We have had numerous questions over the years from people wondering if they should continue to visit a doctor who offers New Age healing methods in his/her practice, even if the patient specifically requests that the doctor not use these methods when treating them. In this case, is there any harm in continuing to see these doctors?
Did you know there are thousands of people who swear they were abducted by aliens? There’s also a vast number of people who believe they lived past lives, who think horses are possessed of a collective wisdom that can guide us in life, and who swear by an enormous compendium of consciousness recorded on a non-physical realm known as the astral plane.
LB writes: “I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working in a practice providing integrative medical care. Much of my approach is education regarding diet and nutritional supplements along with basic allopathic care. I work with a physician who is a licensed ‘Symptometrist.’ There is little information available as to the foundation and science behind Symptometry. Wondering if you can shed some light and provide some guidance on how a Catholic should approach this.”
We recently received the following email from a reader whose position on the superiority of natural/alternative methods is indicative of many people who write to our site looking for guidance. Although well-thought out and nicely articulated, there are important flaws in this argument which should be pointed out.
Although juicing is all the rage among proponents of alternative living, alarm bells are sounding from the medical community about how this strict liquid diet of vegetables and fruits can actually be dangerous for our health.
KA writes: “My mom who suffers from chronic back pain went to a homeopathic doctor who treated her back pain with a method called atlasprofilax. She said that she feels a lot better. Can you tell me if the Catholic Church approves of this practice that claims to realign the Atlas in the neck?”
In a ruling that will surely rock the multi-level-marketing world, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Herbalife, a nutritional supplements company, must restructure its US operations and pay $200 million to compensate consumers who were bilked out of millions by the company’s deceptive practices.
“Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades!” the website exclaims. “Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.”