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Doctors Say Dr. Oz ‘Gone Completely to the Dark Side’ Over Reiki

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On January 6, 2010 Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed his Ultimate Alternative Medicine Secrets for 2010 on national TV, naming Reiki his #1 pick.


Across the U.S. Reiki practitioners everywhere rejoiced—we were overjoyed that Reiki would finally get the attention and respect it deserved as an alternative healing modality used by millions worldwide. However, events did not quite go as planned.

On January 9, 2010 I issued a press release announcing the good news along with six tips to help people choose the right teacher for them.

When writing the press release I had been focused on helping the general public understand Reiki’s potential for health support, while offering them a few simple steps they could take to find a qualified teacher. As a Reiki Master teaching classes since 1996, I had witnessed firsthand the positive benefits for students; whether used for personal health support, or offered to friends, family, and animal companions, Reiki can yield a lifetime of benefits.

I didn’t expect the press release to attract any attention at all from doctors or scientists. Boy, was I naïve, and completely unprepared for the flurry of name-calling and mud-slinging from certain quarters of the medical community.

The first negative post was titled “Dr. Mehmet Oz: Gone completely over to the Dark Side.” The author, a doctor/scientist, based a good portion of his article on faulty information (the “history” of Reiki that he quotes is NOT the true story of the origins of Reiki). Rather than using any science at all to support his claims, the author confined his rant to personal attacks on Dr. Oz (and, to a lesser extent, myself), calling Reiki “quakery” and “faith healing.” (No belief is required for Reiki to be effective, and I can back that up with observed results for my animal clients, for whom there is no placebo effect.)

That one post generated a firestorm of comments, most derogatory, and that one blog was not the only negative perspective on what we in the Reiki community viewed as a positive step forward.

Why are these so-called scientists getting their lab coats into such a twist? Perhaps they are afraid that the world might not be as scientifically quantifiable as they thought it was. Change can be scary, and the history of science and medicine is filled with stories of those persecuted for advancing new ideas, such as Galileo who maintained that the earth orbited the sun, or Louis Pasteur who gave us the first vaccines.

Pasteur also laid the foundation for the methodologies of modern scientific research. And an emotional attack on Dr. Oz, myself or Reiki does not appear to fulfill the requirement that a scientist possess the following qualities, “…the ability to survey all the known data and link the data for all possible hypotheses, the patience and drive to conduct experiments under strictly controlled conditions, and the brilliance to uncover the road to the solution from the results.”

I fail to understand how rejecting the practice of Reiki without sufficiently investigating it in any way offers benefit to mankind, something else science supposedly supports. Dr. Edmund Storms, PhD, cold fusion expert asked, “…which is the greater threat to science and mankind, accepting a claim that can have no possible benefit, or rejecting a claim that can have great benefit?”

And more and more hospitals agree, offering complementary alternative medicine options such as Reiki to their patients, which in my humble opinion is the future of healthcare worldwide. And veterinary practices are doing the same.

“I like what Dr. Oz is doing and I agree with it,” stated Dr. Ernie Bodai, a leading breast cancer surgeon.

“If a patient wants these kinds of complementary treatments, I think a doctor is right to utilize them – as long as they are used as an addition to standard medical treatments rather than a replacement.”

So here’s to a future free from fear—one where practitioners of modern medicine and complementary alternative medicine work side by side for the benefit of their patients and clients.

And to all the naysayers, a word to the wise—it is a future the public desires. Last year Americans spent 34 billion dollars on alternative medicine, more than one tenth of all out of pocket healthcare dollars. Be careful doctors, a mind closed to new ideas does not prosper; not so long ago the medical profession considered the practice of hand washing before surgery worthy of ridicule, and the use of leeches for the treatment of illness was widely respected.

So, kudos to you, Dr. Oz, for risking the firestorm of negative opinion by publicly naming Reiki your #1 Alternative Medicine Secret for 2010, and in so doing putting the care of your patients and viewers before a willingness to play it safe. Perhaps history will prove you, like Louis Pasteur, to be one of the prophets of the new age in healthcare.

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Think Outside the Cage
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About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

A pioneer in Reiki and shamanic healing for people and animals, Rose De Dan has seen firsthand the profound healing impact of this work on the lives of others. A Reiki Master Teacher, mesa carrier in the Peruvian Q’ero tradition, and animal communicator, she teaches classes, workshops and teleclasses for those interested in learning more about energy medicine.

Rose is also author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.

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12 comments to Doctors Say Dr. Oz ‘Gone Completely to the Dark Side’ Over Reiki

  • There will always be people like this and they will always have their knickers in a twist. In my opinion the best thing to do is not give them one drop of energy at all. They have been given enough rope to hang themselves and they look like ranting idiots (in my opinion). Like attracts like and they will appeal to those of the same energy just as you will appeal to those of a high energy (no judgement there at all). I am thankful for Dr Oz and I am thankful for people like you.

  • Cherie Heuett

    Thanks Bethanne..I completely agree.

