"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."Thomas A. Eddison(1847 - 1931)

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Stigmatists

Therese Neumann was a well-known Bavarian stigmatist who died in 1962.  She had nail-like protuberances that passed completely through her hands and feet.  Naumann’s wounds opened periodically, and when they stopped bleeding a soft, membrane like tissue quickly grew over them.  Regardless of how her feet were positioned the blood always flowed from her wounds toward her toes, exactly as it would have flowed from Christ’s wounds when he was on the cross.  This meant that when she was sitting upright in bed, the blood actually flowed upward and counter to the force of gravity.  This was observed by numerous witnesses, including many U.S. servicemen stationed in Germany after the war who visited Neumann to witness her miraculous abilities.  A visit to Therese Neumann by Yogananda is detailed in his book: “Autobiography of a Yogi”.

Naumann also displayed inedia, the supernormal ability to live without food.  Her inedia began in 1923 when she “transferred” the throat disease of a young priest to her own body and subsisted solely on liquids for several years.  Then, in 1927, she gave up both food and water entirely.  An investigation was commissioned by the local bishop of Regensburg when he learned of this.  For two weeks from July 14, 1927 to July 29, 1927 under the supervision of medical doctor named Seidl, four Franciscan nursing sisters Neumann’s every move was scrutinized.  They watched her day and night, the water she used for washing and rinsing her mouth was carefully measured and weighed.  Neumann never went to the bather (even after a period of six weeks she only had one bowel movement, examined by Dr Reismanns, which contained only a small amount of mucus and bile, but no traces of food.)  She showed no signs of dehydration, even though the average human expels about four hundred grams of water daily in the air he or she exhales and a similar quantity through the pores.  Her weight remained constant; although she lost nearly nine pounds (in blood) during the weekly opening of her stigmata, her weight returned to normal within a day or two.  The tests were conclusive after fourteen days: Dr Seidl and the sisters were completely convinced that Neumann had not eaten or drunk a think for the entire time.  Neumann did not eat or drink a thing for the next thirty-five years. 

Other famous stigmatists:

-Most scholars agree that St Francis of Assisi was the first person to manifest spontaneously the wounds of the crucifixion.  Although no two ascetics exhibit the stigmata in quite the same way, all have two main things in common: they have wounds on their hands and feet that represent where Christ was nailed to the cross and they all heal instantly.  According to Thomas of Celano, an eyewitness to St. Francis’s stigmata and also his biographer: “His hands and feet seemed pierced in the midst by nails.  These marks were round on the inner side of the hands and elongated on the outer side, and certain small pieces of flesh were seen like the ends of nails bent and driven back, projecting from the rest of the flesh.”  St. Bonaventura also witnessed St. Francis’s stigmata and said that the nails were so clearly defined one could slip a finger under them and into the wounds.  Although St Francis’s nails appeared to be composed of blackened and hardened flesh, they possessed another nail-like quality.  According to Thomas of Celano, if a nail were pressed on one side, it instantly projected on the other side, just as if it were a real nail being slid back and forth through the middle of the hand.

-Padre Pio, an Italian who died in 1968. His stigmata wounds passed completely through his hands.  A wound in his side was so deep that doctors who examined it were afraid to measure it for fear of damaging ghis internal organs.

-Venerable Giovanna Maria Solimani, an eighteenth-century Italian had wounds in her hands deep enough to stick a key into.  As with all stigmatists her wounds never became decayed, infected or even inflamed.

-St Veronica Giuliani, an abbess at a convent in Citta di Castello in Umbria, Italy had a large wound in her side that would open and close on command.

Honolulu

Dr William Tufts Brigham, curator of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and a noted botanist who devoted much of his private life to investigating the paranormal, recorded an incident in which a broken bone was instantaneously healed by a native Hawaiian shaman, or kahuna.  The incident was witnessed by a friend of Brigham’s named J. A. K. Combs.  Combs’s grandmother-in-law was considered one of the most powerful women kahunas in the islands, and once, while attending a party at a woman’s home, Combs observed her abilities firsthand.  One of the guests slipped and fell in the beach sand, breaking his leg so severely that the bone ends pressed visibly out against the skin.  Recognizing the seriousness of the break, Combs recommended that the man be taken to a hospital immediately but the elderly kahuna would hear none of it.  Kneeling beside the man, she straightened his le and pushed on the area where the fractured bones pressed out aginst his skin.  After praying and meditating for several minutes she stood up and announced that the healing was finished.  The man rose wonderingly to his feet, took a step, and then another.  He was completely healed and his leg showed no indication of the break in any way.