Desiré D. Dubounet (born William Charles Nelson; 19 June 1951[1]) is an American alternative medicine inventor, filmmaker and performer currently living in Budapest.[2][3] Dubounet developed the pseudoscientific Electro Physiological Feedback Xrroid, an energy medicine device that is considered to be dangerous to health and has been described as a scam.[2][4]

Desiré D. Dubounet
Desiré Dubounet at the 2010 Biofeedback & Wellness Congress
William Charles Nelson

(1951-06-19) 19 June 1951 (age 72)
Alma materYoungstown State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Known forDesigning and selling Radionics devices
Scientific career

Biography edit

Dubounet developed the pseudoscientific EPFX device in the late 1980s which supposedly claimed could diagnose and eliminate diseases including AIDS and cancer.[2][5] The EPFX device is described as balancing "bio-energetic" forces; bio-energetic forces do not exist.[4] Some people died after using the EPFX system instead of seeking or continuing medical care.[6]

In 1992 the United States Food and Drug Administration ordered Dubounet to stop claiming that the EPFX could diagnose or cure diseases, but she did not; in 1996 she was indicted on nine counts of felony fraud, though none were in relation to the EPFX.[2] Dubounet has since left the United States.[2][7] Dubounet is also involved in homeopathic medicine; she received a patent for a process for manufacturing homeopathic "remedies" in 1997.[8] At least 10,000 EPFX devices have been sold in the United States.[9]

Dubounet lives in Budapest,[10] and performs at the nightclub Bohemian Alibi.[11] and produced and starred in the English-Hungarian comedy The Story of F***.[3][12] Dubounet also directed the erotic comedy Paprika Western.[13][14]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Professor of Medicine Desiré Dubounet's Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Willmsen, Christine (18 November 2007). "How One Man's Invention is Part of a Growing Worldwide Scam That Snares the Desperately Ill". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Félnek tőlem, olyan jó filmeket csinálok" [They’re scared of me, I make such good movies]. (in Hungarian). 31 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b Barrett, Stephen (12 July 2009). "Some Notes on the Quantum Xrroid (QXCI) and William C. Nelson". Quackwatch. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Miracle Makers or Money Takers?". Marketplace. Season 36. Episode 4. January 30, 2009. CBC Television.
  6. ^ Schwarcz, Joe (2011). Dr. Joe's Health Lab: 164 Amazing Insights into the Science of Medicine, Nutrition and Well-being. Doubleday Canada. p. 205. ISBN 978-0385671569.
  7. ^ "USA v. Nelson" (PDF). U.S. District Court District of Columbia. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  8. ^ US patent 5603915, Nelson, William & Kiely, Carmel, "Process for Manufacturing Homeopathic Medicines", issued February 18, 1997 
  9. ^ Berezow, Alex; Campbell, Hank (2012). Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left. New York: PublicAffairs. pp. 121. ISBN 9781610391658. william nelson epfx.
  10. ^ "Historia del Dr. Nelson y el SCIO". Archived from the original on 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  11. ^ Horwitz, Jeff (18 November 2007). "Miracle Machines: William Nelson". The Seattle Times. Associated Press.
  12. ^ "Győzike megy csak Cannes-ba?" [Is your victory just going to Cannes?]. (in Hungarian). 8 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Magyarországi transzvesztita lett a sydney-i melegfesztivál győztese". (in Hungarian). 8 March 2007.
  14. ^ Hajnal, Hudák (12 May 2006). "Csöcsvillantás a köbön". (in Hungarian).

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