Sorcery or Science?
by Lynn and Sarah Leslie, April 2001
“See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.” --Col. 2:8
“It is appalling that the misdirected teachings of Enderlein are today being intermingled with various religious concepts in an effort to lend credence to these beliefs, solely for commercial purposes” --Bradford, Robert W., DSc and Henry W. Allen, “Pseudoscience Masquerading as Medical Fact” Early Biologists (Gunther Enderlein Unmasked)” BRI Report No. 50, 1996
“Primitive pagan religious practices that were generally confined to underdeveloped Third World countries… are now being embraced by increasing millions of enthusiasts worldwide. By some peculiar metamorphosis occultism has become scientific.” – America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice: The Rise of New Age Shamanism, Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, Harvest House, 1988, p. 9.
During the 1970s America underwent a rapid and profound transformation from a culture that was primarily Christian to pagan. The Beatles rock group had, in the late ‘60s, imported eastern religion (including a guru named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) and popularized drug use (pharmakeia). For centuries, western civilization was based on rationalism – “the belief that all knowledge can be determined through the intellect” (The Mystical Maze, Pat Means, Campus Crusade, 1978, p. 373). Although Christians would disagree with extreme forms of rationalism which completely omit the spiritual, rationalistic thought gave us the scientific method -- forming a hypothesis (idea) and testing the hypothesis through objective research methods. The scientific method is a valuable tool because it avoids religious bias, including the pressures imposed by a state religion such as was evident during the Dark Ages.
Americans began embracing the thoughts and ideas of eastern mysticism, and it rapidly began to replace orthodox Christianity as a worldview for many Christians. Eastern mysticism believes that each man determines his own truth – a very subjective way of looking at reality. In eastern mystical religions, Jesus is not THE Truth, He is just one of many “truths.” Jesus is not THE Way, but rather He is just one of many “ways” to reach a higher spiritual level. Jesus is not THE Life -- the Son of God who died for our sins on the cross, and was resurrected. Rather, in eastern pagan religions, Jesus is put on a par with other deities who are worshipped and made out of stone and clay. Eastern mysticism emphasizes the power of the mind over matter (sorcery) and the belief that “self” can become “god.”
Sorcery, the Greek word pharmakia, from which we get our English word pharmacy or pharmaceuticals pertaining to drugs, is explained in Vine’s Expositional Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Thomas Nelson, 1997). “In sorcery, the use of drugs, whether simple or potent, was generally accompanied by incantations and appeals to occult powers, with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc., professedly designed to keep the applicant or patient from the attention and power of demons, but actually to impress the applicant with the mysterious resources and powers of the sorcerer.” It is also translated as “witchcraft” in the Bible. One Christian writer states: “At the heart of sorcery have always been secret techniques for allegedly contacting spirit entities in order to gain supernatural knowledge and power. These ancient occult methodologies are presently being revived… [o]nly now the process is dressed in modern psychological or self-improvement terminology…” (Dave Hunt, America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice, p. 18).
The significance of this shift from an objective Truth (Jesus and the Bible) to a subjective truth (we define our own “truth”) was immediately evident. Abortions increased, promiscuity increased, divorces increased, and personal lifestyles plummeted from honesty, integrity, and holiness into the abyss of unrighteousness. Americans, who were largely naïve about sorcery and witchcraft, began to be bombarded by pagan ideas, practices and methods – often through clever deception, especially including changing word meanings. In public school classrooms across the country children began making talismans, charms and occult symbols as part of literature or art classes. Adults began going to psychologists who introduced them to occult practices of the mind, such as guided imagery, mind over matter (“positive thinking”) and connecting with the spirit world. Christians began to learn esoteric techniques in church services – praying to Mother Earth (a deity named “Gaia”), laying hands on the body’s Satanic chakra points, and other pagan rituals.
This transformation of culture was called the “New Age” movement. Constance Cumbey, a Christian attorney from Michigan, was the first to sound the warning to Christians in her landmark book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow (Huntington House, 1983). She discovered that the modern move towards pagan religions was actually begun in 1875 by an organized group of Satanists called the Theosophical Society, headed up by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Their goal was to unite all world religions into a common “truth.” Using demonic transmissions, the Theosophists wrote extensively about how they would destroy Christianity and replace it with the occult. Alice Bailey was another Theosophist leader who wrote two dozen books laying out the specific instructions for creating a “new age” on Earth. The Lucifer Publishing Company published her works, which are still available for purchase today. “Plans for religious war, forced redistribution of the world’s resources, Luciferic initiations, mass planetary initiations, theology for the New World Religion, disarmament campaign, and elimination or sealing away of obstinate religious orthodoxies – all were covered extensively in the Alice Bailey writings,” warned Constance Cumbey (p. 50).
