Hearing God’s Voice
A Physicians Testimony
Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Have you ever wondered about the path your life has taken in bringing you to the place you are today? What were the inclinations and events which directed you to follow that pathway?
My early childhood was formed by the beliefs and upbringing of my family. I was taught to love God, to obey His Laws and to help those in need. My parents demonstrated these principles every day by the way they lived. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a foreign missionary. Of course, I didn’t know what that meant but that seed had been planted in me and was present throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. It would not go away.
As I became more independent I was drawn toward a career in science. Little things started that process, like the time my cousin Ed came over to our house and showed my brother and me how to make hydrogen gas. He was a chemist.
In high school, chemistry and biology drew my interest. English literature, especially fictional writing, didn’t appeal to me at all.
In college, I majored in chemistry and biology. Organic chemistry was my favorite. For one of the classes I went on an elective field trip to a lab that was doing research on milk proteins. One of the experiments dealt with paper electrophoresis. This was a new technique for separating proteins by passing an electrical current through a sheet of filter paper moistened with an electrolyte solution. Milk protein fractions, dyed blue, were able to be separated by this method. Because of this experience, I became interested in effects that electrical fields had on electrically charged proteins.
As with many wide eyed college students, my life was full of expectations, with an increasing awareness of new concepts and philosophies. I wanted to explore such concepts as ‘What is truth?’ This seed was planted in me during a religious convocation at the beginning of my freshman year of college. The speaker opened each session with a prayer invoking the Holy Spirit to lead us to the “fullness of truth”. As I pondered this over the years, I came to realize that truth was not an abstract concept but a reality fully expressed in the form of a Person. John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
After graduating from college, I accepted a teaching assistantship in biochemistry at the University of Maryland at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. My duties included being a laboratory instructor and lecturer in biochemistry.
My major professor had a strong interest in physical chemistry. I remember one experiment demonstrated Liesegang rings. We layered a solution of silver nitrate over a gel containing potassium dichromate. Discrete bands of colored, insoluble silver dichromate precipitated after several hours of diffusion. Chemical migration in gels and sols introduced me to a whole new field of colloid chemistry. It was important for me to understand this aspect of colloid chemistry, because a study of biology and biochemistry involves an understanding of the effect that electrically charged particles have on hydrated proteins like sols and gels which are colloids.
Because of my interest in proteins, I presented a paper on the amino acid sequence of the insulin protein. My research professor was interested in my presentation and directed me to research electrophoresis of serum proteins. He wanted to determine which protein fraction carried a chemical he was evaluating for his research of atherosclerosis. The technique of paper electrophoresis eventually evolved into gel electrophoresis, a method used for DNA analysis today.
After obtaining a degree of Master of Science in Biochemistry, I spent the next four years studying Medicine at New York Medical College. This school had a history of teaching Hahnemann’s homeopathic medicine until the late 1920’s. It then changed to a standard medical curriculum with an emphasis on Pharmacology and high technology. There were faculty members with homeopathic backgrounds who placed a strong emphasis on careful history taking, clinical observation and physical examination, rather than chart review of laboratory and other technical data as is currently practiced. The emphasis on case analysis served me well when I later served as a missionary in Central Africa where we had limited access to technical equipment and had to depend on our basic clinical skills for diagnosis.
New York Medical College, taught an orthodox medical curriculum. Pharmacology was required to be taught for medical school certification. I was completely unaware of the homeopathic tradition at the school. Flower Hospital, the main teaching hospital for the medical school, was formally a homeopathic hospital. Homeopathy had been accepted as a valid form of medical practice in the northeast and mid-western parts of the United States prior to that time.
I did not realize the subtle energy states discovered by Hahnemann would become a part of my life experience in electrodermal detection and would probably become a big part of future medical care.
During my clinical years in medical school I was assigned to general surgical services most of the time, even though my preference was internal medicine. I was able to observe many surgical procedures close at hand by assisting at surgery. After graduation I opted for a general rotating internship. Once again I was assigned to the surgical service for a longer time than I had expected. It was almost as if I had been in a surgical residency program. I began to assist more actively in many surgical procedures. Little did I realize that this surgical experience would be of such a great value while I was in rural Africa. I spent 90% of my time doing surgery even though surgical disease constituted only 10% of the health problems in the sphere of influence served by the hospital. I was the only physician in a 170 bed hospital that served 150,000 people.
