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Why am I not surprised this happened in Sedona?

Posted by c. wagner on October 21, 2009

Ah, Sedona, Arizona. I’ve now seen so many skeptics and debunkers profiling so-called psychics and healers in that town that I’m no longer surprised by anything I hear coming out of it. I think Penn (of Penn and Teller) summed it up best when he said you could find “every kind of crystal-sucking, vortex-fucking whackjob that’s ever made a buck off rich old hippies” in Sedona.

Even so, this news made me extra angry.

A woman hospitalized after spending time in a sauna-like “sweatbox” has died, bringing the total fatalities to three, authorities said late Saturday.

In addition to the deaths, 18 others were injured at the October 8 event at Angel Valley Retreat Center near Sedona, Arizona.

Sounds like a tragic accident of some sort, doesn’t it? Like their partners dropped them off a mesa during a trust exercise, right? Not quite, but you could totally see this coming, since

There were up to 65 visitors, ages 30 to 60, at the resort attending the “Spiritual Warrior” program by self-help expert James Arthur Ray, according to authorities.

Participants spent up to two hours inside the sweatbox, a dome-like structure covered with tarps and blankets, the sheriff’s office said. Hot rocks and water are used to create steam in the enclosed environment.

Two hours in a homemade sauna? Two hours? Don’t suppose there were any warning labels about not lingering if you were in poor health or started feeling ill, either.

These people trusted an “expert” who said he could make their lives better. And they wound up dead or hurt.

Next time someone tells you that New Age practices can’t do any harm, keep this incident in mind.

Read the article at CNN.

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