Posted 02 December 2013
The Biofield Viewer claims to “. . allow[s] the holistic practitioner to view the human aura (scientifically known as the biofield), the Chakras and energetic issues live. It is a state of the art software system based on the principle that photons of light interact with energy fields“. This is fruitloopery, or shall we say, baloney! In fact, the existence of such fields has not yet been scientifically proven.
However, here we focus on whether “Dr” Thornton Streeter simply a fraud? We think so.
However, I felt that one has to check before mouthing off. So I did a search and found the Biofield Viewer.com website, the following is stated:
“Dr. Thornton Streeter, D.Sc. is a special Advisor to the ICNM, the UK’s leading authority on Complementary Medicine. Dr. Streeter is faculty head of the Zoroastrian College section of human biofield Research. Since 2004 he has been registered as a student thesis guide and scientist researcher with AISBBS, an NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations department of Economic and Social Affairs. He is now the official representative of the UN NGO; consequently his training programs are recognized in 190 countries. Dr. Streeter is Director of The Centre for Biofield Sciences, UK and India. (www.biofieldsciences.com, www.biofieldscience.org)”.
About Dr. Streeter:
Faculty head of the Zoroastrian College section of Human biofield Research. Since 2004 I have been appointed as a student thesis guide.
Doctor of Science, Mumbai, India.
2004 Special Advisor to Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine ICNM London.
2006 Program Committee for All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Institute of Technology ‘s National Seminar on Scientific validation and Technical evaluation of Ancient Medical Systems.
2007 Advisory Board, Uniting Technologies USA.
2007 Advisory Board BodyTalk International USA
2008 Visiting Lecturer Medical School, St George’s University, Grenada.
Since 2002 I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University, Department of Integrated Medicine, London UK
2008 he serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Academy of Energy Medicine (NAAcEM)
2008 Wisdom Council EvolveCare
Since 2002 he has delivered keynote lectures on Biofield Science,
Sounds VERY impressive, but does this add up? Considering that the product, the Biofield Viewer, makes no physiological or scientific sense, would Streeter be so highly respected?
Examining the claims that Streeter makes, many not add up.
He claims he “Presented Papers at Exeter Universities Department of Complementary Studies international conferences Chaired by Edzard Ernst and had both Abstracts published in the peer reviewed Journal: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Medicine, (FACT). His first paper was delivered and published at the 11th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care, University of Exeter, UK, and November 2004“.
Prof Edzard Ernst is a world famous Professor of Complementary Medicine, no wonder individuals would like to be associated with his name. So I wrote to Prof Ernst asking him how true the above paragraph is. Prof Ernst responded, and gave me permission to copy his response here, which was:
“He is clearly not a LEADING AUTHORITY! I cannot remember seeing him at our conference of which he even got the name wrong. I fear he is a fake.“
Above Streeter also claims to have abstracts of his abstracts published “in the peer reviewed Journal: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Medicine, (FACT)”. A search of this journal’s website does not return any indication of articles/abstracts published by Streeter. And Prof Edzard Ernst is the editor, he would have checked!
“Dr” Streeter also claims to be Faculty head of the Zoroastrian College section of Human biofield Research. However, according to NDTV, this “College” is fake, i.e., a “10-feet room that serves as the administration office”.
“One small class, no professors, a small, 10-feet room that serves as the administration office; this is not what 200 graduate students had signed up for when they applied to the Zoroastrian College at Fort. But, when the academic year began, the students found out that the college was only a front office that allegedly offered bogus degrees from foreign universities. Feeling cheated, the students protested outside its office in Fort on Friday, demanding an inquiry.“
Considering that “Dr” Thornton Streeter claims to have obtained his “Doctor of Science” degree in Mumbai, India, can we suspect that it may be from the same Zoroastrian College, i.e., he has awarded himself his “degree”?
Streeter claims: “Since 2004 he has been registered as a student thesis guide and scientist researcher with AISBBS“. I cannot find any evidence that AISBBS exists! Don’t believe me? Search for yourself!
Streeter claims: “Since 2002 I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University, Department of Integrated Medicine, London UK.” I wrote to the head of this Department, Prof David Peters. He responded that “. . . ran the energy concepts & environmental stress modules (a couple of sessions) this would have been around 2002-4/5. He has not taught here for at least 8 years” and another colleague commented: “Never heard of him . . also we were School of Integrated Health so wrong on many fronts”.
Streeter claims: “2004 Special Advisor to Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine ICNM London.” I wrote to the ICNM who responded with “[H]e was a member of the ICNM/BRCP until June 2005 and we have had no communication with him since 2007. We no longer list him as an Advisor as he is not on our database.”
I am awaiting a response to a number of other fact checks, but so far things are not looking good for Streeter! Most significantly, why has Streeter not indicated the institution that he received his “Doctor of Science, Mumbai, India” degree from! A critical mistake. Certainly there is no “science” in the claims for the Biofield Viewer.
Heartbizz.co.za (Carol Wood/Jean Degenaar) have associated themselves with Streeter and the Biofield Viewer. [Link updated 27 April 2015] On this webpage you will find tucked away at the bottom, the following “disclaimer”:
Note: Biofield Viewer has not been evaluated by the U.S. FDA and does not diagnose disease. It is for research purposes only.
In South Africa, this device has also not been evaluated by any regulatory authority.