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.”
The recently retired Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, sent a letter to our ministry in which he advised Catholics to steer clear of yoga because of its basis in Hinduism and to take up other methods of exercise that don’t place the faith in unnecessary danger.
MMA writes: “One of our relatives brings a deck of cards called ‘Trust Your Vibes’ by Sonia Choquette to every family get together. She calls them angel cards & is very insistent about wanting to do cards to “help” everyone. This has been the cause of much anxiety for us. I have already said how I feel about this. Is there any more we can say to her to make it clearer?”
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?”
AM asks: “Do you know anything about the Neuro -emotional technique or Neuro emotional component of the triangle of health in Chiropractice? Seems somewhat couched in New Age language though there is of course a persuasive presentation of it. Not sure the spelling is right either. But thought you might quickly be able to say if it’s New Age.”
Since we began this blog in 2009, I can’t tell you how many times we have received mail from people asking us to show them where we can find a prohibition against yoga, Reiki, and other New Age practices in Scripture. Because it’s not there (of course), the person feels that it is safe to assume no prohibition exists.
CF writes: “I have a question regarding a therapy. A friend of mine briefly talked about a therapy he recently experienced call ‘Somato-Emotional Release (SER) Therapy.’ I have not been able to find any information regarding this therapy from a Catholic perspective. Is this a therapy Catholics should avoid?”
The troubled empire of Bikram yoga, aka “hot yoga”, suffered another blow last week when a new study found that practicing yoga in extreme heat can raise a person’s body temperature and heart rate to dangerous levels.
Parents who were challenging a lower court ruling that allowed yoga to be taught in their children’s public school lost their appeal earlier this month when a California court ruled that the school district of Encinitas could incorporate yoga into physical education classes.