Clarifying the Facts from a Small Dental Clinic
(Minghui.org) I am a dentist who became a Falun Dafa practitioner in March of 2011. While I treat patients in my tiny dental clinic, I also tell them about Falun Dafa. I would like to share some of these extraordinary experiences.
Taking Up the Practice
I used to suffer from migraines when I was in high school. The overwhelming pain left me unable to work. All I wanted to do was to lie down and at times I even wished for death. I underwent multiple treatments at a major hospital, including invasive procedures to widen my blood vessels and reduce my intracranial pressure. Despite this and frequent administration of intravenous drugs, my migraine attacks refused to go away. With each attack, I was forced to take painkillers for relief, gradually increasing my dosage from one tablet to three. Because the painkillers contained caffeine, my hands would tremble and I would feel jittery.
In 2011 an internal medicine doctor, who worked at the same clinic as me, heard about my migraines and passed me a copy of Zhuan Falun. My initial reaction was to tell her that this book was banned. However, she kindly advised me to actually read through the contents and decide for myself. Curious, I decided to take a look.
To my surprise, Zhuan Falun was simple to read and easy to understand. Because I read intermittently and also kept falling asleep midway, it took me about two months to finish reading the book. The teachings were nothing like the propaganda broadcast on TV. My internal medicine colleague advised me to read the book over and over, and I started reading the book for the second time one day, while on the bus home. All of a sudden, realization struck and I started to see the answer to a question I had. This was the turning point, and I decided to cultivate in earnest, diligently learning the exercises.
Initially, I did not discover my attachments and my migraines did not go away. At one point, I even began to doubt Falun Dafa’s Master, as my fundamentals were shaky and I did not realize that I had actually started practicing Dafa with the goal of getting my illness healed. After a few more rounds of reading, I realized my error and gave up my attachment to getting my migraines healed. Within two months, my migraines vanished, and to date, it has been seven years since I experienced any relapse.
Cultivating and Clarifying the Facts in My Work Environment
In the past, I would be overly cautious when performing dental treatments out of concern that something could go wrong. Now, I apply the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in everything I do in order to achieve the best possible outcome for my patients. Especially with root canal treatments, I prefer to treat my patients manually using traditional methods, instead of using machines, despite the corresponding increase in labor intensity.
While cleaning and preparing root canals, the dentist needs to take the dental file in hand and rotate it along the length of the root canal. The level of difficulty increases while treating back molars, due to the narrower space and access available to the dentist. The dentist’s wrists, thumbs, shoulders and lumbar vertebrae may become painful and distorted over time due to the repetitive work. This occupational disease is common amongst all of my peers. However, after I started cultivation practice, Master [Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa] healed my body and these injuries disappeared. Despite my huge workload, my body remains relaxed and pain-free.
Each dental procedure requires on average of three treatment sessions. This leaves me plenty of opportunities to clarify the facts behind the persecution of Falun Dafa. During a patient’s first visit, I briefly give him an overview of the practice before explaining in detail during the second visit. By the third visit, most patients would have understood the truth and made the decision to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
A Deaf Elderly Man Learns the Truth
One of my patients was a 90-year-old gentleman who lived in the countryside. In good health and of sound mind, he spent most of his time following news of China’s military on television. His son-in-law was one of my former patients, and he recommended this gentleman to my clinic for treatment. Most of his teeth were missing and furthermore, the elderly gentleman had never worn dentures in his life. I was forced to perform extensive reconstruction. Due to his deafness, I experienced much difficulty communicating with him.
