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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 39 (Mammogram, tumor, & Lipton gets even his own pseudo-science wrong)

June 22, 2018

In this post we get to the hard core highly dangerous cancer quackery that Lipton has been hinting at until now. This is why I have spent so much time pointing out that despite burying them in an avalanche of irrelevant copy-and-paste lecture notes, Lipton has gotten every single one of the scientific facts important to his argument wrong. Not only wrong, but spectacularly and often hilariously stupidly wrong. And now deadly dangerously wrong.

We can begin this rather sickening post by ignoring a completely stupid story Lipton tells about a crooked car mechanic with whom he supposedly worked. The mechanic tricked a woman out of her money by cutting a wire to a warning light on the dashboard and told her the problem was fixed. (Lipton spent a whole page on this.) According to Lipton, this is what drug companies are doing.

Similarly, pharmaceutical drugs suppress the body’s symptoms, but, most never address the cause of the problem.

Factual error.

Lipton cites no example of what he is talking about here, but as a general claim it is flat wrong. This is propaganda from the homeopathic industry which also fails to back it up or even say what the heck they mean with it. –link—–

Lipton continues, noting that hospitals include ‘complementary’ medicine, hoping to increase its credibility with an appeal to authority. In fact all he does is further undermine his own case that modern medicine is dogmatically opposed to anything that doesn’t fit with its supposed “Newtonian” bias.

Next, Lipton confronts his readers with a picture of a mammogram of a breast with a tumor.

Figure 4.4 in Lipton’s Biology of Belief

This further contradicts his earlier statement that modern medicine has not achieved any progress whatsoever — “None at all”.

He adds this caption for the picture:

Mammogram. Note the above illustration [sic] is not a photograph of a breast…

Correct! Factual statement by Lipton! A photograph is by definition, made using photons! Lipton has gotten something right.

….it is an electronic image created from [sic] scanning the radiant energy characteristics of the organ’s cells and tissues.

Factual error #1: “radiant energy characteristics” are not being scanned by this machine. This is because…..

Factual error #2: “radiant energy characteristics” do not exist. Not the New Age esoteric way that Lipton defines “energy”.

Differentials in the energy spectra…

Factual error #3: There are no “differentials” in any “energy spectra”, because….

Factual error #4: the “energy spectra” that Lipton is referring to do not exist.

….enable radiologists to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues (the black spot in the center).

Factual error #5: “energy spectra” do not display any differences between healthy and diseased tissue, because they do not exist.

Factual error #6: by not existing, these “energy spectra” also do not enable radiologists to do anything at all.

Factual error #7: This is not how a mammogram works.

End of caption. Lipton’s text continues, with an unusually direct, flat out, utterly stupid, and above all deadly lie.

Though conventional medicine still has not focused on the role energy plays as “information” in biological systems…

Factual error #1: Lipton has not even tried to establish that “energy” plays any role at all in biology; he has merely assumed it does.

Factual error #2: Lipton’s accusation that medicine “still” hasn’t focused on this assumes it should do, which again he hasn’t even attempted to argue.

Factual error #3: Nor has he explained what he means by the idea that this non-existent “energy” is “information” in biological systems nor anywhere else.

Factual error #4: as already mentioned, medical science in fact spent at least 300 years searching intensively for a vitalistic “energy force” that governs life. The time for saying it “still” hasn’t focused on it passed some time in the late 1400s.

….ironically, it has embraced noninvasive scanning technologies, which read such energy fields.

Factual error #5: Lipton has already stated categorically that medical science has failed to embrace quantum physics, so it is not “ironic” that it indeed has done so, rather, it contradicts the central thesis of Lipton’s book.

Factual error #6: these technologies do not read esoteric New Age or vitalistic energy fields.

This all amounts to being the most pathetic attempt at a bait and switch I have ever seen — switching the using the “energy” of quantum physics with the “energy” of New Healing scams.

Tragically for his readers, already put to sleep by his barrage of copy-and-paste jargon and hundreds of irrelevant citations to academic papers that don’t relate at all to any of his central claims whatsoever, this will all sound familiar. They have read this kind of lie in flaky New Age advertising and conspiracy magazines for several decades. And now they think it is being “scientifically verified” by a real scientist.

It isn’t.

People have certainly died because of this book, and that is one of the crucial sentences that may have convinced them they were safe.

He follows this up with some more reassuring copy-and-paste lecture notes. Instead of crediting modern medicine with the progress he has just denied exists, he claims it for his own team of deadly New Age quantum quacks:

Quantum physicists have created energy-scanning devices that can analyze the frequencies emitted by specific chemicals.

Factual error. Again, Lipton switches New Age esoteric “energy” for the E in E=mc2, which he thinks is part of quantum physics.

