So, I was exploring the twittersphere and noticed that one of my followers was an advocate of “EFT”. This sounded familiar, so I dug through the old blog archive and found this piece from early last year.
Of course I had to follow that link. Anyone who can explain Einstein’s work in this way must be some sort of wacko or some sort of idiot, or possibly both. (Of course, what does that say about the person who would repeat it on his website)…
So what is this wonderful panacea that combines the discoveries of Einstein and acupuncture? First, let’s just look at Mercola’s crimes against language. “Heralded” usually means “announced beforehand”, and I don’t think anyone sent out fliers before Einstein’s first papers. Next, we have the problem with “everything is composed of energy”. Now, IANAP (I am not a physicist), but matter and energy, while related, are not the same thing!
Anyway, back to EFT, which stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques”. What does that mean? Nothing, although it is eerily similar to “electronic funds transfer”, which is certainly to show up somewhere on the website.
EFT is based on a new discovery that has provided thousands with relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues.
Really? I read a number of journals and I’ve never heard of it.
Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture except needles aren’t necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere.
So, it’s like acupuncture, but you don’t actually puncture anything. And it’s portable, assuming your fingers are still attached.
It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says…
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true…
“Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases.”
The fact that these assertions are unfounded, and that the conclusions don’t follow doesn’t seem to bother this guy. He’s still lookin’ for that EFT.
This common sense approach draws its power from (1) time-honored Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 yearsAlbert Einstein, who told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and that is why EFT often works where nothing else will. As you will clearly see, conventional healing methods have overlooked the obvious.
Any time someone says “common sense”, get ready to run. Common sense sounds good, but therapies must be proven to work. Sounding good isn’t proof. Next is the appeal to pre-literate medical practices…nice. Then the massive misinterpretation and misuse of the name of Einstein. Finally, the appeal to the great conspiracy to ignore the obvious good of the EFT—to his wallet!
As is usual for woo, “You can also use it for everything from the common cold to cancer.” Wow!
And how big will be the EFT to this guy’s account? Try about $600.00 for the entire course on DVD.