Suzan Cooke of WBT and New Age Medicine assertions- 

A Defense against her misstatements and I don't practice New Age Medicine

by M Italiano Recently one Suzanne Cooke of the WBT website has misrepresented me in a gender group with her mistaken comments about New Age quackery in regards to what I have studied as training to be a physician in India with a board certification in alternative medicine (naturopathic medicine, BIHT, osteopathy, chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine and cell therapy). Thus, I am responding to the blatantly false misrepresentations of hers here M Italiano, MB BS (AM) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Enjoy your home under the bridge. Gee I nailed it when I pointed out that most of alternative medicine is New Age quackery. Oooh let me wave my crystals over you and make it all better. Here sniff these essential oils while I massage your auraand rearrange the fenshui of your apartment. Think positive thoughts and chant and you will magically change." (written by Suzanne Cooke) "Just more con games run on superstitious people." (written by Suzanne Cooke) "BTW I'm not much nicer to the psychiatric profession which I also consider in many cases to be close relatives of the New Age frauds." (written by Suzanne Cooke) "Yoga may be good exercise, like many of the martial arts but the mumbo jumbo that go along with them are fiction." (written by Suzanne Cooke) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- To Suzanne Cooke again and AGAIN, I have NOT been trained in crystals, aura, fenshui, magic, Yoga, or essential oils. New Age is involved in MYSTICISM. I am NOT involved in any of this. In fact, naturopathic medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese Medicine (which are taught at the med school that I graduated from) are NOT New Age. They are recognized forms of medicine, are traditional, and have support of the World Health Orgnaization. See the following types of medicine which are NOT New Age.  There are links to articles which demonstrate whey they are not considered New Age quackery as well as to-the-point support of them as being traditional, respected, effective and recognized forms of medicine-even in world circles such as the Wolrd Health Organization (one example). M. Italiano, MB BS (AM) NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE <Words like "naturopath" and "holistic" may seem like New Age terms, but natural health, or naturopathic medicine, has been been in practice in different cultures for centuries. Today, many natural health practices are considered "alternative" medicine, but throughout history, they were the standard of care.> (from article) OSTEOPATHY <It does not have any association to any new age terminology and should not be confused with any other discipline.> (from article) CHIROPRACTIC and <3 Reasons Chiropractic isn’t “New Age Medicine” – Part 1 and Part 2> (from article) TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE <Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. TCM is not "New Age," nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years.> (from article) and <I'd bet (if I gambled) that if you talked to most Chinese Medicine practitioners in China about your concerns, they'd laugh, or just look at you blankly. Many of them are atheists- as good communists are supposed to be - or Taoists, or Buddhists, or whatever. But what they practice is chinese medicine, not religion... The true conflict to which you allude is not between your Christianity and Chinese Medicine. It's between you as a Christian and non-Christians, between Christians and New-agers.... Misperceptions about Chinese Medicine Christians have been misinformed about Chinese Medicine because of the slant new-agers put on it. CM is quite young in America - it is a medicine that is still being translated into English. This process began in the mid 1970's. We have very few real Chinese Medicine textbooks in English- perhaps not even 1% of what exists in Chinese. Only in the last 10 years or so have we begun to escape the new-age-view of chinese medicine... now that we have more and more of the real texts, we can see the real medicine for what it is- a medicine, not a religion....A good number of Chinese Medicine professionals in America (Caucasian, chinese, african-american, whatever) who are not Christian also are NOT new-age.> (from article) and <TCM is not “New Age,” nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years.> (from article)