Saturday, June 10, 2006

Nova Wholly Wacky

The June issue of Nova has as its theme Wholeness. This is certainly one of the better issues that EoR's seen, full of wooness to overflowing, including an interview with "Dr" Emoto on his magic water.
Emoto emphasises that his research into water is not being done from a scientific perspective, but more as an original thinker.

Did anyone believe Emoto-san's work was "scientific"? Other than Emoto-san himself? Emoto-san will be touring Australia next month, and speaking at the University of WA, Deakin University, and the University of Queensland. EoR wonders if these institutions know just what sort of madness they're sponsoring?

The article on "Taking a Guru" was also amusing, with its advice that
Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings of the Self Realization Fellowship say: "Spirituality cannot be bought in a marketplace."

Not only is Nova full of advertisements imploring people to find health, happiness and wisdom in exchange for money, the very next page after that quote is "In the Market Place", full of advertisements. Maybe the editor has a sense of humour.

EoR, however, would like to focus on "Beating the Common Cold" featuring as it does that bete noir of alternatista health, and written as it is by a MA, BA Dip. Health Sciences (but also a Holistic Kinesiologist, unfortunately). The article is an amazing mish-mash of scientific fact, scientific fallacy, woo and scaremongering. The author, Teya Skae, gives among her references at the end such works as "God's Love Manifest in Molecules" and "Healing Oils of the Bible" (both by David Stewart, PhD, DNM).

As an example, findings that electrical frequencies can be detected in the body (that's why things like ECG and EKG machines work) segues into
a person's health can be determined by the frequency of their body.

There then follows a long section totally off-topic on Dr Royal Rife and his Amazing Cure-All-Cancers Machine. His research was not wrong or wacky, but "buried".
What Rife had developed was a 100 per cent effective cure for many forms of cancer. So why do we not know about this and why are there so many cancer research foundations in existence? Put simply, it is due to the economic motives of the orthodox medical community which relies on funding for cancer research - such funding often coming from pharmaceutical companies - and whose fortunes would be damaged if a cure for cancer was found. (That is, it's OK to search for a cure but don't really find one!) This is a story that illustrates yet another grand attempt by the mainstream medical community to control the lives - and deaths - of so many milions of people today.

Damn you Orac! Taking all that funding money when you had the cure for cancer all along!

Seriously though, this is in an article on the common cold!

Ms Skae: if you have the cure for cancer why don't you, and all the alternatistas out there, use it? Why haven't the millions of believers already cured all cancers? What is your secret agenda for not doing so?

Or: Ms Skae: if Big Pharma found a cure for cancer, don't you think they could actually make a real fortune from marketing and selling it? Or didn't it strike you that that's what Big Pharma does? Sell things.

Or: Ms Skae: if Big Pharma is so powerful and so determined to suppress this "secret" knowledge, why is it all over the internet? How can a magazine like Nova even get away with publishing it? Won't people find out about it?

EoR expects Nova magazine to suddenly cease publication shortly, and Ms Skae to die in a mysterious, yet suspicious, accident.

Luckily, the article gets back on track after that, with some advice about stress in relation to lowered immune levels, the inappropriateness of antibiotics to treat viruses, the importance of hand washing to prevent hand to mouth transmission and so on. The article concludes with how to cure the common cold:
While orthodox medicine does not have the answer for colds and 'flu, nature does - and it comes in the form of pure organic unadulterated Therapeutic Essential Oils. Why? Because they are made up of very high frequency molecules (ranging from 52MHz to 320MHz) and contain nature's wisdom and power to raise the body's frequency and to assist our immune system to fight viral invasions.

EoR wonders why Big Pharma hasn't suppressed all that information as well. At least Ms Skae has provided a way to prove her argument, since her Oils vibrate at a range that includes the FM radio band. Simply place the oils next to a radio, and tune through the frequency band. EoR is sure you'll find a signal being transmitted at the designated vibrational level. Though he does wonder whether it's not mobile phone towers that cause brain cancer, but all those vibrating oils emitting radiation at all sorts of frequencies.

Part Two, next issue, promises the detail of the research on these oils' effectivness in treating colds/flu/viruses. EoR can't wait.

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