In the shadows

Lynne McTaggart

A few months ago, a friend of ours Margaret Paul told us about her associate, Ericka Chopich, who’d suffered a catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke, likely the result of a two-year struggle with long Covid.

It’s one of the deadliest varieties of stroke, and in Ericka’s case the right side of her body was completely paralyzed, as were her vocal cords, so she couldn’t speak or even swallow.

Doctors predicted that she would require a feeding tube for at least five months and spend four months in a rehabilitative hospital.

A day and a half later, blasted with six CAT scans in a row that she was convinced would just damage her more, Ericka signed herself out of the hospital.

One week later, she was back on solid foods and walking unaided.

Within two weeks of her supposedly life-threatening stroke, Ericka was speaking and tending her horses. All that was left was recovering a bit more tone and pitch in her voice.

How did she do it? Although the hospital staff referred to her as a miracle, after observing her heal faster from stroke than anyone they’ve ever seen, her doctors were not interested in finding out how or why.

One of the key members of her healing team is a noted chiropractor with hundreds, if not thousands, of healing success stories. However, I can refer to him only as Dr. F.M., largely by his own request.

He refused to have his name in print because he has had numerous lawsuits filed against him – not from his patients, but from other medical doctors. They are furious with him because he is treating patients outside his scope of practice. He has the temerity to be seeking out treatment modalities that actually work.

In other words, instead of just using crunch-crack techniques he was taught in chiropractic school, Dr. M. has gone beyond his training, continuously learning other techniques that he’s applied to his patients, with stunning success.

His first treatment with Ericka consisted of using a McLaren Torch, a red-light therapy developed by Australian clinical scientist, acupuncturist and veterinarian surgeon Dr. Brian McLaren that is said to stimulate acupuncture points. Ericka knew the device well, since she used it on her horses.

Dr. M. also used another type of laser therapy to wake up portions of Ericka’s brain and then a vibration device to regulate certain of her hip muscles, which were misfiring. He also worked on her immune system and on some emotional issues he’d picked up.

The other therapist who was key to Ericka’s miracle recovery was Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® and NeuroMovement®. Relying on the brain’s high degree of neuroplasticity, Baniel employs tiny incremental movements to rewire the brain and heal movement difficulties.

Anat’s therapy was carried out via two Zoom calls, in which she instructed Ericka’s partner Margaret to assist her with the subtle movements that would help to heal her right side.

These two practitioners were responsible for extraordinary healing. They should have been applauded and their methods handed out to every stroke rehabilitation unit in the country.

Instead, in the case of Dr. M., he’s been forced to stay in the shadows, rely on word of mouth and dodge attacks from other doctors because they not only cannot understand his methods but also aren’t inclined to investigate them.

The nub of the problem is how medicine is now taught, largely by the long arm of the pharmaceutical industry. Take something basic like depression. A new review indicates what psychiatrists have known all along: that depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance.

This latest study demonstrated absolutely no relationship between low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin and depression, thus kicking away the entire platform on which the use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) is prescribed, currently to approximately 1 in every 8 Americans over 18 and to nearly a quarter of all American women over 60.

In fact, not one of the 131 studies examined by the evidence-based Cochrane Trial Unit purporting to prove the serotonin theory has shown anything other than bias or questionable clinical significance.

Nevertheless, for some 30 years a kind of amnesia fell over many in the psychiatric profession, who were happy to prescribe something - even something unproven - for a condition they have little other means to treat.

But it goes beyond offering up a drug as a placebo in the hope it will heal patients.

SSRIs got introduced and widely adopted in the 1990s through direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies, which also staged a charm offensive to doctors, offering them five-star junkets and more.

And now we’re seeing the drug industry also rewrite the story of HRT and claiming a new study clears statins of causing muscle weakness, a side effect proven in countless studies, listed in the drug packet inserts by manufacturers and experienced by tens of millions.

That’s why the profession desperately needs doctors like Dr. M. to come out of the shadows. It needs evidence of what’s really working that is not a tall tale told by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

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1,057 comments on “In the shadows”

  1. Would love to learn more about procedures used in this rehabilitation I am familiar with Power of 8

  2. Hi Lynne - this is the story of my husband who suffered this kind of deadly stroke in 2010. I spent years researching and trying to find a remedy to heal his very damaged brain. Sadly, I was unsuccessful - he did live 6 years - way beyond what was expected as I kept having him try 'new' therapies/modalities but his body and will gradually gave out. How I would loved to have encountered Dr. M! I am extremely delighted to hear of this success story however as I know how many others can benefit - and yes, I agree, these magnificent doctors need to come out of the shadows!

    Thanks for exposing- and all your hard work. I am thoroughly enjoying the Power of 8 Intention class.....

  3. There is a Netflix docuseries about doctors who are pioneers in their fields. One began using lasers to treat babies with TTTS in the womb. He was attacked for doing what he did even though it was successful. This was in the 90s, now it is common practice. Dr. M should rally support, and we should do an intention that his methods become widely known and accepted.

  4. Love you, Lynne! Thank you for all you do, all you make clear, all the Light you shine on dark places!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been a practicing Chiropractor for over thirty years and have never used the high velocity adjustments Chiropractors are known for. Instead, in the past, my mentors were brilliant energy medicine healers who generously allowed me to learn from them. As I developed my work, blending the Energy Medicine I learned in my early development, I added the deep structural work of Iyengar Yoga and Ida Rolf. In the last few decades, instead of encouraging pharmaceuticals, I have taught real food as medicine, now following the teachings of the Institute of Functional Medicine - The new paradigm of healing.

    Thank you, again, for your brave and brilliant work.

  6. Hi Lynne,
    These brilliant doctors should be allowed to practice openly without being worried by the bullying tactics of the pharmaceutical industry. My brother-in-law suffered with bi-polar / manic depression and was told that he had a severe chemical imbalance in his brain and was given electric shock treatment. However, this treatment did absolutely nothing for him and sadly he committed suicide at the age of 45. Had this type of treatment been available and known about I am sure he would still be with us today. As you said most Psychiatrists know that chemical imbalance is not the issue but are under pressure from big Pharma to issue drugs for these problems.

  7. Interesting story.
    After a certain recent vac*ne I developed cardiac symptoms of many alarming sorts. I am in my 70's. I got a referral to have a cardiac stress test which involved heart ultrasound before and after the treadmill. They found nil out of order but interestingly from then on I had no more cardiac symptoms. My explanation of this is as follows (both cardiologist and GP found this plausible when I told them): Just as sound waves via laser are now often used to break up kidney stones, I guess that the minor sound waves used in the ultrasounds broke up the mini clots that were causing my cardiac symptoms.
    I offer this in case it might be of help to others with similar issues.

  8. Great story Lynne, just shows how doctors would rather be swayed by the evil big pharma than listen to their conscience & do no harm to their patients

  9. Thank you once again for sharing otherwise hidden methods for bringing health and ease back into the dis ease platform.
    This is a path I have followed since 1978 when I first realised the 'doctor ' I went to see for an ongoing issue, had ,after 3 different prescriptions, no idea what was the cause of my symptoms. (It was an excess of candida in my body after a combination of the pill and antibiotics). The information came to me after I 'called out to the field' for help within hours.
    I have been healthy ever since!
    Following the path of good food, vitamin and mineral supplements when advised and energy healing, water, exercise, meditation and all the other 'alternatives' made available by all the great teachers of health and wellbeing both spiritual and physical has worked for me.
    Taking the responsibility for my health into my own hands has given me a fabulous healthy life. For me none of it is 'alternative ' any more.

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