These scanning systems enable scientists to identify the molecular composition of materials and objects.

What, please, is the difference between a material and an object? (Lipton has an editor, but she is no doubt soundly asleep at her desk at this point.)

Physicists have adapted these devices to read the energy spectra emitted by our body’s tissues and organs. Because energy fields travel easily through the physical body, these modern devices, such as CAT scans, MRIs and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, can detect disease non-invasively.

Again, Lipton’s claim that modern medicine has achieved “no progress at all” takes another hit from Lipton himself.

Physicians are able to diagnose internal problems by differentiating the spectral energy character of healthy and diseased tissue in the scanned images.

Factual error. There is no such thing as a “spectral energy character”. Lipton is talking of PET scans as if they are those New Age aura cameras from the 1980s. I’m surprised he hasn’t mentioned any Kirlian photography scams or tried to sell us a water filter yet.

The energy scan….

Factual error. There is no such thing as an “energy scan”. Lipton has invented his own term for this medical technique he has stolen from medical science while claiming it “suppresses” esoteric “energy” research because of Newtonian dogmatism.

The energy scan illustrated on the page to the left reveals the presence of breast cancer.

Factual error. Deadly lie. A cancer tumor cannot be revealed by an “energy scan” because there are no energy scans. This is no more an energy scan than it is aura photography.

The diseased tissue emits its own unique energy signature…

Factual error #1:

“Energy signature” is, as we have seen, terminology invented not by physicists nor medical scientists, but by Star Trek. It was then adopted by New Age esoteric scammers, and smuggled into “science” by this hilariously stupid buffoon who is as deadly as hell.

Factual error #2 (this is probably the stupidest mistake I have ever seen):

Even according to Lipton’s own fantasy science, the “energy” is not *emitted by* the tissue, but rather *sent through* the issue, revealing a difference in tissue density and chemical structure.

Lipton has invented a new form of logical fallacy here. He has gotten his own pseudo-science wrong, and invented the revolutionary new field of pseudo-pseudoscience.

….which differs from the energy emitted by surrounding healthy cells.

Factual error. He repeats the same stupid mistake.

The energy signatures….

Factual error. They’re still from Star Trek, and still don’t exist.

…that pass through our bodies travel through space as invisible waves that resemble ripples on a pond.

Factual error #1: energy signatures do not exist, and therefore do not pass through empty space nor anything else “like ripples on a pond”.

Factual error #2: if energy signatures, along with the Starship Enterprise, really did exist, and really could be used for diagnosis, it would not work like this, even according to Lipton’s own description of them. He can’t decide whether the diagnosis involves “invisible forces” from the invisible quantum force machine pass through an organism, or whether the organism itself emits an “energy signature” which is picked up by the invisible quantum force machine.

Anyone who thinks it is impolite and too harsh to call Lipton an ignorant buffoon and a moron needs to realize that here he has completely botched even his own fantasy medicine, and in a hilariously ridiculous manner manner.

A machine that reads energy signatures does not exist any more than energy signatures exist. But that that tumor in the picture he used to frighten his audience completely is real, and in the early stages at least, completely treatable. Lipton and his books are more of a deadly threat than an early stages of a tumor.

I can easily understand why his readers are so impressed by his multitude of citations and lengthy blocks of copy-and-paste jargon, but no one deserves to die because of this.

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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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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 37 (Modern medicine and Newton’s inverse-square law of gravity)

May 28, 2018

So far we’ve covered 109 pages (just over half the book) in 36 posts — a rate of slightly more than 3 pages per post. In 3 pages, Lipton writes about 950 words. In one post, I write about 1500 words. That means that just to correct his errors, I am exceeding Lipton’s word count here by about a third. That’s not too bad, given the extraordinary number of compound errors that, like hornets nests, lie in wait for the unwary reviewer to kick their foot into.

But now I am going to have to double back and pick up some issues that I didn’t think worth dealing with last time. I try where possible to skip over any tangential stupidity that Lipton’s stream of consciousness has randomly tossed up, but they often turn out to be central to his argument after all.

Last time I skipped some things that are utterly irrelevant to his case. But I now realize that his readers will think supports his case. So I will need to back track one page.

Luckily, however, thanks to Lipton’s chaotic “quantum” approach, continuity is not going to suffer. This is on page 108, before the passages dealt with in the previous post.

Though I stress the need to apply the principles of quantum mechanics in bioscience. I’m not advocating that medicine throw out the valuable lessons they have learned using the principles of Isaac Newton. The newer laws of quantum mechanics do not negate the results of classical physics. The planets are still moving in paths that were predicted by Newton’s mathematics.

What on earth is Lipton talking about here? Comments are open for people to school me on how Newton’s inverse-square law of gravitation influenced modern medicine. Last time it was “invisible forces” (including visible light) “profoundly impacting” your metabolism; now it’s modern medicine learning “valuable lessons” from Newtonian cosmology.

