MIRACLE

miracles dyerAnyone that reads my posts knows I write with optimism, a positive attitude, a willingness to “tell it like it is,” and a great deal of compassion for everyone. This writing style comes naturally, because my writing comes from within. I never pre-plan my posts because I enjoy the spontaneity and what it produces. Today’s article will focus on a special Miracle and an unlikely healing.
Healing is an amazing process. Whether we are injured or exposed to opportunistic infections, the body (in most cases) will heal itself without relying on the individual to help. I have written many times that no better doctor will ever be found than the one that resides within our bodies. In the United States, we have been raised believing that western medicine is the “true” healing science required for maintaining and restoring health. Although western medicine has many beneficial components, it is arrogant to believe that we holdΒ  the “magic scepter” for “real” health care. To begin with we have successfully ranked LAST out of 11 countries evaluated by the World Health Organization (including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.) We have done so in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014. The point is not to debate our ranking, but rather to expose a likely flaw in our belief that the United States offers the best health care to our patients in the world. Whether it’s arrogance, insecurity or simply naivety, we scoff at other cultures that offer different healing solutions to the same health care problems. A good physician doesn’t rely on the “limited” knowledge and exposure provided by an education. They seek out any and all approaches that offer the best solutions choosing the least invasive and least likely to cause ANY HARM to the body.
Recently a rescue horse named MIRACLE was found bleeding profusely from a 12″ laceration in her leg after colliding with a fence. The injury was so severe that the various veterinarians that evaluated the injury recommended the animal be euthanized. This was the second time in this horses short life where she was facing death. This horse was rescued four years earlier when it was learned she was scheduled to be put down. Stray dogs and cats are not the only animals that face this unfortunate dilemma
Veterinarian “medicine” provided no answers for restoring this horse’s life. One Veterinarian came forward offering an alternative option. He operated on the horse’s leg out in the field and then told the rescuer to apply honey to the leg daily to help with the healing process. This honey came directly from the rescuer’s personal beehive and acted as a natural antiseptic permitting the horses body to heal itself. The rescuer described the healing process, “like silk binding her leg back together.” Miracle survived this traumatic ordeal and remains a thriving animal today.
A doctor’s job is to diagnose and offer treatment options. When a doctor has limited exposure to treatment options, the patient is not going to be provided with many choices. It is important to realize as a patient that all health maladies have MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE. Just because your particular doctor may not be well versed in various non western choices doesn’t make those options any less viable. This horse’s life was saved by one Veterinarian willing to use a non traditional approach to veterinarian medicine. How many human lives could potentially have better outcomes if less traditional approaches were included as choices the patient could choose from? Whether the diagnosis is a cold or cancer, options with good outcomes are available. To believe we must always follow our doctor’s recommendations places our physicians on par with those able to possess omnipotent powers. They are human and bound by the limitations of being human. We should seek their counsel and recognize their expertise and OPINIONS as ONE SOURCE of information as we gather additional information from other credible professional sources to base our final decisions. This self empowering approach which recognizes the individual patient as the arbiter and final decision maker will receive the qualitative benefits this process produces. Ironically, giving the patient the tools needed to make the best decisions for themselves will likely result in an improved World Health Organization ranking for the United States.
For Miracle the real miracle was finding a doctor willing to give her body a chance to heal itself. This doctor performed surgery to prepare the horse’s body to heal itself; not to heal the horse through surgery. This is a profound point because it challenges our current belief system that doctors are responsible for “healing” people. Once we doctors are willing to place our egos outside our practices and recognize the privilege we are given attending to patients seeking our help, our willingness to consult each other and find the best possible answers to approaching health maintenance and health restoration will begin. Our focus will shift from business, from pharmaceutical pressures, from patient volume, from quotas, from disease to where our attention should have ALWAYS been; you, the PATIENT.

Without further adieu, I give you a beautiful MIRACLE.

Miracle

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47 comments

  1. Very heartwarming! I agree that caring is a privilege… thanks for making that point!

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    1. Thank you for all the wonderful messages you share with your readers. We live in times filled with turmoil. We need to create a counter balance with positive thoughts and ideas that people can reach for and attain. Evil only wins when it becomes our focus. It needs to be shunned so that people can move forward with healthy, happy and productive lives. It isn’t difficult to find and focus on the good in people. It’s about whether we choose to!

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      1. Amen! Well said, good doctor!

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  2. Miracle by name AND nature!
    What a great story, it just goes to show the power of non pharma remedies.
    I am almost positive nowadays that a great deal of the human physical condition is determined by how we perceive the injury or illness in our minds and then consider the available help to cure.
    I am so turned on to a couple paracetamol for an ache or cold symptoms where as before I would buy into the cold remedies and the pain remedies.
    Amazing what experience tells us!

