New research has found that the so-called “placebo effect” can activate the same neurotransmitters as powerful drugs which explains why some people believe they’ve been helped even when the “drug” they were taking is nothing more than a sugar pill.
BB asks: “What is a gong bath? Is this something Catholics can participate in?”
KB writes: “I’ve always wondered if Dr. Mercola is New Age doctor. I have a relative who follows the New Age movement and is a very big fan of his. This doctor seems to me too alternative in his beliefs and I wanted to know what the Catholic Church’s opinion on this doctor is.”
An estimated 5 out of 10 questions directed to our blog are about alternatives, which is why we decided to post information that answers the most common questions we receive about these treatments. Are they Catholic? How can you tell if the proponents’ literature is based on fact or hype? How do we know if the studies they cite are biased or bona fide?
People often question why we include Norman Vincent Peale and his popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking, into the same category as other New Age-inspired self-help books that Catholics should avoid. Here are a few good reasons for our decision to do so.
BJ writes: “I was wondering if the Scenar machine is considered a ‘New Age’ medical device. It was recommend to my husband for his chronic health problems. Of course, we feel very uneasy and would never want to jeopardize the use of a medical device that could harm our personal journey with our Lord. Could you shed some light on this question?”