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Autism Ideas - Part 5: Spinning
And Sensory Integration

By Mary W Maxwell, PhD
Perhaps I sounded crude when, in Part 3, I compared one of the 'symptoms' of autism ­ the ability to memorize a printed page 'photographically' -- with the cruel practices of mind control. I should have said, and I do now say, that there is NO CONNECTION.
Rather, the two phenomena have something in common.  Some autistic persons (e.g., Dr Temple Grandin) say that they think in pictures.  That's God-given ­- nobody stood over them with a whip and made them learn how to do it.  But Henry Kissinger did stand over Brice Taylor with a whip, of sorts, to create mind-files in her brain so that he could store information 'offshore.' (That was in 1959; today he could probably just buy a big memory stick.)
The four parts of my 'Autism Ideas' series, so far, are: 1. Grandin,  2. Offit,  3. Kissinger,  and 4. Vaccine Court. Now, in Part 5, there will be a parallel to Part 3. The natural, spontaneous behavior of an autistic child includes spinning (several families have video'd their kids spinning; see Youtube). But the deliberate act of spinning a child, with a whip over her head, so to speak, was done by men ('the Sidney Gottliebs of this world') in the MK-Ultra program.
The goal of this paper is mainly to publicize those two different ways in which spinning is used. If the facts stated here should lead anyone to have a Eureka moment, -- and I think they will ­ that will be lovely.  I myself have not done any Eureka-ing, and I personally am not planning any further neuroscience research.  I'm just hoping that readers who already knew about one of the two kinds of spinning (the autistic and the mind-control), but didn't know t'other, will come away from this juxtaposition with more clues about either one ­ or both.
Let's begin with three quotes from women who, as children, were forcibly programmed:
"I was placed in large metal chambers and left in isolation, sometimes spun, with colored lights, always with only one color at a time. I was restrained in sophisticated chairs with electrodes attached to my head Often loud, piercing sounds were relayed through earphones, usually with different sounds being fed into each ear."     ­-  Brice Taylor, "Thanks for the Memories." (1999)
"This chair was used from about age two  At first, when I was placed in the chair it was used, with drugs, to gently vibrate and electrically stimulate me into FEELING FLOATY.. The chair's bucking and spinning was used to create INTERNAL TORNADOES through little pulses and zaps Over the years, the chair was used to vibrate me into an 'open channel' state  with really amazing lighting and special effects added.  Later it was used more harshly for 'repairs,' by making me near crazy and TOTALLY SUGGESTIBLE." (emphasis added)    
-­ Trish Fotheringham, "Patterns," a chapter in Randy and Pamela Noblitt, eds. "Ritual Abuse in the 21st Century" (2008).
"Dr Green performed Radiation Experiments on me in 1970. Each time I became dizzy, nauseous, and threw up.   ­ Chris De Nicola, testifying at a presidential hearing, 1995.
Many of the victims of the CIA's MK-Ultra report that they were spun on tables or 'rotisseries,' or on a vertical wheel (as in roulette). It may be that the only purpose of the spinning was to make the child suggestible. After all, the centerpiece of MK-Ultra was behavior control -- turning the person into the slave of the government master. Yet there may have been a type of research going on that has yet to be revealed. (Betcha five dollars there was.)
Darned if I'll walk into the trap of trying to give a medical lecture when I am in fact a medical ignoramus.  But I do at least know that dizziness has got something to do with the inner ear ­ I qualify by being a seasickness-sufferer. (Actually I take it to extremes: if there's a newspaper on the floor and I try to read the headlines upside-down, I get nauseated.)  They say Lord Nelson, British admiral in the war against Napoleon, got seasick every day at work. And now he stands atop the pole in Trafalgar Square ­ you hope he doesn't have agoraphobia as well!
I also acquired some basics from medicinenet.com. For example, the inner ear provides sense of balance as well as auditory stuff. "Patients' complaints" include vertigo, migraine, and dizziness, which likely reflect a change in fluid in the inner ear. (Don't trust me. I am throwing terms around, hoping the penny will drop for one of y'all.) The reason one gets seasick is that the information coming in from the eye (that the landscape is moving) does not agree with the sensation from his balancing mechanism that tells him he is in fact standing on something flat. The two should match. If they don't, your healthy body is not going to take that lying down, is it?
