August 2019 Newsletter - "Phantom Sickness" by Roni Burton, MD


“It’s all in your head.”  “It’s a figment of your imagination.”  “It’s just in your mind.”  These phrases may sound familiar and may have been said by persons in authority, such as a parent or doctor or police officer or pastor who may be incredulous of the information given to them for a number of reasons: the lack of apparent evidence, denial on the part of the authority figure, the story is ‘too good’ or bad to be true, etc.  There are many variables that influence how information is shared and received.  In the context of medicine, the condition “conversion disorder (functional neurologic symptom disorder) is characterized by neurologic symptoms (e.g. weakness, abnormal movements, or nonepileptic seizures) that are inconsistent with a neurologic disease, but cause distress, and/or impairment” (1).  There are subtypes of conversion disorder with different symptoms included but not limited to nonepileptic seizure, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, weakness and paralysis, abnormal movements, visual symptoms including double and blurred vision, swallowing symptoms and many other symptoms (2).

What is the importance of this?  There is a wisdom of the world, and there is a Wisdom to know (1 Cor 2:6).  Part of the testing that the body of Christ will face will be trusting the Word of the Lord vs. what one sees.  Yeshua says that His “words are spirit and life” (John 6:63) and let “the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” (Col 3:16).  As we think, it will manifest.  Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” good or bad.  And from that heart, one speaks what is in it (Luke 6:45).  If the words spoken are of fear, then the works of fear will manifest, i.e. phantom sickness.  The words that are “spirit and life” will heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Mark 16:17-18).  Fear is not the spirit that Yah has given to us (2 Tim 1:7), but has given us the power of His Spirit and the mind of Christ, the sound mind.  The apostle Paul understood the process of receiving the mind of Christ (Phil 2:5) which is what creates.  “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3).  A person in one of our meetings had symptoms of chest pain, dizziness, fogginess with history of meningitis and was immediately and completely reversed with power of Christ through prayer, a phantom which was dismissed by the Light.

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor 2:5).  There is an understanding through study and investigation that is natural, logical, empirical: the wisdom of men.  In the “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1Cor 2:4) is where all sickness, phantom or otherwise is destroyed.

Until next time, walk in the Light (1John 1:7).

Pastor Roni,