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lacking rigour, unsubstantiated
on 2 February 2013
I feel rather foolish for having bought this book. Not because the accompanying CD is shockingly poor quality sound quality, though sad to say this is the case (not that this masks the stomach-churning sound of Dr Fehmi swallowing his saliva all thru the recording). No, I am ashamed to say I fell for the whole idea of reaching special states of mind via a short cut, hoping to gain the peace and relaxation of meditation without having to bother with all that practice. That's not to downplay the value of relaxation tapes. The CD is highly effective in that respect. I certainly found that I could not hold my head up, or even remain seated upright while listening to the CD. Really DON'T listen while operating a chainsaw etc! It's very hypnotic even if quite unpleasant. But my main criticism is that there does not appear to be any kind of body of evidence to substantiate the claims made. I cannot find any studies testing/reproducing his work. References are scant. And often cite the authors own work. Or are dated from the 1970s. I hoped to find a body of literature, preferably including a meta analysis, that might give more perspective on the subject but noone seems to have bothered.
There are also no qualitative studies of clients' experiences.
I think if an author peddling any kind of health- related product has so enthusiastically banished all doubt from his own mind about it and is relying on endless testimonials instead of a decent evidence base then it's worth hanging onto your money. Sorry.