The Theosophists believed that they could achieve their goals by remaining underground, networking and infiltrating into the world’s religious, educational, and governmental organizations for the next 100 years. Their conspiracy surfaced to public view in 1976 when modern a modern disciple of Alice Bailey, Marilyn Ferguson, published a bestselling book called The Aquarian Conspiracy (J.P. Tarcher, Inc.). This book was noted for having a prominently displayed “666” logo on the cover, representing the Theosophical belief that using this number would invite the “Christ.” Ferguson divulged that the Plan (as the Theosophists called their conspiracy) was well underway and had officially become an integrated part of the American culture. In chapter 8 of her book, “Healing Ourselves” she explains how medicine was going to be reinvented so that its foundation would shift to eastern mysticism from western rationalism. She pronounced the old medical model dead and advocated a “holistic health” model to replace it. On pages 246-248 of her book she lays out the old paradigms (models) of medicine and compares them with the “new” paradigm of medicine. Notable in her “new” model is the inclusion of the spirit world and “energy fields.”
Twenty-five years later it is obvious that the “New Age Movement” has made great progress in transforming the medical profession, in part because of the failure of the medical system to address issues outside of its own paradigm (model). Medicine in the late 20th century had become heavily institutionalized, bureaucratic, expensive, controlled by special interests and cumbersome. Alternative or “holistic” health practices, originating from a religious system antithetical to Christianity, filled the void and have now become accepted and mainstream. This is problematic to Christians. Many of the practices and methods of alternative medicine have no foundation in medical fact, but are purely a way to connect individuals to the powers of the spirit world. There are many ways in which the spirit world can be contacted: through the five senses, through the mind, and through the body itself. The stated goal of the New Age leaders it to “initiate” people into the spirit world, that is, provide a way for them to become demon-possessed.
On the other hand, there is a growing body of solid, scientific research being conducted on various practices of alternative medicine. Some of this research is confirming that a particular medicine, or method of healing, is valid. Scientists are discovering not only what works, but WHY it works. Using the rationalistic scientific method, so dismissed by the esoteric occultists, science has been able to prove that some techniques or medicines work because of sound scientific principles found in physics, chemistry or biology.
The danger lies in the deception. Is it science or is it sorcery? The temptation to ignore the occult is rooted in our sinful nature. We are tempted to fulfill our flesh, including seeking healing by any methods whatsoever, even if they are clearly forbidden in God’s Word. Dave Hunt, another Christian author who has written numerous books warning of the dangers of the New Age movement for the past 20 years, warned of the increasing deception that would be created by mixing occult beliefs with science:
“The new world religion of Antichrist will be thought of as scientific. This new religious science will promise to lead humanity into the experience of its own divinity, that each of us is “God.” The basic lie of the serpent in the Garden of Eden will seem to be validated by the godlike psychic powers the Antichrist will manifest and the whole world will pursue. It will be a religion of self-love and self-worship, centered in man himself and oriented to man’s personal success rather than to the glory of the true God. It is already clear that we are heading rapidly in this very direction. The evidence is there for all to see in the New Age movement, which is a blend of science and Eastern religions” (The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days, Dave Hunt & T.A. McMahon, Harvest House, 1985, p. 52).
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
As an overriding principle, the Scriptures caution us to “abstain from every form of evil” (I Thess 5:22). Both the Old and New Testaments contain strong warnings about avoiding evil practices:
“You shall not practice augury or witchcraft.” (Lev. 19:26)
“Now the works of the flesh are plain:… idolatry, sorcery….” )Gal. 5:19-20)
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering [human sacrifice], any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord; and because of these abominable practices the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, give heed to soothsayers and to diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you so to do.” (Deut. 18:9-14)
Throughout the Bible we can see that severe judgments from God are associated with those who practice sorcery -- Mal. 3:5; Rev 21:8, 22:15, 9:21, 18:23; Is. 47:9; Jer. 14:14 and 27:9. In I Sam. 15: 22-23, Samuel confronted Saul with his sin of disobedience. “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.” Here the Bible reveals that the undergirding sins that lead one into the occult lie in the attitudes of the heart – disobedience and rebellion.
