documentary: ‘My Reincarnation’
Discovery Channel Examines Reincarnation
• Children’s Memories Of Previous Lives 
• Documentary: ‘The Boy Who Lived Before’
• Past Life: New Fox TV Series (Watch The Premier Online)
• Deepak Chopra Challenges Skeptic Michael Shermer To Debate
• Tami Simon Interviews Adyashanti
• Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation Of A World War II Fighter Pilot
• Academics Wrestle With Treating The ‘Reincarnated’
• The Supernatural, Supernormal & Popular Culture Conference At Esalen
• Documentary: “Tulku”: Tibetan Buddhist Masters Reborn In The West
• About The Esalen Center For Theory & Research
• Esalen Institute Explores The Survival Of Bodily Death
• Book Excerpt: ‘My Son, The Dalai Lama’
• Twelve ‘Any Time, Any Place’ Survival Tips (v3.0)
• China Regulates Tibetan Buddhas’ Reincarnation
• Followup: Journey Of Souls / Destiny Of Souls
• Overview Of The Life & Work Of Ian Stevenson
• Summary Of ‘Life Before Life’
• Book Review & Forum Discussion: ‘Life Before Life’
• What Will Happen When The Dalai Lama Dies?


Dr. Bruce Greyson on Reincarnation

Here’s what “the father of NDE research” Dr. Bruce Greyson thinks about reincarnation:

“What is my personal view of rebirth? Many of the cases that we have are unexplainable in terms of western medicine, but they are also unexplainable in terms of the reincarnation hypothesis. Sometimes you will see two children who seem to remember the same past life. Sometimes you will see a child who remembers the past life of someone who died when the child was six months old, so the two lives overlap. So it is not a clear model that we can follow. When I talk to near-death experiencers, they always say — when they start out explaining their experience – they say first words cannot explain my experience. I cannot describe it for you. And then I say, ‘that’s great, tell me all about it.’ So we force them to tell us what they experience and we know that they are not telling us what they experience; they’re putting into words things that don’t fit into words. And I think the same is true of the rebirth memories. What actually happens is something that we – that our brains – cannot understand. So the models that we come up with do not really approach the reality. So if you ask me what I believe, I say that what happens after death is something that I can’t possibly understand while I’m in this brain.”

For more information, go here.


NDEr Howard Storm Echoes Bruce Greyson’s Thoughts

The Near Death Experience of Howard Storm: Part III- A Million Questions

Part III: 11:44 – 16:16

In this portion of the interview Howard mentions that he didn’t believe in reincarnation, in spite of the fact that he remembered a life as a small girl living in a concentration camp in World War II. Based on his conversations with Jesus, Howard came to believe that the universe is not only teaming with life, but that a time will come when we can share the experience of beings living in other realms and worlds NOT by traveling to their worlds in space ships, but by sharing experiences telepathically. He felt a similar process was at work with reincarnation…

For more information about Howard Storm, go here.


Related Links:

David Sunfellow on Reincarnation
• Think You Understand Reincarnation? Think Again.



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The Boy Who Believes He Was Lou Gehrig In A Past Life






Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
By Jim Tucker
December 3, 2013



Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot
By Andrea Leininger, Bruce Leininger
June 5, 2009



Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives
By Jim Tucker
August 11, 2005



I Have Lived Before: The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti Devi
By Sture Lonnerstrand
January 1998



Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation: Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged
By Ian Stevenson
October 1, 1980


Important Links

• Jim Tucker’s Website
• UofA School of Medicine: The Division of Perceptual Studies

Wikipedia on Reincarnation
Near-Death Experiences & Reincarnation
• Search NHNE News List Archives for “Reincarnation”


Related Links:

Boy Remembers Wife and Killer of Past Life, Finds Them Again
3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body












“In Another Life” explores how Americans are encountering the real phenomenon of reincarnation, in a society which refuses to acknowledge its existence. It was produced with very little funding, and developed by networking primarily through the internet, beginning in 1997 at a time when the internet was just starting to be used this way. A less-polished version of what you see here was broadcast on KBDI in Denver, Colorado in 2003. In Another Life is totally unlike most commercial treatments of the subject, inasmuch as it does not conform to the “theme park ride” formula of presenting intriguing cases and thus making the viewer nervous; shooting the cases down with humanistic skeptics; and then safely concluding that it’s probably not real, but we can never know for sure. This program shows that it’s real, and then shows real people discovering it in various ways despite society’s denial. Produced/directed by Stephen Sakellarios; narrated by Mike O’Connor.



By Andrea Leininger, Bruce Leininger, Ken Gross
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 5, 2009)

Purchase the book on Amazon

This is the story of James Leininger, who — a little more than two weeks after his second birthday — began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like, “Plane on fire! Little man can’t get out!” the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.

When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued — even in stark daylight — Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation. SOUL SURVIVOR is the story of how the Leiningers pieced together what their son was communicating and eventually discovered that he was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. As Bruce Leininger struggled to understand what was happening to his son, he also uncovered details of James Huston’s life — and death — as a pilot that will fascinate military buffs everywhere.

In SOUL SURVIVOR, we are taken for a gripping ride as the Leiningers’ belief system is shaken to the core, and both of these families come to know a little boy who, against all odds and even in the face of true skeptics, harbors the soul of this man who died long ago.



The Lighter Side of Reincarnation



NDE Researcher Dr. Melvin Morse Sentenced To Three Years For Child Endangerment (Updated)

Posted by on May 4, 2019 in featured, near-death experiences, news, the dark side | 6 comments

NDE Researcher Dr. Melvin Morse Sentenced To Three Years For Child Endangerment (Updated)

Dr. Melvin Morse and his lawyer, Joe Hurley, outside the courthouse in Georgetown on Aug. 16, 2012.



Peter Roth Interviews Dr. Melvin Morse (May 3, 2019) Download Interview (mp3)


“The message that these children were telling me [children who had near-death experiences] is that we’re here for a reason. This reality is a school and we’re here to learn lessons of love. I lectured on this. I told people this… I felt that I was just so filled with wisdom and helping grieving parents and all of this. And yet, in my personal life, things were really deteriorating and I did not learn my lessons of love. To make a long story short, I did this myself, I created a very toxic, ugly environment in my personal life and this resulted in my step daughter making false accusations against me. These accusations resulted in my being convicted of child endangerment. It was very dramatic. Headlines all over the country. Pediatrician waterboards his step daughter. At first, I couldn’t believe that people really took that seriously because oddly enough, I was never accused of waterboarding her. But I was convicted and I spent two years in prison. I went through the experience of feeling that I had lost everything. Lost my family. Lost my reputation, my license to practice medicine. All of these things — this is who I thought I was. And yet I discovered something even more than that. I discovered a relationship that I finally developed with this God — that’s what kids call It, so I’m going to call It God, virtually all the children that I resuscitated told me that they saw God — not a Higher Power, not all the different names we have for God. And I learned my lessons of love. I learned them in prison. I was humbled. My ego destroyed. I learned astonishing lessons of love. And I couldn’t have learned them any other way.”

