After discerning God’s will to integrate prayer and spirituality into healthcare, I left my mainstream physical therapy job in 2017. I was amazed at how much better my patients improved with an hour of one-on-one care, more time to listen and encourage them, and especially prayer for healing.
My mother had me pegged at a very young age. I remember walking into her bedroom as she put down the book Transformed Temperaments by Tim LaHaye and smiled at twelve-year-old me. “You,” she said with certainty, “are a melancholic.” It didn’t mean much then–although I remember it clearly–but years later I would come to learn and appreciate the four temperaments. Sure enough, even as a child, melancholic me was more likely to be writing poetry than playing sports or crying over a poignant novel than hanging out with friends.
Lisa Marino is a young doctor of physical therapy and devout Catholic woman, wife and mother who is using her feminine genius to transform the health of families – body and soul – in an authentically Catholic way. In the following blog, she tells the poignant story of how Our Lady laid out her mission in life to be a wife, a mother, and a faithful Catholic healthcare provider.
CB asks: “Just thought that I’d make you aware of another technique that is gaining adherents here in the Chicagoland area. It is the LifeLine Technique developed by Dr. Darren Weismann. He is gaining followers through his books and is training people to teach his methods. It’s classic New Age psychic/energy healing nonsense with a side of chiropractic thrown in (which is what draws most people into his practice initially.). You might want to address this in your blog.”
We receive a lot of questions from Catholic who are uneasy about integrative medicine and are afraid of being inadvertently introduced to New Age practices. This is a very real possibility and the discerning Catholic consumer may want to be aware of some of the risks associated with this field of medical care.
LS writes: “I was tested for heavy metals and have high lead. I went to an introspective/medical doctor. He was to do IV chelation therapy with a medicine to bind the heavy metals and to discreet them through the bowels and kidneys. He said it would help my immune system since I have a low immune system from cancer and chemo I had and many other issues. But I don’t know if it is okay to do through the Catholic Church teachings and I went on WebMD and it said it is acceptable but it can also take out many minerals that your body needs like calcium and magnesium etc.”
We received this feedback from a recent Women of Grace® “Wacky Wednesday” radio show during which we discussed The Healing Code and other pseudoscientific alternatives. This listener was generous enough to share the hard lesson she learned from dabbling in alternatives: