A few posts ago, I wrote about SCENAR tangentially, as part of a piece on the pathology of scams.
Well in a case of delayed reaction, I received the following response from a reader, and rather than hide it and my response way back in the comments on that piece, I’ll put it and my response here. In a dazzling display of Churchillian wit and grace, my correspondent writes:
your an idiot!
I’m a fully qualified physio and scenar is by far the best treatment going around! Its used throughout europe – has been around 20 years! I have treated and healed chronic back pain to chronic headaches!
Why dont you do some real research before you write your blogs!
OK ‘Person’, I’ve published your insulting comment, even though it’s against my policy to do so. Obviously those ‘full qualifications’ did not extend to the scientific method and dealing rationally with criticisms, since you moved straight to an ad hominem attack. Nor did your training extend to some basic grammar it seems.
How about using your real name too – tell us what your qualifications are, and where you got them, and what your evidence is. I’m sure it would be most enlightening for all my readers to see your particular evidence, since I could find none in the usual scientific journals.I’d be keen to publish any research to which you have access.
In fact, based on the supplied email and IP address, I suspect this comment to be from one of our friendly SCENAR salesmen, much like tactics the Elmore people employ. However, I’ll bite, and treat it like a real comment, just in case.
Firstly, I’m not interested in the ‘I’ve been using it for 20yrs” argument, nor the ‘throughout europe” one. Every pseudo-science and scam uses those old ones, and it does not lend any credence to your claims at all. They are the basic logical fallacies of argument from authority, and argument from the exotic. Secondly, I’m not impressed by comments like ‘by far the best treatment going around” – compared to what? and for what ailments? for everything? or just those unspecific pains and aches you listed. In fact the way you state it, it raises all the red flags for me on SCENAR, especially the ‘best treatment’ one.
So here’s your challenge: enlighten me by responding to the following, and I guarantee I’ll publish your response:
1. Show me the ‘real research’ which demonstrates efficacy. I mean real studies, not ‘I’ve treated 47 people and they’re all happy’. Preferably the studies should have been published in a relevant and reputable peer-reviewed journal.
2. Explain to me why the Therapeutic Goods Administration has censured purveyors of scenar for misleading claims, which sound not unlike yours. And I don’t want to hear about how ‘big Pharma’ is trying to suppress this magical treatment.
3. Explain to me and the readers your understanding of the way scenar works. What is the mechanism of action, in terms of what we know about physiology, and without reference to mysticism, energy fields or quantum babble.
4. Please provide your qualifications, the institution from which you received them, what (if any) your specialties are, and what (if anything) you’ve published by way of research.
I look forward to hearing from you on this. But somehow, I doubt you’ll respond, because:
a. you’re probably not real, and,
b. if you are real, you won’t be able to answer my questions.