• The Curious Case of JP Sears

    jp-searsIf you’re friends with skeptics on social media, or you pay attention to what’s popular on YouTube, you’ve probably seen some witty videos from JP Sears. His skits making fun of coconut oil, essential oils, and the gluten-free fad are spot on because they bring up the unfounded beliefs behind these alternative health trends and criticize the reasoning in a hilarious and informative way. In “How to Become Gluten Intolerant”, he makes sure to mention that there are people who really do have legitimate reasons to avoid gluten, but that he’s referring to those doing it for other supposed health benefits. JP’s delivery is on point.

    After seeing a few of these videos show up in my Facebook news feed, I was curious about his background. My guess was that he was a comedian and/or a skeptic – Maybe not be an all-around skeptic but at least skeptical of alternative medicine and spirituality. But when I went to his Facebook page, I saw videos about emotional healing and awakening. These did not seem to be funny or satirical, but I wondered if he was maybe doing deadpan. I scrolled down his page some more and saw posts about spiritual retreats he was leading. I clicked on a link and saw that this was real and googled some of the other spiritual leaders listed. They were all promoting woo woo.

    I then went to his Inner Awakenings website, and his About Me says:

    JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, international teacher, world traveler, and curious student of life.  His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives.  JP presents classes, workshops, online seminars, and leads retreats at numerous locations around the world on inner healing and growth.  He is also very active on his YouTube channel AwakenWithJP, where he encourages healing and growth through his entertainingly informative and inspiring videos.

    JP served as a faculty member for the C.H.E.K Institute from 2006 to 2013.  JP holds certification as a Holistic Coach Advanced Practitioner through the Holistic Coaching Institute in Columbus, OH.

    “C.H.E.K Institute” (which I had to google) and “Holistic coaching” were what made me realize that he really does believe in pseudoscience. Then I clicked the link to his YouTube channel and saw that most of his videos are serious and promoting woo, not ridiculing it. He often differentiates the satirical videos from the seriously spiritual ones by putting “(Funny)” in the title.

    The bottom of his About Me page has this video, which explains what his main gig is and has testimonials from clients.

    While I don’t see anything over-the-top wrong here, I do have concerns about people seeing a holistic coach and not a mental health professional trained at an accredited science-based medical school. He doesn’t seem to be psychic or palm reader bad – at least from what’s revealed in the testimonials – but it definitely paints JP Sears in a much different light than what my impression was of him from his funny videos.

    I thought his soothing, ASMR-inducing voice and pleasant facial expressions were a fantastic impression of an alt med coach. But the reason he’s so good at it in his funny videos is because that’s what he does as his main job!

    Here’s one that’s especially soothing to me:

    Much of what he’s saying is advice I read when I was in elementary school and thought I had psychic dreams, so I read books about it. Basically, if you are more into and aware of your dreams, the more likely you are to remember them. The sooner you record the dream, the more likely you are to remember what happened in it (or what you think happened anyway). Not really mind-blowing information here. But the way he speaks made me stare at him straight in the eye and pay attention, as though he were physically in the same room and speaking specifically to me, and as though he were saying fascinating things. I think this is a big part of the appeal of certain people who spread hogwash and of con artists – Not that I have reason to believe JP Sears is intentionally deceiving people, but it’s interesting to ponder how much of what we are willing to believe is based on the manner in which people present themselves.

    Seeing all this made me realize my impression of him was wrong, but it didn’t make me dismiss him altogether. Although I was disappointed for a brief moment, it didn’t make me dislike the satirical videos I’d seen. I think it’s great that he can poke fun at his own community. It’s nice that, although he’s wrong on things, he doesn’t seem to have taken it to such an extreme. His criticisms of health fads may convince people who may never listen to skeptics or doctors. They may see JP as someone who “gets it” and not some Big Pharma dude and are more willing to see what he’s saying.

    I do wish he wasn’t a holistic coach. I wish they didn’t exist at all and that people used evidence-based medicine from licensed doctors. So he doesn’t get a free pass on this. But I can tell from his videos that he gets what the alt medders he’s criticizing believe and that’s why he’s so good at satirizing it. Many skeptics I know are good at explaining why this or that alt med treatment is bunk, but many aren’t good at explaining what the belief is and why people come to their conclusions. So when they get into a conversation with a believer, it only makes them believe even more because they can easily dismiss the skeptic as someone who doesn’t get it in the first place. I know that’s what I did when I believed in alt med.

    But then I wonder if I’m being inconsistent. I don’t believe in sharing any posts from David Wolfe. Part of how he’s gotten so popular on Facebook is that people see mostly harmless memes from his page with vague positive messages or nice videos of nature. People share it and some decide to follow him. But they then end up seeing his extreme posts about GMO conspiracy theories, how your face is a map to internal body issues, and other harmful misinformation that are links to his website. Once they click that link, they start seeing other junk that his site promotes.

    While it’s possible some people will see JP Sears’ satirical videos, start following, and then start becoming a believer in his spiritual teachings, I don’t think he’s as bad as David Wolfe saying “Chocolate is an octave of sun energy” or “The reason why the oceans are salty is that’s what’s needed to hold the water onto the Earth”. It’s possible he does teach things to that extreme but I haven’t seen it or it’s things done in private sessions or retreats. However, I think those who follow him for making fun of woo woo are less likely to then become a client of his. But there may be more people willing to believe David Wolfe’s junk posts after seeing his cute animal videos.

    And he seems like a cool guy. If he’s able to criticize what I assume is his own clique, he’s probably fun to hang out with and a pleasant person, albeit with some misguided beliefs. Someone like David Wolfe seems like an arrogant douche. But maybe I’m wrong. My first impression of JP was wrong, afterall. But I’d hang out with JP. I doubt I would with David.

    I’m willing to change my mind on this. Do you think it’s OK to be a fan of and share JP’s satirical videos, even if you disagree with his holistic coaching? Are his beliefs really not that extreme compared to Food Babe or David Wolfe, or am I being too easy on him? Is this really not a big deal either way? I’d love to read your comments on this.

    Category: alternative medicineskepticism


    Article by: Cherry Teresa

    Cherry Teresa is a blogger and musician from Los Angeles, CA who includes skepticism and humanism in her work. Her music can be heard at cherryteresa.com.

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    • Toad

      I watched some of the videos and looked into this guy a little. I would need a couple questions answered before I could pass judgement on how much harm he is doing.

      1. What is the cost and financial structure of his business and how much up-selling is involved? I imagine a session with someone who “has hundreds, maybe thousands of clients” doesn’t come cheap. And is there a constant “self realization” carrot being dangled that can be gained with just a few more Skype sessions, a couple in-person ones, a 30 day program, etc?

      2. Does he have a code of ethics when it comes to the clients he ‘treats’ and referring them to seek actual medical professionals? I have way less of a problem with an unlicensed person helping average people cope with normal stress through meditation, healthy eating, and exercise, than say, using the same methods promising to help someone with a mental or physiological illness.

      Unfortunately though, my baloney detector is reading off the charts with JP Sears. While I agree with you that there isn’t enough evidence to show that he is intentionally harming people, I see these funny videos as likely being a clever marketing strategy to reach a wider audience and potential client base. The fact that his intentions are so ambiguous leaves me very skeptical.

      • Those are important questions to consider. Right now, I lean toward thinking he’s OK but if new information came to light that answered the questions you brought up (along with some other questions I have) in a negative way, I’d likely change my mind.

        • Reddy

          I disagree. He’s still perpetuating misinformation and voodoo “treatments” which will not actually help people. I’m not ok with him, nor any other pseudo scientific or self-help nutjob simply because they are lie merchants. That is no more forgivable than being a homeopath or palm reader.

          • Suzanne Allen

            He’s great… if you think that sarcasm and insults are a healthy form of communication. Oh, but then you would go to him for emotional healing? bahahahahaha!

