SL writes: ” . . . I lost my sister to cancer two years ago. After her cough became progressively worse with alternative therapies she finally sought conventional treatment at the behest of her family. Unfortunately, it was too late in the course of her Stage 4 lung cancer . . .
Referred to as a New Age contemplative, Joan Borysenko is a highly educated woman and very popular speaker who tries to appeal to everyone and ends up incorporating New Age and eastern religious beliefs with science into a kind of eclectic hodge-podge that exposes the faithful to non-Christian worldviews.
MH asks: “Do you know the origin of using Bentonite Clay and Charcoal capsules as a way of cleansing your body of toxins, impurities, and heavy metals? Also, do you know if this therapy is safe to do? Supposedly they both absorb heavy metals and are carried out of one’s digestive system. An environmental Dr. is advising me to do this. I wanted to make sure it’s in line with Church teaching and is safe to do.”
MV writes: “A family member gave me some pain cream from a company called Jadience. I checked everything about the website, the founder and her other companies, something does not feel right about the company, the philosophy and tradition. Can you please check this website out and tell me if it is new age? I think it is.”
C asks: “I have a friend who was an ayurveda practitioner and teacher for years before returning to the Catholic faith. She insists that ayurveda is scientically proven etc. Not knowing anything about it, I’ve been searching the internet for more information. It seems that there are two parts – one that is part of Hindu beliefs and the other which is just health food with the ‘scientifically proven’ aspect up in the air. My question is can you really divorce such a practice, including yoga, from its pagan roots.”
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?
SV writes: “I wonder if you might post my experience with the Rubenfeld Synergy Method. I found the work personally very helpful. I also had the opportunity to be in several of Ilana Rubenfelds classes. They were amazingly helpful not only to the observers but also the person on the table. . . “
KR writes: “A friend has recently been promoting [color therapy] as a method of healing. A quick google shows some red flags. Also known a chromotherapy. Do you have any information? Is this dangerous new age?”