I have never been more skeptical going in to the reading of a book. It was recommended to me by a friend. (Apologies, because I don’t remember who. I am very lucky to have a pretty regular flow of great reading recommendations.) Just by the title (Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal), I was incredibly intrigued.
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After all, using the word “secrets” in a title tends to draw us in, doesn’t it? We’re social beings by nature- whether we’re introverted or extroverted, human beings crave connection. When an author promises to let us in on a secret, it makes us feel like we’re a part of something. Like the contents of the book will be THAT THING we’ve been missing out on.
Also, for those that know me outside of the blogging world, you know that I have long been a sufferer of chronic illness. So, “how to finally heal’? This book already had me hook, line, and sinker.
I am almost done reading it, and I have learned some explosive information. I wanted to dedicate a series of blog posts to talk about what I’ve learned and share my thoughts on these revelations. Ultimately, I’m not sure how long this series will last. There is definitely a ton of source material! But this book got me thinking hard about the things I put into my body on a regular basis, and it made me ask: Can I finally heal?
My medical issues
I’ve been chronically ill for a long time. What is chronic illness exactly? I feel like it’s one of those phrases that gets thrown around a lot, but many people might not understand what it means.
Basically, when a person is chronically ill, they feel sick physically or emotionally more often than they feel well. Their issues are persistent and often, life long. Their illnesses might have a variety of causes ranging from simple to complex, but they have likely had a difficult time finding a solution.
In my case, my issues are currently:
- digestive issues
- pain flare-ups
So, obviously, any book that hints at a solution right in the title is massively appealing for me. Especially if the solutions are more holistic/integrative in nature. I’m currently a bit jaded by Western medicine. In my experience, it seems to be focused on keeping a person sick by A) advocating symptom management vs finding causes and B) prescribing pills that just make you feel more unwell.
About the book
“Everything I share in these pages comes from a higher authority, the essence of compassion, that wants everyone to heal and live up to their potential.” (Medical Medium, xviii)
To be completely honest, I am not a religious person. (My thoughts on why I feel like I need to add the disclaimer of “To be completely honest…” could fill at least one blog post, and I don’t want to go off on a tangent.) So, any mention of a “higher authority” is usually an automatic turn off for me. I am a large believer in fact and things I can see, and am largely skeptical of the metaphysical and spiritual.
The introduction of the book discusses “the quickening,” the current era in which we live. This immediately reminded me of the famous quote from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
The quickening refers to the author, Anthony William’s, belief that society is moving exponentially faster, and it is becoming harder to adapt to the changes. But even though it feels impossible at times, we have to try to adapt the best way we can.
“…this time of the Quickening isn’t just about life speeding up. It’s also about rebirth. A new world is emerging. If we’re to keep up- and not fall prey to the dangers that accompany rapid change- we must adapt.” (Medical Medium, xxi)
So, pretty much, the guy who wrote this book hears voices. It started when he was a child, and a handful of times involved a visual hallucination in which he would see an old man with a beard and robes.
Saving my thoughts, so don’t panic! You will get to hear all of what I think about this below.
Moving on. William tells a story about how, as a child, he used these auditory and visual hallucinations to predict his grandmother’s cancer. Later in life, they helped him save his dog from drowning.
He says for the sake of clarification that when he hears this voice speaking to him, it’s not a thought in his head but an actual external voice, like someone sitting next to him talking.
When he asks the voice after some time who it was, the voice said, “I am a word— compassion.”
So many opinions. Hang in there.
Basically, as an adult, he taught himself to “scan people.” This scanning enlightened him to any physical ailments that the person has. Not just that but it shows him their heart and soul as well.
“Every human being is different, with individual experiences, feelings, and soul states. To be a compassionate healer, you have to adapt to each unique condition and personality to alleviate that person’s pain and suffering. Spirit tells me this compassion is the most important element in healing.” (Medical Medium, 22)
“A mystery illness is any ailment that leaves people perplexed for any reason.” (26)
William says that most chronic illness are labels that keep people blinded from the truth. Simple bait and switches by the medical community to keep people in the dark about the medical community’s ineptitude.
Something interesting about this book is that nowhere that I have seen so far does he cite any of his sources. His source is Compassion— the word we mentioned earlier that he hears speaking to him.
Mystery illness is at an all time high, says William, calling it a “Healing merry go round.” This causes you to stay in and out of doctors’ offices searching for answers. He names three categories of mystery illness:
- Unnamed illness (can’t figure out what’s causing it)
- Ineffective treatment (They put a label on it but nothing works)
He goes on to talk about the danger of health trends. They are nothing but false promises that give people unwarranted hope.
“Health trends are like the emperor with no clothes. They try to distract from what they lack with false confidence and denial.” (Medical Medium 31) — ex. A no carb diet helps Candida
“(…) You are not to blame for your illness. It’s not something you manifested or attracted. It’s not your fault. You certainly don’t deserve to feel unwell. You have a God-given right to heal.” (Medical Medium 33)
He writes about the danger of illness shaming (thinking people just need to want to be well), and asserts that nobody wants to be sick or fears being healthy. Sick people need validation above all else. There’s that concept again. Compassion.
Okay. I have a lot of thoughts. Bear with me.
I like the concept of compassionate healing and healthcare. That is something that is sadly so missing from today’s pump and dump healthcare system. They pump you full of drugs, do not try to find the cause of your problems, and dump you on the curb.
The visions? Like I said, I am not religious. I do not believe that the author of this book is seeing or hearing an actual Holy Spirit that tells him how to heal people.
The truth? I think the story is incredibly compelling but I think it is just that: a story. Honestly, I think Anthony William is a man with more medical background than he admits in this book, and uses that knowledge to heal. I think the testimonials in this book are likely mostly, if not completely, fabricated.
Now, that being said, a lot of the suggestions he makes resonate with me. (I will get to that in later posts.) I am all on board with finding the cause of your fucking problems rather than focusing on symptom management.
One “yasss queen” moment I had while reading was when he was talking about the bait and switch techniques of the healthcare system. I truly believe that these big companies want you to remain ill so that they can continue to profit off of you. There are a lot of people who are getting very rich because I have bipolar disorder and fatigue, and because others like me suffer.
I also agree with his thoughts about being leery of health trends. Always do your research and go with your gut. I think your intuition can speak volumes about a health solution’s viability.
One more thing I like about the book so far are how he advocates for patients, and talks about the rampantly spreading issue of illness shaming. No one should be shamed for being chronically ill. It is not their fault and do not choose to be sick.
I believe we all make choices. The foods we eat and our activity levels are paramount for being healthy. When we choose fast food over a healthy salad, we are making a choice for our health. I am an autonomous being. To quote Jane Eyre, “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will…”
So, make good choices, friends. It won’t erase the fact that you’re depressed but your body will thank you.
What’s next in series
In my next portion of this review, I will talk about a “hidden epidemic” that he identifies as the cause of multiple chronic illness. It’s pretty crazy, so stay tuned!
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