Curing the Incurable

Keith Holden MD
Aug 17, 2016 · 11 min read

I was inspired to write this article after being diagnosed with an incurable terminal illness, metastatic prostate cancer. I personally don’t believe in the term incurable because the medical literature is full of examples where people with incurable illnesses have been cured. I set out to research what variables come into play and how it might be possible to cure the incurable. I’ve also included some philosophical comments based on my own beliefs regarding spirituality. This article is not meant to change peoples minds, convert anyone to a new belief system, or to challenge anyone’s beliefs. I mainly wrote this article because I find writing therapeutic.

It is my hope that by deciphering some of the research on miraculous cures, I will not only find a way to cure myself, but also help others in the process. Some of this information is based on solid science while other parts are philosophical. Read it with an open mind and consider possibilities you might not have thought about before. That opens you up to possibilities that defy science and have the potential to create miracles in your life.

Exactly how the human body heals in every instance is still a great mystery. Figuring out why some people are cured of terminal illnesses and others are not inspires scientists across the globe. This is especially true for cancer and some viral infections.

Viruses are incredibly diverse, differing so much that scientists have a hard time categorizing all of them. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) lives in multiple areas of the body. Other viruses like Hepatitis B and C set up house in the liver. We are now able to medically cure chronic Hepatitis C, but can’t yet cure chronic Hepatitis B. And until 2008, scientists and doctors thought it was impossible to cure HIV.

Only one person in the world is scientifically documented to have been cured of HIV. He is known as the Berlin patient because he was living in Berlin at the time of his cure. The Berlin patient received a chemotherapy drug plus radiation before receiving two stem cell transplants from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that made the donor genetically resistant to the virus. This rare genetic mutation makes someone essentially immune to HIV.

It is dangerous to receive a stem cell transplant because it requires first knocking out the entire immune system with chemotherapy and whole-body irradiation. For the Berlin patient, two separate stem cell transplants were used to treat his progressive leukemia; otherwise, he was going to die, not from HIV, but from leukemia.

There have been at least sixteen other stem cell transplants performed in HIV-positive individuals since then in an attempt to replicate the HIV cure. Most of the transplant recipients died. The remaining survivors still have detectable HIV in their bodies except for one. This one anonymous individual termed the London patient also underwent a stem cell transplant from an HIV resistant donor. It too was done to treat his blood cancer, and scientists have recently published a paper showing he has had an undetectable viral load for 18 months. Scientists haven’t used the term “cured” for the London patient because the they haven’t looked for the virus in tissues other than his blood.

Ten years after the first cure of HIV, it is strongly looking like we have another cure. It will take about two more years before scientists definitively say the London patient is also cured. This latest finding inspires scientists and doctors to continue their research to decipher all of the variables that led to these cures. Their hope is that ultimately their research will translate into a cure for all people with HIV.

Let’s look at how someone may be miraculously cured of a condition that by scientific terms should be incurable. Miracles do occur and are well-documented in the medical literature. There are several well-documented cures of terminal metastatic cancers, even in individuals who opted for no chemotherapy or radiation. Scientists call this spontaneous remission or spontaneous regression, and others call it radical remission.

I have told patients about the existence of spontaneous remission of end-stage cancers, and that it suggests there is a potential for any disease to be cured. After all, it’s been scientifically proven that terminal cancers have undergone spontaneous remission and that someone has been cured of an incurable virus. Are these cases rare? Yes, but that’s not the point. The point is that it happens and gives people hope. Hope is a component of expectation, and we know from research on the placebo effect that expectation is a psychological factor that triggers powerful positive physiologic changes in the body.

Spontaneous remission of end-stage cancers is one of the great mysteries of medicine as it is unexplained by science. Even the documented cure of HIV hasn’t been fully explained by science because doctors haven’t been able to replicate this cure in every attempt. The reason we don’t know why these cures occur is because there are so many variables that come into play. There are obvious physical variables, and I would argue there are also emotional and spiritual variables.

