Because Healing the Sick Is Illegal. . . .

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What
if I told you there is a two-room clinic where you may be able get
cured of cancer, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, or AIDS, or muscular dystrophy,
or arthritis, or chronic fatigue syndrome? You will not be cut,
drugged, or burned. You will not need anesthesia. You can, if you
ask, receive prayer. But prayer is optional. The technique works
without prayer.

What
would you say? (1) "You’re nuts." (b) "Someone will
soon be going to jail, unless the treatment is available only on
some new country-island where avant-garde practitioners pay bribes."
(3) "Where can I sign up?"

I
won’t make any such claims. Instead, I will tell a story. I’m part
of this story. But I am going to be a bit vague about geographical
details.

For
most readers, I hope this information will not be personally useful,
although I trust you will find it fascinating. For a few of you,
it will be a life-and-death matter. The sad thing is this: because
of legal reasons, members of the second group are not going to be
able to take advantage of my information. Think of this report as
a sign:

Dead
End
Your
Tax Dollars at Work

AN
ASTOUNDING CLAIM

My
story has to do with a purported cure for a specific form of disease:
specifically, virus-borne disease. But, you may think, that’s not
just one disease. You are correct.

The
moment we move from "a disease" to a broad range of diseases
with a common cause, the word "cure" becomes legally actionable.
He who promises such a cure in exchange for money is going to have
a visit from the Food & Drug Administration or a sister organization.

I
speak from experience. My wife once loaned $10,000 to such a victim
to hire a lawyer to protect him from the FDA temporarily. This delay
strategy worked. The defendant had enough time to escape from the
United States, and take his cure with him. My wife never got her
money back. Neither of us resents the fact.

The
man is now dead. He died in 2001, a decade after his flight from
"justice." That is why I am telling part of his story.
I am not telling all of it, because the extraordinary technique
that cured so many people — though not all — still exists.
I know where it was being offered two years ago.

MY
WIFE’S STORY

I
have told my wife’s story elsewhere. My article remains on-line.
I do not need to tell it again. Here is a brief synopsis.

My
wife in 1988 was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, also known
as Epstein-Barr disease. She was in constant pain, slept 13 to 14
hours a day, could not drive faster than 15 miles an hour without
thinking she was speeding, could not remember anything she read
within 15 seconds after reading it, and was getting worse. This
had gone on for 18 months.

I
sent her to a clinic in California. In three days of treatments,
8 hours a day, all symptoms disappeared. They have not been back.

I
wrote up this story for my Remnant Review subscribers. About
a dozen of them then went to the clinic. Most were cured. One was
not.

At
the clinic, my wife met a patient who said she had suffered from
muscular dystrophy. She had been crippled by it. Now, she was almost
fully functional.

The
most famous of the patients was James Coburn, who had been forced
out of acting by arthritis. I interviewed him a decade ago for my
tape subscription service (which no longer exists). He told his
story to me. He had been in so much pain that on some days, he could
not raise his arm to comb his hair, which was not good for a man
who starred in action movies, he said. I have a file of newspaper
clippings on Coburn’s subsequent visits to the clinic, which by
then was operating in England. I went public with this story the
week after Coburn died. You
can read it here
.

What
was the cure? It was a machine. I called it "the black box,"
even though it was really gray. A patient would sit in a reclining
chair. An assistant put a series of wires on the person’s toes and
upper chest. Then the assistant turned on the machine. Except for
a slight tingling, there was no other sensation. There the patient
sat, usually for three hours. The main discomfort was boredom.

It
took my wife three days to get well. The inventor admitted that
this was a record. It took two series of treatments for my pastor
friend’s son to get out of a wheelchair to full recovery. The first
series took two weeks; the second took a week. I have a BBC-broadcast
video of the initial phase of the boy’s recovery, after the first
series of treatments. The BBC did not do a follow-up when the boy
returned to high school after the second set of treatments. He joined
the track team, where he ran the 200-meter race. That would have
made a much better news show for the BBC.

A
TEMPORARY REPRIEVE

The
inventor was a genius and more than a little messianic. He believed
his machine could cure just about any disease, from AIDS to Lou
Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). He claimed to have done so. The trouble
is, he could not shut up. An appearance on a Las Vegas TV show,
where he claimed his machine could cure cancer, led to the shutdown
of his clinic in 1991.

