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Mind over matter in medicine

Friday, June 29, 2012

I am often in wonder as I am constantly exposed to the miracles of modern medicine. Over the past several decades I have seen people suffering from horrendous diseases cured. And then, there are stories that I can tell of those who have been in very serious vehicle accidents and were saved by their surgeons. Those same people would not have survived had they relied on the state of medicine as it was when I was born around the middle of the last century.

Regardless, as much in awe as I am when it comes to the practice of modern allopathic medicine, the one thing that I truly feel is the most amazing are cases in which people defy their doctor’s best prognoses. When a talented and highly educated medical doctor proclaims that a person’s condition will never improve and the do or that they are certain to pass away in a specific timeframe and they don’t, even these intelligent professionals find that their training provides little answers. On the other hand, those who have explored these miracles find that there are certain commonalities. Strangely enough, it is not necessarily these patients’ religiosity, income level, or intelligence. Rather, the two things that they have in common is a faith in something bigger than themselves and a conclusion that they can use the power of their mind to make a difference.

One such case involves Nancie Berwick, a fellow doctor of clinical hypnotherapy. At an early age, she was diagnosed as having a very specific form of muscular dystrophy. This resulted in her being confined to a wheelchair. Occasionally on good days she might be able to get around with a cane. Over the years she came to accept her infirmity and committed herself to trying to inspire others with disabilities.

Around ten years ago Nancie went through a life-changing event. She met a medical intuitive from Stone Mountain, Georgia, by the name of Patti Conklin. Patti suggested to Nancie that there was a possibility for her to fully recover from her disability. Of course, having fully accepted that her life had to go on despite her muscular dystrophy and having gotten used to such amenities as handicap parking, somehow she wasn’t quite ready to be cured. Well, about a year later she finally had the courage to go up to Patti and tell her that she was ready.

Patti used a technique that she calls Cellular Cleansing. She combines hypnotherapeutic techniques with her medical intuition talents to perform two days of treatment. In Nancie’s case, after a half day phenomenal results were achieved. I glad to say the results seem to be permanent. Nancie is now competing as a ballroom dancer. Most certainly that would have not happen if she had not had the courage to let go of her disability.

Having practiced clinical hypnotherapy for just over two decades, I have seen many cases such as Nancie’s. Often these results happen when neither I nor my clients expect them. For instance, I’ve seen cancer go into remission and chronic back pains disappear for smoking cessation clients. Please note that they had not shared with me these other concerns prior to our session together.

Modern medicine – to include the Food and Drug Administration – accept that just over 30% of all healing happens due to the power of positive expectancy. The phrases that they normally use in these situations are “the placebo effect” or that an ailment is “all in their mind.” In these cases, the effect of positive expectancy is mostly accidental as it is not intentional. Conversely, when the power of the mind is used intentionally – as when someone refuses to accept a MD’s diagnosis – I have found that the actual success rate is more like 70 to 80%.

As a student of history, I have noticed that when a society is going through a period that will later be labeled as “Dark Ages,” they normally wrongly tout their technology and intellect as being advanced. In many ways, the current practice of “modern” medicine, with its reliance on invasive surgery and side-effect ridden pills may be an example of this illusion. Increasingly as a society we are encountering mind-over-matter stories that give us a glimpse of what we are truly capable. Once these realizations are fully incorporated in the practice of modern medicine, then just maybe we can accurately say that we are encountering a Renaissance.

You can listen to my interview with Nancie Barwick on It's Your Life, which will be broadcast at 9 a.m. Central Time on WDNG.net.






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