In the book of Acts, sorcerers caused a great deal of trouble for the Apostles while they were in the act of evangelizing. Acts 8:9-24 tells of the story of Simon the Sorcerer. Acts 13:8 tells of “Elymas the magician” who “withstood” Barnabas and Paul “seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.” Acts 16:16-24 tells the story of Paul casting out a spirit of divination from a slave girl and being thrown into prison as a result. The stories in Acts make it evident that the occultists not only opposed the spreading of the Gospel for spiritual reasons, but also because of financial reasons. The occult is always intertwined with the love of money, which we are told is the root of all evils (I Tim. 6:10). One missionary, Homer Dowdy in his biographical book The Bamboo Cross, explained how precious food and goods of the superstitious people he ministered to would be given to the local witchdoctor in exchange for his “spiritual” services, such as removing curses, talking to ancestor spirits, and conducting rituals. As a result the people were in spiritual bondage and extreme poverty.
There are no set guidelines for avoiding the occult when entering the world of alternative medicine. However, from the Scriptures above it becomes abundantly clear that Christians should avoid anything with occult ties. Many practices, methods, techniques, medicines and treatments in alternative medicine have roots in pagan religious ceremonies. This does not mean that everything from alternative medicine should be refused. What is does mean is that Christians must make an effort to learn the roots of a particular method or treatment. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I John 4:1).
If Christians find out that there is some spiritual involvement at the roots they should avoid it altogether unless the method or medicine itself is totally divorced from its esoteric foundation. Further, they should also examine the fruit. This is not always easy to discern. If there is even a faint form of deception, fraud, unusual claims for diagnosis or treatment, or a financial situation that requires burdensome commitments, Christians should flee at once. “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry,” I Cor. 10:14. If it becomes necessary to alter the consciousness (either by meditation or certain herbs or drugs) or perform rituals for the body, or any other thing that numbs the mind or senses, then the occult should be suspected.
Having now provided the necessary background information, it is the purpose of this paper to examine the particular practice of darkfield microscopy or “live blood cell analysis” which has recently become one of the hottest fads on the “New Age” alternative health circuit. A study was conducted by way of the Internet to determine more information about this method and any scientific evidence that might validate it. It is outside the scope of this paper to fully examine the scientific claims of this method, as it became apparent that this method has its own language (terminology). The Internet provided a good overview of the method, its historical roots, and its context in alternative medicine today.
Darkfield microscopy is the name given to a particular type of lighting technique used when viewing things invisible to the plain eye under a microscope. The darkfield creates a contrast between the object in view so that the background is dark and the object is light. There is a particular light behind the object that forms a silhouette. The people who sell darkfield microscopes on the Internet say that they can view very tiny objects within blood. These objects have a variety of names and theories. They claim that they can “determine” (they are careful to never use the term “diagnose”) things such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, fungal infections, parasite infestations, digestive problems, heavy metal toxicity, predisposition to cancer and other things.
Darkfield microscopy is actually not new. The theories and ideas behind it are over 100 years old. There are four men who are credited with the discovery of tiny creatures that live within human blood that can only be viewed by high-powered microscopes or darkfield microscopy.
Wilhelm Reich lived in Germany at the turn of the last century. He was a colleague of Sigmund Freud’s and started his career as a psychoanalyst. His ideas about life were typical of the German culture at that time. He believed in a “life force” – an idea which had its roots in Theosophy and the occult. Influenced by these ideas during the 1800s, the German scientists began to search for the “force of life.” The early Theosophists were headquartered in Leipzig, Germany in the 1880s and they were extremely active for the next six decades leading up to WWII. They published hundreds of thousands of pamphlets (tracts) promoting their religious views. Most notable of these views was anti-Semitism (which is a foundational occult doctrine), which gave rise to the Holocaust of 6,000,000 Jews.
Freud broke ranks with Wilhelm Reich because of his radical political (communist) beliefs and his extreme ideas about creating a sexual revolution (the title of one of his books). Reich believed that children should be sexually active and that repressing this would cause physical and psychological illnesses. Reich had extremely radical views about sexuality. He is known as the father of the modern sexual revolution and was cited by Alfred Kinsey in his controversial research studies that changed American culture. In order to prove his theories about “orgone” (“life force”), Reich began inventing equipment. He developed a special microscope that allowed him to see living organisms at a very high rate of magnification. He discovered strange particles in the blood that he called named “bions.” He believed he had discovered the elemental particles of the “life force” that scientists were searching for. He began working on a cure for cancer based on the theories he had developed about “bions.”
