I've been on the receiving end of several medical hexes myself and it is shocking to me every time. Just the other day, while visiting my primary care physician and discussing some new hip pain I've had, he pointed is finger at my nose and pronounced, "I'll tell you what's going to happen. The arthritis in your hip will just continue to get worse and worse and eventually you'll need a hip replacement. Just a question of when." I've since decided the hip pain is just another TMS event. And I've decided I need a different primary care physician. It's so unfortunate that one needs to insulate themselves from what the doctor might say.