We have received numerous inquiries from readers who wonder why our blogs on New Age and alternative health practices seem to put so much emphasis on science. Shouldn’t they based on Catholic teaching?
M asks: “I really need some guidance. I recently purchased an exercise DVD series called T25. I think there might be some yoga postures included in the workouts especially the stretches. I am really not familiar with yoga, as I have never practiced it. I was wondering two things. First are you familiar with this DVD and if so, is it safe to do? Also, if it does contain some yoga, can I still do the workout but skip the yoga poses or alter them in some way?”
SR writes: “The new fad seems to be that everyone seems to be on some kind of diet. (I.e. Paleo diet or Gluten free, Atkins, etc. I understand if someone is diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten intolerances, it makes sense and would be prudent to eliminate gluten, but it seems that more and more people are on diets because they are desperate to lose weight. In some cases I feel some people turn these diets into a “religion”. Are they any diets we should avoid (that are New Age?)
AC writes: “I know a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach who was trained by Paul Chek. Would you advise me consulting this person who is a Level 3 practitioner from the C.H.E.K. Institute? I looked at his website and blog, and I see things that concern me. Please advise me whether he can be considered New Age or not.”
JR writes: “I was on QVC looking for a comfortable pair of ballet flats. Wouldn’t ya’ know? I landed on what appeared to be a very cute, comfortable shoe that was being featured on air. Oh – it was soooo cute – sooo comfortable. It was a new design by Kalso also known for the “Earth Shoe.” The Kalso Rep spoke about how Kelso was a “yogi” and designed one of the “poses” right into the shoe; the body would be in alignment. Is it okay to buy these?”
GD writes: “I have just heard of the Tabata form of exercise. Does it have any element of New age to it? From what I read of it, it seems ok. I would appreciate it if you could shed more light on it.”
SL writes: “Do you have any information on the workout program called Cathletix? I don’t want anything having connections to yoga or Pilates or anything New Age. Are you aware of this program? Is it New Age? I appreciate any information you can offer . . .”
I was speaking at a conference in Maryland a few weeks ago and someone asked me to look into a program known as FlexAware to determine if it is New Age.
GM writes: “I just wanted to check if Zumba is New Age or not.”