Delaware Doctor Receives Three Years In Prison For Waterboarding 12-Year-Old Girl (04/13/14 – NY Daily News)
• Pediatrician Convicted Of Waterboarding Girl (02/13/14 – AP)
• Trial Of Delaware Doctor Accused Of Abusing Stepdaughter Goes To Jury (02/12/14 – Reuters)
• Pediatrician Accused Of Waterboarding Stepdaughter Says She ‘Got Defiant’ After She Was ‘Sexually Abused’ (02/11/14 – Daily Mail)
• Prosecution Rests In Trial For Pediatrician Accused Of ‘Waterboarding’ His Stepdaughter, Age 12 (02/10/14 – PennLive)
• Victim Takes Stand In Waterboarding Trial (02/07/14 – CapeGazette)
• Delaware Doctor Denied Stepdaughter Food, Bathroom Use: Mother (02/06/14 – Reuters)
• Girl Allegedly ‘Waterboarded’ By Melvin Morse, Mother’s Boyfriend, Testifies In Court (02/03/14 – AP)
• Delaware Doctor, Author Made Stepdaughter Fear For Life (02/03/14 – Reuters)
• Delaware Doctor Accused of Waterboarding Stepdaughter Goes on Trial (01/28/14 – CNews)
• Prosecutor: Former Doctor Accused of ‘Waterboarding’ 11-Year-Old Girl Terrorized Her for Years (01/28/14 – AP)



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By Joel Landau
New York Daily News
April 13, 2014

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Dr. Melvin Morse has been sentenced to three years in prison for his severe punishments of his wife’s young daughter.

A Delaware pediatrician will serve three years in prison for waterboarding his 12-year-old step daughter as an act of punishment.

Melvin Morse, 60, a celebrity doctor who has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and other television shows, was sentenced Friday and will also serve two years of probation when he is released.

In the courtroom Morse apologized to the daughter of his longtime companion.

“I am so sorry. I am so sorry,” he told her. “None of this is your fault … and I hope that one day you can forgive me.”

A jury convicted Morse in February of one count of waterboarding in the bathtub — and five misdemeanors. Prosecutors said he would force the girl under a running faucet and would threaten the punishment to the girl.

Morse argued the term was made in a joking manner and that it may have been part of an experiment. But the jury rejected that argument.

In May, his wife Pauline Morse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to testify against Morse. The girl is currently under foster care.

The arrest happened after the girl fled her home to a classmate’s house in July 2012 after authorities said Morse spanked her and dragged her across the driveway by her ankle.

The girl then told police about the waterboarding.

Authorities said additional abuse included forcing the girl to stand with her arms outstretched for hours at a time, confining her to her room and depriving her of food or force-feeding her.

The girl said she was water boarded for vomiting into a cat’s litter box after being forced to drink too much milk.

She celebrated after the sentence was handed down.

A therapist read a letter in court that the victim had written asking for jail time for the doctor.

“He needs to feel what it’s like to be a prisoner,” the letter read. “I was a prisoner at home with him.”

Morse asked for leniency stating he has prostate cancer and also will need thyroid surgery.


Dr. Melvin Morse Facebook Updates

February 15, 2014

“As I still face sentencing, the quest to be reunited with my daughter Melody, and my appeals, I have no comment on the trial. However, Randall Chase of the Associated Press did a good job of describing the events in the Court Room. I will point out that I was charged with five felony counts of child endangerment. Two of these were dropped, I was aquited on two and convicted of one. Contrary to press reports, I was acquited of the charges related to “waterboarding”. I am moving on with my life in a positive manner and am glad to have put this trial behind me. We are here to learn lessons of love and I am learning from all I experience. I am humble before the Universe and what (god) has to teach me.” Source

“Again, letters of support, character references or comments on what I may have done positively with my life, to assist the Judge in sentencing, should be sent to Mr. Joe Hurley 1215 King Street, Wilmington Delaware 19801. The more the better, please. My attorneys Mr. Joe Hurley and Kevin Trey put in over 270 hours of trial preparation working nights and weekends, because they truly believed in me and my case. Kevin Trey collapsed from exhaustion while giving his closing statement on my behalf, that’s how hard he worked for me.” Source

February 24, 2014

“Lots of folk battling their inner demons calling me ‘the monster from hell’ or a person with two personalities, Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde. In fact, simply a tragic situation for all involved, far too common with custody battles and step children. Children who have suffered severe abuse often accuse foster parents and step-parents as part of their healing process.” Source

“My situation is challenging for everyone to understand. In fact I was acquited of the most serious “waterboarding” charges. The headlines “waterboarding doc” convicted leave out I was convicted of non waterboarding charges. My situation plays to mythical issues and archetypes, yet sensationalistic news articles have little in common with what happened in the Courtroom. Randall Chase of the AP has a balanced factual series of articles.” — Source


Associated Press
February 13, 2014

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A pediatrician known for his research on paranormal science and near-death experiences with children was convicted Thursday of waterboarding the daughter of his longtime companion by holding her head under a faucet.

The jury deliberated for about six hours before returning its verdict against Melvin Morse, 60.

Morse was charged with three felonies — two for alleged waterboarding and one for alleged suffocation by hand. He was convicted of one felony — waterboarding in the bathtub — and five misdemeanors. Jurors reduced the second waterboarding charge to a misdemeanor and acquitted Morse of the suffocation charge.

Morse showed no reaction as the verdict was read. He was ordered to surrender his passport and will remain out on bail until his sentencing, set for April 11.

Morse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but a lesser punishment is likely under state sentencing guidelines. Each misdemeanor carries a maximum of one year in prison but typically results in probation. The felony reckless endangerment conviction for waterboarding carries a maximum of five years in prison but a presumptive sentence of 15 months.

Prosecutor Melanie Withers said she was “very gratified” by the verdict, and that she was on her way to speak with the victim, now 12 years old.

Morse declined to comment and referred questions to his attorneys.

“He maintains his innocence to this day,” said attorney John Brady.

Morse’s lead defense attorney, Joseph Hurley, said he planned to appeal.

The girl and her mother, Pauline Morse, testified that Melvin Morse used waterboarding as a threat or a form of punishment. Waterboarding has been used in the past by U.S. interrogators on terror suspects to simulate drowning. Many critics call it torture.

Defense attorneys argued that “waterboarding” was a term jokingly used to describe hair washing the girl did not like.

But Withers portrayed Melvin Morse as a brutal and domineering “lord and master” of his household, abusing the girl for years while her mother acquiesced in silence. Pauline Morse, 41, said she chose to ignore the abuse and was afraid of “undermining” Melvin Morse. She also testified that she did not have a close relationship with the girl for the several years that encompassed the waterboarding, and that she did not pay her much attention.

Pauline Morse pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor endangerment charges and testified against Melvin Morse. She was not in the courtroom Thursday.

Hurley was highly critical of a decision by the judge to allow jurors to review videotaped interviews of the victim and her younger sister by authorities in August 2012. He said the unsworn statements improperly prejudiced the jury.

“The disappointment is in the court allowing the instant replay of the interviews that were the heart of the state’s evidence,” Hurley said, adding that replaying the unsworn statements left jurors with an unchallenged version of the state’s evidence fresh in their minds.

“That really is powerful evidence under the circumstances in this case,” he said. “There will be an appeal on that basis.”

Hurley said another basis for appeal is what he described as inappropriate statements made by Withers in her closing arguments, including telling the jurors that they could ask for evidence to be sent back to the jury room if they wanted to review it.