            • Daaghowt

              So in putting down insults, you employ an insult! Brilliant! (That was sarcasm)

          • anseio

            So, how do you know that he doesn’t help people? Do all the people claiming to have been helped not count? It may not work for you. That is fine. That does not invalidate the approach. You may not be able to comprehend the mechanics of emotional/mental health and empathy. This does not invalidate them. It simply means that it does not make sense to you. Nothing more.

            • Reddy

              Anedoctal evidence is not evidence. And the placebo effect does not mean that the treatment itself works. You may not be able to comprehend elementary logic, and thus must resort to insult, but that does not invalidate it. It simply means that it does not make sense to you.

            • sabelmouse

              but does it kill like vioxx?

            • sabelmouse

              you can be at death’s door and be helped and it will still count for nothing unless it has the stamp of big pharma/the medical-industrial complex.
              it’s always a coincidence, as is harm from modern medicine.
              but all and any good …..

          • sabelmouse

            because modern medicine does help people other than in emergency situations?
            it creates chronic illness and in trying to treat those it creates more.
            and you’re lucky if you survive a lot of the time.
            but some wooer might …what exactly?

            • Reddy

              Literally none of what you say is true, and that which is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. So I shall do just that 😉

            • sabelmouse

              good luck with that.

            • Reddy

              Seems to work for just about everybody in every scientific profession (not to mention lawyers)

            • sabelmouse

              they do make money of them.

            • Reddy

              Good luck getting into the double digits on your IQ tests 😉 you’ll get there one day

            • sabelmouse

              you discredit yourself/

            • Daaghowt

              And there goes the rational conversation.

      • Lerjo

        I wondered the same Toad, in regards to the code of ethics, This is the response I received: “JP maintains strict confidentiality with all of his clients, but does
        not have/nor require anything in writing. Also, he does not subscribe to
        any specific methodology in general.
        He does use inner child coaching techniques.”

        • Reddy

          So basically, he has no bounds, makes stuff up and we’ve no way to measure his intentions or results. That’s even more dodgy.

      • sabelmouse

        and then? someone does NOT get hurt or killed by modern medicine? oh my!

      • Daaghowt

        His funny videos make me laugh. Laughing makes me happy. Oh look I didn’t spend any money nor shall I. I guess the ads didn’t work.

    • sydneycat

      Hi! I’m a fan of JP’s satirical work and a dyed in the wool atheist/skeptic. I think that he’s definitely on the *eye roll* side of the spectrum rather than the *burn it with fire* side. He did an interview with a skeptical YouTuber named “Smells Like E Minor”. I’d recommend giving it a listen. https://youtu.be/zg02iPLVE_c

      • Thanks for the link! I finally finished watching it, after watching it in sections over a few days. Enjoyable interview. If I understand correctly, it seems like he does believe in the Law of Attraction, essential oils, and crystal healing, but not to the extreme that some others do. I would’ve liked it if the interviewer asked him more about that to differentiate what he does and does not believe (although we get some idea from his videos).
        And I’m really curious about what kind of stuff he does with his clients.
        I agree with you. He isn’t the ‘kill it with fire’ type, as far as I can tell. Seems like a cool guy.

        • Andy Golay

          Agreed. I was just standing on the planet due to gravity and laughing at LOA believers… and people who believe in properties of crystals too… So, after I checked my quartz-crystal watch and enjoying the proven healing effects of some oil of oregano, I realized I was probably wasting too much time thinking about “woo” so I came here… wow the skeptics are hilarious… J.P. deserves to prosper, as long as he’s ethical in his basic business practices. I guess some hate on things they can’t “prove” with a double-blind clinical trial (though those are amazing too, I say as someone who has had his life saved by Western medicine and infinitely thankful for it).

        • anseio

          JP has a fine eye for the detail of emotions and neurological patterning. So, during a conversation, he’ll be able to parse out some of the underlying issues, help bring them to the surface, and then help the client gain insight into their particular situation.

      • It’s Complicated

        Redundant bitch is redundant.

    • jsimm

      I think JP, whether he intends to or not is doing a fairly good job of busting the “us vs them” illusion that we are all prone to falling under. While he certainly seems to embrace a little bit of woo here and there, his satirical videos tell me he doesn’t subscribe to a lot of the nonsense we’ve come to expect from people of a particular stripe and that he’s probably open to changing his beliefs and practices if the evidence is made accessible to him. It’s people like this we as skeptics can reach out to and engage in constructive conversation rather than social media snark. After all at one time haven’t we all believed in some funky stuff?

      • Adam Hommey

        So how about his promotion of intolerance and hate toward Vegans? Does that break down any “us vs. them” barriers?

        • jsimm

          I don’t think satirizing one’s own tribe amounts to promoting either hate or intolerance. He’s acknowledging the sanctimony that often arises among new age types in a humorous way and suggesting, “Maybe we just need to take it down a notch.No lifestyle is superior to others.”

          • Adam Hommey

            His video has unleashed a torrent of hate and intolerance.

            The intent of his video “If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans – Ultra Spiritual Life episode 35” is to harass, insult, and degrade people for choosing the Vegan lifestyle and implies that we are all preachy fanatics who go out of our way to
            deny your freedom of choice.

            That is NOT how Vegans behave and neither myself nor anyone else I know in the lifestyle behaves this way.

            Rather, we find ourselves constantly ridiculed, accusing of violating both science and God’s will, and publicly attacked and interrogated. Oftentimes I have to say thing like I’m “lactose intolerant” or “I just don’t feel like having a cheeseburger” to avoid verbal arguments in social situations.

            Most of the time I just eat alone, even in situations where there is sufficient ambient noise to counteract my Misophobic reactions to mouth noise, just so I can have a meal without having to worry about being questioned, called names, etc.

            On the”social networks” I’ve had entire discussion threads ABOUT UNRELATED TOPICS turn against me and people on the thread start sending me nasty messages meant to hurt me (telling me to “shut the ____ up” and “go ___ yourself” – and worse) because of my choices which are MINE to make, and IN RESPONSE TO me saying “I only answered because someone asked, and I’m not wanting to discuss it.”

            I’ve even been told that I am defying God’s will, and that I have no heart or empathy, because I choose not to consume foods or products created from the remains of living beings.

            It bothers me how many people are sharing this video, finding it funny, and then leaping in with tales of how they, themselves, hate Vegans – people who describe themselves as “transformational healers”, “motivational speakers”, and claim to adhere to the Law of Attraction and the Principle of Abundance.

            Please know this is offensive and hateful, and if you find yourself
            participating, please I ask you to at least think about what you are
            saying and the consequences it may have upon people who you profess to care about.

            • jsimm

              No, it’s not an accurate representation of how vegans behave, it’s a charicature. That’s what satire does. It’s saying, “Look we can laugh at ourselves.”
              I’m sorry you’ve encountered bigotry and I agree, it shouldn’t be tolerated.

            • Adam Hommey

              Thank you for that.

              I have studied JP Sears’ Facebook activity at length and found numerous instances of insulting Vegans and promoting intolerance and hate toward us.

              He is not a kind person and what he does is NOT helpful.

            • Adam Hommey

              I CAN laugh about it, and do, when it’s a little good-natured ribbing.

              See my reply to Kerry, above. Way too often it’s NOT “good natured”, especially when it gets to people Inboxing me with suggestions about what I should do that cannot be repeated in polite company….. as a result of me NOT wanting to have the dialogue in the first place.

            • Laura Cordova-James

              Well, again, I’m a vegan and I have to say that there is a vegan movement that is not very good natured where people do behave in the ways JP demonstrated.

            • Kerry Day

              Adam, you are doing a great job of busting the MYTH that vegans paint themselves as victims and martyrs and have no sense of humour about themselves! It is very unfair that you have eat alone, I can not imagine why that is.

