From the archives: SCENAR Challenge

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Way back in March, I did a couple of pieces on the magical therapy known as SCENAR. You know, another of those amazing things which the Europeans/Ancients/Russians/Easterners invented, but about which we are blissfully ignorant . After my rant in this piece, I featured and excited response by someone going by the well-thought out pseudonym of ‘person’, who, in defending the treatment and attacking me, made every logical fallacy in the book.

In the end I concluded it was just SCENAR marketing types wanting to get even, but just in case, challenged my learned correspondent to contribute some real learnin’ to rationalbrain. I suggested he/she:

  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.

Well, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear that I didn’t receive a response. And after all that outrage.

So, I’m putting the challenge out to all SCENAR practitioners. I’m sure there must be at least one of you willing to enlighten us all by answering some or all of the above.

I sure hope the WordPress servers don’t melt down as the responses come in on this one.

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5 thoughts on “From the archives: SCENAR Challenge

    Elio said:
    February 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I found your reviews very intersting. Could rationalbrain please provide an opinion on Sanakey and Physiokey products?.

      rationalbrain responded:
      February 16, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Based on a 5 minute reading of one website, I would put these in the same category as scenar. If you read the references provided, they are just re-badged TENS devices.
      That is, may provide some very mild local pain relief through warming, but that’s about all.
      The Physiokey ‘Technology’ page is just chock full of techno-babble, all of which when boiled down just amounts to ‘you may feel better if I warm this patch of skin’.
      At least the one site I looked at didn’t make any wild claims of healing disease like scenar does – just pain relief, which is at least plausible.

    Elio said:
    March 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Thankyou rationalbrain.

    Under the ‘Technology’ page it states: ” The main goal of physiokey therapy fast and sustained pain relief by activating a maximum number of C-fibres to induce the secretion of a sufficient amount of neuropeptides.” Would you get the same outcome by just using a heat bag?

    They claim as a consequence of the their pain relief it stimulates the bodies natural self-healing. Is this plausible?

    Is the mechanism of their ‘plausible claim’ scientifically verified by statistical lab testing?

    levi said:
    March 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Thankyou rationalbrain.
    They claim as a consequence of the pain relief it stimulates the bodies natural self-healing – is this claim plausible?
    Under ‘Technology’ they state ” The main goal of physiokey therapy fast and sustained pain relief by activating a maximum number of C-fibres to induce the secretion of a sufficient amount of neuropeptides.” Is the mechanism of their ‘plausible claim’ scientifically verified by lab testing? So would a simple heat bag provide an equivalent benefit? $15.00 vs $1390.00

      rationalbrain responded:
      March 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      This is also in response to your previous comment under a different pseudonym.
      Yes, I believe a heat-bag would do the same thing – the most plausible action is to stimulate blood flow around affected areas to promote healing. But that’s it as far as ‘self-healing’ goes. In fact, the term ‘self-healing’ is redundant. The body heals, that’s it.
      Again, they throw in some technical jargon to lend legitimacy.
      I don’t know if they’ve done any testing, but I would bet against it.
      Save your money.

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