He
had to walk a fine line. He could not make curative claims. The
machine was licensed to cure pain, which it did, sometimes (though
not always) by curing the disease that caused the pain. My wife
was such a person. Any claim beyond this was a red cape in front
of a bureaucratic bull. He refused to walk a fine line. The FDA
shut him down by placing "do not use" stickers on his
machines. What saved him was that they put a 31-day time limit on
the stickers and then forgot to reapply them. At 12:01 a.m. on day
31, he loaded the machines onto a moving van and disappeared into
the night. The marshals showed up — as bureaucrats do —
at 9 a.m. on day 32. Surprise!

When
the inventor died in 2001, his clinic was in London. The lady who
ran it with him was one of his former patients. She later told me
that she had also suffered from CFS, but far worse than my wife
had. She was under 100 pounds and was on a stretcher when she arrived
at the clinic. It took months of treatments for her to get well.
But she did get well. She became a disciple. Let’s call her Margo
Lane. That’s because invisibility remains her main defense.

After
I posted my article online, she got enough new clients to pay off
most of the company’s debts. The inventor could not handle money
— a common problem of genius inventors, I am told. She then
left London. I prefer not to say where she is today. That’s because
I may want access to the "black box" at some point. There
is no question that if I were told by three physicians that "you
are terminal," I would go onto the box as my first line of
defense.

RIFED
FOR LIFE

There
is a continuing rumor that a machine invented about 80 years ago
by Royal Rife was such a cure-all. Lots of machines, said to be
Rife machines, are available. Use Google to search for Royal Rife,
and pages of articles will appear. On the right-hand side of the
page will be Google ads for Rife boxes. As to how anyone could prove
that his box is in fact a Rife box, which was confiscated by the
government two generations ago, I have no way of knowing.

His
machine is said to have used light to identify and then kill disease-causing
microbes. There is a layman’s movement devoted to keeping his story
alive and throwing light on the FDA, the way Rife’s machine supposedly
threw light on microbes. I call this the light to Rife movement.

I
firmly believe that there are electrical ways to treat diseases
effectively. The best book for laymen that I have read on electrical-magnetic
therapies was written by a physician: Robert Becker’s The
Body Electric
, which has been available for quite a while.
But this approach to health comes into conflict with the three main
accepted medical methodologies: drug, cut, and burn, all of which
must be licensed by the state to be medically acceptable. So, the
best way to get yourself Rifed is to promote electricity-based cures.

I
think there are ways to avoid getting yourself Rifed. I wrote on
a defensive strategy back in 2002. I sent it to the woman who owns
the boxes that cured my wife.

My
strategy could be used by anyone who owns some version of an electrical
therapy. We hear about such therapies all the time. They are all
over the Web. But, sooner or later, the authorities move in, and
the sites are taken down or are revised to include a statement that
the machine may not work as previously claimed, and is available
only for research purposes.

As
you read my strategy, understand that I am suggesting it as a way
of dealing with unwarranted political power. If the civil government
would leave medical care to buyers and sellers, none of this would
be necessary. But in a shooting war, you must seek out whatever
cover you can. If you can get one branch of the government to keep
another branch at bay, I think it’s worth considering.

This
outline is in the form of a business plan. You may be uninterested
in this electronic cottage industry, but you can learn how to use
a business plan from what I told her.

Side
note: she took one piece of my advice. She moved from London to
just about the lowest-cost location I could imagine in the Western
hemisphere, at least where anyone can drive to easily. I have been
there. It’s perfect: a nondescript building in a nondescript town
in a nondescript region. A quiet information network tells desperate
people of the box’s existence. But for how long? She faces the same
problems the inventor faced. She must walk a fine line. As I said,
invisibility is her main defense.

Here
is the business plan that I suggested to her. Before adopting it,
a person should hire a lawyer with experience in international business.
In fact, he should hire two: one in the United States and one in
the foreign country in which he incorporates. I recommend England
or the Isle of Man. He should run this plan by them to see what
they think will work best.

The
goal is not hiding money from the tax man. The goal is to get sick
people healed.

Here is the business plan I wrote for her. She operates a small
Christian ministry. This can provide a degree of legal protection.

1.GOALS

The
first step in developing a long-term plan is to formulate your long-term
goals. If you are not clear about what you want to achieve, your
plan will not work, or at least not work well.