            • Adam Hommey

              I have a huge sense of humor about myself and am able to handle a little good-natured ribbing.

              But being interrogated by everyone else at the table, mocked like I don’t know what I’m talking about, and told I’m “listening to nonsense”….. getting not only attacked publicly on discussion threads just for saying “I’m Vegan” but having some of the participants of the same thread simultaneously Inboxing me with suggestions about what I can do with myself and/or my mother…..being told that as much as they’d like me to come over, they would rather not go through the hassle of what “you people won’t eat”……..

              Granted, the above have only really happened a couple times.

              But what’s more common is, I don’t want to discuss it AT ALL, I outright say “Can we just change the subject” and they press on and on and on with the interrogations, the insults, the insinuations…..

            • Laura Cordova-James

              But, Adam. I’m vegan and there was no way that I ever took JP’s video to be the way you’ve interpreted it. Its satire. That’s it. It was funny ha ha and harmless.

            • GothDuggar

              Exactly, Laura – it’s the same as making lighthearted fun of soccer moms or Cubs fans or hipsters. It’s not mean spirited, but done by taking a hint of truth and turning it into hyperbole.

      • anseio

        Wise and calm words, sir.

        As someone who works fairly heavily into the woo woo (none of it is stuff you’d see on youtube or bantered about as any kind of ‘quick fix’), I greatly appreciate people who show genuine intellectual curiosity rather than throwing up their wall of skepticism as if they were somehow experts on a subject they know nothing about.

        I’ve got one friend who’s skeptical of things woo woo. He sees who I am, he’s experienced what I do. So, instead of calling me a charlatan and a liar, he asks questions. His questions tend to be too small, and my answers tend to be too big. Eventually, I’ll help him expand his questions and he’ll help me refine my answers… and we’ll meet somewhere in between. It will be exciting times.

        • Reddy

          You don’t need to be an expert to be skeptical, for the same reason that you don’t need to be a theologian to dismiss any given religion. Anything asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. The “us vs them” is not an illusion in my experience, as the people I know who believe this crap are also the same people who believe ALL KINDS of crap, without any consistency, and possess the critical faculties of infants, with the logic to match.

      • sabelmouse

        first we must define ”woo” in any case.

        • Mike Stevens

          The definition of “Woo”?
          My definition is “Anything Sabelmouse believes”.

          • joe

            WOW, what a great response.

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    • Kerry Day

      ¸JP is engaged in harmless work. He is not threatening people with any kind of damnation if they dont come to him for advice. There is ZERO evidence that he solicits or treats people with serious mental illness. He sees the kind people who if they went to “a mental health professional trained at an accredited science-based medical school” would be shown the door for wasting professionals time at the expense of those who need medical help. And you know what? If your GP starts offering you services as a life coach, you might wanna run. He has great advice about managing your emotions and conducting healthy relationships. That is it. There is lots of dangerous woo in the world, but there is a place for woo that does not make claims it is not entitled to make.

      • Adam Hommey

        Harmless? He spreads intolerance and hate and encourages attacks on Vegans. He is not a nice person.

        • Kerry Day

          Hahaha. Yeah, Adam, that video is a joke. His whole “ultra spiritual” series are jokes. I suspect you are pulling legs here Adam, I hope you are! But really, he is trying to be funny.

        • Maggie

          Woah, calm down take an iron supliment man, you’re not thinking clearly.

      • Reddy

        “He is not threatening people with any kind of damnation if they dont come to him for advice.”
        Neither are homeopaths, but they do immeasurable harm by not actually treating people. It’s the same with JP Sears.

        • anseio

          Are you sure is the same with JP Sears? You seem to be basing much of your reasoning upon your own conjecture, rather than actual real-world results.

          • Reddy

            “Real-world results” like anecdotal, biased accounts presented without evidence? That’s conjecture. Also, that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence, and thus, I dismiss his claims. 😉

            • Shane Roddrick

              I would hope you would realize, that although the razor holds true and is sharp, that not all the cloth need be cut. If metaphors aren’t your style I can break it down in more concretized terms, that is if you don’t mind.

              The thing is… experiential reality is real. What I feel is valid, just as what you feel is valid. This is an aspect of being that cannot be denied if we value things like human rights, respect and ethics. Of course this logic can be taken to an extreme, just as materialistic philosophy can–where everything is simply interactions between cause and effect and nothing matters whatsoever.

              There can be a balance though, where one is able to back experience with facts. This is what one would call and educated guess, extrapolation or wisdom in the common sense. The fact is that we use this to navigate our lives daily. This mix of feeling, bias learned through experience and fact. This is what literally leads all of our lives.

              What JP is doing, and many in the same business (not that there aren’t thousands of charlatans) is pointing out flaws in experience, lack of research or lack of biases which may be helpful in one leading a productive and healthy lifestyle. This type of thought has much in common with early Greek thought, existentialist thought and many “more Eastern” philisophical systems and has serious logical grounding when one considers all the literature. To deny this mode of perception is to argue innaccuratelty with what it is attempting to state and creating a strawman out of the argument it presents. Hopefully this.comment makes sense to you. If not, I will visit this page from time to time, and if you respond I will try my very best to make sense of what I am saying for you.

            • Daaghowt

              Nice view of experiential reality. Something I’ve been working up to in my struggle against our polarized society.

            • Shane Roddrick

              Thank you. I try and take a philisophical outlook that neither denies science, nor experiential reality. Respect for both and a systematic outlook for both is what is needed for a healthy life outlook in my opinion.

            • A skeptic’s filters about reality will prevent them to allow JP’s message land that’s relevant to them. Instead, a skeptic will be solely focused on his ideas of “right” and “wrong”, i.e. scientific proof or the lack thereof in JP’s videos. Because skeptics have the limiting self-esteem beliefs, “I’m not good/important enough”, which they later learned to compensate for by forming the beliefs, “What makes me good/important enough is to be right (their definition of being “right” is “being scientifically accurate”)”. They are not at all different from vegans, SJWs, nationalists, feminists, or members of any kind of group that just wants to be right and/or important enough by identifying with an ideology that they unconsciously believe will make them good/important enough. So you can expect to receive defensive comments involving cynicism (“What a beautifully executed”), labeling (“word salad”, “bullshit”, “acceptable”) and projecting one’s fascist way of thinking on a perceived fascist character, Donald Trump. It’s my pleasure to dump this here, though likely no one will have the balls here to deeply reflect on these.

            • Oh yes, another limiting belief they’ve formed to compensate for the pain they are trying to hide, caused by the beliefs, “I’m not important and/or good enough”, is “What makes me important/good enough is to do things perfectly”. They also usually have the beliefs, “If I make a mistake or fail, I’ll be rejected”. You’ll be hard pressed to find any grammar errors in their comments here. That would just be too painful for them. Or if they can’t be right, in a scientifically proven way, that is. They won’t be willing to even acknowledge their own feelings of inadequacy, because they are not scientifically proven. A brilliant maneuver. Touché!

            • KRKBAB

              Beautifully executed word salad. I’ve slowly been gravitating away from my philosophical bent. It’s just not my thing. I’ve too often seen word salad-esque writings help bullshit become more acceptable. However, sometimes straight up bullshit works with-out needing any philosophical word salad to accompany it. Like Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Or his entire life.

            • Shane Roddrick

              Riiiiiight. I Cleary explain what I’m discussing in the comment using middle school English.

              As a person with a Biology and History background I don’t enjoy word salad, but thanks for the accusation none the less. Glad to see you felt that was worth your time to write.

            • KRKBAB

              I just reacted to my experience.

            • Shane Roddrick

              As we all do, thanks for the meaningful commentary.

        • sabelmouse

          it’s modern medicine what kills a hundred thousand a year, and does NOT help many more outside of emergency situations.