That balancing mechanism, I forgot to say, is the 'vestibular' function (not related to the vestibule at church, or maybe it is related, I don't know). A person innately has awareness of the body's motion, e.g., whether one is going left or right, or front or back. Indeed the human, like any mammal, does not have to plan his posture, or his defensive re-balancing if he starts to fall down an incline; it is all worked out instinctively. Thank God for the vestibular -- at least in those of us who aren't afflicted with autism.
Temple Grandin, as mentioned in Part 1 of this series, says that a rotor ride at the amusement park helped her.  She also notes: "Research says stimulating the vestibular system by spinning the child in an office chair twice weekly reduces hyperactivity" ("Emergence," 1986). On a website called telusplanet.net I found this note entitled "Sensory Integration" for autistic children:
"The body senses movement, force of gravity, and body position through the muscles and joints. This is referred to as proprioception When sensory input is not organized or aligned properly, problems in learning, development or behavior may be evident. When individuals engage in rigorous activity, it helps them define their body in space and provides feedback through their muscles and joints. The very way in which autistic children stand (elbows bent, hands nearly together in front, drooping at wrists, fingers slightly curled) is indicative of their efforts to sense their body through movements of their muscles and joints."
Telusplanet.net says:  "Many children enjoy spinning in chairs to help reduce hyperactivity When autistic children run, they often flap their hands, or jump up and down. Some walk on their tiptoes, while bending and swooping forward on stiff legs, while others stomp their feet loudly. Most prefer to rock back and forth or side to side in attempts to calm themselves. Some spin round and round, while twisting and turning their fingers in front of their eyes. Merry Go Rounds, mini-trampolines and stationary bicycles also provide stimulation to the vestibular receptors."
That website also says "Some autistic children have shown an increase in eye contact immediately following swinging."  This accords with what Shelly Birger of awakeparent.com says: "Believe it or not, when we get lots of motion through space (like on a swing, dancing, or spinning) it actually helps our senses work better. With some well-timed rocking or spinning, stimulation, your little dude could be settling down with his dinosaurs for some sustained play time. In other words, you may get to shower today! Hooray!"
Birger adds: "When I worked in Montessori schools, we'd often use this tool to help our most active kids settle in to their work. If we noticed someone wandering around, bothering other kids, and unable to decide what activity to choose -- we'd just send him or her out to the swings for five minutes. After a few minutes of swinging, the child would almost magically come back into the classroom, decide on an activity, sit down and really concentrate for a half an hour or more! I sometimes couldn't believe it was the same kid."
That also accords with what I (Mary) was told by a friend of mine who was forcibly mind- controlled from infancy.  She says that after she was spun she felt very eager to being told something new!  Her ordeal in mind control is the subject to which we now turn.
John Lovern, PhD, presented at paper at a psychology conference entitled "Spin Programming: A Newly Uncovered Technique of Systematic Mind Control." He offered his work to "be copied and distributed freely," so I shall give an abridged version here.  The tone he adopts is that of a therapist advising colleagues as to what they may expect to see in a patient who has dissociative identity disorder -- "DID" -- a revised diagnosis for what use to be called 'multiple personality.'
"This is a coercive technique previously unknown to psychotherapists. This technique here labeled 'spin programming,' appears designed to spread effects such as pain, painful emotions, and other feelings or urges globally throughout a patient's personality system for purposes of either designing and building a young victim's personality system, or harassing older victims and disrupting psychotherapy.  Spin programming appears to be based on a combination of physical spinning, cognitive and imagery training"
Lovern continues: "Examples of the types of effects that may be spread in this way are physical pain, confusion, depression, self-destructive or suicidal urges, alienation, apathy, hopelessness, fear of abandonment or rejection, panic, terror, urges to run away, jealousy, doubt, suspicion, rage, violent urges, sexual arousal or urges, lethargy, immobility, sleepiness, sleeplessness, hunger, loss of appetite, and urges to use drugs or alcohol." (We are talking about CIA deliberately doing that!)
