By Michael Tyrrell
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
So, here’s the truth… I am writing this article without a topic title! And to add insult to injury, I’ve chosen “Six Amazing Cures That Don’t Work & One That Does,” for the title of my article.
Now, you may be thinking:
- Michael has lost his mind.
- Michael has a lot of faith.
- Michael knows something we don’t.
- All the above.
And the correct answer is…wait for it… D)! You see, sometimes life follows no direct pattern. Try as you may to get all your “ducks” in a row, sometimes they refuse to walk in a straight line. When I encounter this scenario, I have two choices:
- Stress and try to be in control.
- Relax, laugh and throw caution to the wind!
Laughter is a medicine that always works. So, if you haven’t caught on yet, this article is written with tongue in cheek and a hearty chuckle.
When I consider God’s genius in His creation of man, I quickly discover His equally amazing sense of humor. Think about it, God creates man at the tip top of the “food chain” and endows him/her with amazing minds that build skyscrapers, satellites and super computers, grants them the talent to paint masterpieces and guides them to rule nations. Yet, man can still fall prey to gullibility!
When it comes to man, the line between genius and insanity is razor thin. That is why each of us possess a margin of sense… as well as nonsense. You don’t believe me?
Consider this example: the 2012 Presidential debates. If you are a conservative, then you probably viewed the platform of the liberal candidate as nonsense, But if you are a liberal, then you probably considered the platform of the conservative as nonsense.
Does that make sense? Here at Barton Publishing’s Home Cures That Work, we are dedicated to finding cures that not only make sense…they work! So this month, I couldn’t resist researching a few “cures” that don’t work and one that really does.
6 Cures That Don’t Work
In 2001, an edgy game show “Fear Factor” hosted by Joe Rogan made its American debut. The contestants had to perform death-defying stunts like repel from skyscrapers, sit enclosed in caskets full of snakes, stay bound in a locked cage underwater. You name it, they did it!
But nothing, I mean nothing, was nastier to watch than the food! Contestants would have to eat roaches, maggots, rat hair tortilla chips and the infamous live Madagascar hissing cockroaches!
I would bungee dive off the Statue Of Liberty, parachute out of a plane at 20,000 ft and swim with sharks but there is NO way I am eating a bowl of live Madagascar hissing cockroaches!!!!!
But as you will soon discover, people endure far worse in search of cures that don’t work!
So, here are my top Six Cures That Don’t Work:
1. Eating live tree frogs cures stomach pain.
Our first entry for, “Six Amazing Cures That Don’t Work” comes to us from China (same place we received “Chinese drywall,” children’s toys coated in lead paint and 99% of the junk we buy at the dollar store. A man, Jiang Musheng, claims eating live tree frogs cures stomach pain. He later admits that he needed to eventually add live mice and baby rats to his diet and had once eaten 20 mice in a single day! Funny, I had a friend who owned a boa constrictor and surprisingly the snake had the same diet!
2. Psychic Surgery.
There is a famous quote, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” After researching :psychic surgery,” I think we need to amend that quote to, “There’s a sucker born every second!”
Psychic surgery is a “sleight of hand” procedure typically involving an alleged incision using only the bare hands of the practitioner. The “surgeon” palms a balloon filled with chicken blood and slowly dispenses it as his fingers “appear” to be making an incision. Then, the surgeon begins to pull out fake tumors which are usually chicken livers, kidneys and even foreign objects hidden in the surgeons other hand.
When the “surgery is completed, the chicken blood is washed off and the incision mysteriously disappears. This practice is still popular in Brazil and the Philippines and some continue this quackery in the U.S. even though the practice has been condemned in many countries as a form of medical fraud.
3. A bowl of onions in a room wards off the flu.
Since the 1500s, people have believed that keeping a bowl of onions in a room would absorb the “noxious air,” thus keeping the room virus free. The only way an onion can ease a cold or flu is if it is thrown into a bowl of chicken soup which, by the way, has been proven to have a positive effect by clearing nasal passages. A little fresh garlic in soup wouldn’t hurt either!
4. Placing a copper penny over a bee sting relieves pain and swelling.
This is a hoax. It doesn’t work at all. Penny for your thoughts?
