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Some Notes on the American Academy of
Quantum Medicine (AAQM)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

American Academy of Quantum Medicine (AAQM) is said to "promote the study of the bioelectrical and bioresonance systems and subsystems in the human body with the purpose of correlating appropriate therapeutic protocols that promote the human body's own self-healing and self regeneration capacities." Its president is Paul Yanick, Jr., Ph.D, N.D, C.N.C., C.Q.M., Its mission is:

No address is given, another Web site gives its location as Iselin, New Jersey [2]. The site is registered to Yanick, doing business as Quantum Energy with an address in Highland, New York. Another Web site describes Yanick as "an expert in the emerging field of Quantum Medicine, with over thirty years of extensive clinical experience . . . a board-certified naturopath, nutritional consultant and practitioner of Quantum Medicine." The "CNC" stands for "Certified Nutritional Consultant," a questionable credential issued by the American Association of Nutrition Consultants. I assume that "C.Q.M., means "certified in quantum medicine."

During the 1980s, Yanick did business as the executive director of the Hearing and Tinnitus Help Association (HTHA) and claimed to have helped thousands to overcome tinnitus and other forms of hearing and balance disorders through nutrition methods. Contributors to HTHA were eligible for a discount on the $200 price of "The Comprehensive Nutrient and Lifestyle Program," which Yanick helped design. A flyer distributed by HTHA described this program as a computerized analysis that recommends nutrition supplements after analyzing information on dietary and exercise habits, "tissue mineral analysis," tests on pH, urine, stool and saliva, and "over 400 questions relating changes that take place in your body when a nutrient becomes deficient." [2] As far as I know, no nutrition-related strategy has any effect on tinnitus.

AAQM Membership

On June 26, 2002, the AAQM Web site listed 31 associate members and 5 corporate members. The corporate members include:

What is "Quantum Medicine"?

A description of Yanick's book, Quantum Medicine states that he "has brought together multidisciplinary research with the insights of quantum physics to show that the human body is controlled and regulated by the human energy system." The most detailed explanation I have found is an article by Stephen Linsteadt, N.D, published in an ANMA newsletter, which states:

The quantum level possesses the highest level of coherence within the human organism. Sick individuals with weak immune systems or cancer have poor and chaotic coherence with disturbed biophoton cellular communication. Therefore, disease can be seen as the result of disturbances on the cellular level that act to distort the cell's quantum perspective. This causes electrons to become misplaced in protein molecules and metabolic processes become derailed as a result. Once cellular metabolism is compromised the cell becomes isolated from the regulated process of natural growth control.

The quantum naturopath recognizes that quantum coherence provides the fundamental resonance communication system of the body. All quantum naturopathic therapies must, therefore, be aimed at re-establishing cellular resonance. Quantum naturopaths are experts in bio-energetic nutrition with an emphasis on providing adequate defenses for free radical damage and re-establishing the body's bio-electric communication system by detoxifying the connective tissue matrix [4].

It appears to me that "quantum medicine" practitioners—many of whom are not licensed as health professionals—have concocted a nonexistent "energy system" to help peddle products and procedures to their clients. "Quantum medicine" uses scientific terminology, but it is nonsense.

ELF Laboratory Responds

On October 23, 2002, the research director of ELF Laboratory notified me that the writer that they had hired had made some misstatements and that they had "changed the verbiage to better state the 'capabilities' of the technology" and that the only claim they make is that the LBG is "a method for facilitating lymph movement using electrophoresis." [5] It appears to me that the new wording is no more valid than the original. You can judge this for yourself by reading their letter .

References

  1. Introduction to the American Academy of Quantum Medicine. AAQM Web site, accessed June 26, 2002.
  2. Publications concerning bio-energetic medicine. New Hope Clinic Web site, accessed June 26, 2002.
  3. Barrett S, Herbert V. The Vitamin Pushers: How the "Health Food" industry Is Selling Americans a Bill of Goods. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1994.
  4. Linsteadt S. The quantum naturopath. ANMA Monitor Vol 6, No 2. 2002.
  5. Reeves C. Letter to Stephen Barrett, M.D., Oct 23, 2002.

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This article was revised on April 11, 2007.