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#202965 - 11/09/05 10:02 AM Alternative health
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Alternative health: A $15 billion a year industry (not including books and media). That makes it worthy of it's own thread, I figure.

Quackery? Placebo? or Misunderstood?
Some of them, I'm sure is quackery looking for a fast buck. Most of them the success rate is equal to placebo. and then there are some that look questionable, but may be misunderstood.
Can we try to clear up a few in this thread? or the very least correctly define what they are?

here is a partial list of controversial healing and wellness practices:
acupuncture
alphabiotics
applied kinesiology
aromatherapy
aura therapy
Ayurvedic medicine
chelation therapy
chiropractic
craniosacral therapy
crystals
DHEA
ear candling
energy healing
facilitated communication
holistic medicine
homeopathy
hypnosis
iridology
joy touch
macrobiotics
massage therapy
naturopathy
New Age Therapies
psychic surgery
reflexology
reiki
rolfing
shark cartilage as a cancer cure
therapeutic touch
urine therapy
Joel D. Wallach, "The Mineral Doctor"

keep in mind, there are also various techniques within the methods that may need separate but equal evaluation, such as this interesting treatment... (which may be an alternative cure for Matt's dysbiscuitrophy)
Acupressure Fire Cupping:
http://tcm.health-info.org/Acupunture/acupuncture-cupping-pictures.htm

Be well.

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#202966 - 11/09/05 10:06 AM Re: Alternative health [Re: Ed_Morris]
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What's the 'joy touch'?

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#202967 - 11/09/05 11:10 AM Re: Alternative health [Re: harlan]
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Joy Touch is a meditative technique developed by Pete Sanders. (author of 'You Are Psychic!') He says it can help people lose weight, feel good, relax, quit smoking, eliminate life-threatening diseases, face the dentist, overcome fear of paranoia, transcend the body, get off drugs, become indifferent to the daily urges to rage and vent, etc.

The "scientific" theory behind joy touch is explained this way by Sanders: "the septum pellucidum is used as a remote control for the hypothalamus, generally considered the brain's pleasure center. The septum pellucidum has nerve connections to the hypothalamus and stimulates it directly. Exhilarating relief may come in 2 or 3 seconds and last as long as 5 to 30 minutes."

sounds like 'a neck rub'.

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#202968 - 11/09/05 01:48 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Quote:




here is a partial list of controversial healing and wellness practices:
acupuncture
alphabiotics
applied kinesiology
aromatherapy
aura therapy
Ayurvedic medicine
chelation therapy
chiropractic
craniosacral therapy
crystals
DHEA must be used appropriately. Often not.
ear candling
energy healing
facilitated communication appropriate use
holistic medicine
homeopathy appropriate use. often not.
hypnosis jury is out on this
iridology
joy touch but I would still love to try it
macrobiotics used appropriately.
massage therapy
naturopathy
New Age Therapies
psychic surgery
reflexology
reiki
rolfing
shark cartilage as a cancer cure not necessarily a cure, but there is benefit
therapeutic touch
urine therapy
Joel D. Wallach, "The Mineral Doctor"

This is sort of my version of a quick refernce guide!!

If it is well received, maybe I'll publish !!

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#202969 - 11/09/05 02:00 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: BuDoc]
harlan Offline
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Would add a whole new dimension to the East Coast Get-Together.

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joy touch...but I would still love to try it





What is wrong with chiropractic?

Thanks

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#202970 - 11/09/05 02:07 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: harlan]
BuDoc Offline
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Do you want specific examples or just my opinion? Either could be quite lengthy.

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#202971 - 11/09/05 02:08 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: BuDoc]
harlan Offline
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Well, if you aren't adverse to sharing your expertise....your professional opinion.

Thanks.


Edited by harlan (11/09/05 02:09 PM)

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#202972 - 11/09/05 02:15 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: BuDoc]
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Ear candling (had to look this one up): True to it's name, it is basically lighting candles in your ears to suck out negative energy. I just use q-tips.
http://www.pride-net.com/htew/earcandling.html
http://www.horizon.bc.ca/~malone/earcandling.html

what's next? butt candling? (no cartoons oldman, please! )
oops...just when I thought I had finally stumped google into producing 0 results...google gives me this:
http://buttcandle.com/

haha...from the website:
Quote:

We stand behind all of our products and offer a 100% money back guarantee for all unused/unspoilt product.



ewww...nice to know they are re-sellers.

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#202973 - 11/09/05 02:20 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: Ed_Morris]
harlan Offline
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Ear candling: the mumbo jumbo aside...I am sure that it might have produced relief before anti-biotics. I read an assessment of children's health for the Berkshire (MA) hilltowns around 1917. I was struck by the fact that most, and I mean something like 90% of the children were partially or severely deaf. This was the result of ear infections before antibiotics.


Edited by harlan (11/09/05 02:20 PM)

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#202974 - 11/09/05 02:26 PM Re: Alternative health [Re: Ed_Morris]
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My experience with ear candling really had nothing to due with sucking out bad energy.

It was really more of a safe mechanical effect.

The candles, and they look like cones, burn down and actually suck cerumen(ear wax) out into the bottom of the cone.

It is somewhat unorthodox, and hardly ever used, but much safer than digging in your ear with a Q-tip or pen top or car key or any other odd thing (I'm sure MattJ and Joel will come up with something).

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