Alternative Healing and Placebo?

Alternative Healing and Placebo?

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Alternative Healing and Placebo?

August 23, 2015
Bill Haberman
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Is not what you do in healing just the placebo effect?

If it is, so what? Healing is healing.

People will believe what they want. I do not think that all my work is placebo, but if it is, so what? Healing is healing.

Doctors used to use placebo with intent.  Why is it wrong for alternative healers to do the same?

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I went to my regular Mexican restaurant to get my breakfast taco. In the line behind me a little kindergartner girl and her dad were waiting to pay. She had a hacking cough.

I commented to her, “That is a bad cough.”

She smiled at me as her dad explained that she had had it for awhile. They had been to the doctor who was stumped as to why she kept having that morning dry cough.

If there is not a physical cause, I as an alternative practitioner thought then it must be …

I told the little girl that there was a magic place in her hand that she could touch, and the cough would go away. I showed her a place that I had made up. She tried it.

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As she had a break in the cough, I said, “See … It is starting to work. Now every morning if you start coughing press that magic place.” She looked up at me with her big brown innocent eyes.

She smiled, and they left without her coughing any more.

In a couple of weeks they were at the cafe again. The dad came over and thanked me. I just said, “You are welcome, but I did not do anything.”

He told me that she had not been coughing since I showed her the magic spot.  I did not tell him that I made it up.

That was placebo, pure and simple. A placebo given in a belief generating way was the correct advise in that situation. Healing is healing. What is the problem?

Some doctors use placebo in appropriate situations even today. For example when you are in the hospital and have pain medication, a doctor may put you on a drip bag. There is a button that you can push when you need pain medication. But the placebo is that it will only give out so much. After that, you push the button, and the thought of getting the pain drug gives you a pain relieving placebo effect.

Sometimes some doctors can not see anything beyond their standard treatment protocols.  Some alternative healers can not see beyond their method or doings.

Remember healing is an art as well as a science.

The proof is in the pudding. With that little girl the answer was believable placebo. Healing is healing.

People will believe what they want. I do not think that all my work is placebo, but when it is, … so what? Healing is healing.

Check out now my pages on healings please, because as you can imagine there is more info there.

Thank you.

About The Author

Dr. Bill in San Antonio, TX, holds six degrees in religious studies including a Ph.D. and a Th.D. He holds several other certificates and certifications. He has been what some call a professional student. Raised mostly in rural south and south-central Texas, he is equally at ease on the ranch, in the woods, in meditation, or metaphysical pursuits. He was the author of two books now out of print and several that he has not pushed for publication. He has written numerous articles in pier review journals during his time in traditional ministry. He was invited to be on the translation committee for a modern Bible translation but declined, for philosophic differences over translation presuppositions. His studies in comparative religions led him into an in depth study of metaphysics. He has a knack for noticing overlapping principles in different systems. It occurred to him that when things keep showing up in many religions that these maybe the secret truth past down from our ancient past that are applicable to us today. As in folk lore Odin hung from the tree upside down and after nine days, came to know the secret runes. Today Dr. Bill strives to look at repeating truths in a different way. He is willing as needed to take the time to see the secrets that are ready to be opened from different directional considerations. Dr. Bill was a traditional minister for 25 years, filling pulpits two times a week and teaching many classes. Now he has centered his work on the metaphysical of spirituality. Dr. Bill looks at the metaphysical and spiritual from a new eclectic perspective. This rare insight has been a boon to him and as he works to help you can be a boon to you amazon.com/author/billhaberman
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