Based on Dr Bernie Segiel’s book “Love, Medicine and Miracles”
Here is a quote from his book that I want to share with you:
In June 1978, my practice of medicine changed as a result of an unexpected experience I had at a teaching seminar. Oncologist O. Carl Simonton and psychologist Stephanie Matthews (then his wife) gave a workshop – Psychological Factors, Stress, and Cancer – at the Elmcrest Institute in Portland, Connecticut. The Simontons were the first Western practitioners to use imaging techniques against cancer, and together with James L. Creighton, they described their methods in Getting Well Again. The Simontons had already published their first results with “terminal” cancer patients. Of their first 159 patients, none of whom was expected to live more than a year, 19% had gotten rid of their cancer completely, and the disease was regressing in another 22%. Those who eventually did succumb had, on the average, doubled their predicted survival time.
I started a therapy group called Exceptional Cancer Patients (ECaP) to help people mobilise their full resources against their disease.
Twelve people showed up.
As I began trying to teach my patients in the first ECaP group, I was amazed by the results. People whose condition had been stable or deteriorating for a long time suddenly began to get well before my eyes. At first this made me very uncomfortable. I felt they were getting well for illegitimate reasons. Their progress had no obvious relation to drugs, radiation, or other traditional treatments. I felt like a charlatan or swindler and actually suggested disbanding the group.
Next I tried presenting my experience at medical meetings. The response was hard-nosed scepticism, if not outright scorn. Each discussion turned into a battle of wits, a game of “my statistics against yours.”
Support is now coming my way and thinking is beginning to change. Studies are being done at Yale and elsewhere. As the politics of medicine change, funding for study changes, and new questions are explored.
I thought about the health records of doctors. They have more problems with drugs and alcohol, and a higher suicide rate, than their patients. They feel more hopeless than their patients and die faster after the age of sixty-five. No wonder many people are reluctant to go mainstream physicians. Would you take your car to a mechanic who couldn’t get his own car to run?
Open-mindedness is the hallmark of all physicians who are truly interested in helping their patients. For many years, Dr William S Sadler, one of the leading proponents of drug-based medicine at the turn of the century, studied “mind cures,” as they were called. In the introduction to a series of articles in the Ladies Home Journal in August 1991, he wrote:
I used to have a popular lecture showing the follies of these “cures,” but I observed that I never made a convert from the psychic ranks. And all this time some of these systems went on curing patients that I hadn’t cured and couldn’t cure.
Sadler opened his mind, made a thorough inquiry into the subject, and came away convinced that the power of suggestions, while not a panacea, was a worthy ally of pharmacy, surgery and hygiene.
To your health,