Reflexologist gets to the foot of the matter

There are 14 comments on the Jan 4, 2009, NewsTimes.com story titled Reflexologist gets to the foot of the matter. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

To Sherry Bergstrom, feet are more than appendages that people stand upon or use to get from one place to another.

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who cares

United States

#22 Jan 5, 2009
AAnon wrote:
<quoted text>And a fat lady with a foot fetish has the same understanding of biology and bodily processes as an MD? Give me a break.
No, she probably has MORE understanding of biology and bodily processes (is that a true medical term?).
Toe Jam

East Hampton, CT

#23 Jan 6, 2009
Yes, she knows all about plantars warts, foot fungus and bunyons.

“Reflexology 4 U”

Since: Jan 09

Loupes, France

#25 Jan 15, 2009
Good luck to Sherry! If you don't believe in reflexology, remember that people pay hundreds to sit on a couch and speak to a guy called a "psy" who does nothing at all! At least during her session, you get your feet massaged and manipulated and many people find this "touch" comforting and relaxing. I think the article is clear that reflexology does not claim to be a miracle "cure all" therapy and a professional must never advice a person to stop their medications.
I've written an ebook on the subject to guide people through the techniques and moves of this natural therapy. Find out for yourself:http://www.reflexolog yfootmassage.com/books.htm
Residency Coord

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#26 Jan 15, 2009
Hey, physician bigot, get your facts right. "Cut and Poison" medicine is not the answer to everything. Thye residents I train (and sadly a lot of attendings) are just taking (literally) stabs in the dark with many of their diagnoses and subsequent procedures. I see many patients who have given up on "conventional" medicine go to LMTs and Reflexologists because their Holy MD didn't even bother to get out of his/her chair and walk over to palpate the sore muscles. "Here, take some Flexeril and Vicodin and come back next week" Ka-Ching goes the cash register. Money comes in to the medical practice, but patient continues to suffer. SHAME on you!!!
LMT

Brunswick, OH

#27 Jan 15, 2009
Not Science wrote:
As a emeical physician I am offended that that a newspaper would print such a favorabel article abotut his type of junk healing. When will you people learn that when you promote these types of charlatans you are responsible for delaying effective medical treatment? When a person goes to snake oil salesmen such as this they are putting their lives in their hands by not first seeking treatment by a reputable, science based, medical doctors. The News-Times should be held accountable for putting their readers lives in jeopardy by promoting dangerous treatments such as this. Only a medical doctor should treat people's ailments and if they feel this type of thinkis needed then they can make a safe referral. Seeing an untrained person such as this crook without a medical referral is dangerous.
What a JERK!!! "Evidence-Based Medicine" is the biggest load of crap ever presented by the AMA. Virtually ALL research in this country is sponsored/paid for by pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers with the "Desired Result" clearly communicated to the researchers. Hey, physician idiot, how many sets of golf clubs have the pharmaceutical companies bought you? I'll bet you haven't paid for a meal at Ruth's Chris or Fleming's Prime Steak House in years. Do the "Pharma Babes" call you by your first name? The compelling research that proves that Massage Therapy significantly reduces postoperative pain is ignored. Countless testimonials (or "cohort studies" for you MD weenies) attest to the effectiveness of Reflexology. Chiropractic and acupuncture are respected medical procedures by just about every top-tier hospital in America. I feel sorry for the patients in your little backwater hospital.
Who cares

United States

#28 Jan 16, 2009
http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/
The Touch Research Institute is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy. The TRIs have researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. In these studies theTRIs have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects.
There ARE other studies besides the ones done by big pharmaceuticals. However, getting the modern American physician to read any of this is extremely difficult.
Who cares

United States

#29 Jan 16, 2009
I do believe in the healing power of reflexology. But, getting a really good foot massage, whether for healing or pampering, is vital to health. When your feet feel good, the rest of your body feels better. There is healing in any good human touch, especially when someone touches you to elicit healing and good health. This is a proven fact, we thrive on human touch and wither and withdraw without it.
Eric

Melbourne, Australia

#30 Jan 26, 2009
Well, I can tell you for a fact that a back surgeon in Australia went to a very well respected masseuse to have his back condition treated rather than risk back surgery. I think that says something.

Also, not everything in medicine that glitters is Gold. Why after all the money spent on cancer research are the recovery results so poor ? There are genuine alternatives to traditional cancer treatment, and yes, there are charlatans peddling their stuff too. But, if you have an open mind, you'll find many different sorts. Look up www.drday.com . Also, research 'Esiac' by Caise - a nurse in canida.
Happy End ehrrr Feet

Brooklyn, NY

#31 Jan 27, 2009
Trust me.....you'll LOVE IT Jerry, It's the BEST!!!
dleigh57

Buckhannon, WV

#32 Nov 13, 2009
I went to my medical doctor - to complain about my feeling so bad because my shoulder was killing me with pain and I had gas that I couldn't get relieved by any antacids and I was just feeling so bad I needed his help. He looked me over and then told me that I had the flu. Well, after a month of this, I went back to him and he said that I probably just couldn't get entirely over it before catching it again since I work at a college the students were re-infecting me. Well, the next week I went to a chiropractor, and all I did was tell him my symtoms and he immediately told me that I needed to go to my medical doctor because I was having gallbladder problems. And, from the symptoms I had and my tenderness, I needed to go soon. So, I went home, made another appointment with my medical doctor and he told me that the chiropractor was a quack and didn't know what he was talking about. So, I went home, confused and upset. Four days later I was having emergency gallbladder surgery because I had a very large gallstone lodged in my bile duct. Then, I started using reflexology - foot mainly, and I had extreme pain at the back and ovary reflex areas. I then went to my gynocologist and and orthopedic doctor. I had to have a hysterectomy because of being a stage 3 cancer and I have a form of spinabifida - so I'm not sure who the quacks are - I just know that reflexology and alternative medicine has enabled me to learn that the medical profession doesn't always know.
Magic Hands

Holloman Air Force Base, NM

#33 Nov 29, 2009
Therapeutic Massage is just that visit http://www.magichandsmassage-alamogordo.com for more info.
lady sabrina

Farmington, MI

#34 Jan 12, 2014
Simply put, these practices are what started medicine. There werent always things like x rays, oxycodin...etc and you could learn from other things (eyes, nails, skin, etc) they used to think chiropractors were charletins, some need to get iver their education and realize that both are beneficial in areas.
lady sabrina

Farmington, MI

#35 Jan 12, 2014
I dont believe alk of the mumbo jumbo reflexologist do, but I dont believe all the mumbi jumbo modern medicine does either...ive been misduagnised, so have others I know from modern medicine, heard crazy things from some reflexologist...thing to remember is, im a massage therapist but I cannit heal, you may be a doctor but yiu cannot heal...God alone can heal and gives dufferent gufts for us to use so to him be the glory
lady sabrina

Farmington, MI

#36 Jan 12, 2014
I j6st did a little more checking into the roots of this...since its root is ying and yang belief system im out and wont touch it anymore....always go back to the root of where it came from. I still belueve in early medicine as long as it has no occult beliefs.

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