Unnaturalistic Methods: M

Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.
March 25, 2007

macrobiotic counseling: Conducer to adoption of a macrobiotic diet of whole grains, vegetables, edible seaweed, and seeds. The purported design of macrobiotic principles of cooking is to “synchronize” one’s eating habits with the “cycles of nature.” (See “macrobiotics.”)
macrobiotic diagnosis (macrobiotic Oriental diagnosis): Part of macrobiotics that encompasses astrodiagnosis (see “astrologic medicine”), chiromancy (see “medical palmistry”), facial diagnosis, and pulse diagnosis.
macrobiotics (formerly called “Zen Macrobiotics”): Quasireligious movement and health-centered lifestyle whose centerpiece is a mystical form of vegetarianism. The thrust of macrobiotic nutrition is regulation of the intake of two alleged elementary forms of energy: yin and yang. Cate gorizing a food as yin or yang depends largely on characteristics directly cognizable by the senses and is unrelated to nutrient content. Proponents ascribe the modern version of macrobiotics either to Ishizuka Sagen (1850-1910), a Japanese physician and author of A Chemical Nutritional Theory of Long Life, or to George Ohsawa (1893-1966), whose names included: Georges Ohsawa, Nyoichi (also spelled “Nyoiti”) Sakurazawa, and Yukikazu Sakurazawa. The leading exponent of macrobiotics is Michio Kushi, according to whom “Natural and Macrobiotic Medicine” encompasses: (a) astrological diagnosis; (b) aura and vibrational diagnosis, allegedly based on the color, frequency, “heat,” and intensity of a one’s “radiating aura” and “vibrations”; (c) consciousness and thought diagnosis, a variation of so-called mind reading; (d) environmental diagnosis, whose theory posits “celestial influences”; (e) meridian diagnosis, which purportedly reveals valuable information about “internal energy flow”; (f) pressure diagnosis, which supposedly reveals “stagnation of the streaming energy”; and (g) spiritual diagnosis, an apparent variation of aura analysis (probably rei-so).
macroreflexology: Any form of reflexology that concerns “reflex areas” throughout the body. Acupressure and acupuncture exemplify macroreflexology.
magical aromatherapy: Offshoot of aromatherapy expounded by author Scott Cunningham (1956-1993) and distinguished by the following attributes. (a) Self-administration is preferable. (b) Aims need not relate to health. (c) Visualization of a needed change accompanies inhalation of a scent. (d) “Bioelectrical energy,” which Cunningham described as “non-physical” and “natural,” merges with the scent and is programmable by visualization.
magical diet (magical diets): System of “food magic” devised by Scott Cunningham (1956-1993), author of more than a dozen books on magic and/or witchcraft. Its postulate is that different foods “harbor” different “magical energies.” For example, Cunningham recommended canned chili, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and iced tea for magical and physical “energy,” and Seven-Up and fast-food fish sandwiches for “psychic awareness.” He advised: “Avoid all fad diets.”
magical healing: Form of “healing” whose purported basis is magic — alleged supernatural swaying of the course of events or supernatural prediction of events.
magical herbalism (herbal magic): Branch of herbalism expounded by freelance writer Scott Cunningham (1956-1993), who defined herbs as “magical substances, infused with the energy of the Earth.” For the removal of warts, pimples, and other blemishes, Cunningham recommended a proce dure that involves digging a hole, dropping into it a bean for every blemish, and saying something like: “As this bean decays, so my wart will go away.” Magical herbalism encompasses clairvoyant diagnosis, absent healing, and the use of amulets.
Magical Mind, Magical Body: Audiocassette program developed by endocrinologist Deepak Chopra, M.D., the author of more than a dozen books. Its premises include the following. (a) Within one’s body is a “universe” as boundless as the “outer universe.” (b) All bodily cells have genius. (c) This genius holds the key to perfect well-being. (d) One can command this genius.
