Issue 26 – 29 June 2017 – rattuos
The second healing rule applies when the cause and source of disease has been dealt with whether mosquitoes, bacteria, viruses, pollution or diet. Even when we have eradicated the causes we will be faced by many who are suffering as a result. The absolutely best mechanism is our own immune system which seems to be able to achieve the miraculous. It may need help from a surgeon or medicine. Faith healing calls upon it as does homeopathy.
“Spontaneous remission, also called spontaneous healing or spontaneous regression, is an unexpected improvement or cure from a disease that usually progresses. These terms are commonly used for unexpected transient or final improvements in cancer. Spontaneous remissions concern cancers of the haematopoietic system (blood cancer, e.g. leukemia), while spontaneous regressions concern palpable tumors; however, both terms are often used interchangeably.” Wikipedia
It is rare:
“Frequency was estimated to be about 1 in 100,000 cancers; however, this proportion might be an under- or an overestimate. For one, not all cases of spontaneous regression can be apprehended, either because the case was not well documented or the physician was not willing to publish, or simply because the patient ceased to attend a clinic any more. On the other hand, for the past 100 years almost all cancer patients have been treated in one way or the other, such that the influence of treatment cannot always be excluded.
It is likely that the frequency of spontaneous regression in small tumors has been drastically underrated. In a carefully designed study on mammography it was found that 22% of all breast cancer cases underwent spontaneous regression” Wikipedia
Needless to say there has been very little research here but what has happened is that ‘immunotherapy’ is taking over from traditional chemotherapies and is used either to enhance the immune system reaction or to dampen it in the case of auto -immune diseases where the body fights itself.
But most interesting is the placebo effect which is considered to be effective in 32% of cases. So that depression for example is relieved with medication for 50% of patients but the placebo is effective for 32%. As you will know drug trials are tested against placebos which is perhaps rather unfair to homeopathy as both use the immune system to heal.
I have written on this site a fair amount about self-hypnosis which can be used to reprogramme our immune systems. The statistics would be staggeringly different if there was a concerted effort to use our immune systems for healing rather than rely upon drugs but there is the crux of the matter. A lot of money is made from one approach and very little from the other.
Obviously many illnesses require surgery. But look at this again when you consider drugs required for pain:
….On 4 April 1845, Esdaile performed his first mesmeric procedure:
On 4 April 1845, [Esdaile] was treating a convict afflicted with double hydrocele. The drainage and injection of one side of the scrotum caused the patient such pain that Esdaile determined to try mesmerism upon him for the second operation…
he was successful in rendering the convict analgesic, and at once began to experiment with mesmerism both as a means of producing analgesia in surgical cases, and as a method of treatment for medical ones.
By his own admission, Esdaile had never seen a mesmeric act; but, given the level of pain of this specific patient, and the understanding that he had gained from what he had read, it occurred to him that mesmerism might be of great value:
Seeing him [the patient] suffering in this way, I turned to the native sub-assistant surgeon, an élève [student] of the medical college, and asked him if he had ever seen Mesmerism? He said, that he had seen it tried at the medical college, but without effect. Upon which I remarked, “I have a great mind to try it on this man, but as I never saw it practised, and know it only from reading, I shall probably not succeed.”
Esdaile did succeed.
As performed by Esdaile, the mesmeric act was an exhausting procedure:
Esdaile’s method was to make the patient lie down in dark room, wearing only a loin cloth, and [Esdaile would] repeatedly pass the hands in the shape of claws, slowly over the [patient’s] body, within one inch of the surface, from the back of the head to the pit of the stomach, breathing gently on the head and eyes all the time [and] he seems to have sat behind the patient, leaning over him almost head to head and to have laid his right hand for extended periods on the pit of the stomach.
As a consequence, Esdaile, whose own health was far from good, soon began to delegate this exhausting work which, when necessary, would involve “[having] a patient magnetized for hours each day for ten or twelve days [to his] native assistants, saving his own strength for the performance of surgery”.
In a short time, Esdaile had gained a wide reputation amongst the European and indigenous communities for painless surgery, especially in cases of the scrotal “tumours” that were endemic in Bengal at that time due to filariasis (similar to elephantiasis) that was transmitted by mosquitoes. Esdaile’s mesmeric anaesthesia was extremely safe:
I beg, to state, for the satisfaction of those who have not yet a practical knowledge of the subject, that I have seen no bad consequences whatever arise from persons being operated on when in the mesmeric trance.
