Pseudoscience and Other Nonsense


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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19 Responses

  1. Kathryn says:

    I enjoyed this post. I often like to remind people that science is a process of asking questions and seeking answers. We don’t ever prove anything rather we support a hypothesis or fail to. We must always leave room for the unknown unknowns that are out there.

  2. Lynn Reiter says:

    YES, Casie ! I agree completely. I, too, love science but will not just take someone’s word that something works or doesn’t work. If I think something will work I will try it out. The problem with people’s thinking is that the pharma industry has convinced them that ONLY their chemical manipulations could possibly work. That’s a slippery slope, as evidenced by the list of possible side-effects while the smiling actors on the screen are seen ignoring them. Meanwhile things that have been tested by history and used throughout the population are ignored and bypassed for the more expensive chemicals. If things like acupuncture, which has worked for centuries for the Chinese, are still considered pseudo-science then I despair that the Western world has gone off the rails somehow. Science REQUIRES an open mind

  3. Clissa says:

    My daughter is 3 parts through her Naturopathy degree which involves 3 yrs of ‘normal’ medicine & a parallel 2yrs of learning about all the herbal stuff & other alternative therapies, etc. It’s a BIG degree in volume of stuff to learn.
    One of the things she already knew about but learned a lot more about in great detail was all the bad things about soy. Things like how it can travel up the food chain to do it’s damage. It & corn syrup are the 2 main contributors to today’s obesity epidemic.
    So my daughter & her immediate family, our chooks, my horses, several other family members & I are all soy free. Some are also corn syrup free although it is very hard to exclude that from the diet without going completely off all bought food stuffs. Both those are surreptitiously added to almost everything.
    I joined a respected poultry forum to learn more about chook husbandry & commented about the soy free thing.
    One of the main contributor’s comment was that the soy free thing was ‘quackery/pseudoscience’ with zero basis!! That I was denying my chooks valuable & necessary nutrition by excluding soy from their diet. I did get a sample 1kg bag of standard chook food & they won’t eat the crumble part (which is actually the soy component) anyway. So when given a choice, chooks don’t want to eat that crap.

    • Casie says:

      Good for your daughter! We definitely need more holistic doctors.

    • Jody Webb says:

      Ive got a whole list of horses (mostly mares) that were taken off soy because they were showing health issues eating it…its not just the soy, which messes with hormone levels, but its also the fact that most soy now grown is GMO and full of Roundup. Stick to your guns! You’re right about the soy!

  4. Geri Vincent says:

    I have used homeopathy, chiropractic, cranio-sacral therapy, magnet therapy, reflexology and Traditional Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and acupressure) for myself and our equines. Some with truly remarkable results.
    Because of the powerful relationship of big pharma to medical doctors, I have significant doubts about western medicine. I am sure that some doctors distance themselves from the drug companies reach, but how would you know?
    We employ a holistic veterinarian, are moderate in our use of vaccinations and provide as natural a life as possible to our domesticated equines. Our herd of thirty rarely requires anything more than an annual dental float (which always includes an exam).

  5. Kathy says:

    Well said, Casie! AMEN SISTER!!

  6. Helen says:

    Fantastic article thank you! I have personally derived great benefit from homeopathy, and several other alternative therapies when my regular doctor & conventional medicine were unable to help me. To the point where it’s now what I do for a living!
    It makes me sad when people dismiss holistic options as “quackery” but the tide is definitely turning.

  7. Jessica Lynn says:

    Amen Sis-Star! Having been brought up by a mother who was totally alternative and whole-istic – having always been treated with homeopathy since I was about 4 – and I am now 64, having used osteopathy/ caranial sacral before anyone knew what it was, since I was 4 or 5 and having used both on my children from birth, having used acupuncture on my self and my horses as well as dogs, and not doing vaccines on myself except tetanus, or on my horses, and only puppy and kitten shots with only one rabies on the dogs for a life time — choosing nosodes instead, eating naturally including organic, using probiotics on everyone, guess I can share that the treatments all brought about amazing and lasting results, and having 60 years of knowledge and experience in it, I think the quote from Thomas Edison is the one to look to “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ” goes for our animals too!

  8. Jessica Lynn says:

    ohh….I also use the same book of acupressure for my horses and have the photonic red light!

  9. Anna says:

    Excellent article! I love that book too and have incorporated some of the techniques in my treatments with huge success. At the beginning of the book it says to ask the horse for permission to treat it, “what nonsense” I thought, but shrugged and asked out loud to my horse if I could treat her, she turned to look at me and whickered! I nearly fell over! I have 2 science degrees, explain that to me! Lol. Keep up the good work x

    • Casie says:

      That’s funny. 🙂 I remember being pretty skeptical when I first started learning about acupressure too. I was intrigued enough to keep going though. Little did I know that was just he start of something for me. Many of my views on medicine and wellbeing have changed quite a bit since then!

  10. Row James says:

    We had a dog with cancer of the spleen. When our vet said the only option was an operation, we wanted to check out alternatives. My first call was to a friend, a qualified vet who no longer practiced and was a healer. She said she could give Cherokee strength to get through the op, which she thought he would require but to seek a 2nd opinion. Specialist vet didn’t believe he was so I’ll until they did the scan, couldn’t understand why our desperately ill dog was so lovely, and said he needed surgery instantly. We explained about the healing session. They laughed. After the op, we took him straight back for another healing session. Vets were amazed at how quickly he recovered. We told them about the healing. They laughed….. :-/

    • Casie says:

      Glad you did what you felt was best for your dog. Sometimes, a mixture of alternative and traditional treatments can work better than one of them alone. Hope your dog is still doing well. 🙂

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