Hmm.  Does this remind you that in the Soviet Union, pre-1991, political protesters were given psychiatric hospitalization? It was alleged (or boasted, either one) that drugs could be administered to make the prisoner feel almost any emotion ordered by his captors.  If true, there must be an easy chemical way to mimic depression, frustration, fear, despair, etc. Oh, wait a minute! My first Eureka: perhaps the Soviet method was not injection of drugs but recourse to a spin program!
Returning to Lovern on spin: "Programmers may spread these effects throughout a personality system as a method of disrupting the total functioning of the person, or they may use the possibility of spreading them as a threat to enforce compliance with directives or prohibitions they have issued. Spin programs are also useful in system-building, both because of their ability to quickly transmit information within or throughout a personality system [!] and because of their ability to establish power relationships between alters and groups of alters [an alter is a multiple]."
"Patients who have experienced a great deal of spinning have a number of sensitivities that they usually do not understand until they are consciously aware of having been spun. For example, many patients become very disturbed by flashing lights, because they are similar to the lights they had to watch while being spun. For similar reasons, they are also often disturbed by watching rapidly changing colors or circular, swirling motions of any kind, as well as by certain types of music."  Lovern also says that such patients constantly draw doodles of swirling tornadoes.
This conclusion must contain questions not answers. (Mary, can you spell 'ignoramus'?) The main question is What makes a normal child, at the age of 18 months, regress into autism? I don't mean Was it caused by vaccination?  I mean What is it, that is taking place in the brain, that can make a child's development regress?  No one knows. (The amount of research is unbelievably meager.)
As mentioned in my Part 2, which was called "Offit, Come Off It," Prof John Walker-Smith of the UK, along with Andrew Wakefield and Simon Murch (ALL of whom are greatly appreciated by parents), identified a syndrome that associates autism and bowel disease.  They do not yet have a theory as to how it works. One thing that seems likely is that the 'disease,' once it arrives in the brain, affects the vestibular area, judging from the kids' characteristic behaviors described above.
Temple Grandin, who is -- you can take my word for this ­ a goldmine of knowledge, want us to look at  'disconnections' in the cortex, as in the research by Eric Courchesne of U Cal San Diego and Nancy Minshew of Carnegie Mellon. They have found that local areas of processing in the brain are just as sharp for autistics as for normals (maybe even better), but that the long-distance connections of a brain with autism are ­ pardon me ­ lousy.  Grandin offers this metaphor:
"Think of the normal brain as a big corporate office building. All the different departments such as legal, accounting, advertising, sales, and the CEO's office are connected together by many communication systems such as e-mail [and] telephones. The autistic/Asperger brain is like an office building where some of the interdepartmental communication systems are not hooked up. The great variability in autistic/Asperger symptoms  probably depends on which 'cables' get connected and which do not. People on the spectrum are often good at one thing and bad at something else. To use the computer cable analogy, the limited number of good cables may connect up one area and leave the other areas with poor connections."
Finally, do genes make a child autistic?  Well, in one sense, yes.  Grandin, you may recall, admits in her book "Thinking in Pictures" that some of her relatives have a trait or two that feature on the autism list of traits.  And of the hundreds of autistic persons she has spoken to, around the world, she notes that many have family members gifted in art, mathematics, etc..  But this doesn't mean that a genetic 'cause' of autism has been found.  No, just the vulnerability. In other words, if an autism epidemic sweeps the country, it may selectively hit those genetically prone to be hit.
We need to know how it does that hitting, and who the hell made this epidemic start in 1989.
Mary W Maxwell, PhD, can be contacted at ProsecutionForTreason.com
POSTSCRIPT: More items for the sleuth: 1. Haloperidol, an anti-psychotic drug, is given in hospices for relief of nausea. 2. Autistic boys love to spin the wheels of toy trucks. 3. Some migraines are preceded by an aura. 4. 'Fragile X syndrome' (genetic) leads to failure to express a certain protein required for normal neural development. 5. Whirling dervishes achieve ecstasy.

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