Yesterday on an episode of THE UNEXPLAINED FILES, they talked about the phenomena of organ transplant recipients taking on the personality traits of their organ donors. Professor of Neurology, Dr. Gary Schwartz, coauthored a paper that analyzes 10 cases in which transplant recipients claim they acquired personality traits from their donors.
One such case involved two little girls. An eight year old girl received a heart transplant. After the surgery, she began having recurring nightmares of a little girl being murdered. It turned out that the heart she received was of a little girl who’d been murdered. The dreams were so vivid she was able to describe the perpetrator and murder scene in perfect detail and lead police to the killer of her organ donor.
Another case involved a woman who also received a heart transplant. The donor was a man who’d been killed during a bar fight. Oddly, after the surgery, the recipient, though feeling better physically than she could ever remember, could not seem to shake an overwhelming sense of anger. In addition, even though she’d never driven a stick shift in her life, she found herself constantly trying to shift gears while driving her car. Another woman, who had never had any interest in carpentry before her liver transplant, found herself wandering the isles of hardware stores buying tools and taking on multiple home improvement projects that she performed flawlessly despite never receiving any kind of training. She also felt an overwhelming urge to become involved in her community and found herself in situations where she could fight for the underdog. Come to find out years later, the man from whom she received her liver was US Marshall and as well as an avid carpenter. Another man, who, aside from his heart issues led a seemingly, happy life, committed suicide very shortly after his transplant, in exactly the same way the donor had committed suicide.
So, is the brain the only intelligent organ in the body? Until now, it was believed by the scientific community that without neurons, it would be impossible for organs to retain any “memory” or communicate information, such as memories to the brain. But, recent research has shown interesting new data on the subject. Organs may not have neurons, but a newly discovered neuropeptide might be the missing piece of the puzzle which explains the ability to for the body to communicate organ to brain.
Cultures and religions throughout history have touted the importance of the soul. Since biblical times, the heart has been a symbol of the whole human person, and has always been linked to one’s soul. Is science finally catching up and able to prove what religion has said about the heart all along?
Dr. Rollin McCraty of The Institute of HeartMath in California, says “Yes”. He conducted a study which measured heart and brain activity. The results were surprising. They found that the HEART was the first to respond, and then the heart sent a measurably different signal to the brain, then the body responded. In addition to being the first to respond to stimuli, the heart also showed response in advance of stimuli, which indicated a level of “intuition” or precognitive ability, as if connected to another realm of understanding such as religion would equate to the soul.
So, is the “soul” of a person connected to the physical organ of the heart? Can an organ transplant recipient receive the memories of their donor? Has “religion” been right about the heart/soul connection all along? I know what I believe... I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Jana McDaniel, CME
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Commentary by: Dr. Rollin McCraty