My skepticism is not focused on the psionic abilities of Nina Kulagina. Though, I have a question about something which many PK practitioners seem to take for granted. There seems to be a common sort of group think related to Nina's story, that if one trains hard in PK, they'll die. Now again, I'm not saying Nina's abilities were fake, nor am I doubting her poor health. I am questioning the idea that training hard equals poor health or death in all people.
[i]In the late 1970s, a near fatal heart attack forced Kulagina to scale back her activities. According to a report produced by Dr. Zverev, her heartbeat was irregular, she had high blood sugar, and her endocrine system was disturbed. Over the long term, she suffered from pains in her arms and legs, could not coordinate properly, and experienced dizziness. The report said that these symptoms were the result of her paranormal exertions, and limited her ability to demonstrate psychokinesis under controlled conditions.[/i]
Well, I'm not a doctor but how do we know she didn't have health problems having nothing to do with PK? The symptoms seem like the health problems that can develop from poor diet or smoking. So, I ask, what was her diet like? Did she smoke? What's her family history? How about her environment? Perhaps she was under stress, but isn't that performance anxiety, rather than training related stress?
What I'm getting at, is that I train hard, and I'm healthy:) I am an adult, and I train from 6-10 hours a day depending on work. When I'm not training directly; I'm thinking about PK. I have been practicing PK for about a month and a 1/2, and I've progressed very quickly. Why do I train so hard? I train the same way that I trained as a visual artist; as a musician, as well as in martial arts. I train the way an athlete would train; because I want to achieve excellence. It seems to me, that if we're not going to think critically about this Nina Kulagina story, then it's just the monster in the closet, and I can't take it seriously. Something to consider is that we all have different mental and physical thresholds. Another thing to consider as any athlete will tell you, most of us are capable of much more than we think we are. I do believe that there is such a thing as over training; so I take breaks, I cross train by moving different objects, I read & meditate. If know one has the guts to push themselves, we won't get far with PK. People sailed across the sea & flew in to space; we shouldn't be blindly afraid:)