Saturday, March 18, 2006


The local community newspaper brought naturopath Andrew Cathles to EoR's attention (among other things, Mr Cathles practices "Computerised Iridology" and "energy enhancement"; he also has more qualifications than most Nobel prize winners).
A Thornlie naturopath, who says he was the only Australian chosen to attend a recent international conference on homeopathy, claims natural medicine is gaining a foothold in Australia. [...] Mr Cathles said he spoke at the conference about his area of specialty, called "biomesotherapy", a treatment that uses homeopathic methods, including saline injections, to combat acute and chronic pain in adults.

It also appears Mr Cathles has some remarkable insights into disease (or is it "dis-ease"?):
naturopaths believe that bacteria and viruses do not directly cause the symptoms accompanying disease

Naturopaths appear to come from a totally different planet to everyone else.

If you, like EoR, have never heard of "biomesotherapy", you are not alone. A search on Google returned only eight pages of results (in terms of alternative therapy listings on Google, this is an almost nonexistent therapy), the great bulk of which were all from Australian sites (even though Mr Cathles states biomesotherapy is Big in Europe and has been practiced there for decades).

One such is the Tara Centre which states biomesotherapy (or "biopuncture", which sounds like something that involves a flat tire):
Biomesotherapy involves the combination of introducing homoeopathic products and the stimulation of specific points in the body with a saline solution. Homoeopathic medicine is administered as an oral spray under the tongue which allows 9 times better absorption than pills. In order to stimulate the extracellular matrix, the sterile saline solution is injected subcutaneously which will activate the action of the homoeopathic directly to the site where it is required. The needles used are very fine and more like acupuncture needles. Most people are surprised how easily and quickly injections are given.

So, if EoR understands that rightly, disproven magical water treatments are administered sublingually, while harmless (unless a vital organ is punctured, or sterile procedures are not maintained) salt water is injected into the skin. He's not quite sure how the disparate locations of application of these two remedies work, but he suspects it's something like a synergistic intelligent cellular quantum effect (ie alternatista bullshit).

While at the Tara Centre, EoR also couldn't resist having a look at Nasal Therapy which is applied by the following method:
The client lies on his/her back with head tilted enough so that the nostrils are almost parallel to the ceiling. An individually selected preparation of homoeopathic solutions is then slowly dripped into each nostril. This is followed by the head being gently rocked from side to side

This sounds like Traditional Chinese Medicine to EoR or, at least, Traditional Chinese Water Torture.

While the Tara Centre believes
Biomesotherapy is especially used for acute and chronic pain.

This site seems to think it's the alternative answer to plastic surgery:
It is possible to get rid of fat without having an invasive procedure. For those who find liposuction "too much", Mesotherapy for fat-loss and body contouring is the answer.

This is an amazing, brilliant, incredible procedure that involves
the practice of using microinjections of conventional, homeopathic medications and/or vitamins, minerals and plant extracts into the mesoderm (middle layer of the skin). This process enables healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. Biomesotherapy is the use of complex homeopathic remedies in microinjections. Mesotherapy is used in a variety of cosmetic applications including: cellulite reduction, spot fat reduction and skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy is the most successful cellulite reduction treatment available today. For body sculpting, Mesotherapy is a powerful alternative to procedures such as liposuction and plastic surgeries. Mesotherapy is a safe, non-invasive anti-aging tool to improve skin tone and texture, decrease wrinkles and stimulate the scalp.

EoR isn't quite sure what "microinjections" are, nor what amount is injected. It also appears that the actual penetration of the dermis is minimal. At least this method involves injection of the homeopathic solution (ie water) directly, rather than in conjunction with salt water. Which presumably just shows that no matter what method you use the results are the same (ie placebo). Indeed, fat reduction by this method is permanent
as long as the patient adheres to a proper nutrition and exercise regimen

Which would, of course, lead to permanent fat reduction without the magic microinjections of fairy dust.


  1. I would like to point out that Mr Cathles' comments about disease seem to be misquoted in your blog. As a student studying a Bachelor of Science at Curtin University, we are taught that bacteria and viruses do not DIRECTLY cause symptoms accompanying disease. Those symptoms (temperature, nausea etc) are simply your body's own immune system's response to the disease. To say otherwise would be going against almost all current medical knowledge. Either way, you are only quoting the opinion of one disgruntled magazine reader.

    Also, it is an interesting arguement to dispute the validity of a therapy based on your own prior knowledge and a quick search on Google-the doorway to the source of all that is true and knowledgeable(as a side-note, Google listed 233 results for "biomesotherapy", 591,000 for "mesotherapy". Yahoo provides similar results)

    Are you suggesting that when we cannot find a topic through Google that it mustn't be real? If so, you have confused your readers by referring to websites to which you claim offer little more than placebo "microinjections" (granted that you have limited knowledge on the subject)

    No university would accept research based only upon an internet source. Why should your readers have any less a standard? As an opinion, you provide humerous, snide comments on your chosen topics, but as valid research, the astute mind would be apt to look elsewhere.

    PS What qualifications do you hold EoR?

  2. The comments are not misquoted by EoR (see the original reference - if you believe it is mistaken, you should contact that site for clarification).

    So, if bacteria and viruses were NOT present, symptoms could still arise?

    EoR does not pretend Google is the ultimate research tool. Where did you get that idea? Please apply some logical skills before attacking.

    How about Pubmed for REAL scientific research on "biomesotherapy"? Whoops - no references found. How telling.

    You have provided only opinion yourself. EoR does not pretend to have qualifications, only an inquiring mind, a high IQ and keen sense of bullshit-detecting. Please, please, please, provide the "evidence" for "biomesotherapy", "computerised iridology" etc. EoR needs cheering up.

  3. Dear Mr Pike,
    I would like to point out that hitting your toe with a hammer does not DIRECTLY cause symptoms accompanying trauma. Those symptoms (bleeding, pain etc) are simply your toe's response to the hammer.

    Sorry about the degeneration of Curtin's science course.


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