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ThetaHealing (Theta Healing) is the registered trademark for a process of meditation created by Vianna Stibal in 1995. Practitioners claim it teaches people to develop natural intuition through changing their brain wave cycle to the theta waves with the intention of exploring how emotional energy affects a person's health.
ThetaHealing is usually administered in the form of individual sessions in which the practitioner sits directly opposite the person, and initially attends to the person by listening and using probing questions. They may conduct a session long-distance through telephone or over the internet via webcam and voice. The ThetaHealing technique is based on the theory that the beliefs in a person's conscious and unconscious mind directly impact their emotional well-being, which may impact their physical health. The ThetaHealing technique is always taught to be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.
ThetaHealing's philosophy is what Vianna Stibal, an American naturopath, calls "the seven planes of existence". According to her, these levels of existence build a framework to show the importance of the "Creator of all that is” (whose upper level is also described as the "Place of perfect love"). In addition, practitioners and instructors of the technique are open to everyone, regardless of the person's origin or religion. Stibal states that she has "facilitated her own instant healing from cancer", that ThetaHealing can reduce HIV, and that she believes it can make an amputated leg grow back.
The philosophy of ThetaHealing has been criticized due to its esoteric and faith-based nature as well as an overwhelming lack of evidence of the effectiveness of the methods. The ThetaHealing method has also been criticized as "criminal" and "not supported by any kind of evidence" by Edzard Ernst. The McGill University Office for Science and Society pointed out that ThetaHealing did not increase theta wave activity, but that "It did the exact opposite. Theta activity overall went down".
ThetaHealing often employs the method of Applied Kinesiology, after putting patients into a deep meditation. Even the practice of Applied Kinesiology has been highly criticized and studies have shown that it lacks clinical value.
The creator of ThetaHealing, Vianna Stibal, claimed to have used this practice to cure her own thigh-bone cancer. However her ex-husband has testified in court that she in fact had never been diagnosed with cancer, so there was nothing for her to cure. ThetaHealing also has been widely criticized as being motivated by money, not wellness. In order to enroll in a ThetaHealing course that teaches how "money is an illusion", you must pay a total of seven hundred and fifty dollars. Other ThetaHealing courses include classes which teach how to "activate the 12 strands of DNA within each participant", despite our countless scientific studies showing that our DNA is not separated into 12 strands.
Due to a severe lack of evidence, ThetaHealing relies on the testimonials of its users to support their claims. Reliance on anecdotal evidence is often a key indicator of pseudoscientific practice. While official ThetaHealing websites appear to have handpicked or created positive testimonials, a quick google search can reveal countless other claims that the very practitioners of ThetaHealing are they themselves dying or have died of various illnesses, which further brings into question the validity of the positive testimonials.
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