Making Waves: A WDDTY disinfobox

Making wavesAs part of an article promoting the non-existent chronic Lyme disease, and the quack cures that charlatans sell to those suffering from something else (quite what, they have no idea),  WDDTY includes one of its infoboxes full of disinformation. We call them disinfoboxes.

The Scalar Wave Laser is one
alternative treatment that helped
Wendy, especially with her pain
symptoms. She even uses it on her
dog, Charlie (pictured).

Aw, sweet. And of course animals don’t experience placebo effects, do they? Oh, wait, they do.

We’re told she also treated Charlie with homeopathy which “helped with some of the symptoms the antibiotics didn’t clear up”. As in: it kept her occupied while the dog got better on his own.

One thing that should be pointed out is that the vet gave the dog antibiotics – represented as “better care” than Wendy herself got. That’s a bit off-message, given WDDTY’s past diatribes about antibiotics.

It has to be said, though, the dog could certainly get better care than Wendy for real Lyme disease: there’s a vaccine for dogs, but frivolous lawsuits by antivaxers brought human trials to a grinding halt, so yes, dogs can get better care than humans in respect of real Lyme disease.

For a treatment of scalar waves with even more snark, please read “scalar waves” at RationalWIki.

The Scalar Wave Laser is a hand held device approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the temporary relief of minor muscle, joint and arthritic pain, as well as muscle spasm and stiffness. It relies on low-level laser technology (LLLT), using low-power lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to alter cellular function.

This will probably be disappointing to WDDTY’s readers as I can’t find any trace of an MHRA or EU license, so it would probably be illegal to sell it int he UK.

There’s an excellent deconstruction of quantum scalar laser wave wibble at AP` Gaylard’s blog: Quantumwave laser quackery.

The idea that it can “alter cellular function” is typical alt-med flapdoodle. The function of low-level laser technology, and the LEDs used in comparable devices (which are, tellingly, infra-red LEDs) is to heat tissue. If there is enough power, which is highly questionable in this case.

There is no mystery about this. No need to dress it up in sciencey-sounding bollocks, the device heats tissues, and as every physiotherapist and probably every doctor in the world knows, for some kinds of pain, heating brings temporary relief. That is the most likely explanation for any effects beyond placebo.

Exactly how LLLT works is still not known, although according to one review, it clearly has an analgesic
effect. Several studies found it effective for a variety of chronic pain conditions and, while the results are
mixed, the evidence suggests that LLLT” may be beneficial for many individuals suffering from pain, regardless of the condition that is causing it”.

Exactly how LLLT works may be “still unknown” to the quacks who pimp it, but the rest of us understand it just fine.

“May be beneficial” is the kind of summary you find in a homeopathy trial. It is code for: this trial found no statistically significant evidence of benefit, but it didn’t make it worse.

Heat alleviates the symptoms of many kinds of pain. A device that heats tissue, provides some relief of some kinds of pain. Obviously if you think it’s a form of magic then the prosaic explanation won’t satisfy, but the onus is on you to show that the prosaic explanation is wrong.

Of course they won’t.

Welcome to the wonderful world of alt-med “fact washing”. There’s no need to state that your device cures cancer if it’s licensed for transient pain relief (so legal to sell) and some crank somewhere will promote it as curing cancer.

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