About the Author
Michele Longo O'Donnell is a health care provider, minister and counselor. For the past twenty-five years, she has devoted her life to ending the suffering of disease through spiritual and metabolic healing. She currently pursues her passion as the director and founder of the Holistic Health Care Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her book, Of Monkeys and Dragons: Freedom from the Tyranny of Disease, was conceived to empower individuals to take control over the course of their illnesses. One of the book's main goals is to enable readers to order their lives so that they can live out of the range of disease.
At seventeen, Michele entered a Catholic nursing school program and went on to become a registered nurse. One year later, she attended Case Western Reserve University where she completed two years of post-graduate work. Afterward, she worked as a critical care nurse in various hospital units, ranging from the pediatric intensive care unit to the emergency room.
In 1971, Michele left hospital nursing care for three years to attend a bible college at a non-denominational theological teaching center. During this time, she also provided health care to the center's three hundred members.
Michele moved to San Antonio to help start a bible school in 1974. It was at that time she experienced a radical shift and ideological departure from Western medicine to holistic healing. A culmination of prior life experiences, witness to spiritual healings and a disenchantment with conventional therapy resulted in a growing belief in holistic treatment for the relief of disease-related suffering.
Michele started the Holistic Health Care Center in San Antonio in 1976 for the treatment of degenerative disease. Her clinic combines spiritual and emotional healing with physical and metabolic treatment. She has treated thousands of patients, many of whom have been cured of a variety of degenerative diseases such as breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lung cancer, lupus and many others.
Michele currently resides in Canyon Lake, Texas with her husband, George O'Donnell. She has two daughters, Linda Longo and Lara Silva.
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As a student I was somewhat of a "sponge," soaking up every word that was taught me. I loved to learn and I was a good student. I was fascinated with medicine, every aspect of it. There was, however, an incident that happened that awakened me out of my unquestioning acceptance that everything said to me was the absolute truth.
Early on, I was taught that diseases have certain absolute characteristics and "laws" that are associated with each affliction. No matter what the disease is, there will be definite, predictable patterns and expectations accompanying that disease. It's taught that way, believed that way, expected that way, and experienced that way. It never occurred to me to challenge any of it. At that time I would have had no reason to.
Until one day a woman was admitted to the hospital with a massive stroke. She was paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. It was expected that she would be in that condition for the remainder of her life. The plan was to stabilize her, then send her to a nursing home for long term care before she died.
I noticed that she had no visitors, so I made a point of spending a lot of extra time with her. Soon we became great buddies. I began to notice that she would try to talk and force herself to do things that should have been impossible for her to do because of the stroke. I could tell that she was attempting these things in order to please me. I didn't want to encourage her because I didn't want her to be disappointed when she failed. But I never tried to stop her either. I just watched.
Early one day I was running down the hall past her room, late for "report." I waved as I flew by and then came to a screeching stop and retraced my steps. She was not in her bed, but the side rails were up and the covers still rumpled. For a second I thought that she had died during the night and I froze. Then I saw something I never would have believed possible. She had climbed out of the bed, over the side rails and made her way across the room. She was sitting up in a chair with the proudest smile on her face. This lady progressed on to walk again and talk again, things she should have never been able to do. She literally defied the "law" of that disease. Something motivated her, beyond the stubborn and relentless symptoms of that affliction, with all the power given it by the beliefs of man. Something like the Spirit of Life rose up within her and said, "No!"
That was the turning point in my thinking. If she could do that, what other "laws" of disease could be challenged and defeated? What factors were required? Was it available for all that would desire it? Disease with all its horror, flaunting it ugly devastation in the face of its victims, lost some of its power and substance for me that day.