Richard grew up inundated with pop culture that convinced him not only that extraterrestrials were visiting earth, but that they were also abducting innocent people for strange experiments. But despite the overwhelming fear this believe caused him, he still wanted to believe humans might be making contact with life from other planets.
Bob Glickman is a registered nurse who’s fought against the spread of therapeutic touch in his practice. But what is therapeutic touch, and how does it harm the people who use it? Find out everything you need to know about the practice of TT on this episode of “Consequence”.
We talk to a former Jehovah’s Witness who explains how his family used their faith to justify a life full of potentially dangerous, pseudoscientific beliefs. Some of these beliefs extend far beyond the doctrines of the church.
The Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas has been performing experimental cancer treatments in clinical trials for several years now. But many doctors, scientists, and concerned members of the public have tough questions about the clinic. Shouldn’t expensive, cutting-edge cancer trials have to produce positive results in the medical literature to be allowed to continue? We talk to oncologist and science writer Dr. David Gorski about just what it is that Burzynski claims to do. And we check in with researcher and activist Bob Blaskiewicz, who shares the harrowing stories of some of Burzynski’s patients. For more information about Burzynski, visit TheHoustonCancerQuack.com.
We talk to former UFO enthusiast Eric Weiss about his ill-fated trip to Roswell, New Mexico to investigate the supposed extraterrestrial crash site. We also go in-depth in discussing “Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell”, the paranormal-themed late-night radio talk show that inspired untold numbers of people to buy into some fairly outrageous claims.
We spend the whole show chatting with Consequence contributor Tim Farley about the stories behind his website “What’s the Harm”, including stories of people who fell victim to a belief in alternative medicines, feng shui, and even a tale of a deadly bar fight inspired by a disagreement over creationism.
Part 2 of our conversation with David McCarthy, a former member of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. Ramtha is supposedly the spirit of a dead warrior from a prehistoric civilization who is “channeled” by J.Z. Knight. Knight has formed a cottage industry around Ramtha’s spiritual teachings, though McCarthy and others say this industry is really a cult. In this interview, McCarthy goes into more detail about his day-to-day activities at Knight’s school as well as the slow process of disengaging from this belief system that consumed his life.
Channeler J.Z. Knight claims to be a conduit for the spirit of an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Her followers flock to Washington state to attend Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, where they can receive Ramtha’s wisdom and convene with with their fellow believers. But our guest David McCarthy says Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment is a cult. He left his family in New Zealand to join the school, and what he found there left him convinced that J.Z. Knight isn’t what she’s cracked up to be.
Bonnie grew up a Christian Scientist. That means that instead of going to a doctor for illness or injury, her family employed the services of a faith healer. Later in life, Bonnie learned that this belief had terrible consequences for one family member in particular. Plus, we talk to Tim Farley of What’s the Harm, who shines a light on the current state of Christian Science faith healing.
We talk to Carrie Poppy. Now co-host of the skeptical investigation show Oh No Ross and Carrie and communications director for the James Randi Educational Foundation, Carrie was once a practicing energy healer who took it upon herself to try and cure her friend’s cancer. Thankfully, everything turned out fine.