This is extremely annoying. Why are they doing this? The truth will out. (An update from earlier pieces.) It’s a ploy to say “needs more testing”.
We noted back in February the dubious claim that a dowsing-rod gadget was claimed to diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis. It is a divining device (which DO NOT WORK) that is supposed to swing towards people who suffer from hepatitis C but remain motionless in the presence of those who don’t. The tests have been biased. Also, there is no mechanism for such a reaction.
This piece calls the nonsense a “sign of the times” in Egypt.
Egypt’s military on Saturday pressed ahead with promotion of a fanciful device it claims can diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis, announcing that it would be tested in the next six months on larger numbers of patients in army hospitals.
The military’s supposedly miraculous medical device — a metal gizmo that has been described as resembling a kitchen hand mixer — drew wide ridicule when it was unveiled in February as the invention of an army general. Even a science advisor to the then-interim president, Adly Mansour, said the claim that it cures viruses had no scientific basis.
Nonetheless, at a news conference Saturday, with only selected Egyptian news outlets allowed to attend, officials again said that it had successfully treated some patients and that the device would be used on 160 more for testing purposes over the next six months. Egypt has an extremely high rate of hepatitis C, which is generally considered to be among the most serious of the hepatitis viruses.
The device was set to be in hospitals this month but the testing agenda has (conveniently) delayed widespread us of the device.
In February, major general Ibrahim Abdulatty, had presented what he called a “miraculous scientific invention” to a high level audience. A device called C-Fast was described as being able to detect illnesses including Aids and hepatitis C. A related dialysis unit called “complete cure device” was also unveiled.
C-fast is a dowsing rod that relies on the ideomotor effect. It only detects what the user of the device feels is worth detection. Dowsing rods have failed scientific tests for decades but feel convincing to the users.
Egypt is cracking down on dissent in all political arenas. Is this a way to hype themselves? It seems that the device was announced as a ploy to drum up support for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s.
I suspect their “tests” may come out promising because they will need to get the answer they want. They are not being open with disclosing the details or allowing experts to examine the device. They are also concocting the excuse that it does not work on advanced stages of the disease.
I’m even more convinced this will go down as a record of pathological, politically motivated science. Such diversions tend to be disastrous for the countries involved.