          • Reddy

            Lol, single digit IQ above.

          • Michael D. Smith

            That’s ridiculous. I and two of my three brothers would be long dead without modern medicine. My wife would be in a wheelchair

            • sabelmouse

              none of that means it doesn’t kill others due to medical mistakes, or drug side effects.
              i don’t know what your family suffered with but as so many conditions are created by vaccines they might have been made ill by modern medicine which now has lifelong customers.
              emergency medicine IS what it is good at though. not creating health generally.

          • KRKBAB

            You’re funny.

            • sabelmouse

              i were gonna say the same thing to you regarding your other reply.

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    • LJ

      The dude just points out extremists in that particular community and those who exploit it in a very amusing satirical way.
      That being said, while conventional orthodox medicine is failing miserably in chronic health areas, holistic medicine is gaining a stronghold because it encompasses living a wholesome and healthy lifestyle while a conventional medicine mindset simply says destroy your body by making repeatedly poor lifestyle choices and we’ll fix you with chemotherapy and the latest cancer treatments.

      • Lukáš Dohnal

        I am aware that this perception exists, but I would say that it is not property of conventional medicine. Any good doctor of modern medicine would tell you and agree that prevention is the best way to combat a disease.

        • Fennec Besixdouze

          Unfortunately medicine has been infected by “every lifestyle is normal and healthy” nonsense. Having general, evidence-based holistic guidelines on how to live is now seen as bigoted or non-inclusive of people who choose not to follow those guidelines. So the only people who are allowed to talk about general guidelines for healthy holistic living have to couch it in religion or woo.

      • Inna Popovinuk

        “destroy your body by making repeatedly poor lifestyle choices”. Well said. I did and suffer the consequences. Hopefully it is not too late for me.

        • Katie Chua

          Me too… I guess all the “holistic woo woo” i used such as changes in diet and lifestyle and ignorantly refusing to go on synthetic thyroid meds (after a doctor told me i was hypothyroid and could only feel better if i took meds every day the rest of my life) that changed my thyroid numbers back into normal range, was just an illusion or delusion of the ever intelligent medical doctors. They must have read the bloodwork wrong because they said it could not be changed by diet and lifestyle and that it was genetic. And much of my “hypothyroid” symptoms going away was just all in my crazy stupid ignorant woo woo mind. .And they must be right because anyone with a degree, especially medical is always right, you should belive them. David wolf and food babe and this mysteriously shady jp spears -must be just dangerous! I mean anyone with the arrogance to suggest eating real organic food or meditating can heal or that they can help people get healthy (when they dont even have a licence to practice standard western medicine) must be crazed and dangerous. As far as studies Sloan Kettering did on meditation in medicine -showing a positive link – only doctors should be able to notice the correlation between meditating and health related symptoms – meditating afterall is far too dangerous for non professionals or so called professional “coaches” or “alternative” practitioners to even suggest practicing. i mean, even if your common sense tells you, meditation = feel better/symptoms go away, you shouldnt listen to that. Why would you ever listen to the gobbligoosh of the crazed “alternative” medicine people when you could just inject fetal cells and other synthetic ingredients into your body (that have symptoms such as seizures written on the vaccine insert) most doctors say its safe, so…trust that! Yup all woo woo sillyness….So, the studies of epigenetics i Wonder, is this not valid science? You all are so knowledgeble about health you must be well read on the topic. I am just a moron who doesnt listen to mainstream medicine practitioners like the ones suggesting that i get a flu shot …. even though I havent gotten the flu for years. Hm. Must be good genes….except, that whole epigenetics thing. Usually i am the fewer people around me that doesnt get a cold while most of them get flu shots and still get sick several times through winter but that must be due strictly to my genetics too…nothing to due with food and lifestyle factors I learned from that crazy alternative, health “coaching” woo woo program I studied. Nope must have been genes. I would say luck but I am not sure luck has been proven by mainstream and highly validated science yet so i would be foolish i guess to even suggest such a thing as luck. What have i been thinking, i should go get my shots tomorrow and that thyroid med…

      • gskibum

        “…while a conventional medicine mindset simply says destroy your body by making repeatedly poor lifestyle choices and we’ll fix you with chemotherapy and the latest cancer treatments”

        What a crock. The reason people get cancer today is because conventional medicine has increased life expectancy so much thanks to developments such as vaccines and antibiotics. People are living into lifespans long enough that increase the likelihood that diseases like cancer will occur.

        Holistic medicine is gaining in popularity because snake oil salesmen and other assorted frauds use fear to sell bogus, ineffective treatments to the gullible.

        I would live to see you find anything at WebMD that backs up your assertion that your claim that conventional medicine encourages poor lifestyle choices.

        K. Go now!

        • anseio

          “The reason people get cancer today is because conventional medicine has increased life expectancy so much thanks to developments such as vaccines and antibiotics”

          So… what you’re saying is that our poisoned air, water, and food supplies do not contribute to cancer rates? Are you saying that antibiotics have not resulted in MRSA? And you’re saying that no one was harmed by vaccines? There is validity to all of those treatments. I just find your position a bit too… extreme and poorly thought.

          • gskibum

            Red herrings and straw man logical fallacies all in one sort post. Bravo. You get the award for most pathetic rebuttal of the year.

            But while we’re throwing about logical fallacies, try this one on for size: Run along back to the Mercola, Food Babe or Zen Honeycutt forums. Adults are needed around here.

            • anseio

              So, mine are logical fallacies, but yours are not? Whatever you say, princess.
              You’re going to need to substantiate your claims using your all-hailed peer-reviewed research. Do I need to remind you that causation /= correlation? The only reason your conjecture is “true” is because you think it makes sense to you, and for little other reason.

            • anseio

              I just had to come back to this, because something about your rebuttal seemed… off. Then I realized it. I don’t think you know what either a Red Herring or a Straw Man Logical Fallacy is (SMLF, btw, is two concepts rather than one). I gave you no red herring, nor did I use a straw man argument. My logic may be fallacious, but it is equally as fallacious as yours. Please refamiliarize yourself with these terms if you’re going to wantonly toss them about.

            • sabelmouse

              you embarrass yourself with that.

        • sabelmouse

          explains the increase in cancer in children/young people.

        • Katie Chua

          If this is a satire its a good one. Or are you a med student?

      • pointforward

        Thank you. While the author is to be lauded for doing the research to discover whether her bias about JP was true or false, she is clearly rigid and dogmatic and has far more faith than she should in the toxic treatment protocols of the medical industry (which is just a racket).

        The only thing the medical industry truly excels at, aside from antibiotic treatment and surgery with often bad outcomes, is in having gained a technical mastery of diagnostics.

        While healthy because of an active vegetarian lifestyle, and appalled by the no doubt false anecdotes by people saying they saw someone deteriorate or that they did themselves, the rare times I used the medical industry are for diagnostics (from blood tests to ultrasounds and typically no more invasive).

        I then weigh my options about treatment if necessary and do not necessarily leave that to them…

      • bitterandhappy

        Did you copy/paste your comments from a Naturopath’s website? Bear in mind that alternative medicine is a capitalist big business just like mainstream medicine in the USA. For the record, I have seen mainstream doctors all my life (I am 64). All of them since childhood lectured me on eating properly, getting plenty of exercise, staying away from junk food, how to deal with stress, and when medication was necessary (in my case to handle an inherited genetic propensity for high blood pressure). The pill I take has been around since the 1960s which is plenty of time to work out any of the kinks and side effects. This little pill, one per day, has kept my blood pressure normal for 25 years. My mother, who refused to take any medication and relied only on prayer, died of a brain aneurysm when she was my age.

      • sabelmouse

        not nessecarily lifestyle choices. i aver no control over many of the environmental toxins that i encounter. most of us don’t.

