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The GNM Work

By John Ohm

In all biological programs, especially ones that have fallen into chronic healing, a special kind of “adjustment” to the psyche is needed.

The concentric brain imprint visible on a CT scan is akin to a “subluxation” in chiropractic terms (much to the vindication of DD Palmer’s original insights about sub­luxation and its effect on health). As we see with vertebral subluxations, these brain subluxations indicate that an individual is trying to adapt to a unique challenge or condi­tion that occurred in life.

If we interpret subluxations as causing a “breakdown” or “dysfunction” in the body, then we won’t be able to make sense of the full breadth of these new discoveries. However, if we regard a subluxation (as many do) as an innate, adap­tive mechanism that is part of a larger stress response, then we are in perfect harmony to understand the full signifi­cance of this new paradigm.

Each “brain subluxation” serves to govern an active, cellular adaptation in a corresponding organ, lasting for days, months, or years, depending on the life-challenge. Through the natural course of life, these subluxations can be self-corrected as soon as the stress in life is resolved. Here is when most inflammatory conditions of “disease” first begin—since the inflammatory symptoms are simply the adaptation-reversal, or healing process, that attempts to bring the adapted organ back to normal tone.

The fundamental question is,“What can we do to consciously correct these brain subluxations as early as possible?” For this, we need to appreciate how each separate brain imprint and its organ adaptation correlates to a precise “kind” of life challenge or conflict shock. This allows us to identify, and therefore address, the specific stressor or problem in life that is affecting the organ. If the problem is resolved, then we can expect a natural course of healing symptoms. However, while the healing symptoms occur, thoughts and feelings of the conflict can still linger in the psyche, causing repetitive “partial-activations” of the adaptation response in the organ. This is the basis of chronic, longstanding inflammatory symptoms!

In all biological programs, but especially in ones that have fallen into chronic healing symptoms, a special kind of “adjustment” to the psyche is needed to release the subluxation pattern from the system. But first, we need to understand something important about the psyche.

Everyone’s psyche is capable of adapting to the environ­ment and to challenges or unexpected conflicts. However, sometimes our ability to adapt to certain challenges is limited (which is why the brain and organ responds with a biological program to assist us.) We must understand that some time in the months, years, or decades prior to this conflict activating the program, something occurred that prompted or conditioned the psyche to be particularly alert to such a potential conflict challenge. This “prompt” is what gets “triggered” by the future event or conflict, thus causing the physical, brain-organ adaptation.

There are two things that can “prompt” us in regards to a future conflict:

  1. Previous hardships, called “programming conflicts,” which prime the brain and body to be on guard for any similar future event or trigger.
  2. Heredity, usually in the form of our parents’ own conflicts or traumas being passed down to us, sometimes occurring while in the womb. These hereditary traumas condition our psyche-brain-body to be responsive to similar conflicts along with the corresponding organ adaptations.

The fundamental takeaway is that our innate adaptabil­ity, calling forth a brain-organ biological program, really stems from these earlier promptings or programming conflicts. The adjustment to the psyche comes from the inside-out, once we become aware of these earlier prompts or programming conflicts. The adjustment is synonymous with the individual “making contact” with a deeper understand­ing of the “why” beneath his or her organ response. (For infants, the parental awareness of the child’s conflict and programming prompt can be empathically felt and shared by the infant, affording a similar release in the child’s body.)


A man, age thirty-five, experiences chronic, lower back “healing symptoms” of pain and inflammation due to a biological program in the cerebral medulla controlling the lower back musculoskeletal tissues. The subluxation here occurs if our “life’s work” is suddenly threatened or if we cannot achieve our “desired direction” in life. The man understood that the inflammatory symptoms were post-conflict healing symptoms. He realized they began immediately after starting a new job at a firm. From this, he realized that the conflict must have been when he was unexpectedly fired from his previous job! (The muscu­loskeletal tissues had been adapting—without symp­toms—the whole time he was “conflict active” without a job. Getting a new job was his conflict resolution.) Even after making this connection to his conflict shock moment, the symptoms still remained. Then he became aware of the “prompt” earlier in life that revealed why he reacted in the way he did when he was fired. Ten years earlier, he had a college-level job working in a university office, filing paperwork for a prestigious researcher. In that college-level position, the head researcher abruptly threatened to fire him when a scheduling error occurred. This was his “programming conflict.”

When he understood that this earlier event prompted his nervous system to be on guard to respond to a similar situation in the future, the chronic symptoms abated and dissolved away. It was as if his mind and body couldn’t “let go” of the shock of getting fired, even though he had gotten a new (better) job. The problem “lingered” in his psyche, brain, and organ until contact was made with this underlying past event. His conscious mind was then able to “adjust” from the inside-out with his new awareness.

A woman, age sixty, experiences a large shingles rash near the waist and groin area. This means a cellular adaptation controlled from the cerebellum adapted the corium skin in that area of the body. The inflammatory rash is the healing or restoration symptom. Her story is as follows:

At age thirty, she experienced a “feeling soiled” or “attack” conflict when a man unexpectedly “made a pass” at her in her own home, which caused her great turmoil. This was her “programming conflict.” Then at age sixty, though she never experienced a similar “conflict shock” like that, rather she found herself in an uncontrolled mental perseveration over this memory, thinking about it intensely for two days straight. Her body interpreted the mental, emotional obsession of the prior event as a “trigger” or reminder, enough to cause the cellular adaptation to proceed at the physical level. By realizing that her body was expressing these symptoms as a result of this mental obses­sion of the disturbing event, her symptoms dissolved away in a matter of a couple days with no pain, which is very untypical of such a large shingles rash! Her insight that this specific event at age thirty “prompted” her brain and organ to respond with cellular adaptations upon a similar future conflict, or in her case, upon merely thinking intensely of it, afforded her a major, inside-out “adjustment” to quickly heal through the symptoms with complete ease.

In summary, the unique brain and psyche-level sublux­ation can dissolve, once we discover its true point of origin in the life-story of the individual.