MG writes: “ . . . [M]y wife has been ill for many years and we have gone to all kinds of alternative medical people and have gained nothing. Now she has gotten an infra red wand and is treating herself with this. We got it from a Chinese person who does this for a living. I would like to know if this is the same as acupuncture and with the new age movement.”
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?