Hurley also noted that prosecutors were allowed to present photographs and other evidence of alleged abuse for which Morse was not charged, including one photograph, shown repeatedly by prosecutors, of the tearful victim with her fingers in both nostrils. Morse said he took the photograph to show the girl’s mother what he described as an act of defiance after he had slapped the child for sticking one of her fingers in her nose.

“What the prosecution was trying to do was skin him alive and tar-and-feather him with ‘he’s a cruel, bad person,” Hurley said.

Morse was charged with endangerment and assault after the girl ran away in July 2012 and told authorities of waterboarding and other abuse.

The girl fled her home and went to a classmate’s house the morning after Morse grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her across a gravel driveway into the home, where she was spanked and warned of worse punishment the next day. When investigators questioned the girl, then 11, she told them about what she called waterboarding.

Morse was convicted of misdemeanor assault and child endangerment charges for the driveway incident, which he acknowledged he could have handled better.

Morse, whose medical license was suspended after his arrest, has written several books and articles on paranormal science and near-death experiences involving children. He has appeared on shows such as “Larry King Live” and the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss his research, which also has been featured on an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” and in an article in “Rolling Stone” magazine. Morse denied police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.

Prosecutors argued that in addition to waterboarding, Melvin Morse subjected the girl to other abuse, including forcing her to stand with arms outstretched for hours at a time, confining her to room, where she had to use her toy box or closet as a toilet, and alternately depriving her of food or force feeding her until she vomited.

The felony conviction against Morse stems from an incident in which the girl said she was waterboarded in the bathtub as punishment for vomiting into a cat’s litter box after being forced to drink too much milk.

The girl and her younger sister remain in foster care but are allowed supervised visits with Pauline Morse. Pauline Morse admitted that she hoped her cooperation with prosecutors would bolster her chances of being reunited with her daughters. Her supervised visits with the girls were recently increased from once a week to twice a week.

“She’s optimistic and she’s moving forward,” said her public defender, Dean Johnson.


By Steve Czetli
February 7, 2014

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A 12-year-old child took the stand this week and accused her stepfather of trying to suffocate her, dumping her vomit on her head, stuffing food in her mouth, forcing her to sit in her room for hours without toilet breaks, making her stand against a wall with her arms outstretched until she could no longer hold them up and a string of other affronts.

She was animated, even fidgety as she testified, sometimes smiling and twisting in the witness chair, while her accused tormentor, Melvin Morse, sat about 30 feet away at the defense table, listening without expression.

Occasionally he would whisper a comment to Joe Hurley, his lead defense attorney, who the next day would launch an aggressive and blistering questioning of the girl in an attempt to portray her as a liar.

The trial was interrupted by frequent sidebars before Sussex County Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes. Morse sat solemnly alone at the defense table during the bench gatherings. Despite the trial’s high profile in the media, it has been only modestly attended. Testimony is expected to continue into next week.

In her testimony, the victim recounted in greater detail her version of events that led to her running away and ultimately to the charges against Morse, 60, and her mother Pauline, 41.

She said that during a visit to Grotto Pizza, Morse had become angry with her for putting her hands on an ice cream container at the front of the restaurant. He told her to go to the car.

Upon arriving home, Morse has said his stepdaughter refused to get out of the car; she says he told her to stay in the car. She said that sometime later, perhaps three hours, Morse returned to the car and grabbing an ankle, dragged her over an unpaved driveway and up four cement steps into the house. Morse says he carried her kicking and struggling and admits probably dropping her along the way.

Inside, “He dropped me on the bed and started hitting me,” she testified. The girl said he used an open hand, his fist and his elbow. After the spanking, she said he warned her that the next day, “there would be more.”

“More what?” asked Deputy Attorney General Melanie Withers.

“More pain,” testified the girl.

Not knowing what punishment to expect, the victim said, she decided to run away. She packed “essentials,” including applesauce, a couch cover, paper clips, a pen and two hearts. One of the hearts was black onyx, a gift from her mother, which she hoped would help her not miss her mother as much.

She also left two notes, one in the car and one on her bed.

“The letters said why I had gone and that I had not been kidnapped or taken because I didn’t want my mother to worry,” she testified. It read in part: “I have decided to leave…You will never see me again. Don’t worry, I will not die alone.”

Asked by Withers why she hadn’t taken her little sister, she said in the past she had carried her sister near the highway in front of their house, and her mother had told her that taking her sister that close to the road wasn’t a good idea.

She set off for one friend’s house, but got lost and instead recognized another friend’s house and went there.

“I was hoping they would adopt me into their family,” she testified. “I wasn’t going to tell them where I lived so they wouldn’t have any chance of sending me back.”

They didn’t send her back, but they did call her school bus driver and then the police.

In her testimony, the girl said scratches on her hands and legs observed and photographed at Beebe Medical Center had come from walking alongside her bike, not from her spanking the night before. Under cross-examination by Hurley, she also admitted that most of the bruises on her back did not come from her spanking.

During his cross examination, after soliciting testimony on the girl’s many specific allegations of abusive punishments, Hurley asked why, given a home filled with such scary punishments, she had not run away before? She replied in a defeated voice that she had, but she always gave up and returned home. In a more frustrated tone, she said she had also complained to friends, teachers and her principal, but no one believed her.

The girl said her treatment at the hands of her stepfather was painful, irritating and often not tied to explicit “house rules.” She testified that she often didn’t know why she was being punished. On one occasion she said Morse made her get on a table where he proceeded to sarcastically mock her as “great” and “strong.” Another time he made a sign that said “shame,” taped it to her T-shirt and took a picture of her.

The victim’s testimony included a long list of punishments that included dumping her own vomit over her head, followed by holding her head underwater in the bathtub, which she said her stepfather had referred to as waterboarding; requiring her to stand against a wall with arms extended or not, facing either against the wall or outward; and force feeding her when she wouldn’t complete a meal.

“He would just grab a gob of food and shove it in my mouth,” the girl said. She also said she had to eat out of the trash, which she explained occurred when she didn’t finish a meal and was required to go into the trash, retrieve her leftovers and eat what she had failed to consume.

“One time I didn’t flush the toilet, and he tried to put my head in the toilet to show me,” she testified.

Shd also said she was grounded, which involved lengthy stays in her room without bathroom breaks resulting in her using her toy chest or soiling herself. She said her door was lined with bells or closed with a tack to ensure she could not sneak out.

Still, the most life-threatening punishments were those involving suffocation, according to Dr. Virginia Greenbaum, Medical Director at the Child Care Center of Georgia, the prosecution’s last witness Feb 4. Greenbaum, who reviewed the records in this case, stated that when the body senses air has been shut off it initiates survival strategies that eventually lead to the windpipe closing. When water is involved, the body would tend to gasp when air resumed, often sucking in water and stifling the lung’s ability to work. Another consequence of blocking someone’s air is vomiting. If, in gasping for air, vomit is sucked into the lungs they can be damaged. Infections are another hazard.

In testimony, the girl described three punishments that could be suffocating including holding her head under a faucet in either the kitchen or bathroom sink and running water onto her face.

Asked by Withers why she called this “waterboarding” she said that’s what Morse had called it, telling her that it was used as punishment at prisons such as Alcatraz. She recalled two specific incidents that had resulted in its use: one time she shook a ketchup bottle but not over the table; on another occasion she had spilled milk.

Describing the experience, she said, “I couldn’t breathe, and I didn’t know what was happening. He brought the water down so it would go up my nose. I would kick a lot and try to scratch him.”

