Thursday, 28 February 2013

HOW MANY EGYPTIANS DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A SCAM?


Well I suppose it was inevitable, the ADE651 meets Faith Healing. After these devices have claimed to detect everything from, drugs, explosives, to ivory, I suppose the next step was medical disease, well the Egyptians have done just that, spot the similarities with other known devices.
High Ranking Army Officer involved, swinging antenna, the mention of electro-magnetic system, where have we heard these things mentioned together before?
I have reproduced some parts of an article that appeared in, The Guardian newspaper (UK) on the 25th of February this year:

For a start, it was adapted from a bomb detector used by the Egyptian army. Second, it looked like the antenna for a car radio. Third, and most bizarrely, it could – the doctor claimed – remotely detect the presence of liver disease in patients sitting several feet away, within seconds.

Witnessed in various contexts by the Guardian, the prototype operates like a mechanical divining rod – though there are digital versions. It appears to swing towards people who suffer from hepatitis C, remaining motionless in the presence of those who don't. Shiha claimed the movement of the rod was sparked by the presence of a specific electromagnetic frequency that emanates from a certain strain of hepatitis C.

The device was conceived by Brigadier Ahmed Amien, an engineer and bomb detection expert who built it with a 60-strong team from the Egyptian army's engineering department.
(There is the answer to the question I posed in the title, it took 60 Egyptian Army Engineers to construct, what two people with absolutely no scientific or engineering training whatsoever made in about 10 minutes)

Amien discovered that he could use his lifelong specialism – bomb detection – to remotely detect diseases.

Two years on, Shiha hopes that C-Fast will be the realisation of this dream. It has been trialled in 1,600 cases in Egypt, India and Pakistan, and Shiha says it has never failed to detect a positive case – though in 2% of cases it perceived hepatitis where there was in fact none.

This means that the scanner would not entirely eliminate the need for blood tests. But it could allow doctors to use blood tests only in instances where the scanner found a positive result.
(Another similarity, remember the ADE651 and GT200, "this is just a first response tool" then when you get an indication you can use more specialised equipment".)

"If the application can be expanded, it is actually a revolution in medicine," said Pinzani, head of UCL's liver institute. "It means that you can detect any problem you want."
(Like drugs, explosives or ivory you mean? Oh, forgot someone has already done those)

Amien said he was exploring the possibility of using C-Fast to screen for hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV.
(Probably need to develop special cards for each disease, don't forget your anti-theft tag in each one that really helps)

Previously explored as a theory but never proven in practice, the technique used by the scanner is known as distant electromagnetic cell communication. But it is viewed sceptically by most mainstream scientists, who hold that cells can only communicate through physical contact.
(And anyone else with half a brain cell in their head)

Shiha said he understood why scientists were so reluctant to trust Amien's device. "As a reviewer myself, if I had this paper for review, I would reject it," he said. "I would ask for more evidence. It's good to be thorough. We have to be cautious."

This nonsense in full can be found at the link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/feb/25/scientists-divided-device-hepatitis-c

When oh when will this madness end?

3 comments:

Peter said...

Tres amusant as our French friends might say. But then again, not so funny. How many times ca a scam be dressed in new clothes? next someone will claim these things can find water, or gold, or...

Anonymous said...

If only they could tune these things to detect fraudulent detection devices...

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