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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:39 PM

So my Mom was recently diagnosed with shingles.

They caught it early, and she got a dose of antivirals, which is excellent. She also had reiki treatments. 'distance' reiki treatments. A month after diagnosis, she is pretty well pain free.

Guess which of the two above she credits with her pain free state?

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Reply So my Mom was recently diagnosed with shingles. (Original post)
Rainforestgoddess Feb 2013 OP
uppityperson Feb 2013 #1
Rainforestgoddess Feb 2013 #2
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #3
Rainforestgoddess Feb 2013 #4
LeftishBrit Feb 2013 #5
Rainforestgoddess Feb 2013 #6

Response to Rainforestgoddess (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:03 PM

1. sigh. Glad she feels better and too bad she paid a scammer.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:43 AM

2. It's not too much money

And she can afford it, but it pisses me off.

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Response to Rainforestgoddess (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:58 PM

3. If it made her feel better and didn't cost her too much...

.. you might not want to voice your concerns to her. Sometimes belief can be a powerful medicine.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:42 AM

4. Oh, I realise that

I just said 'whatever works, Mom' to her. If the placebo effect helps her out, that's great. But she seems to have forgotten the course of antivirals, probably because the effect wasn't immediate, but rather kicked in around the time of the reiki.

At least her reiki practitioner (this term seems to give it too much credibility) is actually trained in Japanese massage as well, so when she goes, she gets a nice relaxation massage, which is worth it, as far as I'm concerned. It's paying for the distance treatments that seems so dodgy to me.

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Response to Rainforestgoddess (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:17 PM

5. Glad she's feeling better!

The big problem would be IMO if she refused the antivirals because of the reiki. Fortunately she didn't.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:23 PM

6. Thanks!

And you're correct, of course. That is the danger of woo like homeopathy.

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