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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lawyer Finds Bioenergy Medicine Electrifying

Many expatriates come to this country to teach Russians a thing or two about business, political action or just about anything.

Matthew Greene came here to do the same thing, but then discovered an alternative health treatment called "bioenergy medicine" in which he believes the Russians had a thing or two to teach him.

"The Russians have done what we are only just dreaming about in America," Greene said.

Although he majored in foreign languages and received a minor in electrical engineering at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Greene, 27, has almost always been interested in alternative forms of medicine, particularly those that use electrical energy to cure patients.

Later, during his studies at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, these interests led him to create a company called the Institute of Mind Body Science.

"My main motivation was that I had always been very interested in health care. It became overwhelmingly apparent that there are some deficiencies in the American health care system, especially in the area of chronic pain," Greene said. For example, in the United States, a patient with tennis elbow is typically treated with pain killers, which don't resolve the cause of the pain, he said.

About the same time as he created the institute, Greene met his Russian-born wife, Margarita.

After they received their law degrees, their union brought them to Moscow, where, to his surprise, Greene found his ideas about bioenergy medicine were readily accepted, even by doctors.

Russian researchers of bioenergy technology were light years ahead of Americans, he said, and his organization flourished. Greene described bioenergy as a method of treatment that uses the bodies electrical impulses, but he admits that it is not taken seriously by doctors in the United States.

Working from his Moscow apartment with the help of five volunteers, Greene began serving as a middleman between 12 Russian scientists and the United States, bringing their knowledge of bioenergy technology to U.S. book publishers and journals and returning the money from the alternative treatment's commercial value back to the scientists.

He said he helps Russian researchers communicate with medical journals, sell their books and, using his legal background, organize business ventures in the United States.

"I'm their friend and colleague. I'm at the university with them. I'm at the dinner table with them," he said.

Greene, who exudes nonstop energy, said his efforts have been successful. Last year, the Institute of Mind Body Science made its first net operating profit, although Greene declined to name a figure, only saying it was "small compared to corporate standards."

This fall, Greene signed a contract with the Russian Center for Research of Traditional Medicine to offer a doctoral and post-doctoral degree program in bioenergy medicine in the United States.

In addition to his other interests, Greene likes to dabble in inventions, although he has not received a patent for any of them. One such instrument, which he says resembles a scanning device from Star Trek, can give a psychological profile of a patient by measuring the person's brain waves, he claims.

While his interests may sound like sci-fi, Greene said he is not a fan or a Trekkie. "I like to catch it on TV, but it's not as good as really doing it," he said.

Greene says that cultural and institutional differences are the reason why bioenergy techniques have failed to make it to the mainstream of U.S. medicine, even though they have been embraced by Russian doctors as a valid form of treatment.

In America, doctors seek tangible physical, chemical or biological evidence to prove something exists or works, he said.

"But in Russia, metaphysics has always been a part of the culture. People readily accept everything -- spirits, ghosts, telekinesis, everything," he said. "And they don't only believe, they also explore."

Greene says his praise of Russians' advances in bioenergy medicine does not mean he is oblivious to the problems in the country's health care system in general.

"We need to identify what the issues are. We're not trying to promote Russian health care in general. A lot of illnesses go untreated here, but this one aspect -- bioenergy technology -- is just brilliant," he said.

One of the reasons bioenergy medicine has not flourished in the United States is that it relegated to the realm of folk medicine, Greene said. Folk healers and other practitioners without proper medical training currently practice bioenergy medicine in America, even though medical doctors would be able to get better results.

Here in Russia, Greene said, medical doctors mix bioenergy medicine with traditional medical care. He has even seen bioenergy devices made from auto parts.

Greene said he is currently studying for a medical degree and hopes to one day return to America, bringing his knowledge of Russian research on bioenergy medicine with him.

"I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be in Russia," he said. "It's a miracle because of the keys to fixing the health care system in America are right here."