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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Celeb-Reiki

As guest editor of The Reiki Digest for the first time, I was seriously concerned about finding a news item for Celeb-Reiki.

Then, while researching, I stumbled across breaking news - Dr. Mehmet Oz had been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Talk Show – Informative, and Outstanding Talk Show Host.

And what, might you ask, has this to do with Reiki? Well, as you may recall, on Jan. 9, as reported in The Reiki Digest, Dr. Oz named Reiki his #1 Alternative Medicine Secret for 2010, and well-known Reiki celeb Pamela Miles offered a demonstration for an audience member.

Reiki’s first major moment on primetime television electrified the Reiki world (we cheered), increased the interest of the general public, and upset some of the less progressive members of the medical community.

The scathing comments about Reiki and Dr. Oz were dragged out again for Dr. Oz’s Daytime Emmy nominations, one example flatly stating that Oprah’s favorite doctor promotes quackery.

So what happened at the Daytime Emmys? Well, Dr. Oz did not win for Outstanding Talk Show – Informative ("The Doctors" did), but a SoapDigest poll reported that their readers felt he should have, they voted him the winner.

However, the surprise victor for Outstanding Talk Show Host was Dr. Mehmet Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” winning gold over celeb nominees Rachael Ray – “Rachael Ray”; Bonnie Hunt – “The Bonnie Hunt Show”; Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa – “Live With Regis and Kelly”; Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters – “The View.”

Congratulations to Dr. Oz on his win, and for daring to stand up for alternative medicine and Reiki!

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