LIFE IMITATES THE STORY OF "THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES"!April 2, 1998
From the AP wire: "A study conducted by a 9 year old girl for a science project and published in a distingished medical journal concludes that 'therapeutic touch,' in which a healer supposedly manipulates a patient's energy field, is bunk."
The "distinguished medical journal" is, in fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association. You can read a summary of the article here.
For additional background, check out CNN's coverage at http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/
It's about time somebody spoke out about these moronic "NewAge" (rhymes with "sewage"?) beliefs. That a 9 year old can debunk the claims of therapeutic touch practitioners is both delightful and embarrasing. How has this nonsense managed to go on for as long as it already has? If a 9 year old can see through these claims by erecting a simple cardboard screen, what's been keeping us *adults* from saying that the emperor is naked?