Body Therapies

Rubes and rubies are a natural fit

Have you heard about the new complementary, holistic health method? It's called the Dorothy technique. You slip on red shoes, click your heels together three times and wish to feel better.

That's a joke. So are far too many of the snake oil treatments being touted to the uninformed public as the best way to become "centered" or "balanced."

Balance isn't a bad thing, nor is feeling centered. On the contrary, it's natural to want both - which is precisely why people who are desperate to feel better will try almost anything, no matter how ridiculous.

Exhibit A: Crystal gem therapy. Imagine if you went to your doctor's office complaining of pain in your stomach and, in response, the doctor told you to hold a handful of gravel for ten minutes. Then, after holding the gravel, she presented you with a bill for $100. You'd be outraged.

So why are people any less outraged when someone who lacks medical credentials entirely places pretty stones on their bodies, makes ridiculous health claims on behalf of the gems, then charges top dollar for the experience?

Quantum touch foregoes the gems entirely, preferring to rely on, well, magic: the "therapist" holds his hands over the client's body and uses his high-vibrational life force to amplify the client's own life force. Then, so it's claimed, the body is able to heal itself of all kinds of ailments. So you have to ask yourself, is the word "quantum" just a shallow attempt to put a scientific veneer on what is, in essence, the equivalent of a carnival charlatan waving his hands? Abracadabra, you're healed!

Not all holistic therapies are absurd. On the contrary, there is real value in many of them. Herbology has a high level of silliness, but some of its remedies have merit. Trigger point therapy and ultrasound can produce scientifically verifiable results, while nutrition counseling and Pilates are tangible, useful ways of improving your health and well-being.

The point is, you need to be a skeptical consumer. Wanting something to be real doesn't make it real, so be wary of pretty stories with no basis in sound research.

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