More OfQuack Woo

[BPSDB]As promised in the title, more quackery which Skills For Health feel is appropriate twenty first century healthcare. It will be noted that Naturopathy, Nutriwoo and Yoga are missing. I feel that, because of their more extensive claims, these need more detailed analysis – which will happen when I have more time.

From the Introduction in the Bowen Deco8 pdf we have:

Bowen Healthcare is an approach intended to reset the body to heal itself. The approach consists of a series of gently rolling connective tissue moves, using a light touch and may be done through clothing. There are frequent important pauses between these moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By combining moves, both in placement and in combination, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole or target a specific problem.

There is no evidence base for any of this.

From the Introduction in the Aromatherapy Dec08 pdf we have:

Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils in holistic treatments to improve physical and emotional well-being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be used to improve health and prevent disease.

I am not aware of any double blinded trials which show that aromatherapy prevents disease. Perhaps OfQuack could enlighten me.

From the Introduction to the Cranial Therapies Dec08 pdf:

Cranial therapies are a closely related group of light-touch therapies which have their origin in osteopathy. They share an understanding that the craniosacral system is a core system in the human body, where body, mind and spirit reside.

Cranial Therapies are hands-on therapeutic approaches for normalising the functioning of the craniosacral mechanism and reflected imbalances in the body tissues. They are processes of examination and treatment that encourage the expression of health in the whole system…

In a typical session the … therapist will make contact carefully by placing their hands lightly on the individual’s body and tuning in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with their hands.

“Tuning in and ‘listening’ with the hands”. All I can say is that the process by which this happens is unknown to scientists. OfQuack should be reccommending the cranial therapists for a Nobel Prize or two if they can produce any evidence that they can do what they claim.

From the Reflexology Dec 08 pdf:

Reflexology is the study and practice of treating reflex points and areas in the hands and feet that relate to corresponding parts of the body. Using precise hand and finger techniques a reflexologist can improve circulation, induce relaxation and enable homeostasis. These three outcomes can activate the body’s own healing systems to heal and prevent ill health.

How are these reflex points connected to the relevent parts of the body? How does manipulating them effect the body? Anatomists would love to know.

From Description in the Shiatsu Dec08 pdf:

The aim of shiatsu is to promote the processes of self-healing and personal growth through balancing the circulation of the body’s energy (Ki, Qi or Chi). The well being of a person as a unity of body, mind and spirit depends on the harmonious flow of this energy

Hmm. I am reliably informed that chi can also be translated as “gas”. Which means a good gas-flow is healthful. I shall inform Mrs Aitch forthwith. Perhaps the comments about farting will cease when she realises I am creating such a healthy environment.

From Terminology in Shiatsu Dec08 pdf

[Chi is] used to describe the life force said to flow through the body, sometimes descibed as bio-electro-magnetic energy.

Meridian [is] the channels said to exist in the body through which the [chi] flows.

“Chi” may be bio-electro-magnetic energy (and not farts) but instruments designed to detect electromagnetic energy do not detect it.

And unless by “meridian” they mean “intestines” I am afraid these channels have remained undetected by conventional anatomists.

There is a consultation questionaire to supply feedback on all of these documents which I would have liked to make use of but unfortunately you’ve got to be a CAM practitioner in order to have your feedback considered.

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9 Responses to “More OfQuack Woo”

  1. Alan Henness (zeno) Says:

    I’ve said this elsewhere, but OfQuack are saying they have been overwhelmed with registrations. However, there are only 44 in their register!

  2. Sean Ellis Says:

    Apologies if you’ve seen this before, but UK citizens can protest about OfQuack’s lack of efficacy or safety via the petition at

  3. BobP Says:

    Congratulation on picking out a wonderful set of baseless assertions!

  4. Alan Henness (zeno) Says:

    Came across this on Charlie’s website – a notice of an event:

    1st Clinical aromatherapy conference
    The potential use for the essential oils in healthcare.

    Clinical aromatherapy??? LOL!

  5. natalie Says:

    congratualtions to quackwatch!! you are amazingly ignorant… oh and arrogant too, if it’s not scientifically proven, must be quackery!!!

    really that is genious…. im so inspired to seek conventional medicine now i’ve read your BS Blog!..

  6. natalie Says:

    There’s no evidence there’s no evidence….

    WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE CHEMO works then???


    the real evidence……….

  7. jaycueaitch Says:

    Errr.. This isn’t quackwatch. Amazing reading abilities you have there, Natalie.

    BTW. Even if chemo doesn’t work, that would not be proof that CAM does work. You might want to try constructing logical arguments to support your position instead of shouting.

  8. Alan Henness (zeno) Says:

    Natalie said: “WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE CHEMO works then???”

    My uncle was cured of cancer with chemotherapy and lived a further 11 years (to the ripe old age of 89), when he would have had one at most if he had not had chemo. And he didn’t bother with woo nonsense.

    Sorry, I should have asked first…you do accept anecdotes as evidence, don’t you?

  9. Robin Grant Says:

    You Sir, are a QUACK!

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