The Healing Waters
Healing Waters in Tlacote, Mexico
“Where the science could not work, the water has been working in incurable diseases like cancer and AIDS. We have been continuing our studies microbiologically and found out that the water brings genetic changes on a cellular level. And any changes in a human or living being created by God only He can do. And He has been doing them through this water – which to my opinion is a new creation of God on Earth.”
Jesus Chahin, interviewed on the “Water of Life”
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 Germanyâs 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.
Trips to Tlacote,Mexico
Once a month a bus leaves from San Antonio, Texas, taking pilgrims to the healing waters of Tlacote, Mexico. The bus departs on Friday afternoon and returns early Monday morning. There is an overnight stay in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi. The cost is only $145.00.
The idea for the trips began when Tino Duran, editor and owner of La Prensa, San Antonio’s Spanish language newspaper, heard about Tlacote and decided to drive there. Duran sought help for his own medical problems and also wanted to report on the site for his newspaper. He was amazed at what he saw. After his account was published in La Prensa, people began to call, seeking more information. Because the trip is difficult by car – the highways are dangerous and accommodations sparse – he wanted to provide a bus trip that would make the experience more accessible to the people of San Antonio.
As I prepared for the journey, the words of Mother Teresa kept singing in my ears: “Let us do something beautiful for God.” Along the way, I would meet many people attempting to heed Mother Teresa’s words.
On the day of departure, a cold front has lifted the humidity of a hot Texas summer. The natural anticipation of my fellow passengers combines with the energizing air from the north to engender many smiles and cheerful expectations. Adding to the excitement is a three-person news team from the Channel 4 television station in Dallas. They will document the trip for a three-part series to be aired during the most heavily watched week of their season. A free-lance journalist and a photographer, also from Dallas, cover the journey as well.
Everyone has a story to tell and each bus stop finds reporters interviewing people, noting their illnesses and expectations. Interviewers question other interviewers. Wally, the cameraman, keeps a visual narrative of the Mexican countryside, the passengers, and the highlights of the trip. Santos, the bus driver, is the comedian of the group. Between hair-raising adventures on the highway, he entertains us with jokes.
Rolando Montes, a writer for La Prensa, and his wife, Isabel, accompany each trip, acting as interpreters, problem solvers, and goodwill ambassadors. It is a challenging job, as there are many special requests and some hardships each time. Nevertheless, they both attest to the rewards involved, and it is obvious that their time is given with an open heart and deep compassion.
Many Stories to Tell
The heart of the Tlacote experience lies in the stories of the people, their hardships and the hope they carry.
Joe Morales is traveling with his mother. A car accident has left Joe’s brother brain-damaged, unable to swallow, and requiring constant nursing care. Joe is sharing the medical expenses with another sibling. A few drops of Tlacote water enabled his brother to swallow for the first time. Joe is hopeful that long term use will have a dramatic effect.
A brilliant smile always lights the face of Maria Guerra. This is the second journey for her and her husband, Geraldo. Three months before, their first use of Tlacote water lowered his blood sugar level from 275 to 67 within 10 days. A nephew on insulin has been able to decrease his dosage to one-quarter the original amount. Maria’s cholesterol level has dropped from 325 to 236. She feels there are many reasons to be joyful.
Lewis Thompson Mohr, a Dallas resident, is making the trip for his wife, Cathy, who has multiple sclerosis and can no longer walk. He cares for her during the day. At night he works, leaving her alone, but surrounded by a support system of telephones and nourishment to fulfill any need which might arise. He has tried many treatments and spent large sums of money searching for help. A Dallas chiropractor gave Cathy her first sample of Tlacote water. When Tom saw the light in her eyes and the energy it instantly imparted, he decided to make the journey. One reason for his faith is that the waters are free and the bus trip of minimal cost. A number of difficulties easily fell away as he made preparations to come.
Antonia Gonzales has suffered from arthritis for 30 years. It has deformed her feet and hands. At times her neck and spine are so stiff she is unable to move her head. Her doctor prescribed a spinal operation but Antonia thought the odds for recovery too slender and the cost too high. She decided to take her family on a vacation to Florida instead. On the plane she prayed that she would be relieved of her pain just enough to be able to finish the trip. By the time the plane landed in Florida she was able to freely move her head and neck.
