Medical Science Diluted and Shaken
October 4, 2012 6:23 PM   Subscribe

What is this bizarro machine used by a quack, fake doctor to determine dietary deficiencies?

My mother has breast cancer and will likely die in the next month or so, which is horrible. I am doing my best to be with her and support her in her final days. My father, however, is acting like his old, odd self.

He has a history in believing in bullshit; things like the healing power of magnets or in the certain financial windfall from the many pyramid marketing schemes he has participated in. He managed to drag my mother to a fake-doctor in order to convincer her that she can be cured of cancer by drinking papaya leaf tea.

While at this fake-doctor, whom I believe is either a nutritionist or naturopath, she used a machine to determine which nutrients and foods she was deficient in for optimal health. The machine looked like a computer mouse and there was no tissue sample analyzed.

What nonsense machine was this? Thank you.
posted by munchingzombie to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Sounds like "electrodermal screening", which uses the electrical resistance of skin to "diagnose" various deficiencies. It may have been a ZYTO hand cradle, which looks a bit like a computer mouse.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 6:35 PM on October 4, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks, ATBH. From the description I heard that sounds like it.
posted by munchingzombie at 7:38 PM on October 4, 2012

Another possibility could be Asyra.

Google it, you'll find some links to Youtube videos... and also tons of complaints about medical quackery, criminal investigations against "clinicians" who use it, etc.
posted by FergieBelle at 7:44 AM on October 5, 2012

My dad was into all that crap. These machines are basically dowsing rod analogs and respond to subtle cues (often hand pressure) from the operator, who generally uses them to self-justify whatever "intuitive" notion happens to pop up in the moment.
posted by flabdablet at 9:37 AM on October 5, 2012

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