Good vibrations: looking for geopathic stress

I’ve become a rather sceptical person of late. Any mention of cancer cures, or advice from someone who thinks they can cure the common cold will unfortunately cause me to raise my eyes to heaven.

A Guardian article on geopathic stress reminded me that this form of quackery was one of the first to come to my attention. It was back in 2003. At first I was dubious but I asked, “does anyone know anything about this?”

Unfortunately the comments descended into farce with Joe, the guy who told me about geopathic stress, spamming the post with fake comments all from the same IP range. I don’t like to see businesses go out broke and end, but for quacks I’ll make an exception. His website isn’t to be found any more.

Thanks Cork Skeptics for sharing the Guardian article! I’m part of Cork Skeptics, so if you’re on Facebook like our page and watch out for events. There’s also the blog you can follow, and it’s on WordPress.com too. 🙂

Geopathic Stress Anyone?

While out tonight taking photos I was approached by a curious hotel worker. It’s not every day one sees a guy standing around with a camera and a tripod, especially on a cold night!

We started talking, and as usual, the topic of housing came up. When I mentioned I was in the process of buying a house he asked me to do something: “Look up geopathic stress on the Internet before you buy the house.” So, I did that!

Most of the sites I found were commercial, but one site I discovered managed to avoid commercial offerings for one whole page! The next page on the site lists their products, but the above page is a good explanation of what this is.

This is a call out to the visitors of this site – ever had your house tested for these strange energies? I’d be more than a little skeptical about this stuff, but there’s no harm in finding out more!

Update – the site I linked to above changed their layout. No doubt they saw the extra traffic and decided to list their commercial interests. Here’s a page that does have a longer description of Geopathic stress and how to stop it.

How can I tell whether I am affected by Geopathic Stress?

There are a number of pointers which may suggest the presence of Geopathic Stress by its effect on both people and buildings.

The following clues may suggest that a person is affected by Geopathic Stress:-

1. They have a serious illness such as cancer, M.E., or multiple sclerosis.
2. They have any illness which does not clear up despite good treatment.
3. They have tried a number of different therapies without success.
4. They feel better when away from home. For instance, a condition may clear up or improve when away on holiday only to come back again when they get back home.

The following quote is laughable however:

Note for health professionals and therapists – as a general rule of thumb, if a patient is not getting better on appropriate treatment, it is wise to assume that they are geopathically stressed, whether you can detect it or not.

Basically, if someone is sick near you, if there’s mould in your house, if there’s a spring close by, if you don’t sleep too well, then your house and neighbourhood is probably suffering from geopathic stress. They even got oil wells and volcanoes in there for good measure. I won’t be moving to Iraq or Pompeii in a hurry.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about geopathic stress.