This Doctor Believes Dreams Can Literally Save Lives

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People tend to put a lot of stock in dreams. After an eventful slumber, many of us retell our nightly escapades in hopes of making people laugh or to find the hidden meaning in them. Some keep dream journals, and others look up meaning in dream dictionaries -- because for whatever reason we are always curious about what our subconscious is trying to tell us. Sigmund Freud believed that dreams are a window into our unconscious, and there may be some validity in that -- but the truth is there are a lot of competing theories about dreams and their manifestations/purposes. 

But what if dreams had a "higher" purpose? Some people believe that dreams can actually be trying to tell you something about your health. In fact, several people claim that their dreams have warned them about cancer, with some even claiming their dreams led them to getting properly diagnosed. Radiologist and dream researcher Larry Burk, who cofounded Duke Integrative Medicine, wrote "Dreams That Can Save Your Life," where he recounts multiple tales of real people predicting their own illnesses. 

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Whether you are a skeptic or not, the stories are insanely fascinating. On The Doctors, Burk recounts some amazing stories, and they may make a believer of you yet. Check out the segment here: 

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