I have written about Bioscan before; for instance here. Now there is more news about the device. In Germany, the manufacturers of Bioscan have been sued and found guilty of fraud.

The two managing directors of the company were sentenced to imprisonment for two and three years respectively and together they have to pay a fine of over 2.5 million euros. The presiding judge considered it proven that the manufacturers had sold useless devices. He said, “A measuring device that measures nothing is about as useful as a car that does not drive.” In addition, a former sales director was sentenced to a fine of 90 daily rates.

The three leading employees of the company were charged with commercial fraud and violations of the Therapeutic Products Advertising Act. The company from Pliezhausen had claimed that their device would measure blood and nutrient values in the body in an uncomplicated way and thus replace a time-consuming laboratory diagnosis.

The Bioscan device consists of two metal rods. You have to take them in your hand, according to the company’s instructions. They would then measure magnetic waves and produce a result. More than 200 medically important health data could allegedly be recorded, for example, cholesterol or testosterone levels. The court had summoned several experts to assess the device. However, they found that the device measured nothing except the current flowing through the cables.

The manufacturers had been doing a huge business with the device for years. The company is said to have earned almost 6 million euros. The devices are still being sold today, for instance, in Austria and Switzerland, among other countries. Despite all the criticism and the court case, the two managing directors had not stopped sales.


When I googled ‘Bioscan’ yesterday (30/5), the website informed me that:

The BioScan system is an FDA cleared, state of the art testing machine that scans the body’s organs and functions for imbalances using electrodermal screening (EDS).

BioScan SRT

What Is Stress Reduction Testing?

SRT is a remarkable new procedure that combines the disciplines of Acupuncture, Biofeedback and Homeopathy with Laser Light technology. A computerized scan or test is done to see what your body is sensitive to, and how it is out of balance, then help it learn not to be.

Are there any side effects?

No. A small percentage of clients report slight flushing or congestion for a short time (an hour or so) after their session, but this is actually a sign that the body is detoxifying (a good thing)! This process is safe, fast, non-invasive and painless. Unlike skin tests the actual substance is not used, so the body perceives its presence, it as if it were there, but does not act upon it.

What does the BioScan SRT treat?

The BioScan SRT Wellness System does not diagnose or treat any specific condition. Through the use of our FDA-cleared biofeedback technology, the BioScan SRT is able to assess with a very high degree of specificity which substances create increased levels of stress to the body.These specific stress inducing substances are often times what trigger the nervous systems fight or flight reactions which are expressed in a myriad of symptoms that have been scientifically proven to be associated with high levels of stress.

What substances can the BioScan SRT identify as stressors? 

The BioScan SRT contains tens of thousands of substances in the main procedure libraries and up to an additional 50,000 substances in the advanced procedure libraries. This technology can identify almost every known substance that could possibly cause a stress reaction.


And on the Internet, it takes just a minute to find a Bioscan device for sale. It would set you back by 119.98 Euros.


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14 Responses to ‘Bioscan’: “a measuring device that measures nothing”

  • Bioscan measures gullibility:

    If you buy the device you’re gullible.
    If you use the device you’re experiencing a gullible episode.
    If you believe the results you’re clinically gullible.
    If you use it regularly you are chronically gullible.

    The cure consists of a large hammer applied to the device with extreme prejudice.

    • Bioscan measures gullibility

      I think that the real problem is not the gullibility of people buying or using these bogus devices.

      Most laypeople lack the relevant knowledge to judge whether a particular piece of medical technology is real or fake. They usually also lack the knowledge to judge if the underlying principles are real or fake. They cannot be blamed for this: real medical science has accomplished astounding technological feats such as several types of scanners for hospital use, but also sophisticated devices and testing options for home use. They do not know how these devices work, or even if they work at all — they simply trust the experts and the lawmakers to do their job (i.e. to make sure that the technology delivers what it promises). And this is how things should be. You cannot expect ordinary people who develop a health problem to learn all about the science and technology involved in diagnosing and/or treating that problem – these people just want to be cured or helped. In fact, this implicit trust in scientists/experts is the whole reason why we have experts in the first place. Our modern world is way too complicated for any single person to know everything involved in even their own day-to-day activities.

      Also note that my definition of ‘laypeople’ explicitly includes the quacks who buy these machines for diagnosing and treating their customers. These practitioners may have all the best intentions, but their ‘knowledge’ is mostly useless, and for the most part boils down to belief in magic. They too are unable to judge if these devices actually perform as promised, and their magical beliefs also blind them to the fact that this whole bioresonance circus is nonsense. In fact, these erroneous beliefs are bolstered in no small part by what the manufacturers of those devices tell them and sell them. Because without this bogus equipment, there would not be any ‘bioresonance’ at all.

