Although older, the word holistic is much less wieldy than words like complimentary, integrative, or even wholistic. Used broadly, the word mystic encompasses religion, the paranormal, the supernatural, New Age beliefs, and so on. * * Derived from the Greek “skeptesthai,” meaning, “to examine,” the skeptic objectively examines claims. Used throughout this work, the phrase “delusion-free,” as in a delusion-free society, simply describes a society free from false beliefs. * Distinct from electrically powered magnets, and the giant magnets used in MRI machines, the application of low frequency, static magnets (often recommended by holistic practitioners to treat chronic fatigue, the pain of arthritis, and so on) is said to expose the body to therapeutic “magnetic energy." In reality, such static magnets have no significant physiological effect, working only as a placebo. Too weak for their fields to penetrate the skin, magnetic straps, insoles, mattresses, and other magnet therapy products are trendy nonetheless. And if magnetic fields could treat disease, MRI technicians, who work around immense fields, would be in remarkable condition (they are no healthier than the general population). ** Aromatherapy is the remedial application of a plant’s essential oils. Like a walk in a flower garden, pleasant scents, whether added to bathwater, sprayed on garments, or applied during massage, can be relaxing, but not much else. Even so, the claims made by aromatherapists (that certain aromas can cure AIDS, boost the immune system, and so on) are fraudulent. Aromas are not medicines, and cannot restore a sick person to health. Also, when breathing in essential oils, people who are allergic to them are at risk. ***Many holistic healers believe that crystal healing works through “vibrational energy.” Using the “proper crystals,” the imagined energy system of the body is harmonized. Many of us are familiar the placebo—from the Latin “I shall please/.” The placebo is an inert therapy that works because we believe. Like a capsule full of sawdust, the placebo eases our symptoms only because we expect it to (“You came looking for help, and I shall please. Take this”). * The practitioner of Therapeutic Touch believes that, by waving their hands over the body of a recipient, they can harmonized their “life force”, and induce health. 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Typically, the person to be muscle tested stretches out an arm, and points to a body area, such as the liver, or has a substance placed under their tongue. Then, as a practitioner applies force to the arm, the subject is told to resist. Strong resistance implies health, while weak resistance implies a problem with that body area, or that the substance is unfavorable. ** “Years of intensive study have failed to establish the exposure in home, school, or office environments as the cause of adverse human health effects.” * Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 45(5):470-478, May 2003. WorldWildLife.org, Wildlife Trade, Traditional Chinese Medicine * Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement, November 3-5, 1997. Traditional Medicine and Pseudoscience in China: Traditional Medicine and Pseudoscience in China: A Report of the First and Second CSICOP Delegations. 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Vanderbilt University (2008, January 15) ** Marital Pair Anger Coping Types May Act as an Entity to Affect Mortality: Pre-liminary Findings from a Prospective Study, Journal of Family Communication, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Psychology Department, 2008 * Consumer Awareness Institute, 2008 * Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2008 * Mayo Clinic Proceedings, January 2008. * Professor Ames is the inventor of the Ames test, an inexpensive way to measure the rate of cell mutation caused by certain compounds. * The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby. Pantheon (February 12, 2008) * Queen's University, Belfast (2008, February 18). Older People Are Happy: Life Begins At 40 And 50 And 60. * Journal of the American College of Surgeons, February 2008 Good people can do evil things when given authority and no supervision—this is something Stanford University researchers call the Lucifer Effect. Even when students play the role of guards in simulated prisons, they become sadistic, and make their “prisoners” cower. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil - By Philip Zimbardo. Political Psychology 28 (5) , 644–646 doi:10.1111/j.14679221.2007.00597.x ** ** Ginkgo biloba extract raises the risk of stroke. Neurology. 2008 Feb 27 While peripheral circulation is temporarily roused, massage does not influence deep circulation in any significant way. * The buzzword toxin is, in effect, responsible for deceiving millions of people. Toxins do exist, but holistic types often use the word erroneously. Countless phony therapies blame nearly every health problem on toxins. And flushing toxins is just one of the many different ways an unrestrained food supplement industry perpetuates itself. * * Coffee consumption and fibrocystic breasts: an unlikely association. Can J Surg. 1986 May;29(3):208-11. Moderate coffee drinking is defined as 1-3 6-ounce cups a day. * Coffee and cancer: a review of epidemiological studies, 1990-1999. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 9(4):241-256, August 2000.Tavani, A 1; Vecchia, C La 1,2 *** Bigorexia (or muscle dysmorphia) is an aspect of the overtraining syndrome. The bigorexic is preoccupied with the idea that they are puny and poorly muscled, even if they possess a superior physique. * * From the Latin superstitio, standing over * One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge. James Randi Educational Foundation Something that is supposed to be100% natural Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, January, 2008 * ** A mystical word or “seed-sound” used in meditation and ritual, believed to have power to enhance spirituality. Such words are alleged to have mystic attraction for specific deities. Traditionally, a mantra often required initiation by a guru, or spiritual teacher. Commonly found in Buddhism and Hinduism. ** * Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look. G Paul, Journal of Religion and Society, Volume 7, 2005 * Ear candles: a triumph of ignorance over science. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology , 2004 * Mechanism of cardioprotection by resveratrol, a phenolic antioxidant present in red wine. Int J Mol Med. 2001 Jul;8(1):3-17. Alcohol Beverages and Incidence of Dementia: 34-Year Follow-up of the Prospective Population Study of Women in Göteborg. American Journal of Epidemiology April, 2008 Similar to a motivational speaker, a life coach is a person who works with a client, usually without oversight or regulation, to establish and attain personal goals using a variety of techniques, many of which are outlandish. A profession our desire to have a life coach actually points to our need for a course in critical thinking. * * a.k.a. environmental illness, 20th Century Syndrome, chemical sensitivity, chemical injury syndrome, sick building syndrome, etc., etc. * Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, (DOI:10.1098/rstb.2008.0007) * Speech to the Illinois House of Representatives. December 18, 1840. ** Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, June 2008. * From an actual ad. * Society for Experimental Biology (2008, July 6). Slow Exercise (not Fast) Is Better For Menopausal Women. Peak oil is, because global oil resources are finite, the greatest point of worldwide oil extraction, followed by persistent drops. When demand is unabated, a worldwide emergency may spread, giving way to sizeable costs. * The vegan diet (which goes further than vegetarianism—meaning no foods associated with animals are eaten— no honey, milk, meat, etc.), like the fruitarian diet, (which goes further still—fruit only), are difficult to sustain healthfully. Vegans and fruitarians must have thorough knowledge of what foods are needed, so that they are certain of getting enough iron, B-12, minerals, essential fatty acids, oils, etc. Most need, in fact, food supplements just to insure health. This is not to say that people who eat primarily fast foods eat well. However, meat, fish, eggs and dairy products are, if eaten in moderation, effective foods—ones that contain many essential nutrients. When eliminated, they must be carefully substituted with other important foods or supplements. *** * The Kardashev scale, devised in 1964 by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev, is a system that categorizes the technological development of a civilization.
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