Ah, pseudosciences. Sometimes, they’re a sham to fleece gullible punters of their hard-earned coin. Other times, they’re practiced by merely earnest (or delusional) individuals who sincerely believe that they alone have the answers science has yet to provide.
From magnets to butt wrinkles, this list covers some of the more interesting pseudoscientific theories and practices that have been or still are believed by man.
Warning: Do not try any medical pseudoscience without discussing it with your doctor (a real doctor) first. Although we can’t give medical advice, it isn’t wise to let just anyone look at your butt wrinkles.
10. Thought Field Therapy
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Thought field therapy (TFT) is a pseudoscientific theory that has been floating around since 1980. Psychologist Roger Callahan had been treating a patient with a crippling fear of water for over a year. Her phobia was so strong that just sitting near a pool during therapy could cause her stomach pains.
Callahan had recently studied Chinese medicine and learned of meridians, supposedly the vital pathways of energy which flow through the body. He remembered that acupuncturists claim that there is a spot on the cheekbone which taps into the stomach meridian. So he asked his patient to tap herself on the cheekbone in that location in hopes of reducing her stomach pain.
Miraculously, her stomach pain disappeared completely. But wait, there’s more! The patient’s entire phobia disappeared. She was able to run to the pool she previously couldn’t stand to look at, jump in, and begin splashing around. Thus, TFT was born.
Since that time, TFT has become known as “tapping.” According to practitioners, it can be used to treat both emotional and physical illnesses. For emotional disturbances, all a patient needs to do is think of the problem he is experiencing and then stimulate the acupressure points that his trained TFT professional recommends.
Although tapping websites claim success rates of 75–97 percent, no empirical studies have been conducted which offer even a modicum of support for these outrageous figures.