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Tuesday, April 15th 2008

In The Spirit of Orac

In the spirit of Orac over at Respectful Insolence I’m posting some woo I recently ran across as I left my school’s library.

My Favorite Part: Leaving Out “Back Pain”

I have no idea the faculty involved in this research or what their funding is. I did a little Google search on Nithya Spiritual Healing and turned up a bit.

Nithya Spiritual Healing Broken Down In A Video

And here’s some about Nithyananda, the swami (?) creator of Nithya Spiritual Healing. There is more about him on Wikipedia. My favorite thing though is the disclaimers put up for anyone interested in becoming a Nithya Spiritual Healer,

Understand and acknowledge that the practice of Nithya Spiritual Healing is a religious and spiritual prayer and meditation service only. It does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of any medical or psychological conditions and does not involve the use of any physical intervention or manipulation of the human body. Any benefit that an individual experiences comes from within him or herself, based on his or her body’s ability to heal on its own.


Do not use the word “Patient” to describe someone who elects to receive your Nithya Spiritual Healing services.


If you are a licensed physician or other licensed health care practitioner, advise anyone to whom you are providing Nithya Spiritual Healing services that such services do not constitute diagnosis, care or treatment or the practice of medicine or any other health care profession. Further, do not engage or claim to engage in medical diagnosis, care or treatment or in the practice of medicine or any other health care profession in conjunction with any of your activities as an Nithya Spiritual Healing Practitioner.

Hopefully there is some private funding behind this little research endeavor and it doesn’t represent your tax dollars at work.