Healthy skepticism — the tendency to disbelieve — is often a commendable impetus to learning (represented by the maxim “Look before you leap”). But mystical “skeptics” hold that attempts to verify claims or justify actions are futile processes because everything is open to doubt or interpretation. Thus, in alternative healthcare, mystical practitioners and their patients are the sole arbiters of treatment efficacy and put whatever feels right to them on a therapeutic pedestal.

Read the rest of this entry »