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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 44 (Be a Radioasthesiast! Or not. Um…this is really stupid)

January 8, 2019

I had just written a really cool intro to this, and was starting to go through the formatting, when I also decided to check a reference from last time that I didn’t think worth checking on. I’m glad I didn’t check on it last time, because it would have derailed the entire post. (I’m glad I’m not sitting in a cafe or on a train. I’m sitting safely at home, free to gesticulate and emote without evoking concerned looks from strangers.) Anyway, starting again, here we go, on about page 119.

Readers from last time will have completely forgotten about the 18th century healing modality from the previous post. I’d never heard of it before — not surprisingly, as Lipton said it disappeared without a trace. What humanity missed out on, according to Lipton is some form of radio-esque electric healing. He quoted an old time ad for it:

“Be a Radioesthesiast! Only $9.99— includes instructions!” 

This therapy disappeared, so completely, it turns out, that there are only three references to it in the entire internet. One is Lipton himself quoting the ad in the google books version of this book; another is some woo author quoting Lipton quoting the ad; the other is me in the previous post quoting Lipton quoting the ad.

This is distinctly odd. You can find every possible kind of woo on the internet, but not this. Yet Lipton claims that:

By 1894, over 10,000 U.S. physicians as well as an untold number of self-trained home consumers were regularly using electrotherapy.

How strange that it has so thoroughly disappeared that my post last week was only the third time anyone has ever mentioned it on the internet, and all were quoting the same thing.

There are however nearly 90,000 hits for something called radiesthesia (not radioestheisia). This is a very unusual word for good old fashioned and entirely debunked dowsing, aka water-witching. It has nothing at all to do with radios or electricity or healing.

What is going on? Did Lipton hear of radiesthesia somewhere and twist the whole thing into the aforementioned twisted fantasy? ….And then decided the reason no one except him had ever heard of it was because it had been thoroughly suppressed by a threatened medical establishment 100 years ago?

Whatever the case, in an unexpected twist, that will baffle rationalist linear thinkers, radioesthesia is about to make a spectacular come back, 100 years after it either disappeared, or first started not existing. But that is all to come…

For now, Lipton continues from last time:

The brain has long been recognized to be an electrical organ, which is why electroshock therapy has historically been used to treat depression.

I might as well note a factual error while we’re here: it is not only “historically” used, but still is. Why doesn’t Lipton know that?

But scientists are now working on less invasive tools to treat the electric brain.

The electric brain??? Have you been into the catnip again, Dr Lipton?

A recent article in Science touted the beneficial effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which stimulates the brain with magnetic fields. [Helmuth 2001; Hallet 2000]

Ok….

… TMS is an updated version of the same 19th century radioesthesia…

….that Dr Lipton claimed at the end of the last paragraph had “disappeared completely”. And it very strongly seems never to have even existed in the first place!

And of course, the inevitable factual error — TMS is not a continuation of radioesthesia — whether or not it completely disappeared, reappeared, or was only dreamed up by Lipton in the first place.

And of course, another factual error: TMS is not “vibrational energy healing” either.

Usually pseudo-scientists are adept at this kind of bait and switch: the bait is the transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is a perfectly normal area of medical research; the switch is to deftly shift it into the category of “energy healing” along with reiki or prana healing, with much talk of quantum physics and vibrational frequencies

Lipton however is no normal pseudo-scientist. Instead he puts chiropractic — bashing people’s bones about with a hammer and yanking their neck back and forth — into the category of “vibrational healing”…….along with radioesthesia — his self-invented misunderstood version of dowsing, which isn’t even concerned with healing, but rather tries to find underground springs with a stick. Then he puts transcranial magnetic stimulation, complete with research papers by Helmuth and Hallett, into the same category, and claims it is a continuation of the non-existent radioesthesia which he also claimed had disappeared without a trace.

….And all this after accusing medical science of refusing to carry out research of the kind done by Helmuth and Hallett, because of their dogmatic refusal to integrate modern physics into biology.

I am stopping this post now and am going to drink beer instead.

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