Diagnostic Dreams As Preventative Medicine?

“Your dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”

~Sigmund Freud

Did you know your dreams are a visual gift from you to yourself filled with messages of love, life, and guidance for health? A dream un-remembered is a love letter to self left unread or a drawing in your sleeping mind that is unappreciated.

What do dreams and drawings have in common?  The short answer is health, healing, the diagnosis of life threatening illnesses, the incredible research of Dr. Larry Burk and Dr. Bernie Siegel, and the interest of the Dr. Oz Show: Shocking Premonitions which featured author Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos and aired during the SWEEPs February 2017.

Precognitive dreams (dreams that come true) and random drawings are getting attention and gaining the respect of the medical community after recent medical studies prove there is more to dreaming and drawing than rest and relaxation.

Dream messages of illness validated by pathology reports have saved people from an untimely death.

Dr. Bernie Siegel, who always prefers to be called Bernie by everyone, points out, “Larry and I got information in medical school.  We didn’t get an education.  Doctor’s don’t get into people’s lives to see what makes them vulnerable, which may be part of the cause of their physical disease.”

“Most medical doctors are trained to treat the result, not the cause of illness,” Bernie explains.  Bernie has been working with dreams, “for a hundred years or so…” and believes if we listen to our dreams, they will correctly diagnose our life.  “I don’t know any medical schools that tell their students to ask people what they are dreaming.’”

To prove his point, Bernie shares the story of a woman who had a dream in which an East Indian female doctor told her she had cancer.  Upon awakening, the next morning she immediately went to the cancer center for testing.  A suspicious area was found on her mammogram and surgery was scheduled.  On the day of her procedure, her surgeon turned out to be the doctor in her dream.

Dr. Larry Burk, a Radiologist at Duke University, just completed a ground- breaking study involving eighteen women who had warning dreams preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer.

These dreams involved spirit guides, angels, voices, tactile intervention in the dream, synchronicities, symbolism, and visitations from deceased loved ones.  The dreams were all validated by a medical report.  Dr. Burk’s TedX talk and an article in the Huffington Post also details the study.

“Dreams in some sense are giving us information all the time and interpreting things happening to us.  They are often a metaphor for living our life like a waking dream,” says Dr. Burk.

Dreams can give you specific information exemplified by the eighteen women in his study whose dreams guided them to get mammograms, examinations, tests, or surgeries.  In some cases, the women were told by their physicians they were healthy and to go home after the initial tests.  However, their dreams persisted and often demanded the dreamer return for additional tests.

In the end, the dreams were found to be right and the previous medical tests wrong, much to the surprise of the medical teams.  In some cases, patients shared their dreams with their doctors who understood the wisdom in the dream and immediately requested additional testing.

Although the dreamers were different, the results were the same.  Dreams saved lives.

“I think we are just scratching the tip of the iceberg here with the number of women around the world having this kind of breast cancer dream,” Dr. Burk says.  He has begun collecting other precognitive warning dreams on all manners of health for a book he is currently writing.

Just as Dr. Bernie Siegel’s patient’s drawings were amazing in their ability to diagnose illness, so also were the patient’s dreams in Dr. Larry Burk’s precognitive dream study group.  They were “so precognitive that patients saw their future doctors or operating rooms in the dreams.”

Perhaps the next time we have our check up and the doctor asks, “So, how are you,” we should whip out paper and crayons, make a few drawings, share a dream or two and say, “You tell me.”  It may make for a much more interesting visit.  At the very least it will brighten up your doctor’s day or be the topic of conversation at the next big cocktail party.

I know, because my doctor told me I was the talk-of-the-town after three precognitive dreams diagnosed my breast cancers all three times.  Sixteen years later, I’m still alive to write this article for you.

Is there a paradigm shift taking place in the medical community concerning dreams, diagnosis, and healing?  Are nightmares a healthy gift we should embrace?  Dare we dream that big?  Yes!  Let’s move toward healing the whole body, including our mind and spirit, one dream at a time.