Asked by Withers if she ever tried to get away from him, she said, “I would run around the island in the kitchen, but he would say, ‘If you run away, it will just be worse.’”

“I tried to call for my mom so she would stop dad.”

During the waterboarding she said she couldn’t hear well. “Everything was muted,” she said. “I was scared because I thought I was going to die.”

Asked when this last occurred she guessed it was a couple of weeks before she had run away.

“Was your mom in the room when this was done to you?” asked Withers.

“Once,” the girl said.

“But she was in the house the other times?” Withers asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“And she stopped him?”

“No,” said the girl.

She also testified Morse would hold his hand over her mouth and pinch her nose.

On at least one occasion this caused her to wet herself, she said. Morse then made her wash her clothes in the sink before giving them to her mother. Although she couldn’t say exactly how many times this occurred, she said it was more than once.

On one occasion she recalled: “He was suffocating me to get me to say ‘yes’ to something. I let myself go limp. I couldn’t stand it anymore; you feel you are going to die.”

A third way he threatened to suffocate her was pulling a black trash bag over her head and squeezing the air out of it. “That didn’t work,” she said, ”I could breathe.”

Throughout almost four hours of detailed questioning by Withers, the girl appeareded resolute. When cross examination began on Tuesday, however, she maintained her composure, but let some questions from Hurley hang in the air as if they were rhetorical. His style was aggressive and dismissive, particularly as he sought and got confirmation that the witness had lied under oath in an earlier child molestation case involving the victim’s older half-sister.

Hurley asked the witness to describe an incident in 2010 when her half-sister was allowed to return to the family home for Christmas after being incarcerated for about three years for molesting the witness when she was 7. The half-sister was about 13 at the time.

Hurley asked the witness to confirm that the older half-sister had dangled the girl over the balcony by one foot, painfully pinched her in the armpit, carried a knife and threatened to kill her. The girl answered “yes” to each of these questions.

“Back in 2007 (your half sister) had done bad things to you, and you didn’t want her in the house,” said Hurley. Among the claims made then was that the older step-daughter had molested the witness, and based on those claims the older girl was taken out of the house.

On the Christmas visit in 2010, the victim again accused her half-sister of molestation, and she was again removed from the house. Hurley played a recording in which the girl convincingly and in great detail described to a child services worker how she had been molested. And again, the step-daughter was removed from the home. But under questioning, the victim admitted the allegations were untrue.

Hurley then went on to ask if it was true that the witness had told her younger sibling while they were in foster care during the past 18 months that the only way they could ever go home was if Morse went to jail.

“Yes,” the girl said.

Testimony in the case is expected to continue into next week.


By Randall Chase
Associated Press
February 3, 2014

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A girl who claims she was waterboarded by her mother’s companion, a former pediatrician, told a Delaware jury on Monday the man held her face under a running faucet several times as punishment.

Swiveling back and forth in the witness chair and smiling at times, the 12-year-old recounted how Melvin Morse, who she learned only recently was not her father, punished her in a variety of ways, including waterboarding and putting his hands over her nose and mouth.

The girl said Morse used the term waterboarding, and she was punished for spilling milk, shaking a ketchup bottle and vomiting into a cat’s litter box after being made to eat too much.

“Sometimes I think I heard him yell ‘Die!'” she said, describing the waterboarding.

Waterboarding simulates drowning and it has been used in the past by U.S. interrogators on terror suspects. Many critics call it torture.

Morse, 60, is facing endangerment and assault charges. Defense attorney Joseph Hurley told has jurors that the girl and her mother, Pauline, have told many conflicting and false stories to authorities over the years and that the waterboarding charges are unfounded.

Morse has authored several books and articles on paranormal science and near-death experiences involving children. He has appeared on shows such as “Larry King Live” and the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss his research, which also has been featured on an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” and in an article in “Rolling Stone” magazine.

He has specifically denied police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.

The girl testified she ran away from home in July 2012, following an incident that led to Morse’s arrest.

Morse was accused of grabbing the girl by the ankle and dragging her across a gravel driveway into the family’s home. He was arrested, and when the girl was interviewed, she told investigators that Morse also had disciplined her at least four times by waterboarding, leading to additional charges against Morse and the girl’s mother, Pauline Morse.

Pauline Morse agreed last year to plead guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges and to testify against Melvin Morse. Defense attorneys have suggested that Pauline is cooperating with authorities in an attempt to regain custody of the girl and her younger sister, who remain in foster care but are allowed supervised visits with their mother.

The 12-year-old girl on Monday recounted how she decided to run away the morning after the driveway incident, saying Morse had punished her that night and had warned her “there will be more.”

“I was scared he was going to hurt me…. I thought he meant, like, more pain,” she said.

Prosecutors have introduced photographs of scratches and bruises on the girl, but she said Monday that several of them came from a bicycle as she pushed it along the road when she ran away from home.

Jurors were shown four homemade videos documenting Morse’s encounters with the girl about her behavior.

In the first video, Morse repeatedly asked why she doesn’t try to “fix the damage” after she misbehaves.

“Why don’t you try to repair things when you do something wrong, sweetheart?” he calmly asked the girl.

In another video, Morse asked the girl why she couldn’t recognize that it was “a major crime” to break the rules of the house.

“Has your therapist ever told you that you have to obey your parents?” he asked the girl, who responds affirmatively.

“It kind of gets on my nerves the way he talked to me,” she testified Monday when asked about the video.

The girl also said Morse gave her antidepressants and kept a “behavior book” in which he added or subtracted points to determine her disciplinary “level.”

Level One included no television, no allowance and not being allowed to eat with the family. Level Two allowed her to eat with the family; Level Three allowed her to choose what kind of sandwich she wanted for lunch. The girl said she never made it to Level Four.

The girl also said Morse subjected her to other punishment, including being forced to stand with arms outstretched and her head against a wall, and being confined to her room without access to the bathroom, forcing her to wet herself or use her toy box as a toilet.

“I tried to stay out of his way so he wouldn’t see me and remember something and make me do stuff,” she said.

The girl also acknowledged that she twice attempted to contact Morse after his arrest, including sending him an email in December 2012.

“Are you okay. I’m okay. I accept all apologies,” she wrote.

In a voicemail, the girl told Morse she missed him.

“I was confused and I was wondering if he was feeling the same way,” she explained. “… I just kind of wanted to say hello and I miss you.”


The Associated Press
May 17, 2013

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A woman who lived with a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding her 11-year-old daughter agreed Friday to plead guilty to child endangerment charges and testify against him.

In accepting a plea offer from prosecutors, Pauline Morse agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Dr. Melvin Morse.

Melvin Morse, 59, has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on the girl last year, a claim he denies.

A trial for Melvin Morse is scheduled to start June 10. Morse and his attorney, Joe Hurley, did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment Friday.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office had no immediate comment.

Pauline Morse, 41, was scheduled to formally enter her plea at a court hearing Monday in Georgetown. Sentencing guidelines call for up to a year in prison, suspended for up to 1 year of probation, and a fine of up to $2,300.

The couple lived together as husband and wife, even though they were divorced several years ago. The 11-year-old girl was Pauline Morse’s daughter from a previous relationship, even though Morse has claimed in the past that he is her father.

