What’s love got to do with it…if the dying recover when medicine holds out no hope?

The cases below are ones in which the best of modern medicine was not affording a needed cure.  These cases do not include Christian Science prayer-based healing treatment nor any spiritual or other alternative approach to treatment. But they are thought-provoking illustrations that the body does not necessarily need to act according to medical diagnosis or prognosis.  Such cases invite a spirit of curiosity as to why it should be possible that (1) a Stage 4 cancer sufferer and (2) parents told they had lost their new-born baby should see such dire predictions reversed?

Surrender, followed by a miracle is an article on madison.comthat features full recovery from Stage 4 carcinoid cancer.  (Note that this account includes some description of the symptoms of disease and its medically defined stages.)

Excerpt: ….in 2005, she sat in the Sauk City office of her primary physician, Dr. Tim Bartholow, and told him of a pivotal decision. She wanted to refuse further treatment. “I didn’t see the point in all these scans and diagnostic work when there’s no remedy,” Dennis said. “There’s anxiety that accompanies all this testing – not only for me, but for my family and friends. I told Tim, I’m feeling pretty good right now, and I just want to be that way for as long as I can.”Then she asked the doctor she had grown to deeply trust: “Do you think I’m crazy?” Bartholow was silent for a very long time. “No,” he finally said. “I think you’re wise”…  (Read the whole account here.)

Mom’s hug revives baby that was pronounced dead is a video report by Today Parenting at MSNBC of a mother whose baby revived through what is described as kangaroo care. (Otherwise known as “love”…?! :) )

Excerpt: “I wanted to meet him and to hold him and for him to know us. If he was on his way out of the world, we wanted for him to know who his parents were and to know that we loved him before he died.” But a strange thing happened on the way to farewell…  (Here is the video and/or read a transcript.)

Love – family love, parental love – certainly seems to have had something to do with bringing about these unexpected recoveries – recoveries not even being consciously sought.  In fact love would seem to have been a significant factor in both these cases.

According to Mary Baker Eddy – the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures - “Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.” These words appear in the context of a discussion about the Christian love that is essential to the approach to metaphysical healing that Jesus practised.  For the past 140 years the practice of this purely spiritual healing, in the form of Christian Science treatment, which is based on God’s love which Jesus so fully exemplified, has brought back many people from the brink of medically predicted demise. (Click here for several articles that include healing through Christian Science following a dire medical prognosis.)

And why not?  Why shouldn’t love have something to do with healing, when divine Love is God?  Why shouldn’t spiritual love be increasingly recognised as the most potent healing factor on earth?

Especially since the side effect of healing through divine Love, is to come to know that there is a God who loves each and every one of us as His/Her children, and to feel and experience that love!


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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3 Comments on “What’s love got to do with it…if the dying recover when medicine holds out no hope?”

  1. December 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Miscellany. by Mary Baker Eddy (p.235) line 6 “The tender mother, guided by love, faithful to her instincts, and adhering to the imperative rules of Science, asks herself: Can I teach my child the correct numeration of numbers and never nam…e a cipher? Knowing that she cannot do this in mathematics, she should know that it cannot be done in metaphysics, and so she should definitely name the error, uncover it, and teach truth scientifically.” Dads too. Science and Health (p. 60)” A mothers affection cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal. ” Dads too.

  2. December 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    The correct numeration of numbers requires ciphers, teach truthfully, scientifically, metaphysically. Ahh Science and science converge at last, through the idea of Christian Science.

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