After internship, I joined the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Surgeon, stationed in Japan. While traveling I developed an infectious intestinal disease in Hong Kong. The illness delayed my entry into a medical residency program so I took a residency in pathology until the next year’s medical residency became available. As a pathology resident I performed over 100 autopsies under close supervision. My director was very strict about autopsy technique. It was like performing a surgical procedure from beginning to end. Surgical instruments were used for dissection and for obtaining tissue for microscopic analysis. Every move was carefully recorded. This was very helpful training for the surgery I would have to do in Africa. Staining and interpretation of histopathology slides was excellent preparation for evaluating parasitic and other tropical medicine problems of the mission environment. The obstetrical training I had during my internship was also very useful for the types of problems I would face in our mission hospital.
After medical residency I married Carole and we went to Malawi, Central Africa as medical missionaries. We had a School of Midwifery at our mission so I did not perform routine deliveries, only the complicated ones. I did about 20-25 Caesarian Sections per year, mostly in young women with birth canals that were too small for normal delivery. There were many village induced complications as well.
In all, I successfully performed about 600 major obstetrical and general surgical procedures.
At the end of 3 1/2 years my wife and I concluded that we had completed our calling in Malawi and that we should return home. I had a desire to get a post-doctoral fellowship in medical oncology but by the time I left the mission I had not received a reply from my applications. I was really disappointed. All I could recall was an inner voice saying “Remember Abraham” He did not have a place to go either. So we stepped out in faith, not knowing where to go or what to do. We no sooner arrived in Bangkok on our way home when I received a telegram accepting my application to the Medical College of Virginia in the Department of Oncology. We, too, stepped out in faith and moved to Richmond.
After completing my Fellowship in Oncology, I accepted a position as Director of Medical Education at a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. The Eastern Virginia Medical School was in the process being established about that time so I joined the community faculty. In the mean time my oncology practice was growing at a rapid pace. I became an investigator for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology group and eventually became the Founding President for the Virginia Oncology Group. I always considered cancer chemotherapy to be more investigational than established therapy. In my judgment, more data was needed to validate its use as a standard for clinical practice. The more I practiced chemotherapy the more I became convinced that laws rules of therapeutics were being violated, especially the main rule of “Do no harm”. Because of this concern I was drawn to investigate homeopathy because the goal was “Rapid, gentle and complete” cure. There was a substantial amount of homeopathetic literature claiming benefit in cancer management. Unlike homeopathy, complications from chemotherapy were very high. It does not take much of a therapeutic miscalculation to get significant toxicity without much benefit. The therapeutic dose is very close to the toxic dose so I began to look for additional ways to treat cancer without causing harm to my patients.
In my research, I came across a report by Daunopolis on the use of Urea in treating cancer. Daunopolis was an emeritus professor from the Anticancer Institute in Athens. He reported success in treating solid tumors, in those patients who failed chemotherapy. He even treated those with bulky tumors of the liver, colon breast and malignant melanoma. Bulky tumors are generally not successfully treated with chemotherapy. Urea toxicity was minimal, and toxicity was easily reversible. It was inexpensive and could be taken by mouth. Use of Urea made all sorts of sense to me based on my knowledge of colloid chemistry. Urea was thought to dissolve the colloid on the surface of the cancer cell allowing the normal cancer killing cells to attach to the cancer cell an initiate the process of cell death. It was not a direct cancer cell poison. Patients loved it because it had a sedative effect. Malonyl urea is barbituric acid. The urea portion of barbituric acid is a sedative. (E. Grimaux, Bull. Soc. Chem., 1879, 31, 146). There were many patient responders. I reported my findings to a group of regional cancer researchers but they had no desire to do controlled clinical trials because there was no industrial support for research. One could buy urea for a couple dollars a pound and it did not have any patent protection.
One patient had a rock hard malignant melanoma beneath her skin. After a period of urea treatment it started to get soft, so I took some fluid and had it analyzed. Cells were seen in 3-dimensional clusters, indicating they were alive. A bit later I withdrew more fluid and it contained only flat sheets of cells indicating that the cells were losing their vitality. I took more fluid still later and only ghost outlines of cells could be identified, indicating cell death. Melanoma never returned in that area. In my own clinical experience I had many responders, who are alive and free of disease years later, especially those with breast cancer.