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  3. This is a brilliant, beautiful post.

    The best medical care I have ever received in my sixty plus years was from a Spanish M.D. who was also a trained and certified practitioner of Chinese medicine.

    And the best therapeutic help I ever received for my PTSD was from a licensed psychologist who was also trained in Shamanism.

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    1. I’ll bet your life is filled with answers to puzzling health concerns. Finding the right approaches to seeking answers that already exist within the body and the mind is the challenge. Your willingness to turn to professionals using various techniques and approaches will likely serve you well. After reading many of your articles I can tell you are a large part of your own success dealing with the challenges you face in life. I’m not convinced we need to spend all our days searching for the ultimate solutions. I think we may enjoy life more and have greater success working on making each day just a little bit better than the prior one. I appreciate you sharing your experience. This helps reinforce how important it is to seek and discover the many options we (as patients) will NEVER BE OFFERED.

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  4. We had to put out beloved horse down a few weeks ago. It was painful, but after a few visits from the vet, and discovering that he had lost many teeth and therefore could no longer maintain his weight, the decision was made. We miss Mercedes!

    I appreciate the tone of this post, Jonathan. We sometimes forget that we have all been given gifts we may use to support and encourage mankind. We serve in different ways, to be sure, but when we understand that we all have a place of service and none is greater than any other, ego is taken out of the equation and wellness is more easily found.

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  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Mercedes. I know how difficult it is to part with the animals we love so much.
    Your final paragraph is worded so eloquently, I feel obligated to copy and paste it in my response so the readers can see these IMPORTANT words multiple times. You are a special person!

    Lori stated, “We sometimes forget that we have all been given gifts we may use to support and encourage mankind. We serve in different ways, to be sure, but when we understand that we all have a place of service and none is greater than any other, ego is taken out of the equation and wellness is more easily found.”

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  6. I have long said the best non-fiction works have a subtle feel of fiction in them. This post is my favorite so far. A beautiful story about a Miracle and with a plot twist, too. The miracle wasn’t Miracle’s healing the miracle was the right doctor coming along. You had a second calling my friend. I really wish I had met you sooner, before my spine surgery from earlier this year. But better late than never, with your posts I am on the road to a healthier recovery. I no longer ASSUME my doctor will provide the healthiest options. I realize it is MY HEALTH and I must take a PROACTIVE part in it. Bravo. I will pay you the best compliment that I have, This is so beautiful, I wish I had written this.

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    1. Thank you for your very thoughtful and complimentary reply. I am very thankful to have met you through our blog sites. You are a very talented writer and will accomplish much over your career. I don’t believe your resemblance to a chimpanzee in front of a typewriter will hold you back.

      I am so pleased with your willingness to become proactive regarding your health. I am sorry you had to undergo spinal surgery, but want you to be aware that I worked with many patients that underwent aggressive surgical procedures and was able to help restore a quality of life they were surprised they were able to experience. Stay positive and always maximize function for it is the foundation necessary for quality living. Should you ever have a question, never hesitate to ask.

      Finally, I want you to realize that your “best compliment” is one of the nicest things that has ever been said to me. Your heartfelt words will never be forgotten. Thank you my friend.

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  7. Beautiful. I am grateful for modern medicine, but it is not the end all. We each have the responsibility to educate ourselves and metabolize all the available information and make the best decisions we can for ourselves and our families.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. People are beginning to realize that viable health care options are being ignored in favor of traditional approaches. This is not in the best interest of the patient. I share your opinion and attempt to create greater awareness of this fact. Slowly, change is occurring. Integrative and functional medicine provide new options and are gaining credibility as world renowned physicians are supporting these approaches. The biggest enemy of change comes from those with the greatest amount of “skin” in the current system. Ultimately, they will learn the “new rules” and adapt to a changing health care system. The process, however, will be slow.

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  8. What an inspiring post. I use a cross between western medicine and I guess what is called holistic or natural. Do they work? I can’t say for sure, but I don’t want to stop just to find out I could be a lot worse. I am happy for Miracle.

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    1. Unless an acute or dangerous situation presents itself, all conservative options (western, eastern, ayurvedic, homeopathic, naturopathic, accupuncture, chirpractic, etc…) should be available for the patient to choose from. Each patient is an individual and will respond differently. As the doctor works with the patient and sees what combination of therapies offer the best outcomes a customized approach is established. The focus must be based on outcome; not which hemisphere developed it.
      I am happy for Miracle as well!

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      1. Our western drs need to be taught what these other options can do. I go to a chiropractor twice a week. I see a reflexologist and she works on the areas of the feet that each area rules, just like the chiropractor.

