By Colin Wright on August 21, 2013 | Discuss
You may remember my article from nearly two years ago, where I debunked a qigong medical study commonly heralded as concrete proof for the effectiveness of external qigong treatment for chronic pain. The study was sloppy, and void of experimental rigor.
I have since continued to engage qigong supporters, despite their reluctance to present empirical evidence and well-executed studies in support of their claims. In fact, their reluctance to engage in reasonable discussion reached a new level when I was banned from the qigong subreddit for posting my article there. I was assured that I would have my ban lifted “as soon as [I] agree not to post any more skeptical articles.” Well then, I guess I am banned for life.
Because of my qigong criticisms, I have recently become alerted to Master Zhou, who is billed as a Qigong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu Grand Master as well as a Master Medical Qigong Healer. He is widely cited as perhaps the most well-known qigong master alive, and has been featured on popular television shows such as Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, That’s Incredible, and on the History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhumans. This guy has given qigong healing treatments to the Dalai Lama as well as professional sports teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s got some serious qigong street cred. Surely this guy is the real deal; how can we possibly explain away his amazing, superhuman abilities? As it turns out, it is much easier than I had previously thought (and I previously thought it would be pretty darn easy). Continue reading…