Pictured: A book that you should not buy.

Pictured: A book that you shouloyd not buy.

Alex Loyd’s concept of “Healing Codes” is one of the most bizarre, ridiculous offshoots of so-called energy medicine. Loyd is a naturopath who has been criticized by “Dr. Joe” Schwarcz for recycling old bunk for profit. He claims that illness is due to disturbances in the human energy field and that the cells of our body store destructive energy patterns and all our memories, habits, interests, and tastes. This is pure imagination: there is no scientific evidence for the existence of a human energy field or of cellular memory.

By one account, God told Loyd about the Healing Codes in a dream. By another account, he studied under Roger Callahan in 1999 and derived his system from Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy, a fringe psychological treatment with no scientific evidence of efficacy. By another account, a 10-year-old boy had a vivid dream in which a “power” gave him a gift: a series of 10 words that could heal. His parents used the words and experienced near-miraculous healing. They were past clients of Loyd and they offered the words to Loyd. The parents didn’t want any money; they wanted to share their miraculous discovery with the world and help as many people as possible. Loyd was not bound by any such scruples. He proceeded to develop an elaborate money-making business around those words, charging clients hundreds of dollars to get in on the secret. He claims to have customers in 50 states and 143 countries. If using a special sequence of words to heal reminds you of Harry Potter and witches’ books of spells, you’re not alone.

Loyd calls energy medicine “more powerful than anything ever discovered.” He says his method is scientifically proven. He claims that Einstein discovered energy medicine. That’s nonsense. Einstein discovered the relationship between matter and energy, but he never said anything about energy medicine or a human energy field. Loyd quotes the ever-enthusiastic but untrustworthy Dr. Oz: “the next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.” (Sure it is! And the next big frontier in weight loss is this week’s new miracle weight loss product.) He even cites the discoveries of Dr. Masaru Emoto, whose laughable experiments allegedly showed that unpleasant words written on a container of water could change the molecular structure of the water so it would make ugly snowflakes. He claims that stress is the cause of 95% of all illness and disease, that your beliefs control your DNA, and that cancer can be the result of bad cellular memories.

He says his is the only healing modality that combines words, images, and sounds to open all levels of a hidden immune system, to reprogram unhealthy cells into healthy ones, and to unlock the self-healing and self-growth that makes 100% perfect health possible for the first time. He says frequencies are important, and 528 hertz is the frequency of love. He claims that 9 of the 10 words revealed to the boy have frequencies that have been discovered by scientists to have healing effects.

His Master Key is a push-button therapy that unlocks ALL areas of your being in only 10 minutes. You may not feel any changes at first, but subtle changes will become apparent months later. The Master Key is COMPLETELY different from the Healing Codes. Your health is priceless, and you can get a Master Key package with a value of $939 for only $197. That includes an alpha inducer. And there’s a one-year money back guarantee. But you have to promise to use it consistently every day.

He also offers The Truth Technique to unlock the 99% of information/knowledge/wisdom hidden in your subconscious. It is a bioenergetics testing procedure, an advanced form of applied kinesiology (a phony muscle-testing method) that you can do by yourself.

But wait! There’s more!

LT3 [which stands for life transformation 3] does everything The Healing Codes do, everything The Master Key does, and additionally teaches a mechanism that we have never taught anywhere else but LT3 (the most powerful process I have ever found). LT3 is one-on-one with Dr. Alex, is a lifetime program, and is very limited in number (a small group four times per year, for five weeks).

Users report skin feels smoother, flexibility seems slightly better, “Once, right after the LT3 process, I seemed to have gone into some “meditative” state (not planned) and just “woke up” 30 minutes later….? go figure:)” (I figure he went to sleep.)
LT3 opens and clears all meridians and acupuncture points instantaneously and simultaneously, it activates and clears the Chakras, activates the energy healing system, heals the underlying spiritual issues of the heart, activates Cranial Sacral healing in the head, and is credited by a doctor featured in the movie The Secret with curing his ALS. (There has never been a documented cure of that disease, which is what Stephen Hawking has.)

Testimonials work both ways

Loyd has plenty of testimonials and claims a success rating of 4.95 out of 5, and says he has not heard one negative comment. Apparently he hasn’t read the dozens of one-star rating comments on the Amazon.com website.

