Course overview

Biofield Science Workshop

In this course, faculty explore the foundations of biofield science, complexity theory, and how biofield perspectives are expanding diagnostics, treatment options, and our view on physiology.

Beverly Rubik, PhD

Neil Theise, MD

Richard Hammershlag, PhD

David Muehsam, PhD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2016 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 30 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Biofield & Homeodynamics: Toward a New View of Healing 
    A “field” view of life complementary to the dominant biomolecular view is necessary to explain the foundations of energy medicine. The biofield hypothesis was proposed for this reason. The biofield is the energy field innate to each organism, interacting with biofields from other organisms as well as environmental fields, including geocosmic fields, in modes such as entrainment. Hypothesized to be a super‐regulator of the biochemistry and physiology of the body, the biofield helps maintain homeodynamics. When the body is healing from a disease or condition, it integrates new information and moves to a new homeodynamic state, forever changed. This new view of healing will be elaborated.

    Alternative Models of the Body: Opening Science to Cross Cultural Dialogue
    Dr. Theise, physician‐scientist, anatomist, complexity theorist, will introduce ways in which complexity theory clarifies potential for models of the body that go "beyond cell doctrine", that defining model for "Western" medicine and biology. Considering the body (world) as a holarchy of self organizing systems at all levels of scale, will illuminate many definitional issues for the developing science of "biofields."

    Biofield of Dreams: Revisioning Physiology
    Biofield Physiology asks us to view the body less as a complex assemblage of molecules, cells and organs, and more as a diverse medley of dynamically fluctuating, energy fields. Dr. Hammerschlag will summarize the evidence suggesting that living systems generate and respond to electromagnetic, biophotonic and other types of information‐exchanging fields. As research continues to reveal, the biofield perspective is expanding diagnostics, treatment options, and our concepts of physiology.

    Workshop 1 Science Panel
    The Biofield Science workshop concludes with a panel discussion of expert faculty moderated by David Muehsam, PhD.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Define the biofield as an explanatory concept.
    • Describe the biofield hypothesis.
    • Explain a new model of healing based on the principle of homeodynamics that goes beyond the mechanical concept of homeostasis.
    • Identify the features of interactions between structures of all scales that create complex systems and the emergent phenomena that arise from them.  
    • Recognize that the concept of "boundary" in biological systems is unfixed and scale dependent.   
    • Draw novel comparisons between different cultural models of the body based on complex systems theory analysis of the concept of "bodies".
    • Describe examples of biofield assessments already utilized in clinical practice.
    • Explain how biofields generated by the body complement molecular signaling in physiological regulation.
    • Tell patients evidence‐based explanations of energy medicine.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Beverly Rubik, PhD

About Beverly
Dr. Beverly Rubik has had a life-long interest in frontier areas of science and medicine that go beyond the mainstream, and she is internationally renowned for her pioneering research, especially on the biofield and energy medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley and has published over 90 scientific papers and 2 books. From 1988 - 1995, Dr. Rubik was director of the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University in Philadelphia. From 1992 - 1997, she was one of 18 Congressionally-appointed members of the Program Advisory Board to the Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which was the precursor to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. In 1996, Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science (IFS), a 501c3 nonprofit research laboratory, now in Emeryville, CA, which was initially funded by Laurance Rockefeller, Sr., and later supported by NIH and others. Dr. Rubik is an adjunct faculty member who teaches doctoral students at the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University in Pasadena, California. Presently she is conducting research on the effects of wireless radiation on health, among other topics. Dr. Rubik has been widely interviewed in many media outlets, “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV). She is an esteemed speaker both nationally and internationally on various scientific and health-related topics.

Neil Theise, MD

About Neil
Dr. Neil Theise is a diagnostic liver pathologist, stem cell researcher and anatomist at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He is an internationally recognized expert in liver disease, liver stem cells and adult stem cell plasticity. Applying complexity theory to biology has led to insights regarding integrative medicine, science-religion dialogue and, most recently, a focus on the relationship between consciousness and the universe.

Richard Hammershlag, PhD

About Richard
Richard Hammerschlag considers himself fortunate to have already retired twice. First, after a 25-year career in neurobiology research, mainly at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte CA, where he served as Associate Chair, Division of Neurosciences; second, after a subsequent 10 years as founding director of the research department, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), Portland, OR. As Dean of Research at OCOM, Dr. Hammerschlag coordinated collaborative clinical and basic research projects in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Arizona, funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His main interest in clinical trials of acupuncture has been to create research designs that appropriately reflect clinical practice, most recently in the area of whole systems research. He was an invited speaker at the 1997 NIH Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, served as co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research and co-edited Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an Evidence Base (Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, 2007).

Since retirement in the fall of 2009, Dr. Hammerschlag has been an Institute Scholar with The Institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore, MD, a position that allowed him to develop his interest in the emerging field of biofield physiology. He also currently serves as Research Director for the Consciousness & Healing Initiative, San Diego, CA, a 'collaborative accelerator' that explores and disseminates the importance of the biofield paradigm for health and healing.

David Muehsam, PhD

About FirstName
David Muehsam is a specialist on the biophysical transduction mechanisms and therapeutic application of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Dr. Muehsam holds a BA in Physics from Hampshire College, and PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna, and has authored on biophysical mechanisms of EMF bioeffects, EMF therapeutics, mathematical modeling of EMF bioeffects, and alternative and complementary medicine. He is the Director of Biophysics for VID Art Science, under the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems, (Italy), and Director of Technology Innovation for the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (USA). 

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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