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Activating your vagus nerve

#1  Postby Alan C » Nov 10, 2021 11:00 am

SO is currently skimming through an audiobook with the above title written by a Dr Navaz Habib. He's going into reasonable detail at times but at the start he made a reference to 'allopathic' medicine. Perhaps I'm wrong but I thought that was a bit of a flag, I understood that to be what alt-med types call actual medicine. Also it seems he's a chiropractor.
Has anyone heard of him?
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#2  Postby The_Piper » Nov 10, 2021 12:21 pm

When I read the title, I guessed the vagus nerve would be involved in defecation. Knowing Ratskep. :lol: :lol:
I'd never heard of him, but reading the "about me" on his website screams grifter. The same tired old story.
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#3  Postby Spearthrower » Nov 10, 2021 4:40 pm

Alan C wrote:SO is currently skimming through an audiobook with the above title written by a Dr Navaz Habib. He's going into reasonable detail at times but at the start he made a reference to 'allopathic' medicine. Perhaps I'm wrong but I thought that was a bit of a flag, I understood that to be what alt-med types call actual medicine. Also it seems he's a chiropractor.
Has anyone heard of him?



Without knowing much about the guy, it's hard to say.

You're right that in certain circumstances, that's a red flag that you're dealing with one of those types. The suggestion that there are equal alternatives which just so happen to be entirely woo-based.

But in other cultural and social contexts, it has other more reasonable meanings. For example, in much of South and South East Asia, there are the obvious wooey cultural and religious traditions of treating afflictions, but also a tradition at least as old which is concerned with treatments, ointments, salves, foods etc., which is considered 'allopathy' or some local variation thereof (bear in mind that Sanskrit language and culture permeated much of S.E. Asia like Roman Latin did in Europe). Basically, its best translation in that restricted context would just be 'medicine' of the apply to your body or consume to effect the treatment.

Of course, that's not to say it doesn't have a spotty past (like alchemy to chemistry) in which prevailing religious, philosophical and social mores distort the enterprise and inject superfluous beliefs, and can often still today be comprised of a bunch of old garbled nonsense too, but the principle meaning is essentially of an empirical nature: eat this - are you feeling better?

I don't know if that's what Dr. Habib is drawing on here, or whether he's just a purveyor of l'eau de snake skin.
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#4  Postby Spearthrower » Nov 10, 2021 4:44 pm

How many... doctors... do you know who have a web page like this?

http://drhabib.ca/about-me/
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#5  Postby Spearthrower » Nov 10, 2021 4:46 pm

From the website wrote:Build a customized 6-month health plan with Dr. Habib to optimize your cellular function and overcome the root cause of what is holding you back.






But when someone comes in with a vague sense of unease, a touch of the nerves, or even just more money than sense, we'll be there for them.
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#6  Postby Alan C » Nov 10, 2021 8:40 pm

Interesting. I didn't look at his site, I did do a couple of name searches to see what came up but even in Duckduckgo all the hits were selling his books or sites talking about it, none of which I could see were likely to be taking a critical eye.

So far, from what I paid attention to, he's initially talking about gut health, microbiome, insulin response etc in ways that sound reasonable to my lay understanding. He doesn't immediately give much away as to his purported remedies or techniques. The delivery though reminds me of get-rich-quick books that twat on about how this one trick(tm) will work for several chapters without revealing anything.
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#7  Postby Hermit » Nov 11, 2021 5:16 am

Spearthrower wrote:How many... doctors... do you know who have a web page like this?

http://drhabib.ca/about-me/

All the red flags signalling 'snake oil salesman' on one page; Bad English (in the knick of time), hyperbole (this amazing tool), alternative medicine (functional medicine), testimonials, association with tiny business venture with vaguely sciency/official sounding name (Living Proof Institute) and more.
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#8  Postby Alan C » Nov 12, 2021 7:45 pm

He name-drops Sachin Patel as his mentor from that institute. Among the top search hits are these doozies;

thesatchinpatel.com;
Sachin Patel. An Innovative Leader. In Functional Medicine. I'm Sachin Patel, founder of the Living Proof Institute. I've taught thousands of functional medicine professionals how to build, grow, and scale successful practices filled with ideal clients who gladly pay them what they're worth, while avoiding burn-out and living the lifestyle ...


thelivingproofinstitute.com>satchin-patel;
Sachin Patel is a guardian of truth and a warrior of light. His superpower is taking complex ideas and distilling them down to their essence with easy to understand analogies. Sachin uses this gift to help transform the lives of thousands of people around the world through his organization, The Living Proof Institute.


SO is generally as critical as I am so not too concerned, she said she was getting annoyed with the author's frequent use of analogies; "Like a smartphone charger" etc
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