Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 43 (Lipton tries to present scientific evidence)

January 2, 2019

I have a string of other non-Lipton posts in the pipeline, which I will be putting up soon. But for now — with all apologies to those requiring one — it’s back to Lipton Central: the only place on the internet or anywhere else where you can discover what Lipton is really talking about. None of his fans have ever figured it out; nor has Lipton himself.

We left Lipton claiming that the “harmonic resonance mechanism” can somehow be used to affect the organs of the body, and can therefore somehow be used for healing. He has wandered so far down this hypothetical trail, that he now feels secure enough to accuse biologists of being too scared and too dogmatic to follow him, even though he still hasn’t said exactly where he is or what he is doing there.

He continues:

But biologists have not explored these mechanisms with the passion with which they pursue new drugs.

This is utterly absurd. What the hell *are* “these mechanisms”? Lipton has already claimed that they are “implied” somehow — he doesn’t say how — by modern physics, but that’s as far as he goes.

What would they study?

That is unfortunate, because there is enough scientific evidence to suspect that we can tailor a waveform as a therapeutic agent in much the same way as we now modulate chemical structures with drugs.

Well now we are getting some more details. Previously Lipton said that modern physics “implied” that harmonic resonances can affect the body’s complex organs and not just simple crystalline structures like kidney stones. Now we’ve gotten a bit further: there is “enough scientific evidence” to “suspect” that which is supposedly somehow implied. (He is certainly being very coy about all this. It’s starting to look like this is all clothes and no emperor.)

So… What is this evidence “we can tailor a waveform as a therapeutic agent”?

The reader is invited at this point to ponder what such evidence might look like and then see how the case Lipton makes measures up against it.

Alternatively, the reader is also invited to simply assume that Lipton is about to make a flaming idiot of himself as usual…. Which is of course exactly what is about to happen.

Here is Lipton’s scientific evidence.

There was a time in medicine when electrotherapy was used extensively. At the end of the nineteenth century, the development of batteries and other devices that produce electromagnetic fields led to hastily constructed machines that were supposed to cure disease. The public sought out practitioners of this new-fangled healing art called radioesthesia. Word spread that these devices were very effective. In fact, they became so popular that magazines were likely to tout ads that read something like, “Be a Radioesthesiast! Only $9.99— includes instructions!” By 1894, over 10,000 U.S. physicians as well as an untold number of self-trained home consumers were regularly using electrotherapy.

Lipton thinks all of this was a sign of good medical practice, as well as being “implied by modern physics” and “enough scientific evidence to suspect” whatever those things are that he suspects.

But he has more! He continues:

In 1895, D.D. Palmer created the science of Chiropractic. Palmer recognized that the flow of energy through the nervous system is critical to health. He focused on the mechanics of the vertebral column, the conduit through which spinal nerves provide information to the body. He developed skills to assess and tune the flow of information by adjusting the backbone’s tensions and pressures.

Factual error #1:

What in God’s almighty motherfucking name has this got to do with using wave forms as a therapeutic agent??????? Chiropractic asserts that all diseases are caused by misaligned in vertebrae, and that they can be cured by banging these supposedly misaligned vertebrae back into place with the use of blunt force. This has nothing to do with quantum physics does it Dr Bruce, you freaking numbskull.

Factual error #2:

How the fucking goddam… etc… is this “scientific evidence”?

Factual error #3:

Why in freaking hell has he suddenly ditched harmonic resonances and wave frequencies for “information”?

Factual error #4:

Simply asserting that Palmer “developed skills to assess and tune the flow of information” is absolutely not “scientific evidence”. Not even enough to “suspect”. It’s just an assertion without evidence, and in fact against all evidence.

Factual error #5:

Asserting the above fact does not establish, rather merely assumes that the “flow of information” is affected by “adjusting the backbone”.

Factual error #6:

This all assumes that there *is* a flow of information that can be palpated, and that — factual error #7 — it can be altered for healing.

Factual error #8:

None of this is “implied” by modern physics.

