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  1. Hi Dr Pitt,

    Thanks for you scientific rebuttle of Dr Leafs presentation at Nexus Church last Sunday. I was at Nexus and heard her speak. Interestingly, many times through her sermon I was questioning what she was stating. She never once backed her statements up with any research or ‘proof’ which wasn’t very scientific for a scientist. I immediately disagreed with her statement that “98% of cancer is caused by toxic thoughts”. I also felt that she seemed to be giving herself a lot of credit and was almost boasting. I tried doing her 21 day detox when I was suffering with depression once but couldn’t make it past day 2 as it was very difficult to make your brain do what she wanted you to do. Her claims, I think could lead people to condem themselves and try to do things in their own strength. I agree that dwelling on what isn’t good is toxic (which the bible says) but claiming that it will cause cancer is very difficult to prove. I think it’s great that you are explaining why her statements aren’t correct. Thank you for taking the time to inform people.

    • Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for your feedback. I concur with your observations of Dr Leaf – her reliance on speculation rather than citations is concerning. I think your experience with her 21-day detox is very interesting – that you couldn’t make it past day 2 because ‘it was very difficult to make your brain do what she wanted you to do’. I’d suggest very difficult it’s because your brain was doing exactly what it was designed to do. Our brains are meant to be a “don’t get killed” organ. It’s meant to alert us to potential dangers and help us avoid them. So ‘negative’/‘toxic’ thoughts are inevitable. In depression and anxiety, the problem tends to be that we can’t experience anything else appropriately, but this is a disruption of functions well below the level of our thoughts. I discuss this further in my writing on the Cognitive Action Pathways model – Chapter 2 in my book (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/466848 or https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hold-that-thought/id908877288?mt=11) or in these posts (http://cedwardpitt.com/2014/11/08/dr-caroline-leaf-putting-thought-in-the-right-place/ and http://cedwardpitt.com/2014/11/11/putting-thought-in-the-right-place-part-2/). So, you’re right, people will condemn themselves unnecessarily for their ‘failure’ when it’s not failure at all, but are simply being mislead about the real problem.

      Can I encourage you, like I encourage everyone who offers feedback here about Dr Leaf, to also discuss your concerns about Dr Leaf with your friends, and take the time to let the leaders at Nexus know you’re concerns, as well as the National Executive of the Australian Christian Churches. It’s only through politely making our concerns known that other people will realise something isn’t quite right with her teaching, and it’s only through an open dialogue with our pastors that they can make a balanced assessment of Dr Leaf’s teaching to their congregations. Your voice is important.

      Again, thanks for taking the time to share your story. All the best to you.

  2. Hi Dr. Pitt,
    Having heard Dr. Caroline Leaf for the 1st time, I find several observations:

    1) She is not a “true scientist”
    2) Her othopraxy is Scriptural/metaphysical rather than neuroscientific
    3) Given the 1st 2 observations, unless her ‘patients’ are committed, bible-based based, “born-again” believers, they will ‘fail’ her treatment regimen; in which case whatever psychotropic medication they are on is probably better than a relapse into whatever malady they were diagnosed with.

    The Key Issue which I believe you find with Dr. Leaf is faith, and we all know that “faith”(Biblical faith) is the antithesis of science. Science forms conclusions based on reason and observation; faith is based on revelation from God, both written and communicated by the Holy Spirit, who is beyond a ‘scientific model’. She readily provides clinical evidence as to the ‘physical mechanisms’ of the brain as they are associated with Divine intervention, and yet she cannot “procedurally” take you from a state of skepticism to a reception of Divine Providence, something no true scientist would do. You have to do that on your own, and to her credit, she is adament that it is your choice to do so.

    Therefore, you are entirely correct in your observations that she is not “medically or procedurally” orthodox in her prescriptions; they are based on a “faith” methodology and that will never suit those who seek a temporal fix to a spiritual condition. To those we must continually prescribe a ‘soma’ capable of relieving their malady, yet affording them the ability to make choices that in fact contribute to their conditions.

    • Hi. Thanks for your very thought-provoking observations and comments. I appreciate your fresh perspective.

      Your summation of the fundamentals of faith and science is both accurate and articulate. Dr Leaf’s audience is primarily Christian, hence the appeal to faith. I have no problem with faith per se, nor with its relationship to science. My concern with Dr Leaf is that she misrepresents both the science and the faith that she purports to stand for. She also misrepresents the power of thought and choice, proposing that choice is the vehicle by which full physical and mental health and well-being should be attained.

      Indeed, observation shows that even committed, bible-based based, “born-again” believers fail her programs, and I would suggest that’s because Dr Leaf’s programs are neither scripturally sound nor based on rational scientific theory.

      Faith is not completely protective for medical and mental ill-health, and as you imply, psychotropic medications and cognitive therapies aren’t adequate for spiritual conditions. What’s important is that the best evidence-based treatment is given for the patients illness, not to label all illnesses as caused by a ubiquitous element of our neurobiology as Dr Leaf attempts.

      Thanks again for your intriguing insights, and for taking the time to comment. They were much appreciated.

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