CA writes: “My sisters combine the ‘theology,’–and I use that term loosely–of the book, The Secret, with solid Catholic teaching. They both have devotions to the saints, the rosary, go to Sunday Mass, etc. That’s why I find it so troubling. Something in my gut tells me this book’s advice cannot be fully reconciled with the Truth found in our Church. . . . (D)o you have any information that specifically addresses the issues of using the mind to “create a life,” and how does one factor in God’s will into that?”
Making promises its essential oils can’t keep has warranted a warning letter from the FDA to Young Living Essential Oils, a multi-level marketing company whose founder seems to have a knack for trouble.
JS writes: “I was wondering if you could advise me on the use and consumption of milk/kefir made out of the Tibetan mushrooms.”
JA writes: “I have recently heard of a health and massage practice from the Philippines called “Hilot”. Is this practice occult or New Age (and therefore to be avoided like the plague by faithful Catholics)?”
KC writes: “I was just seen by a naturopath at a holistic store and she used the Asyra machine. She told me that this machine was approved by the FDA in detecting illnesses. She said that this machine has been used since the 1970’s and is recognized by licensed doctors in Europe. Is this information correct? Finding many conflicting reports online.”
MGF writes: “Do you have any information about two workouts named Gyrotonics and Essentrics i.e if they are new age or not?”
AS writes: “Please can you tell me if vega testing is new age…i.e where electrodes are held in hands and imbalances or illness is detected and recorded on machine – supplements prescribed to restore health of body. Also can you tell me if psychotherapy is new age in particular CBT.”
MF write: “Nowhere can I find a Catholic critique of The Healing Code by Alex Loyd. Highly suspicious, misleading, pseudo scientific quackery at the very least, and at worst, a dangerous New Age scam that exploits the vulnerable with strange techniques cloaked in quasi-religious terminology. . .