Monday, October 19, 2009

Be Aware and Beware

Troubling news is being reported from the world of wellness communities and medical spa treatments. As a result of a sweat lodge ceremony in Sedona, Arizona almost two dozen people were hospitalized. Sadly, three died. More than 50 attendees paid up to $9,000 to attend a multi-day program run by self-help guru, James Arthur Ray, author of "Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want." Although authorities have not determined the cause of the deaths, one of the leaders of the ceremony passed away due to multiple organ failure. Many of those hospitalized were suffering from illnesses caused by severe dehydration and kidney complications.

An otherwise healthy woman is on life support after receiving a carboxytherapy treatment in a medical spa in Florida. This type of mesotherapy treatment injects carbon dioxide under the skin to improve the appearance of cellulite and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

While we cannot go through all the recent reports, we can offer a few suggestions. Be careful. Don't beleive everthing you read. Do your homework. Trust your instincts. Always make sure that a medical procedure is being performed by a medical professional with a sturdy background. Be aware.