The allegations of waterboarding surfaced after Melvin Morse was accused of grabbing the 11-year-old by the ankle last July and, as her 6-year-old sister watched, dragging her across a gravel driveway. He was arrested on misdemeanor endangerment and assault charges and released on bail.

The charges were revised after the older girl told investigators that Melvin Morse also had disciplined her by holding her face under a running faucet at least four times since 2009, a punishment she said he called “waterboarding.”

Waterboarding simulates drowning and has been used in the past by U.S. interrogators on terrorism suspects. Many critics call it torture.

Police said Pauline Morse, who was initially charged with felony endangerment and conspiracy, witnessed the “waterboarding” and did nothing to stop it. Her two daughters were taken into state custody, but she has been allowed visitation and is working to try to regain custody of them.

“My client’s main objective is getting the children back,” said Dean Johnson, a public defender representing Pauline Morse. “She’s not going to get them back until these matters are resolved. She needs to get this behind her.”

Johnson said Pauline Morse has “totally changed” compared to when he first met her. He said she has grown from “somewhat of a ‘Sad Sack’ personality” who was easily manipulated by others into a more self-confident person able to make decisions on her own.

“She has independence of thought… whereas before Melvin made the decisions and she went along,” he said.

Following his arrest Melvin Morse, whose medical license has been suspended, was charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of endangerment. Prosecutors later dropped the conspiracy charge, which involved Pauline Morse, but added four new endangering counts and one count of misdemeanor assault.


By Nastacia Leshchinskaya
January 23, 2013 2:39 PM

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When news broke that near-death experience expert Dr. Melvin Morse had been arrested for allegedly waterboarding his stepdaughter, most dismissed him as just another kook who’d been accused of doing a terrible thing. But to those in the parapsychology community, the charges against Morse came as a great shock. Morse has done extensive research on the near-death experience phenomenon, especially in children. He has written several books on the subject, including Closer to the Light in which he interviews hundreds of children who were declared clinically dead but returned to life.

Some background on the case: Morse was arrested in July 12, 2012 after neighbors called 911 to report an alleged incident in which Delaware state police say he dragged the girl by her ankle across a gravel driveway and into the house, where he spanked her. During an interview with social services Monday, the girl said that Morse had repeatedly punished her by holding her face under a running faucet, causing water to fill her nostrils, in a process he called “waterboarding.” The girl also told authorities that she didn’t understand what she had done wrong, and that Morse once told her that “she could go five minutes without brain damage.” According to police documents Morse also held his hand over her nose and mouth and told her ”she was lucky he did not use duct tape.” Morse and his wife Pauline were both arrested and released on bail. Pauline Morse is allowed contact with her children; Dr. Morse is not. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and endangerment in November.

Since the arrest, Dr. Morse has been a topic of conversation on the Parapsychology and Alternative Medicine Forum, where many, it seems, are reluctant to let the accusations against Morse affect their view of his work. One user writes, “Many brilliant thinkers have acted (to me) in unacceptable ways, but it does not detract from their brilliance. Only from their ability to live a (certain type of) moral life,” and another quickly chimes in: “Yeah, I agree with this. He may be a terrible person or not but his work stands on its own merits.”

One user’s opinion that in light of the accusations, Morses work is tainted, is quickly met with a terse retort: “This will taint Morse to those who are incapable of separating the bad of the man and his good works.” A few others mention meeting Morse at conferences and remembering him as a “nice” and “really mellow guy.” Another implies that the stepdaughter may be lying: “…don’t forget that some children are capable of making one’s blood boil. If that repeats itself over and over again, it is no wonder that even the nicest people may lose their temper.”

The type of misbehavior of which Morse is accused isn’t discussed until much later in the thread. If he had been accused of having an affair or committing tax fraud, his followers retaining a respect for his work wouldn’t seem as outlandish. However, Morse is accused of essentially attempting to induce a near-death experience–the very phenomenon he has dedicated his work to–on a child. Still, a fan wrote, “Morse punishing his daughter by having the faucet running over her face and Morse trying to simulate an NDE in his child are two things. He can’t have been doing both at the same time!” adding that the accusations, if true, amount to “abusive behavior.”

In another thread, users draw comparisons to Mother Theresa and Hitler, asking if Mein Kampf stands on its own merit in light of Hitler’s bad acts, and if the beatified nun’s contributions would be worth any less if she were a serial killer. To accurately assess the merit of Morse’s work in light of the allegations against him, the question must be answered: Was Morse actually trying to induce a near-death experience on his stepdaughter?

Perhaps, as some users on the forum proposed, the good doctor has gone mad. His website,, with its rambling and cluttered text, is in accord with that theory. Morse, in the pursuit of enlightenment through near-death experience, seems to have lost grip on much in his life. In the conclusion of a breathless article titled My Life a Love Story, which was removed from the site following his arrest, Morse wrote “In my personal life, I have fought custody battles, and tried to pull my children close to me, only to see them torn apart by the process. My heart is broken. I love the crying woman, and our children, but know I love them with a heart that can no longer love. I only have my Big Idea, and my obligation to the crying people who have lost children.”



By Randall Chase
Associated Press
November 30, 2012

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The attorney for a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter says there’s no need for a quick trial.

Attorney Joe Hurley says he needs time to review materials provided by prosecutors and to schedule a psychological exam for Dr. Melvin Morse. Hurley also said in court papers filed this week that the emotion and publicity surrounding Morse’s August arrest should be allowed to subside.

Hurley, who suggests a trial no sooner than April, also is seeking court approval for Morse to have supervised visits with his children.

A hearing on those motions is scheduled for next Friday.

Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and assault charges. He denies police claims he may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter.


November 12, 2012

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Georgetown pediatrician Melvin Morse, accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter, pleaded not guilty to assault and child endangerment charges.

State prosecutor Kathleen M. Jennings said Morse, charged in August, was arraigned, entered his plea and is “moving on to the next step,” Superior Court trial in Georgetown.

Morse’s trial date has not yet been announced.

Jennings said the state has assigned prosecutor Melanie Withers to handle the case.

Morse is represented by Joe Hurley, who calls himself “Delaware’s best-known criminal defense attorney.”

According to court documents, the girl told police Morse did what he called “waterboarding,” holding her face under running water, once saying she “could go five minutes without brain damage.”

The case made national news, following that of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley, subsequently convicted of sexually assaulting many of his young patients, for which he was sentenced to multiple consecutive life terms in prison.

Morse was widely known for his best-selling book on his research of children’s near-death experiences.

He had appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “20/20” and other television programs to discuss his research.

Police had suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on the girl, which he denies.

Hurley has said he believes the girl has either exaggerated or made up the story.

She and another daughter were placed in state care after his arrest, but Hurley earlier said their mother, Pauline Morse, is trying to regain custody.

Hurley and Morse could not be reached for comment.


By Sean O’Sullivan
Delaware Online
August 16, 2012

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Court papers from the state of Washington raise doubts about whether pediatrician Melvin L. Morse – who, with his wife, is facing reckless endangerment charges for allegedly “waterboarding” their daughter – should have been practicing medicine in Delaware.

Those documents and other sources paint a picture of an eccentric man who has been given to erratic behavior in recent years, making charges against his former wife and her attorney, even threatening to kill himself on the steps of a Washington state courthouse.

Morse “is a complete nightmare for just about anyone that encounters him,” said Washington attorney Jason Benjamin, who represented the ex-wife, Allison Morse.

