By Stanford Erickson
Editorial director, Chiropractic Economics and MASSAGE Magazine
Anyone who has studied physics understands that our bodies can be described and understood electromagnetically. The problem with many who went into healthcare — be it chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists, or medical doctors — is that often their education was so focused on biology and chemistry they did not have time to take courses in physics.
What is now called energy medicine, therefore, was often relegated by professional healthcare practitioners as unscientific New Age speculation.
But that is now undergoing change with chiropractors and massage therapists in the vanguard of those promoting the legitimacy of this understanding of how the body works electromagnetically and physicians, somewhat grudgingly, following along.
Linnie Thomas’s “The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine” is a good 568-page primer in covering many of the approaches to harnessing and enhancing the body’s own energy to assist in healing.
James L. Oschman, PhD, former president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, sums up the benefit of this compendium when he states in the book’s forward:
“This book therefore serves a variety of important purposes. For the student looking for a rewarding career, this is the most comprehensive description of the opportunities available … for the researcher looking for new and fertile areas for investigation, there is no better compendium of techniques and concepts waiting to be explored. For patients wondering about alternative therapies, this is an excellent place to start their search.”
I would add that this is useful too for health practitioners because it provides morale support for those already practicing energy healing and, for those who are not, it might help wake them up to a whole new exciting world of healthcare.
The book is available at booksellers, Amazon.com, and from the publisher, Fairview Press, at fairviewpress.org.