      I think that the root cause of the problem is a lack of law enforcement: as long as manufacturers of these bogus devices can defraud their customers with impunity, there will be lots of people who believe their lies and nonsense – simply because they lack knowledge, as explained above.

      This is why this court case is so important, and why authorities in other countries should take note: bioscan devices are ALWAYS fraudulent, and NEVER produce any reliable diagnostic data. Best case, they can measure if the test subject has sweaty hands or not. Why should fraudsters get away with this? This is all the more poignant because this is about people’s health: depending on the fake ‘diagnosis’, people may start taking supplements or do other things about their health that are not only unnecessary, but may even he harmful. And of course real problems that absolutely require intervention of a knowledgeable doctor remain unnoticed, simply because these crap devices tell them that nothing is seriously wrong.

      • I agree that the people who buy it are the victims of a scam.

        I consider myself quite clued up, but I’ve been gullible and fallen for scams. As I tell other people who have been scammed: Scammers spend their life perfecting ways to blindside & cheat you, whereas you spend almost no time learning the defense against all of their scams – it’s not even possible! So being gullible is nothing to be ashamed of because we’re always outgunned.

        It took 10 seconds of Googling to find that it was a scam, but there is enough of a ‘false wall’ of marketing that a lay person would easily be misdirected (especially if the purchaser believes in SCAM because these sites positively froth with the fake foliage of wellness scams). A complicated modern world & desperation is a factor, so is weak regulations and poor enforcement, combined with an unhealthy tolerance for magical thinking & SCAM.

        If these devices are used by SCAM ‘professionals’ to bolster their offering then it is these shaman who imbue the empty box with a magical diagnostic power that then requires the SCAM ‘treatment’.

        It’s like that British company that made millions from selling fake bomb detectors.

        These fake devices kill people. The people who make them are scum.

  • One of my clients just had their Jack Russel assessed by this company for “sensitivities” using this company: The presenting complaint was intermittent gi issues.

    The test using 5-15 strands of hair looked at about 100 items, everything from acrylic fabric, and apples to wool ad Zoysia grass……with a lot of food items and chemicals in between.

    Now that the results are in the company has surprisingly recommended the owner switch the dog to their “holistic” dog food name “Tao” and is recommending a large variety of supplements for the dog to take.

    I have two issues with the test. First having examined the dog , and performed a normal exam , and laboratory assessment , I have concluded the main reason for the intermittent gi issue is that the dog had intestinal parasites, and also lives on a lake in south florida where there is no end to the garbage a dog can get into and eat.

    The Second reason is that I sent a cotton ball into the the 5 strand company to have it assessed for sensitivities and recieved back a very similar result to the Jack Russel.

    Food allergy testing, Bioresenance testing in animals is hokum…., costs the clients money, and sets back addressing the real causes of medical problems.

  • Reminds of the testing of one of these biofeedback gizmo’s we discussed a while back.
    The machine, according to my recollection, was said to be commonly used to diagnose customers in German pharmacies.
    It was put to use on a group of people, a wet towel, a human corpse and a piece of Bawarian liverwurst (a meaty delicacy best enjoyed with a very large beer of the same geographical origin).
    As I remember the results of this testing, the machine failed to diagnose all the the living subjects correctly. The corpse was found to be in surprisingly good health (among other miracles it was found not to suffer from erectile disfunction) whereas the wet towel was in pretty bad health. The liverwurst apparently also suffered from several curious conditions that have escaped my memory.

    • Björn Geir wrote “Reminds of the testing of one of these biofeedback gizmo’s we discussed a while back.”

      Bioresonance: a new and hilariously ingenious study

      The study tested the diagnostic validity of two different bioresonance machines commercially available in Germany. The tests were carried out on:
      ● 9 healthy volunteers
      ● 2 seriously ill patients
      ● 1 human corpse
      ● 1 liver pate
      ● 1 wet towel

      The results show that the bioresonance method:
      ● failed to diagnose serious diseases in the patients,
      ● produced a clean bill of health for the corpse,
      ● diagnosed a host of health risks in the volunteers,
      ● produced variable results for the liver pate and the wet towel with standard deviations for repeated tests exceeding 200%,
      ● generated no real differences between the wet towel and the healthy volunteers.

      About as useful as having an ashtray on a motorcycle.

  • A defence lawyer for the convicted Bioscan managers has issued a statement.

    We consider the district court’s assessment of the evidence to be very selective:

    – Various motions for evidence to question experienced users were ignored, as was the fact that bioresonance and bioresonance feedback methods have been listed in the Hufeland directory of recognised therapies for quite some time.
    – The substantiated expert opinion of Dr. Zöltzer, a doctor of physics, non-medical practitioner and expert with experience in the field, who – in contrast to the court-appointed expert – was able to explain the postulated mechanism in detail and who also presented a well-founded, retrospective evaluation of patient data, was simply ignored.

