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:
Tony Robbins, a popular motivational speaker and self-help guru who counsels his fans on the science of personal achievement may need to take some of his own advice as he struggles to recover from accusations of sexually abusing followers to labeling fans who underachieve as “losers.”
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Believe it or not, a church claiming to exist for the purpose of serving mankind claims to have discovered a “miracle cure” capable of curing 95 percent of all diseases found in the world today. What is this miraculous substance? None other than industrial bleach.
It appears that yoga fanaticism has taken over more than just the stretch pants and exercise mat industry. Now it’s laying claim to happiness by insisting that it improves the mood of participants. Maybe someone needs to tell yoga fans that all exercise improves mood, and some actually do this better than yoga.
PF asks: “Do you have any information on company called Aegea? It is a multi-level marketing company selling Quantum Energy Cards, Nitro Qubits and a host of other things that supposedly heal all sorts of ailments through resonance frequency. Wonderful Christian friends have bought into this hook, line and sinker! Would appreciate you taking a look at this company’s claims and assessing them. I think it’s a scam, or New Age beliefs at the worst.”
LN asks: “My friend, a Catholic, went to a therapist who used hypnosis to take her back to a previous life. She was all excited about it and said finding out that she had been a male surgeon in a past life made certain things about her life make more sense. Are Catholics allowed to participate in this kind of therapy?”
BMC writes: “My friends and I are baby boomers who are always looking for ways to stay young. We’ve heard about these new ‘young blood infusions’ as a way to do this. Does it work and is there anything New Age about this kind of treatment?”
New Age author and activist Marianne Williamson, best known for her promotion of “A Course in Miracles” – a course supposedly given to a woman who claimed to be channeling Jesus – has announced that she is running for president.