Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism

This device is not intended to do anything. Let me show you what it can do.

Yesterday I found my way to fitnessgoop.com, a website for “Healthy and Inspired Living”. They feature articles from “health experts” touting the virtues of homeopathic travel vaccines and other similar topics of dubious merit.

The recently posted article that caught my attention was one titled “Could electro-magnetic frequencies be to blame for allergies?”  The author, Rich Ralph, is a “Registered Holistic Allergist”, and a “Registered Holistic Nutritionist”.  Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

Modern science now shows us that when we view any matter at a microscopic level, the particles which make up that matter literally emit an energetic frequency. When a substance is introduced to the body, we ‘read’ and interpret the frequency of that item. If the body recognizes the frequency, it will respond accordingly. However, if the frequency is unrecognizable, the body could elicit an adverse reaction to that substance.

This is pretty much his definition of allergies. An allergy occurs when the body is confused about the frequency of whatever you’re sticking in it.  According to Mr. Ralph, electro-magnetic frequencies can cause allergies.

As EMF’s penetrate the body, these frequencies will manipulate and distort the frequencies of all other items inside us. When an EMF from a cell phones bounces into a specific food, protein, mineral, etc., the frequency of that item is skewed and becomes something which the body may not recognize. And thus, a sensitivity or allergy is born. Since we are not able to interpret this new frequency to which we have just been exposed, the body will store this memory so when it is presented again, we will see this substance as dangerous and an adverse reaction could result.

But don’t worry dear readers, there is something you can do about it!

Invest in Bioenergetic Intolerance Elimination. This amazing technique helps the body by clearing incorrect frequency information being stored in the cells and reintroduces the proper frequencies so the body can begin to recognize substances of which it was previously confused.

Not only does Mr. Ralph know about this amazing new technology (henceforth, BIE), he also offers it at his clinic. How convenient.

What Mr. Ralph and Fitnessgoop Won’t Tell You

Fitnessgoop.com and Mr. Ralph probably won’t admit that they’re intolerant of valid criticism (it’s unclear whether they would claim a connection between their intolerance and EMF’s). If you visit the article now you’ll see that there are no comments present or allowed. This was not the case for most of the day yesterday. They have removed all comments previously posted, most of which were appropriately skeptical (one was from another fitnessgoop contributor who claimed that the BIE treatment allows her to now eat gluten, eggs, and dairy). But I have them here for you.

The first, from yours truly:

Mr. Ralph responded:

Really? He’s making no claim that the BIE process treats or cures allergies? I suppose everyone should just ignore the implications of the phrases “…helps the body by clearing…” and “…helps on an energetic level…” and the rest of his description of BIE, then conclude that the process doesn’t do anything at all. He also manages to conflate critcism of his claims and his credentials with a personal attack.  I wasn’t interested in attacking him personally, I was interested to see the evidence that backs up his claims. I still am.

Others were also skeptical:

Unfortunately there was one more skeptical comment that I was not able to save before fitnessgoop decided that they had enough of this and chose to make the comments disappear.

The Facts about Allergies, BIE and “Registered Holistic Allergists”

EMF’s do not cause allergies. Allergy symptoms do not result from your body failing to recognize the frequency of what’s been introduced into it. The title “Registered Holistic Allergist” is nothing more than an empty vanity credential obtained by completing a 6 day course administered by a company and not an educational institution of any sort. The BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination procedure is a purported treatment for allergies of all kinds, including anaphylaxis, was invented and is exclusively licensed by the Institute for Natural Health Technologies.

A lightweight hand held device is used to transmit a low electronic frequency directly onto various acupuncture points (without the use of needles) on the body to stimulate and clear any blockages in energy. During this procedure the client is exposed to the allergenic frequencies (not the actual substance) While the blockages are clearing, the body’s cells are adapting to recognize the allergen’s frequency. When this non-invasive and painless procedure is complete, the body will no longer see the allergen or intolerance as a threat when exposed to it, therefore no longer producing any adverse reactions.

There is no evidence that the device has been vetted by Health Canada as effective for this purpose or a legitimate health organization of any kind. There is no evidence whatsoever that it can do anything that it’s claimed to do.

Practitoners of the BIE treatment want to have it both ways. They want to be able to offer an unverified and implausible treatment, present testimonials that imply that it can cure allergies and say at the same time that they don’t claim to treat or cure anything. They use creative language and fancy disclaimers. Sometimes they even explain why – “ Due to legal requirements, we cannot use terms such as cured, healed, or treated, so if the wording appears awkward, it is for legal reasons.” They also really object to anyone who wants to point this out. They want to call themselves “Registered Holistic Allergists” and be treated as health experts in their field without any of the real knowledge and experience that I think a reasonable person would expect a health expert to have.

However, if any “Registered Holistic Allergist” wants to add to their practice by becoming a “Registered Holistic Elephant Hugger” they should contact me and tell all their friends. I promise a quick return on their investment and happy elephants.

11 Responses to “Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism”

  1. Blondin says:

    One question: do I have to provide my own elephant or does one come with the course?

  2. Eamon Knight says:

    “energetic frequency”, heh. Both perfectly good English words, but seeing ‘em put together like that, you just know the speaker is talking rubbish.

  3. Lin says:

    I wish that I could laugh this off and convince myself that nobody is really this ridiculous, but I can’t. I have a sister who, despite being very smart, buys into all the “energy” crap. She’s nuts about homeopathy, reiki, psychics. (And she doesn’t vaccinate, either.)

    It’s very frustrating, and I can’t even discuss it with her rationally because she gets incredibly defensive. It’s honestly like trying to get someone to examine their religion critically. She ultimately gets offended and calls me narrow minded.

  4. Ash says:

    Kudos for challenging the Quack and showing admirable restraint in your exchanges with him. As much as I shake my head, shrug and dismiss these people, there are many people out there who allow themselves to be taken in. Hopefully you’ll be making it that much harder for them to keep on scamming

  5. Thomas Doubts says:

    Way to go, Dianne!

    Blondin, as a registered elephant hugger, I can provide you with the appropriate pachyderm as well as the required ionized elephant hugger bracelets that vibrate on just the right energetic frequency to both soothe the animal, promote good health, and give you the ability to see gremlins. And my course is only 5 days!

  6. Ashley says:

    It’s a sad day when you need to attack someone with so much anger, instead of engaging in intelligent reviews of information. It’s skeptics like you who need to force your way of thinking on other’s not matter what the cost.. Anger and negativity included… Time to get a life people..

    • Dianne Sousa says:

      Ashley,

      I never personally attacked the author of the fitnessgoop article. I fairly engaged with his claims and challenged the validity of his credentials. He had every opportunity to produce the scientific evidence that EMF’s cause allergies and that the BIE treatment can do anything it’s claimed to do.

      In case there’s any confusion, Registered Holistic Elephant Huggers are carefully trained to not hug an elephant in anger. That would not do at all.

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  • Dianne Sousa

    Dianne holds a degree from the University of Guelph in criminal justice, public policy and social psychology. She became involved in the skeptical movement after becoming disillusioned with the addictions counselling field. Skeptical topics of interest include alternative medicine and it's regulation in Canada, pseudoscience and the law and skeptical activism. She also crochets extensively and enjoys bad film, usually at the same time. Follow me on twitter: @DianneSousa. All views expressed by Dianne are her personal views alone, and do not represent the opinions of any current, former or future employers, or any organizations or associations that she may be affiliated with.