LETTER: Energy healing is not a proven practice

Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 12:37 p.m. CST; updated 10:31 p.m. CST, Monday, February 28, 2011

In response to the opinion column by Carla Jimenez, "Energy healing is medicine, not myth:" Is the next opinion piece in the Missourian going to be about the validity of astrology? It is a field that has just as much evidence to support it as energy healing. Maybe an article on how vaccines cause autism would be useful? Just ignore that the only research supporting that idea was based on looking at only 12 children and has since been shown to be based on outright fraud.

Randomized double-blind experiments show no better results for energy healing than placebo (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management vol. 32, pp 393-395). The column by Ms. Jimenez may have been an attempt at creating balance by offering alternate viewpoints. This creates as much balance in journalism as giving a column to someone who believes the Earth is perched upon the back of a giant turtle and promotes just as much to the scientific literacy of your readers.

Charles Coulier is a graduate student at MU.

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Ken Geringer February 17, 2011 | 3:54 p.m.

I know. Doesn't matter. Believers and those that want to believe don't care. Must be an evolutionary positive in that.

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