I’ve taken them everywhere, nurtured them through illness and woken through the middle of the night to relieve tiny bladders. It is a modern trend that we crossed the line from ‘animal lover’ and ‘pet owner’ into ‘pet mom’ with ‘fur babies’.
Reiki is a form of healing which rests on the assumption that some form “energy” determines our health.
In this context, I tend to put energy in inverted commas because it is not the energy a physicist might have in mind.
In my view, such investigations do untold damage: they convince uncritical thinkers that “energy” healing is a rational and effective approach – so much so that even the military is beginning to use it.
The flaws in trials as the one above are too obvious to mention.
Numerous studies are available, but most are of very poor quality.
Their results tend to suggest that patients experience benefit after having Reiki but they rarely exclude the possibility that this is due to placebo or other non-specific effects.
Reiki and similarly bizarre forms of “energy” healing are well capable of causing harm.
Some fanatics might use these placebo-treatments as a true alternative to effective therapies.
They were my little family and I was their loving owner. However, pets weren’t “kids” forty years ago and they still aren’t today. Sure, sometimes we put our kids in pens, throw some snacks at them and yell one-word commands while they feign obedience.