The difference between the two physics is that quantum mechanics more specifically applies to molecular and atomic realms while Newtonian laws apply to higher levels of organization, such as organ systems, people or populations of people.

Factual error. I think. Lipton should be talking about the laws of chemistry or biochemistry, not gravitation, for heaven’s sake. This shows just how absurd his dichotomy between “Newtonian” and “quantum” medicine is.

The manifestation of a disease, such as cancer, may show up at a macro level when you can see and feel a tumor. However, the processes that instigated the cancer were initiated at the molecular level within the affected progenitor cells.

Lipton of course is implying that if only the medical establishment had embraced modern physics, we might have technology for early detection of cancers — which of course already exist, because contrary to Lipton’s claims,  modern medicine has embraced modern physics. And also maybe treatments like chemotherapy — which of course already exists because contrary to Lipton’s claims modern medicine has embraced modern physics.

In fact, most biological dysfunctions (except injuries due to physical trauma) start at the level of a cell’s molecules and ions. Hence the need for a biology that integrates both quantum and Newtonian mechanics.

Lipton is doing a good job here of promoting Newtonian mechanics for modern medicine, but I fear his pleas will fall on deaf ears. The traditionalist, materialist mechanist reductionist medical establishment is still struggling to integrate Galileo’s studies of balls rolling down a slope.

There have, thankfully, been some visionary biologists who have advocated this integration. More than forty years ago the renowned Nobel Prize-winning physiologist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi published a book called Introduction to a Submolecular Biology. [Szent-Gyorgyi 1960] His text was a noble effort to educate the community of life scientists about the importance of quantum physics in biological systems. Unfortunately, his traditional peers, who considered the book to be the ravings of a once brilliant but now senile old man, merely lamented the “loss” of their former colleague.

Factual error #1: The implication that Szent-Gyorgyi was talking about Liptonian quantum physics is false.

Factual error #2: The idea that Szent-Gyorgyi was ignored, or dismissed as senile is untrue. What did happen to him, however, is that a wealthy patron who had been sponsoring his research in his later years died, and he refused to submit the necessary paperwork to apply for government grants. He work dealt in part with the spurious notion that vitamin C (which he won his Nobel Prize for isolating) can cure cancer. 

And what was Szent-Gyorgyi’s book about anyway? Lipton doesn’t say a word about it, other than to imply it supports his thesis, which it clearly does not. It is not even on the topic of his thesis.

Biologists in the main have still not recognized the importance of Szent-Gyorgyi’ s book…

Factual error. All I can do here is quote the rapacious if not extortionate and very mainstream academic publisher Elsevier, offering to sell you a copy and advising:
This publication is a good source for biochemists, biologists, and specialists aiming to acquire basic knowledge of submolecular biology.”

…but research suggests that sooner or later they will have to because the weight of scientific evidence is toppling the old materialist paradigm.

Factual error. Lipton’s dichotomy of a “quantum paradigm” and a “Newtonian/materialist paradigm” is, as frequently noted, entirely bogus. Modern medicine has of course embraced quantum physics.

You recall the movements of protein molecules that are the stuff of life? Scientists have tried to predict those movements using the principles of Newtonian physics, to no avail. By now, I bet you can guess why: in 2000, an article by V. Pophristic and L. Goodman in the journal Nature revealed that the laws of quantum physics, not Newtonian laws, control a molecule’s life-generating movements. [Pophristic and Goodman 2001]

Factual error. None of this supports Lipton’s thesis. Furthermore, it further confirms that quantum physics is being integrated into biology as the discoveries roll in. Lipton is merely irritated by the fact that biologists don’t leap onto a bandwagon and throw out their entire supposed “paradigm”.

Reviewing this ground-breaking study for Nature, biophysicist F. Weinhold concluded: “When will chemistry textbooks begin to serve as aids, rather than barriers, to this enriched quantum-mechanic perspective on how molecular turnstiles work?” He further emphasized: “What are the forces that control the twisting and folding of molecules into complex shapes? Don’t look for the answers in your organic chemistry textbook.” [Weinhold 2001]

Again, none of this supports the case Lipton is trying to make. And, again, the fact that this call for integration of new research into text books is published in Nature demonstrates that this is all normal fare for scientific progress.

Yet organic chemistry provides the mechanistic foundation for biomedicine; and as Weinhold notes, that branch of science is so far out of date that its textbooks have yet to recognize quantum mechanics. Conventional medical researchers have no understanding of the molecular mechanisms that truly provide for life.

