While I also believe you can cure yourself, one gigantic lesson I learned in the past few years is that healing is not the same as curing. While curing myself by not needing nor relying on modern man medicine, you can cure without healing, and you can heal without curing.
In medical school and residency, most training is focused on curing. Very little attention is focused on healing.
You might heal a broken bone or heal a gaping surgical wound. But healing a person? Why is this not important?
While I believe it is up to us as human beings wanting to heal ourselves through meditation, faith and believing in our blessings from God, but we must want to heal first and foremost and what we think is what we are and will be.
This I firmly do believe now!
But healing and curing are inherently different. Curing means “eliminating all evidence of disease,” while healing means “becoming whole.”
After watching the incredible movie “First Do No Harm” starring Meryl Streep, I began to understand just what God will do in our lives if we want to heal ourselves we must take our own lives into our own hands and do research and find cases which were not only healed but cured if we dig deep enough.
Even though portions of the movie were fiction it was based on a true story.
|Synopsis of the movie: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie’s health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments. When she decides to try an alternative treatment called the Ketogenic Diet, devised long ago by a doctor from Johns Hopkins, she is met with narrow-minded resistance from Robbie’s doctor, who is prepared to take legal action to prevent Lori from removing him from the hospital. This movie is an indictment of those in the medical profession who discuss only the treatment options they favor. Several of the minor characters portrayed by people who have been not just helped, but cured by the Ketogenic diet.
Indictment in latin is indictamentum and according to Merriam Webster Dictionary means “a formal claim of criminal wrongdoing against a person.”
The Hippocratic Oath is One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written …and to teach them this art – if they desire to learn it – without fee and covenant; … But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility.
What is the Hippocratic Oath?
The Hippocratic Oath (Greek ὅρκος horkos) is an oath historically taken by physicians and physician assistants. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.
What oath do physicians take?
The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Written in antiquity, its principles are held sacred by doctors to this day: treat the sick to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy, teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on.
Who established the oath for physicians?
The Oath of Hippocrates of Kos, 5th century BC: I swear by Apollo the physician, by Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and judgment the following oath:
Do you have to take an oath to be a doctor?
Many people think that doctors still swear the Hippocratic Oath. It is not compulsory but in fact many medical schools now hold a ceremony where graduating doctors do swear an updated version.
According to Melissa the author of “Today I Found Out…Feed Your Brain” she wrote an interesting article which stated:
Are doctors bound by the Hippocratic Oath?
Myth: Doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath.
A binding agreement, as much a social contract as Social Security or Medicare, the traditional Hippocratic Oath holds those who swear to it to a strict code of professional and personal conduct. Contrary to popular belief, though, most doctors never take this oath, and, actually, most of us are probably glad they never do.
Original Hippocratic OathAlthough scholars disagree about when it was written, or even who wrote it, the general consensus is that the Hippocratic Oath was penned about 2500 years ago. Most commonly attributed to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, the ancient vow demands a lot from doctors, including a certain level of chastity, charity and swearing to pagan gods. It provides in pertinent part:
Who was Hippocrates and why did he write such an oath?
According to PubMed.gov. Hell J Nucl Med. 2008 Jan-Apr;11(1):2-4.
“Hippocrates is considered to be the father of modern medicine because in his books, which are more than 70. He described in a scientific manner, many diseases and their treatment after detailed observation. He lived about 2400 years ago. He was born in the island of Kos and died at the outskirts of Larissa at the age of 104. Hippocrates taught and wrote under the shade of a big plane tree, its descendant now is believed to be 500 years old, the oldest tree in Europe–platanus orientalis Hippocraticus–with a diameter of 15 meters. Hippocrates saved Athens from a plague epidemic and for that was highly honored by the Athenians. He considered Democritus–the father of the atomic theory-to be his teacher and after visiting him as a physician to look after his health, he accepted no money for this visit. Some of his important aphorisms were: “As to diseases, make a habit of two things -to help or at least to do no harm”. Also: “Those by nature over weight, die earlier than the slim.”, also, “In the wounds there are miasmas causing disease if entered the body”. He used as a pain relief, the abstract from a tree containing what he called “salycasia”, like aspirin. He described for the first time epilepsy not as a sacred disease, as was considered at those times, but as a hereditary disease of the brain and added: “Do not cut the temporal place, because spasms shall occur on the opposite area”. According to Hippocrates, people on those times had either one or two meals (lunch and dinner). He also suggested: “…little exercise…and walk…do not eat to saturation”. Also he declared: “Physician must convert or insert wisdom to medicine and medicine to wisdom”. If all scientists followed this aphorism we would have more happiness on earth.”
“According to the Hippocrates method of practicing medicine the ancient Gods believed in Gods practices of healing which are so needed to be practiced right now today when modern practice brings little or no hope if you ask me!” Their oath was as follows:
Outmoded Requirements and Prohibitions
The restrictive, ancient vow poses several problems for the modern practitioner. First, the oath forbids physician use of a knife, a key instrument involved in nearly every medical practice. Second, its prohibition against abortion violates U.S. law, and would alienate over 40% of the population. Third, its restraint on euthanasia runs counter to the modern trend toward physician-assisted suicide.
Fourth, who swears to Apollo anymore, let alone the much lesser known Asclepius, Hygieia and Panacea?
Fifth, many doctors treat, or at least give medical advice to, those close to them, including spouses and sexual partners, which is prohibited by the oath.
Sixth, the oath is potentially a binding contract, which, in our litigation-heavy society, could provide a dissatisfied patient with yet another avenue to sue her doctor. [Typically, when a patient sues a doctor, it is for malpractice – a claim that often must be brought within 1-3 years. Contrarily, when someone sues for a breach of contract, they often have a longer time period in which to sue.]
Although most do not swear to the original Hippocratic Oath, the majority of doctors do take an oath – often when they graduate from medical school. Despite early disinterest, physician oaths began to come into vogue after World War II.
During the Holocaust, doctors in Nazi concentration camps committed previously inconceivable atrocities against prisoners. Experimenting with extreme temperatures, radiation, untested drugs and vaccines, unnecessary and sometimes bizarre surgeries and infecting captives with deadly diseases, the exploits of concentration camp physicians shocked and horrified the world. Sane doctors realized stricter rules, and a code of ethics, were needed.
In 1948, the 2nd General Assembly of the World Medical Association adopted the Declaration of Geneva, appearing below as amended: