A Noninvasive Modality

Normally, I don’t comment on alternative “healing arts,” but sometimes their practitioners present a perfect combination of absurdity and pretentiousness that begs for a response.

In what amounts to a free advertisement, today’s Provo Daily Herald gives us this article:

Highland Woman Practices Ancient Healing Art

Apparently, one Linda Millington of Highland, Utah, has decided that, of all the “ancient Asian healing arts … the of [sic] art of Jin Shin Jyutsu … works best for her.”

I know some people believe they find relief for their infirmities in Asian healing arts, but I would not go to a healer who described her practice thus:

“It is a noninvasive modality which clears the emotional blockages that may present themselves physically in the body. … It harmonizes the energies throughout the body with the universal pulse.”

Well, that makes sense, doesn’t it?

Then comes this gem:

“She listens to the pulse but not the sound of the blood flowing.”

To clarify, we’re told:

“I listen or feel through my hands for the depth, organ function and texture. … You can tell if the pulse is opened or closed, cold or hot.”

Given that the pulse is the expanding and contracting of the blood vessels, one would expect anyone could tell if the vessels are open or closed, but how is a pulse open or closed? or hot or cold?

Thus far, she hasn’t instilled a lot of confidence in her abilities to do much more than a garden-variety nurse’s assistant. But she presses on. After putting her clients in a relaxing, reclined position, she “places her hands under key points or meridians such as the back of the neck, waist or the shoulder. By listening with her hands she can tell is there is disharmony and seeks to bring it back into harmony. ‘My hands are acting as jumper cables to help the body energies realign,’ she said.”

We’re then treated to a history of this ancient healing art and told of Ms. Millington’s training as a massage therapist and her studies of Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan and Thailand. “It was like learning a whole new language.” Indeed, one who speaks of noninvasive modalities and realigning the body energies is probably speaking a new language, at least one different from mine.

Up to this point, this woman comes across as merely pretentious and a little silly, but when she veers into dangerous irresponsibility, I figure I should say something:

“If I were to fall and hurt my back the first thing I would do is get to a Jin Shin Jitsu practitioner. … The sooner the better. It can’t hurt and it can get the spinal fluids moving again. Of course you have to use common sense.”

Um, yes, it can hurt to take an injured person to an ancient healing arts practitioner instead of the emergency room. I know, she said, “Of course you have to use common sense.” Given that she believes that she can clear emotional blockages by listening to the universal pulse with her hands, we have some idea of what she considers “common sense.”

The Herald is every bit as irresponsible as she is for printing this stuff. Would they advise their readers to head to a Benny Hinn or Todd Coontz revival–or even to get an LDS priesthood blessing–instead of the ER? Most likely not, but here they are telling people with back injuries(!) to go to someone who can get their spinal fluids moving.

To quote Tim Minchin:

“You know what they call ‘alternative medicine’ that’s been proved to work? Medicine.”

4 Responses to A Noninvasive Modality

  1. Diane Sower says:

    I would say you don’t have to agree with all eastern modalities of medicine, but personally, I was able to bipass having a serious surgery that nobody knew would work or not by seeing an acupuncturist, who helped with dietary healing as well. I’ve been back many times over the last 18 years, and for the Chinese culture, to practice something going on 4,000 years now, they must know something. Some medical doctors in China specialize only in acupuncture, and can use it during surgery instead of knocking the patient out. And don’t give me the whiney stuff I’ve heard about needles. They are so narrow, you don’t know they are there.

  2. Odell says:

    Is it just me, or is Utah a hot bed of alternative medicine?

  3. Tim Spencer says:

    Great post, Runtu.

    Very irresponsible!

  4. exmo says:

    Just found your blog and I love it. I read your most recent post on RfM earlier.

    This post is awesome. It’s nice to hear someone else criticizing the irresponsibility of some alternative medicine, because some of my family think I am crazy for not believing in it. My aunt is into all this alternative stuff. She says that ALL physical problems are caused by “emotional blockages of healing energy,” so pretty similar to what Linda Millington is about. So cancer of the throat? She says it is caused by “not speaking your truth to those who need to hear it.” AND she stated that anyone can be cured of cancer if they are open to finding the emotional cause. WHAT. When her daughter hit her head, she poured this strange liquid substance on the cut and “cleansed her aura” before finally deciding to take her to the doctor and get stitches since it wouldn’t stop bleeding.

    Yet she still claims doctors are “full of crap.”

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