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Therapeutic Touch: Responses to Objections to the JAMA Paper, 2/10/2007
Emily Rosa showing how her apparatus was marked to facilitate placement of her hands (Photo Evi Buckner-Opler)

Proponents of therapeutic touch (TT) postulate that each person has a human energy field (HEF) that can be felt by other people, especially those who intend to do so and have been trained to recognize their perceptions as HEF-related. Emily Rosa's experiment found that 21 TT practitioners could not perceive her "energy field" under conditions where they should have been able to do so if TT theory were valid .

Therapeutic Touch: Further Notes, 21/8/2003
"I do hope it's an April fool's joke," stated Dolores Krieger when informed that the official report of Emily Rosa's research was to be published in JAMA on April 1st. She attacked Emily, saying she "completely misunderstood what the nature of basic research is." That's quite an accusation coming from someone who has never been published in a peer-reviewed journal of the stature of JAMA. Editor George Lundberg said JAMA's statisticians "were amazed by its simplicity and by the clarity of its results."

Therapeutic Touch practitioners would like to keep us in similar ignorance about the nature of TT by maintaining its "divine" metaphysical nature. They are attempting to shift their practice into a realm where we can no longer test it. They had been content up until now to base their practice on their presumed ability to detect and manipulate the otherwise undetectable "human energy field." This was supposed to be a simple technique that anyone could learn, one that involved the transfer and balancing of actual physical energy. But then James Randi and Emily Rosa came by and showed us that we can test this claim about their practice, and they found that the practitioners tested were unable to feel the energy field they had previously claimed to be detecting, assessing, manipulating, and correcting. Practitioners are now shifting the TT paradigm into an area they hope we cannot test: the healer's "intentionality," or the use of "intuition" as a diagnostic tool.

Reiki Is Nonsense, 14/7/2013
In the mid-1990s, at ages 9 and 10, Emily Rosa demonstrated that 21 therapeutic touch (TT) practitioners could not detect her alleged "energy field." During the tests, the practitioners rested their arms on a flat surface, about a foot apart. Emily then hovered her hand, palm down, a few inches above one of the subject's palms. A cardboard screen prevented the subjects from seeing which of their hands was selected. The practitioners correctly located Emily's hand only 122 (44%) out of 280 trials, which is no better than would be expected by guessing . After the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results, TT leaders called the study a "parlor game," but they refused to suggest an alternative experimental design or to undergo similar tests themselves . It might be interesting to investigate whether reiki practitioners can actually sense or transmit "energy," whether reiki "attunements" actually enhance anything, and whether feelings of warmth are accompanied by any measurable change of skin temperature. Researchers at Scripps Institute (San Diego) recently used a Magnes 2500 WH SQUID device to measure the electromagnetic fields from the hands and heart three reiki masters when they were (a) not practicing reiki, (b) purportedly transmitting reiki to a distant person, and (c) purportedly transmitting to a person in the room. Similar measurements were made on four reiki-naive volunteers before and after they received a reiki training/attunement enabling them to self-administer reiki. No high-intensity radiation attributable to reiki was found .

Book Review: Herbal Medicines, Third Edition (2008), 6/9/2008
It’s easy to criticize with generalizations. Emily Rosa’s therapeutic touch study was accused of “poor design and methodology,” but as Singh and Ernst point out, “ protocol was simple and clear and her conclusion was hard to fault. Moreover, nobody has ever come up with an experiment that has overturned her findings.” If proponents of alternative medicine come up with good experiments that overturn the present findings, Singh and Ernst have made it clear that they will gladly accept them. In fact, Ernst has offered a prize of 10,000 to the first person who can show homeopathy is better than a placebo in a scientifically controlled trial. No one has applied for his money.

Therapeutic Touch Study Data, 1/12/2007
When she was nine and ten years old, my daughter Emily Rosa tested a total of 14 TT practitioners 10 times each, and 7 practitioners 20 times each. During the tests, the practitioners rested their forearms and hands, palms up, on a flat surface, approximately 10 to 12 inches apart. Emily then hovered her hand, palm down, a few inches above one of the subject's palms. The practitioners correctly located Emily's hand only 122 (44%) out of 280 trials, which is no better than would be expected by guessing. A score of 50% would be expected through chance alone. There was no correlation between the practitioner's score and length of experience. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on April 1, 1998.

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs (Contents), 28/12/2002
"Where's the Aura?" Asks Emily Rosa

"Rebirthers" Receive 16-Year Prison Terms, 20/6/2001
My wife Linda Rosa, my stepdaughter Emily Rosa, and I attended the trial every day and took copious notes through it all. During six hours of deliberation, the jury apparently was never in doubt as to the defendants' guilt on the main charge. On April 18, 2000, the two "psychotherapists," together with two "assistants," suffocated 10-year-old Candace Newmaker by wrapping her 70-pound body in a flannel sheet, piling on eight pillows and 673 pounds of adults. Her adoptive mother, Jeane Newmaker, a pediatric nurse practitioner(!), watched the entire episode, and a video camera recorded it. The two assistants and the mother also face charges and will be tried this fall.

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs (Contents), 13/8/2000
"Where's the Aura?" Asks Emily Rosa

Biography Magazine Interview of Dr. Stephen Barrett, 19/11/1999
Biography: An article in the New York Times last spring described a touch-therapy experiment designed by a 9-year-old student, Emily Rosa.

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