Physical variables include genetic variations, stressors, toxins, nutritional status, lifestyle, and especially the status of the immune system. Emotional variables include beliefs, which trigger emotions; unresolved emotional conflicts, which are often buried in the subconscious mind; and the will to live. The spiritual variable is by far the most controversial. This part of the discussion is philosophical, but an important one for those who believe in a spiritual component of the human experience.

What if our higher selves, or souls, make a decision to have certain earthly experiences before we incarnate? This concept makes sense if you believe in reincarnation. The University of Virginia (UVA) has been studying reincarnation for over 50 years, initiated by Dr. Ian Stevenson, and now being led by Dr. Jim Tucker since the death of Dr. Stevenson. As psychiatry professors at UVA’s medical school, they have documented many cases of reincarnation so thoroughly that some would say the evidence is irrefutable.

What if before someone incarnates, his or her soul chooses to have an earthly experience of a terminal illness in that lifetime? The reasons vary from soul to soul but may simply be because he or she wants to have that experience. After all, as a soul, you know that the experience won’t last forever and that it may result in a powerful learning experience. This goes along with a philosophical concept that our souls come to earth to experience growth and transformation through learning. Through our own earthly experiences, we can positively influence the personal growth and transformation of others.

Why might someone’s soul choose to experience a terminal illness leading to death at a relatively early age? Maybe it was so their loved ones could have the experience of learning to heal from heart-wrenching grief. Or maybe it was so that a loved one they left behind would be inspired to choose a career involving finding the cure for a certain type of terminal cancer. Or so that his or her doctor would be inspired to find a cure for an incurable virus, such as the doctor in Berlin who thought of the way to cure HIV by using a stem cell donor resistant to HIV.

The reasons are endless, but as long as you view it from the soul’s higher perspective, it makes sense. Since you potentially get to experience multiple lifetimes, you’ll just choose an easier path the next lifetime. Or not, if you are adventurous:)

When a practitioner of the healing arts comes across a patient who has an incurable illness, they have the option of choosing cutting-edge and innovative ways to help facilitate a cure. But the limiting factor always lies with the patient because ultimately it is the patient’s body that does the curing. Patients may make lifestyle changes and use innovative therapies, but for some, if some don’t take steps to resolve an emotional conflict that keeps their immune system suppressed through stress, or if they ultimately don’t have “the fight” in them or will to live, then no matter how innovative or inspired the practitioner, the patient may not get better.

Other patients may decide not to take any treatment and set an intention to cure themselves, as in some instances of spontaneous remission of end-stage cancer. So how do they cure themselves? We’re not sure, but we do know it requires they activate their inner physician. Research on the placebo effect provides many clues on how we activate our inner physicians through the power of belief.

Some patients may follow the innovative therapies prescribed by a healthcare practitioner, clear their emotional conflicts, and have a strong will to live, resulting in a cure. Variables abound because of the uniqueness of individuals and the treatments they receive.

What if a patient’s limiting factor for a cure lies at the level of the soul? Did their soul choose to experience an incurable illness that they would ultimately conquer? Or did their soul choose to stay chronically ill until they died at a relatively early age? Why would they choose the latter? It may be so they could learn to heal without being cured in that lifetime. Meaning they wanted to learn how to experience surrendering to “what is” no matter how terrible, but being content despite that. That is a very powerful experience, but it goes against everything we are taught such as “never give up,” and “don’t give up the fight.” But I ask, “Is that always the right thing?” We don’t know for sure.

Another aspect to consider is that if prior to incarnation, your soul makes the decision to die of a terminal illness in this lifetime. What happens if you change your mind and decide to live? How would you go about reversing course? The way to do this seems fairly straight forward. You could meditate with an intention to commune with your higher self and break the contract you established before incarnating.