Cases have occurred in which no pain has been felt subsequent to the operation even; the wounds healing in a few days by the first intention; and in the rest, I have seen no indications of any injury being done to the constitution.
On the contrary, it appears to me to have been saved, and that less constitutional disturbance has followed than under ordinary circumstances.
There has not been a death among the cases operated on.
However, despite the successes with anaesthesia and his impressive surgical outcomes (exclusively with “native” patients), Esdaile was at a loss to explain these events in the light of his earlier (pre-mesmeric) six years’ experience:
Since [my first use of mesmerism in April 1845,] I have had every month more operations of this kind than take place in the native hospital in Calcutta in a year, and more than I had for the six years previous.
There must be some reason for this, and I only see two ways of accounting for it: my patients, on returning home, either say to their friends similarly afflicted, “Wah! brother, what a soft man the doctor Sahib is! He cut me to pieces for twenty minutes, and I made him believe that I did not feel it. Isn’t it a capital joke? Do go and play him the same trick ; you have only to laugh in your elbow, and you will not feel the pain.”
Or they say to their brother sufferers, — ” Look at me ; I have got rid of my burthen, (of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 80 lbs., as it may be,) am restored to the use of my body, and can again work for my bread: this, I assure you, the doctor Sahib did when I was asleep, and I knew nothing about it;—you will be equally lucky, I dare say; and I advise you to go and try; you need not be cut if you feel it.”
Which of these hypotheses best explains the fact my readers will decide for themselves.
It ought to be added, that most of these persons were not paupers, but people in comfortable circumstances, whom no inducement short of painless operations could tempt to enter a charity, or any other hospital; and all who know the natives are aware of this.
In 1846, Esdaile’s work with mesmerism-assisted painless surgery at Hoogly had come to the attention of the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir Herbert Maddocks. Maddocks appointed a committee of seven reputable (medical and non-medical) officials to investigate Esdaile’s claims. They submitted a positive report (on 9 October 1846), and a small hospital in Calcutta was put at his disposal in November 1846.
By 1848, a mesmeric hospital supported entirely by public subscription was opened in Calcutta especially for Esdaile’s work. It was closed 18 months later by the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir John Littler: according to Cotton (1931, p.170), although the Mott’s Lane Mesmeric Hospital, opened in 1846, was permanently closed in 1848, Elliotson “continued to practise mesmerism at the Sukeas’ Street Dispensary until he left India in 1851”.
In 1848, Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India, appointed Esdaile to the position of Presidency Surgeon; and, in 1849, whilst not supporting the continuation of the mesmeric hospital in Calcutta, Dalhousie had so much respect for Esdaile and his work, that he appointed him to the position of Marine Surgeon…..” Wikipedia
Even recently hypnotism has been found to be effective for anaesthethesia. What happened back in 1851?
“In 1842 Dr Robert Mortimer Glover in London discovered the anaesthetic qualities of chloroform on laboratory animals. In 1847, Scottish obstetrician James Y. Simpson was the first to demonstrate the anaesthetic properties of chloroform on humans and helped to popularise the drug for use in medicine. By the 1850s, chloroform was being produced on a commercial basis by using the Liebig procedure, which retained its importance until the 1960s. Today, chloroform — along with dichloromethane — is prepared exclusively and on a massive scale by the chlorination of methane and chloromethane” Wikipedia
Hypnotism and the rather crude way in which it was conducted went out of the wiondow n with chloroform’s arrival. So did research into it and it became a show for the amusement of the general public.
So the second rule of healing is ‘Physician heal thyself’. It may not always be possible but every patient should be encouraged and helped top do what they can to assist their healing process.
“…..Many studies have shown that a patient’s outlook toward upcoming surgery as well as to the post-surgical period can greatly affect recovery outcome. Essentially, patients with a poor outlook may have a poor prognosis (it has also been shown that those patients who are socially isolated and come from the lower-income bracket are also at greater risk post-surgically). However, those patients showing an optimistic outlook recover more rapidly and show an increased survival rate.
Studies have shown that those patients undergoing hypnosis as an integral part of the pre- and post-operative procedure demonstrate an increased rate of recovery and decreased levels of post-surgical infection……”
Next we need to look at the war between various healing arts, the effect of profit on healing (good and bad) and how this all affects the next rule.