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JREF Swift Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

Please Take Note PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

Though we initially declined to mention it, a subject came up on our Comments page that we must now address. See http://www.randi.org/joom/swift/that-silly-doctor-is-back-2.html

Dr. Richard Boylan, Past President of the Valley Psychological Association and formerly Mental Health Director of Calaveras County, California, has been found guilty of gross negligence and misconduct with patients. As a consequence, and based on a two-year investigation of inappropriate behavior, the State has revoked both his license to practice and his clinical social worker license. His practice, consisting of marriage, family, and child counseling, is now shut down.

 
Weird Exchange PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   

boylan.jpg From reader Mogens Winther, a teacher of physics, astronomy and maths in Sønderborg, Denmark, comes this item, which invoked his brief comment: “Stupidity never stops.” Somone named “Geri” wrote to “UFO Facts” – at UFOFacts@yahoogroups.com – with an inquiry:

Subject: Orbs or raindrops???

Dr. Boylan,

We had a severe storm here last night in Central Florida. It was worse than any storm I have every experienced (with the possible exception of a few big hurricanes). The energy was palpable and the dark cloud cover made it look like night. We had over 2,000 lightening [sic] strikes in one hour (lots of energy), along with rain and hail.

I went outside and took a photo. When I looked at it, it resembled the Orb photos. I was on the front porch and there was no water on my lense [sic] and no hail falling. I have attached the photo and I would like to know... Is this my first photo of Orbs? or are these just raindrops?

I appreciate your expertice [sic].

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Yamaha Yakidding? PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   

phiten.jpgYamaha is a well known Japanese company that makes many things including engines, pianos, and electronics. Their reputation is excellent, and based on my experience with their products, well deserved. At least until now. Swift reader John Culbert informs us that Yamaha is now selling products known by those at the JREF to cause monetary loss, delusional beliefs, and embarassment. Behold: Phiten.

To be clear, these products are not made by Yamaha. They're made by Phiten, a Japanese company founded by Yoshiro Hirata, a man who devoted his life to becoming a chef, until illness forced him out of that business.  He then taught himself physical therapy, opened an institute, and invented Phiten technology. The products themselves are the same old thing: they're bracelets and other jewelry impregnated with some exotic sounding metal, this time titanium. From the Yamaha site :

This enhanced material is created with charged titanium particles that are uniquely processed into various forms, emitting a stabilizing field that is in tune with the body's natural system to increase energy capacity and enhance function. 

 

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Chiropractic for Children? PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Harriet Hall   

Amy Differ from Elk Grove, California, inquires about what she heard other mothers saying in a waiting room. “I was shocked to hear that many of them take their children to chiropractors and even have newborns adjusted for supposed misalignment that happens at birth! Have you heard about this? How dangerous is this? Have you heard anything about chiropractic therapy for autism?”

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Big News from the Breatharians PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
wiley.jpgHoo boy. For those who don't know, breatharians are folks that live without the benefit of food. They take in all sustenance and energy through the air. And while this is among the silliest claims we've had at the JREF, we receive queries about it often, including challenge applications. However, 70-year old Wiley Brooks, who claims to have lived without food for thirty years, has just made an important announcement through his Breatharian Institute of America that may have us rethinking our previous notions.
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