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What is a Cellular Memory?

Memory is a function of the brain and nerve cells, not other biological cells.
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According to some theorists, 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 though, arguing that phenomena which are attributed to it 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.

This idea was popularized as the result of a number of anecdotal stories involving organ transplants. All of these stories involved recipients who adopted new habits after transplant, or who claimed to remember experiences which had not actually happened. Some people suggested that these events could be explained by cellular memory, as a result of donor organs influencing their recipients. Others suggested that they might be the result of chemical changes in the body caused by transplant medications.

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Many of these stories had some distinctive flaws which suggested that there might be other explanations. People who claim to have a taste for alcohol after transplant, for example, could be responding to psychological suggestions about cell memory, inventing a past for a donor and relying on the fact that many donor organs come from youths involved in alcohol-related car crashes.

Some casual surveys of organ recipients have been undertaken to explore cellular memory and its role in organ transplant. These studies have generally suggested that the theory cannot be proved, as people who claim to experience cellular memory often come from communities where such concepts are widely accepted and believed, which makes them more open to suggestion. Often, the memories and habits which recipients claim are the result of cellular memory cannot be linked with the donor.

Like many theories which are largely dismissed by the conventional medical establishment, the idea of cellular memory has not been rigorously tested in controlled studies. Supporters of the theory often reject such studies because they argue that they are flawed because of their connection with “the establishment,” while many skeptics are unwilling to embark on studies to disprove a theory which they already think is wrong. This rather short-sighted attitude is unfortunate, as it might be interesting to conduct large scale scientific studies to get to the bottom of the claims.

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anon285864
Post 11

To (anon129684) Post 8: What is a D.O? I think I would like to visit your D.O. to get rid of my pain.

anon240678
Post 10

Very interesting subject. I speak from a christian point of view. A Bible verse says, "when you were formed in your mother's womb I had a plan for you." God has created people in His own image, and if you are a child of God, his very DNA is in your blood.

We have all been created spiritual beings, but you have a choice which route you want to go. If we are in Christ we are new creations, and obviously our cells will only remember the good that happened. We can be set free and be healed of anything that is stored in our memory, our subconscious or any bad experience we've had in life by the Blood of the Lamb and in the Name of Jesus Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

anon158464
Post 9

There is physical DNA which our scientists have proven. It is what determines height, eye color, possible future disease, etc., and all of this is taken from the genetic encoding of our past familial lineages. However there is also spiritual DNA (not yet looked for or proven by science) that is housed as well within the links of physical DNA.

This houses the encoding for aspects of personality, memories from former lifetimes and soul knowledge gained. Each lifetime lived adds to this encoding and this is passed on with the physical DNA codes. This is the basis for cellular memory not related to the current lifetime. So, it is feasible that, when taking organs from another, that the DNA, both physical and spiritual, could interface with existing native DNA and effect changes.

anon129684
Post 8

My daughter is a speech and language pathologist and says cell memory makes sense with some of the issues sand patients she treats.

I had an experience at my D.O. recently (two months ago), and years of low back pain in the sacrum area are completely gone and have not returned. She spoke of cell memory of the trauma in my life. the full term stillbirth of my son, his funeral was on his due date 19 years ago. Also rape, long before that.

She pressed on the sacrum for a good while, and she said I had the worst spasms and deepest in that area she had ever felt. Towards the end of her pressing the spasm out it felt like ice, then on fire, hot enough I swore she could have burned me.

She asked if I felt the heat. I did and she said she felt it go into her belly and she had to leave to throw up. She was not sick before or afterwards. The vomit was clear acid, unlike anything she had ever vomited. The vomit part sounds spiritual to me.

It was the first I had ever heard of cell memory. When she was pressing on the area I was moved to sobbing from emotion, not pain from what she was doing. Afterwards she told me of the cell memory thing. So I am looking up online about it curiously. I wonder though to if it is that in combination with a spiritual thing that happened to me. Or just one or the other.

I know that after 30 plus years of pain, chiropractors, messages, doctors etc. I am finally pain free after what she did in an hour on that place in my back.

Also I think organ transplants is different than eating something. The organs still have life in them, the chicken we eat is dead. And don't cells change with cooking?

I also heard of people meeting the organ donors family and hearing about personality traits, favorite foods etc the donor liked that the person receive there organs now likes. This was on tv a some years ago. Interviews with the paired up families. Was that all fake on a subconscious level to help them feel better?

I am open to learn and interested after what happened to me wherever the evidence would lead. Worth checking out.

Before I heard about this I suspected the spirits of donors trapped in the receivers body. I hope cell memory is the answer.

anon119881
Post 7

Dismissing patient stories as anecdotal is unscientific. Patient experiences are one form of data and to ridicule them as being subject to suggestion and outside psychological forces is as unscientific as any of the claims the skeptics attempt to debunk.

These stories need to be collected and analysed using qualitative research methods to find similarities. We need to be respectful of people's experiences even if we cannot understand them. and remember the history of science is full of bunkum that we no longer accept.

anon89305
Post 6

Well, one must remember, that piece of cow you ate last night was in bad shape on a cellular level. By the time it got in you it was burned, chewed up, dipped in acid and broke down so bad i doubt it remembered it was a cow. It's an electrical connection thing. If it ain't hooked up right, it don't light.

anon86684
Post 5

There is a difference between empirical evidence and anecdotal evidence. The former does not support cellular memory; the latter sometimes does. That difference is what separates science from philosophy.

anon86681
Post 4

If universal quantum mechanics proves -or even explains- "cellular memory," then why don't I remember what the tree experienced when I sit down at a desk? Or at least I should remember what I studied if I sit at the same desk for a final exam.

Perhaps contact isn't enough to transfer memory. What about remembering the life experiences of a cow or chicken or head of lettuce? Are the quantum mechanics any weaker from ingestion than transplantation? It should be stronger since the quanta actually become part of my cells, not merely co-residents of my body.

anon81386
Post 3

This is true, and real empirical experience supports this, and trying to prove opposite is just dumb.

It will be accepted in near future by so called 'science community', but yogis and many therapeutic practices built upon this already know it is true.

If people concentrate upon exploring new possibilities instead of concentrating how to disprove something we would have faster progress. Look at Copernicus, Galileo and many contemporaries.

anon55831
Post 2

this is crap! memory is maintained as connections among neuron cells but not in any other cells.

anon52392
Post 1

Quantum mechanics teaches that all things are energetic. A desk, although it appears to be matter, exhibits a resonant frequency, albeit a very slow frequency.

If all things are energetic and resonating, then we must conclude that our bodies do the same. Such a conclusion would support the concept of cell resonance and energy fields. Energy fields can retain information and thus, one can reasonably conclude that cells which are energy can also retain information--or memory.

Following this train of thought, the concept of cell memory as has been suggested, makes sense and conforms to the quantum principles with which we are now familiar.

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