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Polarity Therapy is a holistic health system developed by Randolph Stone, DODoctor of Osteopathy, DCDoctor of Chiropractic, NDNaturopathic Doctor (1890-1981).
Beliefs Polarity therapy is a synthesis of ancient Eastern and alternative medicine health care ideas centered on the concept of a Human Energy Field.Oschman, J.: Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, page 10. (Churchill Livingstone, 2000). Polarity Therapy concepts and methods were developed by Stone over the course of more than fifty years of practice and research including extensive worldwide travel. Using touch, verbal interaction, exercise, nutrition and other methods,American Polarity Therapy Association: Standards for Practice (Fourth Edition), page 2. APTA, 2003. believers in Polarity Therapy seek to balance and restore the natural flow of subtle energy, which they believe exists and can be perceived. They believe this results in improved health and fitness on all levels.Between 1947 and 1954, Stone published seven books describing Polarity Therapy principles and applications. These were subsequently consolidated into three volumes: Polarity Therapy Vol. I and Vol. II (CRCS, 1986), and Health-Building (The Book Publishing Co., 1999).Principles of Polarity Therapy:Stone, R.: "Polarity Therapy, Vol. II", page 227 ff. CRCS, 1986.They believe a subtle, invisible and intangible energetic system to be the substrate for all phenomena. Proponents compare this to the (measurable and quantifiable) electromagnetic bond between electron and proton that forms atoms. According to proponents, if the energetic flow is corrected and restored to its original design, the form will follow. Blockages in the flow of energy are claimed to lead to pain and disease. While an electromagnetic metaphor is often used, Stone emphasized that the energy concept had a larger context; he referred to it as the "Breath of Life"Stone, R.: "Polarity Therapy Vol. I", page 2. CRCS, 1986. and used esoteric language (such as ki, chi, prana and life force) from spiritual traditions (especially mystic
Research Many of the criticisms levelled at the concept of spiritual energy also apply to polarity therapy.Research supporting the validity of Polarity Therapy practice is not extensive or well-developed however anecdotal reports and nascent research continues to keep and attract followers.For example, see [http://www.stronghealth.com/news/article.cfm?art_ID=358&serviceline=11]Proponents believe their ideas about a human energy field to be validated by other believers in the paranormal such as Gary Schwartz.Schwartz, G. & Russek, L.: "The Living Energy Universe," pages 274, 104. Hampton Roads, 1999. However Schwartz's research is not widely accepted by other scientists.
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