        • KRKBAB

          Name an environmental toxin, please.

      • Kay Jay Day

        “destroy your body by making repeatedly poor lifestyle choices and we’ll fix you with chemotherapy and the latest cancer treatments.” WOW that is top level victim blaming of people with cancer, amazing. Just an FYI, if your friends or family members develop cancer, please stay away from them.

    • RantingCatholicMom

      I’ve enjoyed his funny videos, but didn’t look much further. I even thought the hair was a wig! Because of past experiences that did some real damage to my soul, I will never watch any of his stuff again. I know I can be easily led into spiritual danger. That’s my take. Don’t watch.

      • I think that’s smart to avoid things if you know you can personally get sucked into them. That’s why I avoid certain activities and environments myself.

      • Vincent

        It’s very much YMMV here. I say Watch.

    • Nicole James

      I found this blog because I too was curious about “the real JP.” Being a person with one foot in the woo community myself, I started to realize with the essential oil satire piece that…this guy knows what he’s talking about. By which I mean, he speaks as someone inside the community, not outside of it. But it is SO RARE to find someone inside who has a sense of humor about it. I’m one. I’ve got a couple of friends as others. We can laugh at ourselves, and laugh at those who can’t laugh at themselves. I can (and do) have a kit of 50 essential oils I use…and I also take antibiotics when they’re needed. It took me a long time to successfully navigate and integrate the woo and the world. I’m very pleased that others are managing it too. Reminds me of a saying (I wish I knew who I stole it from): “Keep your mind open, but not so open that your brain falls out.”

      I too am interested in his ethics and economics, but the very fact that I have to wonder – that the information is not readily available in a hard sell format with click through links – makes me fairly certain that he’s at least 67% better than the Lupine Testicle Plant.

      • I just looked up what the Lupine Testicle Plant is and yup, I see it!

      • Grace B

        Hi, I found this page cause I was curious about JP also. Love his satirical videos. I definitely agree with you that it’s tricky sometimes to navigate the woo woo world! I remind myself that there was a time when I NEVER read my horoscope (now I watch a weekly astrologer), used crystals, or essential oils, etc, etc. My usage of these things has definitely died down and even moreso I avoid the woo woo teachers/authors/self help leaders I used to follow daily. That really helped. I really like that quote also!

    • Vincent

      Thanks for the article, I followed a similar path while discovering JP Sear’s work : amusement while watching his satiric vids, then surprise when I learned his background, and thereafter a lot of questioning.

      I wouldn’t want to explain his complex personality, but there are in my opinion 4 mains drives in his work / lifestyle :
      – information : the guy is informed and is learning from basically everything that comes at him, and he’s looking for new things on his own too
      – logic : there’s plenty of logical assertions and reasonings in his work, and hardly any flaw in them

      This is where he could follow a path of a scientist, but obviously he’s not in the classical sense bc there’s 2 more things :
      – the mystical : he acknowledges and embraced mystical experiences and the rituals, the substances etc.
      – communication : the guy has all the communication techniques right, and he actively practices them.

      I guess that makes him a scientist of life-sciences enhanced with the field of mysticism/”alternative” lifestyles, with an unusual ability to share/connect with people.

      • Shane Roddrick

        So he’s following the path of a Lao Tzu or Confucious…?

    • Lindy K

      This is totally a joke. He’s added stuff to look legit. Smart guy.

    • Rue Jean

      There are a couple of things to address here from my side of the coin. I, not terribly unlike JP Sears am a Holistic Wellness and Nutrition coach. I think that that term has become really muddled with the advent of Beach Body, It Works, etc. direct sales companies which are often little more than Avon that promises (and often fails to deliver) that you’ll get the body you want. What I do is pretty different from that. I am in the process of attaining a certificate so that I can use credentials and education to back up my knowledge.

      When I get asked what I do, I often give a general answer along the lines of, “I’m like a personal trainer for your food.” I teach people how to make good choices for their own personal body type and needs. The holistic aspect comes in because I believe in treating the person and the illness, food is a very sensitive issue, and we often eat a certain way for a smorgasbord of reasons, and so for a doctor to just say, you have hypertension, cut down on salt, that doesn’t examine why the person eats the way that they do. So when I get involved, I work on teaching them to eat “better”, but also to reduce stress (that’s where so many unhealthy choices come from) and to love themselves in the process.

      I am NOT a doctor, and I say that in my client agreement. When I first get a client, I ask them when their last physical was, if they had a blood panel drawn, and whether or not their doctor knows that we’re working together. I am also not a naturopathic doctor or a Chinese medicine doctor, I CANNOT prescribe or suggest supplements, if a client asks me about what could relieve nausea that they’re experiencing, all I could say is something like, “well personally and for some clients that I’ve worked with ginger has been really helpful in reducing those types of symptoms, that may be something that you could investigate.” I’m not here to diagnose.

      Yes, there is a lot of mystique and smoke in mirrors in this society, all I’m here to do is to try and teach people that there is an alternative to McDonald’s. Health coaches get a bad rap, and for a good reason, is JP a good guy? I don’t know, I know that I think his videos are funny because I think that a good part of this industry is filled with shams and scams, but I do know that not all health coaches are bad, and the good ones would always tell you to go seek a doctor, just like all good personal trainers should.

    • Anna Knight

      You commented on his presentation as being a “selling point”. I was sent a facebook post of one of his videos. As for his presentation: his comedy was trite and sophormic and all I could think of was Charles Manson. I breifly questioned his use of the word “Yoga” as he was referring only to asana practice. Then came the real “Charley” comparison. Angry woman came flooding out of nowhere to his defense. After being called names and even threatened I dropped J.P. , Sqeaky and the gang from my page. YIPES. And I am a Kryia Yogi and have also been a professional stand-up as well as a contributing writer for “Fraiser”. Just saying that I think I was somewhat qualified to comment. Granted, my spelling sucks.

    • Marc Hellé

      I don’t know the two other guys you mention, nor do I know the situation in the USA (obviously, there seems to be a lot more woo woo going on than in Europe, but I don’t know to what extent). I like this guy for his satirical videos, and, as you say, as long as he doesn’t teach dangerous crap like the other two, it’s not a big deal to me.
      I work as a psychological councellor, but also as a Tarot card reader/”psychic”, although I don’t believe in “psychic abilities” or stuff like this. But some people will rather go to see a “psychic” card reader than a psychologist, because they distrust psychologists, MDs and the like.

    • Aaron

      I know of Sears thanks to a podcast he did with a woo guy I know. This guy I know sells “healing” oils and is way off the deep end with some pseudoscience. They had a genuine conversation, and Sears avoided being satirical, which led me to believe he’s just as nuts.

      I think he’s harmful because it’s hard to tell what his purpose is. And of course he’s selling products. His obviously satirical videos might be informative, but it strikes me as weird that he’d also pander to people like Tony Robbins (unless that is a joke, too?)

      I used to do satire. I get the appeal from both ends of the joke. Satire can be funny. But if it’s not done really well, it can confuse people and waste their time. In Sears’ case, he could get away with it if he was always being satirical.

      However, the fact that he also seems to take woo seriously ruins the humor. The very fact that this blog post and discussion exist is enough evidence that Sears might be wasting people’s time.

      • anseio

        You can’t tell what his purpose is? His purpose is to help people improve the quality of their lives. It’s that simple.

      • sabelmouse

        what’s it like to limit yourself like this?

    • Reddy

      It doesn’t matter how much direct harm he’s doing, it does matter whether what he’s doing is truthful or not, and it patently isn’t.

    • mes74wsu

      So, doctors are more honest? I’ve been seeing them & therapists most of my life; neither has done much for me except (dr.’s) prescribed more crap that makes me more sick. And good luck getting a therapist, esp’lly a good one, when on state aid. As far as i’m concerned, laughter is the best med., & JP nails it!

