A skeptic’s guide to the healing power of UFOs: What is the evidence for this phenomenon? How common is it and why does it happen?

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Preston Dennett. (2019). The Healing Power of UFOs: 300 True Accounts of People Healed by Extraterrestrials. Amazon.com Services LLC.

[This article has been edited for brevity.]

Anyone who has done even the smallest amount of objective research into the subject of UFOs knows that UFOs are real. An overwhelming amount of evidence supports this fact.

Are UFOs real?

The evidence comes in many forms, including eyewitness testimonies, photographs, moving films, radar returns, metal fragments, landing traces, animal reactions, medical effects, electromagnetic effect cases, implant removals, historical accounts, crash/retrieval claims, and thousands of pages of documents from many U.S. governmental institutions, not to mention other governments.

The prevailing opinion is that UFOs are neither invaders nor saviors but are simply here to study humanity.

The question today is not if UFOs are real. There are more important questions to answer, such as, what are they? Why are they here? Where do they come from? The most popular theory is that UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin, though there are a number of lesser known theories. UFO experts continue to argue over the question of why UFOs are here. The prevailing opinion is that they are neither invaders nor saviors but are simply here to study humanity.

There are many reasons why people remain UFO skeptics. Almost without exception, the skeptic vastly underestimates the amount and quality of the evidence. Furthermore, prejudiced beliefs and preconceived notions tend to blind people to the possibility of UFOs.

But there is one main reason why so many people remain UFO skeptics. UFOs are a package deal including the entire gamut of the unexplained. The skeptic is instantly confronted with stories of levitation, telepathy, movement through solid objects, poltergeists, Bigfoot, and even worse…unexplained healings.

The typical reaction is to reject the entire subject as complete nonsense. The skeptic leaves the subject in disgust, horrified that people can actually believe such lurid accounts as alien abductions.

Phases of skepticism— Even within the UFO Community

Skepticism, unless taken to extremes, is healthy. The problem, however, is that skeptics tend to ignore the evidence that doesn’t fit into their worldview.

Skeptical of humanoids
The perfect example of this happened in the 1950s, when accounts of humanoids started to appear in large numbers. Many UFO investigators rejected the stories outright. It was only after hundreds of accounts were recorded that the UFO community began to accept the reports.

Skeptical of missing time in abductions
The same unfortunate phenomenon occurred yet again when missing time abductions were reported. The idea that people could be taken inside a UFO and left with no memory of the event was simply too bizarre to be believed. However, as the accounts mounted, the evidence could not be ignored, and today UFO abductions are the cutting edge of UFO research.

Skeptical of crash/retrievals
The exact same thing happened again with UFO crash/retrievals. Though reports had circulated for decades, the vast majority were ignored or debunked by investigators. Now, however, most researchers take these accounts very seriously.

Skeptical of UFO healings
Reports of UFO healings have suffered terribly from this phenomenon, and have often been relegated to the fringe, and considered to be the most unbelievable of UFO accounts. I remember my own reaction when I first read of a UFO healing case. I just didn’t believe it. My reasoning was simple. People who believe UFOs are here to cure us of our diseases must have a psycho-pathological need to believe in a higher power. The idea that extraterrestrials are here to heal humanity of our illnesses is admittedly preposterous. If it were true, why would millions of people die each year, of cancer, heart disease and other illnesses?

After studying the accounts, I began to look at UFOs more as floating hospitals than anything else.

Doing the research for this book has been an awesome task, and it has radically changed my beliefs about UFOs. I discovered that there is a very fine line between an abductee (someone taken against their will aboard a UFO) and a contactee (someone invited aboard a UFO.) After studying the accounts of healings, I began to look at UFOs more as floating hospitals than anything else.

The types of healings seemed straight out of science fiction. People reported their bodies being opened and closed with lasers that left no scars. They told how various organs were removed and put back in again. They reported instantaneous cures of wounds and injuries. They reported healings of serious conditions, such as pneumonia or liver disease. They even reported healings of serious diseases, such as cancer.

