Complementary and alternative medicine Friday Woo Medicine Quackery

The SCIO, Quantum Xrroid Consciousness Interface, and Bill Nelson: Better late than never–or maybe not

As my fellow Americans (ack! I’m sounding like a politician!) know, this happens to be a holiday weekend in the States, Monday being Labor Day. Given that, I’m taking it easy blogging until Tuesday, given that most people (in the U.S. at least) are probably out taking advantage of the opportunity that what is traditionally considered the last weekend of the summer vacation season affords. Me and my wife, we’re taking advantage of this three day weekend to do somthing truly fun: To finally put our basement in order. (There’s still a ton of stuff down there from when we moved in.) Woo-hoo!

In any case, all of this makes this weekend the perfect time to catch up on stuff that I’ve been meaning to post about but somehow never did. For example, I noticed this one about a week ago when fellow ScienceBlogger Mark Hoofnagle posted an incredibly bizarre video by someone who has appeared right here on this blog before. Indeed, he has appeared not just once but twice in my earlier, soon-to-be-resurrected-in-one-form-or-another feature, Your Friday Dose of Woo in 2007 as the inventor of not just the EPFX/QXCI, Quantum Xrroid Consciousness Interface, which combined most amazing woo and arguably one of the most outrageously ugly (if not the most outrageously ugly), least functional computer interfaces I’ve ever seen, and the Scientific Consciousness Interface Operation (SCIO) system, which “integrates the sciences of mathematics, quantum physics, fractal dynamics, subspace theory, electronics, and computer programming” and includes “naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, energetic medicine, psychology, aromatherapy, reflexology, colour therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, biofeedback and Rife Resonator,” not to mention incorporates “knowledge of metaphysical subjects to bring a unique synergistic perspective to natural healing.” And, of course, as one of his “admirers” made a point of telling me, Nelson was “nominated” for the Nobel Prize.

Now you know why I featured Nelson twice on Your Friday Dose of Woo last year. I also still wonder why he never won that Nobel Prize. Personally, I’d give him a prize for being able to combine more forms of highly intense woo into a single product than virtually anybody else can. Or perhaps this video can explain:

Amazing. The ego-ism, with Nelson as the lone defender of Truth, Justice, and Naturopathy versus the Evil Allopathy. Hmmm. (“Evil Allopathy” would make a good name for a band, don’t you think?) Too bad the FDA has banned the sale of his device in the U.S. and he’s on the run from the law. Obviously it’s all part of the plot.

But Nelson’s amazing talents don’t stop with just the film above. Check out some of the films on this website. We see Bill Nelson treating us to his musical talents in drag as a diva, in a courtroom drama (“Naturopathy will have its day”), a transformational drama in which a doctor becomes a “healer,” not to mention “proof” of extra-sensory perception, a film shot on location in Africa, and a whole lot more. One thing we learn is that Bill Nelson likes to dress up in drag a lot. Another thing we learn is that he really should take voice lessons. But the most important thing that we learn is the truly bizarre mindset of a man who can come up with such amazingly wild quackery.

Truly, you can’t make stuff like this up. At least, I can’t. If I could, I’d seriously worry about my mental health.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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