From a curiosity to a cure -

From a curiosity to a cure -

There are 21 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 7, 2007, titled From a curiosity to a cure -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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Randy

New Baltimore, MI

#1 Oct 7, 2007
Is it the power of suggestion? Isn't that the point? Not using the spirit, the mind, and the body in a collective and symbiotic cause would be to shortchange the chance for recovery. If it eases discomfort then it's just another way to approach the problem.
Rudy Losoya

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Oct 7, 2007
I would recommend this article because practicing alternative health methods as discussed in it has the potential to reduce the need for medication (which is foreign to the body) and we can depend more on natural ways of restoring, maintaining, or improving our health.
Liora B Hill

La Plata, MD

#3 Oct 8, 2007
It is high time that natural forms of healing, including the reality of energetic healing, are given credence in the general community by not only practice, but print. Thank you for printing this article!
Ms Sharad

Dubai, UAE

#4 Oct 8, 2007
Being a Reiki teacher/practitioner I identify with this piece and it is heartening to know that it is being accepted in hospitals also.
As in the article Dr. David Tarantino has said that, " 'Obviously it isn't going to cause the patient harm so let's try it.' So true, why not give it a chance.
"Experiencing is believing" so all those who start negating it without an experience should give it a try with an open mind and maybe they will experirnce the soothing and calming effect themselves.
Rhiannon

Ashburn, VA

#5 Oct 8, 2007
I couldn't agree more! This method is so non-invasive. It can literally "do no harm." and as a Reiki master and practitioner myself, I have seen it work wonders for people. As for powers of suggestion, allow me to offer this. I once did some work in homes for adults with profound mental retardation. Some of the patients there had no eyesight, no hearing, and no ability to communicate. One such woman could not stand to be touched. She left the room when I laid hands on her for massage, but when she sat down on the floor in the next room, I started sending reiki through my hands. Her agitated mood calmed down, and she kept turning her face toward me.

My husband and I also got an opportunity to give Reiki to survivors of a bad bus accident in Daramsala, India. Many people who were in pain all day (without access to pain medications)were able to sleep and finally rest. The mood of the room went from chaotic to calm as we moved from bed to bed. I think Reiki is a great gift in shock trauma, and I hope to see it offered more in these cases.
Brian

Glenmoore, PA

#6 Oct 8, 2007
Sweet Jebus, are you people nuts?!? I'm all for augmenting conventional pain therapy with relaxation/visualization exercises, but to do so in the form of this pseudoscientific/"spiritu al" b.s. absolutely has me gobsmacked. What a failure on the part of Shock Trauma, and a stunning display of misplaced credulity.
Jim Strathmeyer

Beaver Falls, PA

#7 Oct 8, 2007
Wow, is this representative of the quality of Baltimore Sun articles?
Nitin

Ashburn, VA

#8 Oct 8, 2007
Thank you for the article. The people who still argue against alternative medicine aren't scientific; they're dogmatic. In order to be scientific, you accept not just what has been proven - which, among other things, would exclude Newton's discovery of gravity - but what you can observe. The scientific verification (studies) will follow. For now, it is for us to accept that just like the people who lived in Galileo's time, we don't know everything, and to allow the possibility that something that seems to defy what we know could possibly be a natural phenomenon.
Tekken

UK

#9 Oct 8, 2007
Now I know America is in trouble. If woo non sense is taken seriously then your steady decline in the eyes of the world will continue.
To think you put men on the moon.
Brian

Glenmoore, PA

#10 Oct 8, 2007
Truly, Tekken. Nitin, the mind boggles. You've misappropriated the scientific method AND invoked Galileo's Gambit in one fell swoop.
It is ironic that you call those who demand objective, empirical evidence of the effectiveness of such woo dogmatic. I had always thought dogma referred to unquestioning acceptance despite lack of proof.
Craig White

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Oct 8, 2007
I would not be alive today without having used the art of Reiki to assist my recovery. As for the skeptics feeling one needs to believe; I would remind them that there have been no believers preventing there leg to move when the Doctor taps a knee and the leg responds. Reiki works with the same response and requires no belief, religious or otherwise. Interesting that some Doctors are offering more for their patients than just drugs.
Mr Alex Wood

UK

#12 Oct 8, 2007
Delighted to see Reiki at last being accepted in pain management, roll on the day when it is also accepted as a major stress reliever. Congrats to the hospital.
Brian

Glenmoore, PA

#13 Oct 8, 2007
Craig White wrote:
I would not be alive today without having used the art of Reiki to assist my recovery.
Oh, good, an anecdote. I suppose I was wrong after all.
Honestly, though, this is obviously impossible to say with certainty, isn't it? How do you know you wouldn't be alive without reiki?
Reiki works with the same response and requires no belief, religious or otherwise. Interesting that some Doctors are offering more for their patients than just drugs.
It's not entirely clear in your comment what "response" you're talking about. But to say it requires "no belief" is almost laughable. For one, it requires belief in, oh, I don't know, the existence of reiki?
Brian

Glenmoore, PA

#14 Oct 8, 2007
And don't be cute about it. I meant, obviously, the existence of the principles upon which the practice of reiki is based.
p-leasure

Clifton Forge, VA

#15 Oct 8, 2007
Great article. Bring on the research. This truly works!
Tracey Mahon

Washington, DC

#16 Oct 8, 2007
great to see your interest in these wonderful healing modalities. So happy the public is getting to hear about it too!
Thomas Long - York- PA

AOL

#17 Oct 8, 2007
As a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, I can attest to the power of "hands on" (and off) assisted recovery in cases such as this. Certainly there is a level of suggestion that goes along with the work of an alternative practioner, that is accepted by the patient, to trust that healing will occur, but we also agree to these terms when receiving the Western approach to healing. Many kudos for the Baltimore Hospital for recognizing and utilizing the power of touch, and for helping the "hands on" therapeutic community move a little closer to recognition as a viable, legitimate, alternative compliment to the Western medical approach. When life happens, Healing Happens...
Amanda Baker UK

UK

#18 Oct 9, 2007
Congratulations to this pioneering hospital and to the newspaper who has published good news!
I speak as a former truama nurse in the UK and as a Reiki Master. The truth and validity of Reiki lies in the heart of personal experience and once experienced Reiki transforms on many levels, pain being just one of them.
America takes the lead once again and opens the way to others who may also choose to benefit from a holistic, healing,environment.
What an inspiration!
Thank you.......
TJones

Riverdale, MD

#19 Nov 2, 2007
Reiki induces the placebo effect, plain and simple. It may be worth pursuing if it helps people manage pain, but I fear that the introduction of such "alternative" practices into people's lives at the time of such need will damage their rationality and lead them to such quackery as homeopathy.
Instead of Reiki, doctors should try "exceptionally strong analgesics", in the form of sugar pills. It might not work, though, because they would know it's a placebo and they might not be able to keep a straight face.
Ed Graham

Falls Church, VA

#20 Nov 2, 2007
Shame on you.

You cannot give credibility to something that doesn't work, because you find a placebo effect. Sure, you can trick a few people into feeling better, but you shouldn't ascribe the benefits to a lie about waving your hands over someone.

Shame on you.

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