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        1. There are too many approaches for western doctors to learn all the options. It is more likely that a collaborative team approach by doctors with varying skills will provide the various options. This is more realistic and will give the patient more say in their care.

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          1. Collaborative teams with all types of drs? western and others?

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            1. Yes. I don’t mean that doctors from all over the world will collaborate. I mean that local doctors that have studied other approaches from around the world will collaborate.

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              1. It is a great idea actually.

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  9. This post reminds me of the time that my beautiful boxer, B, was burned by his vet (long story). He suffered severe injuries and when we brought him to a specialist (no way was the vet who burned him touching him), he suggested using honey and sugar bandages. I remember looking at my husband like “this guy is nuts.” Another specialist wanted to surgically close B’s wound and others still had suggestions about what to do (all very invasive procedures).

    We actually went with the bandage option because the “crazy” vet was convinced that B’s body could heal the massive wound on its own (with a little help from natural remedies). I’m happy to report that it worked and B didn’t require any additional surgeries or procedures. It was a very long process and aesthetically it doesn’t look as “good” as surgery would have made it look but the important thing is that B is still with us and that he didn’t have to endure more pain.

    I am going to write a post about what happened to him eventually because I want others to be aware of the risks and what questions they need to ask their vet before agreeing to any surgical procedure. However, all of this is to say that I am becoming increasingly open to alternative health care practices even though I struggle against what I have been taught is “right.” I don’t think there is a right or wrong, just a series of options and we need to make the choices that we can based on all of the information available to us.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story. As a doctor, readers may feel I am biased in my articles. Your story proves the point I try to express. I have no interest in attempting to convince people about “right” and “wrong” decisions. Just because I have a few letters in front of my name doesn’t give me any supreme powers to tell people what to think or how to act. My interest is based on making sure people have as much information as possible to make the best informed decisions for themselves.

      Your willingness to look beyond that which is recognized as “standard protocols” within the health care system will be a great asset for you. There are many legitimate options never provided to the patient based on the politics of our health care system. By challenging our system, we force it to recognize its weaknesses as well as its moral and ethical obligation to offer any viable traditional and alternative options. This ultimately strengthens the health care system and creates a better doctor/patient relationship. Doctors and patients need to become better “listeners” to address root causes of disease and dysfunction. As both parties accept their individual responsibilities and work together to correct health imbalances, we will advance our health care ranking by creating safer and better outcomes. Everyone wins in this scenario.

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      1. I am so glad that I listened to an alternative theory in this case. I am starting to become open to it in my own life too (and not just B’s!). I have a few things in the works at the moment actually πŸ™‚

        Also, I sent you an email (finally!) through your contact form πŸ™‚

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        1. Sounds like a turn for the better. BTW- I responded to your email and wanted to make sure you received it.

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          1. I’m always trying to get better! πŸ™‚

            I just received your response and read it this morning actually. I am going to reply with my personal email because those go right to my phone versus my blog email (that doesn’t).

            Glad we finally connected outside of blog comments! LOL

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  10. Very inspiring post, Dr. J. You are such a talented storyteller and poet who happens to be a doctor πŸ™‚ Your words have always had the ability to move and touch people. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and miraculous story! ❀

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    1. Thank you Rose. Our blogging community is such an amazing source of inspiration. I have been exposed to incredible talent and wonderful emotions. Poetry, photography, stories, articles, videos and more. Those seeking a positive direction filled with energy need to immerse themselves into the wealth of information found in people’s experiences.
      Stay healthy and happy!

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  11. Reblogged this on The Lonely Author and commented:
    Since I started blogging I have come across talented people in a wide variety of subjects, photography, cooking, philosophy, fashion, and of course writing. I have always been a goal setter and a go-getter. Like many of you, I am guilty of neglecting one thing in my life- my health. Following this one page, I have reevaluated my life and made health a priority. With the New Year almost upon us, I suggest you consider following this blog. You owe it to your family, and more importantly, you owe it to yourself. All About Healthy Choices.

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  12. very nice. i’m just learning what alternatives are available to the life i used to think i was stuck with.

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    1. You are fortunate. Many go through their entire life unaware of choices that could have resulted in a healthier and happier outcome. As long as there is breath in our lungs, opportunities can be found. I’m very glad you were able to find choices that offer a better direction in life.
      Thank you for taking your time to read my article and providing your comment. The world needs to see that everyday people are finding better options by reaching “outside the box.”

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  13. You are so right! I truly believe that miracles happen everyday and we can often miss them because we are focused on the negative things in life. Thank you for opening our eyes to this beautiful Miracle in name and nature, for sharing this story, and for helping us to be more open when searching for healing and treatments. As an athlete, I never accept ‘no’ for an answer when asking, ‘can I recover from this?’ Injuries are part and parcel of my sport so I’m well-versed in the recovery process and also seeking alternative natural solutions.

