Great healers are born healers

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Great healers are born, not made.

Years ago, Bill Mitchell worked for the South Melbourne Football Club  (spuriously converted to the Sydney Swans so the AFL could sell TV rights).

Bill would charge five shillings for each player treated and then donate the money to a Christian charity. He treated all VFL players at the time and was considered a miracle-worker.

If Bill couldn’t get you back on the field, it was time to retire. He treated everyone.

I went to him for a frozen shoulder which had been frozen for three months and I was desperate. I walked in, paid my five shillings and he just started working on my shoulder before I even said anything. I could feel nerve impulses running up and down from the shoulder to the elbow as muscles were being liberated. One visit was enough and my five shilling donation was worth it.

Bill was a modern-day shaman, with a mystic air and always smiling and happy. I would place natural healers like him on a par with the placebo effect, where the body is duped into healing itself.

All doctors should prescribe placebos only, and stop messing with natural, physiological systems in the body with drugs that don’t work, cost a fortune and create damaging side-effects.

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Robert Gosstray is a retired pharmacist and the resident health writer for Midlifexpress. He is the author of The Pharmacist's Secrets: Drugs, lies and money.


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