    • DK Byrne

      Science proves nothing. Drugs cure nothing. A belief in cause and effect simply points out ones’ level of (un)consciousness. All of your precious science was once pseudo science.

    • Ben

      Not seeing any signifcant woo here, mainly the modality implies woo, being that it is “emotional healing” and the whole new age culture is very yin, hedonic and stereotypically self improtant which is what he is riffing on. The free content is intriguing and I’m not sure if the person who wrote this article had the patience to watch more than a few of his videos before branding him a psuedoscientist, to be clear he does not claim to be a scientist, nor does he discourage the consultation of medical proffessionals. The space he occupies is precisely before the cutoff point for woo woo practitioners, containing the best aspects of true health found in holistic, a word abound with negative connotation for the skeptic, practice. He actively combats delusional thinking surrounding new age beliefs concerning the law of attraction, he advocates healthy sexuality as stemming not from sexual conquest but engaging in the pursuit of your passions and the cultivation of basic health, and he removes unwanted behavioural patterns from clients who want them removed.

      Take it from someone who has done over 8 years of therapy, and tried various brands of woo, for obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, and bipolar, this guy does not touch the bullshit of “Energy kinesiologists”, EMFT practitioners, neurolinguist reprogrammers, or any of the pseudoscience community. Life coaching is a pretty clear non-woo endevour, you pay to have someone else assist in improving your life, if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to change it probably won’t be effective. I wouldn’t substitute him for therapy, but there is an eschalon of difference between treating mental illness and helping people achieve goals or become generally healthier.

      TL;DR: He is not woo, he just works in the softer more new age centric community while actively satirising it and makes videos combating it’s delusional beliefs. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k7ibcK1SVZg

    • Gerrie Louden

      I read several comments as well as the article. You are entitled to your opinions, of course, and opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one. But the uppity tone here is just plain pathetic.
      Like a blind man who assumes an elephant is long and skinny because he has felt only the trunk, many of you really don’t know what you’re talking about, because of your limited experience in life.

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    • Fennec Besixdouze

      JP is awesome and the fact that he is actually involved in the community he is poking fun at is only more reason to respect him for what he does.

    • Aztec

      I think, after reading this excellent article by Cherry Theresa and the many thoughts here in the comments that he comes across as some sort of life coach that uses a soft sarcasm and humor-laced form of Socratic teaching methodology. I think he is getting people to reflect and dig down to their core beliefs and question them at a basal level. I don’t see him as promoting any particular agenda other than his own products.

    • Karlita

      “I do have concerns about people seeing a holistic coach and not a mental health professional trained at an accredited science-based medical school.”

      You can only say things like this when you yourself have no idea what coaching is about. Even the way your statement conflates all mental health professions—which are quite different from coaching—with those conferred via medical schools indicates your own *lack of evidence basis* for what you’re suggesting here.

      • anseio

        I’m always curious about people who insist someone have an accredited education. Where do they think Jung learned what he did? Freud? Nietzsche? Did any of them sit in a class room all day long for years on end, having someone else tell them how the world is? Or, did they do what they could to figure things out within themselves… to whatever failures and successes? Why, it’s as if it’s wholly impossible for “new” information to be gained.

    • Fish Thinking

      My take away from watching JP Sears videos is not “woo”. In every video I’ve seen (sans deliberately satirical presentations) he stresses taking responsibility for your own feelings, actions and the part you play in every relationship you have ever been in, good or bad. To suggest that this is “woo” and is not a valid alternative to “evidence-based medicine from licensed doctors” seems narrow minded and a little spiteful even. Her article suggests to me that Cherry has at some point explored what she thinks of as “alt-medicine” and having been disappointed in the results of her personal experience is quick to dismiss anyone she perceives as being part of that “ilk.” Taking responsibility for your own happiness isn’t new-agey or woo. It is literally the only way you will ever get past these problems. But it is also much harder to dig inside and address the root cause of your unhappiness than it is to take an “evidence based medicine” to fix your emotional problems.

      • anseio

        You are so very right.

        That people are largely incapable of taking responsibility of their own emotional responses, as is very much the case with hard skeptics, is pretty much the main reason as to why we can’t have nice things.

    • Leslie Marrs

      You got me curious. Well, to be thorough, I was watching the John Oliver segment on vaccines and wondered where I had heard the voice of Dr. Bob Sears before, and then realized The Jp Sears’s voice is very similar, so I began a google search to see if they are related; they are not. Anyhoo, I ran across your article, and then the one linked below. It seems that JP cautions people to be skeptical – even of him, which is at least a healthy approach. Life coaching is one of those “OMG – this profession truly exists?” gigs from my view, but it seems to help a number of people in the way that traditional psychology doesn’t. So I don’t know. Without paying the $$ for a session with Jp, the best I can say is that he probably guides people where they have an inkling they should go, but they need a nudge; and, well, at least he’s skeptical of even himself. That’s better than what Dr. Bob Sears does with vaccine scheduling recommendations.


      • sabelmouse

        i sincerely hope you saw through oliver’s nonsense.

        • Leslie Marrs

          I’ve done my own research over the past 10-11 years. I already know that vaccines are safe.

          • sabelmouse

            you missed a bit.

            • Leslie Marrs

              So what did I miss? And if you are anti-vas, let;s be clear: vaccines play NO role in causing autism. There may be vaccine injuries by poor medical providers, but that’s about it. If you’re worried about chemicals in vaccines, then i hope that you do things like peel your apples before you eat them, because there’s more formaldehyde in an apple peel than in a vaccine. Peace

            • sabelmouse

              well, that was funny. is that your stand up opener?

            • Leslie Marrs

              Since you didn’t specify what I missed, I’m guessing that you are anti-vax. Here’s the thing, there was a time when I was skeptical of vaccines, too, so I bothered to do research. It’s important to look at reliable information. Hint: sites like Mercola are not reliable. After looking at information and talking with others, I’ve been over the autism link – doesn’t exist – and the chemical issue – why I wrote about apple peels, but there are lots of common foods that contain the so-called dangerous in vaccines. The only thing that is legit is the occasional injury. Find a quality provider if you can, delay the schedule, but don’t not vaccinate your kids.

              Of course, if you’re still anti-vax in this day and age, then there’s no reasoning with you. I’m stating this merely to show you where I’ve been.

              Also, if you think what I wrote was humorous, you’ll love my actual comedy routine!

            • sabelmouse

              i don’t think i’ve ever been on a mercola site. i’ve been researching this since 90.

            • Shane Roddrick

              A skeptic with a sense of breadth. Well done… sincerely.

            • Katie Chua
            • Katie Chua

              Sheesh. Missed a lot. im exhausted deciding if I should share all my terrifying research. I would have to spend another part of a day just making a list of names of families whos child has very obvious serious reactions to vaccine that the doc said was unrelated and they didnt know aboit reporting to vaers – so of course all those cases that dont get factored into the inserts. The video of a babies having seizures after shots…oh dear it doesnt end. How much did vaccine courts pay out to families of vax injured kids? $3+ billion? Cant even get into this one… ? My good friend with 8 kids (only one oldest was vaccined- still got measles or mumps and gets sick far more than the other unvaccinated kids) and thats one of countless similar examples that i hear from almost daily, so often I can barely retain all the information to debate pro vacciners and help educate. For those who are worried or skeptical of jp being some how dangerous – how about getting caught up on friggen forums like these! I am sucked in a rabbit hole of debating on my phone til dawn. Jeez louise the interwebs have won yet again. Its like his video about smartphone addiction. ????

        • Katie Chua

          I saw that and was kinda surprised and bummed. Usually like that he combines political and social topics with comedy. But it doesnt seem hes well informed of vaccine injury issues 🙁

          • sabelmouse

            brainwashed! people see corps do things, they even get pharma being bad with vioxx, but if it’s vaccines they become a mix between santa and the second coming.
            i think it’s just to much for many to contemplate that supposedly benign scientists and doctors aren’t.

