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Science-schmience, truth-schmooth: A New Age consciousness coach says ya gotta believe

At another recent seminar, he charged clients around $199 to listen to a "medical intuitive" explain how she diagnoses disease by discerning colored auras vibrating around the organs. "What I teach doesn't work for everyone," Connor says. "You have to have what I call 'the eyes to see.'"

Indeed, Connor's skeptics, which extend way, way beyond his immediate family--say his claims are so much $125-an-hour hokum. Applied kinesiology, which is often used by chiropractors, is a pseudo-science, says Stephen Barrett, a retired Pennsylvania psychiatrist who runs the National Council Against Health Fraud and the Web site quackwatch.org. "What he's describing, it's a complete fake, and he's just using a lot of made-up words to describe what he does," Barrett says. "You know he can't demonstrate that there is an energy field, and he can't demonstrate that he modifies it, and he can't demonstrate that anyone could come in and intuit a diagnosis."

Connor shrugs his shoulders at this kind of talk. Old minds, he says, can't comprehend the leap in evolution that's occurred in the last 20 years. Besides, science will eventually catch up to what he's saying. And if it doesn't, he's not worried.

"You can't prove love. You can't prove bliss. It's a shallow world that we would live in if we didn't take a lot of things on faith," he says.

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