Israel has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, and a new treatment for fibromyalgia may well be one of them. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome; because its origins are not understood, it’s never been treated at its root cause. Treating symptoms through heavy pain medications brings its own set of problems.

While it is too soon to make pronouncements, a small, double blind study showed improvement in 100% of the 48 people who receive the new treatment at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel. (It was actually a series of treatments in which patients received oxygen therapy in a sealed chamber.)

Israeli researchers believe that abnormal conditions in the pain-related areas of the brain are the source of this syndrome, and that these abnormal conditions can be corrected. Brain scans taken before and after the new treatment seem to corroborate this theory.

God promised Abraham that his descendants would be a blessing to the whole world—and we know that promise is completely and ultimately fulfilled through Jesus. But it’s worth noting that God continues to bring other blessings, smaller blessings through the people of Israel, and some of those “small” blessings can make quite a big difference.