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The study that the company uses to prove that "scalar waves" give human skin the ability to "neutralize" UV rays is bunk, for a multitude of reasons. Instead of commenting on the existence of scalar waves and their purported ability to block UV rays, I investigated their own website to determine what their proof of this supposed finding was. Scrolling down ...


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There is a review article: Effects of reiki in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials International Journal of Clinical Practice Volume 62, Issue 6, pages 947–954, June 2008. In conclusion, the evidence is insufficient to suggest that reiki is an effective treatment for any condition.


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In addition to the other excellent answers, which already show that the product is not to be trusted, I'd like to point out two more reasons why one should be worried about the "research" being presented. Firstly I'd like to point out that the article is not published, thus, not peer reviewed. While it might look like actual research, it's just a pdf that ...


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It was a different claim, and that claim is not validated First, you cannot mess around with the body's pH value, because you die if you do. The pH value of blood must be between 7.35 and 7.45. And the body is quite good at regulating this. Hence, you cannot make the body into "an alkaline environment". Second, Nobel laureate Otto Warburg did observe ...


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The claim, "The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party" is not found in either of the links provided. The first link says, "I know that not all skeptics have these roots." The second link says, "the whole British ‘quackbuster’ operation was being redefined by a group of Liberal peers and members of the late Revolutionary Communist Party" -- ...


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While anything is possible, there is absolutely no reason to believe these claims, mostly because the claims don't make any sense scientifically. "Scalar waves" is a meaningless term, as claimed to have been applied here. It is a theoretical construct that exists in quantum theory, and the idea that they could imprint it in some sort of permanent, fixed ...


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Short answer: No, pox parties are NOT safer than vaccines. This was asked at the Parenting StackExchange. Here is my answer from that: PROS of VACCINES: The vaccine is administered in a doctor's office. Understand that NOTHING is 100% safe (even breathing), so should there be any reactions, you will be with a doctor. The patient that gets the vaccine ...


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Reiki is a framework that the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui developed in 1922. In Mikau Usui own account he didn't find it through empiric investigation but says that the Reiki methology came as a vision to him. In basic Reiki a practioner puts his hands on a patient and then visualizes specific symbols. Those symbols are then believed to create qi flow ...


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There are some kernels of legitimate facts in here, however, upon reading further, it becomes quite clear that they are not understood properly by the author. The scant amount of real facts can be hard to discern from this site mainly because the author's inability to interpret scientific evidence is surpassed only by her inability to form a coherent (and ...


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No... There is no evidence that copper bracelets are any more useful than a hologram, or an ion bracelet, or a piece of amber, etc. (See below for a minor caveat.) Any effect that could be out there is nothing more than the [placebo effect] (Link to abstract on placebo effect for this specific mechanism)1. If you had read the linked question, you should ...


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The answer to your question title is no. The act of putting raw meat on a bruise comes from Hollywood and cartoons, and it usually is adopted when you have a black eye, rather than just any bruise. But what works is the cold factor of the frozen meat and not the meat itself, since cold naturally constrains blood vessels and helps reducing the swelling. In ...


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Wearing socks can be bad for your feet if they become damp because they can keep that moisture surrounding your foot for prolonged periods, this is fairly common among soldiers. This pdf outlines various ailments caused by prolonged exposure to wet conditions at varying temperatures. It also links to two studies performed on soldiers. A convincing ...


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"Toxins" in the context of homeopathy/alternative medicine aren't real and are not harbored in the body. Therefore any "cure" is just as fake. Your colon does not accumulate detritus or poisons, and any blockage or accumulation is pathological. Chelating agents are used to bind heavy metals in vivo before they are excreted, and I'm not aware of any ...


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According to this report from the Swiss Study Group for Complementary and Alternative Methods in Cancer which can be read here: http://assets.krebsliga.ch/downloads/01_02_hamer_e_neu.pdf After careful study of the literature and other available information, the Study Group for Complementary and Alternative Methods in Cancer (SCAC) and the Swiss Cancer ...


