We have posted several times on our concerns about the charity Life’s 4 Living (see here, here and here). We have been disappointed that Life’s 4 Living have failed to address most of our concerns, despite commenting on this blog at great length. To help clarify matters, then, we will summarise our questions for Life’s 4 Living below. We would be grateful if Life’s 4 Living – and other commenters – tried to keep discussion focused on these issues.
We have the following questions for Life’s 4 Living:
Does Life’s 4 Living have a policy for the protection of vulnerable clients? If so, is this policy made public?
The Life’s 4 Living website mentions that the Barefoot Doctor is working with Life’s 4 Living clients. Is this true?
Does Life’s 4 Living have good quality evidence that their treatment approach works?
By ‘good quality evidence’, we do not mean anecdotes. Instead, we would like to see both basic research – in controlled conditions – to demonstrate the ‘qi’ exists and can be perceived by those trained in this skill (or by particular instruments). We would also like to see high quality clinical trials showing the efficacy – or otherwise – of your approach for specific conditions.
Does Life’s 4 Living give patients an accurate appraisal of the evidence base for their treatment protocol, so that patients can give (or refuse) informed consent?
Does Life’s 4 Living encourage patients to abandon evidence-based treatments for their conditions? If so, how do you deal with the ethical implications of this (especially in the case of children)
What links does Life’s 4 Living have to The Energy Clinic, The Energy Bank, Aiping Wang, the European Centre for the Blind, and the World Foundation for the Education of the Disabled? Does Life’s 4 Living fund clients to attend/be treated by – or refer clients to – these organisations and individual. Do you see the activities of these organisations and this individual as problematic, and how do you see them relating to Life 4 Living’s work?