Liberté, égalité, fraternité

French authorities continue to trample on religious freedom

French police have forced a sunbathing woman to strip on a Nice beach following a recent ban on the burkini, a swimsuit designed in accord with Islamic traditions of modest dress.

According to international news agency Agence France-Press (AFP), the woman was ticketed for not wearing an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.

Burkini Police

The “burkini” ban was introduced earlier this month by right-wing Republican Party mayor of Cannes David Lisnard over the garb’s alleged link to radical Islamism.

In statements to the press, Lisnard defended the police action, saying all “beach dress that ostentatiously shows a religious affiliation” was unwelcome at a time when France was a target for ISIS.

He said any dress that might be linked with the terrorist group was offensive and risked provoking people, so risking public order.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard

It’s not the first time French authorities have trampled on citizens’ religious and free speech rights in the name of public order.

In 2010, the Senate of France passed a law “prohibiting concealment of the face in public space.” The following year, French police arrested two veiled demonstrators outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, just hours after the law came into force.

Kenza Drider is led away by police officers after being arrested for wearing a burka outside Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral on the day that the ban became law

Following the Paris attacks in January last year, French police arrested 54 people in a nationwide crackdown on “hate speech, anti-Semitism” and statements “glorifying terrorism.” 

Two months later, French comedian Dieudonné was found guilty by a Paris court of “apologising for terrorism” after he identified himself on Facebook as “Charlie Coulibaly” – a combination of “Charlie Hebdo” and “Amedy Coulibaly” – for which he received a two-month suspended sentence.

In November, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that freedom of speech does not protect “racist and anti-Semitic performances.” That same month, a Belgian court handed Dieudonné a two-month prison sentence for offensive remarks he made during a show in Liège in 2012.

French comedian Dieudonné gestures the Quenelle, which government officials in France have interpreted as an inverted Nazi salute

The latest incident comes a month after 31-year-old Tunisian man Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a cargo lorry into a crowd of people during Bastille Day celebrations at the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, killing 86.

Rhetorical question: Is there a principled difference between a terrorist who murders in the name of his religion and an armed policeman who forces a woman to strip in the name of public order?


It’s Only Natural

In which a naturopath’s brain falls out…

A naturopathic medicine spam website has linked to my latest post about the International Meta-Medicine Association (IMMA), an LA-based integrative medicine organisation that teaches practitioners the knowledge to self-heal clients of disease via talking therapy.

Click here to visit the website at your own peril. Alternatively, here’s a screenshot:

Ayurveda The Art of Self Healing

Second image down: My August 12, 2016 blog post titled “The Art and Weird Science of Self-Healing”

Naturopaths often speak of the virtues of keeping an open mind (even at the risk of your brain falling out), so it’s gratifying that this standard should extend to criticism of natural medicine itself.

Alas, I can’t rule out confirmation bias. It’s possible the website owner, having read my post (or at least the title), thought breathing into your organ tissue sounded like a good idea. One thing’s for certain, this wouldn’t have happened had I written critically of Scientology.

Take it away, Mr. Robert Crumb

The Art and Weird Science of Self-Healing

We believe in an integrative approach and at the end the client has to decide which direction to go– Intl. Meta-Medicine Association President Johannes Fisslinger explains his approach to treating clients + Meta-Medicine secrets revealed

I recently blogged a series of articles about the International Meta-Medicine Association (IMMA), an LA-based integrative medicine organisation founded in 2004 by Johannes Fisslinger, inventor of the “Aura Video Station.”

Johannes Fisslinger Bio


For the uninitiated, IMMA – via its online university, Meta-Health University (MHU) – claims to have trained over 1,000 practitioners in the “art and science of self-healing,” an elaborate philosophy of preventive health based on the discredited theories of Ryke Geerd Hamer, a ghoulish German doctor who lost his medical licence in 1986 after a number of patients in his care died.

Despite claims that Meta-Medicine is effective in treating everything from minor allergies and back pain, to serious conditions like diabetes and even cancer, Fisslinger maintains that MHU is “teaching only,” and that Meta-Medicine is “not really a therapy.”

However, as per this screenshot from March 2016, MHU recently offered Analysis and Therapy Sessions” to resolve your acute or chronic health issues.”

Meta-Health University Clinic Details


When asked about his medical credentials and if he treats clients at MHU, Fisslinger replied: “I don’t take clients right now… Just don’t have time.”

When asked how MHU helps to “resolve [a client’s] acute or chronic health issues,” if not using therapy, he replied: “As you can see in their profiles everyone is trained in different modalities from medical doctors…to energy psychology therapists.” 

