I just voted YES. The guy IS a faith healer. He says in the video that he heals "by the Grace of God, it is God healing through me." That seems like the definition of a faith healer. Does he have success? Well, there seem to be plenty of people there who believe they have been helped by him. If they believe they have been helped and they feel better as a result, then that is some degree of success. Good for the Doc! Is what he does scientifically verifiable? I don't think so, because our understanding of the interaction of the mind and the body is still quite rudimentary. I would venture that what he is doing is entirely psychosomatic. That doesn't mean that what he does doesn't have real physiological outcomes, because clearly it does. But can one explain his healing entirely through allopathic medicine? No. Nor do you have to. The various different approaches to healing can work hand-in-hand.
I have 2 problems with 'alternative' approaches to healing:
- When 'alternative', or 'comlementary' approaches claim to be scientifically valid. Homoeopathy is the worst offender here. It cannot be explained in empirical scientific terms. It has not been proven and cannot be proven. I'm not saying it doesn't work, just that you cannot explain it away as 'another branch of science' because the evidence isn't there to support it.
- When 'complementary' medicine becomes a complete alternative. When conventional medicine can cure a serious or life-threatening condition but the patient or guardians of a patient (much worse!) put their faith entirely in the 'alternative'. Such cases rarely have a good outcome.
Apart from those cases, what's not to appreciate? If something works, it works and we don't HAVE to be able to understand every last detail of the mechanism by which it heals, although that would be nice.