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Reflexology

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Part of the "Alternative Therapies" series. Can human touch really treat and cure medical conditions, even those affecting the body's vital organs? Scholar and science communicator Dr. Kathy Sykes investigates by speaking with reflexology practitioners and skeptical mainstream scientists. Despite the supposedly exotic beginnings of touch therapies, Sykes' inquiry begins in upstate New York, where reflexology originated in the 1930s, and then moves to Florida, where the actual term for the practice was coined. Studying developments in China and the Dominican Republic, Sykes examines the ongoing debate over claims by craniosacral therapists and other touch-related specialists while examining their involvement in the treatment of arthritis, infertility, cerebral palsy, and cancer. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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