The Science Fiction-Esque Factual Accounts Of Cellular Memory

First Published: August 5, 2017 Last updated: July 27th, 2018 Written by Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes 1 comment

In the 1991 sci-fi horror movie, “Body Parts”, several people, after receiving a variety of respective limb transplants, begin to take on the personality and see the memories of their donor.

In reality, although a lot less dramatic and with no known killing sprees, as a result, this phenomenon known as “Cellular Memory” has many reports on record. What this might ultimately prove, is that memories could be passed on through genes. If this happens through transplants, might it happen with children taking on their parents genes? Perhaps an extreme interpretation of this might even be that these “memories” are what people have referred to more commonly over time as, the soul.

Cellular memories artwork.

Perhaps, if we accept as evidence increasingly shows and theories increasingly suggest, that the ancients had more knowledge than we may have previously given them credit for, what they referred to as “the soul” was not a reference to the divine as it would ultimately become, but a scientific reference of how the memories of human beings are passed on to their children – genetically. Essentially they or their memories at least (or their soul?) live on!

Before we look at some examples of this happening, check out the trailer for Body Parts below.

VIDEO: Body Parts Trailer

The “Feelings of Rage” of Jamie Sherman

In November 2001, twenty-four-year-old, Jamie Sherman would finally undergo the heart transplant she had required since birth. The operation was successful and Jamie should now be able to live a full and “normal” life.

Far from feeling overjoyed or even relieved, despite her mind telling her to be so, she felt a deep inner rage of anger. She had felt it immediately upon waking from the procedure and had no idea why. It was a very real feeling, however. She even had the urge to physically fight – something she had never felt. She also had intense cravings for Mexican food. Anything at all, as long as it was Mexican – again something she had no liking of previously.

By the time she met the parents of her donor, Jamie suspected the reason for the strange cravings and overriding feeling of anger. Her donor, Scott Philips, was only twenty-nine when he died. The circumstances around his death explained at lot to Jamie. He had become caught in a fight at a sports bar one evening. A blow to the head went on to cause major brain trauma from which he would not recover.

Jamie suspected it was these last conscious feelings of Scott’s – feelings of anger and rage – that she was experiencing now. As if they had “become locked” within his body – including his heart – and so continuing in her body when the transplant happened.

Furthermore, Scott was a huge fan of Mexican food. In fact, his parents would even tell Jamie it was very much his favorite. By this point, she already knew!

Claire Sylvia’s Vivid Dreams

Much like Sherman, Claire Sylvia would have cravings for foods she had previously had no liking for following her heart and lung transplant in 1988. There was considerable media attention paid to Sylvia’s case before she revealed any strange side-effects. She would be the first person in the New England area of the United States to undergo such an operation.

So much so, that as she came round from the surgery in intensive care, a writer was there to record her first thoughts. When asked how she felt about “the miracle” operation, she replied, “I’m dying for a beer right now!” That might not have been a strange, if tongue-in-cheek reply if it was not for the fact that Sylvia didn’t drink alcohol.

She would notice strange cravings for fast foods, particular chicken nuggets, as well as chocolate bars. All of which she had no liking whatsoever for. However, it was the strange and vivid dreams that caused Sylvia the most concern.

She would see a young man in these dreams, and the words, “Tim L” would always be in her mind when she awoke from them. She would search through the local obituaries in an effort to track down who her donor may have been. She eventually came across the obituary of Timothy Lamirande.

Lamirande had died in a motorbike accident while on his way home from a McDonald’s restaurant. In an even further twist, doctors had found food in the pockets of his clothing as they attempted to revive him. The food in question? Chicken nuggets!

Increasing Examples of Cellular Memory

There are many other examples of people not only experiencing cravings for food or a strange feeling or emotion. Some people have even discovered talents they didn’t have before, or even new personality traits altogether.