“I think he needs real psychological help,” Allison Morse said, adding she “lost everything,” including her business and home, during an acrimonious 10-year battle with her former husband over custody and child support.

Morse and his wife Pauline are set to appear in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas today for a preliminary hearing on the reckless endangering charges. Attorney Joe Hurley said he planned to ask that an order that his client, Melvin, have no contact with his “longtime companion” Pauline be lifted.

Public Defender Dean Johnson, who is representing Pauline, said he would oppose the move.

Morse, 58, was a prominent media figure during his 20-year pediatric career in Washington state, authoring several books dealing with spirituality and near-death experiences of children. He made a number of TV appearances on programs such as “Larry King Live” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Police were originally called to the Morses home on July 13, and charged Morse with assault, saying he dragged his 11-year-old daughter by the ankle across his gravel driveway. When they did a follow-up interview with the child, she told them that at least four times she had been subjected to what her father called “waterboarding.”


Dr. Melvin Morse, left, and attorney Joe Hurley outside the Sussex County Courthouse.


At least initially, when state police sought a search warrant for Morse’s Georgetown-area home last week, investigators suspected that the alleged waterboarding may have been related to “the area of study he [Morse] practices” with near-death experiences.

Morse moved to Delaware around 2006 and, according to state medical officials, was given a license to practice in the state in February 2007.

But according to papers filed in Washington state, Morse stipulated in March 2008 that he had been diagnosed with a “debilitating strain of hepatitis C” that “made it impossible for him to practice medicine” and that he was “one hundred percent disabled.”

In a subsequent 2009 letter to the Pierce County Court in Washington, Morse stated that a side effect of his treatment caused him “ ‘brain fog,’ severe mental confusion and extreme fatigue” and that he had “a less than 5% chance of surviving my illness.”

In November 2011, Morse submitted another declaration stating: “The Medical Board of Delaware has knowledge of my medical condition and has placed restrictions on my ability to practice medicine, and has limited my practice to 1-2 days per week, if approved by my treating physician.”

Condition unknown

Christopher Portante, a spokesman for the state’s Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, said Wednesday that officials were unaware that Morse had a debilitating condition and never placed any restrictions on his ability to practice medicine in the state.

Portante said in the application to practice in Delaware – a sworn document – Morse was specifically asked if he suffered from “any condition or impairment” that could affect his ability to practice and Morse checked the box “No.”

If any complaint had been filed, or if Morse had made any statements that he had a serious medical condition or impairment, Portante said the state would have investigated. “No such information was presented to us,” he noted.

Morse’s license was suspended last week, after criminal charges stemming from the waterboarding allegation were filed against him.

Washington state officials said that Morse had no history of disciplinary actions there. He allowed his license in that state to lapse in December 2007.

Dr. Vincent Lo Re, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, said that hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus and should not pose any danger to patients seen by an infected doctor as long as proper sanitary precautions are observed, such as wearing gloves and washing hands.

Lo Re said that the condition itself should not impair someone but he explained chemotherapy used to treat the condition could cause “brain fog.”

Morse, who has been released on bail, could not be reached for comment.

Hurley, said he was aware of his client’s medical condition but said he had no information about Morse’s interactions with state medical officials.

Hurley said it is possible that after receiving his license in 2007, Morse’s condition deteriorated in 2008 – leading to that stipulation that it was “impossible” for him to practice medicine – and the “brain fog” that Morse mentions might have been responsible for his apparent misstatement in 2011 that he had informed Delaware medical authorities.

“The other side will say he is playing loose with the truth, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Hurley said.

Hurley, however, said his client denies the criminal charges. What happened between Morse and his daughter has been “distorted and exaggerated” by police, the attorney said.

In a brief phone conversation with the Associated Press, Morse claimed that his arrest stemmed from “post-Bradley hysteria,” referring to former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley who was convicted and sentenced to multiple life terms last year for molesting his young patients.

‘A wacky guy’

Allison Morse said she met Morse in 1982 and married him in 1983. At that time, she said, he was “a wacky guy” who was fun and exciting to be around. “He wore fun ties to work,” she said, and used to take her children to festivals.

Allison had two children before she married Morse and the couple later adopted three more.

About 15 years into the marriage Allison said things started to turn sour. “He started to get really neurotic, just irrational and hard to deal with,” she said.

“As he became more controlling and angry, I became more distant,” she said. They divorced in 2003.

Court papers filed by Morse make a stream of nasty, sometimes libelous accusations against Allison and her attorney, Benjamin.

In one letter to the court, Morse asked the court to help him find a new attorney to take his case on charity by distributing a flier that he attached to the letter.

“Pro Bono opportunity of a Lifetime!” reads the flier, followed by “Appearing in family court … Melvin “The Destroyed” Morse MD vrs The Prancing Dark Prince of Perjury Himself Jaaaaaaayson Benjamin!”

In early 2011, Morse sent a letter that alarmed Pierce County officials, invoking the name of Josh Powell, who in February of that year killed himself and two of his children by blowing up his home in Pierce County. Powell had been involved in a custody dispute.

“Not everyone driven crazy by the Pierce County Courts is a Josh Powell,” wrote Morse in an email to the court. “I will die with grace and dignity, naturally, not assisted in any way, on the Court House steps to dramatize what the Courts … are doing to me.”

Court officials called the Delaware State Police who went to Morse’s home to question him, according to court papers and Hurley, but no charges were filed.

Hurley said Morse was guilty only of “colorful hyperbole.”

In July 2011, according to court papers, Morse was arrested in Delaware for terroristic threatening after he left an angry voice mail for a Wilmington attorney. The phone recording was: “I read the message you sent my wife Pauline and you are a dead man.” The charges, however, were later dropped.

Allison Morse said her ex-husband has a history of just “making stuff up” about people, including his children.

However, she said she doubted Morse was experimenting on his daughter and added that she was “not down for sending him to jail.” She was also ambivalent about her former husband being allowed to return to medicine.

Allison said what is important is that Morse never again be allowed to see any of her or Pauline Morse’s children.

“He can never have those children back. Never ever,” she said, adding that despite the fact Pauline is also facing charges, she believes she is “as much of a victim as the child.”

“I was a victim of his,” Allison said. “I hope she won’t go back to him.”


Associated Press
August 15, 2012

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To many people, Dr. Melvin Morse was a brilliant pediatrician at a renowned children’s hospital and a best-selling author who parlayed his research on near-death experiences into appearances on “Larry King Live” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Away from the spotlight, however, Morse was tormented by personal and financial problems and, according to court records, wrestled with depression, substance abuse and even suicidal thoughts. His latest trouble involves allegations of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter, using the simulated drowning technique to bring her to “a possible near-death state,” police have said.

Based on his work involving children’s near-death experiences, police suggested he may have been experimenting on her.

Morse, 58, was accused in July of grabbing his daughter by the ankle and dragging her across a gravel driveway. When police did a follow-up interview last week, the girl said Morse had held her face under running water at least four times since 2009, using faucets in the kitchen, bathroom sink and bathtub. Her mother, Pauline Morse, witnessed some of the waterboarding but did nothing to stop it, police said.

Both Melvin and Pauline Morse are free on bail. They face a preliminary hearing Thursday on felony endangerment and conspiracy charges.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Melvin Morse called the charges an overreaction by authorities. An attorney for Morse, Joe Hurley, said the idea that Morse was experimenting on his own daughter was “the sheerest of speculation.”