You could start by explaining in vivid detail to your higher self why it is so important for you to recover from the terminal illness. Maybe your premature death would no longer make sense in the whole scheme of things. What if you had created a course and written a book that included how to survive a terminal illness, and you needed the story of your cure to document exactly how this is done? There is no better way to teach than through personal experience. Or you’ve learned what you needed to learn and now want to live a long life as the person who experienced powerful growth and transformation on an emotional and spiritual level.

After you have explained in detail to your higher self why you no longer want to fulfill the contract you made prior to incarnation, you must demonstrate your tremendous will to live. Meditate daily on seeing and feeling yourself cured of the terminal illness. Take daily action as if your terminal illness has already resolved. Take steps toward your future such as initiating or continuing projects that will complete themselves in the future. Accept a new job position or a raise with the intention of fulfilling these duties far into the future. Keep the momentum of your life going in leaps and bounds.

Most important, provide momentum for this course reversal by supplying it with energy in the form of powerful emotions. Be intensely passionate about your decision to break the contract by bringing in high energy emotions about curing your illness. Anger can be helpful as long as you channel the anger in a manner that inspires you to take positive action. Joy and gratitude are especially powerful emotions for manifesting anything in your life. In your meditations, regularly see yourself being in perfect health while feeling a profound sense of gratitude.

Based on my personal spiritual beliefs, I do various other spiritual practices in my day besides commune with my soul self. I regularly call on the holy trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit to invoke their power to heal. I light a candle every day that has a picture of Archangel Raphael on the outside and say a prayer to him for his support in my healing. I call on Jesus, the healer of healers, to support my intention for a cure. I call on my personal spirit guides and guardian angels for protection and support. I even stand outside in nature and ask the nature spirits to support my healing for a cure because I believe everything natural in our universe is imbued with the Holy Spirit. So you can see that I’m kind of a freak when it comes to spirituality and definitely not a fundamentalist. It works for me because when I do these practices, I feel unconditional love, which is the most powerful healing force in the universe.

Some will say this type of instruction is giving people false hope. I argue that there is no such thing as false hope. Hope is hope. And if you don’t have hope for your future, no matter the outcome, your quality of life sucks! In addition, hopelessness creates one of the biggest drains on your energy you can possibly have.

I’m not asking you to be perfect in this endeavor. No one is ever perfect. Our foibles and follies are part of what makes life so interesting. There may be days when you will feel incredibly sad and hopeless. That’s okay too. Just let yourself feel those emotions so that you properly process them so they don’t get stuck in your body-mind. Just remember, you can eventually pull yourself out of an emotional spiral by contemplating the good things in your life, by going out on a long walk in nature, or by snuggling with a loved one on the couch while letting them love on you.

The process of self-healing is ultimately about striking a balance in your life. It is definitely not about being in denial and trying to be happy and positive every day. Trying to do that is not being human and will result in failure. Use the techniques described to balance the harsh low energy emotions you’re going to experience in an attempt to maintain the momentum for heading in the direction of a cure.

Curing the incurable is a very complex topic. There is no “one cure fits all,” and there is no panacea that works for everyone. Functional medicine taught me that true personalized medicine helps tease out variables that may be helpful for each individual. An optimal personalized medical approach requires a thorough evaluation of physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. If you decide to choose a functional medicine practitioner as part of your healthcare team, makes sure they are comfortable addressing all of those issues.

Tackling all of the potential variables of an incurable illness is not for the faint of heart. This is especially true for emotional and spiritual variables, which requires consideration of what is outside the realm of “proven” in the traditional medical model. It is by investigating the unknown and what is deemed impossible where man’s great discoveries are made. A place to start is by acknowledging that a review of the scientific literature shows us that the word “incurable” is sometimes a misnomer.

For more information about the miraculous cure of HIV:

For more information on spontaneous remission:

For more information about reincarnation research:

Keith R. Holden, M.D.

Keith Holden MD

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Board certified Internal Medicine. Trained in Functional Medicine with a special interest in Mind-Body Medicine and spirituality in medicine.

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