Discovery channel Health - Strange Phenomena with Organ Transplants in "TRANSPLANTING MEMORIES "

Discovery Health Channel Explores Strange Phenomena Linked to Organ

In TRANPLANTING MEMORIES, prominent medical experts attempt to explain why
some organ recipients adopt these memories and emotions, also known as
"cellular memories." While a handful of scientists are skeptical --
dismissing these strange phenomena as post-surgery stress or reaction to anti-
organ rejection drugs -- they are also countered by a growing number of
experts who believe cellular memories are indeed transplanted with organs.
Dr. Candace Pert, a pharmacologist and professor at Georgetown University
believes the mind is not just in the brain, but also throughout the body.
This school of thought could explain such strange transplant experiences.
"The mind and body communicate with each other through chemicals known as
peptides," says Dr. Pert. "These peptides are found in the brain as well as
in the stomach, muscles and all of our major organs. I believe that memory
can be accessed anywhere in the peptide/receptor network. For instance, a
memory associated with food may be linked to the pancreas or liver, and such
associations can be transplanted from one person to another."
Other medical experts offer different explanations, and opine that it is
not so much mystical as it is science, and a science that needs further
In TRANSPLANTING MEMORIES, viewers will see just how these phenomena
manifest in organ recipients: an eight-year-old girl receives a heart of a
murdered ten-year-old girl and her nightmares help solve the murder; a shy,
reserved woman becomes more assertive and has vivid dreams of the donor she
never met; and a man strangely picks up his donor's musical taste.



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What is 'Cellular memory'
According to this thory, the cells of the body retain memories
independently from the brain. This phenomenon is known as "cellular
memory," and it has attracted a number of supporters in various
communities around the world. Many scientific authorities dispute the
concept of cellular memory, arguing that phenomena which are
attributed to cellular memory probably have more prosaic explanations.

The idea behind cellular memory is that cells can store memories about
experiences, sensations, taste, habits, and other core aspects of
someone's identity. Promoters of the theory believe that these
memories are stored through the exchange of chemicals between cells,
just as they are stored in the brain. Theorists believe that cells may
also be able to store information related to traumatic experiences.

In 1997, a book titled A Change of Heart was published that described
the apparent personality changes experienced by Claire Sylvia.9 Sylvia
received a heart and lung transplant at Yale–New Haven Hospital in
1988. She reported noticing that various attitudes, habits and tastes
changed following her surgery. She had inexplicable cravings for foods
she had previously disliked. For example, though she was a
health-conscious dancer and choreographer, upon leaving the hospital
she had an uncontrollable urge to go to a Kentucky Fried Chicken
outlet and order chicken nuggets, a food she never ate. Sylvia found
herself drawn toward cool colours and no longer dressed in the bright
reds and oranges she used to prefer. She began behaving in an
aggressive and impetuous manner that was uncharacteristic of her but
turned out to be similar to the personality of her donor.

The above part is taken from an article having 10 cases like above.
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The article was originally published under the title "Changes in
Heart Transplant Recipients that Parallel the Personalities of their
Donors" in the Journal of Near-Death Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, Spring
For further information in connection with the article, contact Dr
Gary E. Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology,
University of Arizona, Box 210068, Tucson, AZ 85721-0068, USA,
telephone (520) 318 0286, email Also see

About the author of the above article:

Dr. Pearsall wrote 18 best-selling books, all of which have been
translated to several languages and many of which were number one on
the New York Times list

Dr. Pearsall was one of the most requested speakers in the world,
having given over 6000 keynote addresses to groups including IBM,
AT&T, Sprint, Volvo Corporation, Prudential Financial, the American
Academy of Surgeons, The Academy of Cardiologists, Cleveland Clinic's
Heart/Mind Institute, The 9th District Judges of the United States,
the American Psychological Association, the Million Dollar Round
Table, the 50 Governors of the United States, the United States Army
War College, and at sunrise from the steps of the Acropolis for the
Young Presidents Organization. Including Hawaiian, he spoke four
languages and was often joined by his Hawaiian family to present
edu-concerts illustrating the wisdom of ancient Hawaiian
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