Monday, April 1, 2013

#493: Alex Benzer

A.k.a. Ali Binazir

Todd Bentley is Canadian and therefore disqualified. Alex Benzer is of course not comparable in terms of the kind of forceful challenge to reality he represents, but he should still be considered a mild nuisance for any civilization building project. Benzer is one of Huffington Post’s “medical experts”, which means that he is not remotely an expert on health, but a dating guru, hypnotist, and Master Practitioner of NLP (a “degree” with a trademark is always a cause for suspicion).

Yes, Benzer has a real MD degree as well, but when you’re the author of “The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Embracing Your Inner Goddess & Finding the Fulfillment You Deserve”, and “The Tao of Dating: The Thinking Man's Enlightened Guide to Success with Women,” a reality-based approach to reality has been left pretty far behind. He has also called Michael Bernard Beckwith “a spiritual teacher of our times”. That pretty much settles it. (Ok, the neurolinguistic programming had probably already nailed that coffin pretty firmly shut already.)

Here are Benzer’s absolutely nonsensical points about how traveling in Europe can be therapy, one of which is how entering a country with another currency makes you develop your empathy with the poor since you are literally penniless until you find an ATM. Yep, that’s the general tenor of his blathering; he pulls his advice out of rather dark places, and is apparently not very good at it.

Diagnosis: Benzer may be more of a clinically empty puff of contentless self-help fluff than an actually unhinged loon, but when you spew garbled, empty nonsense like he does, you ought to be held accountable. Another mortal blow to Huffpo’s trustworthiness when it comes to medical matters – if any were needed.

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