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    • The Heart Is Not A Pump
    • THE HEART IS NOT A PUMP: A REFUTATION OF THE PRESSURE PROPULSION PREMISE OF HEART FUNCTION by Ralph Marinelli 1; Branko Fuerst 2; Hoyte van der Zee 3; Andrew McGinn 4; William Marinelli 5 1. Rudolf Steiner Research Center, Royal Oak, MI 2. Dept. of Anesthesiology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY 3. Dept. of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Albany Medical College, NY 4. Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd., Minneapolis, MN. Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, MN 5. Hennipen County Medical Center and Dept. of Medicine, University of Minnesota, MN Abstract In 1932, Bremer of Harvard filmed the blood in the very early embryo circulating in self-propelled mode in spiralling streams before the heart was functioning. Amazingly, he was so impressed with the spiralling nature of the blood flow pattern that he failed to realize that the phenomena before him had demolished the pressure propulsion principle. Earlier in 1920, Steiner, of the Goetheanum in Switzerland had pointed out in lectures to medical doctors that the heart was not a pump forcing inert blood to move with pressure but that the blood was propelled with its own biological momentum, as can be seen in the embryo, and boosts itself with "induced" momenta from the heart. He also stated that the pressure does not cause the blood to circulate but is caused by interrupting the circulation. Experimental corroboration of Steiner's concepts in the embryo and adult is herein presented. Introduction The fact that the heart by itself is incapable of sustaining the circulation of the blood was known to physicians of antiquity. They looked for auxiliary forces of blood movement in various types of `etherisation' and `pneumatisation' or ensoulement of the blood on its passage through the heart and lungs. With the dawn of modern science and over the past three hundred years, such concepts became untenable. The mechanistic concept of the heart as a hydraulic pump prevailed and became firmly established around the middle of the nineteenth century. The heart, an organ weighing about three hundred grams, is supposed to `pump' some eight thousand liters of blood per day at rest and much more during activity, without fatigue. In terms of mechanical work this represents the lifting of approximately 100 pounds one mile high! In terms of capillary flow, the heart is performing an even more prodigious task of `forcing' the blood with a viscosity five times greater than that of water through millions of capillaries with diameters often smaller than the red blood cells themselves! Clearly, such claims go beyond reason and imagination. Due to the complexity of the variables involved, it has been impossible to calculate the true peripheral resistance even of a single organ, let alone of the entire peripheral circulation. Also, the concept of a centralized pressure source (the heart) generating excessive pressure at its source, so that sufficient pressure remains at the remote capillaries, is not an elegant one. Our understanding and therapy of the key areas of cardiovascular pathophysiology, such as septic shock, hypertension and myocardial ischemia are far from complete. The impact of spending billions of dollars on cardiovascular research using an erroneous premise is enormous. In relation to this, the efforts to construct a satisfactory artificial heart have yet to bear fruit. Within the confines of contemporary biological and medical thinking, the propulsive force of the blood remains a mystery. If the heart really does not furnish the blood with the total motive force, where is the source of the auxiliary force and what is its nature? The answer to those questions will foster a new level of understanding of the phenomena of life in the biological sciences and enable physicians to rediscover the human being which, all too often, many feel they have lost.
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I first met Leslie in March 2,000. Lesley informed me of her medical conditions, which were obviously severe, due to the discomfort in her face as she struggles to sit comfortably. Her complexion appears pale and her hair looks dry and dull, lacking lustre with evidence of greying. Lesley added that her hair becomes oily and requires frequent washing. Her nails show no signs of half moons and are lined. Perspiration at night and in the daytime is a regular problem, resulting in often waking with the bedding soaked. Her eyes are often watery. Blood pressure is High.

Lesley has been diagnosed with: Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Lumber spondulosis. Lesley smokes twenty cigarettes a day and coughs intermittently since she developed asthnma 5 years ago. Long sight is good, but poor short range sight. Excessive Perspiration, which increases during coughing. Complete - blackouts sometimes resulting in a fall.