I
propose this goal: the maximization of the effectiveness of this
tool in a program of Christian evangelism through healing. This
would involve:

  1. International
    distribution of the tool
  2. Price reductions
    through competitive production
  3. The development
    of training materials on:

    1. Using
      the machine
    2. Christian
      evangelism
    3. Marketing
  4. A legal
    structure to shield practitioners
  5. Cooperation
    from local authorities
  6. Extension
    of the program through time
  7. Expansion
    of the program through recruiting

If
this sounds reasonable, consider the following plan.

2.ASSETS
AND LIABILITIES

The
question for a marketer is this: How to achieve maximum penetration
of the target market with the available capital? There are four
ways to get capital:

  1. Borrow the
    money from a bank or lending institution.
  2. Sell shares
    of ownership.
  3. Let customers
    advance you the money.
  4. Get donations
    to your cause.

You
must think carefully about which method best suits your existing
assets and ownership structure.

As I see
it, you have these assets:

  1. The boxes
  2. The schematic
    of the box
  3. Knowledge
    of how to use it
  4. Past clients,
    including yourself
  5. A Web
    document: [http://shurl.org/coburn]
  6. Newspaper
    clippings about the box
  7. Money
    in the bank
  8. A location
    for treating people

You may have
other assets. List them.

You also
have liabilities. These include:

  1. Hostility
    of licensed medical practitioners
  2. Bad publicity
    (QuackWatch)
  3. A single
    location (expensive)
  4. Potential
    legal threat: licensing
  5. No recognized
    formal training system for practitioners
  6. No organized
    marketing program
  7. No cheap
    replacement of the boxes

If you have
other liabilities, list them.

With
what you have, how do you propose to bring the healing power of
the technology to those people who need the healing that it can
provide?

There
is an old rule in marketing: "If everybody needs what you have,
you will have a hard time selling it to anybody." Why is this
true? Because you can’t afford to advertise it to everyone who needs
it. If you try to do this, your marketing budget will be dissipated.
People rarely believe advertisers. Only people who are 80% ready
to buy will respond. In any case, different people have different
hot buttons. You cannot afford to press all of them.

The
task of the marketer is to identify a representative member of a
target audience and then find a way to sell him the service at less
cost than it takes to deliver the service to him. If you can sell
it to him, you can sell it to people like him. For a new technology,
the standard marketing approach is to sell to the rich, and then
use the income to (1) fund the next marketing campaign to the slightly
less rich; (2) find ways to lower production costs.

The
biggest problem with healing today is that the health-care field
is an oligopoly. The state controls patient access, prices, and
practitioners’ training. This either keeps prices higher than they
need to be or else it leads to rationing by standing in line. Sometimes,
it does both: the rich buy services outside of the subsidized system,
paying more, while the less rich line up inside the system.

3.MARKETING

You
must find a way to do the following:

  1. Get the
    story of the box to sick people.
  2. Motivate
    them to pay for services.
  3. Avoid legal
    battles in court.
  4. Not get
    shut down by the authorities.
  5. Recruit
    devoted practitioners.
  6. Train these
    practitioners in the technology.
  7. Make sure
    they get paid.
  8. Make sure
    you get paid.
  9. Do not violate
    the ethics of healing.

Healing
is a quasi-priestly activity. It involves delivering a service that
may be a life-or-death matter. Wherever healing has been involved,
healing practitioners have always been divided regarding pricing:
(1) high bid wins (free market) vs. the tithe principle: payment
in terms of what the sick person can afford. This is why there are
medical missionaries who quit successful urban practices to go into
the bush.

I
suggest a plan that is a combination of the pricing systems, as
most healers have also chosen. To maximize initial revenue, sell
to the rich. In this world, this means urban Westerners. To help
the spread of the technology, offer lower prices to poor people,
but only when seats are not being filled at prevailing prices. A
healing center should be operating 24×6. Take Sundays off. To lower
the per client cost of the real estate, a center should have all-night
service. This maximizes both revenue and healing.

You
must strive to maximize the number of people healed, for word-of-mouth
marketing must be the primary form you adopt. This reduces public
exposure. It also lowers marketing costs. You want rapid penetration
all over the world. It is better to abandon tight proprietary control
over the actual technology in order to maximize the number of practitioners.
The secret of success is in the structure of marketing, not the
hoped-for revenues generated by a patent, which takes lawyers to
enforce and which will run out in a few years anyway.

