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Expert cites definite link between commotio cordis and dim mak.
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• Part 1: Vital Points
• Part 2: Commotio Cordis
• Part 3: Dim Mak
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Commotio Cordis and Dim Mak

"There is a definite link between commotio cordis and dim mak," said Dr. Kelly, who specializes in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. "Most cases of commotio cordis occur from a blunt impact to the chest directly over the cardiac silhouette. Interestingly, the areas most commonly associated with commotio cordis correlate with the exact location of certain dim mak points." Dr. Kelly's books, "The Dim Mak Medical Guide," and "Death Touch: The Science Behind The Legend of Dim Mak," both deal extensively with the medical science behind dim mak.

According to modern medicine, commotio cordis occurs only when the chest is struck at precisely the right moment. Dr. Vincent stated in his study, "impacts that occurred 15 to 30 msec before the T-wave peak (the vulnerable period or the time of greatest heterogeneity of repolarization) produced ventricular fibrillation in 9 of 10 impacts." Ventricular fibrillation, where the heart lapses into spasms instead of beating normally, is considered the primary cause of heart failure in commotio cordis. How could a dim mak expert know exactly when to strike the chest?

Dr. Kelly responded, "commotio cordis has been linked to a vulnerable period of the cardiac cycle, which can be affected by the autonomic nervous system. Interestingly, certain dim mak points directly affect the autonomic nervous system and actually increase the heart's vulnerability to commotio cordis." So in the same way that an aikidoist might use atemi to set up a throw, or an escrimador might use limb destruction to set up a finishing strike, a dim mak expert might hit other points first, setting up her opponent for the finishing tap on the chest.

Increasing Our Understanding

Not long ago, people believed "evil spirits" caused diseases. 150 years later, many diseases that wiped out millions are no more, thanks to Pasteur's germ theory and the invention of vaccinations. The notion of "vital points," as used in acupuncture and in dim mak, dates back more than 2000 years. Perhaps in the next hundred years, science will find more reasons why dim mak is real.

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