Magnetic healing: Type of “healing” that supposedly involves the flow of “vital energy” to the patient through the mind and body of the practitioner. The expression “Magnetic healing” stems from mesmerism.
magnet therapy (biomagnetics, biomagnetic therapeutics, biomagnetic therapy, biomagnetism, Electro-Biomagnetics, electro-biomagnetics therapy, magnetic energy therapy, magnetic field therapy, magnetic healing, magnetics, magnetic therapies, Magnetic Therapy, magnetotherapy): Variation of self-healing purportedly based on “natural laws.” Magnet therapy allegedly “reestablishes” order in the “human energy system.” Its theory posits “life energy” and “meridians” and depicts magnets as sources of “nature’s healing energy.” Some proponents equate “magnetic energy,” “energy,” “life force,” chi, and prana.
Magno-Therapy: Method advanced by “scientist” and author Jesse F. Partridge, D.D. Apparently, it is a purported means of healing many types of disease through “body energy.”
Maharishi Ayur-Ved (Ayur-Ved, Maharishi Ayurveda; formerly called “Maharishi Ayur-Veda”): Brand of Ayurveda founded in 1980 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The word “maharishi” literally means “great (maha-) seer (sage, saint).” Maharishi Ayur-Ved encompasses Gandharv Ved, Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), panchakarma, Primordial Sound Meditation, Psychophysiological Integration, pulse diagnosis, Transcendental Meditation, TM-Sidhi, and yagya. Its postulate is that violation of “natural law” is the fundamental cause of “imbalance” and disease.
Mahikari: Variation of The Radiance Technique. It is the product of a 1959 “revelation” to Tokyo businessman Kotama Okada. Mahikari involves the use of an “Omitama,” a “divine locket” that supposedly enables one to emanate “divine true light” from the palms. According to Mahikari theory, spirits wronged by one’s ancestors or by oneself reside in one and cause more than 80 percent of human illness and unhappiness. The word mahikari means “true light” or “divine true light.”
makko-ho: Mode of stretching based on TCM. It allegedly strengthens internal organs.
manifesting (conscious thought manifestation, conscious manifestation, manifestation): Variable method for wish fulfillment that involves wholehearted visualization and positive thinking. Its postulate is that one can “manifest” (materialize) one’s wants by consciously using the powers of the mind to design the mind’s “reality.” Its theory posits “Universal Life Energy.”
Mantra Yoga Meditation (MYM, MYM technique): Form of silent meditation introduced to the West by Swami Guru Devanand and promoted by the Dr. Guervaz Ayurveda Center, in New York City. MYM purportedly guides one toward experience with the “innermost part” of one’s “cosmic existence.”
MariEL: Method developed by “Reiki Master” Ethel Lombardi. The expression “MariEL” also refers to an alleged “transformational healing energy” that works at the cellular level to help clients discover and “release” emotional and physical traumas.
Marma Chikitsa (Treatment of Marmas): Variety of methods characterized by the use of “marmas,” also called Adankals, pressure-points, reflex points, and vital points. Marmas are hundreds of areas on the surface of the body that nadis (alleged “pranic” channels, purported carriers of prana or “bio-energy”) supposedly join to organs and nonadjacent areas.
marma healing (Ayurveda marma healing): A purported complete system for health, longevity, and beauty. Its roots include Ayurveda (“the science of life”) and Dhanur Veda (marma science, “the science of the battlefield”). The postulate of marma healing is that blockages in a system of 107 “energy channels” (marmas) in the human body: (a) unbalance doshas,
the three (alleged) forces that govern health and longevity, and (b) thus create physical ill ness, chronic bodily conditions, mental instability, and emotional disorders. Supposed repair of “marma blockages” depends partly on herbal preparations.
marma science (Dhanur Veda, Dhanur Veda’s science of marmas): System of pseudodiagnosis and pseudotherapy promoted by Joseph Kurian. Its theory posits chakras and 107 marmas in the human body. Marmas are alleged channels that regulate the flow of information, nutrients, and toxins throughout the body. Supposedly, damage to the “marma system” (e.g., from diet or stress) results in susceptibility to disease, and proper stimulation of marmas enables protection from any environmental threat. Marma science includes the use of special oils, purportedly to unblock marmas, and Nadi Sutra Kriya.
marma therapy (Ayurvedic lymphatic massage, Ayurvedic massage, marma technique): Form of massage that supposedly stimulates marmas — 107 alleged vital, epidermal, invisible but palpable “junction points” between mind and matter.
