Interpretations + Inspirations by Alex Piccolo

“All channels to and from the heart must be cleared from all hindrance…”

– Dr. A. T. Still (1899)


This remains as a fraction of the entire quote, and I have reflected on it not only from an
anatomical point of view, but also from an emotional one. I’ll start with the anatomy, and
explain what I thought of as an emotional connection. The heart assists in the process to
propel blood to the lungs in order to interact with the atmospheric air for exchange. From there it is again propelled throughout the body.


This process happens by blood being brought to the heart via the superior vena cava
(upper body), inferior vena cava (lower body), and coronary sinus (cardiac). These vessels carry deoxygenated blood into one of the four chambers of the heart, named the right atrium. From the right atrium through the opening that contains the tricuspid valve into the right ventricle.

From the right ventricle it is shuffled through the pulmonary trunk into pulmonary arteries to the lungs. There is another filtration system here where an anastomoses (small network of veins and arteries) join to receive atmospheric nourishment (oxygen), and release the waste (carbon dioxide). The oxygen rich, nourishing blood is then shuffled via our pulmonary vein into the left atrium through an opening containing the mitral valve, into the left ventricle, through another aortic valve into the aorta, and out to the body for proper nourishment. That’s pretty cool!

The heart is definitely not the only organ that acts in filtration, but for this sake let’s stick with this one for now. Now here is the interesting part… Let’s say that I hinder one of these points where the blood must move in or, out of the heart? Let’s say I put a barrier up somewhere so that the fresh oxygenated blood could not find it’s way to be propelled through the body as nourishment? What if I only had the carbon dioxide blood coming into the heart, but it could not be filtered, and released? What if the blood stagnated? What would happen to the heart?

I found the heart inspiring as it applied to the emotions, relationships, friendships in my own life, and maybe it would to yours. I found this same sort of filtration process occur with information I was provided, new people I met, relationships I was experiencing. There was a system set in place for multiple levels of understanding (chambers) to go through. I took all information in from as many sources as possible, and pooled them together, constantly filtering out what worked, and what didn’t for myself. I was attempting to filter in, and nourish with as many good experiences, love, and nourishing people as I could.

The only catch!… I found that like the heart if I decided to put up blockages, turn away
information or people, shut off my ability to feel, or take anything in. Well maybe you can guess where I’m going with this… I felt stagnant unable to allow fresh nourishment, and filtration of the waste, or anything/anyone that may have been detrimental. This got me to think that the body has much to teach us, as it allows us to reflect upon how it functions, not only as individual pieces, but all together. Not only that but how it can apply to every part of our lives.

Now, please understand that you can interpret this as you would like, again this emotional
interpretation is not the rule for everyone. I just think the body is cool, and wanted to share.