Later, I began working with a professor of microbiology from the local medical school, who was an expert in making vaccines. He was also an expert in the field of cell wall deficient bacteria, the form microbes are thought to take when they are within the cell of their host. This was at a time when vaccines were just beginning to be used for clinical investigation in patients with cancer. We decided to use an autogenous vaccine, that is, a vaccine made from the patients own secretions. The reason we chose an autogenous vaccine was because it was safe to use and because it was specific for the individual from which it was made. We did not have to apply for governmental authorization to make it, since it has already been ‘grandfathered’ into the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
I visited a clinic in California that used autogenous vaccine as part of their cancer treatment and was impressed with the vigor of their patients. I compared them to my patients who looked sickly and depressed after I treated them with chemotherapy. I saw the same beneficial effect after I studied the effects of autogenous vaccines in my practice. The Human Experimentation Committee from the medical school approved my use of autogenous vaccine for my preclinical trials but I was not able to do a formal clinical trial because no government funding was available for this kind of project and because autogenous vaccines were not patentable
In 1986 I was introduced to electro-acupuncture technology at an alternative medicine meeting. A signal for an intestinal bacterium was detected at my small intestine detection site. I was impressed because I was having some intestinal distress at the time. I eventually obtained one of these devices and, with the permission of my patients, started using it in my practice. My initial perception was that there was improvement in many of their medical problems. Tumors got smaller and I was able to correct some drug toxicities and infections, all in a non-toxic, gentle manner. Once the word got out that I was using more than just chemotherapy, a new type of patient began to make appointments to see me. Many had relatives who died from severe chemotherapy toxicity after spending a lot of money on drugs and prolonged hospitalizations. I was now beginning to serve a population who were critical of the orthodox method of cancer management.
Although I was serving a need in the medical community, it was not ‘standard therapy’ and the board of medicine, by statute, had to review my practice. After 6 years, three reviews and more than $300,000 of legal expenses the Board determined that I had not violated any laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I believe their decision, in part, was due to my patient’s concerns about losing a physician who was helping them. Up to 200 of them were in attendance at each of the hearings.
An interesting event occurred before one of the hearings. I woke up about 4 A.M after having had a dream. In the dream, there was a man, looking like me, standing with his back to a firing squad. The captain said “Fire!” and all of the bullets missed. He again said “Fire!” and all the guns exploded. He then tried to cut off the head of this man but an invisible protective collar blocked the sword. At breakfast, the following day, my attorney and I were discussing the possible outcome of this hearing. He thought I was going to lose my license. I told him that I did not think so and, then, told him of my dream. I explained to him that I don’t usually have focused dreams, but I told him that I thought this may have been a prophetic dream. The fact that the victim’s back was turned to the firing squad meant that there was a covert activity by the accusers. Usually the victim is allowed to face his accusers (firing squad). I was required to bring certain office charts to the hearing. After being informed that their charts would become part of the public record, my patients threatened to bring a law suit against me to prevent me from bringing them to the hearing. They wanted to protect their privacy. That put me in a position of double jeopardy. If I brought their records, I will be sued by my patients for violating their right to privacy. If I did not bring them, I would not be compliant with the board’s request to bring them. To protect their privacy, I did not bring the records. The Board could not scrutinize records they did not have. ‘Their bullets missed’. Since I was compliant with the board’s previous directives, they had no legal bullets to shoot. ‘Their guns exploded’.
As mentioned, I had up to 200 satisfied patients at each of the hearings. A commonly used formula by government is that each attendee at a public hearing represents 10,000 people in the community. The board became aware that there was a consensus in the community about privacy and patient choice of therapy. Orthodox medicine could not overcome this mandate by simply removing a local “head’ of this national movement.
The board ruled that I had not violated any laws of the Commonwealth. I was able to continue providing the kind of care my patients wanted. Legally, I did not have to put on an iron yoke, that is, I was not taken out of my country (my state mandated permission to practice medicine). Legally, I did not even have to put on a wooden yolk (modify my practice of electrodermal detection).
I had always respected the administrative authority of the state like Daniel the prophet. I was obedient to the laws of Babylon!
It turned out that my dream was prophetic. Acts 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams”. The Lord “spoke” to me in a dream! He had prior knowledge of the events of that day. He knew the “end from the beginning”.
Isa 46: 9, 10 …For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning.
In spite of the board’s favorable legal decision, I was still “red flagged”, that is, my name was posted on the Physician Data Base for those whose practices were reviewed by Boards of Medicine. I thereby became liable to frivolous law suits. They, too, are costly. Even if one is completely innocent, law suits lead to the need to divert income for legal defense of your practice rather than for maintaining the practice itself.
Medical decisions have been turned into legal matters by using “standard of care” as a basis malpractice suits. I asked my board to provide me with their “standard of care” so as to be able to comply with their directives. They never replied to my request. Basically “standard of care” is what we say it is. It is very subjective and is based on the opinions of experts selected from the medical community. Since most of the experts are trained in pharmaceutical medicine, they have no knowledge of the alternative medical care. It was outside of their understanding of what “standard of care” could be. When such large numbers of satisfied patients showed up at the hearings, the board became aware that there was a different standard of care in the community and that I was acting in my patient’s best interest.