The medical profession became threatened by Palmer’s chiropractors…..

The medical profession may well have felt “threatened” for some reason by Palmer, but this assertion, even if true, is also not the promised “scientific evidence”.

I was going to point out here that chiropractic is an utter fraud from start to finish and a deadly dangerous one, but Lipton hasn’t finished the sentence yet:

…threatened by Palmer’s chiropractors, as well as homeopathic healers…

Factual error #1… no, #9 (this is still the same sentence): homeopathy is also not the scientific evidence Lipton promised.

Factual error #10: this is one of these special Liptonian factual errors, where he even screws up the factual errors. Homeopathy does not claim to work with waves and frequencies, but as a *special kind of drug*. Even if it worked, it wouldn’t support whatever it is he is babbling about here.

….radioesthesiasts and other drugless practitioners who were taking away much of their business.

Factual error #10: this is also not scientific evidence, and not implied by modern physics.

He hasn’t even attempted to argue that any of this is scientific evidence. The closest he gets to that is to assert physicians “felt threatened” because of a supposed loss of business. This is a weak argument, as in fact, chiropractors felt threatened by each other, to the point where Palmer himself wound up getting killed by his own son, who ran over him with an automobile.

This is not how one assembles scientific evidence, is it.

But he continues:

The Carnegie Foundation published the Flexner Report in 1910 that called for all medical practices to be based on proven science. Because physicists had not yet discovered the quantum universe, energy medicine was incomprehensible to science.

Well this sounds a bit more promising, but so far he has only noted that anything that could *only* be supported by quantum physics would be excluded by this 1910 decree.

Lipton has two problems here. Obviously, he still hasn’t even attempted to argue that homeopathy and chiropractic and, um, radioesthesism are in fact supported by quantum physics. That is already complete and utter failure.

But there is also the problem that if a therapy actually worked — produced clear improvements above the placebo — it could still be adopted within certain safety parameters, regardless of the state of quantum physics or anything else. But Lipton has simply assumed that these things work, without bothering to offer any evidence whatsoever that they do.

Denounced by the American Medical Association, chiropractic and other energy-based modalities fell into disrepute.

Factual error. Again, “disrepute” deserved or not, has nothing to do with the *scientific evidence* that Lipton promised.

Radioesthesiasts disappeared completely.

Lipton does not reflect on why.

In the last forty years, chiropractic has made great inroads in the healing arts.

Again, not evidence.

In 1990, chiropractors won a lengthy court battle against the medical monopoly when the American Medical Association was found guilty of illegal attempts to destroy the profession.

Factual error #1

While the AMA lost part of the case, they were certainly *not* found guilty of an “illegal attempt to destroy the profession”. (The AMA was ordered to withdraw a prohibition on physicians associating with chiropractors.)

Factual error #2

More importantly, this is — yet again — not the scientific evidence that Lipton promised. Had the court ruled on matters of science, Lipton could be on a better footing here. But as it happened, the judge only noted that chiropractors’treatment of patients appears to be undertaken on an ad hoc rather than on a scientific basis.” So Lipton has in fact undermined his own case by citing this.

Since then, chiropractic has spread its sphere of influence— it is even accepted in some hospitals.

Again, this is not scientific evidence, is it?

And despite electrotherapy’s checkered past, neuro-scientists are conducting exciting new research in the area of vibrational energy therapies.

Factual error. Electro-therapy certainly does have a checkered past, but it has nothing at all to do with Lipton’s “vibrational energy therapies”.

And Lipton has now veered back again to saying that while scientists are busily suppressing all non-drug-based treatments, scientists are also engaging in “exciting new research” into them at the same time.

This is a massive contradiction in his argument. It runs through the entire book, through all his public lectures, statements and interviews, and also through the comments of those who appear here occasionally to try to defend him (before giving up when they realise they actually haven’t got the faintest idea what he even means).

In the next post, Lipton is again going to provide some scientific evidence. For something.


