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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 38 (Death caused by “invisible forces”)

May 31, 2018

With apologies again to those who subscribed to this blog expecting more varied coverage than this avalanche of nonsense from Lipton; and with apologies to those who were expecting me to make actual progress through this book, I must again back track and cover some things I skipped over. Worse, I will have to retread some territory that I did already cover, but need to return to it.

But first, in the previous post I invited readers to explain what Lipton might have been referring to when he claimed that Newton’s inverse-square law of gravity has been successfully integrated into modern medicine. Regular commenter Lettersquash has shared his insights.

“I’d be glad to bring you up to speed on this. Newton, as everyone knows, discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head, which, due to the high concentrations of vitamin C soaking directly into the brain, gave Newton the mental agility to figure stuff out that nobody had before. By a long, complicated web of events you don’t need to worry about, this also eventually led to the important medical saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…and a lot of apple-scented shampoos.
It is said that if you threw an apple hard enough it would come around and hit you in the back of the head, which would be a stupid thing to do, but demonstrates the deep connection between apples and gravity. Also, it’s the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”

This all rings perfectly true to me, especially given the reference to the mystery of apple-scented shampoos. Science still can’t explain why these are so popular with certain sections of the population.

Before returning to Lipton and his “invisible forces” that “profoundly impact every facet of biological regulation”, I want to note an article posted by Edzard Ernst today. It concerns one of Lipton’s “invisible forces” that “profoundly impact every facet of biological regulation”, and is titled, This is what happens if you treat cancer with homeopathy.

Ernst, himself a former homeopath, recounts a story from a German newspaper:

An elderly woman with a sore throat consults her doctor who happens to be a homeopath.
The doctor prescribes homeopathic remedies.
The homeopathic treatment continues for months, evidently without success.
10 months later, the patient changes her doctor, and her new physician sends her straight away into hospital.
There she is diagnosed with throat cancer.
After 4 years of suffering, the woman dies.

So now, back to Lipton. I need to return to his claims about “invisible forces”. This passage has already been quoted:

Hundreds upon hundreds of other scientific studies over the last fifty years have consistently revealed that “invisible forces” of the electromagnetic spectrum profoundly impact every facet of biological regulation.

As Lettersquash highlighted in the comments back then, Lipton cites precisely zero of these “hundreds upon hundreds of studies”. This lack of rigor is not surprising, given that one of his “invisible forces” was

visible light

and another was

a newly recognized form of force known as scalar energy.

As already noted, this is “scalar energy”:

For only $80 (Source)

It’s a New Age scam product that Lipton thinks is real because the advertising says it is.

What I failed to explicitly point out last time is that Lipton claims this “energy” is “part of the electromagnetic spectrum”.

Factual error. It isn’t. Usually fudges the connections between esoteric beliefs and science, but here is doing it explicitly. He clearly states that scalar energy is real and part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Lipton’s readers who think he is dealing in science can note this failure.

He also implies scalar energy is something that is dealt with by quantum physics. Another factual error.

He also claims that scalar energy has been ignored by modern science. He is right about that.

Lipton follows up that sentence with more science talk — as if he hasn’t just driven his argument off a cliff with this scalar energy stuff. This is what “invisible forces” like scalar energy can do:

Specific frequencies and patterns of electromagnetic radiation regulate DNA, RNA and protein syntheses, alter protein shape and function, and control gene regulation, cell division, cell differentiation, morphogenesis (the process by which cells assemble into organs and tissues), hormone secretion, nerve growth and function. Each one of these cellular activities is a fundamental behavior that contributes to the unfolding of life. Though these research studies have been published in some of the most respected mainstream biomedical journals, their revolutionary findings have not been incorporated into the medical school curriculum. [Liboff 2004; Goodman and Blank 2002; Sivitz 2000; Jin, et al, 2000; Blackman, et al, 1993; Rosen 1992, Blank 1992; Tsong 1989; Yen-Patton, et al, 1988]

Factual error. Those studies may be legit, but they do not refer to scalar energy or any other etherically charged snake oil that Lipton claims are real and “scientifically proven” and “ignored” by modern medicine” and “suppressed by Big Pharma”.

This is followed immediately with a new subheading:

Buying the Pharm

Lipton attacks the pharmaceutical industry, but instead of providing evidence for his claims about scalar energy, he pretends he has already established that, and assumes — rightly — that his readers will not notice the chasm in the middle of that argument.

Instead he swerves off to talk about psychiatric drugs instead.

…[T]hey identify deviations in physiology and behavior that vary from some hypothetical norm as unique disorders or dysfunctions, and then they educate the public about the dangers of these menacing disorders. Of course, the over-simplified symptomology used in defining the dysfunctions prevalent in drug company advertisements has viewers convinced they are afflicted by that particular malady. “Do you worry? Worry is a primary symptom of “medical condition” called Anxiety Disorder. Stop your worry. Tell your doctor you want Addictazac, the new passion-pink drug.”

This will all go down well with his readers, who will also think it is connected with his claims about homeopathy or scalar energy being part of the electromagnetic spectrum, having profound impact on biological processes, and being ignored and suppressed by the medical establishment.

In fact, this attack could probably have been written by most of his readers, just by regurgitating their own semi-digested rumors and prejudices. And again Lipton fails to notice that if alter the terms it refers perfectly to alt med.

Lipton then broadens it out: it is not just scientific method, scientists themselves and Big Pharma that are corrupt, but the media is in on it all too.

Meanwhile, the media essentially avoids the issue of deaths by medicine by directing our attention to the dangers of illicit drugs. They admonish us that using drugs to escape life’s problems is not the way to resolve one’s issue. Funny… I was just going to use that exact sentence to describe my concerns about the overuse of legal drugs. Are they dangerous? Ask the people who died last year. Using prescription drugs to silence a body’s symptoms enables us to ignore personal involvement we may have with the onset of those symptoms. The overuse of prescription drugs provides a vacation from personal responsibility.

Again, Lipton’s readers could have written that for themselves. And again, no sources or cases cited at all for any of this.

And again, Lipton does not bother checking how alt med stacks up compared to these same criticisms. “Just ask the people who died last year.” Or this year, in Edzard Ernst’s post from today, or yesterday, or tomorrow.

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