Dr. Oz and Applied Kinesiology

The Dr. Oz episode* in which he endorses applied kinesiology (not to be confused with kinesiology, which is a legitimate study) to diagnose allergies was re-run again today. Oz appeared to completely buy into it, even though he says he has no idea how it works.

Well, if he consulted with a knowledgeable skeptic or even did a simple internet search, Oz would learn that it’s got a lot to do with the ideomotor effect. He could also quite easily discover that applied kinesiology has been subjected to proper scientific testing and has been found to be no better at diagnosing allergies than random guessing.

I think it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Oz is either wilfully ignorant about such things or just doesn’t care about whether or not the things he presents have any basis in science. Either way, he’s being highly irresponsible. The fact that he mixes this kind of nonsense with legitimate medicine makes him all the more insidious.

Here are two links to applied kinesiology, one on Wikipedia and the other at the Skeptic’s Dictionary.

And here are two links to the ideomotor effect, again at Wikipedia and the Sketpic’s Dictionary.

*The episode is titled “The Wheat Belly Diet: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight” and originally aired January 30, 2014.

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