Thus began a long journey of faith for Antonia. She says, “Every day I wake up and I know that God has given me this pain. I know, too, that it is too great for me to bear, so I pray and I offer it back to Him. He gives it to me and I give it right back to Him. That is how I am able to bear it.”
Different Kind of Cure
Her companion, Angie Murillo, is as radiant as her name implies. After 11 operations she is seeking a different kind of cure. During a prayer meeting at their church, Angie and Antonia discovered they were booked for the same bus trip. Angie offered to take care of Antonia’s many physical needs. Their constant joy and patience fills the bus.
Maria Garza suffers from osteoporosis and arthritis. She first went to Tlacote as a sceptic, but eager to seek help for her epileptic granddaughter. After seeing a 70 per cent improvement, she started her own regime. Maria’s son is a chemical engineer. He was also sceptical until he analysed a sample. Noting the water’s unusual properties, he now urges Maria to continue its use.
Leo and Aida Gomez are seeking an alternative to medical treatment. Dialysis has been recommended for Mr Gomez but they want to avoid the risk and expense it would impose. Mrs Gomez became disenchanted with the medical system after receiving 27 radiation treatments that she now believes were unnecessary. After a long life of hard work, they are hoping to find enough health to travel and enjoy their retirement.
My seatmate and translator, Bertha Cortez, has a visual impairment her doctor cannot diagnose. Her daughter has medical problems, and her grandson an attention disorder, so she is bringing water for the entire family. Throughout the trip we joke about the many vagaries of Mexican travel and “Mexican time”.
These are a few of the millions who come, their hopes expressed in myriad ways.
To Tlacote and Back
All night we travel in the rain, and are relieved when daybreak brings sunshine. We breakfast at an open-air cafe and by 11 a.m. are nearing Tlacote. It is a tiny village nestled on a hillside. It overlooks a huge estate that is owned by a government official. The estate is neatly divided into separate fields by rows of trees. It is completely surrounded by a brick wall.
Approaching Tlacote, it is obvious the waters and cures are blessing some villagers with a bit of income. The pilgrims wait in line on the right side of the road, and on the left are vendors at small lean-to shops selling food, clothes, and curios. Other merchants sell jewelry, newspapers, candy, and trinkets, as well as 20-liter plastic containers, the standard measure given to pilgrims. After purchasing our bottles we pass through the special gate for foreigners. Antonia bravely navigates the rocky downhill path with her walker. Wally films her descent.
The next two hours we spend waiting in line to see the doctor. We talk to one another and to the others who have come. One woman has traveled alone from Guatemala. In her town there is also a wonder-working spring. When asked why she has come all the way to Tlacote, she says that the waters in her town will only cure baldness, and not other illnesses, like the well of Tlacote. Eventually, everyone speaks with the doctor, receives a prescription, and obtains their water. Trucks and special hired carts carry the heavy containers up the hill to the bus. Five hours after our arrival, we make our way through the street vendors and re-board the bus headed for a downtown hotel in San Luis Potosi, one and one-half hours away.
The bus ride is quiet and reflective. The land has just been drenched by thunderstorms. A brilliant double rainbow arches between two nearby peaks. One by one the passengers gasp in wonder as the rainbow comes into view. It grows in luminosity as we weave through the hills.
The hotel stay is an entertaining interlude. Mr Montes makes arrangements for a catered dinner of Mexican food. On this night there is a 15-member mariachi band with mandolins and guitars. The tambourine player is an artist, skilfully interweaving dance and tambourine in one motion.
On Sunday we depart at noon, wending our way through the tiny streets. The city itself is a spectacle for the eye — its beauty punctuated by majestic cathedrals. That night, the October full moon illuminates the hills that we failed to see on the rainy journey down. At the last stop before Laredo, Texas, Antonia attempts a walk to the restroom without her walker. Wally films the triumph and Antonia returns to the bus, panting but exuberant. She and Angie whisper and giggle long into the night.
Monday morning at 5 a.m. we arrive in San Antonio at the La Prensa office. Isabel and Rolando Montes summon a final burst of energy in removing the 70-plus, 44-pound containers from the luggage hold and helping people load their cars. Wally, the cameraman, takes a few closing shots of people claiming their precious cargo. Friends and relatives arrive to share in the excitement.
This has been a journey of hope. For some, it will be the beginning of a new relation to life — a relation built on faith and the power of renewal in that spark of God which we call the human spirit. We have all been touched by our companions on the road. Many of us feel we have shared in an experience greater than ourselves. In some way we sense that in making such a journey, we have, perhaps, done “something beautiful for God.”
