Former Langara student criticizes colleges holistic health courses
Brian Lynchehaun no longer puts the Langara College on his resume because of alternative medicine courses
Reported by Danica Walker
A former Langara College student is taking a moral stand against the school for its “magic” therapy courses offered by the Continuing Studies department.
Brian Lynchehaun, who had considered taking holistic health classes at Langara in 2014, nixed his plans because he said Langara offers courses that are not scientifically proven.
Instead he studied philosophy, mathematics and sciences.
Lynchehaun says that he no longer puts Langara on his resume because he does not “want to be associated” with Langara’s academic choices.
“They are claiming to teach you how to heal people and (the practices) do not work,” Lynchehaun said.
The programs offered at Langara
The Health and Human Sciences Department offers classes on holistic approaches to healthcare such as integrative energy healing, aromatherapy and, until recently, craniosacral therapy, which ended with the instructor’s departure. The college isn’t ruling out craniosacral therapy courses in the future.
Kathryn Browning, Continuing Studies Project Coordinator and graduate of the Integrative Energy Healing Program, has worked as a nurse and a midwife.
Browning said she sees where the limitations and needs for change are, but “there’s a real possibility of helping people in new ways and Continuing Studies has been a great home for this program.”
Skeptics site lack of evidence
However, Dale Beyerstein, a retired professor of history of science and ethics at Langara is skeptical in a 2009 article in The Globe and Mail.
“There is not a single peer-reviewed controlled study backing up any of the treatments taught in that program, and it is an embarrassment to Langara,” Beyerstein said at the time.
Popular despite the science
More than 70 per cent of Canadians regularly use complementary and alternative healthcare therapies, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Mayuko ‘Coko’ Nakashima, an integrated healing practitioner who has studied and taught all over the world, said holistic therapy is a more long-term solution to chronic pain than what is offered in conventional medicine.