Marrow Cleansing Chi Gong: Form of Qigong (chi gong) taught by Warner Chen, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D., of New York City.
Medical Dianetics: Branch of dianetics.
medical graphology (grapho-diagnostics): Purported means of revealing physical and mental illness, or of pinpointing disease, by examination of handwriting. The nine basic graphological considerations are: (1) letter shapes, (2) the shapes and locations of breaks in letters, (3) the shading of loops in letters or of the central part, (4) ambiguous letters, (5) extra letters, (6) omission of letters, (7) relative letter sizes, (8) unconnected letters in the middle of a word, and (9) variation in the shapes of particular letters within a text. For example, the letter “f” might represent the small and large intestines, which might symbolize the “Minister of Finance”: The small intestine sorts out waste and the large intestine either eliminates or retains it. Thus, an ink-filled lower loop of the lowercase letter “f” supposedly is strong evidence of constipation due to a desire to hoard. Graphologists also consider the height, width, and slant of letters and the spacing between words and lines.
medical palmistry: Palmistry with the purported goal of determining the condition of specific organs. An offshoot of fortunetelling, palmistry comprises chirognomy (cheirognomy) and chiromancy (cheiromancy). The foci of chirognomy are: (a) the overall shape of hands (the type of hand); (b) the shapes of fingers, nails, and palms; (c) the size of the mounts (cushions) of the palm; and (d) skin texture. Chiromancy centers on the lines of the palm. Palmists (also called “hand analysts”) also examine the hands for other marks and for colors. Proponents use the terms “chiromancy,” “hand analysis,” “palmistry,” and “palm-reading,” interchangeably.
medical qigong (Yi Jia Gong): Field that includes Qigong and Qigong therapy.
Medicine Cards: “Divination system” that draws from Aztec, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Iroquois, Mayan, Seneca, and Yaqui traditions. It features cards that depict “power animals.” One of its purported aims is to teach “the healing medicine of animals.” Another is to show how to heal the body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
MediPatch Healthcare System (MediPatch system): Spinoff of homeopathy developed by Dr. Robert Jordan and characterized by the use of MediPatch Homeopathic Remedy Kits. Its theory posits a “chakral energy system” and twelve “acupuncture meridian pulse points.”
mental healing: “Process” whereby one endeavors to heal another with “conscious intent” alone. The expressions “mental healing” and “spiritual healing” often are synonymous.
Mental Medicine (the Medicine of the North, Mental Medicine path, mental path): Mode of Cherokee healing that includes biofeedback, the Cross-Over exer cise, visualization, and relaxation techniques. One of its purported purposes is to calm the spirit.
Mentalphysics (Science of Mentalphysics): Purported practical, wholistic, futuristic science and “super yoga” founded in 1927 by Rev. Edwin J. Dingle, an English journalist and publisher who died in 1972. Mentalphysics supposedly brings out the “hidden meaning” of the Bible, purportedly includes “astral travel,” and embraces aura reading (“aura study”), chanting, “Guided Meditation,” Jin Shin Jyutsu, pranayama, Pranic Therapy, reflexology, shiatsu, and individualization of diet according to “chemical type.”
meridian energy diagnosis: Purported way to “determine” the “flow of energy” throughout acupuncture meridians and whether “blockages” or “imbalances” exist.
meridian therapy: 1. Method that involves rhythmic breathing, visualization, and moving one’s hands along meridians (see “tracing”), lines that represent alleged channels through which chi (“universal life-force energy”) flows. Meridian therapy is related to etheric touch, and its theory posits chakras. 2. Ching Lo.
mesmerism (animal magnetism, magnetic healing): Form of hypnotism named after Franz Anton Mesmer (c. 1734-1815), a flamboyant Viennese physician who had planned to become a cleric. (Writers also refer to Mesmer as Franciscus Antonius Mesmer, Franz Antoine Mesmer, and Friedrich Anton Mesmer.) Mesmer coined the expression “animal magnetism” to refer to his concept of a mysterious, magnetic “vital fluid” that (a) permeated the universe and (b) was the agent whereby he induced hypnosis (“mesmeric sleep”) in patients. He postulated that an imbalance between animal magnetism within the body and animal magnetism in the environment caused many illnesses. Supposed use of animal magnetism characterizes mesmerism, which apparently survives only partially, as Magnetic healing (see above).
Meta Fitness: Subject of the paperback Meta Fitness — Your Thoughts Taking Shape, by Suzy Prudden and Joan Meijer-Hirschland. Meta Fitness is a purported unique approach to weight loss, “body shaping,” and physical fitness. It allegedly combines the “strength” of one’s mental, emotional, and physical “energies.”
metal and gem therapy: Pseudotherapeutic application of metals, gems, and gemstones. Its apparent postulate is that different metals and gemstones affect the body’s “electromagnetic field” differently. For example, emeralds, purportedly, can balance chakras and can heal and cleanse one’s “aura.” Obsidian supposedly can eliminate “negativity” and draw one’s “aura” toward the body.
metamorphic technique (metamorphosis; originally called “prenatal therapy”): Spiritual variation of zone therapy developed by English naturopath Robert St. John in the 1960s. St. John formulated physical, psychological, and temporal maps of “reflex points” on the feet. He claimed that these maps involve personal experiences predating conception. Metamorphic practitioners allegedly communicate with the patient’s “life force” or “innate intelligence” through points on the feet, hands, and head. They usually focus on the feet and supposedly catalyze freeing of the “life force” from ge netic and karmic influences.
Metamorphosis: Method practiced by Jeffery W. Gail. It involves touching “spinal reflexes” of the feet, purportedly to release “patterns” that were “blocked” during gestation. Its postulate is that releasing such patterns frees one’s “true nature.” Metamorphosis appears identical to, or a variation of, the metamorphic technique.
metaphysical hypnosis (metaphysical hypnotism): “Natural” yet spiritual form of “suggestive therapy” promoted by Dorothy H. McCrary, Ms.D. (“Doctor of Metaphysics”). Purportedly, it involves autohypnosis, speeds healing, and can even effect miraculous healing.
Meta-Therapy: Purported synthesis of Gestalt psychotherapy and “T’ai Chi energy work” originated by John Mastro, C.S.W. (see “Chi-Therapy”).
The Method For Developing Supernormal Powers: Subject
of a booklet of the same name, by E. Caslant. Apparently, it is a purported means of de veloping clairvoyance and telepathic and precognitive abilities.
Metta Touch: Apparently, a blend of techniques from acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish massage, Thai massage, and yoga. One of its purported aims is to “bridge the connection between” the practitioner, the patient, and the “cosmic life force.”
Microcosmic Orbit Meditation (Microcosmic Orbit, Taoist Microcosmic Orbit Meditation): A foundational component of the Healing Tao System. It al legedly “awakens” and channels cosmic, universal, and earthly “forces.”
micromovement bodywork: Purportedly down-to-earth form of bodywork whose theory posits “kinesthetic melodies” and myriad elusive processes that carry the “pulse of life.” Practitioners supposedly help clients “dance free” of tension and pain.
microreflexology: Any form of reflexology that concerns “microsystems” — compact parts of the body. Microreflexology encompasses ear reflexology, Foot Reflexology, and hand reflexology.
Middle Pillar technique (Middle Pillar exercise, Middle Pillar meditation, Middle Pillar practice): “Mental healing system” expounded by Francis Israel Regardie, a chiropractor, Reichian Therapist, and writer born in 1907 in London. Its postulate is that an omnipresent “spiritual force” (“force of life”) constitutes one’s “higher self” and is one’s link with “Godhead.” Middle Pillar theory posits telepathy. The Middle Pillar technique involves chanting or humming, rhythmic breathing, and visualizing balls of light that correspond to five specific chakras. The meditator imagines these spheres emitting a beam of light: the “Middle Pillar.”
MINDTONICS (MINDTONICS program, Mindtonic training): Component of FITONICS that supposedly allows union of one’s conscious and one’s “subconscious spiritual core.” The purported goal of the MINDTONICS program, in short, is to “cleanse” the mind. Its theory posits an “indwelling spirit.”
