New Age “holistic medicine” is sometimes spelled “wholistic” because it supposedly deals with the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Three simple questions need to be asked of any practitioner of holistic medicine: 1)-What kind of “medicine” do you give to a spirit? 2)-Were you really trained in medical or nursing school to diagnose and treat a spirit? 3)-Isn’t “spirit” really a religious term? What religion are you practicing on your patients in the name of science? In fact, holistic medicine is shamanism revived in the West.
While the field of medicine is not without its problems and abuses due to the greed of manufacturers and the incompetence of some practitioners and regulating bodies, that subject is outside the scope of this book. We are dealing only with the occult. Holistic medicine purports to apply and manipulate mysterious nonphysical forces. Therefore, holistic treatments have no medical or physiological explanation to support them. The alleged “scientific” basis is simply that in some cases they have been found to “work.” In addition to those named above, other holistic methodologies include reflexology, radionics, vitamin kinesiology, crystal healing, and therapeutic touch. Lack of space prevents us from dealing with each of these.
Consider homeopathy. Anyone can set up shop as a homeopath. The original solution of whatever substance is supposed to effect a remedy is diluted repeatedly until there is no detectable trace of that element remaining. Such repeated dilutions give homeopathy its unique power: a mysterious “force” in the solution that no chemist or physicist can identify. The UC Berkeley Wellness Letter recently warned: “Except for the ghostly molecules, homeopathic solutions may contain nothing more than water or alcohol. Thus they are not likely to harm you. But can they do you any good? Be wary of anybody—and any product—that promises to cure what no one else can.”