In a technical medical case such as mine, the plaintiff’s attorneys appealed to the jury in more emotional and theatric manner because juries are not composed of the defendant’s medical peers but by those who have little understanding of medical matters. There was no violation of state statutes to appeal because I was compliant with a standard of practice that was approved by the Board of Medicine. The plaintiff’s attorney used character assassination as part of his strategy. He tried to destroy my reputation in front of the jury. His tactic was an example of lawlessness (ἀνομία anomia-a violation of God’s Law; sin). The Holy Spirit spoke to Matthew in Mat 7: 1 “…in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”. In other words, do not use your intent to judge another persons action. It is a case of using unequal weights and measures, like saying “I didn’t intend to kill him” …but you did and the victim is still dead! The attorneys intent was to win the case not by points of law but by destroying the character of the defendant in the eye of the jury. Like rape, character assassination can never be taken back, neither can murder.
What else does a man have but his reputation? God spoke to us in Psa 22:1” A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold”. The words spoken by Jesus in Mat 5:10 had real meaning to me “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
During all the years of my contention with the law, I was never bitter with those who were called upon to enforce the law, rather, I felt compassion for their captivity to laws they were expected to enforce. I was aware that they were following man’s law and not God’s law. This was all part of God’s corrective judgment to teach me to be obedient to His law by trials and tribulations. Rev 3:19 “those whom I love I rebuke and discipline”. I also sensed that my heavenly Father had put a hedge around my practice to protect me, my family and my patients. Job 1:10 “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land”.
In December 2002, my wife Carole and I agreed that I should retire from active medical practice. As we began to understand the need to obey God’ Law we would do things only if we both were in agreement. Deu. 19:15 “A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”.
During the years of my practice, I was very conscientious about recording my electrodermal data. I was able to organize this data into a form that was useful for teaching. As a result I was able to write a clinical text on An Electrodermal Analysis of Biological Conductance, a project that I had started 4 years earlier. This text that outlines the history of electrodermal technology from its ancient origins in Chinese acupuncture, to the subtle energy influence of homeopathy discovered by Hahnemann in the mid 1800’s, to its present form of computerized electromagnetic recognition of biological information in living subjects.
For easy reference in my text, electromagnetic detection sites have been organized by organs and systems. An atlas of detection sites graphically demonstrates site location. I have included a short history of digital signal development and its use in computerized signal detection. There is a list of signals that I obtained from my initial study. It includes signals for microbes, chemicals, animals, vegetables and homeopathics. I have a glossary that explains in plain language the meaning of the signals and I have analyzed several medical cases to demonstrate how electrodermal technology can be used in clinical practice.
I have nearly completed course outlines in the major subjects of internal medicine including cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, bioterrorism, traveler’s risks and several more.
As I’ve gone through life, all of my experiences seemed to be random events when, in fact, they were a straight line vector of preparation for a later work. I am convinced that our lives are all directed by God to accomplish His will by listening to His Voice. John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things…”
It is important to know that you are listening to God’s voice and not your own.
First of all, so as not to be deceived, I look for agreement by a second or third witness who has the same word of knowledge that I have. Most of the time, witnesses are not even solicited. They just appear or call. Many of my patients are in this category. Frequently there are several witnesses. If there is agreement I am encouraged to act. Deu. 19:15 “A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”.
Secondly, in going from one situation to another, I found that there is freedom from stress. There are no doubts about what you should be doing. Things just fall into place. Mat 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. I look for this validation.
Thirdly, I try to see if I am very productive and am prospering in whatever endeavor I have been called to do. Mat 7:20 “…by their fruits you will know them”.
This journal entry is a chronicle of changes that have taken place in my life. It is my perception of the reason why and when events occurred. There is a clear direction of these events leading up to the present time in my life. It is an exposé of my view of living for God in the field of science in a manner that is in agreement with Him, not by leaning on one’s own understanding. Pro 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding”.
I am simply stating my belief. I am not trying to convert anyone. Conversion is a heart issue about loving God and being in agreement with Him. It is a response to the Holy Spirit from within.
There is a great benefit in seeking true healing by incorporating God’s wisdom and council into medical and scientific reasoning. It is the best way to take advantage all of the resources that are available for healing. Being obedient to God’s voice is a wonderful way to live, too. When applied to medicine, outcomes are really good.
I have learned to seek His council continually. I inquire of Him more and more and always try to listen to His voice.
I love my heavenly Father and He loves me. I know because He told me so. “God is love”. 1 John 4:8