In his later years, Reich also began experimenting with the Earth’s “life force” and began working in the area of physics. He believed the aurora borealis was an indication of the life energy of the planet itself and got involved with UFOs and nuclear bomb testing. It is important to note that Reich’s writings place him firmly in the occult. Reich always used his religious views as a way of conducting his scientific research – he combined the psychic with physics in ways that put his theories far outside standard scientific research practices at the time. Reich died in prison after the U.S. government confiscated his laboratory and equipment. It seems that his radical communist/socialist sexual revolution ideas, combined with his research into nuclear physics, were enough during the post-McCarthy 1950s era to consider him a threat to American security.
Royal Rife is a notable hero in alternative medicine from the first half of the last century. He was a maverick research scientist who developed a “Universal Microscope” which supposedly allowed live magnifications of at least 60,000X. He developed theories about cancer, some of which have now been proven, which said that cancer was the end result of a diseased condition in the human body. He was working on an electromagnetic cure for cancer. Rife used a series of prisms that directed a monochromatic light beam onto the blood specimen and caused it to light up. Rife was brought to trial and imprisoned and his books and microscopes were reportedly destroyed.
During WWI a German zoologist, Guenther Enderlein, volunteered to work as a bacteriologist in a military hospital. In 1925 he finished a book called The Life Cycle of Bacteria. He used darkfield microscopy to view microorganisms in the human blood which he named “endobionts.” Enderlein identified three life-cycle phases of these endobionts – colloid, bacteria and fungus. He hypothesized that these life forms could mutate into pathogenic creatures that would cause disease.
Gaston Naessens is a Canadian researcher who continued the work of the earlier men. He invented a “somatoscope,” a microscope that weaves two light sources together to produce a third frequency which allows for a greater resolution of life matter. He named his tiny form visible under his “somatoscope” a “somatid”. He believes that the organism could change its shape through 16 life cycle stages (hence the term “pleomorph”), and that it was a precursor life form. Gaston Naessens was prosecuted and fined in 1956 for practicing medicine without a license. He was arrested in Quebec in 1989 and charged with four counts of illegal practice of medicine and one count of contributing to the death of a patient. He was acquitted on all counts. His treatment for cancer is now available to Canadian patients, 714-X, a form of camphor.
One could simply stop here and say “enough is enough.” Given the history of these four gentlemen, and their criminal activities, many Christians would simply avoid darkfield microscopy. However, we pursued our investigation further, knowing that there was a possibility that these men were simply eccentric scientists who had stumbled onto some objective scientific truths. And, here it is that we found that it was necessary to exercise good common sense as well as spiritual discernment.
First, it must be stated outright that there is a dearth of technical or scientific information about darkfield microscopy on the Internet. Some branches of alternative medicine have taken disciplined and rigorous steps to scientifically validate their claims through objective research methods. They conduct research studies and trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of a given method of treatment, for example. They seek to publish their findings in credible journals, including alternative medicine journals. In other words, there is a concerted effort to work towards credibility and authenticity.
Darkfield microscopy has not reached that point. In fact, it may not even be trying to become a validated medical science. In an important research paper, “Pseudoscience Masquerading as Medical Fact: Early Biologists (Gunther Enderlein Unmasked),” Robert W. Bradford and Henry W. Allen of the Bradford Research Institute of Chula Vista, California, review darkfield microscopy. Bradford and Allen say that medical science today now knows that Gunther Enderlein was actually observing mycoplasmas and fungi in the blood under his microscope. Mycoplasmas do not have a cell wall, and thus they can assume various shapes, thus accounting for the strange “pleomorphs” that Enderlein was observing. Enderlein was probably observing Candida albicans when he coined the term “endobiont.” Interestingly, Bradford and Allen note that the chief promoter of Enderlein’s ideas over the last century was a German homeopathic company, Sanum, which markets a homeopathic remedy for Candidas albicans which may in fact be an effective treatment. Enderlein believed that the colloidal (tiny) particles that he saw moving under the microscope (“protits”) were alive. However, Bradford and Allen explain that we now understand the motion of these particles as a principle in physics called “Brownian motion” which is a result of fluids striking particles unevenly.
