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Distant healing

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Sly Saint, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Blog Edzard Ernst: Prof Walach’s studies of distant healing: do they reveal the difference between a scientist and a pseudoscientist?

    "Amongst all the many bizarre treatments so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) has to offer, distant healing is probably one of the least plausible. Essentially, it involves healers sending healing ‘energy’ to far remote patients. This energy is then supposed to stimulate the patients’ ability to heal themselves."
    full blog
    https://edzardernst.com/2020/07/pro...ce-between-a-scientist-and-a-pseudoscientist/
     
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  2. wdb

    wdb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Yet more proof the combination un-blinded treatment with subjective measures produces misleading data. If distant healing had happened to be a type of therapy that couldn't be blinded then the results might have looked very different.
     
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    wdb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I'm disappointed in Edzard's supposed skepticism in this piece two posts earlier. He has no problem with using odourless distilled water as a control in a subjective aromatherapy study. It seems like as is so often the case bad methodology is fine if the results are palatable.

    https://edzardernst.com/2020/07/aromatherapy-improves-pain-intensity-and-anxiety-in-burned-patients/

    At least he later acknowledges it in the comments.

     
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    strategist Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    The essential oils I know have a strong scent. No way distilled water is an adequate control treatment.
     
  5. Aslaug

    Aslaug Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    My thoughts as well. I wonder if fragrance oils could be used instead.
     
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    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    A series of different smells to be inhaled in the same way, to test whether it's the particular oil that is significant, or the distraction of a nice smell. And with both the patients and the person administering the smell not having any idea which one is the 'active' smell being tested.
     

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