Nine Ways to Discern if a Spiritual Technique, Therapy or Practice Can be Used by Christians

EG writes: “I have a very painful slipped disc in my lower back, as well as a fracture in the same area.  I went to a chiropractor who advertised decompression therapy.  It was quite expensive to go forward with it before investigating alternatives.  A friend recommended her doctor, an OD.  My friend says this OD has done so much for her for over 20 years.  As she described some things the OD does, a red flag went up (touching your head and knowing where your pain is, manipulations to block the pain).  I told my friend that I had read your book on Reiki and was concerned.  She told me she is “very Catholic and prays for God’s healing during your visit.”  I gave the book to someone who was confused.  Could you remind me of the questions you listed on the back that are good to ask a doctor, in order to discern whether or not they are legitimate and in line with church teachings.”

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Cranial Osteopathy, Jin Shin Jyutsu

K writes: “I am Catholic and have been going to an MD who practices cranial biodynamic osteopathic manual medicine and a homeopath for several years. I also have been doing self help with Jin Shin Jyutsu. I went to these practitioners because going to the regular doctors who prescribe the chemical drugs was making me sicker. . .

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