Sometimes you wonder about well-known celebrities, accomplished in their own field, who go on to publish information that defies belief. Bending and warping science to sell themselves, their products, and their services.
So I was amazed when a reader asked me if shouting at his glass of water changed its nature. Of course, I wanted to know why he would ask such a question. It appears that his wife is a progressive socialist democrat and he is a conservative.Over breakfast she said that if he was not so angry about President Obama and the democrats, his water and food might taste better. Even worse, she claimed that there was science behind her reasoning. So he forwarded “the science” to me to comment.
It appears that “the science” appeared in Gwyneth Paltrow’s publication called “GOOP” and was authored by a contributor named Dr. Habib Sadeghi who appears to be a doctor of osteopathy who has a familiarity with alternative and complementary medicine (Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and Nutritional and Dietary guidance. <Source>
Let’s start with Dr. Emoto’s so-called experiments. Rather than spending time to debunk these unscientific, unreliable, and unrepeatable results, I will point you to an excellent article on Dr. Emoto’s work at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry which was created to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. The article can be accessed here.
And, about those quantum effects, string theory is a theory for a reason. The “theory” is a study in theoretical physics and requires high-order mathematical constructs to derive its conclusions. Conclusions that have not yet been verified and are unlikely to cause physiological or psychological effects on a macro scale. If you wish to read more about string theory, it can be found here.
Bottom line …
I have no problem with ideas that induce people to feel better about themselves, mainly through the “placebo effect” and the alternation of a negative mindset. But, I do have a problem in those who cite “junk science” or make fanciful claims based on scientific theories to sell themselves and their products and services. Especially when an individual relies on their bunkum and delays seeing a competent medical professional. In an extreme case, Apple’s Steve Jobs trying to self-treat his advancing cancer with diet and naturopathic protocols rather than allowing a surgeon to excise what may have been an operable situation.
I also have a problem with celebrities who attempt to sell their brand of bullshit to the masses as if the celebrity was some form of enlightened being rather than an attention-getting media magnet. I do not think I would seek medical advice from Goop no matter how many times an author appeared in clueless media. Witness the number of goofball medical suggestions that have appeared on Oprah and taken as gospel because they were televised – and therefore can’t be in doubt.
As for the author, I express no opinion on his article other than he cites what appears to be a charlatan to lend support to his assertions. But, I will state for the record, that there are any number of well-educated, well-credentialed, and well-respected professionals who have gone to the dark side to market their whacko theories and multiply their millions with marketing.
I think I would trust Paltrow and Goop on steamed vaginas more than how words affect water and rice; but even that is iffy as medical professionals do not recommend steaming your vagina.
Best advice comes from the Better Business Bureau: “Investigate Before You Invest.”
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius