WHERE THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE MEETS THE ART OF HEALING
Professor Karol Sikora is one of the country's top cancer specialists and I work as a healer. We've known each other for about 35 years ever since he invited me to talk about my work to his medical students at the Hammersmith Hospital in the 1980s. He'd been impressed by what I'd been able to do for a number of his patients.
As a result of our loose collaboration over the decades he's introduced me to many other wonderful consultants who are supportive of healing. I frequently send my patients to them either for treatment that is maybe not available in their part of the country, or for a second opinion.
I recently saw a lady who'd just been diagnosed with a tumour in her tongue. Her local oncology team recommended fairly radical surgery that was potentially life-changing. I felt she needed to have an urgent second opinion but didn't know who to recommend. I emailed Karol who responded within in an hour.
48 hours later, my patient had an appointment in London with a leading oral cancer surgeons. Sadly, he concurred with her local medical team and she really doesn't have any other medical option than radical surgery. But, we tried - and often there is a more positive outcome.
This is how healing and orthodox medicine should work. My role is not an 'alternative' to medicine but as something to complement it. Doctors can do things for my patients that I can't dream of - but sometimes healers can do something they can't.
At the end of his email to me last week, Karol mentioned a young woman that we both treat. Three years ago she was suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer but for some time she's been completely clear. "A PET-CT scan carried out last week shows she is disease free," he told me. "She needs to get away from all of us and get a life, go travelling, have a torrid love affair - anything but dwelling on her breast cancer and seeing endless specialists! Easy to say but difficult to do."
His comments made me smile for days and I've used them here with her consent. All of us believe her success story is down to a joint effort.
In the Introduction to my book, The Healing Journey, Karol Sikora wrote: "Matthew has a remarkable track record of working at the interface between body and soul. His knowledge is outstanding in both breadth and detail." If Karol ever asked me to return the favour I would say exactly the same thing about him. It's what makes him a healing doctor and me a medical healer.
That would be my vision for the future of healing - a situation where we work alongside orthodox medicine for the sole purpose of helping the patient.
HEALING WORKS AT A DISTANCE
It's wonderful to get positive feedback from those on my distant healing list, which you can find on my Healing Community pages, and this week I've been sent two interesting stories.
One lady on my list suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision needed for activities such as reading and driving. Her treatment involves an injection into her eye every 12 weeks.
"This last time it went horribly wrong and a massive infection took over my eye, causing incredible pain and loss of sight. The hospital have been injecting antibiotics into the eye," she explained.
"Thank you for the amazing distant healing yesterday evening. The heat that came through was so incredible as I tuned in that I could feel myself perspiring through the energy.
"I slept the most peaceful of nights' sleep and my eye now feels much less painful and has lost some of the remnants from the infection."
Someone else had placed their son's name on my distant healing list but wrote to say:
"He is now very much better. I think there probably is no need to continue now. It was amazing to know you were helping at such a difficult time."
Many people believe they have to see me personally to gain benefits but accounts like this demonstrate that healing works beyond our understanding of time and space.
As well as anecdotal evidence, much scientific research has been carried out with distant healing. For example, a French study showed that people could inhibit the growth of a destructive fungus at a distance of 1.5 meters, using only mental intentions. This study was successfully replicated at the University of Tennessee, using the same organism, at distances of one to 15 miles.
PROFESSOR 'CANNOT FULLY EXPLAIN' THIS HEALING!
It's always rewarding to hear of a successful healing - but it's even better when it can't be explained by a doctor!
This week one of my patients sent me an intriguing message:
"I've had another Dexa scan (a bone density scan) and I spoke to my professor this morning. Earlier this year my bone density had increased by 15% and this most recent scan shows an increase in bone in the ball joint into my pelvis. All down to you, thank you."
Although the healing had been attributed to me, I was curious about any possible contribution from medication.
"I used to have calcium injections for bone growth, before I had cancer in 2014. As a precaution, these stopped in 2015 as I only had one kidney," my patient explained.
Her professor has now written: "Interestingly, her bone density looked a lot better and I can't fully explain that."
During a workshop last autumn I gave healing to a lady suffering from secondary breast cancer that had spread to her bones and spine. She'd been told she had three months to a maximum of five years to live.
"I've recently had a PET scan which has come back with results of no active cancer", she wrote yesterday . "I have healer friends who have also helped, but just wanted to share and thank you."
"I was terrified at the prospect of such major surgery but you provided reassurance and calmed my terror. Your support and distant healing helped me so much that the morning after the operation I was able to sit up, smiling and eating breakfast whilst chatting to my nurses and other patients with my tummy cut from one side to the other and one side of my chest removed and rebuilt!
"My recovery in hospital was speedy and my pain levels were reduced. My mood was so bright and happy that the nurses and surgeon asked how I was so upbeat and recovering so quickly. I explained that you'd been sending me distant healing. Many of them either knew about your work or became fascinated by it.
"I've continued to remain cancer-free. Your healing transformed what could have been a horrifying experience into something filled with positive support and hope."
HEALING SOMETIMES WORKS IN STRANGE WAYS!
"Many years ago I attended your two-day workshop in Brighton. You asked for someone to demonstrate on and my arm shot up in the air to volunteer. You asked what my problem was and I said I had a frozen shoulder.
