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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Quackery surges forward.... Date: Sun, 3 Mar 1996 02:18:28 -0500 MORE ORGANIZED NONSENSE A correspondent has notified me that the Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio, is offering a degree program in "Massage Therapy" with legitimate courses, including "Anatomy & Physiology," "Massage Techniques," and so on. However, there also appears the required course: HC 124: Healing Through the Human Energy Field. A course description says: 2 Credits. Introduction to working with the human energy field. This sounds suspiciously like the "Therapeutic Touch" (TT) quackery that has permeated the nursing field in this country, has been so widely accepted as genuine, and is eagerly supported by the feminist movement as a furtherance of "feminine empowerment." In my opinion, the embrace of TT is a blunder by the feminists. This is far from a unique situation; such courses are being offered by many schools. (Please see the last paragraph in this posting.) A few years ago, I dropped my support of the Gay Men's Health group, who were doing a great job of effectively bringing the AIDS plague to the attention of the government and the public, when they announced that they were spending their funds on acupuncture, TT, chiropractic and other popular forms of baseless treatment. I felt the same last night when my local PBS channel here in Florida used the current champion of all quacks, Deepak Chopra, to misinform viewers as bait for a fund-raising campaign. As I wrote here previously, I've withdrawn my support of this station, in protest. When I so informed the station manager, my letter was ignored. I urge you all to make your feelings known to fund-raisers and educators when you become aware of such crap being offered. I've made it VERY plain, as you can see. And -- if any of you become aware of this sort of nonsense -- questionable school offerings, pseudoscience being pushed in any public venue -- please let me know. In another month, I'll have a need to get all such material together for a major presentation. Also, if you can, provide me with references so that I can check out any information you provide. Thanks! Meanwhile, back in Japan: Minutes after I sent the finish to the Takahashi matter to the list, I got a call asking me if I'd go to Japan, anyway. And -- wonder of wonders -- Takahashi just might be the testee, despite all I reported! Stay tuned for developments in this drama -- which is sounding more and more like a really bad soap opera.... James Randi ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively.


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