Last night I was watching episodes of that show produced by Morgan Spurlock called '30 DAYS'. I only watched the episodes I found to be most appealing as they are all sitting on Netflix commercial free at my disposal. One of the ones I watched was where an overweight, stressed out, ex football player, divorced salesman was to subscribe to a life coach and engage in elements of the New Age movement for the next 30 days. His girlfriend was a hardcore Christian and extremely apprehensive about her man taking on this project.
I didn't know what New Age was and was shocked to find it was basically Yoga, Reiki, Paganism, Acupuncture, Chakras, Oils, and holistic or alternative medicine. Half of my brain was sure that chiropractic was boxed in to this New Age package and the other half felt there was no way. Spurlock takes some minutes to talk to the editor and founder of Skeptic magazine who is the only one who sputters the word chiropractic and is vehemently opposed to ALL of it!! Go figure!
Funny side note though, I have been known to throw the "New Age" title out when meeting strangers or when new LDS(Mormon) friends are getting to know our family. I tend to describe my philosophy in life as "New Age Psycho Babble" even though I didn't really know what it was! All I knew is where we owned and operated our clinic for 2 years was a small Utah town full of homeschooling, gun toting, God fearing, doomsday conservative right wingers and I would make teaching suggestions when they were leaving our clinic, I would typically hear "That sounds like New Age Psyco Bapple." In the slow hours of our clinic I took it upon myself to read most EVERYTHING in our lending library and completely blame my consciousness change on that!
The chiropractic profession seems split because most chiropractors want to be seen as the rehab spine specialists and get the respect a podiatrist would get towards the feet but for spine while the others that admittedly my husband seems to be camped with is this New Age flock. He offers Acupuncture, nutritional support, and relentless teaching (as Dr Means teacher) that the mind and body is connected and that staying adjusted is less about pain and more about benefits of strong immunity and optimal function.
Sometimes I think we belong in Oregon or Colorado with like-minded New Age junkies but those places are saturated with chiropractors and New Age practitioners! This episode made an interesting highlight of a New York hospital that offers its patients Reiki and acupuncture (no mention of Chiropractic, surprised?) free to their patients. The MD interviewed who is in charge of that program within the hospital said she can't stand when her colleagues dismiss these alternatives as viable integrative options in the name of lack of proof or research when many of their own traditional overused therapies lack the same research! Bravo! The patients interviewed KNOW the alternatives helped and knew what to ask for when blood work would reveal a dip in white blood cells and such! It was amazing to hear.
So this dude on 30 DAYS ended up changing and the girlfriend relaxing when she was involved in finally meeting his life coach! In the end he walked on fire and took and left some of his experiences. It was funny to see an MD he went to go see give him acupuncture complete with cupping! The girlfriend was ticked off! She was very skeptical but in the end happy with the results.
New Age is also ironically the exact opposite. VERY VERY OLD AGE to be exact. None of these New Age modalities are new but ancient techniques! Even chiropractic's roots seem to correlate with bone setting back in the day. Beliefs aside I am for whatever has results and has the path of least resistance. I also think the modern world needs the old age/"new age" stuff more than ever!!