This past summer, NBC Bay Area did a segment on The Reconnection. We are delighted that mainstream media is taking an interest in the phenomenon of spontaneous healing, and we are grateful for all the time and effort that the news team put into covering this story. As you will see in the clip below, this segment opens the conversation about whether it is possible to heal in ways that fall outside of conventional means like pharmaceutical and surgical remedies.
While those in the world of alternative medicine may balk at the undertone of disbelief in the clip, we understand and encourage a dose of healthy skepticism. It is true that the alternative health world is primarily unregulated. While this freedom allows one to explore the possibilities of health outside of a rigid model, and while we believe that freedom is a good thing, it also can backfire when practitioners make false claims – which in turn can exploit patients who are desperate for a cure and willing to pay anything for it.
We get it.
The key, we believe, is developing the power of discernment – utilizing one’s intelligence, intuition, and inquiry, to verify whether a claim is true. In addition, we believe that one must use this power of discernment not only when it comes to the holistic health industry but also when it comes to conventional medicine, which has its own trappings of false promises and financial exploitations.
As part of our new blog launch, we are springboarding off this NBC clip — panning the lens wider and taking this conversation deeper, through posing the following three questions for discussion:
- What is healing?
- What is the litmus test for knowing that a treatment is effective?
- How can you tell if a healer is authentic?