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Close Encounters of the Woo Kind – Tatyana Sibirskaya

Posted in Skepdude, Woo by Skepdude on October 16, 2008

You can find Tatyana’s add at the event brochure on page 8. This is what Tatyana claims she can do:

✶ Tatyana sees all the organs of a human body and discovers its defects before they can be   detected by any medical tests.

✶ With the help of power which goes beyond our habitual conception of energy and never touching a patient’s body Tatyana heals people from diseases many of which the modern medicine consider incurable.

Amazing. This lady has two powers, not one. First, X-ray vision. She can see the organs and detect problems before they are detectable by our most advanced technology. Wow! She can see through your body, flesh and clothes be damned. Apparently she’s better than the actual X-ray, MRI and a myriad other medical techniques to detect problems. With this sort of claim, surely she must have been tested successfully and must have beaten such mundane techniques in diagnosing problems. Actually I can’t find anything to that effect, nevertheless I am not spending more than 2 min on this insanity. If anyone has any interesting links, feel free to leave them on the comments section.

A young girl, by the name of Natasha Demkina, making this claim was actually tested by Ray Hyman, Richard Wiseman and Andrew Skolnick and her disappointing results were reported by the Skeptical Inquirer magazine. As you may already suspect she flunked with flying colors. I suspect Tatyana is cut from the same cloth as Natasha. Who knows, they may even be related.

Her second amazing power, is basically therapeutic touch, the “art” and “science” of healing by waving one’s hands overs the suspected sick person. Now, I don’t know if she does the hand waving and all that nonsense, her actual claim seems to imply that she’s manipulating some sort of energy without touching the person. Incredible,  all you have to do is have this woman look you up and down, not touch you, and bam you’re healed and relieved of all that extra weight you’re carrying in your wallet by the way.

Hey think about it this way, if you pay by credit card, and you pay your bill on time, Tatyana is helping you build good credit! Yay!

If you check out the website that is referred to in the ad you see a short introduction, contact info, an interview and, of course, a few testimonials; the usual quack nonsense. Here’s a more in depth description of Tatyana’s powers:

She sees all the organs in a person and their defects without touching the body. Tanya’s abilities come forth in cases of cardiovascular diseases, urological and gynecological female disorders. From her unique concentration of energy she is able to destroy kidney stones and gallstones. She can also demolish the center of formation in high cholesterol patients. Through her abilities, Tanya sites tumors, cysts and other neoplasms on the internal organs of men, women and children and destroys them.

A meeting with Tanya will give you the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive report about the condition of all your organs to the smallest capillaries.

Excellent! I think I shall meet this lady, I am a little worried about my capillaries, all 25,000 miles of them (by some estimates). Wow, she must be really thorough on her capillary comprehensive report.

And here’s an interview with Tati:

Q. You not only see affected organs you can treat them as well. How do you do that?
A. I concentrate my thought and my sight on the affected organs and through me the powerful energy from the outside transfers into person…

Q. How many sessions does a person need as a rule?

A. There’s no rule here. It’s very individual. During your diagnosis consultation you will be told.

Q. Do you have to see your patient or you can do it without visual contact?
A. Both.

Q. What do you feel when you start working with a patient?
A. It’s hard work and I feel very tired because I filtrate the patient’s suffering.

Q. Do you practice group therapy?
A. Yes.

Boy she must be exhausted by group therapy. Phew, talk about filtrating a whole group’s suffering. Poor lady, so selfless.

CONCLUSION

Tatyana (or Tatiana depending on the source) does not seem to have a real case.  It seems quite probable that she cannot see through anyone’s body nor heal anyone, not without touching them anyway. She claims to diagnose a tumor that cannot be seen by anyone else, heal it through her energy field so it is not longer there (even though you had no confirmation it was there to begin with), so that when your doctors checks you out he will not find anything (which he wasn’t able to do to begin with according to her). So all you have to go with is her word folks. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t be very comfortable with this lady’s word. If you still feel like going and seeing her and spending money on her, you will officially be a moron, maybe desperate and being taken advantage off, but still a moron!

Psychics Harrass Father Of Disappeared Claremont Girl

Posted in Podblack Cat by Skepdude on August 31, 2008

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Yes, I’m still at Dragon*Con, actually missing Phil Plait’s speech all about his new book. Just got back from manning the table at the other hotel, for Skepticality.

Since I’ve seen enough of Plait around the conference already (even observed him giving Michael Stackpole a copy of his ’still got a few edits’ new book!) – meh. I’ll ask Richard Saunders for the rundown, as he’s attending. I need a coffee more.

Especially after reading this. I used to work in the same town where the serial killer operated – many thanks to Andy D for the tip – From The Western Australian Newspaper:

The father of Claremont serial killer victim Sarah Spiers has described how he fell into chronic depression because of harassment by clairvoyants who demanded money to help find his daughter.

Don Spiers detailed his harrowing experience yesterday as police continued to field phone calls from the public after the release on Thursday of security footage of another victim, Jane Rimmer, speaking to an unidentified man moments before she disappeared.

Mr Spiers, who has long been reluctant to speak to the media, was candid yesterday about his emotional and mental trauma.

He said up to 400 psychics and clairvoyants from across the world had contacted him since Sarah disappeared on January 27, 1996.

He said they were offering false information and “looking to make a name for themselves or get money”.

He had been so desperate to find his daughter in the first six months after she disappeared that he had listened to the “shysters” and often followed their instructions.

“They hounded me to death,” Mr Spiers said.

“I’d be getting it every day. It was just an onslaught.

“They were sending me to certain locations, just running me around. They were telling me all sorts of things. They’d give me cryptic clues.

“They had my emotions on a rollercoaster. You’d be full of hope and you’d be out (searching) and there’d be nothing and then you’d go down (in emotion) again.

“I can’t understand why anyone would do this to someone in my situation. Why would they want to make it worse for me?

“They probably all wanted to be recognised as being high-profile clairvoyants. They are shysters, there’s no question about it.”

He said the relentless approaches from clairvoyants and the false hope they created had led him to have a breakdown late in 1996, when he found himself sitting in an armchair at his home ripping chunks of hair from his scalp.

…As he struggled with depression, he continued to fend off clairvoyants and psychics and was even abused over the phone by members of the public. “We had phone calls from people saying we are the perpetrators or saying that we deserve it,” he said.

If people wish to know more about the case, I highly recommend the book ‘Devil’s Garden: The Claremont Serial Killings’, which features an excellent interview that emphasises the media and the police force stance, refusing to engage psychics in the cases.

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