Dolphins, Therapy & Autism

The dolphins are masters of all these realms and more yet to be realized

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The dolphins are masters of all these realms and more yet to be realized.

Dolphin sounds vibrate our bodies, creating piezoelectric micro-currents resulting in a cascade of events that cause release of endorphins [and EnDolphins] which reduce pain, increase learning, reduce EEG frequency and increase EEG power. (After Birch 1997) 47

The Future

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others: The Constitution of this Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom. - Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
With increased experience, knowledge, better communication and communion with the dolphins, therapeutic results will improve and expand. We need a Dolphin-Human Habitat where we are free to explore all this together with free dolphins that choose to be with us. I feel current DAT is too structured and mainly uses dolphins as “rewards” in behavioral modification programs. This minimizes the time clients have in the water with the dolphins and forces the dolphins to perform stereotypical behaviors on cue. This minimizes the chance the dolphins can apply the capabilities we have reviewed here.

Dolphin therapy is best approached by letting the clients become friends with the dolphins and to permit this, one should allow as much time as possible in the water with them over as many days as possible. There should be more study of the acoustic and electrical environment produced by the dolphins as part of the therapy and interaction. This will move us to an era of documented results and eventually to extensive interaction with M.D.’s (Medical Dolphins).

Some of our progress is currently hampered by laws based on obsolete views of the Cetacea that still consider them lowly animals. This currently leads to whaling, destructive fishing practices, military operations that threaten the Cetacea and an overall lack of concern for their home, the waters of the Earth. In reality the Cetacea are members of a vast, ancient culture that have been and are always offering us their assistance. We have only to realize this, respect the Cetacea and rejoin our age-old partnership. It is we who must remember our connection with the waters of the planet and their loving inhabitants.

For the benefit of all of us, especially the children, let us go to the essence of the Cetacea, learn to communicate fluently, then the humans, dolphins and whales can move forward together as co-species, in mutual love and respect and joy, as we have done for eons before.

In the spirit of Aloha,
Michael T. Hyson, Ph.D. Paradise (Star) Newland
Research Director Founding Partner

Sirius Institute

Puna, Hawai’i
November 23, 2003 (Updated July 23, 2011)

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