I found strong parallels between the stories that seemed to exclude the possibility of hoaxes. In fact, the accounts were so consistent that it was obvious the witnesses were telling the truth.

A UFO healing can be simply defined as a physiological improvement as the result of a UFO encounter.

Three typical scenarios for a UFO healing

Transported from bedroom to ship
A person is awakened in their bedroom to see aliens at the foot of the bed. They are taken inside a UFO, given a physical examination and told that they are sick with a disease. The aliens tell the abductee that they will perform a cure. After being probed with various instruments, the person is returned to their bedroom. Upon examination, all traces of the disease are gone.

Hospital Visitation
A person is hospitalized because of injury, illness or disease. While alone in the hospital room, the patient is visited by a strange doctor who says she is there to help the patient. The “doctor” holds a small instrument over the patient and may administer medicine in the form of pills. The “doctor” leaves, often as mysteriously as she arrived. The patient quickly discovers that all symptoms of ill health have disappeared.

A person is driving along a road when a UFO makes a close pass over the car, sending down a beam of light. The person is engulfed in the beam of light. Suddenly the UFO leaves and the person discovers that they no longer suffer from an illness, disease or injury.

These accounts are reported by all types of people from all over the world. But because healings are among the most incredible of all UFO stories, it is not too surprising that they are often ignored or given only brief mention.

Brave Pioneers
Despite this overriding skepticism, many UFO researchers have made positive statements concerning the veracity of UFO healings. If not for these brave pioneers, this book would never have been written.

Gordon Creighton

The first UFO researcher to pay any attention to UFO healings was Gordon Creighton, a pioneering investigator from England, editor of the Flying Saucer Review, and the author of the first article about UFO healings. In his 1970 FSR article, Healing from UFOs, Creighton wrote, “They [UFO healing cases] deserve to be placed on record and studied. If we are mindful of who it is that rules our world and controls the affairs of men, we shall not however expect such reports to make any impact in orthodox medical and scientific circles. It would break the hearts of most scientists to have to admit that such things could be true…I have written this present article because I think it is vitally–perhaps crucially–important that we do not lose our perspective. That benevolent UFO entities exist I have no shred of doubt.

Budd Hopkins

Budd Hopkins was (prior to his passing) perhaps the most influential UFO abduction researcher in the United States. His first book, Missing Time, took the UFO community by storm and propelled him to the frontlines of UFO research. At the Triad UFO Conference in Coronado, California, in 1994, I got ahold of the microphone after his presentation and asked him if he had received any UFO healing cases in his research. Hopkins admitted that yes, he has uncovered these types of accounts.

“The question,” said Hopkins, “is whether we hear about healing cases. We do sometimes, very rarely, but they do turn up. And we don’t know what to make of them. It’s kind of a sad thing, because I have some abductees who have serious medical problems who wish they were being healed themselves but are not. So, if they [the ETs] had the facilities, we wish they would do something. One of David Jacobs’ clients said, ‘I don’t know whether I should be grateful as getting a present, or maybe it’s just equipment maintenance.’ So, we really don’t know.

Incidentally again, there’s no evidence whatsoever that this is a malevolent, evil conspiracy going on in the sky against us, they’re going to take us over, or anything else. I’m very optimistic about the outcome because …

They seem to be most interested in what I consider the most human aspects of our personality, of our lives, of some of the loveliest aspects of being human. They’re interested in that. There’s no evidence, however, that they’re here to help us. We wouldn’t perhaps have AIDS, the hole in the ozone layer and everything else if they were here to help us. So, there’s no sense to this.”
David Jacobs

David Jacobs Ph.D., one of the leading authorities on UFO abductions, admits that healings take place, but he is less optimistic than Hopkins. He writes, “In extremely rare cases, the aliens will undertake a cure of some ailment troubling the abductee.

This is not in any way related to the contactee/Space Brother concepts of benevolent aliens coming to Earth to cure cancer. Rather, in special circumstances, it appears that the aliens feel obliged to preserve the specimen for their own purposes. As one abductee said, ‘It’s equipment maintenance.’

