The Arizona Sweat Lodge Body Count has climbed by one. Liz Neuman was a devoted follower of James Ray, the self-help flim-flam artist who was paid almost a half-million bucks to bake 60 people to near-death in a home made oven in the Arizona desert.
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And when Liz wasn’t buying fraudulent seminars and training sessions from James Ray, she was peddling Herbalife which utilizes a multi-level marketing scheme. Her online Meetup profile ironically said:
One of my favorite sayings is “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?“. I believe a positive attitude, low glycemic diet, regular exercise and quality supplements are key in today’s world for optimum health and fitness.
I feel healthy and strong every day. I am focused on improving my level of fitness and reducing my body fat to the healthy range a woman (18-22%)
She is even quoted on James Ray’s homepage here:
“I immediately began to attract many goals and dreams into my life that I used to think were impossible. I was able to walk away from a job that no longer served me and focus my attention on a business I am passionate about.”
Prior Lake, MN
Here death was reported at the AP here:
A Minnesota woman who was hospitalized with damage to multiple organs after she was overcome in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony died Saturday, sheriff’s officials said.
The death of 49-year-old Liz Neuman brings the total number of deaths from the Oct. 8 incident at a resort near Sedona to three. Authorities are treating the deaths as homicides, but no charges have been filed.
Neuman was among more than 50 people crowded inside the sweat lodge run by self-help guru James Arthur Ray. An emergency call two hours after they entered the lodge reported two people not breathing.
Twenty-one people were taken to area hospitals with illnesses ranging from dehydration to kidney failure. Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee died upon arrival at a hospital.
No one else remains hospitalized.
Neuman was among Ray’s earliest followers and had attended dozens of his events. According to Ray’s Web site, Neuman was the leader of the Minneapolis-area “Journey Expansion Team.”
Ray had rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center for his five-day “Spiritual Warrior” event that culminated in the sweat lodge ceremony. Participants paid between $9,000 and $10,000 to attend the retreat near Sedona, a resort town 115 miles north of Phoenix that draws many in the New Age spiritual movement.
Liz Neuman died attempting to create new neural pathways in her otherwise empty noggin. James Ray’s mind control techniques include mass starvation, physical stress and other motivational sessions which simulate a spiritual reaction. But no one in their right mind should have thought it was a good idea to climb into a home made oven. She didn’t take care of her body, so now she’s not living anywhere.