Friday, October 28, 2011

Experiencing the Braco Effect

Last August, a friend of mine sent me some information on a man from Croatia named Braco (pronounced brot'-so). He apparently heals people just by looking at them or at a photo. Yes, I know, you have a bridge to sell me.

I watched a couple of YouTube testimonials from people in Europe and the United States. Supposedly, there is medical documentation to show that people who had terminal diseases and many other physical or emotional maladies had experienced spontaneous cures after a gazing session with Braco. I found that intriguing.

Over 250,000 people have seen Braco.
Braco is 43 years old, married and has a young son. He has long hair, which makes me feel nostalgic for the late sixties. He never sought to be a healer, so the story goes. He had a Master’s degree in economics and had worked previously in the business world.

One day, his mother wanted to see a well-known Croatian healer, Ivica Prokic. Braco thought the man might be a charlatan, so he went with his mother to check the man out. He was so impressed, he quit his day job to work with this healer. Prokic became his mentor and felt that Braco had a natural talent for healing. When Prokic drowned in 1995, people began asking Braco for help. At first, he declined, but the sick kept coming anyway. Through word of mouth only, his following grew. He apparently does not do television or newspaper interviews.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."—Thomas Edison, Inventor

I looked up Braco’s website and found that he was appearing at the Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey in early October. I bought a full-day pass for myself and my husband, Steve, as well as a one-session pass the next day for Steve, myself and our two daughters (who know—eyes rolling—that Mom is into new and interesting experiences).

One thing that impressed me about Braco was how inexpensive his sessions were. At a cost of $8 per session, anyone can afford to see him. In one session, Steve and I sat next to two Roman Catholic nuns dressed in full habits. People came from as far as California, Florida, Puerto Rico and Europe to attend these sessions in New Jersey.

Braco was born in Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia.
I decided that the best way to get my money’s worth was to bring photos of every member of my family, plus my personal trainer (who’s having some health issues) and a young man I used to work with who is suffering from an invasive brain tumor. I did not tell him I was doing this. People who are seriously ill can get offended if they think you are trying to be “helpful.” But he has a wife and two young children, so I decided there was no harm in taking his photo and not telling him.

I’m not sure what I expected. My husband is very good at sensing energy, while I am energy-deaf, so to speak.

"The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind."—Paracelsus

So we sat in the first session. Steve saw an aura of white around Braco and was overpowered by the energy surging out of him. Not much happened for me. The second session, Steve had another dramatic episode; every cell in his body was tingling. Not much happened for me.

Then I told Steve for the next session, I would close my eyes. I know you’re supposed to look into Braco’s eyes, but that just wasn’t working for me. With my eyes open, I’m too easily distracted. There were, after all, shiny objects in the room. So on the third session, Steve again experienced heat, vibrations and mind-blowing energy waves. With my eyes closed, I felt a warm surge of contentment, maybe even a mild floating sensation. It was a beginning. We had four more sessions. Steve was almost levitating after one of them. My reactions were more low-key. One thing I did notice—and I hope it remains. My legs and one hand have been swollen for quite some time. By the end of the evening, most of the swelling was gone.

It’s said that many of the effects of a session with Braco take weeks to manifest. So now, I needed to sit back and see if anything would change for either one of us or the people whose pictures we’d held during the sessions.

The day after the session, I visited my mother, as I do every Sunday. I asked her how she was feeling, as I always do. She said she felt better than she had in a long time; that her health had gone up a level. Normally, she just smiles at me and says, "I'm fine." I never told my mother about Braco as she would most likely laugh at me and shake her head.

I can't speak for my daughters. They both think that energy healers are crap.

"Quantum physics has found that there is no empty space in the human cell, but it is a teeming, electric-magnetic field of possibility or potential.”—Dr. Deepak Chopra

Steve has not taken his fibromyalgia medication since the session—which at this point is almost a month ago. (He has had fibromyalgia for 11 years and has depended on that medication to function.) He also has not experienced any migraines since the session; usually a daily occurrence for him. And I can touch him on the shoulders and back, normally a no-no for someone who has fibro-sensitive nerve endings. As for myself, the more noticeable swelling has not come back, although my ankles are still a bit puffy.

Is Braco a gifted healer or a con artist? That's hard to say. But at $8 a session, who cares? It can't hurt.


  1. Con Artist... I did the live streaming of his session today... not worth the $3 bucks I paid.

  2. Everyone is different. Sorry it didn't work for you. Not sure if the live streaming would work for me either. Being there is part of the experience.

  3. Hi. I'm not here to judge, but to learn. I don't know what to think of Braco because I don't have enough information about this, so anything I would say without researching first it would be pointless and just a preconceived idea.
    I want to help someone with brain tumor, he is terminal and our all-knowing modern medicine doesn't give any more hope.
    You tried to help someone in a similar situation, by bringing a photo to a session with Braco. Anyway, it could be that more factors are at work here, for example belief and being present in the crowd. Just a photo for such an illness and without the knowledge of the person in it... I'm not sure if it can do very much even if Braco is really a healer.
    Can you please tell me if it was any improvement regarding the illness or at least some psychological change for the sufferer ?
    Any advice would also be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi:
    Yes, I can give you some feedback. When we got back, we read on Facebook that he had been accepted into a clinical trial for an experimental drug. His tumor has shrunk for the first time in several years. I do not know what the outcome will be. It is too soon to know. Also, I have no way of knowing if this occurred because we took his photo with us or because it would have happened anyway. That is the most honest answer I can give.

  5. Many thanks for your kind and very interesting reply. I was afraid that you'll tell me it wasn't any improvement at all, or worst. But it seems that regardless of the final outcome something good happened.
    A skeptical person might say it's just a coincidence and wishful thinking. A believer would say it's synchronicity between events apparently unrelated (but it may be a link between them in a greater scheme, both in time and space). I guess we're free to choose, like always. After all, God doesn't force us to recognize his/her existence, so our limited human logic can freely extrapolate in both ways.
    Thank you very much, again. I really appreciate it.

    1. Just as a follow-up, my friend with the brain tumor did eventually pass away this year. I hope yours fared better. My husband's fibromyalgia never came back and my legs and arms are no longer swollen. I honestly can't draw any conclusions from those mixed results, but since you asked, I thought I would send you an update.

  6. You're most welcome. I wish the best for you and your loved one.

  7. More than five years since the last post, so mine may be pointless. However, your husband's FIBROMYALGIA was healed, he discontinued medication after 11 years, and you can't draw any conclusions? True, cause and effect are not scientifically established, but what kind of results would have led you to a positive verdict? Sometimes I think skeptics are more credulous than believers!