Enjoy the VIDEO interview on the Kat Kanavos Show on New Earth TV.



Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author of Surviving Cancerland, and co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher/editor of WEBE Books Publishing. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Dreaming Healing on DV7Radio/TV Network, Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in Positive Tribe Magazine, and Desert Health Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. She is co-author to the inspiring books; Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. Kathleen, I’m so happy to know you survived breast cancer all three times. Had it been left undiagnosed any one of those times could have resulted in your death.

    It reminds me of a question/opinion I expressed to my surgeon after a huge tumor (thank God benign) was removed from my abdomen. My concern was about how many people are walking around with things they don’t know they have. He admitted that there were many and many times they’re discovered too late. Like you, nothing showed up in multiple blood tests for me.

    • Thank you for sharing that info with me Yvonne. How did you discover your tumor if it did not show up in blood tests? I am so glad it was benign! Your doctor was right. Many times the medical conditions are discovered too late. Dreams can make a difference. Thanks again for your comment.

    • I knew something was wrong! You know how it’s said we have to know our body?

      After three major surgeries in one year (four years prior), one of them life-threatening, I got to know my body quite well. Kept going to my doctor and telling him something was not right. Lots of blood tests. Results were always negative. I discovered tests can only reveal results for what you’re looking for.

      That Monday my GI’s office told me that on a scale of 1-10, I was a 10, in very good health. The Wednesday I was at work and remember saying, Jehovah, I know something is wrong. Something is wrong. Please help me.

      The next morning around 5 am I woke up to pains in my abdomen, called my doctor’s answering service, and asked my husband to to me across town to Northridge hospital in Ft Lauderdale.

      Xrays gave them an idea something wasn’t right, then ultrasound indicated a mass of some sort. The big reveal came in the cat scan.

    • Female intuition! I believe it is as real as the beat of our heart. And it sounds like, “Ask and you shall receive” was your second gift when you asked Jehova for help. You got it. Yvonne, this story sounds like a good fit for the second book I am doing with Dr. Larry Burk. Let’s talk about it.

    • Ok. My January is going to be even busier than December, but we’ll get together somehow. ? We’ll make it happen.

  2. Hi Jane, you raise some interesting questions. In my case, there were no symptoms of cancer, no markers in my blood tests, nothing on mammograms and in one case it was even missed on an MRI. I am a 3x Breast Cancer survivor, and nothing could ever be felt. It was my persistent insistence on further testing as a result of my recurrent Precognitive and Diagnostic dreams that my cancers were found and treated all three times. The amazing cancer survivors in Dr. Larry Burk’s and my book Dreams That Come True and Save Lives (Inner Traditions 2018) is about40+ people who had dreams that either diagnosed their cancer or foretold of recurrent cancer in the near future. We asked all these people about symptoms and their response was the same, “I was asymptomatic.” Their dreams were validated by pathology reports. Before I went on the Dr. Oz Show I had to release my medical records to him and he spoke with my doctors. They agreed that I was always asymptomatic, even when my second cancer was 9X11 cm in size. Jane thanks so much for reading the article and taking the time to share your much-apprecited thoughts.

  3. We just scratched the surface of how our minds work. Our minds are so powerful that we can visualize ourselves in another place, feeling the sun on your skin, hearing a bubbling brook, and smell the flowers and grass. Our mind can create a reality that can override our own senses.

    Some even believe that you can have a conversation with an organ in your body through visualization and dreams. A conversation that can determine the health and healing of that organ. I used to be skeptical until I’ve seen some results from studies involving white blood cell counts.

    To treat this seriously, many researchers should look into literature regarding magick and sorcery. There is a lot of raw material there that can be easily spun and looked at from a scientific mindset. No. I’m not talking about that Harry Potter stuff.

  4. There could be some truth to this, like there is a lot of value in using intuition instead of ignoring it. I’m thinking you might ask questions about possible symptoms and make some leading statements and act like they came to you innocently rather than in a dream. LOL 🙂