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     Whether its Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus rising from the dead, Mohammed riding a winged horse of fire up into heaven, or the Angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith to lead him to an ancient record written by his own hand on gold plates, all the World’s great religions are founded upon miracles. They are fantastic and dramatic, and awe inspiring. They are also generally ridiculed and looked down upon in today’s “evidence based” world. To believe in miracles is to be gullible. In today’s world there must always be an explanation.

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Few things in medicine are harder than trying to explain to a patient that you don’t understand what is going on.  As is common, I recently had an adolescent patient that had either psychosomatic stroke symptoms or actual acute resolving weakness exaggerated by anxiety.   As we very gently let him down, we explained that we could not find a physiologic reason for his weakness, now better, and that we would likely never know what caused it.  All the patient often hears in these conversations is a booming, “It’s all in your head.”  So it was under these conditions that the patient caught me off balance.  “How can you not know, you have been studying this stuff for your entire life?!” 

Avicenna, Islamic physician and philosopher

Avicenna, legendary Islamic physician and philosopher

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