Woo being, of course, all those strange claims that are made about the medical effects of coffee enemas, fruitarian diets, Freudian psychoanalysis and all the rest.
And one of them is of course that the merest hint of radiation will kill us all in our beds. Another is that natural stuff is better for us than any “chemicals”. You know, don’t take a drug for a condition, go have a sauna and a ‘nana sort of thing.
At the Gastein healing caves, in Radhausberg mountain, a controversial form of therapy with radioactive radon gas is used to treat a long list of medical conditions, including arthritis and other joint pain, chronic bronchitis and skin conditions such as my psoriasis.
Yup, now we’ve got woo that positively revels in radioactivity:
But doctors at the clinic in Austria say the radon in the caves is completely safe. ‘Scientific studies have shown exposure to low-dosage radon stimulates DNA repair, antioxidant action and immune response. And no adverse effects have ever been reported,’ says Dr Liane Weber, who has worked at the clinic for a decade, alongside a team of physiotherapists and massage therapists.
The argument that low-level radon may be healing is based upon a scientific principle called hormesis. Small doses of a particular substance may be beneficial – even if high doses are harmful or lethal.
It’s enough to make Helen Caldicott’s head asplode.