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I got another 20 or so minutes today to research my County Commissioner, Priscilla A. Taylor. This makes about 60 minutes in the last week I’ve spent on the web trying to find out what she thinks and/or believes. This probably is more than most folks do in a lifetime.

Well, the biggie today is this:

Commissioner Priscilla A. Taylor presents a proclamation at the March 9 BCC meeting in recognition of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, March 7-13, 2010. Accepting it is The Rev. B. Patricia Masterman, certified healing touch practitioner and deacon of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Apparently, Ms. Taylor believes in magic.

Healing touch practitioners claim they can manipulate patients “energy fields” to promote healing and reduce pain.

Now this has to be one of the ultimate winners in junk science.

Healing touch, also known as Distance Healing and Non-Contact Therapeutic Touch was debunked by the youngest person ever to have a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to Wikipedia, Emily Rosa, then 9-years-old, along with her mother and Stephen Barrett from Quackwatch, did a study where healing touch practitioners reached through a screen and attempted to feel Emily’s “biofield.” She flipped a coin and either put her hand next to, but not touching, the practitioner’s hand, or kept it at a distance. The practitioners all said they could tell the difference.

The result was about the same as the coin toss. Random. The healing touch people couldn’t determine when her hand was near and when it wasn’t.

In 1996, the James Randi Educational Foundation and the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking sent invitations to 60 nursing organizations offering a $742,000 prize to any practitioner whould could prove their ability to detect “biofields.” One practitioner responded and couldn’t beat a coin toss.

This “healing touch” stuff is total hooey.

I was going to say that with 60 minutes of Googling, you should be able to get a list of things your County Commissioner thinks are important – like jobs, to use the word of the day, or energy or transportation or … my list goes on and on.

Since I can’t find any such list for Priscilla Taylor, I’m left writing a blog about hooey.

Oh, and do I think the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS will be successful?

It is almost a year after. Is AIDS healed?

You think I am making this up. This is from Time Magazine:

It sounds like the plot of a made-for-TV movie: an inquisitive nine-year-old Colorado schoolgirl single-handedly cooks up a science-fair experiment that ends up debunking a flaky but widely practiced medical treatment. And she does such a professional job of it that the study gets published in a prestigious medical journal, landing her on just about every front page and news broadcast in the nation–where, naturally, she comes off as poised and confident.
Preposterous though it seems, that’s pretty much what happened last week when Emily Rosa’s experiment was written up in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Rosa’s target was a practice known as therapeutic touch (TT for short), whose proponents manipulate patients’ “energy fields” to make them feel better and even, say some, to cure them of various ills. Yet Emily’s test shows that these energy fields can’t be detected, even by trained TT practitioners. Obviously mindful of the publicity value of the situation, Journal editor George Lundberg appeared on TV to declare, “Age doesn’t matter. It’s good science that matters, and this is good science.”

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Written by Charles Keefer

February 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Posted in Blog, Politics

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  1. we all know that you don’t believe in much of anything you can’t see or fell, and a lot of other stuff too, so I wouldn’t expect you to find out what healing touch is really all about, because it doesn’t have anything to do with coin tosses or telepathy
    and as for Ms Taylor the appointment was racial Addie Green wanted another black woman to take her place and said so to the public, she really was not picked for aby other reason


    February 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

  2. it’s magic man, it’s magic

    b pellington

    February 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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