Astrology can help healthcare, says MP on science committee

Astrology can help healthcare, says MP on science committee July 27, 2014

Oh bloody dear.

The BBC:

Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars

A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine.

David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work.

The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, said he was not afraid of ridicule or abuse.

“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” he told BBC News.

He said he had studied the Indian astrological system Iahiri and the way it was used by that country’s government and recalled how Chris Patten, Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong, had an official astrologer, whom Mr Tredinnick had consulted while on a parliamentary delegation there.

David Tredinnick
David Tredinnick has created astrological charts for his fellow MPs

The MP recently spoke about his beliefs at the Glastonbury Festival, sharing a platform with Daily Mail astrologer Jonathan Cainer.

Recalling the experience in the House of Commons, he said he had been invited to take part because of his “radical agenda” on complementary medicine – he is vice-chairman of the government’s herbals working group.

He said he had been the subject of much ridicule for his beliefs over the years, including a fake Twitter account entitled “Inside the head of David Tredinnick”, but many of the sceptics who had attacked him were “bullies” who had “never studied the subjects”.

“I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier,” he told MPs.

Signs of the zodiac
The signs of the zodiac have been used for centuries

Explaining his beliefs to BBC News, Mr Tredinnick said he had been right about herbal remedies and healing, which he said were now becoming accepted in parts of the NHS, and he now wanted to promote astrology, which was not just predicting the future but gaining an insight into personal problems.

He stopped short of suggesting astrological readings on the NHS, but said he wanted to raise awareness of it as an alternative among patients and clinicians.

“I think it’s something that people should be aware of as an option they have if they are confused about themselves.”

He said he had compiled astrological charts for his fellow MPs – he declined to reveal names – adding: “If you look at the charts I have done for people I have certainly made their lives easier.”

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  • SmilodonsRetreat

    Kill me

  • Daydreamer1

    The perfect story on which to have the discussion about the gap between what a person believes they can do, and what they can actually do. After all, that is all that is happening here and it is a perfectly normal conversation to have. Who is going to care whether I believe I can build a skyscraper? You would ask what experience I have, but experience is just a handy way for people to guess at how likely you are to actually be able to do what you are saying you can do. What I want to point out by this is that there is nothing magical in the way we assess these types of claims in everyday life, or that just because it would feature some sort of mode of operation that we don’t understand it is outside this normal method of assessing the relationship between claims that you ‘believe’ you can do something and whether you actually can do it.

    I don’t give a crap if he believes he can do something. Just bloomin well show us under proper scientific testing – and enough with setting your own standards so low already. Yes astrology ‘can help people’. I can make something up tomorrow that can help people. Helping people is not some difficult thing that requires precise methodology and understanding, very often just turning up will help them. What sort of standard is that to set for whether something is true?

  • ZenDruid

    I’m curious what his 20 years of study consisted of.

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