There are many different types of alternative medicine, many here in the Western Hemisphere view them with doubt and suspicion. Occasionally even using terms like barbaric and quackery. Yet if we look at the history of our modern medicine those same words can be used when talking about accepted western practices from the not very distant past, just a few decades. There is a very humorous line from one of the Star Trek movies, Captain Kirk and his merry band have traveled back in time to the current day, in an unfortunate accident one of the crew is hurt and taken to hospital before the crew can rescue him. When Dr McCoy “Bones” discovers that surgery is planned he says:

My God, man. Drilling holes in his head isn’t the answer.

I try to keep an open mind about alternative medicine, while I do consider some of it to be pure unadulterated bunk, there is enough anecdotal data to give one pause for thought. About 15 years ago some good friends of ours discovered that their two year old son was diagnosed with leukemia, it was heart wrenching to watch this little boy wither away. Some time after the funeral the parents told us a story. They had known the end was near, Philip was so weak he could not walk, yet he wanted to have just one last ride on his tricycle, one more chance to have some fun. Knowing that they were setting themselves up for ridicule the parents Steve and Gill contacted a ‘healer’. Little Phillip had his wish granted, he had that last ride on the tricycle, and the last play with his toys. Psychosomatic, placebo effect? Who knows, but the young child had his last hurrah.

Deborah King has created an interesting book in Truth Heals. Her contention is that physical disease has its roots on the brain. More specifically in our inability to understand, and embrace the truth. We live our lives avoiding the truth, preferring instead to deny it outright, or invent move convenient and palatable explanations for situations.

Through a combination of personal anecdotes, professional experience, and celebrity stories we are shown how embracing the truth can indeed have a positive and direct effect on wellness.

While Deborah does not explain the roots of her beliefs, she does refer to the term Chakra frequently, which has its origins in some traditional Indian healing techniques, although it is also popular with the ‘New Age’ crowd.

Each chapter begins with a short piece about Deborah’s life, and they are very disturbing. This lady had a childhood that is nothing short of horrific. Mental cruelty from her mother, and sexual abuse from her father could not have led to a great life. Indeed as is so often the case, Deborah found herself as a young adult using her learned responses to take her on a journey of promiscuity, poor health, and addiction. The turning point came when at age age 29 she was diagnosed with cancer.

Truth Heals is an interesting book, while I am not sure I buy into all the concepts in it, I can see nothing wrong with Deborah’s basic premise that telling the truth is a healthy thing to do.

You can get your copy from Amazon, there is also a web site with additional information.

Simon Barrett

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