The Witch-Hunts are Not Over

There was an article this week in the French news that caught my eye. The title: A Report on Sectarian Nutritionists as Charlatans.

Since I have moved back to France, I am learning that anything other than the major orthodox religions are considered sects. People love to use the word “charlatan” for anyone that they don’t understand, but when someone’s painting of a virgin cries tears of olive oil, that is considered a miracle. Here, if you do massage, healing, kinesiology or any other method that relates to complimentary medicine, you have to be very careful – if you are an independent.

Anyway, back to the article. “In a quest for well-being, a New Age obsession about dieting and its philosophy are driving a growing amount of French people to nutritionists who don’t have any medical degree”.

Go to your doctor, he’ll make you feeeel goood!

This government agency, called Miviludes, whose purpose is to watch out for sectarian ways, is worried about certain “alimentary practices” where some children are fasting. “Fasting can lead to extreme results,” says one “expert”.

Would you have your child fast? I guess that some parents would.

This same man then moves onto “natural alimentation – it’s good, but you have to watch out. Everything that is natural can disguise sectarian way”.

Does that mean that the local organic-food store is a sect and they didn’t tell me? OMG! I better ask them!

“The Miviludes are getting alarmed as some organisations are growing and multiplying. These groups are considered sects in France because of the way they offer psychotherapy and alternative health practices. Last year alone, 600 new movements and practices have presented some risk. This means 500,000 people involved in these new ways. These sects are growing while proposing non-conventional practices that are done through therapies.”

I practice my own non-conventional therapies, so I must be in a sect. Those busy people haven’t counted me. That becomes 500,001 people.

The Miviludes are watching out for what they are calling “hygienic ways.” These practices are the ones that include vegetarianism, kinesiology and veganism.


The Miviludes mission is to also point the finger at any naturopathy that bans pharmaceutical remedies, even conventional medicine.

Ah, there we go again!

They are also alarmed about what they call “spiritual tourism” or ” psycho-tourism” that propose various initiatic rituals abroad.

If I ever go to Egypt on a tour, I better do really good research so I don’t fall into any sect’s nest. Thank you Miviludes.

Apparently last year, 3 important events have been reported to them that have gone to court.

Busy agency.

Next on the news – the 41st French soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

Now that’s normal.

Sophia from Essorant explains what’s going on in her country, among the history of witches. Very interesting, she is a walking encyclopedia!



  1. April 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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  2. verewig said,

    April 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Very interesting, I thought Europe would be more open minded. I am constantly surprized to see how conservative the world remains. Just when you think that things are progressing, it regresses. Here of course we still have very real witch hunts, and people often get killed for being called a witch in the rural areas. So easy to label someone as a witch, or the cause of all woes.

    • thevoicecontinues said,

      April 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      Well, it seems that England and Germany, among many other things, like solar energy as an example, are far more ahead than France. Maybe it’s a nordic thing versus latino? I just think that it’s kind of sad to have this article on the big headlines to freek out people. It’s so generalized that it becomes pitiful. But it cracks me up when people are afraid of the Free Massons because they are a sect, when not only the most “powerful” people are into it and they are voted for+ all of the products (cars, food, etc) nowdays have Free Masson logos on them. Try to figure it out! We just have to BE who we are to remain sane in this world.

      • kether1985 said,

        April 12, 2010 at 2:42 am

        Acura 😉

      • thevoicecontinues said,

        April 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

        Hi Nathan,
        I knew you’d like that one. It was writen for you!
        Love, Cathy

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