|Claims||quantum phenomena are responsible for health and wellbeing|
|Original proponents||Deepak Chopra|
Quantum healing is a pseudo-scientific mixture of ideas purported to draw on quantum mechanics, psychology, philosophy, and neurophysiology that asserts that quantum phenomena are responsible for health and wellbeing. There are a number of different versions, which allude to various quantum ideas including wave particle duality and virtual particles, and more generally "energy" and vibrations. Quantum healing is a form of alternative medicine.
The term was coined by Deepak Chopra. His discussions of quantum healing have been characterised as technobabble - "incoherent babbling strewn with scientific terms" which "drives crazy people who actually understand physics" and "redefining Wrong".
Quantum healing has a number of vocal followers, but is widely regarded as being nonsensical by the scientific community. The main criticism revolves around its systematic misinterpretations of modern physics, especially of the fact that macroscopic objects (such as the human body or individual cells) are much too large to exhibit inherently quantum properties like interference and wave function collapse. Most literature on quantum healing is almost entirely philosophical, omitting the rigorous mathematics that makes quantum electrodynamics possible.
Physicist Brian Cox argues that misuse of the word "quantum", such as its use in quantum healing, has a negative effect on society as it undermines genuine science and discourages people from engaging with conventional medicine. He states that "for some scientists, the unfortunate distortion and misappropriation of scientific ideas that often accompanies their integration into popular culture is an unacceptable price to pay."
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