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A timeline for the Institute

The Institute's school teaches material that currently cannot be found anywhere else on earth. It integrates subcellular biology with psychology in ways that simply could not have been imagined before, solving issues of immunology, disease and health that were not even understood up to this time. But this material was the results of three decades of research work. We thought you might be interested in seeing a timeline of key discoveries along the way:

1985: In the late 1980s, Dr. McFetridge started to work part-time on the question of why some people have exceptional mental and physical health - hopefully to find a way to make this possible for all people.

1995: By the mid 1990s, considerable progress had been made. To study this problem, Dr. McFetridge had developed a new approach to prenatal regression (the Whole-Hearted Healing technique) that allowed him to investigate prenatal, perinatal, and post-birth events. Using this regression technique, he was able to observe that there were self-aware triune brain structures interacting in the developing fetus.The technique also allowed him to actually test his developing hypothesis that trauma at key in utero developmental moments was the primary block to exceptional well-being. During this period, he also formalized the new paradigm of 'peak states' of consciousness - before this time, no one even considered the possibility that people could have permanent, exceptional states of well-being.

1998: By the late 1990s, Dr. McFetridge had attracted other colleagues into this effort (Mary Pellicer MD, Adam Waisel MD, Marie Green PhD, Deola Perry PhD, Wes Gietz, and others) and founded the Institute to act as a focus for this research work. They started to present the regression technique at conferences and to teach it in workshop settings in the US and Canada. These early training classes served two purposes - it gave a trauma-healing tool to therapists, and it inspired other professionals to get involved with the research efforts. The first Institute website goes online in December, 1999.

Adam Waisel photo. Mary Pellicer photo
Core researchers Adam Waisel MD (Israel) and Mary Pellicer MD (USA)

2002: In 2002 the Institute made a completely unexpected, fundamental breakthrough - the discovery of the primary cell, and hence the resulting field of subcellular psychobiology. Because of the quickly apparent safety issues with this new discovery, this information was kept restricted to the research staff for many years while they grappled with trying to understand the problems that were being encountered.

2004: In 2004 Dr. McFetridge's first book on Peak States of Consciousness was published, based on the research work over the previous decade. Dr. Pellicer and Dr. McFetridge gave their first training focused on this topic that same year. Also during this year, due to their research work on hemophilia, they realized that trauma techniques were actually working on epigenetic damage to the histone sheaths of genes, inhibiting gene expression. The same year we also published The Basic Whole-Hearted Healing Manual, which was the text we used in our trauma training classes.

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Our very first peak states training at the Trillium retreat center in Oregon USA in 2004.

2005: In the second half of the decade, the volunteers at the Institute began to teach more and more professional courses in North America as well as in Europe and Australia. Although these courses were designed for therapists who were treating clients, the research staff used these trainings to help them test their understanding of subcellular and developmental psychobiology and its applications. Hence, they put extreme safety protocols in place, and therapists signed agreements to not use or share material the Institute staff felt was still too untested for clients.

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A week-long meeting of researchers on Hornby Island, BC Canada in 2006

2006: The Institute also started a certification program. Nemi Nath, the past president of the World Breathwork Federation, joined the Institute and worked on this project. Unlike most certification programs, it was designed to help these unusual therapists stay updated in the rapidly changing discoveries and techniques. And because this whole field was so new and experimental, it also allowed the Institute's newly formed worldwide clinics to act as a backup support structure for those therapists using these new approaches to healing.

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Edward Rodziewicz (Poland) organizes the first Polish trainings in 2006.

2007: Dr. McFetridge had always emphasized 'charging for results' in the Institute's courses, but in 2007 the Institute made it mandatory for therapists who wanted to be certified with the Institute. Ethically, it was important that these new, somewhat unreliable techniques would not waste client's money; but it also solved the problem of therapist quality control, and gave immediate feedback to the research team when a new process or technique was not working properly. The Institute's website now listed these pioneering therapists who embraced this new way to charge and treat clients.

2008: In 2008 we published Volume 2 of Peak States of Consciousness, an in-depth textbook for researchers and professionals. Based on Dr. McFetridge's PhD dissertation, this book introduced the primary cell discovery to the public for the first time.

2010: By 2010 the Institute had made strides in developing and applying developmental psychobiology to psycho-immunology, in order to directly eliminate diseases that were causing mental and physical disorders. The first application of this was a technique that eliminated the fungus that caused schizophrenic voices.

Australia May 2010
Frank Downey CEO and Dr. Grant McFetridge Director, at the Australian school in May 2010

2011: More importantly from a safety perspective, in 2011 they finally solved the cause of serious pain symptoms in some clients triggered by their attempts to heal (when using any therapy, not just techniques from the Institute). With this breakthrough, the school resumed teaching courses after a three-year hiatus.

2012: Up until now, in spite of all the work and fundamental discoveries, the core purpose of the Institute had not been accomplished. There still was no understanding of the causes of fundamental problems in consciousness. However, after 27 years of work, in the early spring of 2012, these issues were finally understood as the byproduct of inherited subcellular parasite diseases that could be classed in just three distinct groups. And a new, simple technique for eliminating body associations was developed.

2013: Paula Courteau, a key member of the research team, published her book for self-help called The Whole-Hearted Healing Workbook. This became a textbook in some of our courses, and introduced her projection technique to the general public.

2014: And in November of 2014, with safety issues adequately handled, the Institute finally went public with their work in subcellular psychobiology with the publication of the Subcellular Psychobiology Diagnostic Handbook for professionals.

2015: On the research side, the team started focusing their efforts on specific, serious diseases that have no current treatments in standard medical practice.

2016: Frank Downey, our long time CEO retired, and Shayne MacKenzie stepped forward to become CEO of the Institute.

In 2016 Shayne McKenzie (Australia) becomes CEO of the Institute

2017: In this year we published Silence the Voices: Discovering the Biology of Mind Chatter, which covered our 20 year effort to solve the mystery of schizophrenic voices, and development a treatment. This book described the steps - and difficulties - we encountered as we slowly worked out that a subcellular fungal pathogen was causing this disease.

2019: This year we started an effort to move our treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) into the mainstream. In March, Dr. Pellicer and Dr. Lykkegaard presented at the 13th World Conference in Brain Injury in Toronto, Canada. We also presented our work on treating voices at two professional conferences in Europe that summer.

2020: Because of the coronavirus, we shifted our research priorities to work on viral psycho-immunity. In April, we had our first research symposium on psycho-immunology and psychobiology on Hornby Island, and presented our interim findings there.

2021: In May, we finally cracked the psycho-immunology problem: a simple approach for targeting and eliminating a pathogen by using trauma healing.

2023: In January we developed a 'second-generation' psycho-immunology technique. Sadly, our emeritus CEO Frank Downey passes peacefully in his sleep at age 88.

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