Sanctified Healing [Natural Therapeutics]
by Dr. Charles McWilliams: Dean PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine
A historical account of Faith Healing and Christian nature cure. Faith and Hope are central components of natural medicine. Belief cannot only draw positive reactions from neutral and natural substances, it can even cause people to react in opposition to the pharmacologic or toxic effects of a crude medication itself. The power of expectation and faith affects even surgical outcomes.
To call an effect “placebo” does not do justice to the phenomenon, and does not mean that the patient’s response stems solely from the patient’s belief in the therapy or even from the therapy itself. What is important about the placebo effect is that it demonstrates beyond a doubt that thoughts can trigger the body’s self-healing abilities. It is part of our religious therapeutic as this book will explain since there is even more to the story than meets the popular eye. In fact, it is not a story, it is a valid human phenomena, part of our history, our culture, and dependant on our beliefs. If we believe, it works for us, if we are in disbelief, our thoughts service to that end. We acknowledge the gift of healing comes from God; indeed the agent of healing is the Holy Spirit. The human instrument has potential to bring this Spirit fully down to earth and flesh, initiate a process of restoration that accompanies him or her wherever they go for the rest of their life. It therefore follows that the two requirements in the healing ministry are an openness to God and a deep concern for one’s fellow creatures. Such a person is a focus for the healing power of the Holy Spirit wherever he or she finds oneself. He/she does not need to display any characteristic gestures to implement the flow of the Holy Spirit, since he/she is always an instrument of God’s grace and a constant source of pardon, hope and joy. But when accompanied with full consciousness, knowledge, and delivered by sacrament, it is all the more manifest.