Morter HealthSystem: Mode of chiropractic that includes B.E.S.T, Baby B.E.S.T., a videocassette stress-management program called “The Twelve Steps to Stress Less,” and nutritional supplementation whose purported design is to restore the body to its “natural alkaline state.”
Motherhand Shiatsu: Form of shiatsu whose main distinction is that the “giver” and the “receiver” are “equally clothed” during sessions.
Motional Processing©: Form of bodywork developed by Alice Rutkowski, Ph.D., R.M.T. (“registered movement therapist”). Its purported design is to transfer people from their heads into memories “housed” in the body. Motional Processing supposedly is appropriate for persons seeking to “unlock” their bodies to “access” more “life energy.”
moxabustion: Adjunct to acupuncture characterized by the burning of moxas — preparations of dried leaves from the common mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) or the wormwood tree (Artemisia chinensis) — at acupoints to stimulate chi. Practitioners attach moxas to acupuncture needles, place them directly on the skin in the form of small cones, or place the cones on a layer of ginger.
moxibustion (Jiu, Jiu therapy, moxibustion therapy): 1. Moxabustion. 2. Application of heat to acupoints either in the manner of moxabustion or with an electrical heat source.
mucusless diet: Centerpiece of Ehretism. The mucusless diet consists of all green vegetables and all fruit. In an essay titled “My Mucusless Diet and Naturopathy,” Ehret held that “internal impurity” (“mucus”) was the only disease, and that “unusable food elements,” mainly from “mucus-forming foods,” caused it. “Mucus-forming foods,” according to one of Ehret’s articles, include dairy products, eggs, fats, meat, and all starchy foods. In one of the 25 “lessons” that constitute the text of Mucusless Diet Healing System, Ehret, citing Genesis, called fruits and “starchless greenleaf vegetables” the “natural food of man.”
Mucusless Diet Healing System: Subject of Prof. Arnold Ehret’s book of the same name. The Mucusless Diet Healing System encompasses the mucusless diet, fasting, enemas, eugenics, nude sunbathing, and “sex psychology.” Ehret’s “formula of Life” is “V = P – O,” where “V” stands for “vitality,” “P” for the “power” that keeps one alive, and “O” for “obstruction”: all “internal impurities.” The system’s theory holds: (a) that a beard is a “secondary sex organ”; and (b) that “natural” love is the highest form of invisible nourishment from “the infinite” for body and soul.
Multidimensional Cellular Healing (MCH): Apparently, a group of “techniques” that purportedly enables “conscious connection to other realities” and involves attaining a state of “Holographic Beingness.” Author and “transformational healer” Ken Page created the method.
Multi-dimentional healing (“unseen” healing): Field in which “I.H. healers” (“Interdimentional Healers”) are trained. These allegedly are empathic “miracle healers” who “heal” in and beyond the three-dimensional “earth realm of reality.” Apparently, Multi-dimentional healing is a form of vibrational medicine that includes distant healing (see “absent healing”), “hands-on healing” (see “bodywork”), manifestation (see “manifesting”), psychic heal ing, and a form or variation of angelic healing.
multi incarnational recall and emotional body balancing: Mode of energy balancing developed by author Chris Griscom, founder of the Light Institute of Galisteo, in New Mexico. It purportedly uses techniques from Windows to the Sky acupressure to remove “blockages” and to facilitate recall of “multi incarnations.”
Multi-Orgasmic Couple: A purported means of learning how to prevent the indiscriminate loss of “sexual energy” while one enhances “spiritual growth.” It is related to Healing Love.
muscle testing {manual muscle testing, Muscle Response Testing (M.R.T.) technique, “Muscle Response Test” technique, M.R.T., M.R.T. system, M.R.T. technique, muscle-testing procedure}: Variety of procedures used with the supposed aim of tapping the body’s “innate intelligence” and thereby determining the “energy levels” of “life forces” that control the body. Muscle testing is a component of every form of kinesiology (see above) and a purported means of discovering “imbalances.”
Myofascial Release: Mode of bodywork that includes CranioSacral Therapy.
nadi shodhanam (channel purification): Yogic mode of breathing that supposedly cleanses nadis, the alleged “subtle vessels” of the “physical and subtle bodies.” The purported result is a reduction of nervous tension.


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