Woo in the doctors waiting room, an example…


I’m sure we have all come across it, brochures and and newsletters in a doctors waiting room. Many of the time they are pretty harmless although woo is making a more frequent appearance these days. A friend dropped on my desk a little ripper however, titled “Hydrate for Health”. The article is in the Patient Information for the Munno Para Medical Centre, a practice with 5 doctors, all with at least an MB and an MS. Unfortunately the article does not state who put it in there or where the information came from, we’ll get to that soon enough. So what we have is am official patient health brochure, something your average person is most likely going to trust and believe. And I must point out, the rest of the information in the brochure is about healthy eating, being sun smart, controlling your cholesterol and getting immunisations. So lets look at what it says in the article about water.

When you drink dead water, the body will convert that water to the activated form.

“activated form”??? WFT! My BS meter, which had been twitching for the first paragraphs, now hits the red zone. I’m sorry but water is water. The whole concept behind this woo is that there is some undetectable, unmeasurable and totally unwarranted ‘energy’ that can or can’t be in water. Or that water has some structure that is stable over time involving clusters of water molecules. If you have time to burn and enjoy futile tasks go looking for the peer reviewed research that supports these wild claims.

When we say Hydrate for Health, we mean drink water, and drink the right kind of water.

If we’re talking your standard concept of hydration then this is bullshit. Unless the water is frozen or is in its gaseous state then the cells in your body will happily grab the H20 molecules out of whatever form you supply them in. It doesn’t need to be of a particular kind.

The moment water is bottled it is suffocated… unable to breath

More BS, sorry but there is no test that supports the idea that water needs to “breath”. This dredged up hack of an idea I imagine goes back to the dark ages and the concerns over stagnant or still water. Yes there can be an issue over stagnant water, but that’s more to do with what organisms lives in oxygen depleted water.

You can easily know when you are buying a premium bottled water. No self-respecting bottler will use plastic. The really good bottled water is always bottled in glass because the crystal structure of the glass actually helps preserve the natural properties of water.

Oh dear, the “crystal structure” influences the properties of water? Please! Good luck finding any scientific support for that one. More woo. Here’s a small fact , IT DOESN’T.

And then to top this list BS of we have this gem.

The one thing we need to remember is that water is fragile. The mere presence of a microwave or an electromagnetic wave from the electrical system in the home can destroy these very subtle properties.

I’m sorry but crystalline solids are “fragile”. Water is sloppy and has no structure because it is a liquid. It is constantly making and breaking bonds between molecules. If it wasn’t it would be a solid or gel. It’s amazing that these so called properties, which are so important, are so subtle as to be undetectable by modern science. And these days we know how to measure stuff, we can measure single atoms, we can detect photons created billions of years ago that have traveled across the entire universe and we can measure time in the most minuscule detail. And yet all these so called properties of water never seem to show up when we perform experiments. The reason is quite simple, these stupid ideas only exist in the stupid minds of stupid people. It’s the 21st friggin century, being ignorant is no excuse anymore.

Now returning to the source of this bullshit about water. The internet is an amazing thing and one amazing thing you can do is find interesting patterns of words and who has used them. So something like “Brain cells are highly diamagnetic (activated)” (groan…) lends itself to a Google search. And here’s the one and only place this term is used. The article in the practices newsletter has been lifted via cut and paste from this site, without even the politeness of adding a link. This site is a mix of mostly woo and a few good links but how to tell the difference? For a sample of the complete crap on this site read here, or if your enjoy your current IQ, perhaps don’t.

Why this crap is available from a doctors surgery in Munno Para is totally beyond me, maybe someone is suffering from this.


One Comment on “Woo in the doctors waiting room, an example…”

  1. Spanky says:

    I’m thinking you should change your blog title to “The Angry Skeptic”! :o)

    This, in particular, certainly sounds like a ridiculous thing to find in a doctors’ surgery and I’m wondering if you brought it to their attention? Perhaps some sneaky person is actually sneaking the pamphlets in without their knowledge or consent (easily possible). If they’re putting the pamphlets out themselves you shouldn’t have any qualms in asking them to justify it and then perhaps to correct it. I can’t imagine any doctor agreeing with the rubbish you’ve quoted.

    Thanks for the post.

    PS Regarding writing: check on your use of apostrophes. You said you wanted to blog to practise writing, that’s the only reason I mention it, otherwise I wouldn’t risk incurring your wrath. ;o)


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