How Does 'The Healer's "Gift" Work? Charlie Goldsmith Has Questions Of His Own

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Doctors struggle through years of schooling to understand what works to help treat the human body and its various ailments, but a new show on TLC features a man who claims to be able to heal with only energy. This, of course, may lead you to ask how The Healer's so-called powers work, although that seems to be a bit mysterious to explain. But, Charlie Goldsmith (The Healer himself) has tried to explain it clearly as possible.

In a promotional video for the new series, the Australian healer can be shown laying his hands on a person and concentrating. Although the eye can’t really see any change, he claims that there’s a profound effect. He calls it his "gift." "When I focus my energy on somebody’s issue, often the state of that issue will rapidly change,” he claimed in the video. “I’ve helped a lot of people with infections, a lot of people with viruses, with significant pain that pain killers haven’t even improved.”

Even he doesn’t know the specifics about how his so-called gift supposedly works, though. In an interview with TV Insider, he said he actually didn’t care to know — what was important to him was using it to help others. “One of the things I learned, early on, is there's going to be lots of questions that I'm never going to know the answer to,” he said. “I'd rather focus on what I do know, which is I know I can help people, and I'd rather focus on that than get caught up in the why or the how.”

Although he didn’t mention it by name, it would appear that Goldsmith fits into the field of Reiki — a Japanese health and wellness treatment that also aims to use energy in similar ways to what Goldsmith claims he does.

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Goldsmith and his "gift" are hardly the first instance of alternative medicine, however. After all, herbal remedies, acupuncture, aromatherapy, light therapy, and more all espouse the ability to heal through unconventional methods. But, while he’s addressed that there will be doubters, he’s confident there’s something to his methods. It’s actually the subject of a pair of studies. In the first, published in 2015 by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, he treated those with pain-based and non-pain based conditions and the treatment found a 76 percent and 79 percent improvement rate, respectively. Although follow-up studies should be done to verify that finding, it is promising that what he’s saying may have factual evidence to back it up. Confirmation of his so-called abilities may not be far away, because an additional double-blind study is set for 2018 and it was these studies that ultimately earned Goldsmith a TV deal, according to Forbes.

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Goldsmith isn’t currently accepting appointments, but, when he does, he doesn’t charge for the healing experiences. However, he does make money through his other ventures. For example, Goldsmith serves as the managing director of a company called Casette. Although he’s from Australia, Casette does advertising and other communications-based business in Hong Kong as well as Sydney and Melbourne.

His other venture is a chocolate company called Pumpy Jackson. Just like he likes to attempt to heal people through his energy, it would appear that he’s aiming to do the same thing through chocolate. According to the website, the company strives to produce healthy products that are vegan, non-GMO, low allergen, high fiber, and more.

Viewers still don’t know specifics of Goldsmith's work — and he doesn't seem to either. It may be something that’s never uncovered. In an age where we have a seemingly endless amount of information at our fingertips, The Healer and his "gift" may remain just out of reach. How ironic then, that his alleged energy healing can seemingly come with a simple touch.