Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt.
Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS and hepatitis C, prompting an outcry from the medical community, which blasted the declaration as a “scientific scandal.”
“I defeated AIDS with the grace of my God at the rate of 100% . And I defeated hepatitis C,” said Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, head of the Cancer Treatment and Screening center.
Scathing criticism erupted shortly after the announcement Sunday.
Medical researchers led the condemnation, expressing concerns that the announcement would further damage the nation’s image.
“I want to be clear and explicit, what has been said and published about the invention of the armed forces hurts the image of scientists and science in Egypt,” Essam Heggy, the scientific adviser to the President, told the private Al Watan newspaper Tuesday.
He called the declaration a “scientific scandal” for the nation.
We covered the patent of this C-Fast device a while back. Dowsing for hepatitis (UPDATE: See patent application).
We got word that this story was back in the news days ago from our correspondent (h/t Peter Robinson) who keeps track of the QuadroTracker/ADE 651/C-Fast type devices marketed around the world. Dubious Egyptian Hepatitis C Detector Pops up Again » Pepijn van Erp.
Recall that Jim McCormick and Gary Bolton are JAILED for producing the plastic boxes with an extending rod (and no working parts) as bomb detectors and selling them to military officials around the world.
The Egyptian government has announced the “scientific breakthrough”
This appeared in The Guardian Scientists sceptical about device that ‘remotely detects hepatitis C’ | Science | The Guardian.
Witnessed in various contexts by the Guardian, the prototype operates like a mechanical divining rod – though there are digital versions. It appears to swing towards people who suffer from hepatitis C, remaining motionless in the presence of those who don’t. Shiha claimed the movement of the rod was sparked by the presence of a specific electromagnetic frequency that emanates from a certain strain of hepatitis C.
While this article notes that the science is strongly questioned, it was not nearly THOROUGH enough and contained an unwarranted false balance. There is no reason at all to believe this device is credible, however we are told the people announcing and promoting it are “credible”. It appeared the piece was originally more credulous, including the headline that had been amended.
As noted by the CNN piece, Egypt contains the highest prevalence of hepatitis C worldwide and the fear may outweigh the need to have this promise of a cure scientifically verified. That’s an awfully short-sighted and irresponsible way of thinking. However, it is possible that the inventors and officials actually were led to believe it works. Or, they are using it for political purposes. In any light, it should be an embarrassment to Egypt.
This looks clearly to be the same worthless device that had no basis for detecting bombs, drugs or any other substance remotely. To suggest it detects and CURES HIV and hepatitis C is incredibly ridiculous.
Tip: Brandon Blahnik