4.GIVE
AWAY THE SECRET

The
medical establishment has always counted on the fact that inventors
hold on tightly to their inventions. The Establishment can then
have the state prosecute the inventor, bankrupt him, imprison him,
and thereby scare off imitators who might otherwise use the invention.
The Establishment counts on the ego and lack of marketing skills
of the inventor to keep his invention in the shadows, where it cannot
harm either the prestige or the incomes of establishment heath-care
practitioners.

This
technique of suppression has worked well for a century. The inventors
cling to their inventions. Like captains on a fleet of Titanics,
they go down with their ships. Unlike the Titanic, they never send
an S.O.S. They always figure that a Sugar Daddy will rescue them
and their invention. This rarely happens, and when it does, the
Sugar Daddy steals it. So, most inventors are usually one-third
evangelist, two-thirds paranoid.

There
are two primary motivations in life: to help others and to help
yourself. The free market allows people to help themselves by helping
each other. Yet a pure free market reduces to a minimum the motivation
of service. It converts greed into service, but usually at the expense
of converting service into greed.

How
can you maintain the balance? You cannot spread the message or the
technique based on charitable giving. You are limited by donors
who aid third parties. The more third parties who pay, the faster
the story spreads.

Here
is what I have in mind.

The
first goal is to de-fuse the suppression technique of the Establishment.
The best way to do this is to publish the schematic of the box on
the Word Wide Web. This website’s host should be located in a country
that is far from the Food and Drug Administration.

The
company that owns the site should be incorporated outside the United
States. It should be incorporated in a county other than the one
where the web host is located.

Encourage
mirror sites, but only outside the United States. Let anyone put
up the site. The more flies to swat, the better.

Let
anyone copy the schematic. Don’t put it in the public domain. Just
let anyone copy it free of charge, but only in the format you select.

A
schematic is step one. Create a how-to manual for building a machine.
Charge for this manual.

Then
there are training-marketing materials. Charge for these, too. The
training materials will be both technical and theological. They
are written to commit the reader to the both theology and the idea
of becoming a missionary.

Readers
can sign up to become distributors of the service. If they just
want to build their own box, fine. Sell the step-by-step instructions
for (say) $200.

Better
yet, offer them an opportunity to buy a box from third-party providers,
with whom you have no financial contact. Let the manufacturers get
100% of the money.

I
call this "playing the China card." Let some low-cost
manufacturer in China build the boxes. Let him develop the market.
There is nothing like a flood of cheap boxes around the world to
create nightmares for the FDA.

There
is no money to be made in the boxes. You cannot compete with Chinese
labor. Charge for the training and the service.

The
idea here is that almost nobody wants to have the box made locally.
He wants to buy one. Offer all manufacturers the right to post their
ads on your site. They sell the units. They compete. There is no
big money in the box if the box’s schematics are available to everyone.

The
idea is to recruit true believers in the technology. Let them learn
how good it is at their own expense. Be ready to sign them up as
missionaries. If they have a box already, they will be far more
prepared to sign up.

Your
bank account should be in a fourth country. You would have this
structure: (1) incorporated in country A; (2)
website in country B; (3) bank account in country C; (4)
you live in country D. Pay your taxes. Don’t put your name on the
website.

If
you are willing to give the schematic away, you can create a distribution
system. The idea is to make money selling the information on how
to use the box. . . .

Others
can imitate you if they have the schematic. So what? That makes
the target huge for Establishment suppressors. If they can’t control
the spread of the technology internationally, they may decide to
ignore it.

[I
then went into the details of the missionary organizational structure.
I see no reason to reprint this section. My readers are not going
to become missionaries. She was ready, and now is one. But she is
operating alone. She never posted the schematic. Her 2001 website
is gone. She remains a target. Some day, she may get a knock at
the door. . . .]

CONCLUSION

I
close with this: "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth
it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a
candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light" (Luke
8:16).

The
trouble is, too many government agencies are in the candle-regulation
business. We must all become creative in shining officially unlicensed
light.

May
18, 2005

Gary
North [send him mail] is the
author of Mises
on Money
. Visit http://www.freebooks.com.
He is also the author of a free multi-volume series, An
Economic Commentary on the Bible
.

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