Recently, Duke University expanded its reiki program. As of 2021, this pseudoscience has now infested almost a thousand American hospitals and who even knows how many universities like Duke.
This infestation is a sign of the times, it seems. Pseudoscience in general has made serious inroads with what should be purely reality-based healthcare and science. But it’s clearly such a crowd-pleaser and money-maker that things won’t be changing any time soon.
Reiki (and its kissin’ cousin healing touch): A quick overview
Back in the mid-1990s, I dated a guy whose mother was a registered nurse (RN). She worked at a major urban hospital with a stellar reputation. I’ve no doubt she brightened the halls there. “Susan” was a lovely, generous, kind, optimistic, supportive, and open-hearted lady. I adored her.
Alas, she was also way, way into two forms of pseudoscience called reiki and healing touch. So were a bunch of her fellow RNs.
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