Does energy healing work? Charlie Goldsmith knows it does and—if seeing is believing—he’ll make you a believer with his new show, The Healer on TLC.
But this isn’t smoke and mirrors. The Australian energy healer, who reluctantly discovered his talent at the ripe age of 18, is now on a mission to take energy medicine mainstream. To date, Goldsmith has volunteered his time—and talents—to two scientific studies. An additional double-blind study is slated for 2018.
In the first study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2015, he treated 50 reports of pain at a 76% success rate and 29 reports of non-pain problems at a 79% success rate. The study, conducted at NYU’s Lutheran Hospital, is also what caught the attention of Bunim/Murray and landed him a TV deal. The second is still underway.
Goldsmith heals actress Jennifer Grey, who survived a fatal crash in 1987 that left her with chronic pain.
Prior to the studies done in the public eye, Goldsmith spent years healing as many as he could, often those who had been failed by countless doctors and traditional medicine. He has never once charged for his work—his day job includes working as Managing Director at Cassette, a creative communications agency he founded at 19, and Pumpy Jackson, a clean, sugar-free brand of chocolate he founded as well.
Goldsmith’s success rates are undeniably high, having relieved people of all ages, with issues ranging from chronic pain to infections and auto-immune disorders, often in 60 seconds or less. But he confessed to me that it’s not an exact art.
“To be honest, sometimes I’ll work on something that—medically—is seemingly simple and not fix it. And something that is medically complex—something medically incurable, for example—that might be quite easy for me,” he said.
On Goldsmith’s site, Dr. Ramsey Joudeh, from NYU’s Lutheran Medical Center, attests to Goldsmith’s miraculous healing powers:
“Most of our narcotics decrease a patient’s pain by three to five points. If you go from a 10, meaning the worst pain you can imagine, to five, that’s significant. In some cases Charlie reduced a patient’s pain from 10 to zero. He also treated people with infections where antibiotics were not effective. You could see the shift in a patient’s status from stagnant to a rapid healing resolution. I can’t quantify it, but I would say Charlie cuts off patients’ hospital stays. Watching him work has been humbling in the most extreme way.”
Routinely touted as ‘alternative medicine,’ energy-based healing is, in fact, a centuries-old practice. Many traditional healing modalities are rooted in the belief of balance and harmony of life force energy—the energy that flows through all living things. Although the various schools of thought differentiate slightly, it is generally accepted that energetic imbalances and disturbances to energy flow, even subtle, are the cause of maladies. This can be seen in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where energy is referred to as “chi” and energy pathways as “meridians.” In Japanese medicine, known as Kampo, this energy is referred to as “ki.” And in ancient Indian medicine—Ayurveda—this life force is known as “prana” and travels on “nadis.”
In modern times, we refer to this energy as the biofield. Although it’s an anomaly to traditional Western medicine and naked to the human eye, science validates its existence. Dr. Beverly Rubik, a renowned biophysicist lauded for her work intersecting frontier science and medicine, explains on her website,
“The biofield, the energy field of living systems, offers a new perspective complementary to the mainstream biochemical view of life. It is Mother Nature’s original Wi-Fi—the basis of a new communication system in biology—in which invisible fields transmit key bio-information. It is the basis of energy medicine whereby the softer, gentler therapies act in harmony with the body’s innate dynamics.”
When I spoke with Goldsmith, I asked how he rationalizes his remarkable abilities. I also referenced several studies, such as Dr. Gary E. Schwartz’s, which confirmed that Reiki practitioner’s hands emitted a significant increase in magnetic-field omissions during a one-minute “running energy” session versus their resting, one-minute baseline session. In another study, by Beverly Rubik, Ph.D. and Harry Jabs, M.S., it was proven that biophoton emission from healers’ hands decreased by 11% post-healing.