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Healer Fears Regulatory "Hell"
Attention New Yorkers who may be considering the ramifications of proposed
NY State bills A8704 and S 4857:
The following email was sent to me by a Minnesota Reiki
Master named Rev. Ariana Solana who has given permission for this email
to be posted. Rev. Solana lives in a state which regulates Reiki
and other licensed medical and unlicensed self empowerment and non massage
modalities under a law which came into effect in July, 2001.
According to Rev. Solana (see below), one Minnesota
naturopathic physician was subjected to a 'witch hunt' sting operation
in Minnesota prior to the passage of the bill. Other alternative
practitioners in the state are waiting for the potential regulatory "axe"
to drop, in the aftermath of Minnesota law which has been passed containing
punitive measures for unlicensed healers.
Ellen Louise Kahne, Reiki Master
founder, Reiki Peace Network and Reiki University
State Healer's Empowerment Coalition
(please note: italics and underlining were added to the following
email to highlight points--Rev. Solana's wording has not been altered
Your notice about Reiki Regulation in the State of
New York was forwarded to me. In checking your website, I notice
that no mention is made of the law which was passed in Minnesota in 2000
which took effect as of July 1, 2001. This law is The Complementary
and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act. It is in Minnesota
Session Laws - 2000. Chapter 460-H.F.No. 3839.
This law covers all people doing energy work including
Reiki, nutritional counseling, Naturopathic physicians, Homeopathic Practitioners,
Herbalists, etc. It requires us to provide a Client Bill of Rights.
It makes us mandatory reporters for suspected abuse including if a parent
should decide not to do extraordinary care for a child with a "terminal
illness" such as cancer. It also requires us to refer people
to medical doctors if we feel that is appropriate. This is in direct
opposition to other laws which exist that we "cannot practice medicine
without a license." In Minnesota, if I tell you to put on a
jacket so you won't catch cold, I am practicing medicine without a license.
In fact, a few years ago, Helen Healey, a Naturopathic
Doctor, was the victim of a sting operation by the Minnesota Attorney
General's office and had her practice shut down for a period of time,
because she did tell the people they had sent to seek Allopathic (Conventional
Under this law, we can be sued for an amount up to
$10,000. We are required to keep records of what we do with each
patient. It does not require to have malpractice insurance, but
this law does have a potential to be punitive for those of us working
out of our homes.
Even those of us who are volunteer Providers at Pathways,
A Health Crisis Resource Center for People with life threatening illness,
must provide a client bill of rights. (www.pathwaysminneapolis.org
Unfortunately, the pros are that we have some legal
recognition. The cons are who may be wrongfully hurt in the process.
I have not yet heard of any test cases re mandatory reporting, or practicing
medicine without a license, but it's probably just a matter of time.
Please be aware, it's not just Reiki that is on the
line. And yes, when this law went into effect, the State Office
had not yet been created, but in the Bill of Rights, we needed to provide
the information as to who to contact for people to file a claim!
Rev. Ariana Solana
Certified Holistic Therapist
(College of St. Catherine's, Minneapolis, Minnesota)