KS writes: “A woman at our parish spoke to me recently about a line of products from a company she represents called Nikken. They offer items which are purported to ease pain and symptoms of a variety of illnesses and conditions. The focal products contain magnets, but their website doesn’t appear to follow “New Age” kinds of marketing. They focus on the natural energy producing properties of magnets, etc., and their influence on the human body; i.e., a physiological kind of influence rather than spiritual. I’m always leery of things of this kind, though I know that the natural world influences us in many ways.
A new report has found that the American love affair with unregulated supplements isn’t working out so well for an estimated 23,000 people who visit emergency rooms annually due to complications from these products.
Anyone can fall for a bogus supplement peddler, including NFL stars such as Tom Brady and Denver Broncos’ Wes Welker, who both fell for a phony “doctor” named Alejandro/Alex Guerrero who posed as a health authority while selling nutritional supplements which he claimed could prevent cancer and AIDS and help athletes recover faster from concussions.
KP writes: “I do not practice yoga or Pilates but have become aware of a new class at my gym that interests me. Can you please let me know if PIYO is OK for Catholics? I have watched videos of it online and it is not like yoga at all.”