No One Can Heal Testicles With Prayer

It’s difficult even to link to this video, given that the charlatan behind it directly states that YouTube publicity is what drives his business; in the interest of education, though, feel free to click through and satisfy your morbid curiosity.

If you watch the propaganda film, you’ll be introduced to a¬†desperate man who has flown to another country in search of a cure. His accent and meek presentation may make it difficult to understand what ails him, but the boisterous pastor John Mellor, himself desperate for a good piece of advertising probes mercilessly for an answer. As it turns out, the visitor is there in the hope that the man he’s seen performing miracles on the internet can heal testicles as well as he heals Parkinson’s Disease and paralysis-causing brain injury.

After being pressed, the hopeful believer suggests that he is healed. Of course, there is no follow-up, and there’s good reason for that. As infamous skeptic James Randi notes, even those faith healers that are not outright frauds are, at the very best, comparable in effectiveness to a placebo. Some infamous healers, such as Peter Popoff, have been utterly exposed as the crooks that they are; others are permitted to pull the wool over their congregants’ eyes despite protestations from organizations like the American Cancer Society.

The facts are the facts, and sometimes they’re cruel. Whatever your faith or belief system or creed, the fact is that the people most qualified to heal testicles or IBS or cancer or Parkinson’s or paraplegia or anything beyond “feeling not too great” don’t wear designer button downs, chant and show PowerPoints. They wear white coats and work in hospitals. We should consider¬†doctors the real miracles.