"'How did this happen?' you asked.
"' I can't say. It's personal,' I replied.
"It was actually caused by my ex partner stamping on my body and I was too ashamed to admit it. So when you chose someone else, I was so upset that I walked out.
"The next morning, my frozen shoulder was healed. And I was so grateful because sometimes you'd said that the healing goes to someone else."
THIS IS A RARE HEALING!
The young woman leapt out of her car as it pulled into my driveway and threw her arms tightly around me.
"It's gone. The scan doesn't show anything," she said with enormous excitement.
Zara had been diagnosed at the beginning of this year with a rare disorder known as Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). If your body makes too much of a type of immune cell called histiocytes, they can cause tumours, lesions, and other tissue damage. In about 8 out of ten people, LCH leads to tumours called granulomas in the skull and other bones.
She had undergone surgery in January because a tumour had broken a vertebra in her spine and surgeons, unable to remove it, inserted metal rods to stabilise her spine. Just before lockdown Zara had written to me for an appointment whilst waiting for treatment to start.
About a month ago, having received no medical treatment, she had her first healing session with me. She then had a second appointment last week. However, a few days earlier she had another MRI scan - which revealed no trace of the tumour.
This sort of healing is rare as I'd normally work with a patient over many months. But, after working for over 40 years, I'm still baffled by occurrences like this. Why are there occasionally extraordinary and inexplicable healings, whilst others are slower - and sometimes nothing at all happens?
I stopped analysing these imponderables many years ago as I had no answer - and it got in the way of my work. I have to remain in an almost child-like state where anything is possible ... unless challenged by logic.
A LIFE CHANGING HEALING!
I thought you might be interested in a message I received from the husband of one of my patients. It's always wonderful to hear that someone's life has been changed as a result of healing ...
"I just wanted to share some good news we had this morning - it continues from the steady improvement we have seen since Sue has been visiting you.
"Twelve months ago, her blood tests were described as 'grossly abnormal' and she was placed on the liver transplant list. However, today she spoke to her consultant and he describes her progress as 'highly unusual'.
"Her progress has gone from 'grossly abnormal', to 'abnormal' to 'borderline' and now to 'marginal'.
"Progress is so marked that she is now considered not to need a transplant and has been taken off the list.
"She's actually had no treatment from the hospital - the only treatment she's had is from you! So, a massive thank you from both Sue and myself. We are over the moon!"
AN INSPIRING STORY OF HEALING AT A DISTANCE
Stanio, a Polish man in his early 50s, had been diagnosed with a tumour in his spinal column between his head and neck. He had seen four specialists in Poland all of whom agreed that surgery was too risky and that he should prepare for the worst. He also traveled to Britain for a private consultation with a neurologist who agreed with the Polish doctors that surgery carried a very a high risk and his prognosis was poor.
By the time he was placed on my distant healing list he was in hospital with his wife, Danka, by his bedside. He then suddenly experienced an intense headache, became hot and sweated for several hours.
"It was as if he was shedding something bad from his body," she said. "He could feel himself 'changing' and he fell into a long deep sleep. When he woke up the next morning he felt almost well."
Scans taken shortly afterwards showed that the tumour had disappeared.
Describing the experience, Stanio later said, "I felt as if someone was watching out for me and helping my body to recover."
IT'S WONDERFUL TO HEAR OF SUCH A HEALING SUCCESS - EVEN IF IT IS 40 YEARS LATER!
I received the most wonderful story on my Healing Community pages from a lady asking to be placed on my distant healing list.
"About 40 years ago (!), when I was eight years old, I visited you in Zurich and Freiburg im Breisgau together with my family," she wrote. "My twin brother had a severe blood disease and a tumour in his head. The doctors said at that time they could not do anything more for him.
"I remember these healing sessions - I was a child at the time - in a very impressive and touching way. Fortunately, I was allowed to be there and as a child it was the most normal thing in the world for me that this would work. I was so grateful that there was someone who could help my twin brother.
"After the first healing by you, my brother's blood values went up. At the time the doctors could not explain the healing.
"But my brother has lived in the best of health ever since and has never had any more problems. What a nice discovery to have found you on the internet and to read about your incredible work as a healer!"
Matthew's words came true exactly to the word...except that they were in French. When we first met and he discussed treating the little tumour under my left eye, he said one of three things would happen. I would go to the dermatologist here in France and she would say 'I can't find it.' 'Where is it?' 2) It would stay as it is and not get any bigger or 3) It would not work
I so wish I could have sent you both a video of the scene on Friday. My dermatologist was holding an enormous magnifying glass and seemed gobsmacked after she'd said those first two things . Then she looked very confused and asked me if I knew where it was. In the end, I told her about Matthew and she said she believes in the link between mind and body.
I am still in a state of not quite being able to believe it. I think Matthew would laugh at the image of a doctor approaching me with a can of smoking liquid nitrogen or a scalpel, only to be turned away. But I'm not surprised at all.
We visited the hospital yesterday to get the results of recent scans and blood tests. Although I have had no chemotherapy or other treatment, the marker had been 766 in August and has now fallen to 17; also the scan shows a continuing stable condition.