Morse began researching near-death experiences in children about three decades ago after the near drowning of one of his patients. He was fascinated by the spiritual experiences the girl, and other children, described to him, including images of light, heaven and tunnels.

He sought to prove that drugs were causing the hallucinations, though he said his research proved otherwise. In 1990, he published “Closer to the Light,” which spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He was featured in a Rolling Stone magazine story, and television shows had him on to speak about paranormal experiences.

He worked for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Magazine listed Morse among the city’s best doctors for more than a decade beginning in 1995, according to Morse’s website. But by 2007, Morse had retired from full-time medical practice and moved to Delaware. Hepatitis C that he contracted in 1998 while treating children became too much of a toll on his health for him to continue working full time and he was declared disabled, he said.

While Morse once earned a six-digit income, he has struggled financially for years and owes tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes.

“I have the most ordinary reasons for that — the collapse of my income and my first divorce,” Morse said. “I do not have an adversarial relationship with the IRS. … I’ll eventually repay my taxes.”

Morse’s financial problems are outlined in court records from a contentious divorce and custody battle with his first wife that stretched on for nearly a decade.

Morse’s ex-wife, Allison Morse, claimed her ex-husband has abused prescription drugs and made false accusations against their adopted children that have led to criminal charges against them.

“He is a pathological liar and he makes stuff up about his own children,” she told the AP.

At the same time, Allison said Morse was a good dad and never abused their three adopted children during their marriage of almost 20 years.

As the marriage began to unravel in the late 1990s, however, he became more and more emotionally unstable, she said.

“He was just angry all the time and just really had some severe emotional problems going on,” she said.

Allison said she was never able to find out why her husband was so troubled.

In 2006, Morse said in court papers he was once the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission in Washington, which he blamed on stress from his marital problems. Morse said he accepted three months of psychiatric treatment.

In that same court filing, he denied that he had a history of multiple suicide attempts but said he made a “suicide gesture” when his marriage was falling apart by swallowing prescription pills.

In separate court filings, Morse referred to an earlier suicide attempt and being taken to an emergency room in November 2001 for “drug overdose, alcoholism, and depression.”

Morse has published several books over the years, and writings include a quasi-autobiographical story in which he describes how an imaginary falcon told him to move “quickly in the dark of night” to the East Coast, where his destiny lay and where he could find rich soil for his “BIG IDEA” to grow.

Morse, who said he uses “a lot of irony and a lot of tongue-in-cheek” expressions when he writes, told the AP his “BIG IDEA” involved a theory of consciousness based on his study of children who have suffered cardiac arrest.

“These children made it clear that consciousness persists despite having dying, dysfunctional brains,” he said. The theory is that brains are linked to “a non-local consciousness and a timeless, spaceless reality,” which Morse calls the “God Spot.”

Morse currently lives with Pauline Morse in Delaware with their two children, the 11-year-old girl and her 6-year-old sister. Their marriage was at one point dissolved, and it’s not clear if they remarried. Their children have been placed in state custody.

Just before Melvin Morse’s arrest last month, P.M.H. Atwater, a fellow researcher into near-death experiences, said she saw him at a conference in Montreal.

“He gave one of the best keynote addresses he has ever given in his life,” she said.

But when she went to hug Morse, Atwater sensed something was wrong.

“I just picked up a lot of worry, a lot of stress, a lot of problems,” she said.


By Randall Chase
August 15, 2012
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A Delaware pediatrician who achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children may have been experimenting on his 11-year-old stepdaughter by waterboarding her, police said in court documents.

The possible link between Dr. Melvin Morse’s research and the waterboarding allegations was revealed in an affidavit for a search warrant for Morse’s computers. The document was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

According to the affidavit, Dr. Melvin Morse brought the girl “to a possible near death state from the simulation of drowning.”

“This ‘waterboarding’ that he has performed … would fall into the area of study he practices,” police said in the affidavit. “It is logical that he has therefore written about and/or researched the topic of ‘waterboarding.'”


By Associated Press
August 10, 2012

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An attorney for Dr. Melvin Morse described the waterboarding description as an “attention-getter” by authorities, based on an allegation from an 11-year-old who had made a false abuse claim against a family member before.

“Whatever’s being described is not waterboarding,” said Joe Hurley, who has not spoken to Morse since Tuesday’s arrests. “I think that’s an attention-getter. I’m not sure where that came from or how that developed.”…

Hurley, the attorney, said the 11-year-old has some “opposition issues” and had complained to her parents several years ago about being abused by a half-sibling. He said the parents contacted authorities and the half-sibling was arrested, but that the girl confessed months later that the incident never happened and that she just didn’t want the half-sibling living in the house…

On the same day he was arrested on child endangerment charges July 13, Morse also was charged with terroristic threatening after allegedly threatening in May to kill a 65-year-old man. Hurley said he was told by a deputy attorney general that the terroristic threatening charge, which prosecutors dropped a week after it was filed, involved a New Castle County attorney. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office declined to comment.


By Tracy Vedder & KOMO Staff
August 9, 2012

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Morse’s ex wife, Alison Morse, said on Thursday she isn’t at all surprised about the recent news. The two were married for 20 years, and most of that time was spent in Puget Sound. She said she noticed Morse changing during the last five years of the marriage.

“I just couldn’t live with him anymore,” she said. “He was just too insane and the thing with the children started escalating and he just started getting so irrational.”

Alison Morse said their were times in her marriage she feared for her own children’s safety.

“I was like a momma lion when he was trying to pull stuff with my children,” she said. “(I would say) ‘Have you lost your mind? Are you crazy? You cant treat my children like that.'”

While she wasn’t shocked to learn of Morse’s recent troubles, Alison said she was devastated by the news.

“He’s a sick man and he needs to stay where he can get some help,” she said. “I don’t think he should be around anybody’s kids.”


By Alon Harish
ABC News
August 9, 2012

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Melvin Morse’s attorney, Joe Hurley, said he did not yet know enough about the case to comment on it, but said “There is always another side to the story.”

Hurley said he was concerned that Morse would not get a fair trial because of the notorious 2010 case of Earl Bradley, also a pediatrician in Sussex County, who was convicted of molesting, raping and exploiting more than 100 of his patients, including some as young as 3-months-old. Hurley said Morse bears a striking physical resemblance to Bradley, who is thought by some to be the worst pedophile in American history and whose face was plastered all over local and regional newspapers for months during his trial.

“It was the case of the century,” Hurley said. “The chances of finding 12 people in that county who could be fair jurors for this case are non-existent.”

For those of you who may not know, Dr. Morse played a role in the Earl Bradley case. Specifically, he is reportedly the only Delaware physician who reported concerns to authorities about Bradley. You can find out more about that case by going here and here (pdf)


By Benjamin Radford
Discovery News
August 9, 2012

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A reason for the crime has not been revealed, but details of the allegations suggest a chilling motive: Morse may have been trying to torture his daughter into her own near-death experience.

News reports have focused on the allegation of Morse’s waterboarding as torture — which it certainly is — but it may have simply a means to an end: not to punish his daughter for bad behavior, but instead to deprive her of oxygen without killing her….

