Discovery Science – Critical Eye – Alternative Medicine

“Examines ancient healing methods, which includes acupuncture and homeopathy, as well as the more modern practices of gemstone and magnet therapy”

Penn & Teller doin what they do best: exposing bullshit

28 thoughts on “Discovery Science – Critical Eye – Alternative Medicine

  • February 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    You sure don’t your shit sir .Why don’t you study NIKKEN like one guy shows
    . your studies don’t show nikken . You are a joke

  • February 5, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Why do professional athletes use magnets? Probably because most of them are
    otherwise so poorly educated that they believe anything they are told – and

  • February 5, 2015 at 1:06 am
  • February 5, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Those who totally debunk the physical effects of acupuncture haven’t really
    looked at the existing data. A research project was carried out in the US
    (I think it was MD Anderson or it may have been some other big cancer
    center) to test if acupuncture could help against chemo nausea and other
    treatment-related symptoms. This was a placebo-controlled trial: Chinese
    acupuncturists would use either real acupuncture points or scam ones i.e.
    random needle placement. In this trial, the real acupuncture was effective
    compared to placebo acupuncture. Sorry I don’t have the link but it can
    probably be found in PubMed. Done before 2006 because that’s when I heard
    the report at the ASCO meeting.

  • February 5, 2015 at 1:41 am

    2:58 not China, it’s Thailand :(

  • February 5, 2015 at 1:50 am

    My mom, 98 years old, in great shape, had a persistent pain after a serious
    inflamation of her achiles tendon, treated with antibiotics etc. She sort
    adapted to the pain for two years. Then I sent her a friend, a chinese
    acupuncturist, and he gave her a treatment of 12 sessions, which didnt have
    any results, until, we all forgot about it, but after some 3 months she
    “suddenly” noticed that she was free of pain. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • February 5, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I have a mass of scar tissue wrapped around my pudendal nerve (if you don’t
    know what that is, take a minute to look it up, because it’s going to make
    the next point much clearer). I went to a “doctor” who claimed he could
    massage it away (see, the position was important! It’s between my hip bone
    and my reproductive organs. How would he even reach it, and do I want a
    strange rubbing me there?!). When I told him that sounded like crap, he
    said, “well, if it’s even there.” I said, “it was found with a 3T MRI.” His
    response? “Well, you have to WANT to get better” and that was going to cost
    about $250 a week for “treatments,” but if I didn’t “WANT” to improve, I
    wouldn’t. Meaning he knew it was crap, so the only effects I could get from
    it were in my mind. No thanks, I’ll stick with my MD.

  • February 5, 2015 at 2:13 am

    +Frank Duse Your right, that doesn’t mean every chiropractor is bullshit.
    The fact that they are bullshit means they are ALL bullshit. I’m into four
    years of medical school and my father is chief of surgery. They don’t teach
    chiropractic bullshit in medical school. They don’t teach it because it is
    only debated among fools like you. People who ACTUALLY know medicine, know
    that this carp is awful. If you REALLY want to fool yourself into thinking
    cracking your knuckles will fix anything, you might want to research what
    that sound is, I think you will be surprised to find out what it is. We do
    not recognize chiropractors as doctors. We laugh at them. And everyone else
    laughs at you. 

  • February 5, 2015 at 3:04 am

    chiropractic care can really cure, to say that can cure anything it is
    indeed bullshit.
    but the target area of cure of chiropractic in anything related to joint,
    and posture related diseases, including some king of headackes and
    sympatetic system related problems, yes it is reallty effective.

  • February 5, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Think about it – if magnet therapy is fake how come Magneto has super

  • February 5, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I was told Raindrop Therapy (essential oils) could cure my Scoliosis! what
    the actual fuck?!

  • February 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This episode is kind of bullshit. Anybody interested in an evidence-based,
    peer reviewed look at how stress can be measured, and it’s impacts on our
    body should read Robert M. Sapolsky’s Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.

    A lot of the misconceptions come from metaphors like Penn and Teller
    working on the spark plugs through the tires, as if the body was a machine.
    But the body is actually an interconnected ecosystem with each part
    influencing the rest.

    I won’t speak for reflexology, but our nervous system certainly
    communicates from the feet to the prefrontal cortex. The magnet guy is a
    little out there, but stimulating the brain with magnetic pulses is now an
    evidence-based approach of neurologists. Alternative medicine has actually
    contributed in many ways by producing new insights, while conventional
    medicine often makes terrible mistakes (like creating enormous hospital
    environments where antibiotic-resistant super-bugs can evolve and spread or
    medicating an entire generation of kids with stimulants that lead to
    later-life health and metabolic problems).

  • February 5, 2015 at 6:11 am

    It is a well known fact that the Ancient Moronic tribes of the Upper Nile
    in Egypt used advanced medical techniques such as colonic irrigation,
    amateur brain surgery,ear candling etc. They also used a basic form of sham
    animistic meditation to pull teeth–(they could transcend dental
    medication!). The ancient Irish Druids used organic horshit to cure
    piles-iam am told!

  • February 5, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Look who gotten senile?
    Because wouldn’t the magnet pull the iron in our blood and they’ll collect
    to one spot? And it sounds not so healthy to me

  • February 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Fuckin’ magnets! How do THEY work?

  • February 5, 2015 at 8:11 am

    the doc hit her spot.

  • February 5, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Wow I’ve some big schemes to get money but this one takes the cake.

  • February 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I like watching fake science exposed, but it’s so annoying to listen to a
    rude and condescending man who shouts his every sentence. No thanks, Penn
    and Teller.

  • February 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Need a lot stronger magnets than those to do anything noticeable. Also your

  • February 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

    2:34 That person ate a key!

  • February 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    If I had some serious lower back pain then a chiropractor could probably
    help. Other than that its all nonsense.

  • February 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Number way to tell genuine medicine from bullshit. Look at the scientific
    studies they cite if they cite any at all.

  • February 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Alternative Medicine is something stupid people use before they die


  • February 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    as far as reflexology is concerned, if you are going to die you might as
    well die with someone rubbing your feet.

  • February 5, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I knew something was wrong with the magnetic guy at the end as soon as I
    saw the pink wallpaper. Pink wallpaper!

  • February 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Cocaine would take the ache out of a toothache.

  • February 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    smoke weed <3

  • February 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    omg. it is quacks like this that do not know what they are doing make
    alternative medicine really seem like quackery. Just like in anything a lot
    of bullshit was made up but there is mountains of evidence for herbs, food
    as medicine, and the power of the mind over the body. Herbs are ingredients
    in many of today’s pharmaceuticals. Or as you all watching it probably know
    it as “magic pills”. So long as you are kept on believing in an industry
    that maintains disease instead of curing it( show me evidence that
    pharmaceuticals have cured something) the more money that they will make
    and the longer that they will stay in power.

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