As part of an experiment various pharmacies have made the healing water into a homoeopathic remedy. Please inquire from :
U.K. – Messrs Ainsworths Homoeopathic Pharmacy,
38 new Cavendish St, London W1M 7LH.
Germany – Leonard-Apotheke, Mittelweg 30, 2000 Hamburg 13.
Holland – Holland Pharma, Nieuwstad 2/4, 7241 DN Lochem.
Switzerland – Lindenhof Apotheke, Rennweg 46, 8021 Zurich.
Australia and New Zealand – B.K.Moore Pharmacy Ltd, 254 Lincoln Rd,
Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand.
Three Personal Testimonial
Dear Editors (1),
My father recently became very ill. His three doctors informed the family that he had only days to live. He was sent home from the hospital to die. He was told that he had intestinal cancer which had eaten holes through his intestines. The family rushed to South Texas to be with him, fully expecting him to die within days as the doctors predicted. This was the week before Easter Sunday.
I arrived on Good Friday. My mother informed me that the neighbors at this small island resort where they live had given my father a bottle of water from a village near Mexico City. The neighbors are from Mexico and only on vacation in Texas. They discovered the story of this miracle water from a family in Mexico (their cousin is the President of Mexico) and went to Mexico to get some for their own mother who was near death from liver cancer. In three days the woman was healed from cancer. My parents knew this lady and thus believed that it was a miracle. My father took some of the water a few days before my arrival. On Good Friday we took my father to a new group of doctors who informed us that there is now no evidence of cancer. My father has no infection, in spite of the fact that he has a hole in his intestine, and all body functions appear to be normal. Neither I nor the family know what to think about this matter. The doctors suggested that the hole in my father’s intestine may be healing itself.
According to the Mexican family who obtained some miracle water, it was discovered by villagers who noticed that a very sick dog was drinking from a muddy pool of water. The dog was healthy soon after. People began to try the water and also became healthy. The local priest tried to provide a clean atmosphere for people seeking the water but the small pool of muddy water was not organized in any way to provide for the growing number of people seeking drinking quality water.
The priest asked for help from the Mexican Government. At first the Government refused to supply a pump and filter system. However, the priest provided water for over 600 government military persons sick with various illnesses in the hospital. According to the story, all were restored to health. Now the government has provided a system to pump and filter the water. The Mexican friends of my parents stood in line for three days to get some water.
Wayne Peterson, Washington DC.
( published SI June 1992 )
Dear Editor (2),
Juan is a real-estate agent here in Chapala, Mexico, who told me of his experience with the “miracle water” from Tlacote.
Juan had a stroke in November 1991 which left him unable to walk, and blind in one eye. After surgery to try to repair the damage, doctors told him he could not walk again, nor would his eyesight return. They also told him that one of his kidneys was not working. Juan’s cousin from Monterey told him about the Tlacote water, which had restored the cousin’s eyesight. After taking the water, Juan began to walk again. Every day his wife sprayed the water on his back near the kidney which was not functioning. After a week the doctors examined him again and said the kidney was fine, asking him what medication he had taken. He did not tell the doctor about the water, thinking that the doctor would not understand. Juan is now walking, with a limp, but no longer an invalid. His wife puts a few drops in his eye every day. He says it feels different, and hopes his vision will return.
Juan also told me that droves of people from the US are coming for the water, making the lines very long. If one has a passport and a doctor’s written diagnosis, it makes things go faster. Some people from the US are flying in with helicopters.
Sincerely, Helen Jagen Chula, Vista, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
( published SI May 1993 )
Early last summer, our cat’s hind legs wouldn’t work. The Vet said it was severe arthritis or something, and that nothing could be done. It progressed to the point where she was dragging her rear-end around by her front paws, and the fur was wearing off on the useless hind legs. A friend who had recently been to Tlacote, Mexico, and had brought back some of the “healing water” from there, suggested that we try giving her some of the water. We gave her one teaspoon a day, dripped on her food. Within two weeks, we noticed a tiny bit of use of one hind leg. By a month she could “wobble-walk”, and shortly after she could even scurry still a little wobbly, but quite amazing compared to the pathetic creature she had been. It’s now over a year later, and she is still walking!
Nancy Macleod, San Francisco, USA
( published SI November 1993 )