Enderlein privately published over 500 pamphlets and articles describing his research in his lifetime. He did not, however, publish his works in any scientific journals. This omission is “a gross violation of professional ethics” according to Bradford and Allen. It did not give other scientists the ability to scrutinize and test his scientific theories and findings. In fact, we could find no website on the Internet that cited or published follow-up research studies on Enderlein’s original works – yet there is an 80 year time span which would have given ample opportunity for other scientists to test his hypotheses.
Bradford and Allen also note that the theory of the “pleomorphs” that were observed under the microscope has fallen into disrepute with the advent of modern understandings about the life cycles of various organisms. They remind the reader that much of Enderlein’s research was done prior to the discovery of DNA, the basic building block of all life. Changes in the appearance of an organism do not mean that the DNA is changing. In other words, one cannot change a cat into a dog. Finally, they point out that modern science now knows that the blood can harbor bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms, a fact which was not believed at the turn of the last century.
A slightly more favorable review of “pleomorphs” was obtained through the Robert Cathey Research Source in an article entitled “Rife Ray Cancer Treatment and Mycoplasmas in Cancer and AIDS” by Alan Blood. In this paper he asserts that mycoplasmas are what Enderlein, Rife and Naessens were seeing with their microscopes. These mycoplasmas may have much to do with the body’s immune system, which may account for what these men were observing and why these men’s cancer treatments might have worked. Medical research on cancer is just now beginning to recognize some of the possibilities that these men described in their research. It is unfortunate that the modern proponents and practitioners of darkfield microscopy are not seeking to legitimize the potential truthful elements of the research conducted by these early men.
THE STATE OF THE ART
What IS happening with darkfield microscopy is another story, however. Darkfield microscopy has linked itself with the farthest mystical fringes of the New Age movement. It has also formed alliances with various multi-level marketing schemes, piggy-backing the sale of various nutritional supplements to the “diagnoses” of the darkfield microscopy practitioner. With this analysis we are not addressing the products themselves, as many of them are potentially good products when used properly. Rather, at issue is how these products are being marketed through questionable diagnostic techniques.
Where can one find darkfield microscopy on the Internet? Training is offered by by various groups and institutes that have websites on the Internet. These various training outfits offer 3-5 day seminars and sell microscopes at a price of $3,000-$12,000. Advanced training is available for another 3-5 day seminar. The microscopes are being marketed to naturopaths and chiropractors, and others in the alternative medical field.
The context of darkfield microscopy on the Internet tells much about who is using it and what they believe. The University of Natural Medicine offers diploma programs in Ayurveda (an occult healing method), Endochrinology and Chakras (which are the supposed entry points for demonic possession on the human body), Shamanic Amazon Medicine (a shaman is a wizard), and classes in meditation (a form of eastern religion which causes the consciousness to be altered in order to better communicate with the spirit world). NuLife Sciences offers training in darkfield microscopy and credits Edgar Cayce with the idea that the state of health of an individual could be determined by a drop of blood. Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), “the Sleeping Prophet,” was the best known false prophet of the last century. He would go into trances and dictate answers to health questions. Michael Coyle of NuLife Sciences, on a demonstration tape, advocated the eating of raw fruits and vegetables because they still have the “life force” in them.
We also found darkfield microscopy under websites referring to Kirlian Photography. Kirlian photography became a New Age movement fad in the 1970s because it supposedly captured the human “aura” on film, using a special high voltage electrical pulse. These photographic images were used for the purpose of diagnosing a variety of health problems. The Kirlian method has been largely debunked in recent years. But, the idea of “auras” is an old occult belief that a person’s “life force” is visible to the eye of the clairvoyant (using a spirit of divination). According to a dictionary of occult terms, “Life-force” is “an idea common to all ancient religions, metaphysical systems, and existing ‘primitive’ tribal folk. In Sanskrit PRANA, in Chinese CHI and universally MANA…” (The Seeker’s Handbook, John Lash, Harmony Books, 1990, p. 310)
Several websites mentioned that Kirlian pictures could be taken of blood and used for diagnostic purposes (called “Kirlian microscopy”). This obviously raises the question: Is darkfield microscopy being used as a way of reading the “aura” of the blood? Seeing into the “life force” of the blood? To date we have found no conclusive answer to this question, but the circumstantial evidence seems to indicate that the actual “reading” of the blood can be questionable. The “readings” (an occult term usually associated with clairvoyancy) depend not only on Enderlein’s research, but also on the practioner’s own subjective biases – meaning that some “diagnoses” may be invented, or that some “diagnoses” could utilize a spirit of divination. Additionally, it is possible that some “readings” are fraudulent, meaning that the blood may be tampered with, or that the microscope/camera system may be manipulated in such a way as to produce the desired effect.
