The charity Life’s 4 Living offers treatments for a range of disabilities and illnesses – including autism. They focus on ‘energy healing’, and offer residential treatment outside of Britain. Life’s 4 Living have – until recently – had blogs on their site. These were removed after HolfordWatch and Quackometer raised some concerns about the charity, but are still available in google cache. The blogs certainly raise some concerns themselves.
The blog about an autistic boy’s treatment (we’ll anonymise him as Y here, though the blog does give a first name) is especially upsetting. It is this that we’ll discuss in this post; you can access the google cache here. Under ‘Day 1′, the mother posts that:
My understanding of illness and disability is quite different to Life’s 4 Living – I am proud of Y and what he achieves – I see him as different but not sick. At the end of the first day I wondered if I had made a big mistake in coming – I had come a long way to be told my beautiful child’s negative energy smelled so bad that the doors of the room had to be opened and for other children to laugh at him when all he wanted to do was play with them.
The following day, the mother refers to an incident where
Master ding says that I ate something when I was pregnant that poisoned Y, causing his bones, internal organs and brain to be underdeveloped – like unripe fruit.
In a later session, the mother describes how
Y cried in session – Master Ping says that a person with a weak heart cries – I think something was hurting him and if he can’t speak how else is he going to let me know ? But in contrast I relaxed very well!
This is really horrible – and there is plenty more on that blog. An autistic child is suffering and being insulted – all in the name of ‘energy healing’, and all funded by a UK charity.
That said, the last post on the blog is more positive – and suggests that human decency can rise above the manipulation of self-declared healers. The mother ends the post by insisting that
Y may be a big potato who needs a lot of cooking, but he is my potato and he is beautiful.
Now that’s what I call positive energy. Hopefully, the mother will soon feel empowered to tell Life’s 4 Living and Master Ping where they can stick their energy and their horrendous advice. Then, she may be able to find many more effective ways of supporting Y.