Lipton’s concept of “life” is a vitalistic one, of the kind which was researched and searched for by scientists for 300 years. Ultimately the idea was discarded because no one found anything like a “vital force” in the manner of electricity or magnetism. Unlike the latter two, the concept bore no fruit whatsoever for biology.

Most importantly, to repeat the point, none of this supports Lipton’s case — which is not that quantum physics needs to be integrated into biology and which is happening anyway; instead, Lipton is in fact claiming that quantum physics contains no math, includes relativity theory (which he also gets entirely wrong), and simply refers to anything slightly complex. This is the “New Biology” that Lipton imagines himself to be heralding.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 36 (Medicine has not advanced & visible light is invisible)

May 21, 2018

Lipton might be getting a bit tired at this point, as he has stopped leaping so vigorously from topic to topic and field to field. Consequently his lines of reasoning suddenly become easier to follow. This makes it possible to sum up his argument, rather than needing to wade through it line by line as was previously necessary.

There are only five strands to the argument which Lipton is tangling up here, and we can easily untangle them and present them separately — and far more clearly than he ever does:

1. The methodology of medical science is flawed because it “failed to incorporate the findings of quantum physics”.

2. Quantum physics (which for Lipton includes relativity theory) “confirms” “energy medicine” — because the “E” in “E=mc2” stands for the same kind of energy that Lipton is talking about. (Energy medicine includes the “ancient wisdom of the East”, homeopathy, chiropractic and a host of other scam treatments.)

3. To conceptualize any system that is more complicated than a bus timetable is to engage in quantum physics, which also equates with “holistic thinking”.

4. The medical profession as a whole is incapable of such thinking because it has remained attached to “Newtonian linear thinking”. This means that doctors are incapable of conceptualizing human physiology as a set of interconnected systems.

5. This makes them incapable of understanding why drugs have side effects, and side effects are deadly and a sign of failure.

(We’ve already seen the above before, but he repeats all of it here, all over again.)

Then comes something new:

6. The reason doctors prescribe these “lethal” drugs with their horrid side effects is not because they are evil, but because their ignorance of “quantum physics” makes them useful “patsies” (Lipton’s word) for pharmaceutical companies to exploit. These Newtonian doctors:

prescribe massive quantities of drugs that contribute to the health profession’s lethality.

So far, in the entire book, Lipton has not mentioned a single advancement or achievement or success of modern medicine, and has failed to note any of the vast array of diagnostic and therapeutic uses of medical technology that uses quantum physics. But finally, 107 pages in, he makes one brief mention of such technology.

He lists advancements for which quantum physics is “directly responsible”. Of course he includes things for which quantum physics is not directly responsible, like “rocket ships”; but he does include

CAT scans

in the list.

So finally, we have an admission from Lipton that medical science has chalked up at least one application for quantum physics!

Don’t we.

….But then this is the very next sentence:

But what great and marvelous advances in biomedical sciences can we attribute to the quantum revolution? Let’s list them in order of their importance:

It is a very short list— there haven’t been any.

This is why Lipton’s work has never been reviewed by any medical practitioners; and why it has only ever been seriously reviewed once — here by an amateur blogger. What is one to do with such a statement? Heave a pile of text books and operating manuals for medical equipment onto that sentence and bury it forever? Scream abuse?

All I will do is note a factual error that is so dumb and so stupid that even Lipton himself unwittingly demolished the claim in the previous sentence when he blandly noted the existence of CAT scans.

(Even if Lipton thinks they scan cats, that should have made him wonder if it might count as veterinary technology.)

And it should not be forgotten that Lipton is claiming CAT scans, rocket ships and the like not for real quantum physics, but for Liptonian quantum physics — that math-free entity and “confirms” what the ancients “knew” about “energy”.

Lipton then leaps to a biologist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who studied the effects of quantum physics on biology — that field which doesn’t exist or has been ignored or actively suppressed, depending on which page we are on. The poor ignored Dr Szent-Gyorgyi was awarded a Nobel Prize for this work. (This is the second time that Lipton has cited a Nobel Prize winner as having their work “ignored” — Dr Howard Termin who won it for his “ignored” work on genetics was the other.)

He lists a few more researchers and a few more studies, but as these refer to real and not Liptonian quantum physics, we can pass over them.

Lipton continues:

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.

What in God’s name is he talking about?

Invisible forces? Profoundly impacting every facet of biological regulation?

He helpfully lists some of these “invisible forces”:

…These energies include microwaves, radio frequencies, the visible light spectrum…

Factual error. Visible light is not invisible.

(This is why you shouldn’t read or write about Lipton in a cafe. Involuntary gesticulations and facial expressions that accompany the act are not easily recognizable to others in terms of normal spectrum of human behaviors.)

Lipton continues to demonstrate his mastery of scientific terminology:

…extremely low frequencies, acoustic frequencies…

Factual error. The field of audiology does not ignore acoustic frequencies. (Even by Lipton’s standards, that claim is extremely stupid.)

