Surprise Treatment for Dyslexia, ADHD, Headaches and Other Conditions
It’s All About Information Management
by Eugen Oetringer
reviewed by Mira de Vries
It’s no surprise that non-medical professionals are striking out on their own in search for answers, considering how sorely the conventional health care industry has disappointed us with its false promises and destructive treatments. Oetringer is a computer expert by profession. Whether he has done any better remains up in the air. He himself passionately invites critical research of his theory, which of course will not happen, because it is of no economic benefit to the industries which today (co)finance all such research.
Oetringer fails to rise above many of the mistakes of conventional health care authors. He opens his argument by posing that “Over the previous decade, great progress has been made in brain research” without advancing any evidence whatsoever for that. In fact it is the opinion of this reviewer that in spite of all the fancy modern medical gadgets, no progress has been made in brain research at all. He further fails to provide any definitions for the conditions he discusses, nor does he note how their presence or absence can be objectively determined. At the same time he assumes a common cause for all of them, sweepingly generalizing the afflictions of an almost infinitely broad category of people. His text is dotted with the words "may" and "might" suggesting that he has no hard facts to present. He has, in fact, only anecdotal evidence, namely his personal experience and that of his son. Yet this is not a human interest story. The anecdotes are related so tersely that the reader is left emotionally uninvolved.
Oetringer succinctly sketches the nature of various alternative therapies, including Reiki and music. The therapy which he claims benefited him and his son most was developed by the Dutch ophthalmologist Van Gemert, and features specially developed prism glasses which control the way light falls on the retina.
The majority of this book is occupied by a detailed theory of the cause of adverse “mental conditions” attributed to the human brain which is likened to a personal computer. Who was it who posed that the mind has always been perceived in terms of the cliché of the day? In the age that life was dominated by spirits, mental deviance was considered to be caused by demons. When bodily fluids were discovered, it was attributed to humors. With the discovery of electricity, the brain was attributed electrical impulses. In the age of the radio it was wiring, and in the present pharmacological age it is chemistry. These are attempts to reduce the psyche to a model that can be understood, not because the model is valid, but because we yearn to persuade ourselves we understand it. Valid or not, Oetringer’s model fails to fulfill this need, as few people, physicians included, possess sufficient understanding of computer science to follow his train of thought.
His rhetorical question, “Should we have waited [to treat our child with prism glasses] until there was sufficient scientific evidence?” can obviously be answered in the negative. Evidence as presented by the medico-pharmacological industry isn’t as scientific as its proponents would like us to believe anyway. This leaves undecided the issue of whether prism glasses benefit anyone other than the author and his son. His enthusiasm about them will surely interest many (parents of) people looking for solutions to whatever their problems are outside of the conventional medical establishment.
We thank Mr. Oetringer for sending us a complimentary copy of his book.
MeTZelf does not necessarily endorse any of the treatments discussed in it.