As the trend of fake food allergies and fake food intolerances has begun to permeate pharmacy practice, I’ve become much more attuned to allergy pseudoscience. As I have pointed out before, there are scientific ways to diagnose and treat allergies, and then there are the methods used by “alternative” health practitioners, which are neither accurate nor effective. It’s not only naturopaths – there is a wide field of different practices, all claiming the ability to identify and treat allergies. These methods lack scientific substantiation – some prefer to redefine the word allergy:
A Holistic Allergist uses a new definition of allergy: “A bioenergetic counteraction to a given substance resulting in abnormality”.
It’s strategy first documented in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass:
“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
And that’s the case with allergy treatments. One of the most absurd “allergy” practices is called Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination, which combines energy pseudoscience with acupuncture pseudoscience, and delivered with technology pseudoscience. It purports:
This amazing technique helps the body by clearing incorrect frequency information being stored in the cells and reintroduces the proper frequencies so the body can begin to recognize substances of which it was previously confused.
Sound reasonable and feasible? This video elaborates:
Rather than just sit back and let “Registered Holistic Allergists” continue to make unsubstantiated claims about treating allergies, Skeptic North blogger Dianne Sousa took them on, and the results are impressive. She details her experience in two blog posts that I highly recommend – both for further information about the absurdity of Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination but also how Dianne used Canadian regulatory agencies to force these individuals to stop calling themselves “Registered Holistic Allergists”. Check out the posts at Skeptic North:
Part 1: A Tale of Alphaghetti Credentials: “Registered Holistic Allergists” and “BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination”
Part 2: A Tale of Alphagetti Credentials – Part 2: “Registered BioEnergetics Practitioners”