by Dr Samuel Kim MBBS FRACP MPH
For the general public, the field of complementary medicine is diverse and perceived as poorly regulated with its use in health care viewed with suspicion and doubt (Cohen, 2004). The non-mainstream medical model is criticised for lacking a rigorous level of research data, recognised training and vocational certification. Therefore, it has been considered yet another drain on the Medicare and private insurance-funded health care. Academia in Medicine has viewed the complementary field as a desperate attempt to fulfil symptomatic relief particularly for and by the chronic medical patients (Dwyer, 2011).
Currently the use of complementary medicine is estimated to be over half of the Australian population, often along with conventional Medicine (MacLennan et al., 2006) with a higher rate of use in patients with cancer. There is an increasing literature evidence of diverse use of complementary medicines and healing modalities in chronic diseases such as anxiety disorders and depression (Jorm et al., 2004), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (George et al., 2004), infection prophylaxis (Lemberg and Pham, 2008), osteoporosis (Mak and Faux, 2010), cancers (Robotin and Penman, 2006, Ernst, 2001) and palliative care. Thus, the contribution of healing practitioners cannot be disregarded as people feel for what is true for them far beyond what is presented in the textbooks, journals and the media.
In our care of chronic lung diseases since 2006 in both hospital and private clinic setting, people have both enquired and chosen a broader team approach which has not only improved their well-being and outcomes from medical treatments, but ensured equity of care that is supported by additional safeguards where potential difficulties can be addressed if the patient is willing and open. These patients remained to this day well informed, proactive in their health care and not disempowered in their own treatments which is not readily seen in our complex medical world.
Case One: Mrs. D. M
This lovely lady, a 58 years old woman, is a great example of the partnership between Medicine and complementary healing practitioners such as those trained with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. Her story is beautifully told by her in the Blog. Suffering from a severe irreversible genetic lung disease causing emphysema, she has been reviewed by tertiary specialists who all recommended elective lung transplantation. Her symptoms were of progressive breathlessness and repeated bouts of chest infection with severe impairment in lung function.
With her openness to healing, she has had a course of healing sessions that included esoteric lung massage, esoteric chakra puncture and esoteric healing prior to, during and following her lung procedure in late 2011, where three one-way endobronchial valves were placed in her lung to reduce the physiological effects of lung disease. Typically, this has a major impact on the individual’s breathing as the lung and chest structures “remodel” within 24 hours to up to four weeks. Her recovery has been remarkably quick with no complications and with the added understanding of what the physical disease meant for her with the wisdom gained through healing. She remains to this day able to maintain function that is far beyond that of what could have been achieved by technology alone, thus again supporting that “everything that is true helps” when the body is ready to heal.
We have now performed forty-five similar procedures for severe lung disease here in Brisbane since late 2010. Although the medical prosthesis and technology do help greatly, her and other patients who have had preparatory esoteric lung massages before and healing sessions after their procedures recover more quickely and live their life at a much deeper level than those patients who focus on the medical treatments alone.
Case Two: M. M.
This 51 years old woman, a fully-qualified nurse in her occupation, has been seeing us since 2007 for deep-seated chronic lung infection which only affected the left upper lung. This has been treated with the usual series of hospital-based antibiotics with or without bronchoscopy-assisted lung lavage (“wash-outs”) on annual basis. Four years ago, she underwent a major gynaecological surgery for a malignant condition and then she dramatically changed her life’s focus more deeply towards healing.
Two years ago, she consulted us for ongoing non-specific symptoms that baffled the usual medical diagnosis. It was not until an esoteric healing session alerted a potential need to closely examine her pancreas and spleen, where she was advised by an accredited esoteric practitioner to seek medical care. Subsequent investigations revealed an unusual splenic tumour which was removed as were parts of her pancreas. She has remained physically well and grateful for where Medicine and Healing have worked together, also before, during and following her diagnosis and major abdominal surgery. As per her own words, had she “not have had a discussion with her healing practitioner”, she “would not have been so proactive with having the scans so quickly, getting the results quickly, booking appointments with other relevant specialists”.
Case Three: P. D.
This 67 years old man, worked as a senior partner of a major legal firm, presented to clinic and subsequently hospital with two major bouts of serious lung infections and difficult-to-control asthma despite three different general practitioners and two senior specialists. His lifestyle was riddled with the pressures of work as a lawyer, restless sleep, erratic eating habits and reliance on cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption to compensate for stress relief.
When approached openly during his second life-threatening illness, he was very accepting of his predicament and enquired about healing, as encouraged by his loving wife who has been increasingly concerned of his overall health for the past decade. Supplemented by medical treatments for his lung disease and a series of esoteric Chakra-puncture sessions by an esoteric practitioner at Universal Medicine Centre, Brisbane, he has dramatically changed his lifestyle and is planning ahead of what his work and lifestyle should be so he can better nurture himself prior to his retirement.
Often we talk about lifestyle and risk factor modifications in Medicine, but we do not offer practical help to our patients. If they are open and willing, people do know what is truly needed for their body. If their doctors are able to confirm and are supportive of their patients, positive long-term benefits are gained without excessive use of medical treatments.
Case 4: R. C
This 76 years old man, recently retired from a lifelong occupation of taxi and truck driving, underwent emphysema treatment in late 2010, and did very well with his and his wife’s openness to esoteric lung massages and esoteric Chakra-puncture around the time of his procedure and recovery. He also dramatically changed his lifestyle by progressive reduction and then cessation of alcohol consumption for which they attributed with up to eight kgs of weight loss.
In April 2012, during a routine assessment, an early stage airway lung cancer of the right upper lung was found on bronchoscopy prior to any evidence on x-ray series (His comment: “Doc, something does not feel right with my right lung, as I am more breathless.”) Whilst we have arranged a definitive course of radiation treatment for him over a six week period, he was supported further by a course of esoteric Chakra-puncture at Universal Medicine Clinic, Goonellabah. When reviewed recently in clinic, he and his wife were very thankful as he has returned to an excellent level of functioning and understanding of his illness.
As with case three, this man’s illness and how he proactively responded by feeling into his body and the awareness of where he was at both physically and emotionally, supplemented how Medicine and Healing can work together to optimally manage a potentially life-threatening disease.
From a practical perspective, knowing that our practice of Medicine is all done with loving intent and when we are connected to who we truly are, Medicine becomes one with healing and healing becomes one with Medicine..
The examples presented are not isolated cases, as many more have had esoteric lung massages, esoteric Chakra-puncture and esoteric healing around their cancer chemotherapy, cancer surgery and palliative care treatments with reduced symptoms of side-effects and improved perception of well-being without excessive reliance on drugs alone. We have had patients who have had their lungs filled with pus who did not know they were that ill, some for many years until Esoteric Medicine has highlighted their physical issues. The wisdom of Esoteric Medicine encourages people to listen to their bodies, to feel what is needed for them, whether that is food, exercise, sleep, rest or if they feel ill, to seek help. Esoteric Medicine means, “living in a way that serves your body”, bringing it back to its natural way of being…… and that is simply what true esoteric healing practitioners do.
From first-hand knowledge, we know that Serge Benhayon and the Universal Medicine team LIVE the ethical standards as set out by the Esoteric Practitioners Association (EPA)* Code of Conduct, these being the highest ethical guidelines that we have ever seen in print, nevertheless lived. Practising doctors can concentrate on getting patients back to their lives as well as we can do medically, and the healing can support them with their day to day living.
* The EPA (Esoteric Practitioners Association) is the internal accreditation arm of Universal Medicine. It was instigated by Universal Medicine to monitor and accredit the modalities that were founded by Universal Medicine.