    The argumentation pro Bioscan is analogous to that pro homeopathy. Reference is made to:
    – experienced users,
    – “recognized” direction of therapy,
    – “expert” opinion (Dr. Klaus Zöltzer), argumentum ab auctoritate

    • Ah, OK, so the fact that gullible patients and their stupid quack doctors in quack clinics fell for this scam for years on end somehow proves its legitimacy?

      Anyway, these points are completely moot. When this device completely fails to distinguish even a wet cloth from a living human being, it cannot possible work as claimed.

      Combined with the fact that it nonetheless pretends to deliver a highly detailed diagnosis of a person’s state of health, it is glaringly obvious that the makers of this machine knowingly and willingly set out to deceive the buyers and users of these devices. And thus deserve punishment.

  • What is really amazing is just how tenacious the belief in, marketing of, manufacture and sale of, etc etc of such scam ‘bioresonance’ devices is. They have been widely and repeatedly debunked for the last two decades-plus, and yet as long as people keep wanting to believe in them – as ‘The X Files’ Fox Mulder would say – and as long as quacks, con-men and fake health practitioners can keep using them to take money off said people, it seems clear that they aren’t going away.

    My conclusion would be that we need some significant financial incentives ‘in the other direction’ to tackle this nonsense… such as prosecuting the manufacturers for fraud and the ‘practitioners’ under trading standards, or similar. So well done the German authorities.

  • This article is based a European company Bio Scan yet quotes information from BioScan SRT which is an USA company. BioScan SRT has excellent ration with the BBB and has zero complaints filed against it since it was started. BioScan SRT devices are sold only to practitioners witht appropriate credentials for them to use in their practices.

  • Hey folks, seems that we’re still throwing shade at Bio-Resonance.
    I already replied on a separate thread, just hear me out.

    Pharma has its place, and so does alternative. But to preemptively trust random studies (funded by companies that have lots to lose if BioResonance performed better than say, Chemo, SSRi’s), then is it really trust worthy??

    Look, I came in open minded. Already I feel lighter, breathe deeper (after relying on tons of supplements, meds, hundreds of sauna sessions and cold dips), this made the difference immediately. Anxiety, has dropped significantly, depression is still present (so you can see, it’s not a cure all!).

    Anyways I dare you to see a practitioner, go with an open mind, and see.
    Throwing shade leaves us close-minded and at the mercy of loaded clinical studies and Pharma folks that have been dropping the ball more than usual (i’m looking at you, Pfizer, Modern, J&J).

    • Dante, I am in agreement with you. I am a nurse practitioner who became sick in high school after visiting the east coast with a friend and her family. I was told 1.5 years later I had CFS. I dragged myself through life. 11 years later (yes, it took 12 YEARS to find out the cause of my “chronic fatigue syndrome” I saw an MD (he worked in emergency medicine for 20 years and got out because he said he didn’t feel he was actually curing anyone, which in ER, you don’t, you just put out fires). Anyhow, he had a skin meridian testing system. Lyme disease, babesia and Coxsackie viruses showed up. I was pretty floored. I then had blood tests done which confirmed everything the skin testing had shown! I had not used it since, but have known a few others who also were first diagnosed with this type of testing.

      • Fake diagnoses are a big business. You say that some bacteria were found. But how? And where in the body?

        CFS and other plagues are a terrible burden. But the fake diagnose industry too is a big burden. Do not get caught by both.

        • Found through the scan of course! I work in healthcare. I didn’t believe it could be accurate, so I decided to get tested via blood test. I was beyond shocked to find out that the scan was accurate. And no, not just bacteria were found. Lyme disease is a bacterium (spirochete), but babesia is a parasite that lives in RBC’s. “The American Malaria” and is treated as such via anti-malarial medications. I’m grateful to have had the scan. My (now ex) husband at the time was also scanned and nothing showed up in him pathogen wise. He also did not have symptoms as I did.

          Interestingly, there is a frequency machine now that is FDA approved for treatment resistant stage 4 liver cancer patients. I worked with oncology patients for 13 years (medical oncology mainly, but one year of radiation therapy post grad school). I had heard of Royal Rife (who had the audacity to claim cancer could be caused by a virus in the 1930’s)…Hmm..ever hear of specific species of HPV causing cancer…such as head/neck and cervical cancers? What about EBV for lymphomas? He was scoffed at by the AMA, Big Pharma then…but we’ve “proven” now that cancer CAN be induced via viral pathogens. It’s pretty exciting that “they” are now choosing to seek alternative therapies for those patients who sadly have failed traditional medical treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. The studies associated with this newly approved device show these stage 4 patients exceeding the estimated time of life offered prior to this frequency treatment.

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