Imagine one of the swords used in fencing, a foil, and then think of it being thrust straight through a body, but that body doesn't bleed or appear to feel pain. This was the highlight of a stage act performed at the Corsco Theatre in Zurich in 1947 by a Dutchman, Mirin Dajo.
One of the audience had a heart attack and died and the show was banned, but a doctor heard about the strange goings-on and asked Dajo to undergo scientific enquiry. At a Zurich Hospital in front of a large crowd including doctors and journalists, Dako's assistant again thrust the foil through his body and again there was no bleeding and the vital organs seemed undamaged.
With the foil through his body Dajo, and everyone else, trooped up the stairs to the X-ray room where it was proved that the foil was indeed going straight through his body. It was removed after a total of twenty minutes , and there were just two faint scars showing. Dajo later obligingly undertook examination by more doctors in Basel, one of whom run him through with a foil. Thanks to Dajo's mind over matter, the doctor didn't have to be charged with murder.
In Valencia, Spain, today, there is a Dr Angel Escudero who has performed surgery on over 700 patients without using anaesthetic. Instead he uses psycho - anaesthesia - simply telling his patients that during surgery they will feel nothing. Observers of the procedure confirm that no hypnosis is involved. This is a different type of thought transference.
The doctor says 'you will feel no pain' and the patient thinks 'I will feel no pain' - and they don't. According to Dr Escudero, the patient having liquid saliva in their mouth is a vital adjunct of therapy. He points out that having a dry mouth is a characteristic of stress, fear or panic. Unbelievably for more conventional doctors, Dr Escudero uses no antibiotics yet his patients have never once developed an infection.
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