Kathy Sykes, professor of Science and Society at Bristol, examines alternative therapies in Europe and the US
Professor Kathy Sykes investigates traditional healing. Millions of people use meditation to heal their bodies and minds. Some scientists say it can alter the structure of our minds. Kathy journeys to a town in Iowa, where children meditate every day at school. She discovers Yogic Flying. Back in the UK, Kathy meets Professor Mark Williams, an NHS doctor who prescribes meditation to treat depression.
Professor Kathy Sykes investigates traditional healing. Reflexologists claim that the body is mapped onto the soles of the feet, and that pressing particular points can help with medical problems. In Florida, Kathy meets the nephew of the woman who coined the term reflexology. She meets a reflexologist in Sheffield who claims to cure infertility. Many medical professionals doubt reflexology is of any benefit, but a professor in Hull says it helps cancer patients feel relaxed.