AV asks: “Have you heard of something called Functional Diagnostic Nutrition? If so, is this program compatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church?”
British citizens are protesting the kickoff of a lucrative tour of the country by Brian Clement, a controversial U.S. alternative health clinic owner who has made millions selling phony cancer cures that have been linked to the death of at least one child.
MM writes: “I have looked with great interest at some interviews with Caroline Leah – Switch on your Brain. How science is catching up with God’s Word. It seems like great stuff. She offers a detox program of 63 days to change our mind habits. I would like to know what are your thoughts on her methods and teachings.”
A Pennsylvania couple who relied on homeopathy and herbal therapy to treat their daughter’s ear infection have been charged with manslaughter after the condition worsens and the child dies.
MM asks: “I was wondering if the book Parables of the Flesh by Dr. Kimberly Schmidt is new age or not?”
ML writes: “My friend is getting treatments and products from a person she says is a doctor. Although when I asked what kind of doctor, my friend did not know. She invited me to buy products for weight loss from Graf. I declined because I had a very bad feeling about it. . . .
Thanks to a murky regulatory system in the U.S., rogue clinics are springing up across the country where doctors are concocting treatments made from stem cells found in the fat that is pumped out of the body during liposuction and are using it to treat conditions ranging from Parkinson’s disease and lupus to arthritis and cardiac problems. But do these treatments work? Are they safe?
A writes: “I have a question about the company doTerra. I use essential oils on a limited basis on myself and in my practice. I love to use peppermint and eucalyptus to open up the sinuses and for relieving headaches. And many of my clients love the scent of lavender and lemon which seems to help them relax and “settle into” the massage. I have recently begun questioning the integrity of the oils that I have been using, and have made the switch to buying doTerra oils. I have discussed this with my GP and she advised that I stay away from the blends, but that the single oils are of good quality. Do you know anything about the company and its founders? I have heard they are Mormon and use some of the proceeds for charities.”
MCA writes: “I looked for any information about The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren on the website and nothing came up. Do you have any comments regarding the appropriateness for Catholics who may want to read this book?”