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The Qigong Kid October 7, 2011

Posted by Dreamhealer in Dreamhealer.

Michael Joyce broke his left hand playing street hockey last September, and underwent a delicate operation shortly afterward. Michael’s doctor inserted a metal pin just above his pinky, but struck a nerve, and the UC Berkeley sophomore awoke in severe pain. Even after a thick cast had settled and dried the next day, Michael still suffered sharp jolts that felt like an ice pick to the back of the hand each time his arm shook from the slightest vibration.

“Riding in the backseat of a car was so painful, you couldn’t believe it,” the engineering major recently recalled. “Each time the car hit a bump, I’d feel it all the way up my arm into my shoulder.”

Doctors proposed that Michael wait it out and take OxyContin to relieve the pain. They said his hand would heal with time. But his mother couldn’t stand watching her son toggle between states of writhing in agony and bumbling around on meds, so she arranged for him to undergo something different — something called “distance healing.” All Michael needed to do was send a photograph of his face to a seventeen-year-old named Adam in Vancouver, Canada.

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