The Right Touch!

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In Love, Medicine and Miracles, by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., published 30 years ago, Dr. Siegel declares, “miracles happen to exceptional patients every day.” 

Here is how he defines an exceptional patient. “Do you want to live to be a hundred?” If you can answer that by an immediate visceral “Yes!” with no ifs, ands or buts, you are exceptional. 

That doesn’t mean that you expect to have all your pains relieved, your crooked bones made straight, and all your warts made smooth. It means you are willing to accept the risks and challenges to live life to the fullest where God has you right now. 

Dr. Siegel says that when he asks that question, fifteen to twenty percent from an average audience show their hands. 

However, he says, “it is a tragedy” that only five percent show their hands in a roomful of doctors.  Dr. Siegel thinks all doctors should be required to attend healing services as a part of their training. 

They should not be allowed to prescribe medications or consider operations during those training sessions. He is convinced that doctors need to “learn that they can help by touching, praying, or simply sharing on an emotional level.”

Thanks to Charles R. Leary

Some people are actually afraid to heal because their entire identity is centered around the trauma they’ve experienced. They have no idea who they are outside of trauma and that unknown can be terrifying.

Do YOU think that doctors can help their patients by touching, praying or simply sharing on an emotional level? Why YES or NO?


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