The following is a true story that Paul Harvey told approximately 35 years ago.
A doctor from Harvard Medical School was making his rounds in the heart ward. He had six interns with him. They came to the bed of a patient who was in a coma and was expected to die at any moment. The patient's heart was literally in pieces. The professor placed his stethoscope on the patient and turned to the interns and said, "Listen to that beat (which was very erratic)... just listen... to the wholeness."
Each of the interns placed their stethoscope on the patient and remarked that they heard what the doctor was talking about. They continued on their rounds.
The next day the patient came out of the coma...
One week later the patient was walking around and two weeks later was checking out of the hospital. The professor happened to see the patient and remarked, "You are a real miracle!" The patient said, "That's not what you told me, doctor." The doctor remarked, "What did I tell you?" "When you told me how whole my heart was, and all the other doctors agreed, I thought I was all right."
Now, not only did he think he was all right, but his heart completely rectified itself -- while he was in a coma! The doctor told the story every year to his new students so that the young interns understand that they don't know everything and a doctor is not God. This is an example of the power of our mind and our belief system. So remember this story and know that nothing is impossible!
Dr. Isaac Jennings (1788-1874) was a medical doctor in Oberlin, Ohio in the early 1800's who rode horseback to his patients. In 1822, after years of practicing regular medicine, he gave up the medical pills and powders and relied upon the curative powers of two systems; working with nature and satisfying his patient’s faith in him by using bread pills, colored water and starch powders. For twenty years he dispensed placebos but did not tell his patients. He decided upon his duel health approach largely based upon observing the power of belief his patients had in his placebo remedies.
Dr. Jennings stated in his book, “…within the compass of a few weeks, nine cases of Typhus Fever occurred in the family of Mrs. Wm. J. French. Mr. French and three of his sons had been hard sick of number of days, when Mrs. F. failed and was bed-ridden. A great variety of means, internal and external, mild and severe were used to ally the irritability of the stomach, but they seemed rather to aggravate than mitigate the difficulty; the symptoms on the whole body becoming more distressing and alarming.
"Very distressed, I took a walk into a neighboring secluded field, that I might better command my thoughts. I returned to the house and inquired of the nurse what if anything for her stomach, agreed with Mrs. F.? 'Very little,' the nurse replied, 'only water that she takes from her well, it stays on her stomach, and nothing else does.' My mind was soon made up on a prescription for the day.”
“Returning to the neighboring field, where there was a spring of pure soft water, I took a vial from my pocket, filled it with spring water, returned to the house, and called for a clean vial, into which I poured some of the aqua fonana pura. I directed four drops to be given once in four hours in a teaspoon of water directly from Mrs. F.'s well. This case gave me no further trouble. The drops, with a little placebo medicine, finished the cure, as far as medicine was concerned.”
Dr. Jennings utilized his two-pronged health approach, placebo and allowing nature to heal for virtually EVERY medical difficulty for the duration of his medical practice. Eventually after twenty years he came out with his health and medical theory; doctors and patients become a partner with nature and a doctor's use of placebos when possible. He also became a sworn enemy of all drug medicine. His book, titled The Philosophy of Human Life, was written in 1852.
The following quotes appear in medical journals and in books dealing with placebos, I have not taken the space to list the sources…they all came from prestigious medical publications.
“In the 1950s, rather than doing the customary surgery for angina pectoris, (pain in the chest and left arm), some resourceful doctors cut ten patients open and then simply sewed them back up again. The patients who received the sham surgery reported as much relief as the patients who had the full surgery.”
“In nine double-blind studies comparing placebos to aspirin, placebos proved to be 54% as effective as the actual analgesic.” One would expect that placebos would be even less effective when compared to a much stronger painkiller such as morphine. In six double-blind studies placebos were found to be 56% as effective as morphine in relieving pain.”
“In a study of a new kind of chemotherapy, 30% of the people in the control group given placebos, lost their hair.”
“A group pf patients were told they were given LSD when in fact they were given the placebo. They had all the physiological effects noted with LSD.”
“In double-blind studies for psychotropic drugs for depression, the placebo had the same effect in 58% of the patients…in a treatment with lithium, 62% of the placebo group had the same response.”
“Ipecac is a product known to induce vomiting. A 28 year old woman who was suffering two straight days with nausea and vomiting was given 10cc of Ipecac syrup and was told it was a new drug that stopped vomiting. In twenty minutes the vomiting stopped completely. Her stomach showed normal contraction activity.”
Everything and anything has been used as a catalyst to assist health problems or dis-ease. The ultimate is not in the 'thing,' but our conception of that 'thing.' What is the extent of our possibilities? Sometimes the simple approach is the most profound.
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