Some people will believe anything.
The weird science of homeopathy, where sick people pay $$$ for a bottle of water which may or may not include a quadrazillionth of an undetectable molecule of arsenic is one for the gullible.
Now the Herald, a nominally serious mainstream newspaper, is giving weight and extensive coverage to promote a Waiheke Island (where else!) expert who claims to diagnose your illnesses by taking a peek at your eyeball.
This science goes by the fancy name of iridology.
“Irises are either blue or brown and any other colours between are a corruption of what happens in our life. For instance if our digestive system is not eliminating all toxins, these will accumulate in the body and show in the iris. But some normal conditions such as pregnancy don’t show; and ditto for some slow diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s.”
I can just see the Herald’s readers rushing to the mirror and, detecting that their peepers are not a perfect blue or brown, worrying that they might have piles.
“During a naturopathy consultation, Peter notes the condition of his client’s skin, ears, nails and the face and records details such as patient and family medical history, blood pressure and pulse. He will look his client’s tongue, ask their age, and about lifestyle, diet, and drugs or supplements taken.
Then he looks at the eye where each section of the iris relates to a body part. There may be stress rings, iron, or markings or colours which indicate changes in cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the state of your immune system, memory and circulation issues”.
Looking at your eyeball can be a reliable way of detecting a hangover, if you can’t otherwise remember what you did the night before.
The rest is bullshit.
The Herald wraps up this lurch into mad science by helpfully publishing the nutty professor’s name, phone number, and consultation costs.