Some examples:

  • Customers tell how they were suckered into an unending series of purchases. “He has our money, but has now discovered this new, great secret.”
  • “I had a very bad reaction, physically.”
  • “My husband and I did the codes for several months, every day without fail, and during this time we did not have any improvements in our health…we both developed more serious issues.”
  • ‘90% of the book is sales…the book does not give “healing codes.” It encourages readers to sign up for coaching.’
  • “This book and snake oil salesman are a total disappointment. I wasted my money.”
  • “I got the $800 course… totally and utterly useless.”
  • “If they are truly Christian and is this is truly such a major breakthrough, why isn’t it free? Or even just reasonably priced?”
  • “Misleading science and gross verbiage… I am embarrassed for having to give it even one star.”

When I last checked, there were 71 comments like these.

A Certified Healing Codes Coach explains

He has a lot of fodwers. One of them who is a “Certified Healing Codes Coach,” has her own website and a YouTube video where she explains how she cured her asthma and demonstrates the method:

  • Asked how asthma made her feel: restricted.
  • Remembered a teenage experience that also made her feel restricted.
  • Assumed that those memories are encoded in her cells and are causing her asthma symptoms.
  • Says a prayer asking for help getting rid of those bad cellular memories
  • Thinks positive thoughts
  • Performs a sequence of movements with fingers of both hands pointing to (but not touching)
    • Bridge of nose
    • Adam’s apple
    • Jaws
    • Temples
  • Each position is held for 30 seconds and the sequence is repeated several times for a total of 6-8 minutes
  • Look at your memory or truth focus and see if it went down. If it did, or if it didn’t [emphasis added], you keep doing the method. Eventually it will go down to 0; the memory isn’t erased, but you have peace about it.

You may need help in identifying memories or carrying out the process. You can get special, stronger healing codes from her. On her website, she explains that “issues of the heart” and cellular memories are behind most illnesses and are the true source of health, relationship, and success/performance issues.

She explains that Alex Loyd discovered The Healing Codes in 2001 after a 12 year search for a way to heal his wife’s depression, which he then healed in a matter of days. He spent the next year and a half verifying with heart rate variability tests that the Healing Codes removed stress in the autonomic nervous system, thereby allowing the neuro-immune system to do its work of healing the body. Loyd then spent 10 years testing to determine that the Healing Code works for most people and most issues. (If he actually did all that testing, he didn’t publish the results; and I suspect he never thought of comparing the results in his subjects to a control group to minimize the risk of confirmation bias.)

It works! But it will work faster with a coach:

I can develop a custom Healing Code for you to do on your own at home. You will get a Healing Code that is specific to your exact issue, how long to do it, how many times per day, and how long the code will be very strong for you. (Custom Healing Codes do “expire,” usually within 1-2 weeks. That’s because the code is so specific to your issue, that as your issue heals and shifts, the code sort of “goes out of register.” It’s actually a good sign–your issue is changing!)

You can get her help over the phone, and she can even provide healing codes for you to use with other people or even a pet.

There is much, much more on her website, including The Immune System Master Key, Success Codes, Relationship Codes, audios, special music, a timer, pocket guides with all 24 codes, testimonials from patients who were healed of pain, strabismus, and even inoperable tumors; but I couldn’t stand reading any more.

Conclusion

Words cannot express…but I think I have conveyed enough to demonstrate that the claims for The Healing Codes are unbelievable unscientific moonshine. Some people might perceive benefits from the relaxation, the illusion of control, the positive thinking, and the introspection into their problems; but it’s not realistic to think affirmations and finger exercises could cure cancer or have any objective effect on any disease. This is not a miraculous advance in healing, but merely an elaborate commercial scheme to separate soft-headed customers from their hard cash. How sad! Or how funny, if you have a sense of humor. But it’s hard to keep a sense of humor when you reflect that sooner or later someone is bound to die or be seriously harmed because they trusted this nonsense over effective medical or psychiatric treatment.

 

Posted by Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so),  and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.  In 2008 she published her memoirs, Women Aren't Supposed to Fly.