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Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare

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© 1997 Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.

Daniel's Diet: Alleged medical panacea and "higher way of eating" promoted by microbiologist Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc., author of Colloids of Light & Life, Profiles of Microscopy, Sick & Tired, and One Sickness -- One Disease -- One Treatment (1995). In the latter book, Young holds that myco sis, or fungal infection, or over-acidification of the body (or blood), is the only disease.  He further holds that an "inverted" way of living and eating, especially excessive consumption of sugars and animal protein, causes such over-acidification. Daniel's Diet excludes all foods except avocados, lemons, limes, tomatoes, vegetables (e.g., buckwheat and soybeans), dark-green vegetable juice, tofu (bean curd), millet, "sprouted" or soaked seeds and nuts, oils, sea salt, herbal teas, specific dietary supplements (e.g., Pycnogenol®), and LiquidLightning Oxygen-O3 (a "formula" purportedly beneficial for "oxygen deprivation"). The diet is the namesake of a Jewish "prophet" and fortuneteller of the sixth century b.c.e. According to the Book of Daniel, in the Old Testament, Daniel refused to consume meat and wine assigned to him by a Babylonian king, requested vegetables and water, and, after eating only vegetables for ten days, appeared healthier and stronger. In the aforementioned 1995 book, Young states: "In all of Gods' [sic] creations there is order and purpose."
daoyin: Reputed prototype of Qigong. It is a purported means of physical fitness that involves stylized breathing and dozens of postures, and allegedly, maneuvering of chi inside oneself. Daoyin and Do-In appear identical.
Dayan Qigong (Wild Goose Breathing Exercise): Series of sixty-four movements that imitate the postures and movements of the wild goose (dayan in Chinese). Practicing Dayan Qigong allegedly helps to delay aging and prolong life.
Deep Emotional Breathwork: Purported means of releasing "blocked energy" from the body.
Deep Emotional Release Bodywork System (Deep Emotional Cellular Release Bodywork, Deep Emotional Release Bodywork): "Multi-dimensional" system developed and taught by musician Jim Hyman. It includes Chi Kung Empowerment, Deep Emotional Breathwork, and Emotional Release. Deep Emotional Release Bodywork purportedly releases, from the body and the subconscious, "blocked energy" related to "cellular memory" of trauma. One of its principles is that "damaging experiences" (including anxieties, fears, phobias, and traumas) can become "locked" into the cellular structure and "emotional centers" of the body.
DeHypnotherapy: Adjunct to Alchemical Hypnotherapy advanced by Svarna Wilkens, M.Ed., Ph.D. Apparently, it is a purported means of awakening from the "dream of the past."
de la Warr system: Form of radionics developed in the 1940s and 1950s by British civil engineer George de la Warr (born George Warr) and his wife, Marjorie. Warr invented a "radionic camera," which resembled a washing machine, and a "colourscope," a pseudotherapeutic device that emitted light of different wavelengths. The camera allegedly could produce photos of the "vital force fields" of objects and pictures of past events. The postulate of the de la Warr system is that the photographic qualities of the "force fields" of blood spots and tissue samples serve to characterize ill ness. De la Warr died in 1969.
depossession (releasement): Outgrowth of past-life therapy. Depossession is a variation of exorcism that purportedly involves detachment of human and nonhuman spirits from humans, usually by persuasion. Alleged nonhuman possessors include "elementals": "nature spirits" such as elves, fairies, gnomes (e.g., trolls), nymphs, satyrs, and pixies.
Descending Sun: Form of visual therapy. It is a purported means of focusing "healing energy."
Developmental Manual Therapy: "Approach" originated by Sharon Weiselfish, Ph.D., P.T. It includes cranial work (see "CranioSacral Therapy").
Diamond Approach (Diamond Approach to inner realization): Variation of "the Work" that borrows from depth psychology (which Freudian and Jungian systems of psychoanalysis exemplify). The expression "the Work" refers to the (purported) endeavor to retrieve "essence": one's "true nature" or "true master," the "force of life."
