You read that right, Ear Candling. No, it’s not making candles out of your ear wax, but it does supposedly have something to do wit your ear and it’s earwax.
According to Wikipedia:
“Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal.”
What’s next, Butt Candling to cure constipation?
Wikipedia goes on to say that claims that this practice removes earwax has been disproved. But, lets not just rely on Wikipedia, WebMD has this to say about ear candling:
“Ear candling is a solution in search of a problem.
And the solution doesn’t even work.”
But Wally’s Natural Products (there is that word “natural” again! See my earlier blog entry for more on that.) is still happy to sell ear candles to you, even though they don’t work.
This brings me to my point. Why do people believe in things like ear candling? What would make any rational thinking person believe that sticking a burning candle in their ear will clear out earwax, not to mention improve your general wellbeing? What about the dripping candle wax? Isn’t that going to drip into your ear? Now you have earwax AND candle wax in your ear! And what about the flame? I don’t know about you but I don’t want a flame anywhere near my head!
So, why do people believe silly, counterintuitive things? It would be easy to dismiss all these people as just plain dumb, but I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the case.
I think it is probably just another case of wishful thinking. Basically, if we believe it to be true, then it must be true. Too bad that doesn’t work with world peace and get-rich-quick schemes. But then, if it did, we’d be living in a peaceful word and would all be rich. But since that is not the case, then I say that is a pretty strong indication that wishful thinking doesn’t work.
The only way to be sure that something works is to prove it works. And by prove, I mean to show by repeated testing with consistent outcomes. Yup, the good ol’ scientific method. It has served us remarkable well so far what with the likes of antibiotics, greater agriculture production and longer life spans, etc, etc.
You know, there is a proven method for removing earwax, one that is used by most doctors and that you can find at any drugstore. Its called a bulb syringe. You fill it with warm water and gently flush the earwax out of your ears. No flame (or wishful thinking) required.