HeartMath - wtf is this (video)
Ok, so this girl I'm dating is into something called "HeartMath." My bullshit radar is going crazy. Can someone help me find out if this woman (Deborah Rozman), one of the head honchos of HeartMath, has a real Ph.D??? She ALWAYS seems to include "Ph.D" by her name, but I've looked at many places and CANT find her saying WHERE she got the Ph.D from!!!
So she's affiliated with this video. Ooooh boy is it full of shit: http://www.thelivingmatrixmovie.com/en/trailer
From the first line:
"If you think you have an incurable disease, if you think it yourself, you are right. If you think your problem is curable, then you are also right"
I really like this chick I'm dating. She has been through a lot of tough times, and needs some support. I'm afraid she's looking for it in a reaaaallly sketchy place.
I'm not totally convinced HeartMath is a scam, but there are lots of signs that make me think about it. The REAL leader of HeartMath is a guy named Doc Childre, who is not a real doctor. From their websites:
"In 1991, Doc founded the nonprofit Institute of HeartMath (IHM), a research and education organization. IHM's emotional physiology, organizational, educational, and clinical research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at numerous scientific conferences worldwide. Doc Childre chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of IHM and serves as Chairman of HeartMath LLC and Chairman and co-CEO of Quantum Intech Inc., the parent company of HeartMath LLC. Doc is the author of a dozen books, including The HeartMath Solution, From Chaos to Coherence,Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, Transforming Anger, Transforming Depression and The HeartMath Approach to Managing Hypertension. He is also the creator of the award-winning emWave® heart rhythm coherence technology. Doc is also a consultant to business leaders, scientists, educators, and the entertainment industry through his firm Top-Down Consulting."
The WORST thing I have found so far is that they market this product that just SCREAMS "E-meter" from Scientology. The EmWave:
"Risk Free" 30 day money back guarantee. Should I order one? lol One site is selling it for $200!!!!!!!!!
The HeartMath people also run Quantum Intech Inc., which makes this EmWave device. They also run that Institute of HeartMath which provides a lot of the "research" done for this device. I havn't read any of them, so I don't have much to back myself up for putting quotes around the word research, but I feel confident about it.
But I just saw this video:
An anecdote, but a moving one. This isn't as obvious a case as some scams can be, if it really is a scam... I have never used the device, but my father is a cardiologist and I'd like to ask his opinion on their use of the term "heart brain" and a lot of their other claims. They talk about heart rythms in their science to back it up, and I agree, the heart is a rythmic organ for sure. But how far can we take that thinking? HeartMath takes it to a level I've never seen before, and it scares me.
I'm scared for my girl... she is a wonderful person but I'm really worried she is being suckered into this. She's no idiot, too. College educated, has a degree, quick as a whip. Me likey. But I am afraid I'm going to get really pissed off at her if she asks me to read Doc Childre's book again... I bought her Jon Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis. He is a leading researcher in positive psychology, which is an actual science... and is a lot less lamer a name then HeartMath. I have yet to discover the "math" part of the whole thing... lol
Sites to aide in finding out what HeartMath really is:
http://www.quantumintech.com/research.html - "The analysis of HRV, or heart rhythms, is recognized as a powerful, noninvasive measure that reflects heart-brain interactions and autonomic nervous system dynamics, which are particularly sensitive to changes in emotional state."
http://www.coherence.com/ - "Coherence is a term used by scientists to describe a highly efficient physiological state where your nervous system, hormonal, immune, and cardiovascular systems are working together efficiently and harmoniously."
COHERENCE(TM) (trademarked the word Coherence? lol) provides tools and methods that facilitate autonomic nervous system balance. These patented tools and methods are the result of a breakthrough in the understanding of the subtle relationship between heart and breathing rhythms.
http://www.betterhealthinnovations.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=HRM-6300&Show=ExtInfo - "Aside from helping to reduce stress, are there other applications for using the emWave that I can benefit from?"
P.S.: Brian, hey. I didn't join up with Greg, like you were sure I was going to. I ran into a lot of "bad luck" and wasn't able to pursue it more. I read his book though, it's interesting, but boring too. I think he's doing good things overall. I'm not as confident I like the term Humanism as much as I did before, but it's still up there in my book, and Greg's "brand" of it is pretty unique. Well enough about him, wtf have you been up to dude. Write me if you feel like it. All the best, peace.
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