He continued: “But they all use the foundational knowledge of Meta-Health for their analysis process and to find out what actually triggers the health issues and to know the organ-mind-brain connection.”

The “organ-mind-brain connection is Fisslinger’s theory that specific physical symptoms correspond with specific traumatic experiences, claims originating in Hamer’s speculative model of disease, the “Germanic New Medicine (GNM).

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In 2001, a Swiss study found “no evidence for Hamer’s “dangerous claims, stating: “in many respects, the theory of the New Medicine contradicts the findings of scientific medicine, not only in terms of the aetiology and diagnosis of cancers but also regarding the course and treatment of illness.

Tragically, according to a series of 2009 reports by Norwegian television station TV 2, at least three people died after they were advised by members of IMMA’s Advisory Council, Dagfrid Kolås and Bent Madsen, to abandon conventional cancer treatments.

Yet despite IMMA’s sordid history, aspiring Meta-Health practitioners are willing to pay up to ten thousand dollars to learn the mysterious secrets of this self-proclaimed “revolutionary new healing paradigm.

Stick to the script! How Meta-Medicine practitioners treat clients

Practitioners guide clients through the so-called “self-healing process using techniques derived from other popular complementary and alternative therapies, including: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy (TLT), Matrix Reimprinting (MP), Advanced Clearing Energetics (ACE) and Dianetics (Scientology).

Practitioners take cues from the “Meta-Health Therapy Script, a lengthy three-part diagnostic and treatment plan.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Header

Prior to meeting, practitioners take a client’s personal details and medical history, including information about “hormonal status, “allopathic medications” and “toxins.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Client Data

For clients with more complex symptoms, practitioners are advised to consult Wikipedia, as Fisslinger explains in this December 2014 “Meta-Health Analysis and Therapy video.

Before treatment can begin, practitioners are required to inform clients about traditional and alternative methods of treatment; as per this “Legal Educationslide from Fisslinger’s live tutoring sessions, the client is then asked “to decide which way to go.

Meta-Health Legal Education

As per this slide from another live session, practitioners “create rapport with a client prior to them signing a release form (in NLP, “rapportis “the ability to relate to others in a way that creates trust and understanding).

Meta-Health Master Preparation

During treatment, clients are instructed to “feel the organ (tissue) that relates to your symptom and to “feels [sic], see and hear your organ talk to you.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 1

After a brief clapping exercise to determine the “dominant and “non-dominant sides of a client’s body (this is said to help “find the root cause of the symptom), clients are asked to visualise where in their organ tissue their symptoms are located.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 2

Clients are then asked to pinpoint the exact moment when their symptoms began. If a practitioner has established a “deep rapport with a client, they might introduce Hamer’s theory that physical symptoms can be traced to an emotionally traumatic event (referred to here as an UDIN, meaning “unexpected, dramatic, isolating, no strategy).

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 3

Practitioners then confirm which “phase a client is in (according to Hamer, there are two phases of disease, “stress and “regeneration). The idea is that if a client’s symptoms can be triggered by a traumatic experience, then they can be relieved by making the client aware of the root cause.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 4

Clients are again instructed to “breathe deeply into your (organ tissue)and to ask your unconscious mind what e-motion is stored/trapped in that organ tissue” (as explained in Fisslinger’s 2013 Meta-Health ebook“e-motion” is energy “that has been ‘trapped or stored’ inside the organ tissue at the time of the traumatic experience).

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 5

After identifying their e-motion,” clients are asked whether the root-cause event related to their symptoms occurred before, during, or afterthey were born. If the client is unsure, practitioners tell them to take whatever comes up from their unconscious mind.

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 6

As per this 12 Meta-Health Questions worksheet, clients are also asked questions about their reactive mind, a concept used in Scientology to refer to the unconscious mind.

12 Meta-Health Questions Worksheet

Finally, practitioners apply some NLP memory techniques and the client is said to release their trapped e-motions…into the matrix/universe/source.” To ensure lasting well-being, clients take steps to reframe “negative or limiting beliefs” and “imprint new behavior.”

Meta-Health Therapy Script Session 7

Before parting ways, practitioners write a lifestyle prescriptionintended to benefit a client’s mental, physical and social well-being. Recommendations range from benign platitudes (follow your heart) to advice regarding emergency medical treatment.

Meta-Health Lifestyle Prescription

Read my three-part series on the Meta-Medicine movement here:

• The Macabre Origins of the Meta-Medicine Movement (Part one) – June 9, 2016
• Lifting the Lid on the Meta-Medicine Movement (Part two) – June 30, 2016
Freunde von Meta-Medicine (Part three) – July 25, 2016