The field of homeopathy was dealt a serious blow last week after a large study conducted by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) found its medicines to be no more effective than placebo.
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?)
J asks: “I have recently come across a company that sells nutritional supplements that was taken by JPII. About two years ago this company has gotten involved with epigenetics. Explained to me as natural supplements that can flip the switches on the genome from unhealthy to healthy positions. Are these products ok to take?”
CF writes: “Could you help me understand if the practice of airrosti is ok with the Catholic Church? I understand it is a treatment similar to physical therapy but I am not sure if it has any scientific research.”
DF writes: “I googled ‘earthing’ on your blog and read the article you wrote on it (and essential oils). While you stated that there is little evidence that this ‘earthing’ stuff is, you did not say if it is harmful (other than wasting your money and/or supporting new age businesses.)
AP writes: ” . . . Dr. Daniel Amen, a former Catholic (now Christian), well-respected brain research psychiatrist, best-selling author, uses SPECT brain imaging to target treatment for his patients at his Amen Clinics in California. He tries to use diet, supplements, exercise, and relaxation/breathing/meditation/self-hypnosis techniques before prescribing psychotropic medication.
If you’re wondering why you don’t see those “shake shake your Sensa” commercials anymore is because Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials cracked down on the company’s bogus weight loss claims and is forcing them to return $26 million to consumers.
EK asks: “I want to know if Ozone therapy ( injected under the skin) and magnetic therapy ( don’t know how he would do that) is ok in the Catholic church. I was in a car accident and a naturopath offered these solutions.”
SK asks: “I have been researching natural and alternative medicine. I’ve spent time reviewing your New Age Q/As. I don’t see any questions concerning Orthomolecular medicine/Dr Linus Pauling. Orthomolecular.org It doesn’t seem to state any info on energy or chi, etc. It’s mostly mega-vitamin therapies.”