Wednesday, July 13, 2005

An uncritical piece on the healer named Adam (a.k.a. the Adam Dreamhealer)

I came across a shockingly uncritical piece on the healer Adam Dreamhealer.

The piece is called The teenage miracle worker and it was written by John Goddard in the Toronto Star on July 10.

Goddard took it for granted that this 18-year-old (?) could do what he claims without any kind of questions.

Adam Dreamhealer is the kid who claims to possess an extrasensory X-ray vision that helped him to cure the legend Ronnie Hawkins of terminal pancreatic cancer.

The mysterious distance healer has become a minor sensation, after Mr. Hawkins issued a press release to announce his recovery.

There's doubt about whether the singer had cancer in the first place. In Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin and in this film they didn't mention how this cancer was first suspected. It seems that his alleged cancer was never confirmed after a number of biopsy attempts. To explain the singer's survival either Ronnie did have a small cancer and for some reason it has resolved (and THAT would be a miracle) or there was no cancer.

It is interesting that Adam and his parents sought out Ronnie Hawkins for a healing.

Adam takes credit for Hawkin's recovery, but in the film Hawkin's doesn't give Adam that honor. Hawkins used many methods and remedies in addition to Adam's healing and many other circumstances could have done the job for Ronnie. Hawkin's gives credit to his doctors and especially he gives credit to the "Big Rocker up there."

Adam (will we ever know his real name?) wants privacy, but conducts interviews and has workshops as he did with Goddard. He no longer meets people in person, but has the client send a colour photo and "money" along with a signed disclaimer and the "healing" is done.

To explain his powers, Adam often cites quantum physics, the theoretical science of subatomic matter. It sounds like a retake of Edgar Cayce known as one of America's greatest psychics. His followers maintain that Cayce was able to reach some higher consciousness to get his "psychic knowledge."

In the recent film What the Bleep Do We Know? they turn on quantum physics theory too, arguing that people control their own spiritual and physical destinies. Next month, Adam is to appear with some of the film's scientific personalities at Simon Fraser University for a What the Bleep Do We Know? (when it comes to money he needs less privacy).

It is truly remarkable that he can heal unconfirmed cancer from thousands of miles away and yet doesn't want his true identity revealed. Telling people what their condition is over the telephone and then telling them that you are going to treat it is nothing more than health fraud.

James Randi has challenged Adam Dreamhealer (another Adam), but strangely Adam has decided not to apply for the JREF million-dollar prize. In other words when asked to prove what he does is real, he refuses to be tested. It's rather pointless when the claimants won't allow their claimed diagnostic and healing skills to be tested out.

John Goddard didn't come up with any new information in his article on Adam Dreamhealer as he didn't present any evidence or basic facts and the claims that Adam Dreamhealer has cured anyone have never been proven.

He failed to identify Adam Dreamhealer by name – and as Goddard had treatments from Dreamhealer, he is not the right person to report on the subject.

Then one might wonder how such a story filled with misinformation would be allowed to be published by the Toronto Star. Goddard's reporting wasn't accurate and fair and Goddard throws discredit on the Toronto Star by writing this nonsense.

It's scary that someone calling themselves a journalist could believe in this nonsense without one single question.

Most people with a little sense of critical thinking would shake their heads.

More research on Adam Dreamhealer: I think you probably will find the best information on Adam Dreamhealer over at Healthwatcher.

UPDATE: Dreamhealer - the real story

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