They should have stuck with Richard Simmons
Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies are combing the scene where two died and 19 fell ill during a simulated Native American sweat-lodge ceremony at a Sedona resort.
At least three people remain hospitalized in critical condition and one person in fair condition at Flagstaff and Sedona-area hospitals.
And although officials will not reveal what ailments they are suffering from, sweat-lodge dangers can include heat exhaustion, asphyxiation from carbon-monoxide poisoning and exploding rocks.
According to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, 64 people were in a crudely constructed sweat dome at the resort Thursday evening when they were overcome…
The victims were attending a five-day program called “Spiritual Warrior,” hosted by self-help guru and inspirational speaker James Arthur Ray…
The Angel Valley Spiritual Resort Web site says that Ray has held the workshop there since 2003. And Ray’s Web site lists the cost for next year’s program at “only $9,695 per person…”
Participants in the Ray program also could practice Holotropic Breathwork, a trancelike state brought on by breath control, and Vision Quest, a multi-day stay in the outdoors without food or water.
I’ll try to refrain being too much of a smartass and just note in passing that some of these folks certainly have qualified for Darwin Awards. And paid a lot of money to do it.
UPDATED: The two who died have been identified.