AskDefine | Define radionics

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  1. Any of several pseudoscientific techniques supposed to detect and modulate "life forces" and to provide healing using various electric black boxes

Extensive Definition

Radionics is the use of blood, hair, a signature, or other substances unique to the person as a focus in order to supposedly heal a patient from afar. The concept behind radionics originated in the early 1900s with Albert Abrams (1864-1924), who became a millionaire by leasing radionic machines which he designed himself. However, Abrams was never able to demonstrate that his devices were effective;
Radionics is not based on any scientific evidence, and contradicts the principles of physics and biology. As a result, radionics is classed as a pseudoscience, and quackery.
In one form of radionics popularised by Abrams, some blood on a bit of filter paper is attached to a device called a dynamizer, which is attached by wires to a string of other devices and then to the forehead of a healthy volunteer, facing west in a dim light. By tapping on on his abdomen and searching for areas of "dullness", disease in the donor of the blood is diagnosed by proxy. Handwriting analysis is also used to diagnose disease under this scheme. and his devices were definitively proven useless by an independent investigation commissioned by Scientific American in 1924.

Scientific assessment of Radionics

Radionics devices contradict known principles of biology and physics, and no scientifically plausible mechanism of function is posited. In this sense, they can be described as magical in operation.
No radionic device has been found efficacious in the diagnosis or treatment of any disease, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recognize any legitimate medical uses any such device. According to David Helwig in The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, "most physicians dismiss radionics as quackery." A radionic device does not use or need electric power, though a power cord may be provided, ostensibly to determine a "base rate" on which the device operates to attempt to heal a subject. Typically, little attempt is made to define or describe what, if anything, is flowing along the wires and being measured. Veritable energy, that which can be sensed and studied, is viewed as subordinate to intent and "creative action."
radionics in German: Radionik
radionics in Spanish: Radiónica
radionics in Italian: Radionica
radionics in Dutch: Radionica
radionics in Japanese: ラジオニクス

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