In New York in 2006, following a successful heart transplant, William Sheridan suddenly went from a mediocre artist to churning out masterpieces. When he met the family of his donor he would discover the twenty-four-year-old man, Keith Neville, was an enthusiastic and very talented artist.

Over a seven-year period in Preston in the United Kingdom, Cheryl Johnson would undergo not one, but two personality changes following kidney transplants. The first in 2001, which ultimately would prove unsuccessful, would cause her to become short-tempered. Something completely opposite of her natural personality. In 2008, she would undergo a second kidney transplant, this time successfully. With it, she not only suddenly stopped her impatient snapping, and also began to yearn to read classic literature.

In 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia, seventeen-year old Amy Tippins would have a sudden liking for DIY and home hardware, as well as a deep sense of “duty to the community” following a successful liver transplant. Not only would she wonder into hardware stores without realizing she had done so, she also had intricate knowledge of how to carry out a whole manner of DIY projects. It would turn out that her donor was a former US Marshal who also worked on several home building projects during his life.

Check out the short video below for a little further viewing.

VIDEO: Do Transplanted Organs Carry Memories?

Sonny Graham And The Darker Side of Cellular Memory

One of the darker tales of cellular memory is perhaps that of sixty-nine-year-old Sonny Graham. In 1995, Graham would undergo successful heart surgery, and for just short of a decade, there appeared no adverse effects.

Then in 2004, perhaps in a questionable move to some, he married the wife of his donor, Cheryl Cottle. Despite there being thirty years between them. By 2008, Graham would commit suicide by shooting himself very purposely in the throat. Having never been suicidal before, many of his family and long-time friends would declare total shock at his sudden drastic action.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that Cheryl’s former husband (Graham’s donor), Tommy Cottle, had killed himself in exactly the same way – by shooting himself squarely in the throat.

Had Graham found Cheryl Cottle attractive for the same reason that Tommy once did? And had he taken on board whatever thought process that led to Tommy pulling the trigger against himself in 1995 when he became the recipient of Tommy’s heart shortly after?

While this is one of the few truly darker accounts of cellular memory, it is probable that many, particularly those with non-trivial, unsettling experiences, will not even report it to anyone. Arguably for the same reason people keep quiet about UFO or paranormal sightings, there still remains a fear by some that people will see them as “crazy!”

The short video below looks at other such cases in a little more detail.


Science, The Soul, Or A Meeting of the Two?

Many mainstream scientists are beginning to look at cellular memory with more of an open mind. What was once something only researched by unhinged scientists from the fringes, is now something researched more in depth and with more funding no less.

Professor Gary Schwartz is one of the leading researchers into this theory, and his findings, along with Dr. Paul Pearsall appear more and more conclusive. They present their research in the book, “The Heart’s Code”.

Dottie O’Connor, from Massachusetts for example, had a huge fear of heights until, purely coincidentally she received the lungs of a professional mountain climber. With her recovery came a new found tolerance of heights. They would also document a young child, who after receiving the heart of a murder victim, began to have terrifying nightmares about “being killed!”

Is cellular memory something only passed on to the recipient through a physical transplant such as the examples in this article? Or does the same information become passed on from the genes of parents to their offspring? Might a child be able to remember the memories of its parents through their genes that in turn make up its own genes?

Might this explain such feelings as Déjà vu or even recurring dreams? And does this “information” within all of our DNA perhaps offer a scientific explanation for something that many still debate intensely – the soul?

Check out the video below. It talks in depth of the idea of cellular memory and organ donation.

VIDEO: Do organ transplant recipients retain the memories of donors? Interview with ParaTruth Radio

About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for anything interesting, from UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He also has a passion for film, music, and the NFL. As well as writing for various websites, he runs and writes for Me Time For The Mind.

Marcus has written a total of 298 articles for UFO Insight. You can contact Marcus via email.

1 Comment

  • Sakib says:

    Maybe cellular memory explains past lives that people say they have memories of?

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