    • Adam Roger Kearley

      There’s a story in the 5 rings of a young boy who asked Musashi to train him so that he could get revenge against a bandit who had killed a loved one of his. Musashi told the boy that when he confronts the bandit, to look down at his feet, and if the ground is covered by ants, it means the ant god had blessed him and that he couldn’t lose that day. When the time came, the boy looked down and sure enough the ground was covered in ants, and the boy defeated the bandit.

      How did Musashi know that the ground would be covered in ants? Because it was fucking summer and there were ants everywhere.

      The point is that Miyamoto Musashi wasn’t an accredited psychologist. He could have told the boy to go home and forget about revenge, but he could see that the advice would fall on deaf ears. The boy had already been training and he had the advantage of smaller stature and speed, Musashi being a seasoned warrior himself could see that, and realized the only thing the boy needed was the confidence in his abilities. Worst case scenario the kid gets killed and it’s just another day in feudal Japan.

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    • Brittany Beckman

      “I do wish he wasn’t a holistic coach. I wish they didn’t exist at all and that people used evidence-based medicine from licensed doctors.” These doctors you are talking about don’t have the time to discuss what people need to discuss with their doctor. Hell, I cannot even get a PCP to accept me with my insurance or take cash in lieu of accepting it. (If we can in theory accept it, we cannot accept your cash. But we cannot accept you as a patient because our numbers are full for patients with that insurance (yes, I do mean Medicaid)). And then when we do have a visit to the ER, most of my face-to-face is with the posters on the wall, reminding me to have my flu shot, or keep my BMI in check. The “evidence” they collect at my mental health care clinic (where many counselor are social workers… trained, yes, but not doctors), is usually in the form of time-wasting surveys which I have learned to rattle off 2’s and 3’s to get them out of the way. Or else they take up a good 15 minutes of an hour-long session. I have heard of mothers giving birth at the hospital who are in a room full of people discussing her care plan, but who do not even notice she is starting to push! My home birth midwives, on the other hand, never left my side. My hospital midwife took a break to pee after my water broke, and had to leap back in when baby suddenly crowned a couple minutes later. I am not sure what more evidence was needed in that situation to make sure I had my provider in the room! Of course, what matters the most is if you can trust somebody you are receiving advice and care from. It is important to be skeptical where your health and interests are concerned. An official group calling themselves skeptics cannot decide that for everyone! I think JP Sears is so appealing because he does inject a level of humility into people who need to be reminded to apply their skepticism consistently, not just to a group of people they haven’t had a good interface with.

    • Green Machine

      I think he’s trolling.

    • David Spaulding

      I am skeptical that you can rationally accept satire…

    • Ellie Borzilleri

      He never claims to be a medical doctor or licensed to treat any actual medical or mental issues. We live in a society where we run to the nurse every time we get a splinter or a headache, or we think we need a therapist every time we feel a little “down”. JP Sears is a “life coach” and tries to push the idea that most of our everyday “problems” can be solved within our own selves. This is the same concept of Ayurveda- where the body is built to heal itself, and we all need to figure out the right combination for our own individual healing, instead of running to the ER when we feel a little nauseous or tired. I will admit when I first encounter JP I was a bit skeptical myself; I had seen so many of his satirical videos that when I finally found a “real” one, I, too, thought it was just deadpan and comedic. But upon my research I have found that JP is just a human trying to help his fellow humans. He has a realistic attitude about the way his (and my) community is viewed, and we need more people like him in the world. As far as cost goes, I don’t know what he charges or what his treatments entail, but I am a Reiki practitioner and can tell you that there is a reason that most of these holistic treatments aren’t cheap. Reiki, for example, is incredibly draining, mentally and physically, and takes years to learn how to be able to “bounce back” quickly after a session. Yogi Cameron (Cameron Alborzian) is a popular life guru with a show on the Gaiam network. A 45 minute phone consultation with him costs $375, but, when you think about it, these people invest a lot of time and energy into each person. It’s not like a doctor who has a bunch of patients or a lawyer with a bunch of clients each day and/or week. People like JP and Cameron have to earn a living too.. if you don’t like it, go to the doctor, no one is stopping you, but don’t discredit people for trying to do things a different way, especially with all the issues with our country’s healthcare lately.

      • Katie Chua

        Well said! Us “woo woo” “alternative” practitioners as we are branded have bills to pay too. And often much more time and energy (marketing/copywriting/scheduling/follow ups etc) goes beyond the 45 min or 1 hour session we charge for.

      • zibble

        Yep, waving your hands in the air above a person for hours and pretending that this actually accomplishes anything beyond putting money in your wallet and duping your client is indeed exhausting mentally and physically.

    • Reddy

      Such a bellend. Pretending to be satirical but at the same time pedaling nonsense.

    • sabelmouse

      i guess not everybody is as one dimensional, limited, and narrow minded as you’d like them to be.
      some of us can even science ,and religion.

    • John Lewis

      “The extreme view that the face maps the health of the internal organs & other similar junk… ” (ok, I’m paraphrasing you slightly) My dear woman, traditional Chinese medicine has been aware of and made use of that fact for at least the past 5,000 years. Personally, I have spent many tens of thousands of hours during the past 40 years helping countless people around the world with various health problems using nutrition, Japanese shiatsu massage and herbal foods, with repeatable, concrete & obvious health benefits as a result. Sure, there’s a whole bunch of “woo woo” in the so called “New Age” movement, and good for you for exposing it, but please try to avoid belittling things you clearly don’t understand & have no experience whatsoever about: you only reveal the depth of your ignorance.

    • Victoria Hawes

      Wow, so much venom & arrogance here, with a healthy dose of ethnocentrism. Chill out people. A true skeptic would question Western conventional medicine and all other types of medicine. We all know that “peer reviewed” is not fool proof and there are conflicts of interest, However, it’s often the best we can do. We’re all kind of in the dark and doing the best we can.

    • David Zahry

      I feel you have to look deeply into Paul Chek to truly understand JP. The reason being that JP wasn’t just any member of the CHEK institute. He was like an apprentice to Paul Chek. Paul Chek founded the CHEK institute. He used scientific proven methods like the feldenkrais method to help Danny Way and Robbie Maddison recover from serious injuries when no one else would touch them by using methods grounded in science. His institute got the name it got because of his success at helping people heal from chronic problems that no one else could solve. He uses the basics of Nutrition, hydration, sleep, breathing, thinking and movement blended into an internal 4 doctor model of Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet, Dr. Movement, Dr. Happiness. He literally went around San Diego from chiropractors offices to Doctor offices saying give me the cases that you can’t solve when his first began building his business. Send them to me and I’ll take care of them.

      I would strongly suggest you watch his video called CHEK totem pole. You don’t get an institute that successful without the help of ANY big money unless your practitioners are getting results. I am 24 and can tell you I follow healthy principles, yet I have many former friends at the same age who haven’t for a years now. They already have achy joints, insomnia, back pain, headaches, constipation and the list goes on. I face none of these challenges. I have also witnessed this same occurrence within society as a whole. I don’t know if JP uses all of the CHEK institute principles he learned or if he’s only doing emotional work with people now, but to say the CHEK institute is woo woo? It shows you haven’t looked very deeply, Cherry. To finish this off I will state something commonly overlooked. Science has become so misguided that I can literally find 10 “studies” on either side of something. 10 studies backing the ketogenic diet and 10 studies backing the vegan diet. You can do that across all the fields that I’ve ever had to look into for research.

