A Miracle in St. Louis?

In St. Louis, Missouri it seems Rachel Lozano received a miracle. She was diagnosed with an Askin’s tumor, a rare malignant cancer that affects the chest wall, when she was just 15 years old. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and weeks of daily radiation treatments. Sadly, in 2001 the cancer came back. This time it had spread to her bone marrow, causing Lozano to undergo another round of intense chemotherapy. A year later, doctors found that the tumor had returned this time affecting Lozano’s heart, spine and lungs. The doctors gave Rachel a few weeks to a few months to live.

On a church trip to Rome, Rachel was one of the lucky teens able to visit the Vatican for a ceremony honoring Father William Chaminade. The report states that this is who Rachel prayed to, in order to heal her. When she returned home, she underwent another surgery where doctors had found a dead tumor. To everyone’s amazement the cancer is now gone and Rachel Lozano has remained cancer free till this day.

It seems now that the St. Louis Archdiocese says that this was indeed a miracle by the power of prayer and that Father Chaminade cured Rachel of cancer. If the Vatican does recognize this as an authentic miracle, its highly possible Father Chaminade could become a saint.

Now this is a lovely story, and I’m glad that Rachel is going to be okay, but I highly doubt that this was a miracle. There are actually explanations for what has happened. Although it is rare, there is a condition known to the medical field called Spontaneous remission/regression. And this is when a patient shows a significantly measurable reduction in tumor size, or a reversal in the progression of a disease, and when this improvement cannot be attributed to Western allopathic medical treatment. This seems to happen in 1 out of every 100,000 cancer cases. So again just because it is rare for this to occur, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

References:
http://stlouisreview.com/article/2010-07-20/st-louis-woman-could

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

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