Why is health so permeable to sectarian influence?

DECRYPTION – Intimate subjects if there is one, health and well-being are particularly fertile grounds for lies and false promises.

Fasting courses, recommendations for restrictive diets, prayers, “biodecoding”, self-proclaimed psychotherapist, eccentric promise of healing (and sometimes on condition of stopping one’s medical treatments)… The field of health seems extremely permeable to sectarian discourse. A Senate investigation report already attested in 2013 to this worrying state of affairs, and the Interministerial Mission for Vigilance and the Fight against Sectarian Abuses (Miviludes) indicates that 40% of the reports made to it concern the field of health. But why is health such a fertile ground, where marginal and often dangerous discourses take root and develop?

We often think we are the best judges of what is good for us, and experience good or bad health in our flesh. This is in part what alternative discourses exploit. “One of the most important things to buy into the ideas of a marginal group is to do

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