It is not an accident that in most cultures the primary toasts made at parties and during celebrations are “to your health”, “salud,” “to life,” or the equivalent. Everyone cares about being healthy and living a long and illness free life.
As a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Harvard University in the 1970s, I had the pleasure of studying with Medical Anthropologist Arthur Kleinman who was the world’s leading authority on cross-cultural indicators of successful therapies in hundreds of cultures covering myriad techniques from traditional western medicine to shamanistic practices. The extraordinary finding was that the most important factor in successful therapeutic outcomes had nothing to do with the type of practice or technique. The single most important factor was the belief the patient had in the practitioner.
What this means in terms of analyzing the “placebo effect” and understanding the true nature of both western and alternative healing is a topic that I intend to explore in a full length book that I will be co- authoring with noted medical doctor and alternative healer Dr. and Master Sha, whose Soul Healing Miracles has already sold several hundreds of thousands of copies.
As successful As Dr. Sha has been in promoting his books, which emphasize his specific techniques for teaching people to perform their own soul healing miracles, Dr. Sha has not focused on the science behind his amazing results. I have seen Dr. Sha perform medical miracles, and I do not doubt the efficacy of his techniques. The majority of people, however, are tied to traditional western medical beliefs and practices. Many are reluctant to explore the types of interventions that Dr. Sha and other non-traditional practitioners such as Dr. Uwe Albrecht have demonstrated countless times. My goal in this new book will be to explain in everyday language what traditional scientists and medical doctors often feel is nothing more than the placebo effect. I do not believe that the placebo effect is the reason for these miracle cures and I also believe that what we often call the placebo effect is, in fact, calling on what at this time have been unmeasured but energetically real influences on healing.
Energetically, the entire universe is connected. Each of us is influenced by the energy which surrounds us. This includes not only germs, viruses and other identifiable organic entities but also non-organic and perhaps non-physical entities as well. My early research with both Dr. Sha and Dr. Albrecht indicates that there is much more to health than just controlling the production of antibodies in our glandular systems or the pulsations of our brain and nerve systems.
I am not trained in medical sciences, and although my father was a chemist, I did not ever study chemistry in college. But I do have some good background in biology and physics, both of which help me analyze some of the medical mysteries I am exploring. My goal is to write a book that anyone with a high school diploma can understand that will help people realize that ultimately they have much more control over their health than they realize.
It is not just that Obamacare is a disaster and that health costs have escalated beyond reason. We are all aging. We are all exposed to increasingly dangerous flus and illnesses. We all need to be better informed about the true nature of healing. To your health.