Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing Unabridged Edition
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Dr. Jeff Rediger is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and thank goodness he challenged his long held skepticism to look at whether spontaneous remissions are really spontaneous after all. He expected to find remission causes that could be explained by already-existing medical information. What he found instead changed his entire thinking and it's why I want everyone to read this book.
The most dramatic change in your health comes from healing your identity. Healing your identity means eliminating the false beliefs about yourself: it means having respect and compassion for yourself, for your life, and for your body.
As Dr. Rediger discovered, if you don’t know how to say no, your body will eventually say no for you!
#1 New To-Do after reading CURED: Say YES to Saying NO!
Another huge lesson from this book for me is to remind us to say no to what does not serve our best interests, whether it is a belief, a habit, or a relationship. One of my dearest friends is in the hospital fighting for her life right now from necrotizing fasciitis. I watched her get more and more run down over the last year, and then stepping on a piece of glass led to her having three limbs amputated : (
I believe she will pull through and can't wait to gift her this book.
We ALL need to read it though. I am biased, but I do love this book and intend to share it with all my family and friends who are grappling with illness or just trying to maintain their health in a culture that can make it incredibly hard to be well.
For example, in one case described in this text, a woman describes her children toxic and is told by a “healer” that she must let them go in order to be healed from Lupus. Somehow - in this case- abandoning children is a pathway to healing as sanctioned by God- yet God isn't available to help heal the family or her children who she described as having behavioral and addiction problems. It is far more likely that rather than being spontaneously healed, a mother leaving three children behind experienced less stress and perhaps this helped her Lupus. Children who have behavioral problems and drug addiction, I am sure, would not fare well after being abandoned by their mother but that does not appear to be a concern in this case. Rather than the "healer" suggesting she secure family support, respite care from an agency, or home nursing- something that would support her and help her family remain together- she should leave them all to be "cured". Using a more spiritual logic (let's say it is not abut stress and just about spiritual factors), would a kind God help her and her children stay together rather than guide her to abandon them in order to get well? As I read this, I was in dismay as to how this would be God's way.
My second point has also been suggested by a reviewer above- there is no mechanism or behaviors identified that could be replicated by others to heal. Just various stories of spontaneous healing- again lacking a scientific or even spiritual logic or a set of behaviors (should I pray, meditate, trust God, etc.).
Third, the text (Chapter 2) refers to John of God, a “Brazilian Healer,” and his various sex abuse and assault allegations and convictions. From the book, “Vague reports circulated that John of God invited women to have private sessions that resulted in sexual encounters and sometimes even sexual assaults.” The author suggests that it is okay that he uses cases in which John of God was the “healer” and does so in the book. He rationalizes that this is not equivalent to giving Joh of God a platform. However, if someone read the book cover to cover any references to a "Brazilian Healer" can be easily paired with reference to John of God in Chapter 2. This book, in essence, is in fact a platform for John of God. I encourage prospective purchasers of this book to Google John and God for updates on these allegations and convictions.
Overall, the book is deeply concerning for several reasons. I believe in the power of spirituality and faith. It is why it is my hope that those who suggest that they are studying it do a better job than this and that they most certainly would avoid giving a platform to nefarious characters who can do harm, especially to those of us in vulnerable physical and emotional states.
The author, page-after-page keeps talking about "Spontaneous Healing" without any specifics. The other reviewers all seem to be this doctor's buddies, giving their friend copious encomiums.
Nothing the author says is objectively verifiable. He talks about camps in Brazil, without naming anyone of them and where they are located. He talks about mystical experiences, being a vegetarian, ..... Yes, I am a vegetarian, and I am a diabetic. I found nothing useful that will help me.
Save your money, don't buy this book.
The author maintains a website to book engagements! Looks like the only exercise this author (A Doctor at that!) gets seems to be counting the money in his basement or wherever!
I sent a message to the author asking for where in Brazil these "Spontaneous Healing" occurs. I got an automated reply asking me where I want him to appear!
Top international reviews
J'aurais aimé avoir ce livre à portée de main lorsque j'etais gravement malade : Il m'aurait fait gagner beaucoup de temps.