Psychic surgery is a controversial healing technique practiced in the Philippines and Brazil in which the psychic surgeon uses no instruments but yet claims to make incisions in the body.
The technique has been condemned by the medical establishment in many countries as “fraud” and “quackery”.
Outraged cancer organisations have spoken out many times saying that it has caused needless death by keeping people away from convential medical treatment.
But those who support it say that that God opens the body without the use of surgical instruments.
Even so sometimes the “surgery” is performed with scissors, knives, forks and tweezers.
The practitioner locates the diseased or affected organ and removes the ailing portion and then miraculously heals the incision.
People travel from all parts of the world to those known as psychic surgeons and many such surgeons practice their arts in hotel rooms, with patient booking for the healing arranged through international travel agents.
One of the most famous psychic surgeons was a Jose Pedro de Freitas (1935-1971). A Brazilian, de Fretias claimed to have been a reincarnation of a famous German doctor who was killed in World War I.
Alex Orbito, who became well-known in the U. S. through his association with actress Shirley MacLaine was said to be a practitioner of the procedure. In June 1985 Orbito was arrested by Canadian authorities for fraud.
Psychic surgery made U.S. tabloid headlines in March 1984 when comedian Andy Kaufman, diagnosed with large cell carcinoma (a rare lung cancer), traveled to the Philippines for a six-week course of psychic surgery. Practitioner Jun Labo claimed to have removed large cancerous tumors and Kaufman said that he believed that the cancer had been removed. But, sadly, just a month later from he from renal failure as consequence of the cancer .
Critics of the surgery say that practitioners use trickery to suggest surgery has been performed.
And it’s been found that they actually used concealed bags of blood and animal or vegetable matter covered with blood to mimic an organ having been removed.
But it’s interesting to note that despite the attacks on psychic surgery by the press and the medical establishment it continues to flourish.
Why does it work for some?
As with other placebo cures, it may be an example of positive thinking and the will of the human spirit to survive that makes the healing possible.
What do you think?
Posted on Fri 5th Jun 2009 23:00:00