    • Gee Pee

      Well I liked his funny “woo” videos and I thought this is what the world needs, because all the middle age irrational and ignorant believe anything mindset is making a dangerous comeback. We know what woo is and do not need to define it. But then I got worried, when I saw the video how to be an atheists. It is funny and I am not offended (I do know how to make fun of myself), but it really misses the point. I am an atheist and although I was exploring spirituality in my early twenties, I always found science mind opening in a very contrast to religion and spirituality. I was never indoctrinated into anything growing up and I am very grateful to my parents letting me read anything I wanted. Even as a child I was an agnostic/atheist – because early on I knew a lot about society, history, mythology (for me all religions are mythology and a very dangerous coping mechanism for adults, like all the children stories), biology, chemistry etc. Every child is an atheist until it gets brain washed by one religious community. I would love to see a world where this is banned.

      Now I have never read The God Delusion and there is no ONE book or reason why I am an atheist. So I wasn’t enlightened. I was given a free path to explore and read and question everything and I think if most of the children would be given the same opportunity, religion would die out very quickly. It is the next step in the evolution of our society. This religious idiocy will die out It is a fact that religions up until now, did much more harm then good and wars are still waging. They produce violent extremism, because the interpretations of the “holy” texts allows it. I have read all of the most popular “holy” books and it was like reading a horror story and it is mind boggling how this can inspire you, because it is outdated and stupid and morbid and legitimizes anything from abusing women up to slavery to remaining monarchs living lavish lives of of the money of poor people. It is a remnant of an ancient intelligence trying to explain the world around it and to conquer the fear of death, later turned into the best business model in history of the human race. It will and has to go, if we want to have any change of a long term survival as an highly intelligent and advanced species.

      The are many more reasons why I would call myself an atheist and I find it absurd, that people in this century still even consider this absurdity to have a place in a modern society (even very intelligent people). And I did not find those reasons in one eye opening book. Because that is never a good idea. Atheism is not a blind belief – it is not a belief – it is absence of a belief in anything. It is called critical thinking and founding your opinions on facts and changing them, if needed. Being fine, with not having all the answers (yet). If I get a solid proof, that a deity exists, cool, but then it will have to answer a lot of very unpleasant question, because I think it is an egotistic evil maniac. But chances of this happening are close to null and I think people are just delusional. It is hard to accept the reality and easier to blindly believe make believe stories.

      Yes science does promote rational thought (it is what changed the things for the better so radically in the last 500 years) and facts. Yes this is the best method we have right now, to discover the truth and what we are discovering through this method is much more mind blowing and beautiful than any pseudoscience mambo jumbo. This is what enables you to change your mind, even when intuitively you might stick to some ideology that is simply wrong. If we discover a better method great! But all this mambo jumbo pseudo holistic alter new age shit is not the answer. It is a giant step backwards into the dark ages.

      So no – I will not be sharing his videos, cause then I am promoting a person that really should not be promoted, because the things he believes in are dangerous, misguided and simply wrong. Life coaches aren’t qualified to help people period. They do more harm than good. It is irrational people like him that cause the whole vaccination problem and the diseases are making a comeback. People like this promote delusions and irrationality and the evidence based medicine, which has saved so many lives in the last hundred years, is being attacked and vilified for no good reason. It is dangerous and we should stop it, before we slip back into a magical med-evil society full of superstition and irrational thought, where no proof is needed and anything goes. And I mean ANYTHING – like putting a cucumber into your vagina just because you believe it cleanses it and this all makes perfect sense to you. LIKE WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE!

    • TheJavaMonkey .

      He does seem to believe some things I would consider nonsense (and, indeed, I think a preponderance of the evidence would agree).

      But, unlike most New Age types, he doesn’t seem to be advocating actively harmful fake treatments and/or claiming that the whole medical industry is just lying to you to enrich themselves all the time. At least as far as I’ve seen. I haven’t even seen him denounce professional psychiatric care or psychiatric medications. Personally, I feel that if you want to be a real help to people, you would be better served becoming a licensed clinical therapist – although I don’t know, maybe the most 1:1 comparison to what he does would be more akin to a clergyman.

      He seems to have a decent handle on psychological theory. It would appear that he probably subscribes to a more or less Jungian school of thought, which isn’t particularly surprising, given some of Jung’s more mystical overtones – though the foundation of his thought was more or less biological in nature, and rooted in the scientific literature of his day – he’s somewhat dated by the standard of current scientific understanding, but not nearly as dated as one might expect. He doesn’t appear to be a total charlatan, per se, and he may even be doing some good, as long as people understand that he’s not a medical professional, and they can’t expect him to be a substitute for psychiatric or medical treatment for a potentially serious condition, especially if that condition is nerochemical in nature. No amount of positive thinking is going to cure someone of schizophrenia or bipolar mania; there’s a reason that even trained and fully licensed therapists are generally seen in conjunction with a psychiatrist.

    • Kenneth

      Well written opinion. If he were simply a comedian, it might be better.

    • Renata Hernández

      I’m happy that people like JP Sears exist, and do what they do.

      Thinking that only licensed doctors can help you overcome physical and mental issues limits your own view and narrows it down to a to a “mere belief in science”. Science is more complex, it’s not “black and white”.

      It was licensed doctors who recommended that I looked into the path of meditation and mindfulness, and I’m thankful that they did instead of medicating me. It was licensed doctors who wrote a book “You are not your brain” that provide very useful techniques to overcome certain mental issues, and who also mention meditation and mindfulness as valuable tools/activities.

      Now, there will be specific types of people and issues that will definitely need medication, counseling, and licensed physicians, but I feel that reason is not good enough for spiritual teachers to cease to exist.

    • Rachel Hughes

      I think that regardless of his own beliefs, there is still satirical power in his videos. He could be poking fun at himself or doing something else entirely; we may never know unless we ask him directly. But there will always be people out there who share his videos as propaganda against the modern hippie, to prove that vegans are air-heads and essential oils are silly new-age crap.
      A piece of artwork finds its symbolism more in how the world interprets it than how the creator intended to use it. That doesn’t mean we should completely ignore its source, but if it inspires thought and ideas in people, those thoughts and ideas are still genuine regardless of JP’s own beliefs.

    • Teddy Hose

      I grew up in a far-Right religious cult (the Moonies, who founded The Washington Times) so when I first watched JP satirize how being “ultra spiritual” can be a rebranding of conditioned spiritually elitist attitudes, I absolutely loved it. Over the years though, I think he started to punch down too much. It’s so easy to put down people who might look ridiculous fighting for less heard voices/realities/lives. They might not be going about it in a way others whose everyday lives/experiences are more readily accepted do, so it’s really not cool to overlook that. Maybe he’s going for coastal elites, who people that are actually oppressed roll their eyes at about too. But he needs to be more thoughtful w/ his satire, by more specifically targeting easily triggered pompous elitists, while separating them from actually struggling voices while lifting them up (have not seen an example of this as of yet). So far though, I’ve seen a lot of supportive comments by people who believe they don’t have to listen to anything they’re not used to (likely the MAGA hat wearers), and that’s what I roll my eyes about. I even saw some praise for JP in far-Right, xenophobic media sites. So I’m talking about the ripple effect. It’s just not the best time to knock progressive voices for sounding dramatic, in this era of MAGA demagoguery, hate groups making themselves known as a result, and Alex Jones fanboy conspiracy theorists, attacking parents of dead kids to protect their gun ownership. I grew up in a community of delusional people following a far-Right messianic billionaire, so know the reality of that brainwashing very well. I’ve spent years researching, publishing writing about, going to therapy about, and protesting against this same pattern I and many more cult researchers now see openly in society from this presidency. I’ll watch the satirizing of woo / magical thinking any day, but now is not the time to satirize activists.

    • Avalos Ariel

      First Integrated man you have met! You can not place it in a box. An integrated is rational and irational, logical and illogical, etc. Every kind of human is only a part of us!