5. Touching a turtle will heal rheumatism.
Here’s a winner from Cambodia where the Terrapin turtle is regarded as “a powerful healer.” Cambodians believe a turtle’s touch will cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments. They also believe cows and snakes have supernatural healing powers, as well. Maybe that’s how the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” became so popular!
6. The 2012 “Flu” shots.
The latest statistics for the 2012 flu vaccine were abysmal, at best. As of this week, the CDC is reporting this seasons vaccine was only 59% effective and virtually ineffective for children and the elderly. The University of Minnesota reported on October 15, 2012 that, “Flu shots are not as effective as previously reported.” They went on to say that, “This misperception of effectiveness is standing in the way of creating new more effective vaccines.”
If you study the statistics and studied people groups, you will quickly discover that this 2012 vaccine was virtually worthless in combating this year’s flu outbreak. A further study of the side effects will quantify this statement.
So, there is my top six cures I recommend never trying at home! As a minister of the Gospel (good news!), I am amazed at the myriad of bizarre things people put their trust in. Doesn’t it stand to reason that trusting a creation rather than its Creator is irresponsible at best?
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.” ~ Romans 1:25
Even if I wasn’t a Christian, I would have considered the fore mentioned cures total foolishness! So as promised, I will share a cure that does work for every single need… Jesus Christ!
The One Cures That Always Works
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” ~ 1st Corinthians 1: 18-21
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” ~ Psalms 14:1
If you have subscribed to Home Cures That Work, then you have undoubtedly read about hundreds of natural cures that can restore quality of life to people suffering from a multitude of illnesses. Have you ever stopped to consider who created the natural ingredients we recommend?
The same God that created the Heavens and the Earth should always be our first line of defense, healing and ultimately salvation!
For the last 28 years, I have witnessed first hand, miraculous physical healings wrought by the power of God. Blind, deaf, lame, stage 4 cancer and people that medical science gave no hope…have been cured by their Creator.
There are thousands of documented cases of unexplainable divine healings for thousands of years, yet people would still put their trust in charlatans and reptiles! Maybe you are asking yourself, “Michael how can you be so sure God heals?”
I am sure God heals because He healed my neck after it was broken in a car accident! My documented healing came in 1986, three days after the driver of the car I was riding in hit a parked car. Since the young man’s car had no seat belts, my head shattered the windshield… and my C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. After my x-rays were examined and metal slivers were removed from my knee and elbow, I was told my neck was broken and I would not walk again. My response was, “Either you will zip me up in a body bag or I will walk out of here in three days.”
Faith is substance and it has a voice. God responded in the middle of the night and His presence felt like fire in my neck and limbs.
The next morning, a well-known neurosurgeon was flying in from New York to examine me. When the neurosurgeon arrived, he ordered another set of x-rays. Later that afternoon, he came into my hospital room visibly shaken.
“Mr.Tyrrell,” he said, “I do not believe in miracles but I have no explanation for what I am about to show you. On the left, we have the x-rays that were taken when you were admitted clearly showing a totally shattered C-4 vertebrae and a partially shattered C-5 vertebrae. On the right, we have the x-rays I ordered today, which clearly show a perfect C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. I see no reason why you shouldn’t be able to move.”
Now, remember up until this moment, I was paralyzed and had no feeling in my neck or legs. Yet, when this wonderful Jewish neurosurgeon said I see no reason why you can’t move, the feeling returned to my legs, arms and neck! I was discharged and walked out of that hospital exactly three days after I was admitted!
Dear friend, before you put your trust in anything or anyone else, call upon the one who created everything and everyone! He is the one cure that ALWAYS works!
“When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.” ~ Matthew 14:34-36
Jesus is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me, He will do for you, as well…Just call out His name and He will answer you. I am expecting to hear reports of amazing and miraculous healings from our readers! Write us!
To God be the Glory!
Q. Why do we always run to the medicine cabinet before we run to God in prayer?
Q. Have you ever experienced a miraculous healing?
Q. Would you eat frogs to heal your upset stomach?
www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities. Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise. Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.comMichael Tyrrell,