We found no evidence of any attempt to legitimize the “diagnoses” by way of objective research. In other words there is no indication that any institution or researcher is seeking to validate their “diagnosis” through objective means, such as sending the patient to a medical institution for a battery of tests that might confirm the “diagnosis.” Rather, the standard for “diagnosis” is totally subjective. The patient is told that they have condition A because of what is viewed under the microscope, that they must take a certain product for a period of time, and then they must return for another “reading,” at which time the “diagnosis” is reviewed by the same microscopic method. There are no outside checks and balances or second medical opinions, an omission which seriously discredits darkfield microscopy.
We found many references to “life force” while researching darkfield microscopy on the Internet. Many of the websites advertising or promoting darkfield microscopy made statements such as “Our consciousness, our minds, and our spirits are all energetic phenomena” and “many poorly understood mental, emotional and spiritual events are connected to the energetic nature of the universe.” There is a consistent reference throughout the literature on the Internet to the “life force” being in the blood, which is an occult distortion of the Scripture found in Lev. 17:14 pertaining to Hebrew dietary laws: “For the life of every creature is in the blood of it.”
Most disturbing of all the articles posted on the Internet was one that described the attempts by seers (clairvoyants) to “see” into the occult microscopically. This article calls it “micro-psi,” which utilizes a Theosophist technique to change the meaning and spelling of a word (Christ’s “atonement” was changed to mean “at-one-ment with ‘god’” for example). The article says that “micro-psi” can be used for the purpose of “‘psychic’ medical diagnostic imaging”. “Psi” is a letter of the Greek alphabet which has particular significance for the New Age movement. It means the “unknown” specifically and generally it refers to psychic phenomena. It also has much to do with the attempts by the New Age movement to sabotage the science of physics by inserting esoteric and occult ideas into phenomena that have not yet been understood scientifically (The Aquarian Conspiracy, p. 170-177).
The other disturbing aspect of darkfield microscopy, as we mentioned previously, is its tight connections with various multi-level marketing companies. It is here where darkfield microscopy seems to be the most discredited. Widely divergent methods, techniques, “diagnoses” and “treatments” are recommended, depending upon the product that is to be sold. In some cases there is a blatant disregard of Enderlein’s theories in favor of a quick “fix” diagnosis and cure. Instant cures are reported for “parasites” found in the blood, and minutes after taking the magic pill cures are determined by looking at another blood “reading.” Yet, the research of Enderlein and the others, if indeed there is something to it, indicates that the “pleomorphs” do not change in a short time. It appears that research is being sacrificed for the big money to be made by follow-up appointments. There are reports on the Internet of shoddy medical practices, of unclean instruments and slides, of poorly adjusted equipment, and of dangerous recommendations for treatment.
Noteworthy is also a series of Kansas City Star newspaper articles entitled “Plain Prey” dating back to 1996, in which there is an account of darkfield microscopy being used on the Amish. In Kalona, Iowa, “Traveling ‘nutritional consultant’ Dennis Stolzfoos is staring at blood. Actually, Stolzfoos and his customer, and Amish farmer are peering at a black and white television screen hooked up to a microscope trained on a drop of the Amishman’s freshly drawn blood.” The article was entitled “Hucksters peddle to naïve customers” describe the particular multi-level marketing product that was being sold as the cure for whatever disease was supposedly seen under the microscope. The article notes that the Amish are captivated by the anti-medical-establishment message delivered by the traveling blood man. They are more easily hoodwinked by phoney medical diagnoses and claims because of they do not have an educational background in scientific matters.
However, we hasten to point out that the Amish do have the Scriptures and, if they are saved, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which gives wisdom and discernment. James (1:5-8) comforts us with these words: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.” If we are sick, the Scriptures provide one answer: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
There is enough concern in our minds about this technique, as it is currently researched and practiced, that we would warn others to flee from it. We would caution the reader to rely upon the following Scriptures in approaching others about this topic:
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Gal. 6: 1)
“My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth, and some one brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)
“Keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 21-23)
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