…and even a newly recognized form of force known as scalar energy.

Factual error. Scalar energy is a non-existent force that is capable only of separating consumers from their money. Again, Lipton gets his “quantum physics” from a New Age advertising catalog, but I think we are now beyond being surprised by any of this.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 35 (Lipton says 3 sensible things in a row and then stops)

May 18, 2018

Apologies again to those who subscribed to this blog expecting a bit more varied coverage of topics than this. There are posts on other topics in the pipeline, more than half written, I promise.

Anyway, in the previous post, we witnessed Lipton saying something sensible. He noted that the reason drugs have side effects is because biological systems are “redundant”. Oddly, for him, he took time to explain the jargon to his readers: “The same signals or protein molecules may be simultaneously used in different organs and tissues.”

This is not a stupid thing to say. In fact, it counts as an interesting observation about the reason drugs can have side effects.

While this redundancy complicates the effects of prescription drugs, it is another remarkably efficient result of evolution.

This is truly remarkable. For the first time in the book we have three sensible (if completely tangential and ungrammatical — the result is not efficient, but rather evolution) points in a row. But then he suddenly leaps to this:

Multicellular organisms can survive with far fewer genes than scientists once thought because the same gene products (protein) [sic] are used for a variety of functions.

WTF has that got to do with anything at all here?

But since he took us here, let me note the following:

Factual error. Some scientists in the early 1970s speculated about this, and, not surprisingly, their estimate was wrong. Their error is both entirely inconsequential for subsequent science; and entirely irrelevant to the point Lipton is trying to make. Unless of course, if he means to imply that the error remains uncorrected and is widespread, in which case we would need to throw another ‘factual error’ onto the enormous heap he has accumulated so far.

Then we get more copy-and-paste obfuscation. I’ll quote some of it, to show that it is irrelevant blather aimed at impressing his readers and sending them to sleep so they don’t notice the next intrusion of the next Liptonian non sequitur.

In my research on human blood vessel cells, I experienced first-hand the limits imposed by redundant signaling pathways. In the body, histamine is an important chemical signal that initiates the cells’ stress response. When histamine is present in the blood that nourishes the arms and legs, the stress signal produces large gaping pores in the walls of the blood vessels. The opening of these holes in the blood vessel’s wall is the first step in launching a local inflammatory reaction. However, if histamine is added to blood vessels in the brain, the same histamine signal increases the flow of nutrition to the neurons, enhancing their growth and specialized functions. In times of stress, the increased nutrition signaled by histamine enables the brain to ramp up its activity in order to better deal with the perceived impending emergency. This is an example of how the same histamine signal can create two diametrically opposed effects, depending on the site where the signal is released. [Lipton, et al, 1991]

He continues with a lot more of this, and explains yet again how a drug can affect more than one part of the system. He uses the example of hormone replacement therapy for women. He makes absolutely no reference whatsoever to modern medicine having had any success at all.

Adverse drug effects, like those contributing to the HRT controversy, are a primary reason why a leading cause of death is iatrogenic illness, i.e. illness resulting from medical treatment. According to conservative estimates published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, iatrogenic illness is the third-leading cause of death in this country. More than 120,000 people die from adverse effects of prescribed medications each year. [Starfield 2000] However, last year a new study, based on the results of a ten-year survey of government statistics, came up with even more dismal figures. [Null, et al, 2003] That study concludes that iatrogenic illness is actually the leading cause of death in the United States and that adverse reactions to prescription drugs are responsible for more than 300,000 deaths a year.

These statistics, assuming they are correct, are scary but they don’t support his argument.

He stupidly implies that these deficiencies are a result of the “linear Newtonian thinking” and lack of quantum physics. But deaths due to mal-practice, poor hygiene, procedural error, and bad luck would account for the vast majority of these. A long list of improvements could easily be drawn up, all pointing in the direction of more staff, better training, better working conditions, more personable and more individualized care, and restriction of rampant profit-motives for pharmaceutical firms, but inserting Liptonian quantum physics or anything else in his “New Biology” would solve absolutely nothing, (except perhaps cure insomnia). And it would need to overcome exactly the same procedural problems. And how have they gone with that so far?

With alt med, people die when they are given what according to their protocol is exactly the right diagnosis and exactly the right treatment. There is never any investigation into what wrong, because (a) no alt med practitioner keeps sufficient records; (b) the patient probably signed a disclaimer; and (c) everything went exactly according to protocol.