Was Morse trying to understand “the mysterious link between our brains and the universe” by repeatedly nearly drowning his own child? If so, it’s a dangerous and unethical experiment. Some trauma victims come back from brain injury and oxygen deprivation reporting near-death experiences; others never recover and die; and still others live with severe brain damage.

Regardless of whether the purpose was to torture or induce a near-death experience his daughter, the Morses each face two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree felony conspiracy charge, and four counts of felony first-degree reckless endangering.


By Terri Sanginiti, Esteban Parra and James Fisher
Delaware Online
August 8, 2012

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A Georgetown pediatrician and his wife are facing felony charges after their 11-year-old daughter told police her father had repeatedly subjected her to “waterboarding” while her mother stood by.

Dr. Melvin L. Morse, 58, and his 40-year-old wife Pauline, of the 20000 block of Lewes-Georgetown Highway, were each charged with four felony counts of first-degree reckless endangering, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and felony conspiracy, said state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

Their children, girls ages 5 and 11, are in the care of the state Division of Family Services, state police said.

The investigation started July 12 when state troopers received a 911 call from a neighbor about a domestic dispute at the couple’s home.

The call came after the Morses’ daughter went to the neighbor after Melvin Morse reportedly grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her across a gravel driveway, Fournier said. Melvin Morse then took her inside their home and spanked her, he said.

Following the investigation, Melvin Morse — who is co-author of a book about the near-death experiences of children and was employed at a private pediatric practice in Milton — was charged July 16 with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree assault.

On Monday, the 11-year-old was interviewed by detectives and social workers. According to court documents, she told them that between May 2009 and May 2011 her father had disciplined her by what he called “waterboarding” — holding the daugther’s face under running water, causing the water to fill her nostrils and over her face.

She told police it had happened at least four times — using the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and bathtub faucet, according to court records.

The daughter told police she “could never understand what she did to be punished” and felt scared, court documents reported. Once, she said, her father told her he “was going to wrap her in a blanket and do it so that she could not move.” In another instance, she said Melvin Morse told her that “she could go five minutes without brain damage.”

“Melvin would sometimes look away while he did it and (redacted) would become afraid that he would lose track of time and she would die,” police wrote in court documents.

Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, said the process described in the court documents was the same technique decried as torture when CIA operatives and proxies used it during the global war on terrorism.

“That’s essentially what it is,” Korb said. “There, of course, you want people then to confess because you pull them up then you put them back down if they don’t do that.”

Korb said the practice can kill a person if too much water gets in his or her lungs. “But the purpose of it is you will do anything to stop it because it’s so horrible,” he said about the sensation.

It is entirely inappropriate to use on a child, he said.

“Oh yeah, for an 11-year-old that would terrify them because you can’t breathe, you don’t understand what’s going on, you don’t know what comes next,” Korb said. “Psychologically, it could have lasting damage on this poor kid.”

After her father did these things, the girl said she would “go outside and cry,” prompting Melvin Morse to come outside and then “hold her nose and mouth with his hand,” police said in court records.

“He would tell her she was lucky he did not use duct tape,” police said in the documents. “He would not let go until she lost feeling and collapsed to the ground.”

The girl’s younger sister was also interviewed and told social workers she saw this happen to her sister, but that “it has never been done to her because she is too young for it.”

The state Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday filed a motion for the emergency suspension of Morse’s medical license.

“The physician or his attorney have 24 hours to respond, and their response, along with the motion, will go to Delaware’s secretary of state and the president of the Medical Licensure and Discipline Board for review,” said Christopher Portante, spokesman for the state Division of Professional Regulation, adding that the case is being expedited.

According to the DFS, child abuse is defined as unjustified force, including actions that interfere with breathing, or “any other act that is likely to cause or does cause physical injury, disfigurement, mental distress, unnecessary degradation or substantial risk of serious physical injury or death.”

Denise Enger, coordinator of parent education services at Child Inc., a Wilmington-based group that counsels and supports abused children, said anything that humiliates or harms a child emotionally or physically is not appropriate.

Ideally, Enger said, parents should discipline, not punish children. Punishment is an external behavior, such as a spanking, aimed at stopping the behavior, she said, but it does not teach. Discipline is a guiding behavior, aimed at helping a child learn right from wrong.

Enger did not want to comment on the Morse case. But when asked if the actions described were an appropriate punishment, she said they were not.

“I cannot imagine an circumstance where they would be appropriate,” she said. “Child Inc. advocates a number of more effective parenting tools that are less harmful to children.”

Melvin Morse is being held in the Sussex Correctional Institution after failing to post a $14,500 secured bail. He was ordered to have no contact with either his wife or children.

Pauline Morse was released on a $14,500 unsecured bail and ordered to have no contact with either her husband or children. She answered the door Wednesday at the family’s home, located between Lewes and Georgetown, but declined to comment.

Melvin Morse had been working one day a week for the past 2½ years at the pediatrics practice of Dr. Lowell Scott in Milton, according Jeff Austin, a Wilmington attorney representing Scott. However, he said Morse had not been employed at the practice since May, when he asked to take the summer off to spend more time with his mother.

“Dr. Scott has no first-hand knowledge of the allegation against Dr. Morse,” Austin said, declining to comment further.

Pauline Morse’s father, Gerald DeYoung, of Sun City, Ariz., said he was pleased to hear of the arrests. “I’m just plain angry about it,” he said. “I want to make sure my granddaughters are OK.”

DeYoung said Pauline Morse has five children, three of whom are grown. The 11-year-old, he said, is Melvin Morse’s stepdaughter. DeYoung said he’s been estranged from his daughter and has never met the two youngest children.

Pauline and Melvin Morse moved to Delaware from Seattle in 2006. He is the author of “Closer to the Light” and “Transformed by the Light” that explore near-death experiences of children. He also authored “Parting Visions” that documents spiritual visions associated with death and dying.

According to a biography posted online, he has appeared in a number of television and radio shows, including “20/20” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about his research.


Delaware State police photo of Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife, Pauline.

By David Moye
Huffington Post
August 8, 2012

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A Delaware pediatrician who is a recognized researcher in near-death experiences in children has been accused of holding his young daughter’s face under a faucet — an act he called waterboarding, according to officials — while the girl’s mother allegedly watched.

Officials in Georgetown, Del., arrested Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife Pauline at their home on Monday and charged them with reckless endangerment, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from a July 12 domestic assault incident in which Morse was accused of grabbing his 11-year-old daughter by the ankles and dragging her across the driveway into the house, where he then spanked her, according to WCAU-TV.

Officials arrested Morse a few days later and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as assault. After posting $750 secured bail, he was released.

Investigators said that the 11-year-old was brought to the Child Advocacy Center and interviewed on Aug. 6.

Police told WBOC-TV that during the questioning, the girl claimed that for two years beginning in May 2009, on at least four occasions, her father disciplined her in a manner he called “waterboarding,” where he held her face under a running faucet, “causing the water to go up her nose and all over her face.”

Although the victim’s mother, Pauline, reportedly saw at least some of these alleged incidents, officials tell WPVI-TV that she failed to stop her husband from performing the act.

They were both arraigned and Melvin was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on a $14,500 secured bond. Pauline was released on a $14,500 unsecured bond.

Both the victim and her 5-year-old sister are now in the care of Division of Family Services, police told WTXF-TV.

Morse runs an organization called the Institute for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and has been interviewed on the subject of children’s near-death experiences.



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