We have had numerous questions over the years from people wondering if they should continue to visit a doctor who offers New Age healing methods in his/her practice, even if the patient specifically requests that the doctor not use these methods when treating them. In this case, is there any harm in continuing to see these doctors?
MR asks: “Is Jungian psychology New Age?”
Did you know there are thousands of people who swear they were abducted by aliens? There’s also a vast number of people who believe they lived past lives, who think horses are possessed of a collective wisdom that can guide us in life, and who swear by an enormous compendium of consciousness recorded on a non-physical realm known as the astral plane.
LB writes: “I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working in a practice providing integrative medical care. Much of my approach is education regarding diet and nutritional supplements along with basic allopathic care. I work with a physician who is a licensed ‘Symptometrist.’ There is little information available as to the foundation and science behind Symptometry. Wondering if you can shed some light and provide some guidance on how a Catholic should approach this.”
We recently received the following email from a reader whose position on the superiority of natural/alternative methods is indicative of many people who write to our site looking for guidance. Although well-thought out and nicely articulated, there are important flaws in this argument which should be pointed out.
Although juicing is all the rage among proponents of alternative living, alarm bells are sounding from the medical community about how this strict liquid diet of vegetables and fruits can actually be dangerous for our health.
FL writes: “I am concerned about an acquaintance of mine who has embraced the thoughts and feelings of a concept/lifestyle called, “Easy World” by Julia Rogers Hamrick. I looked at a couple of her youtube videos to see what they were attracted to regarding this subject. I don’t care for the thoughts and looks of this (as I am Catholic) and it seems to substitute a person’s natural feelings of right and wrong and Love from God by playing misdirected mind games within this ‘easy world’ philosophy. Have you heard of this ‘easy world idea’ and person, Julia Hamrick? And, might you think people are using this as a substitute for the truth and a true relationship with Our Almighty Father?”
KA writes: “My mom who suffers from chronic back pain went to a homeopathic doctor who treated her back pain with a method called atlasprofilax. She said that she feels a lot better. Can you tell me if the Catholic Church approves of this practice that claims to realign the Atlas in the neck?”