The concept of energy healing goes back thousands of years and is rooted in Asian history. The US government funded a study to determine if energy healing could relieve fatigue felt by breast cancer patients. According to the Los Angeles Times energy healers say they can detect and channel and even manipulate this energy in another person. Science has not determined that this energy exists, let alone that anybody can detect it or manipulate it, or that it has anything to do with disease.Yet the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has funded studies of energy healing forfibromyalgia,(a $300,000 grant, prostate cancer(a $370,000 grant) and rats stressed out by white noise (a $370,000 grant. One grant, worth $104,000, led to a study of “energy chelation”; as a treatment for fatigue breast cancer survivors. In the study one part of the group received healing from energy healers, another part of the group received healing from unqualified imposters, and the rest received no treatment at all. The results were very disappointing. The participants that received the energy healing said that they felt less fatigued, but so did those who thought they received the energy healing. Experts denounce the study and felt as though it was flawed from the beginning since it was not based on solid scientific evidence. While these studies may have controversial results few can dispute the value of positive attitude and a positive environment when healing from any ailment. Dr. O’Toole explains to his patients that the decision to have cosmetic plastic surgery is an important decision. Patient should never lose sight of the fact that they are having surgery and that the healing process follows surgery. With over 20 years of experience Dr. O’Toole is well aware of the emotions that follow plastic surgery procedures. Patients having facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty often get depressed when they look in the mirror and see bruising and swelling making them look almost unrecognizable. A positive attitude and being surrounded by a positive support system helps tremendously in maintaining good spirits through the healing process. Different patients achieve this through different measures. Some have spiritual support and guidance from professionals, others have close family members that provide the support, but either way patients who have this mechanism in place fair better, and claim a positive plastic surgery experience.
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