I have been umming and ahhing about whether to comment on this edition of Kathy's “journey” but the ahh's have one and here are my thoughts.
Reflexology, massaging feet, was “created” in the 1930's in the USA, not in ancient Egypt or ancient anywhere else. The feet “maps” that are used are effectively what the reflexologists believe to be a view of the bodies organs and where they can be affected on the feet. This was disproved as having no correlation to the actual nervous system and it's layout.
So how do people get the results they claim to get through reflexology? The word placebo was mentioned again, people simply believe that reflexology will work, and that aids the results process.
Then Kathy took a turn and said that perhaps “touch” can be therapeutic and perhaps it isn't just the foot massage but touch as well. Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather after hearing that statement of the bleedin' obvious.
Kathy visited a hospital in the USA where they were conducting studies to see if massage reduced stress. I know, incredible isn't it. Could it be possible that massage reduces stress? Yes, it can happen. Gadzooks, the boffins have done it again. Stress was reduced in people who had just had a therapeutic massage. Wow. Well done the scientists for proving the obvious.
We were then shown scientific studies using MRI scans of the brain to show that if someone we love or cherish holds our hand when we feel worry or concern, this act of simple human kindness can make us feel better. Well of course it can, only a complete fool needs scientific proof to confirm that.
Do we really need to know exactly how, scientifically, we are more likely to smile when we feel happy? Or should we just smile?
I loved physics at school, I still enjoy trying to suss out why something happens or what makes it happen, but I can't help but think that this complete patronisation of the audience by the perma-smiling presenter not only adds fuel to the fire of the science haters but also misses most of the point of what she is actually trying to prove or disprove.
Be happy and consider that whilst science is an absolute necessity to our existence as humans, do we really need to have an equation or formula for everything?
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