March 3, 2008
†Waiting for their chance for a miracle, a line of people often stretches for over a mile on a dusty road in the little town of Tlacote, Mexico. More than 10,000 a day sometimes come to visit Jesus Chahin's well and to take away a can or two of the now-famous miracle water which is said to have cured everything from AIDS and cancer to obesity and high cholesterol.
Although the state health director has tested the water and says that it is normal for this region and safe to drink, Jesus Chahin says that it weighs less than normal water. Chahin, a wealthy man, has been giving the water away since last May when he accidentally discovered its healing properties by observing its swift healing effect on a farm dog who lapped up some of it. He thinks its healing properties may be connected to the fact that it weighs less than normal water.
Those who hope for healing continue to arrive and wait, unconcerned about any scientific explanations. Dominican nun Maria Guadalupe Aguilar drove 175 miles with Rev. Juan Crespo who suffers from prostate cancer, to see if the water can heal him. "For me", she says, "all of these things are God's miracles." (Source: Washington Post)
The word has spread, and since May 1991 millions of people have been to Tlacote and millions more have drunk the water, seeking help for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, AIDS, etc. The ranch owner, Mr. Chahin, keeps the registration files of every visitor, some of whom have traveled from as far as Europe and Russia. The daily line-up varies in size from 5,000 to 10,000 people.
It all started with a sick dog who recovered soon after drinking from a muddy puddle. A few people then cautiously tried the water, and they too were healed. And then more came and were healed in the farm village of Tlacote near Mexico City. The local priest applied to the Mexican government to have the water pumped and filtered, but it refused to provide any funding...until he sent water to a nearby army hospital, where six hundred soldiers were cured.
After the miraculous healing well was discovered in Mexico, two more sources of healing water have been found. One is in Germany, 100 km east of Dusseldorf, the other is in the village of Nadana, 150 km north of Delhi, in India.
The German source is a spring of very pure water discovered in a cave in a disused slate mine at Nordenau, district of Schmakenberg, which is a popular ski resort. The land belongs to Theo Tommes, whose Hotel Tommes lies below the quarry. The water was discovered in January 1992 and now hundreds of people daily visit the cave, which is becoming Germany‚s Lourdes. Buses bring the old, sick and crippled, and the Hotel Tommes is packed.
Guido Brandenburg interviewed some of the pilgrims for the German newspaper Bild. An old woman told him that after covering her blind eye with the water, she can now see; an ex-miner said his back was healed and he has thrown away his crutch. Another woman said: "I always had problems with high blood pressure and was afraid of collapsing. I went to the grotto with my pressure at 160 to 100. I came out with 130 to 100. Now the blood pressure is constant, a fact which my doctor cannot explain."
The Nordenau healings have even been scientifically investigated. A study conducted by Dr Hans Jurgen Steinbruck, a GP from Frankfurt/Main, found that 30 per cent of the visitors to the Grotto Brandholz in Nordenau were "totally healed" and 28 per cent reported "a clear improvement".
Dr Steinbruck conducted his study between September and December 1992 among 42 volunteers, most of whom had chronic diseases (50 per cent suffered from rheumatism, 11 per cent from psychiatric or neurological illnesses). The study was carried out on a strictly medical basis by way of a clinical trial, and the percentage of subjects that benefited from the Nordenau water are considered to be very significant for these kinds of diseases.
In Nadana village, about 150 km north of Delhi, India, water began gushing out of a deserted tubewell in September 1992. Some local villagers who bathed in the water reported that the "medicinal" and "magical" qualities of the well cured their skin diseases. Word quickly spread, and now a constant stream of people visits the village daily to gain the benefits of the water. A five-year-old polio victim was reportedly cured to a large extent after bathing there. Others report the curing of skin diseases. Most people who bathe in the water report physical improvements of some type. The owner of the well, Mr Mamraj, one of the village leaders, was reportedly offered a large sum of money from people who wished to buy the well. He rejected the proposal, saying he wanted to use the well for the people, not for making money.