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Albert Abrams and the Fraud of Radionics

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Albert Abrams and the Fraud of Radionics

During the turn of the century, an American doctor named Albert Abrams began pushing the miracle cure for all diseases.

At least, that is how he marketed his contraptions.

He is most famous for his research into healing the human body with energy – a field known as “Radionics”.

Even though Abrams made millions by leasing and selling Radionic devices, it seems the doctor did far more harm than good.

So much so in fact, that he has been labeled the “dean of twentieth century charlatans.”

Abram’s Theory of Spondylotherapy

Throughout his medical career, Abrams was most fascinated with curing the body with vibrations.

During his tenure at Stanford University as a professor of Pathology, Abrams came up with the diagnostic theory of “spondylotherapy.”

However, his fellow doctors and many of his patients quickly ostracized him, largely because the technique involved striking the vertebrae with a hammer.

Nevertheless, some physicians unbelievably bought into the idea, and paid Abrams to teach them the technique.


Abrams and Radionics

After leaving Stanford, Abrams came up with the idea of Radionics.

The theory is that the human body is nothing more than a collection of vibrating electrons, providing the human body with a “signature.”

Based on that signature, Abrams claimed that he could not only diagnose an ailment, but cure it as well.

To aid him in his practice, Abrams invented the “dynamizer.”

He claimed that his device could analyze a single drop of blood to diagnose the patient. Then, through another device called the Omnipotent Oscilloclast, he would transmit a cure back to the patient via radio waves.

As outrageous as the claims were, many people not only believed in, but also paid Abrams for the use of these devices.


The Scam Finally Revealed

However, when skeptics, disgruntled patients, and the families of dead relatives began to question Abrams tools and methods, his quackery was finally revealed.

Many doctors sent blood samples to Abrams under the guise of being samples from sick patients. He came back with diagnoses of cancer, pneumonia, and other diseases.

Yet, in actuality, these samples were taken from perfectly healthy animals, such as hamsters and roosters.

Then, when skeptics finally had the opportunity to take Abrams’ devices apart, they only found a simple collection of wires and transistors that did nothing more than make the box hum.

There was not a single legitimate circuit in any of the devices – the skeptics had uncovered that absolutely nothing was being analyzed or transmitted.

Though the practice of Radionics still has a small following, as many scams do, presently the medical and scientific fields have categorized it as pseudoscience, with no legitimate evidence whatsoever to its claims.

(1) Wikipedia: Radionics
(2) Skepdic
(3) Light Party

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