Demonizing Placebo?


Demonizing Placebo?

August 6, 2015
Bill Haberman
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Healing is Healing.

That should be a universal truth.  For many it is not.  I know some in metaphysical healing that think it is just awful if someone finds a healing and they did not find it in their personal method.

News flash.  Healing is healing.  Isn’t that the point.

I was talking with a veterinarian about placebo.  He said now it is illegal for doctors to prescribe placebo.  Why is that?  It is what is needed sometimes.  But they are not allowed now to practice good medicine, unless you do it the way regulators, think things should be.  Anything else is quackery.

Paracelsus, a Swiss doctor, in the early 1500’s said, “Faith however produces miracles; and whether it is true or false faith, it will alway produce the same wonders.”  That is placebo at its heart.

I had a nurse practitioner tell me that it is now considered unethical to use placebo.  But she had seen it work well years ago.

If it works and healing is healing, why is it unethical?

Pomponazzi in the sixteenth century said, “Quacks and philosophers know that if the bones of any skeleton were put in place of the saint’s bones, the sick would nonetheless experience beneficial effects, if they believed that they were veritable relics.”

Alternative healing is often called quackery, because the healing that follows is “just placebo”.  Without arguing the point in substance I always just respond with, “Healing is healing. Your point is?”


I had a little kindergartner behind me in the check out line.  She had a bad cough.  I said, “My, that is a bad cough.”

Her dad told me that they had had her to doctors, and there was nothing wrong, but every morning she had this cough.  The little angel looked at me with big eyes, and I had to do something.  I called on my spirit helpers to help me.

Immediately I thought placebo.  If it was not physical, it was mental.  I told her that there was a magic place in her hand.  If she pressed on it, that cough would go away.  She was pressing and coughing lessened.  I immediately said, “See it is already working.”  She left not coughing.  Like a little child she believed.

Two weeks later at that restaurant the father came over and thanked me.  I asked why.  He told me that the darling had not coughed since I should her that magic point.

I just said, “You are welcome.”  I did not tell him that I had made it up, and it was placebo.  It was a way to break her mental miss programming about the cough.

Healing is healing.  Was that clearly placebo event unethical?

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

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