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    1. More and more people are awakening to new ideas that provide safer and better outcomes. This post has already received multiple comments expressing REAL situations where people (and animals) have benefited from non western protocols with excellent results. Again, the intent is not vilify western medicine. It should, however, simply be viewed as one of MANY tools available in correcting disease and structural imbalances.
      As an athlete I appreciate your refusal to accept injuries without recovery. Your words of encouragement will help other readers understand the reality of healing. Thank you so much.

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  14. Great post! And you know me, I’m all about miracles too. Loved that the horse had a happy ending and you connected things in a great way to make your point. More options are always better!

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    1. At one time people wanted to be told by their doctor that they were healthy as a “horse.” I’m not certain after sharing this story, the average patient would be comforted with this expression! πŸ™‚
      I agree with you. Options are important. Options with the least risk that produce the greatest benefits is the best starting place regardless of the cultural approach that provides this solution.

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  15. I love reading your positive, informative post….I always walk away feeling better, more informed and always feel I can ask for your advice….I love the miracle story….its so sad that not only vets are taking the easy way out, but it seems to be the going thing…not to be bothered, let someone else do it….sad, but I see it all around us in all aspects of life….thanks for another positive post….and thanks for all the wonderful encouraging words…we are having a ball, and working hard, but looking forward to a new chapter in the book of life…..thanks…kat

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    1. Thank you Kat for all your encouragement. I appreciate your kind words. It certainly was nice to be able to provide a happy ending to this emotional story. Options, whether traditional, cultural or alternative must be found and clearly understood before jumping into healthcare decisions. Doctors are beginning to recognize that patients want their opinions but are willing to supersede their recommendations if not aligned with their philosophical thinking. Patients are becoming more empowered with the multiple sources available containing good accurate information. Change is slow but is becoming clearer with each passing day.

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      1. I agree…when I changed my MD I actually interviewed until I found one that had the same philosophy as I believe it….I pay for an opinion and will make the judgment about my life instead of them….after all I am the one who has to live with myself…I meet so many people who are afraid to question the MD’s decision…they have never thought of it as them paying for a service…and have options over the MD’s advice…..LOL

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        1. Absolutely. Doctors are beginning to realize this as well. I think this has the potential of strengthening the patient/doctor relationship if the physician focuses on this new role rather than the old role of omnipotent healer. Patients really can control the relationship because they are the “employers.”

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  16. A post from the heart Jonathan, but also filled with wisdom. What you share is the truth. We all have the ability to heal the deepest wounds both physically and emotionally. We only have to look within to find the answers.

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    1. Well said. Personal experience confirms your sentiments.

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  17. I discovered your site when The Lonely Author reblogged a post. Very well done. I am a true believe in discovering your positive side and focusing on that. I will be back.

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliment. I believe good health (as a physician and a lay person) is crucial to achieving anything we want in life. I try to write about it in a manner that stimulates more people to think about their options and the paths they have chosen. It is NOT for me to tell them “right” or “wrong.” It is my job to help them achieve the goals THEY want in THEIR lives. I try to achieve this by pointing out health concerns and showing various options that many have never considered while maintaining optimism and a positive attitude. I hope you find the information interesting and worth reading. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. Stay healthy and happy.

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  18. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    What an AMAZING story! Nature really does heal, I just wish more people would give it a chance!

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    1. More people are beginning to see the point you are making. Recognizing that healing is a process and that the body has perfected this process if given a chance is becoming clearer to our population. Patience is a challenging point to overcome, but the benefits are certainly worth it!

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  19. I could share countless stories about healing my family and pets through natural routes, but I wouldn’t want to bore you or take up space here. (I do know when a hospital/doctor is needed and am thankful for them!) We all need to understand that our bodies are capable of doing great things. Are they miracles? Maybe. Whatever it is, I am grateful. I was told to abort my son who was diagnosed with poly cystic kidney disease. I would be lucky if he had down syndrome…long story short. I kept him and he’s a very healthy, happy, super intelligent (honor roll student-made the deans list-all A’s), human being that wouldn’t have been here had I listened to medical advice. He’s my miracle and I’ve been healing his wounds from the time he could walk with honey and essential oils and great nutrition. Wonderful story and a happy ending! Love that! Thank you for sharing this. Best, Koko

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  20. Put a smile on my face reading all the wonderful things you have done for your family and your pets. You have amazing talent, skill and a heart to match. As difficult and stressful as life may get, you always find ways to counter balance with creativity and a positive attitude. You are 1 in a million.

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