Diamond method: Composite method based on the views of psychiatrist John Diamond, M.D., who developed behavioral kinesiology. It includes life energy analysis.
dianetics (dianetic therapy): Forerunner and a major "technique" of Scientology. Proponents describe it as a mode of pastoral counseling. The name "dianetics" is based on Greek words meaning "through soul." The method's postulate is that "engrams" -- traumas that occurred in early childhood, in utero, or during previous incarnations -- are the cause of all psychosomatic and mental illnesses. Its purported design is to erase "engrams" by auditing (see above).
dian xue (Cavity Press Massage, Dian Xue An Mo): Vigorous variation of Tuina. Unlike Tuina, dian xue centers on "acupuncture cavities." The word dian means "to point and exert pressure"; xue means "cave" or "hole"; and an mo means massage.
didgeridoo vibrational healing: Group of techniques, apparently of Australian aboriginal origin, promoted by the Emerging Light Center of Queens, in New York City. It purportedly helps to remove "blocks." Its theory posits "spiritual centers" and a personal "spiritual being" with a reachable core. A didgeridoo (also spelled "didjeridu") is a hornlike wind instrument, generally three feet long, of hollowed, petrified eucalyptus bark. Aborigines re portedly use it to produce a sound that effects healing on an "energetic" or spiritual level. This sound allegedly expands one's "aura."
diet #7 (Diet No. 7): "Healing regimen" recommended by George Ohsawa (see "macrobiotics") in Zen Macrobiotics: The Art of Rejuvenation and Longevity (1965). It principally involves restricting dietary intake (including water) to brown rice and particular kinds of tea ("as little as possi ble") for a period of one week to an indefinite number of months. The purported objective of diet #7 and the nine other diets of Zen Macrobiotics is to maintain balance of yin and yang.
dimensional clearing: "Process" based on Multidimensional Cellular Healing. Its purported design is to clear the human "energy field" of "external elements" that are not part of the self, such as "Lost Souls," "Thought Forms," and "fragments" of other people.
Direct Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Method: Form of the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test Molecular Identification Method. The subject holds in one hand: (1) a slide with a specimen of an internal organ or tumor, and (2) a rod (e.g., of bamboo). Supposedly, when the subject places the tip of the rod on the skin above "identical" tissue or on the tissue's lingual "organ representation area," the subject's other hand (apparently, the muscle tone of the forefin ger and thumb) reveals the match.
Direct Command: Form of verbal therapy in which one gives orders to one's subconscious, one's body, or parts of one's body, for example: "Get rid of that infection!" Its postulate is that one's "Active Mind" makes one's intent understandable to bodily parts.
Directed Esoteric Toning: Form of Toning whose postulate is that a combination of (1) vowel sounds and (2) prana-carrying breath can open specific regions of the body or consciousness. Its theory posits chakras, clairaudience, clairvoyance, kundalini, a "spiritual self," and a correlation of specific vowel sounds and bodily parts, systems, and processes.
direct healing: Form of private prayer (see "prayer") and self-healing. Its postulate is that imperfection -- including poverty, sickness, squalor, and ugliness -- is the result of disregarding "the life which is hid with God." Its theory posits a spirit in "man" that is combinable with a "Universal Spirit."
direct image substitution: "Technique" that amounts to picturing oneself or a particular part of oneself as healthy, for example, an injured thumb as healed.
direct moxabustion (direct moxibustion, festering moxibustion, open moxibustion, scarring moxibustion): Form of moxabustion that requires placing small cones of moxa (a dried herb) on specific acupoints and burning the cones almost to the skin.
distant pranic healing: Form of distant healing (absent healing) propounded by Choa Kok Sui in his book Pranic Healing (1990).
distant pulse diagnosis: Form of remote diagnosis that is a variation of Nadi Vigyan (pulse diagnosis). The practitioner places his or her fingers on someone's wrist, thinks of someone else, and allegedly diagnoses the latter person.
