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Tong Ren - Hitting Voodoo Dolls with a Hammer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

Just when you think you've seen it all... A Massachusetts acupuncturist, Tom Tam, has invented a new treatment method he calls Tong Ren, claiming to cure terminal cancer and other serious illnesses by hitting dolls with a hammer. The dolls are plastic acupuncture figurines inscribed with acupuncture meridians and points.

The hammering supposedly focuses "intent" on the proper acupuncture points on an energetic equivalent of the patient's body and harnesses universal consciousness for healing. Orac tells all about it on his blog Respectful Insolence at: scienceblogs.com.

Click on the video there to see a whole roomful of people hammering their dolls in unison. It would be funny if it weren't so pitiful.

Tom Tam deserves a prize for Most Ridiculous New Treatment Method. It will be very hard for the next quack to outdo this silliness.  But I'm sure someone will: human inventiveness and gullibility are inexhaustible.

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written by Lee, December 20, 2008
Your closing line reminded me of the following quote: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." - Einstein.
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written by Able, December 20, 2008
The news video wasnt too bad but I noticed they didnt interview the people that Tong Ren didnt "cure". Wonder why?
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written by BillyJoe, December 20, 2008
Where was Einstein when I was trying to prove the impossibility of infinity. smilies/sad.gif
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written by yarro, December 20, 2008
I can see the "reasoning" behind this new method. smilies/wink.gif
Instead of using voodoo for bad -see clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-6757LhS2I-
why not use it for something good.smilies/grin.gif
But why limit it to acapuncture, there's so much woo woo around. smilies/grin.gif
The possibilities are endless. Pour homeopathic "remedies" into the dolls so the patient doesn't have to.
You can even combine it with real treatments. Just radiate the dolls to battle the dreadful C.
Very cost effective. I can see the health insurance companies picking up on this very soon.
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Tong Ren is true! I saw it on the news
written by Michael Barry, December 21, 2008
Harriet,

This was covered by the news here is Boston. The healthcast did a poor job reporting on it and I ha e-mail exchanges with the producer and forwarded those to RANDI. He posted on this site:
http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/196-swift-may-30-2008.html#i5
I even reported this to the FDA! But as you know nothing will happen and people will die.
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written by Trish, December 21, 2008
I propose this test - Let's make voodoo dolls of Tom Tam & hit them with a hammer.
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written by BillyJoe, December 21, 2008
You are suffering for a link that doesn't work.
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written by Cuddy Joe, December 21, 2008
That's a fair description of prayer, Billy Joe.
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written by Ian Mason, December 21, 2008
Perhaps someone should put the unfortunate dupes in touch with the "activists" from the post below (orgasm, orgone etc.). They could work out another meaning of "beating your doll" that would at least be pleasurable, though not a pancea for all human ills. smilies/wink.gif
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written by Roo, December 21, 2008
Will this work if I take a stick to my old collection of Barbie dolls? smilies/wink.gif
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written by Cuddy Joe, December 23, 2008
What would happen if a truck load of voodoo dolls ran off a cliff? Randomly dispersed unexplained deaths?
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