Lipton has no idea how many people are dead today because they believed his quackery. Occasionally, here on my rarely visited website, a potential victim leaves a comment like this one:

As someone that’s currently due to have a preventative double mastectomy due to brca1, the initial readings/listening of his [Lipton’s] on a few podcasts etc I thought was my get out clause – I could not have the surgery! But reading his claims which make no sense for the many ladies who realise they are brca1/2 after diagnosis, or for many other illnesses, it’s upsetting to me that he could be giving women such a glimmer of hope at such a traumatic time.

Those who trust Lipton and die because of it appear nowhere in anyone’s statistics, except in Lipton’s sales figures. 

Lipton continues:

These are dismaying statistics, especially for a healing profession that has arrogantly dismissed three thousand years of effective Eastern medicine as unscientific…

Factual error #1: Geographical location or origin of an idea is irrelevant to science.

Factual error #2: “Eastern” medicine has not been rejected as “unscientific”, but rather as unstudied.

Factual error #3: If by “Eastern”, Lipton is referring to acupuncture, its origins owe more to Chairman Mao and some alt med freaks in the US in the 1970s than it does to any “three thousand year” tradition.

Factual error #4: If the treatments really had been effective for the past three thousand years as Lipton asserts, they would still be effective now, and it would show up in research. Which it doesn’t.

The sentence continues:

…even though it {“ancient wisdom”] is based on a deeper understanding of the Universe.

Factual error. It isn’t.

For thousands of years, long before Western scientists discovered the laws of quantum physics, Asians have honored energy as the principal factor contributing to health and well-being.

Factual error #1: Lipton implies a connection between quantum physics and some idea of “energy” supposedly held by “Asians”. There is none. The “energy” of quantum physics can only be the sub-atomic strong and the weak electromagnetic forces.

Factual error #2: The term “Asians” is ridiculously broad, and it must include the Chinese idea of “chi”, as well as the Yogic idea of prana. Both conceptualize some kind of life force-type of “energy”, but the latter relates explicitly to the breath, which the former does not.

In Eastern medicine, the body is defined by an elaborate array of energy pathways called meridians. In Chinese physiologic charts of the human body, these energy networks resemble electronic wiring diagrams. Using aids like acupuncture needles, Chinese physicians test their patient’s energy circuits in exactly the same manner that electrical engineers “troubleshoot” a printed-circuit board, searching for electrical “pathologies.”

Factual error. What an acupuncturist does is not “exactly like” what an electrical engineer does. I will leave it for acupuncturists to decide whether Lipton is doing them justice, Lipton’s account is exactly the kind of simplistic reasoning that neglects complex interactions of various systems that Lipton accuses “Newtonian” scientists of.

Furthermore, if these “electrical circuits” really could be checked like that, they would easily show up like that when properly investigated. And of course it doesn’t. This is all fine if you’re just fooling about with stuff that makes you feel better — lying on a table while a nice caring person respectfully takes care of you (even if that involves sticking pins into you). But the fun stops exactly at the point where it becomes dangerous or life-threatening. And that is exactly the point at which this dangerous and extraordinarily ignorant book starts.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 34 (More on Lipton’s quantum-physics-free quantum physics)

May 12, 2018

So let’s look now at the great “groundbreaking study” that Lipton claims established the importance of quantum physics for biology.

As it happens, the study is available on line. A glance through it reveals it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with quantum physics.

Just for the record, I will reproduce the abstract of that study here. No need to read it.

(Note for those scanning through quickly: this is NOT Lipton.)

“How dendrites of different neuronal subtypes exhibit distinct branching patterns during development remains largely unknown. Here we report the mapping and identification of loss-of-function mutations in the abrupt (ab) gene that increased the number of dendritic branches of multiple dendritic (MD) sensory neurons in Drosophila embryos. Ab encodes an evolutionarily conserved transcription factor that contains a BTB/POZ domain and C2H2 zinc finger motifs. We show that ab has a cell-autonomous function in postmitotic neurons to limit dendritic branching. Ab and the homeodomain protein Cut are expressed in distinct but complementary subsets of MD neurons, and Ab functions in a transcriptional program that does not require Cut. Deleting one copy of ab or overexpressing ab had opposite effects on the formation of higher-order dendritic branches, suggesting that the Ab level in a specific neuron directly regulates dendritic complexity. These results demonstrate that dendritic branching can be suppressed by neuronal subtype-specific transcription factors in a cell-autonomous and dosage-dependent manner.”

Those still laboring with outdated “Newtonian linear thinking” will fail to see any quantum physics in the above abstract; but in fact, Liptonian quantum physics is percolating all through that passage. As we have seen, its essential ingredient is merely that it is complicated.

In the previous post I put up the graphic Lipton uses to illustrate this point. I’ll reproduce here again, this time with Lipton’s caption.

