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Walking Barefoot and Essential Oils: Healing or Hype?

ML writes: "Many of my friends, suspicious of modern medicine, are turning to nutritional therapies including essential oils.  I dabbled in the New Age years ago, although the dabbling got me too close to the fire, so to speak.  As my faith life grew, and I began to abandon my New Age philosophies, I began to experience bizarre physical symptoms which I knew were spiritual in origin. Thanks to my wonderful, faithful husband, I got to a priest for deliverance prayer.

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Do Organs Have Emotional Energy?

LB writes: "I have a relative in my family who is a trained physical therapist. I have noticed that she talks about organs "having certain emotional energy" These energies give way to our illnesses in our bodies.  She has even been able to sense that a patient had an abortion years earlier, causing her uterus to retain the trauma inflicted to it.  Many people admire her ability to release this negative energy from her patients.  I worry that this seems very new age. In all other areas of her life she is an outstanding catholic. She has been trained in cranial sacral therapy, holistic healing, too. Any thoughts?"

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New Age "Mission Creep" - Why Untested Treatments are Infiltrating American Health Care

Susan left this comment on our blog: "I’ve been reading these posts for a while and I’m wondering how vulnerable, sick people who realize they need help are going to get the help they need when health care and self-help have become a minefield of New Age practices/products. . .

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The Alexander Technique

An original poster advertising the services of F. M. Alexander

JC writes: "Can you tell me whether the Alexander Technique is New Age? I am a musician and my teacher recommended it for 'body awareness.' Apparently, it is popular among professional, classical musicians. The idea of "body awareness" sounds very New Age to me!"

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Reader Shares Bad Experience with BodyTalk

One of our readers sent an e-mail describing a bad experience she had with BodyTalk - a kind of "therapy" that can supposedly locate broken energy circuits in the body and resynchronize them by “tapping” the patient on the top of the head. We felt this e-mail would serve as a warning to anyone who is considering this kind of therapy.

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