While conducting my focus studies during college, I explored a number of alternative healing methods used among different cultures, throughout eras of time. Everything from homeopathy to acupuncture; aruveda to shamanism and religious healing. Though these methods all seemed to have moderate success among their patients and practitioners, I found only one healing philosophy/technique/method/what-have-you that spanned across the breadth of alternative healing and allopathic medicine (that is "traditional" medical practices--your physicians/medical doctors)....and that is the placebo effect. M.D.s have been using placebo medications for centuries, and though many frown upon the practice, thinking it dishonest or placating, it is effective. Alternative healing methodologies may be effective, but seem to only be so among those who believe them to be (i.e. those who live in the same culture, who share the same religious/spiritual beliefs, or who have been convinced by people who are close to them) I recently heard of a study conducted nearly 50 years ago that tested two groups of aging men--both groups were given exercise routines to follow for a measured period of time. One group was told to visualize themselves being young again--to believe it; while the control group was not. The group given the visual affirmations consistently scored higher on their physical performance than those in the group that were not. (study found in an NYU magazine). A German doctor has also keyed into this powerful healing source (that is our own minds) and has been using it mainly with cancer patients. Take a look, and discuss: mind over matter-are doctors going to become mostly obsolete?