JS writes: “What are your views on myofascial release therapy and John Barnes, who has several sites promoting this therapy?”
One of our readers sent an e-mail describing a bad experience she had with BodyTalk – a kind of “therapy” that can supposedly locate broken energy circuits in the body and resynchronize them by “tapping” the patient on the top of the head. We felt this e-mail would serve as a warning to anyone who is considering this kind of therapy.
The New Age has made huge inroads into the healthcare industry, especially in the area of self-help “cures” in the form of everything from pills to chi machines. However, New Age miracles are usually more hype than fact, which is why consumers would be wise to review new guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on how to spot a fraud before it costs them their money – and their health.
LB writes: “I have a relative in my family who is a trained physical therapist. I have noticed that she talks about organs “having certain emotional energy” These energies give way to our illnesses in our bodies. She has even been able to sense that a patient had an abortion years earlier, causing her uterus to retain the trauma inflicted to it. Many people admire her ability to release this negative energy from her patients. I worry that this seems very new age. In all other areas of her life she is an outstanding catholic. She has been trained in cranial sacral therapy, holistic healing, too. Any thoughts?”
DD writes: “I just heard about the Cefaly band that is being used by doctors in Europe to help cure migraines. Is this based on real science, or is it just another one of those New Age shams?”
JP asks: “Could you tell me if Cranial Electrical Stimulation is new age? I don’t believe it is but I’ve been deceived before and do not want to get back into anything that is new age.”
DD asks: “Does the Catholic Church allow going to see a Doctor of Osteopathy. I am having problems with acid reflux, heartburn and mainly my eating habits. I am going crazy wondering who I can go to take care of these problems. I am not sure a Nutritionist would help as they would just tell me what to eat and not look at what caused me to get to where I am. Any information you can give me about a Doctor of Osteopathy I would appreciate it.”
LT asks: “I want to do a lymphatic massage, but looking for a therapist all I find is that they all do something else besides massage, some do yoga others do Aromatherapy etc. Is it alright for me to go in just to do the massage even though they do all this other stuff?”
MOC writes: “Someone I know who attends LaSalle University in Philadelphia was given a book by a religious sister authored by Gregg Braden to read. Is this book and author New Age?”
We recently received a question from someone with a seriously ill relative who has begun to use the Life Vessel as part of his treatment. She’s worried that this might be some kind of New Age scam. After some research, we can confirm that this device is not backed by sound science.