Energy Medicine Becomes Front-Page News

Last year, I predicted that Qi Gong and energy medicine therapies would become big business over the next decade, possibly eclipsing both Yoga and the UFC combined.  I also predicted an increase in qigong fraud, where inadequately trained therapists operate expensive, ineffectual energy devices on desperate patients.

Sorry to say, I was right. See the front-page article in the November 18, 2007 edition of the Seattle Times:

Miracle Machines | The 21st-century snake oil

Yuan Shen Helmet?
The fabled yuan shen helmet?
Photo Credit: Alan Berner/Seattle Times

They can cure cancer, reduce cholesterol, end allergies, treat cavities, kill parasites and even eliminate AIDS.

“Energy medicine” devices can be as small as a television remote control, or as large as a steamer trunk.

Their operators say the devices work by transmitting radio frequencies or electromagnetic waves through the body, identifying problems, then “zapping” them.

Their claims are a fraud — the 21st-century version of snake oil. But a Seattle Times investigation has discovered that thousands of these unproven devices — many of them illegal or dangerous — are found in hundreds of venues nationwide, from the Puyallup Fair, to health-care clinics in Florida, to an 866-bed regional hospital in Missouri.

EPFX: Electrical Physical Feedback Xrroid

These are not the devices in wide use by medical doctors, such as electrical stimulators used for sports injuries. Nor are they the biofeedback devices used at respected alternative-medicine centers such as Seattle’s Bastyr University. Rather, these are boxes of wires purported to perform miracles. Their manufacturers and operators capitalize on weak government oversight and the nation’s hunger for alternative therapies to reap millions of dollars in profits while exploiting desperate people…

Over the past year, The Times investigated these machines and the people behind them…
[Continued at the Seattle Times website]

This is the first of a multi-part investigative series to be published by the Times over the next week.

If you are a Martial Development subscriber, you already know what happens next (a crackdown on guilty and innocent alike), how it will affect you as a martial artist, and how to respond.


  1. The energy medicine you are describing is such a fraud, but I am concerned that people who read this may not make the distinction between this fraud and true “Energy” healing. By harnessing the energy that we all possess, we can make substantial changes in our life physically, mentally and spiritually. Dr. Judith Orloff,, is a pioneer in the subject. Not only is she a board certified psychiatrist, but she is also a holistic healer. Her book Positive Energy explains the uses of positive energy and how to put our own positive energy to use in our everyday life.

  2. Thanks for the great information! I agree… people that have any serious health challenge should be careful of falling prey to any products claiming to heal or treat diseases and or miracle cures.  You mention bio-feedback devices and electronic simulators and I personally have had great results with The Detox Box a type of Rife Machine or Frequency Generator.  It has helped me get rid of muscle pain, nerve inflammation and arthritis pain and uses electrode pads similar to TENS units but has the ability to choose 100’s of different frequencies.

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