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Iridology

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Iridology is the idea that areas of the body are represented in a particular part of the iris. In the study of iridology, each section of the iris in both left and right eyes is divided up almost like a pie into different parts of the body, and from that iridologists can then determine which part of the body is diseased or not functioning properly. Examination of the eye, including the iris, by a trained physician can at times be an indication of diseases that affect the eye, for example diabetes. However, there is no evidence that each part of the iris represents different organs and other parts of the body. Iridology charts, which can vary greatly depending on the chart, are referred to by iridologists to determine which organ is diseased. Though in double blind placebo-controlled studies, a trained iridologist has been able to correctly diagnose the disease. In these studies, iridologists examined the actual iris of both diseased and healthy patients, and recorded their diagnosis. In all of these clinical studies using correct scientific procedure, the iridologist could not produce a correlation between specific patterns of the iris and the presence or absence of disease, besides chance. Therefore the examination of the iris is of no clinical use in diagnosing disease in other parts of the body not relating directly to the eye itself. There has never been a proven correlation between the presence of patterns on the iris and disease in other parts of the body. So I think it would be wise for everyone to stick to their normal diagnostic processes.

http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/iridology.html

Ouija Board

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Ouija boards are used as a method of supposedly communicating with the dead. Written on the surface of the boards are the letters of the alphabet, plus a few simple words such as "yes" and "no", numbers 1 to 10, and usually good-bye at the bottom of the board. To use the board, two people hold a pointer together which is claimed to move under the influence of spirits to spell out answers to questions. There has never been a proven paranormal usage of Ouija boards under scientifically controlled conditions. The movement of the pointer can be easily explained. Users deliberately move the pointer generally to heighten the effects. The pointer is moved reflexively by way of the ideomotor effect, which is a psychological phenomenon where a person makes motions unconsciously. In fact, there have been scientific studies done to try and prove if there are in fact supernatural connections to the board. First the experimenters would have two people use it with there eyes open, normally, and then they would have them do it again, but bblindfolded. In both situations the pointer would move and answer questions, but in the first one the answers would make perfect sense and without any hesitance, while in the second one still moving but spelling nothing but gibberish. There is no evidence that supports that Ouija boards are anything connected to paranormal activity, the supernatural effects are due to psychological effects of the users. So I can't say myself that I believe in the Ouija board, it all depends on the users and the ideomotor effect.

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Feng Shui

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Feng Shui is a Chinese system of aesthetics used in interior design and architecture to optimize flow of chi. Feng Shui literally translates to "wind-water." Chi translates to "energy flow" and practitioners of Feng Shui believe that chi flows through everything, and people who use it will benefit from it in all kinds of ways. Such as physical and emotional well being and wealth. It makes sense when you think about it that people's lives can be affected by their emotional and physical environments. For example, would you rather be living in a jail cell or a suite in a super nice resort? For most, I would say they would prefer the resort suite. But Feng Shui is pseudoscience, meaning it has a sense of scientific claims, but it actually isn't. There is no evidence that can supports the existence of chi, and there is no evidence that a certain design to someone's home, office, any room, is greater to any other (not paying attention to taste). So when it comes time to decorate you rearrange your room, my advice would not be to research Feng Shui or hire a practitioner to come and redecorate for you. Instead, design what is most comfortable to you. If you are happy with the way your space looks, faces, or makes your energy flow, then you have created your own "Feng Shui," because in the end its up to you to like the energy and environment in which you live, not an old system of aesthetics that has no proof behind.

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