Fortunately, the elderly man had many children. At each visit, a different member of his family, along with their spouse, would accompany the elderly gentleman to my dental clinic, and they kindly worked to translate my words to the elderly man. I soon realized that this was a good opportunity for different members of his family to learn the truth behind Falun Dafa. At each visit, I would start describing the chaotic ills of today’s society, from the proliferation of fake foods to issues with today’s education and medical care. I spoke about how the cause stemmed from the corruption and cruelty of the CCP’s rule. For example, the unwillingness of the government to aid its people in the face of natural disasters, the restriction of certain online content, the stifling of freedom of speech, etc. I explained that due to its very nature, the communist regime cannot tolerate Falun Dafa, with its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Convinced of the truth, the gentleman’s children all quit the CCP. Following which, I tried to explain the truth to him. However, despite my best effort to speak more loudly, he remained unable to hear me clearly. One of his daughters suggested I communicate with him by writing, and in this way, I learned that he would often find Falun Dafa truth-clarification brochures in his yard. He had read these brochures, knew the truth behind the persecution of Falun Dafa, and agreed that the Communist Party was bad. Because he loved to read, I gave him a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
Clarifying the Facts to an Elderly Woman
A 92-year-old woman who was wheelchair bound came to my clinic accompanied by her daughter. A tooth had fallen off her dentures, and the edge of the broken denture was scratching her cheek. I repaired her dentures by reinserting a new tooth. Though she found her newly repaired dentures comfortable, the elderly lady voiced her desire for some prosthetic teeth implants. As she remained able to chew with sufficient strength using her dentures, I dissuaded her from undergoing the implant procedure by telling her about the number of times she would need to return for treatment and follow-up. Impressed by my integrity and service, the woman's daughter was willing to listen when I explained the truth behind the persecution of Falun Dafa to her. I then attempted to clarify the facts to the older woman but failed as she was very deaf and remained unable to hear despite my repeated attempts. Left with no choice, I bid them farewell.
However, not long after, I met the woman again. Her daughter escorted her to my clinic, saying that another tooth had fallen out when her mother was brushing her teeth. On seeing the damage, the elderly lady insisted on returning to my clinic for repairs. This time, I was determined to clarify the facts about Falun Dafa to her. After repairing the dentures, I took a copy of the Minghui Illustrated Album and showed her a picture of overseas Falun Dafa practitioners holding a large banner with the words “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” I clearly and loudly enunciated each word to her. Miraculously, she clearly heard me and repeated the words after me three times. My patient then smiled and took my hand while repeating, “Doctor you are a good person, a very good person.” The woman kept waving at me as she was leaving the clinic, while I silently thanked Master for his help in saving this person.
The Elderly Patient who Borrowed a Copy of Zhuan Falun
I once encountered an elderly man who came to my clinic for tooth implants. He and his wife were staying in a nursing home nearby, and the man also mentioned that he was a Christian. While treating him, I clarified the facts behind the CCP’s persecution of Falun Dafa. After hearing my explanation, the man said, “I’ve heard about the goodness of Falun Dafa, and I’m not sure why the government refuses to let people practice it.” I told him that I had been free from illnesses for the past few years. Moreover, Dafa had granted me an amazingly healthy body filled with stamina. I then encouraged him to recite “Falun Dafa is good!” My patient was skeptical. “Can I still continue to pray?” I replied half in jest, “Why not try and see for yourself. You can choose the practice that is more effective.”
Roughly about a month later, this man suddenly rushed into my clinic and shook hands with me. He started to thank me profusely while I quickly asked, “What’s happened?” He replied, “I followed your instructions and recited 'Falun Dafa is good' every day. It truly works! I’ve been feeling energized.” This patient’s complexion was rosy and he looked invigorated. I replied, “You don’t have to thank me. My Master is helping you as you have withdrawn from the CCP and have shown sincerity in believing in the goodness of Dafa.” He nodded in agreement. Later, this man returned to my clinic to borrow a copy of Zhuan Falun.
Over the years, I have told many patients about my practice of Falun Dafa. Former patients, impressed by my patience and sincerity, have continued to introduce friends and relatives to my clinic. Now, so many patients come to me through word of mouth that my clinic can barely keep up with the steady stream of customers. I know that this is part of Master’s arrangement, and I will continue to clarify the facts to those who come to seek treatment.