Lesley, who, aged 53 years suffers from very intense pain, 24 hours a day seven days a week and only manages two hours of sleep at night, due to severe discomfort and night-time-urination urgency, 3 to four times per night.

In the months that followed, Lesley's condition was observed to deteriorate rapidly and often became the topic of conversation at the table of our friends in Brixham.
Her spine is becoming more distorted, leaving her arched forward and unable to straighten up, due to intense pain.
Turning over in bed presents real problems and involves raising her knees and levering herself over in three stages.

Leslie's Brother has to help her out of bed every morning due to her further deterioration at night and a problem with her balance on rising from bed.
Dressing has become increasingly more difficult due to Lesley being unable to raise her arms above shoulder height and unable to flex her shoulders back.
Her lower spine and left side are where she experiences most discomfort and pain. From her right hip, down the outside of her leg to her toes is affected constantly by a sharp pain also, though less severe than the left side


This presents a considerable challenge when even a fifty yard walk uphill, aided by a walking stick for support and to assist with balance, requires a rest for two to three minutes due to intensified pain in spine and legs. Her asthma is also aggravated and her breathing becomes laboured. Watching Lesley navigate a small kitchen reveals the severity of her mobility problem. She mostly sits and complains about her pain and discomfort.
Lesley informed me that she no longer has a bath and uses a shower, because she cannot get in and out of the bath anymore.
Carrying shopping further aggravates her discomfort. Her R/ hand has always been weak with pins and needle type sensation. Opening screw caps with her right hand is not possible. R/hand thumb sometimes devoid of sensation.


When the weather is warm and humid, it causes problems with her asthma. When the weather is cold and wet, in the Winter, she is in more severe pain than normal.

Medication: Morphine, Tylex, Salbutamol, Beckatide, Hormone replacement therapy- H.R.T.

Lesley eventually raised her bed by six inches at the head end on the 27th June 2,000.

Week 1
Found I am able to get out of bed on my own.

Week 2
Slept better but spent a night at friends and slept flat. I experienced severe pain resulting with my brother having to help me out of bed in the morning. The pain lasted the whole day and the medication did not work.

Week 3
No pain in legs at night and daytime pain improved, but during the day it becomes progressively worse, but not quite so bad as before.
I am walking more, but with additional aches due to increased activity. Perspiration unchanged.

Week 4

Meeting with Lesley.
Lesley's appearance appears to have changed, her complexion looks healthy with more colour, her hair looked shiny and more body. She also noticed that her hair is becoming less oily.
She appears to be more upright in her posture and expresses less pain in her face when she moves around. She is standing longer and is obviously more active than before. Her medication remains unchanged, yet she mentions that she is in far less pain than before she raised her bed. Heather, her friend, commented that she had been forgetting to use her walking stick. Judy, my wife also noticed her carrying her stick.
Overdone the walking, while her family was visiting, walked about a mile involving a steep hill from Brixham to her home. Leslie could not have done this before she raised her bed.
20th July "I saw my doctor today and took your information to him. He replied; 'This is the famous bed I have heard about'.

Week 5

"I do not have much pain now and have reduced my medication by half. I can now walk up the hill without stopping".
"I sometimes forget to take my walking stick with me. One day, I had walked to the top of the hill and then sent my Brother back for my stick, which I had left at my friend's house".
"My sleeping has improved to between 3 and 4 hours".
"I have no pain in my legs whatsoever when retiring to bed and I can turn easier, not so much of a struggle".
"My Brother still helps me out of bed on the odd morning. This is a vast improvement for me, though my balance is still poor in the mornings".
"I can now lift my arms above my head and flex my shoulders back". Which she demonstrated with ease, saying; "I have not been able to do this for fifteen years"!
My wife and I, and Lesley's friends have noticed that she is not complaining about pain and is now more agile, navigating the garden and home with comparative ease. She also is sitting more upright than before.

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