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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Predictable Response

In response to my slapdown of "Dr." Mikio Sankey, someone known only as "anonymous" has left a comment that is worth reposting and having a bit of a go at:
That's so sad. If you've read any (or all) of Mikio's books or tried any of his acupuncture patterns on yourself, you'd know that he's the real thing. I really recommend him to everyone - if you're open to expanding your consciousness. But even people who aren't - he has basic patterns to begin to open patients - and they basically help with stress as well. He's just using simple TCM points learned in every acupuncture school, but he's doing them in a specific order to create sacred geometry patterns (in other words, the treatment will have more of an impact). Whether you call something "Plum pit qi from Liver qi stagnation" (TCM) or "Throat chakra imbalance" (Mikio) you are still treating someone's lump in their throat.
Firstly, we have the old "try it yourself and you'll see it's real" fallacy. This is the woo-believer's favorite tactic because they don't realize that anecdote do not equal data. A person's experience does not, in any way make that experience scientifically valid because no variables were controlled, hence, fabulous parting gifts for you. Enjoy the's the San Francisco treat!

Secondly is the "you're a closed-minded skeptic and should be open to opening your consciousness chakra healing whitelight blahblahblahblah" fallacy. Anyone who has talked to believers has dealt with this particular brand of stupidity. In any event, I'll repost the great video that's been making the rounds of skeptical websites of late, only because it's super relevant to this person's attitude:Ok, now that we've all watched that for the seventh time, let's move on to the, "simple TCM...sacred geometry" bullshit. Traditional Chinese "medicine" is not medicine. Sorry, but it's not. I'd recommend reading parts one and two of Yao Man Chan's Tao of Chinese Medicine over at Skepticblog. He's better at taking apart the silliness and, you know, he's Chinese.

Lastly, I'd like to point out a flaw in the last sentence. "Anonymous" says that, "Whether you call something "Plum pit qi from Liver qi stagnation" (TCM) or "Throat chakra imbalance" (Mikio) you are still treating someone's lump in their throat." Well, no, actually, you're not treating shit if you're doing anything with their "chakra", "meridian line" or "qi" because those things are as make-believe as Gremlins, Chewbacca, or Nic Cage's accent in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. That's like saying you can treat a sinus by massaging the tips of your toes. Oohhh...wait...

So, to sum up: nothing new here, same old same old, thanks for offering up the standard tripe, Anonymous - if that is your real name - and feel free to come back later with more drivel that I can use to make a new post.

3 Barbaric Yawps:

At 7/4/09 8:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey BHM - Don't knock reflexology, I think there's something to it. Just the other day I creamed my toe on a table leg and sure as shit I didn't notice my sinuses for about 5 minutes afterwards...

At 7/4/09 9:29 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

Ha! Well played, sir! (or madam)

At 13/4/09 2:28 pm, Blogger Perky Skeptic said...

Reflexology sure is some grade-A pseudoscience, but I gotta admit-- those power tools they use to massage your feet look like they would feel awesome!


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