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Amember of the Community Acupuncture Network
. . . . Serving the downtown Seattle and Denny Regrade Neighborhood
, , , ,Treating pain, stress and related functional disorders
Other Local Community Acupuncture Network members
Remember, despite the rhetoric
or philosophy, acupuncture always works at some level.
What is needed is the intention and a safe quiet place for
Community Chi (Beacon Hill)
Jordan Van Voast, LAc
Sam Wery, LAc
Amber Blankenship, LAc
2524 16th Ave. So, Suite 301
Seattle, WA 98144
The Pin Cushion (Capitol hill)
Julie Johnson, LAc
1202 E. Pine Street Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98122
The Community Acupuncture Project
of Columbia City
Angie Hughes, LAc
Sonja Sivesnid, LAc
3811B S. Ferdinand Street
Seattle, WA 760-6064
North Seattle Community Acupuncture
Steven Knobler, LAc
10212 5th Avenue NE Suite 120
Seattle, WA 98125
Capitol Hill Neighborhood Acupuncture
Chris Huson, LAc
Leslie Dalaba, LAc
David Lerner, LAc
126 10th Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Crossroots Community Acupuncture
Marit Hanson, LAc
418 N. 30th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Shoreline Community Acupuncture PLLC
Mary Baskin, LAc
Jenefer Christian, LAc
18505 Firlands Way N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
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What is dysponesis and why do we call ourselves The Dysponesis Project?
Dysponesis is a term created by two Seattle research physicians in the early 1960s,
George B. Whatmore PhD MD and Daniel R.Kohli MD. Dysponesis (Dys - bad, faulty,
or wrong; ponesis = effort, work or toil) is considered faulty, ineffectual, or
misdirected expenditure of energy, or effort, that is characterized in “functional
disorders”; that is, errors in neurophysiological signaling with the absence of related
structural pathology. This results in a “logical” conduct or compensation but rooted
in prior error of context. Common clinical presentations of functional disorders
are headache, backache, ill-defined somatic pains, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety. The
underlying “pathology” is often considered to be “stress”. This was published in
1968 (Whatmore GB, Kohli DR, 1968, Dysponesis: A neurophysiological factor in functional
disorders, Behav Sci 13, 102-124) and 1974 (Whatmore & Kohli: The Physiopathology
and Treatment of Functional Disorders, Grunne & Stratton, New York 1974). Whatmore
and Kohli are considered one of the fathers of modern biofeedback instrumentation.
The name, The Dysponesis Project, has been taken to pay homage to the work of Whatmore
& Kohli and to promote an obscure term (dysponesis) into being a familiar household
While Whatmore and Kohli described dysponesis in regard to the logic of feedback
control in biological systems, dysponesis also applies to micro, macro, and global-societal
scales. Misconception, and misperception (errors in signalling) can result in subsequent
logical conduct, with eventual consequences ranging from the unexpected to the disastrous.
Dysponesis is found in global-cultural avenues in advertising, propaganda, and political
persuasion with the intentional, or unintentional, biasing of logical conduct in
a certain direction by manipulating context, misrepresentation, incompleteness, or
disinformation. Indeed, the rigors of the scientific method is specifically intended
to counter the tendencies toward dysponesis (faulty or unproductive expenditure of
energy, ie effort).
Dysponesis has been often expressed in the arts, such as playwright Arthur Miller
in the 1953 production of “The Crucible”, and in the satirical extreme in Stanley
Kubrick’s 1963 film “Dr. Strangelove”.
A possible contemporary example of global dysponesis in health matters, might be
the growing observation of numerous ill-defined health irregulaties (“functional
disorders”) that seem to be ameliorated with the removal of wheat-glutin from the
diet. Sometimes it’s dairy, or soy or . . . It is unclear whether this might be
a problem with modern proprietary hybriding of seed, or a problem of product processing,
or an individual problem of metabolising wheat products.
Whatever the origins, the consequences of what seemed like a good idea at the time
now has global ramifications that affect more than individual nuisance affliction
but also impact the livelihoods of those in the foodchain of production as well
as the investors in that foodchain. Similar ideas have been advanced for dairy processing
and pasteuriztion and incidence of autoimmune conditions. Or, inclusion of mercurial
thimerosal in vaccines and incidence of neurological and behavioral “functional disorders”.
Does one need to know about, or believe in, “dysponesis” to get value from our services?
Absolutely not. However, some will be curious and interested in this point of view.
The Dysponesis ProjectSM is the service mark for the logistical and support umbrella
for a group of allied healthcare practitioners based in Seattle (known as “The Dysponesis
Project LLC”), who each have independent practices, and have a common interest and
focus in addressing “functional disorders”, and characterized by (described as) .
. . Research analysis of group and individual outcomes (042) of (1) personal coaching
(education) services of the field of biofeedback (personal internal self-regulation)(041)
and (2) percutaneous and physical sensory interventions of physical rehabilitation
(modulating cognitive and autonomic neurofeedback), namely through, and commonly
known as, acupuncture, biofeedback-qi gong, massage and lymphatic drainage, diet/aroma/phytotherapy