In his book, Walking Among Us, Jacobs writes that “…there are rare cases of young children being cured of serious illnesses and adults being cured of colds.”

Despite this admission, he writes, “The aliens are not ‘healers.’” He goes further and claims that “Aliens have accounted for short human lifespans; they do not cure seriously ill humans. Miracle cures might draw unwanted attention to abductees.”

John Mack

Another leading abduction researcher is the late John Mack MD, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose book, Abduction, helped bring the subject of UFO encounters into the mainstream. In comparison to Hopkins and Jacobs, Mack takes the most benevolent viewpoint toward UFO healings. In his book he writes,

Some encounters are more sinister, traumatizing and mysterious. Others seem to bear a healing and educational intent…many abductees have experienced or witnessed healing conditions ranging from minor wounds to pneumonia, childhood leukemia, and even one case reported to me firsthand, the overcoming of muscular atrophy in a leg related to poliomyelitis.

Mack writes, “Sometimes the experiencers feel that their health is being followed, especially through ano-rectal and colonic examinations (‘check-ups’), and they even report healings of a vast array of minor and sometimes major conditions.”

Edith Fiore

Many UFO researchers have UFO healing cases in their files. While Hopkins and Jacobs felt such cases were rare, abduction researcher, Edith Fiore, Ph.D. disagrees. Writes Fiore, “One of the most interesting findings that emerged from this work was the many healings and attempts to heal on the part of the visitors…In about one-half of the cases I’ve been involved there have been healings due to operations and/or treatments. Sometimes the cures are permanent. At other times, the conditions recur…If you have noticed a healing or inexplicable improvement… you may have had help from the visitors.”

Jacques Vallée

Jacques Vallée has written nearly a dozen books about UFOs. Regarding healing cases, he says,

We find the phenomena of precognition, telepathy, and even healing are not unusual among the reports, especially when they involve close-range observation of an object or direct exposure to its lights.’
George Filer

Major George A. Filer has been in the UFO field for many decades. He served as the MUFON Eastern Regional Director and was a regular contributor to the MUFON UFO Journal and is the editor of Filer’s Files. Why do the ETs heal some people and not others? Major Filer writes, “Several persons have told me of being healed during an abduction.

I have a hunch that the aliens conduct their operations based on what is beneficial to them rather than for our benefit. If they have healed you, they may feel you are important to them.
How common are UFO healings?

The research on this question reveals some surprising answers.

5% abductions involve healings
The rarity versus frequency of UFO healings was first measured in 1987 by pioneering researcher Thomas E. Bullard, who, with his massive volume, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, made an invaluable contribution to ufology. It represents one of the first objective studies of the UFO abduction complex. Out of 270 cases, Bullard reports that thirteen (about five percent), involved healings. “The other and more cheerful side of permanent aftereffects are the thirteen instances where the witness left the abduction healed of some ailment,” Bullard writes. “Many of the cures appear to result from deliberate intervention, whereas the harmful effects could be accidental.”

1/3 have “some physical effect”
The next study came in 1994. Dan Wright, a MUFON field investigator and manager of the MUFON Abduction Transcription Project, was in a good position to draw solid conclusions about the UFO phenomenon and UFO healings. According to a preliminary analysis, eleven percent of physiological effects caused by UFOs are healings. Wright writes, “Almost one-third of the subjects reported some type of physical effect as a direct result of one abduction episode or another. Nose bleeds resulted in thirteen cases, scars in twelve, half of those on a leg or knee. Curiously, in four cases, the subject was either told by an entity or separately concluded that the beings’ ‘reconstructive surgery’ had repaired some medical problem.”

50% report some type of healing
The most recent study of the commonality of UFO healings came in 2017 from the FREE Foundation UFO Survey, co-founded by researcher, Reinerio Hernandez. The FREE survey’s results matched that of Edith Fiore, with fifty percent of respondents reporting some sort of healing as a result of their UFO experiences. Writes Hernandez, “UFO healings…have been swept under the rug…It is time that we shine a bright light on this little-known aspect of ET contact.”

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