by Doug Nachbar, Editor
As I lay on the table, face down, with 20
acupuncture needles skillfully placed in my leg by Colet Lahoz, the therapist
we featured in our October 1992 issue, I couldn't keep my mind from wandering.
First it went to cartoon scenes of a porcupine's victim, then to the more
serious scenes of a magnificent bull in the Corrida de Toros
who has had the banderillas placed in his withers. . .
Ritual. Execution. Art form. Life and death.
Precision. Courage. Sincerity. Admiration. Respect. "Grace under
pressure. . ."
These concepts and qualities all came to
mind, wafting through like so many cumulus clouds rolling by a country
boy enjoying the summer afternoon atop a haystack on his uncle's farm
in the carefree 1950's. As the needles worked to free or reroute my chi
and meditative music encouraged me to relax, I revisited on old friend,
Hemingway, and his Death in the Afternoon , which is a wonderful
technical book on bullfighting and in which 1 had even discovered the
precedence of today's trend in men's hair fashion-the pigtail and ponytail.
These are, or were, a caste-like trait of
the matador. People knew a man out of the arena to be a matador by his
pigtail. Perhaps today's GQ dandies would make of themselves brave and
courageous as a matador simply be wearing their hair in the fashion of
these brave and courageous men who fight bulls.
Then I made a strange transition from matadors
to medicine - a juxtaposition, I thought - to true healers and these same
concepts and qualities. Moreover, in one of the books by Jane Roberts,
The Unknown Reality , one reads: "The complete physician
would be a person who learned to understand the dynamics of being, the
soul-body relationship - one who was healthy in his or her own body. Unhappy
people cannot teach you to be happy. Sick ones cannot teach you to be
well. Psychiatrists have a high suicide rate. Why do you think they can
help you live happily, or add to your vitality? Physicians are not the
healthiest of men by far. Why do you think they can cure you?"
A footnote says that the national suicide
rate for psychologists, physicians, and dentists is three to four times
the rate of the general population.
"The person who is healthy understands
the dynamics of health. . . But a true medical profession would be, literally,
a health profession . It would seek out people who were healthy
and learn from them how to promote health, and not how to diagram disease.
. .. A true healing, or health profession, would deal intimately with
the powers of the psyche in healing the body, and with the interrelationship
among the desires, beliefs, and activities of the conscious mind and its
effects upon the cellular behavior."
Maybe Christ knew this, and it's why he
says in Luke, "Physician, heal yourself." Maybe it's why alternative,
or complementary, health care has gained the foothold it has in this country.
Estimates range as high as one-third of all Americans having gone to alternative
health care practitioners spending $14 billion yearly.
. . . Colet Lahoz reentered the room as
softly, quietly, and unobtrusively as she had left. She's like that. I
think that this sure, soft spoken woman who is educated in both Eastern
and Western healing techniques is, first of all, a true healer. She took
most of the fire out of a leg ravaged with tendinitis from mid-thigh to
ankle. She quenched this "four-alarm fire" that had raged for
weeks with a series of acupuncture treatments. Subsequent complications
required visits with medical doctors and prescription of allopathic drugs
"just to make it." But that's another chapter in my ongoing
story, involving another true healer, and will have to await another opportunity
for its telling.
For $990 a prominent orthopedist had wanted
to do a more extensive "work-up" with an MRI because, as he
said, "You don't get tendinitis in the leg like that. There's nothing
back there to get inflamed."
I know from too many athletic experiences
what tendinitis is, and I know my body. When another M.D. countered the
orthopedist with "That's not true; everything comes together back
there behind the knee," I wondered if basic anatomy is the same at
different medical schools. The specialist was wrong; more over, I believe
that his error and his wanting to resort to "High-tech medicine"
without even feeling my leg through its normal range of motion is part
and parcel of what's wrong with the health care system in this country.
Colet Lahoz, on the other hand, represents
part of the solution to the health care problem in this country. This
woman heals from the basis of her own healthy being, using centuries-old
techniques that help the body heal itself. I reminded myself that we would
all do well to remember this when choosing our would-be healers, regardless
of whether they be medical doctors, therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths,
nurses, herbalists, acupuncturists, mud packers, or laying-on-of-hands
Be careful, for there are many masters of
image management whose masquerade would make it a mistake for us to put
our health in their hands.
It is a mistake to put our health in the
hands of liars, because, if it is true that, "All healing comes from
God," as we've asserted previously and attributed to William A. McGarey,
M.D., then we would only be making the healing of ourselves impossible
by choosing a would-be healer who is not genuine or who is not healthy.
I don't think God is going to have anything to do with His antithesis;
He is not going to heal us through a liar. Truth, not illusion, will set
us free, we are promised.
You just can't get blood out of a turnip,
folks, and a pigtail on a man no longer means that he is a courageous
* Published on Newslink, July 1993 Volume 4, Issue