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USC Off the Beaten Path: The Search for Spirituality

Energy Healing: Power and Profit by PayPal

By Shirley Shin, Chantal Allan, Allison Louie, June 19, 2007

People pay for therapy all the time, but would you pay money for a session with someone you never meet, never see and never hear? Michael Mohoric of Laguna Niguel, Calif. operates a Web site that offers distant energy healing for $99 a month. Clients are told to lie in bed or sit in a chair for an hour every Wednesday evening and receive the healing energy Mohoric says he sends throughout the world. Is this real or just a placebo? It depends on who you ask.

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