Science, Your Health and the Virgin Mary

When I was a small boy my uncle visited the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Lourdes France. A girl named, Bernadette Soubirous, began seeing visions of a young lady there on February 11, 1858. The lady eventually identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The Virgin Mary.

On February 25, Bernadette said the apparition asked her to dig in the ground and drink from the spring she found there. This made her disheveled and some of her supporters were dismayed, but this act revealed the stream that soon became a focal point for pilgrimages. Although it was muddy at first, the stream became increasingly clean. As word spread, this water was given to medical patients of all kinds, and many reports of miraculous cures followed.

My uncle brought bottles of this water home for his family members. We kept ours in the refrigerator. I don’t remember ever drinking the water, although I’m pretty sure mom might have given us little spoonfuls if we were really sick. I bring this up because I went to a Stem Cell Center presentation yesterday evening. It was the first time I’d been out of the house in days because of the flu.

The very first thing the presenter talked about were ‘expectations.’ How important our positive outlook, and beliefs were to our physical, mental and economic lives. This is true, but hardly something I expected to encounter in a supposed medical information presentation. I could see the presenter reading the crowd. Tailoring his presentation to the people gathered. Feeding on their distrust of “Big Pharma” the FDA and a medical system that wants to keep you sick. There are millions who believe this. People against vaccinations who believe in chiropractic adjustments for colds and flu.

It is a belief system. Like a religion. You can find facts that will absolutely prove you are right. While another can find facts to prove you are absolutely wrong. You believe what you choose. Why is unproven Stem Cell Therapy more valid than drinking Holy Water from Lourdes? The water is safer, scientifically proven to work with 60 documented miracles, countless testimonials of success and much less expensive. You can buy a bottle blessed in Lourdes on Amazon for $8.99 with free shipping.

The Stem Cell Center presenter even mentioned God. Saying, and I paraphrase, ‘God made our bodies to heal themselves.’ Of course this is true. Any child who’s ever had a booboo can attest to its validity. But I guarantee I have more faith in God than the Stem Cell Center. $8.99 for a bottle of water with a 161 year track record of safe, scientifically proven effectiveness vs. thousands of dollars for unproven Stem cells. Which would you choose?