Divine Healing from Japan (Sazuke Healing): Specialty of Tenrikyo (see below). Sazuke Healing is a form of "hands on healing" practiced by Prof. Tadamasa Fukaya (a Tenrikyo reverend) and promoted by the Tenri Cultural Institute, in New York City. In his lecture on the "Joyous Life," Fukaya stated that human bodies are loans from "God the Parent" and that, therefore, we should treat them according to the will of "God the Parent" (e.g., by not becoming infatuated and not indulging "carnal desires").
divine therapy: Apparently, a combination of centering prayer, Lectio Divina, and Open Mind Open Heart. Centering prayer (the centering prayer method) is a theistic form of meditation that involves using a sacred word. Lectio divina (Lectio) is a method of reading sacred writings such as the Bible. (The ex pression lectio divina literally means "divine reading.") Open Mind Open Heart (the open mind, open heart practice) is a purported means of opening oneself to God.
divine will healing: Derivative of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (see "Kriya Yoga"). Its postulate is that, by aligning one's will with "divine will," one can transmit or project "divine healing light."
Do-In [dough-in] (Dao-In, Tao-In, Taoist Conducting and Attuning Energy Practice, Taoist yoga, Taoist hatha yoga, Tao Yin): Ancient system of stretching, bodily postures, and movements, comparable to hatha yoga. Michio Kushi (see "macrobiotics") introduced Do-In in the United States in 1968. Its theory posits "Chi energy flow" and the "energy meridians" of acupuncture and shiatsu. Apparently, it also posits a human ability to absorb "nutrition" from the air and from "surrounding energy." With each Do-In posture, one supposedly inhales ki ("life source energy") and exhales jaki ("harmful toxins"). Although Do-In is a discipline of self-healing, its "ultimate goal" is "spiritual harmony" with the universe.
dolphin-assisted therapy (dolphin therapy): Method whose theory holds that dolphins contribute their "energy" when they touch patients or therapists.
dong gong (active qigong, dynamic qigong): One of the two comprehensive classes of Qigong. Obvious bodily movements characterize dong gong.
Double Circle: Pseudodiagnositc form of visual therapy. It is a purported imaginational means of clarifying the mental or emotional "source" of a problem.
dowsing (divining, questing, water witching): Purported means of gaining insight into the diagnosis and treatment of physical and emotional health problems (see "radiesthesia."). It encompasses forms of remote diagnosis: one involving a recent photograph of the subject, another a stand-in ("proxy") for the subject. Elementary dowsing tools include the forked branch (divining rod) and the pendulum. Dowsing's postulate is that human thoughts "transcend" human bodies, species, and spacetime as usually conceived.
Dragon Style: Form of dong gong.
Dragon's Way: Weight loss program based on TCM principles and promoted by the American Taoist Healing Center, in New York City. It involves a series of allegedly powerful "energy movements." The name "Dragon's Way" is apparently the newer designation for "The Way."
Dreambody Work (Dreambody approach): Jungian mode of bodywork developed by American psychotherapist Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. It includes dreamwork. The purported design of Dreambody Work is to heal the source of illness "as it manifests in the unconscious."
Dream Changing (Dream Change): Form of visual therapy. Dream Changing is a "technique" that involves attempting to turn unsatisfactory dreams into satisfying daydreams.
dream counseling: Form of dreamwork that allegedly involves "dream telepathy" and interpreting "dream learnings" through "alchemy."
DreamLearning: Home-study form of dreamwork developed by Michael DeLuca and Mark Richardson. It involves aromatherapy.
dreamwork (dreamworking): Any systematic inquiry into or use of dreams with the purported purpose of healing or self-development. Its theory posits "archetypal energy" and "life energy." Practitioners are called "dreamworkers."
Dr. Lynch's Holistic Self-Health Program: Variation of self-healing developed by James P.B. Lynch, D.C. The "primary tool" of this program and lifestyle is the "Holistic Triangle" or "Holistic triad," a philosophy that consists of: (1) a physical "side," which encompasses acupressure, acupuncture, shiatsu, and chiropractic; (2) a chemical "side," which apparently encompasses food combining, herbalism, homeopathy, macrobiotics, "scientific fasting," and "vitamin therapy"; and (3) a mental/spiritual "base," which encompasses biofeedback and "self hypnosis."
Drown radio therapy: Form of radionics developed in the 1930s by Hollywood chiropractor Ruth Drown (b. 1891), author of The Science and Philosophy of the Drown Radio Therapy and inventor of the "Homo-Vibra-Ray." In 1951, Drown was prosecuted, convicted of medical fraud, and imprisoned. She died shortly after her release.


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