Map of interactions among a very small set of the cellular proteins (shaded and numbered circles) found in a Drosophila (fruit fly) cell. Most of the proteins are associated with the synthesis and metabolism of RNA molecules. Proteins enclosed within ovals are grouped according to specific pathway functions. Connecting lines indicate protein-protein interactions. Protein interconnections among the different pathways reveal how interfering with one protein may produce profound “side-effects” upon other related pathways. More wide spread “side-effects” may be generated when a common protein is utilized in completely different functions. For example, the same Rbpl protein (arrow) is used in RNA metabolism as well as in pathways associated with sex determination. (Lipton’s caption, summing up the aforementioned study, from which the graphic is taken p. 105.)

This is the first Lipton’s readers have heard of any of these things, and the first and only time that Rbpl proteins have been mentioned, whatever the heck they are. Lipton clearly understands what the study is about, in terms of the biology, and his readers will assume that he is also correct that it has something to do with quantum physics too — because they trust him and assume that he is not going to bullshit them about the rest of it. But he is.

And by now we are getting used to the way his copy-and-paste blocks of technical jargon suddenly shifts gears, with a crunch and a grind, into his anti-scientific confabulations.

I invite readers to look at the passage again and spot, if they didn’t already, the term that doesn’t belong…

….. Correct — the Liptonian insertion is the term in inverted commas: “side effects”. He knows the term is incorrect here, hence the quotation marks. With this dramatic foreshadowing, he is setting up an assault on medical science.

He follows this up with more of this highly technical cut-and-paste lecture notes that absolutely none of his readers will understand, but will assume is relevant to his argument. I will quote it in full.

Clearly, biological dysfunctions can result from miscommunication anywhere within these complex pathways. When you change the parameters of a protein at one point in such a complex pathway, you inevitably alter the parameters of other proteins at innumerable points within the entangled networks. In addition, take a look at the seven circles in the next illustration that group proteins according to their physiologic functions. Notice that proteins within one functional group, such as those concerned with sex determination (arrow), also influence proteins with a completely different function, like RNA synthesis (i.e., RNA helicase)…

Well of course, RNA helicase — everyone knows what that is, surely….. It’s the only time Lipton mentions it in the entire book, and he offers no explanation. And as always this cascade of jargon leads to the non sequitur that he hopes his brow-beaten and acquiescent readers will implicitly accept without noticing the crunching gear shift.

…”Newtonian” research scientists have not fully appreciated the extensive interconnectivity among the cell’s biological information networks.

Factual error.
Biologists since the time of Aristotle — to say nothing of Newton’s time — have mapped out relationships every bit as complex as what is being shown above. 

The mapping of these information network pathways underscores the dangers of prescription drugs. We can now see why pharmaceutical drugs come with information sheets listing voluminous side effects that range from irritating to deadly.

Factual error.

Extraordinary misunderstanding from Lipton here. He sees side effects as evidence of an intrinsic failure. The whole point of introducing a substance into a system is to alter the system. Medical scientists carefully track the way this substance inevitably affects other elements in the system too. This is in fact displays awareness of the complex interactions between that Lipton accuses them of being incapable of.

This awareness is a defining characteristic of modern medicine: altering one element in a complex system affects others. Costs and benefits of this are carefully weighed up, using the massive data bank that is being constantly maintained and updated, in order to plan a course of treatment. It is not about “applying a cure”, as with deadly medieval folk medicine and as with deadly modern “alternative medicine” of the kinds Lipton promotes.

Humans were not designed by a creator, as Lipton believes, with easy access roads pre-built to enable “natural healing” to make neat repairs.

When a drug is introduced into the body to treat a malfunction in one protein, that drug inevitably interacts with at least one and possibly many other proteins.

Well, yeh, that is kind of the point.

Complicating the drug side-effect issue is also the fact that biological systems are redundant. The same signals or protein molecules may be simultaneously used in different organs and tissues where they provide for completely different behavioral functions. For example, when a drug is prescribed to correct a dysfunction in a signaling pathway of the heart, that drug is delivered by the blood to the entire body. This “cardiac” medicine can unintentionally disturb the function of the nervous system if the brain also uses components of the targeted signaling pathway.

And this is of course exactly why you see those long lists of side effects.

Lipton is on a roll now, and suddenly veers off into evolutionary history. Rather than unleash another avalanche of error and misunderstanding, I will leave off now and pick it up again later…

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 33 (One sentence)

May 6, 2018

Back to Lipton again. We left him, quite some time ago, in the middle of a sentence.

I had decided to simply flatly contradict the first half of it, ignore the rest of it, and move on through the book as quickly as possible. But the subsequent posts never materialized. I had been hoping to briefly sum up what he was saying and just plow on relentlessly, but it all got too confusing.

