11 September 2007

The Prognos

Frequency-based prognostic devices are highly controversial. Yet, Health24 user Elsibe Loubser McGuffog found one such machine – the Prognos – rather useful.


Unbeknown to you, certain parasites, toxins and diseases might be lurking in your body. While ignorance may be bliss, it now seems possible to identify these underlying threats during a single visit to a doctor.

Throughout South Africa, frequency-based prognostic devices are gaining ground. Proponents of the technology claim that these devices test for anything from viruses, bacteria and fungi to vitamin requirements and even “electro smog”, caused by cellphones and electronic equipment.

Based on the principles of energy, and more specifically frequency, the device picks up personal health data and prints out a graph, leaving you with a picture of your health in hand.

These devices are highly controversial. Yet, Health24 user Elsibe Loubser McGuffog found one such machine – the Prognos – rather useful.

What it felt like
The Prognos diagnosis was painless. I lay on a bed with headphones on, listening to various sounds and frequencies – sounds that reminded me of waterfalls, the ‘ting’ of a microwave at the end of a cooking cycle, and the sound of an old-fashioned cash register.

While I lay there, the doctor used a “pen” attached to a computer to systematically and lightly probe all my fingers and toes, over and over again.

One of the biggies that came up during the analysis was the presence of a strain of parasite. This sounds rather dreadful, but, apparently, I could have got the parasite from eating sushi or poorly washed salad leaves (ironically, foods I eat to stay healthy). Other less worrisome ailments were also picked up.

After the diagnosis, I took homeopathic drops to wipe out the parasite. It’s apparently not the kind of thing you want to leave untreated as it could lead to premature diabetes (I’m 38 and love carrot cake with real sugar, after all).

When I went for my follow-up, the more minor issues, such as toxic strain (which can be caused by eating out of lead pots or drinking water from old lead pipes, for example), were next on the list to tackle.

I generally take a lot of vitamins, which, according to the Prognos diagnosis, are mostly unneeded and unwanted by my body. Whether it’s the surplus vitamins, or that holiday in the bushveld with my favourite old camping pots, the toxic strain showed up. So, that’s the thing we started working on next.

I liked the science of the technology and the visual clarity of the Prognos graphs, so I’ve been very good about taking my homeopathic drops – a discipline I’ve always struggled with.

The verdict
I believe that the diagnosis was valid: my partner has also been diagnosed and the Prognos immediately picked up scar disturbance. He did have a terrible motorbike accident years ago, which almost led to amputation of his right leg. So, a scar he certainly has.

However, I feel that any doctor who uses frequency-based prognostic technology must be highly qualified to bring all the best knowledge that a doctor can bring. This includes “quantum-medicine” or “energy-medicine” thinking.

Furthermore, I feel that the device must be certified. [Editor’s note: Although the manufacturers claim that the Prognos is FDA-approved, Health24 could find no evidence to date. Click here for more information.]

For a 90-minute consultation and treatment session, expect to pay R850.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact:
SVT Institute, Unit 5
Oude Westhof Medical Centre
Van Riebeeckshof Avenue
Oude Westhof
Tel: 021 913 8607


Wellness Mporium
Studio 703, 7th Floor, The Studios
4 Loop Street
Cape Town
Tel: 021 419 0899

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