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tl;dr- The collection of claims about "Harmonized Water" appear to be incoherent gibberish which prevents us from falsifying them ("not even wrong"). If this were a real product, a common chemistry lab device (UV spectrometer) could've easily demonstrated its ability to block UV rays. EDIT: Reference (9) from the PDF on "Harmonized Water" appears to ...


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In short, yes. Picking one of the first recent publications to come up in my search for "honey wound healing", I give you Honey and Wound Healing: An Update (DOI 10.1007/s40257-016-0247-8), which "outlines publications regarding honey and wound healing that have been published between June 2010 and August 2016". The "key points" listed in the electronic ...


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No. First, it's wise to define heartburn as gastric reflux, to exclude ischaemic heart disease. The suggested "churning" hypothesis doesn't relate to heart disease at all. Second, there does exist a feedback mechanism to deal with a lack of gastric acid. That's not (as the vinegar peddlers suggest) mechanical, but simply chemical. Gastric acid is ...


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I haven't looked at the site very deeply, however, upon a first look, it appears that they are extrapolating a known phenomenon (Vitamin D light therapy and some skin conditions) that has a sound scientific basis, and extrapolating it to a whole host of unrelated benefits and applications. This is the standard mode of operation of most pseudo-scientific ...


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Summary: Chickenpox as a disease results in 2 deaths per 100,000 cases, and about 2,000 per 100,000 cases of complications. Chickenpox vaccine results in ~0.15 deaths per 100,000 cases (most of which turn out to be due to natural varicella, so the true death rate is lower), and about 67.5 per 100,000 cases of complications. Thus, for children, vaccination is ...


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I agree with Larry at the crucial parts of the article. To explain a bit: The WHO is nowhere near hiding Artemisia for anti-malaria medication. In fact, four drugs prepared from the plant are on their list of essential medicines. But: these are to be used in drug combinations. What the WHO is very much concerned about is drug resistance, which is also ...


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The question "is chiropractic treatment effective?" is quite wide, as this type of treatment is proposed for several different illnesses, from neck or back pain to headache even to gastrointestinal problems. Furthermore, as for many alternative treatments, they are often proposed by a wide variety of persons, from people with medical degrees (more or less ...


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According to this wikipedia article no case of a cancer cure by Hamer has been published in the medical literature, nor any studies in specialised journals. Reports in his books "lack the additional data that are essential for medical assessment" and the presentations, of his investigations, at medical conferences "are scientifically unconvincing". and: ...


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Some nice finds! I was excited to think that my view of aromatherapy might be overturned. By the time I finished researching, my excitement had worn off. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. I was a bit surprised by this study, as the treatment was rubbing oils into the affected areas (scalp), which seems to me to be ...


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The main source of the meme seems to be Brian Dunning's skepticblog bost. However, a more thorough analysis posted later basically cautioned to abstain from as categorical a statement as Dunning's. The analysis is "Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine". (NOTE: Upon further review, it appears to be a very close clone to Dr. David ...


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It is unlikely that there are benefits for healthy individuals. On the one hand, the amount of water one should supposedly drink each morning in this therapy, would lead a person to nearly exceed their recommended daily intake, all in one go. On the other hand, the magical claims posited are already mostly shown to be myths. This article from The Guardian ...


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The WHO's position on alternative medicine seems to be the same as their position on conventional medicine: if it is proven to work and proven to be safe, go ahead and use it. The document you linked was published in 2013 and outlines the WHO's general strategy and position regarding alternative medicines, though they tend to refer to them as traditional ...


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I would be highly skeptical of this claim. The mechanism that this is supposed to work by is as some sort of antibacterial agent. Although, the mild acid in vinegar really is nothing compared to the acids that are already in your stomach. The main reason that vinegar is associated as a food poisoning remedy could be because vinegar is often used as a ...


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There has been very little or no research done on whether a salt cave can reduce stress levels (or many of the other supposed benefits you list). But, given that they generally make you recline in a darkened room and listen to relaxing music, I would say it's plausible that you would be more relaxed afterwards - but that says nothing about the efficacy of ...


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