I now realize that I was wrong to skip over the second half of that sentence. In fact, both halves of it reveal and explain the central point of this whole chapter. Rather than speeding up, we will have to slow down and go through it word by word. Lipton would object to this reductionist approach, and he would be right to do so. As so often with Lipton, the whole is indeed more stupid than the sum of its parts. But we need to start somewhere.

Here is that first half of that sentence again:

While quantum physics implied the existence of such interconnected information pathways….

Now, to break it down….

“While…” implies not only that there is a second part of this sentence which will build on the first; but also that the first part is an established fact. It is unclear if Lipton thinks it was him who established this fact, or if he wants his readers to think that this ‘fact’ is established science. What is clear though, is that this fact has not been established by anyone at all, and is therefore not a fact but an unfounded assertion. 

What he is implying concerns the subsequent two words:

…quantum physics…

For Lipton this term has two meanings:
1. the text-book meaning, which physicists deal with (of which he has absolutely no knowledge whatsoever but doesn’t realize it); and
2. Lipton’s own special meaning.

And this “quantum physics”, he asserts:

…implied the existence of interconnected information pathways…

We have already seen this graphic from Lipton, but now it begins to get a little clearer what the hell he meant to imply with it.

Liptonian “quantum physics” implies this (graphic from Biology of Belief)

He didn’t exactly mean that any system interconnected pathways are quantum physics (even though that is what his caption says), but rather that anything as complex as lines connecting points on a pentagram was previously unknown to science, and incomprehensible.

But the advent of quantum physics forced humans to admit that such levels of complexity can indeed exist. Were it not for quantum physics, no one would ever have been able read a bus timetable, write a shopping list or complete a join-the-dots puzzle.

Recall that Lipton has already insisted that his convoluted and chaotic ramblings are in fact exemplars of quantum complexity. A plodding, Newtonian “linear” thinker, Lipton believes, can only stare in bafflement at the way he makes his case, as threads appear and disappear apparently at random. This is grand new mode of communication has only been possible, he thinks, since the advent of quantum physics. (He may have a case here. It may well be that without quantum physics, no one — not even Lipton or his editor – would have ever thought that writing like that is a good idea.)

And now on to the rest of the sentence.

While quantum physics implied the existence of such interconnected information pathways, recent groundbreaking research in mapping protein-protein interactions in the cell now demonstrates the physical presence of these complex holistic pathways.

Again, breaking this down into its component parts….

“Groundbreaking research” implies that the reason this research was “groundbreaking” was because it demonstrated (i.e. confirmed) something that until then had only been implied by quantum physics.

Again, this is complete bullshit, or to use the standard term adopted for these statements: factual error. The researchers — he lists them and I will look at them in the next post — were not trying to “demonstrate” anything that was “implied” by quantum physics. (Neither real text-book quantum physics nor Liptonian quantum physics.)

…demonstrates the physical presence…

Again, complete bullshit and factual error.

As we have already seen, Lipton thinks that quantum physics deals with “energy”, which he thinks is spiritual, and not physical. (Hint for Dr Lipton — do you perceive any similarities between the words “physics” and “physical”?)

And here he blunders into the same utterly stupid mistake that he was making every time he confused homologue and analogue — thinking that the presence of characteristics in one necessitates their presence in the other. Just as microcosm and macrocosm must mirror each other (according to medieval mysticism), so too must the physical and the quantum physical mirror each other. Entanglement in quantum physics must be the same thing that happens on the physical plane when you get your headphone wires tangled; a non-local event in quantum physics must mean that a chaotic narrative with threads that pop randomly into and out of existence must mean you are talking holistic quantum science.

And just as all the characteristics in a human being must also be present in a single cell, so too must everything that is possible in the spiritual realm of quantum physics, also be possible in the clunky physical world.

And this has now been “demonstrated” by “groundbreaking research”.

The groundbreaking research has indeed proven that reality can include complex interactions, had hitherto only been “implied” by quantum physics, and of course doubted by the plodding materialistic dullards who inhabit biology departments and hospitals.

And this — the figure below, which Lipton takes from the “groundbreaking research” — is what Lipton thinks has only been discovered after quantum physics implied it–

Complicated stuff holistically implied by quantum physics (Source: Biology of Belief, p. 105)

Yes, Lipton really does think that the important thing here is how complicated this picture is, and that the “Newtonian” mind was never able to conceive of anything so complex. Newton, who of course invented calculus, and all scientists prior to Einstein (who Lipton thinks developed quantum physics), would simply be overwhelmed by the complexity of all these connections.

And of course, it is “holistic”, in terms of “including the whole”. But how “holistic” is it to talk about quantum physics and not include the math? The laws of grammar might get you from one end of a sentence to another, but it won’t get you any closer to reality.

And the laws of grammar won’t cure cancer.

The next post will look briefly at the “groundbreaking research”, and then go off somewhere else, I don’t know where.