Random click on a feelgood story yielded an interesting skeptical twist.
"Reiki" still gives me nightmares. Once I was asked to correct an English translation of a Japanese Reiki pamphlet. All I could tell my non-skeptic/non-woo boss (call her a "civilian", I guess?) was that the contents literally did not make any sense. It was impossible to "correct" it. Almost got in trouble until a coworker confirmed my story. Anyway, that words still jumps out for me, as when I saw this story.Billionaire Ty Warner gives woman $20,000 for her cause after asking her for directionshttp://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/billionaire-ty-warner-gives-woman-20-000-her-165731962.htmlVasilakos was at the intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and does not qualify for a transplant.
Very kind of the donor. Hopefully a happy ending. But the woo twist?Vasilakos, an herbalist and Reiki teacher, received a package on July 16 with a $20,000 check and with a handwritten note from Warner.
Herbalist and Reiki teacher? Must be desperate to seek real medical treatment.
Wouldn't be surprised at all if perhaps there is a Steve Jobs-ish angle at work here. Using woo until too late, now needs real medicine?