    The truth is self evident and the lies can only last as long as people believe them. Keep fighting the good fight Rose…..keep spreading the truth and love.

    Pete likes to remind me that darkness it’s self is nothing, it is only the absence of LIGHT.

    Together we can switch on that BIG light!!!
    All will be revealed.

    We love you Rose!!

  • Luckily it is a very small group of doctors who are leading the anti-Reiki crusade with most of them being very interested in any modality that helps patients heal with no side effects.

  • It’s not all of us:-)

    As a veterinarian, I often send my animal patients to Rose, in fact referred another one today. I’ve seen first hand what Rose’s reiki work can do for my animals, my clients’ animals and on myself.

  • The National Institute of Health is researching Reiki. There is Scientific proof that Reiki energy does exist. The science is there.

    The science has yet proof how that the treatment helps,? but, One thing for sure is that there are no known ill side effects from the treatment.

    This may very well be why some Doctor’s would have concern? They do not know yet as to why Reiki energy can help aid healing.

    Simply ,Reiki treatment can help and does. Hopefully someday it is common affordable practice that everyone has ease and access.

    Truly
    Julie Thompson
    Reiki Practictioner

  • Leslie Britt

    It seems you are now inadvertently a lightning rod, Rose, for the tens of thousands of us Reiki practitioners, and I’m sorry you’re having to deal with it. I applaud you for speaking out so well on behalf of Reiki and rational discourse. It would be tragic if many people read the man’s article and actually believe his misinformation and innuendo (“The dark side?” Really?) and consequently fail to try Reiki for themselves. What unnecessary suffering that could mean for families and for their animals!

    Let us all take heart at the words of Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

    As people around the world are discovering the effectiveness of Reiki, the invested establishment types can no longer ignore us. (We passed step 1.) As they see teams of us working effectively in their hospitals and our treatment centers and neighbors’ homes relieving physical, emotional, and mental pain, and speeding healing for so many people and animals, some hardcore establishment types feel threatened, so they mock us (Thus, step 2). Ironically, it may be encouraging that some are now attacking us, as it means we are in step 3; soon the truth of Reiki’s effectiveness will be widely recognized. Obvious as our spherical earth, our heliocentric solar system, and the existence of bacteria.

    Reiki works, and that fact will remain, no matter how much some die-hards fuss. What is true will always be true, and truth will out. That which is real cannot ultimately be threatened. I just don’t want to see Reiki besmirched or delayed when so many can derive such good from it, so thank you for speaking up.

  • Rose, I’m so glad to know you’re there on the other side of the country and reading about your work filled me with happiness. Thank you for offering a newsletter, I look forward to reading it.

    As for proof, couldn’t the plants help? One plant gets Reiki, one does not…

  • Elaine Malone

    Reiki has no negative side effects, no drug reactions, no allergic reactions, does not require a warning label or notice from the surgeon general, FDA tests that cause pain and suffering to animals and humans, and finally an approval with all the warnings and contraindications …and rarely needs marketing in the magazines and television to promote it…and justify its huge HUGE price tag that the average person cannot afford without supplimental insurance coverage.

    Whether due to financial incentives (or constraints, there is a change in the tides of opinion and awareness and Reiki and other alternative medicine practices are becoming a preferred form of treatment for many people.

    It is not surprising that traditional western medicine is afraid. They can’t pay off their education loans, pay for the huge malpractice insurance premiums or justify their outrageous fees if someone can be healed or their healing enhanced by Reiki or other noninvasive techiniques.

    The change in attitudes and beliefs cannot be contained by politics or traditional health care providers who fear change or lobby against anything natural…it grows from grass roots beginnings…our elders, our youth, our brothers and sisters who have been touched by altenrative medicine and know how wonderful and healing the experience can be.

    The time is now…the place is here…and you are making a difference. Keep doing what you are doing….PLEASE!!

  • Patricia Tinker

    It has been proven in medical studies that patients who were prayed for had a faster healing rate than those who hadn’t. Isn’t praying just releasing positive energy? When mentioned in the bible, “Should two or more of you gather in my name, I am there amongst you,” meaning, those in thought and feeling, exuding positive, loving energy will manifest in like kind in the physical world. There are spiritual laws that govern the universe as well as physical and scientific laws, such as gravity etc. All life is energy. It only follows that when energy used in healing practice, would logically manifest in kind. To believe otherwise is as you mentioned, archaic thinking. IMHO.

  • Ned

    Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, helped to heal many thousands of people after the great earthquake of 1923 destroyed much of Tokyo, Japan. He received a commendation for his work from the Emperor of Japan.

    So who do we believe? The thousands of people who have felt the actual healing power of Reiki or the AMA who has a long history of ignoring techniques like sterile birthing rooms (at the beginning of the 20th century) that lead to the death of many?

  • Zori

    Talk to my aunt who had two serious strokes at the base of her brain and went home in two weeks..the doctor was crying he had no idea how it happened..I do, REIKI!!!

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