Some people with serious, medically incurable illnesses recover unexpectedly. People with cancers, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, Crohn's Disease, fibromyalgia, and many other diseases have returned to health - with no conventional medical explanation for how they managed to do so.
Modern medicine has occasionally reported the occurrence of these "spontaneous remissions" but has not delved into them to explain how people recover without medical interventions.
This portal of the WHR website focuses on recent, medically documented reports of Remarkable Recoveries.
Please contact us if you have had a remarkable recovery or know personally of someone who has had one.
We are searching in particular for those who have medical examinations and laboratory reports to validate the original conditions and the changes after the remarkable remission.
Your information will be kept in strictest confidence. If the evidence for the remission appears medically convincing, we may discuss with you the possibility of publishing a report that includes your information. if this were to be the case, no information would be shared without your written approval.
We have IRB approval for publication of these reports. For ethical reasons it is best that if you are the therapist, the treatment should have been considered completed before you approach a client for permission to publish the case report. We also welcome clients’ reports to complement therapists’ case studies.
Exploring Remarkable Recoveries
Wholistic healing addresses body, emotions, mind, relationships
(with each other and the environment) and spirit. Each and every one of
these levels of our being can contribute to health and illness.
Research in wholistic healing confirms that addressing these multiple
levels can relieve many illnesses (Healing Research, Volume 2).
Remarkable recoveries can add much to our understanding about the
relationships of each of these factors to our physical health as well
as to every level of our being. (If you click on the round icons at the
top of this page, you will find discussions of the relationships
between the various levels of our being.)
Many factors have
contributed to this over-focus on the physical body. The advances in
high-tech diagnostic procedures, and the enormous investments in
pharmaceutical and surgical interventions have led to increasingly
mechanistic approaches to assessing and treating illnesses. We have
been sold on the 'quick fix' that chemical interventions can offer for
physical symptoms. Our successes in these areas have led to several
generations of distancing ourselves from the other aspects of our
being. This is particularly true in the light of increasingly detailed
medical focus on various parts of the physical body - to the increasing
neglect of the person who inhabits that body. Few doctors have more
than a cursory training in psychological issues contributing to health
and illness. Many psychiatrists today are trained in programs where
psychotherapy is an elective, and many of the trainees see little
relevance of this subject to their prescription of psychoactive
Subspecialization is another factor in the
distancing of awareness of factors beyond the body that contribute to
illnesses. Over several centuries, Western society has assigned care of
the body to physicians; of the spirit to clergy; and in the past
century, of the emotions, mind, and relationships to various
subspecializing therapists in the mental health fields. Each specialty
tends to work in varying degrees of isolation from the others. Within
this system, careseekers have become used to thinking of physical
problems as being only physical in their roots and causes, and present
their bodies patient-ly to experts to diagnose and treat.
splits often can be bridged fairly readily - between body on the one
side and emotions, mind, relationships and spirit on the other. My work
with people who have physical pains of all sorts has taught me that the
average person can reconnect with psychological and spiritual issues
contributing to their symptoms. This is true even when the pains have
been present for decades and even when the pains have clear physical
causes (See Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release).
The IJHC will also be featuring more reports from people who describe
their own journeys from little awareness beyond their physical problems
to releases of their symptoms through psychological interventions.
who have remarkable recoveries often credit the spiritual dimensions of
their awareness and beingness for providing strength, inspiration and
transformative energies. In all my years of searching, I found only one
publication that documents the medical evidence for remarkable
recoveries through spiritual healing (of Kathryn Kuhlman). This is by a
physician, Richard Casdorph, who documented the evidence of amazing
physical changes produced by spiritual healing, including in his
reports the medical examinations, laboratory tests and x-rays (The Miracles, 1976).
an article in the January, 2009 issue of IJHC I share an overview on
psychological processes that have led us to distance ourselves from
awareness of some of the factors and issues beyond the physical body
that may contribute to physical illness. In distancing ourselves from
those aspects of ourselves that are not physical, we have reached a
place where mind, emotions, relationships and spirit are increasingly
unfamiliar to many of us - especially as they relate to physical
symptoms and illnesses. Anything that is unfamiliar is easy to reject,
especially if it were to require us to re-evaluate our basic beliefs
about ourselves. For many people it is far easier to distance
themselves from that which is unknown, and therefore beyond their
understanding, than it is to explore a change of their beliefs and
explanations for the world - within and outside themselves. I believe
it is this distancing of oneself from the unknown that has led us to
reject and ignore the challenges that remarkable recoveries pose to our
understanding of mechanisms of health and illness.
Reports on Remarkable Recoveries
References on self-healing