Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#1233: Gary Wade

I think this is him.

There isn’t much to argue about when it comes to the lunacy of domestic terrorist Clayton Waagner, but he’s not quite the kind of lunatic that deserves a separate entry in an Encyclopedia like this. Gary Wade, on the other hand, is almost too typical. Wade is, allegedly, a physicist, though insofar as he has an education in physics he sure didn’t learn much. Wade is most familiar, perhaps, for his advocacy for the Rife Machine, a quack device that purports to destroy diseases by homing in on “their resonant frequency” and disrupting them with radiofrequency (RF) waves (like a soundwaves shattering glass). It is profoundly silly, and the machines themselves turn, on investigation, out to be little more than batteries with flashing LED-lights with no capability of generating specific radio frequencies. Of course, most of those who sell these kinds of things are presumably frauds, but Wade appears, in fact, to be a true believer. Or who knows. He’s at least popular over at Educate yourself.org.

Apparently Wade is the proud former editor and publisher of The UFO Report, Scientific Advisor to the National Health Federation, and the Science Editor of  the Health Freedom News, which tells you all you need to know about the trustworthiness of those sources for health information. He is currently President of the American Institute of Rehabilitation, which develops alternative health energy medicine technology (and seems to be too obscure even for quackwatch). This appears, possibly, to be his own website. At least it has the predicted design solutions and color schemes, as well as a prominently displayed link to “Truth about American Medical System (Still True)”.

His articles display an amazing depth of quackery and crackpottery, mostly in the form of Wade trying to apply crackpot physics to medical issues he really knows very little about, including applications of Rife machines (no science, no testing, no evidence, of course – the link to “results” offers no results) and “vibratory energy medicine” (which is, I assume, what others call “vibrational medicine”, but Wade seems to think of it as particularly important, so we’ll respect that and give it a link – the color scheme of the article is the most immediately striking feature), and conspiracy theories trying to explain, without mentioning the obvious explanation, why Rife’s old ideas have thus far failed to revolutionize medicine.

Diagnosis: Standard crackpot gibberish, but Wade is at least rather entertaining in his complete lack of touch with reality or reason. 

1 comment:

  1. Your URL for Wade's website appears to be incorrect. Here is the correct one: http://www.rifeenergymedicine.com/