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"Healers take hands-on tactic"

Calgary Herald

Source: Calgary Herald

Published: 24 Nov 2021

Category: Other

Rating: (1½ stars)

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For Diane Little, a self-professed health enthusiast, maintaining nutrition, strength and agility have been the focus of a long and happy life. But when painful, aching joints took attention from her regular regime, she knew she had to do something to get back to normal.

"I had always been a person who looked after myself, and when the symptoms became too much, I sought hospital care, but doctors only treat the symptoms, not the systemic reasons why we're sick. So I decided to seek out alternative therapies, like healing touch therapy," she says.

She received a series of "hands-on" treatments with a certified practitioner who specialized in this type of traditional healing. Within hours, she noticed subtle changes that took her by surprise....

how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 2 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Applicable
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of harms of treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

This article on the "healing touch" focuses on the theory, practice and reported benefits of this form of therapy. Unfortunately, it does not attempt to identify the relative role of this therapy in the scheme of health care alternatives, nor does it discuss any evidence of benefit, harm or cost. An anecdotal report is supplemented by interviews with providers who possess a vested interest in the therapy. Overall, the article provides little substance to guide the reader who is seeking to make an informed decision about alternative care.

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