  1. Hi Yakaru, just to say I’m still into this, and nobody needs an apology – if someone doesn’t like the series they can skip it. It’s like you’re a reporter, somehow in a temporal shift into slo-mo, on the scene of this train wreck of a treatise. I am still dumbfounded that you bother doing it in such detail, but I do think it’s important that somebody does, not necessarily with this book, or any of his books, but with a typical book of its kind, just to show how deeply flawed the thinking is, and how easy it is to just start skimming and, if the reader is that way inclined, to be hypnotised by it. I wonder if the switching about is partly a deliberate ploy to that end, giving the easily-manipulated impression that another piece of the jigsaw is skillfully being put in place to be drawn together later, as in a good whodunnit. We can put those unfinished bits of “information” to the back of our minds while we absorb another half-baked idea. By the time we get to the end, we might not notice that none of them were complete thoughts or had any valid support, but the summary, reminding us of them, might make the whole seem vaguely plausible.

    It’s good you’ve drawn out that ridiculous feature of his, and so many New-Ager, arguments, the cake-and-eat-it gambit, the clash of two opposite conjectures, neither of which is true: the science shows X; at the same time, this is uncommon knowledge because the powers-that-be cover it up (or ignorant scientists miss it because they’re stuck in the old paradigm). It’s got such wonderful advantages for the snake-oil salesperson:

    1. You can twist any approximate indication that X might have support to make it look like X is established.
    2. You can accommodate the weakness of objective evidence in your theory as ignorance or conspiracy.
    3. You invite the reader into a hypothetical inner circle of enlightened ones who have woken up to the new paradigm, or the divine ancient paradigm.

    A bizarre converse has just come to me:

    1. The mainstream scientific view has massive support, but it’s not always easy to approach.
    2. Apparent weaknesses of it are actually blown out of all proportion by ignorance and conspiracy (the New-Agers, religion, magical thinking generally…ancient aliens…psi…).
    3. Sceptical, critical thinkers are indeed inviting readers into a newish paradigm (several hundred years old at least), an inner circle of awakened beings…okay, I’m getting carried away…who have the skills and courage and persistence to spot bullshit and call it out. Since most of the world is religious-superstitious, it’s not too wide of the mark. Keep up the good work, Enlightened One. 😉

  2. I am a bit surprised myself that I’m still going. I wouldn’t be able to do it if no one was reading, but there are a few brave souls who click through and maybe look at it through a welding mask or something.

    I will do something with this when it’s done. I am figuring out a few aspects of his modus operandi. He really doesn’t know what his own ideas are. In the next post or two, he will be ranting about healing with vibrational harmonies and wave lengths, and then uses chiropractic as an example of it, without saying how. It’s just product placement interspersed with some scientific terms.
    I spent 7 hours on a train today, plowing further into the next chapter. He lists some important anomalies that baffle scientists: in the 1800s someone drank poison and didn’t die, cancer goes into remission, not everyone infected with HIV develops AIDS, and firewalking. Then it’s why affirmations don’t cure cancer if you use them wrongly (and he’ll explain how to do it right in chapter 7) and then it’s cell biology again and 3 billion years of evolution, and amoebas and humans and slugs and then back to amoebas. That was just page 127.
    I remember how his defenders always showed up in the comments to insist that his teachings are scientific, and then go all quiet when I ask them what exactly his teachings are. They always said his lectures are a bit chaotic, but his book is much better. Well, not if you stay awake while reading.

    I am beginning to think this really is all about product placement here. I know that the deliberate and thought out strategy of all this weasels who cross-promote each other is to surround a customer with a ring of individuals who appear unrelated but all confirming the same view of reality, and by coincidence the same set of products. (I’ve seen a training video where it is being discussed — I’ll find it and link to it in a future post.) All the sciecne jargon that Lipton uses is just to string together the products in a way that tells the readers that ‘science says product x works’, and then all the product x salespeople recommend the book as well.
    Lipton is genuinely incapable of writing a coherent narrative of anything at all, but this slick marketing machine has been developed over a century or more and is itself much smarter than any of them.

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