Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Witchcraft, Pagan Magic, or a Lawful and Scientifically Based Form of Healing?

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I have had an interest in various forms of energy-based healing over the last three years -- so much so that I have taken several courses and become certified as a kinesionics practitioner. Just recently a Christian medical doctor that I know made reference to my "pagan health theories" and other Christian friends have warned me about becoming involved in quackery and are afraid that I am going to fall away into weird esoteric religious beliefs that are heretical.

First of all, I know that without the sustaining Hand of God, I am quite capable of falling into any amount of sin and deception. I know exactly how spiritually strong I am on my own. Not strong at all. It is Christ, first to last, who has saved me, sanctifies me and keeps me. I look to Him alone for my salvation. There is a real danger to anyone who has the hubris to believe that they can pursue a course of study without succumbing to a worldly, false, and unbiblical view of man and healing apart from God. This is a danger that is present, not only to those who investigate forms of healing that are outside the status quo, but also for those who are within the status quo. I am the first to admit that there is a lot of junk to sort through when you start dealing with energy medicine. However, once you strip away the nonsense, you are still left with something viable to work with: the fact of subtle electrical fields produced by the human body.

One of the things that struck me recently in reading The Anatomy of Hope by Dr. Groopman, was the fact that allopathic medical training teaches one to look strictly at reproducible results that come from rigorous testing in the lab. He tells the story of Dr. George Griffen, Harvard professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology. Dr. Griffen was a specialist in stomach cancer, and ironically, he developed a particularly deadly and aggressive form of cancer that was considered to be a sure death warrant. Dr. Griffen was also a Christian. He went through all the various treatments for cancer, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, even though his colleagues believed it was useless and needless torture and it would be ineffective. Dr. Griffen came through the therapy, and thirteen years after he should have died, was still alive.

Dr. Groopman reports at the time that it seemed presumptuous, too much to ask of God, to pray for a cure. Instead, he prayed that Dr. Griffen would not suffer, and told Dr. Griffen this.

"I am a scientist," he replied. "It is hard to be both a person of faith and a person of science."

"I understood what George meant. Modern science made no room for unprovable beliefs."

[taken from page 77 of The Anatomy of Hope]

Now the reason that I quoted the above section is to make a point. Christian scientists and Christian doctors can easily be led astray by the materialistic presuppositions that are held and taught in most schools of medicine unless they are able to identify it and fight against it. There is also the tendency to reject out of hand something that is new and innovative, even if it is introduced by someone of their own ranks. One recent example of this is the way some segments of the medical establishment have gone after Dr. John Holt, a member of the Royal Colleges, and a man with 26 medical letters after his name. He has had the audacity to use radio frequency (think energy medicine) to cure some forms of cancer.

"Dr Holt's controversial treatment works, in layperson's terms, by giving the patient an injection of a glucose-blocking agent. He then shines "radio waves" into the body at a specific frequency. Dr Holt doesn't guarantee it will cure every cancer, but it's not expensive and there's no quackery about it."

Why do I not think that this is weird and is quite workable? I know from other research that has been done that cancer cells have a different frequency from normal healthy cells. I also know that the military has recognized not only the healing potential of this kind of therapy, but also is investigating and using this information as a form of weaponry.

The medical establishment's response?

"The polarisation of the medical and scientific community in Perth over Dr Holt's treatment has been evident since the mid-'70s. "It is an unproven form of cancer treatment and it's not part of the armoury of orthodox ways of treating cancer in Australia," said Clive Deverill, the former boss of WA's Cancer Council. "Equally, there are legions of patients who have been down that track who can't say anything about their position because they're dead."

Acceptance for unorthodox ways of treatment is slow in coming, but it is coming.

"The doctors took up such an action initially, they said the treatment was fake and useless," said former WA Premier John Tonkin. But Tonkin added, "There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this is the most advanced form of cancer treatment in the world today."

How does this tie in with kinesionics? Your body produces energy, much of it electrical in nature. I have this cool hand-held device that is able to trace the body's meridians and find accupuncture points by increasing the frequency and loudness of sound. If I hold it against another person I can't detect the meridians unless I put my other hand on them. Why? The same principle that works in copper wiring. It has to do with open and closed circuits. When only one hand is on them with the device, the circuit is open. As soon as I put my other hand on them, the circuit is closed because the energy is flowing from them, through me and back into them providing the closed circuit that can then pick up the signals from their body. Instead of introducing an outside source of energy through radio waves or other frequencies, I use the body's own energy and balance it around areas of imbalance. It takes a bit of practice, but if you pay attention you can start to detect the feeling of energy in your hands when you do a balance on a person. It employs something called the "reticular activating mechanism" in your brain.

We block a great deal of things out of our consciousness because we would be overwhelmed with stimuli if we didn't. We don't consciously think about the way our feet feel in our shoes or against the floor all the time. Nor do we consciously think or feel about the energy flows we can detect through our hands unless we take the time to cultivate noticing this. It is truly amazing to see some of the things that can be done with the body's inherent energy fields. I have been able to restore significant mobility to a person's arm in less than an hour after their arm had been "frozen" in one position for over a year. I have also been able to straighten out a curvature in the spine in less than an hour, just using these energy fields. There is nothing magical about it, and I wasn't required to become one with the universe or adopt anything but an orthodox and historic belief in the God of the Scriptures. This is a skill that anyone can learn. You just need to know what and where to look.

There is much that we don't know and don't understand about our world and how it works. Science is still in its infancy, especially when it comes to understanding how the human body works. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water or engage in evil surmisings about innovative forms of healing unless it can clearly be proved that one is required to call upon a power other than God to achieve healing.

For further reading, see Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principals and Practices by Robert Frost.

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