Choice rubbishes Home Harmonizer – no effect and a waste of money

Choice has put a so-called Geoclense Home Harmonizer through a test, and found it to be a waste of money and sure to turn off your friends.

Geoclense is sold as a “Geopathic Stress and Electromagnetic Radiation Harmonizer”. The product, supplied by Victorian company Orgone Effects Australia, is a solid block of green plastic resin with a plug moulded into the back. It has no components or circuitry – it is simply the block and a plug.

When plugged into a powerpoint, it’s claimed to neutralise the effects of what Choice describes as “a startlingly long list of supposedly harmful radiation and radio and electromagnetic frequencies from sources such as Wi-Fi, mobile phone towers, death imprints and negative psychic impressions, solar flares, your home’s smart meter and even your neighbour’s television.

“A single Geoclense Home Harmonizer is even powerful enough to harmonise inter-dimensional imprinting radiation, personal beams and a variety of other made up stuff for up to 12 acres, or for an entire 59-storey building.”

The product promises to neutralise electromagnetic radiation, radio frequencies and cosmic energy. “In our modern world these things are impossible to avoid, but this solid block of plastic promises to bring an end to your suffering,” Choice says.

“Unlike other fake energy harmonisers, which Orgone Effects Australia claim can only create imaginary energy-balancing fields of six metres or less, Geoclense is claimed to harmonise electromagnetic radiation fields and energy imprinting from electrical appliances, wiring and power lines up to 200 metres from your property, and earth magnetic grid lines up to 400 metres away.

“Coincidentally this is how wide a berth your friends will give you once you explain the ‘benefits’ of your expensive new doorstop.”

Choice put the product, which retails for $150, through a series of laboratory tests of the supplier’s claims, including impact on magnets and electromagnetic fields (none), increase in the number of photons (none), increase in oxygen levels (none), and generating negative ions (none).

“We even conducted one of Orgone Effects Australia’s own recommended tests – placing the palm of your hand on a fridge. With Geoclense, the fridge toucher should experience a calming, energising sensation through the body. Our test subjects, despite extensive experience touching fridges, reported no effect.”

Choice adds that it was able to substantiate one of the supplier’s claims, which is that it uses absolutely no power. “Hardly surprising for an inert lump of plastic, but it does beg the question as to why you need to plug it in at all. Perhaps it’s to distract you from the large sum of money you just wasted.”

Geoclense has “the effectiveness of a tin foil hat, but lack’s the hat’s potential for use in food preparation”, Choice says.

Maybe Choice did not realise that Orgone Effects has properly tested its products, all of which “have been field tested and are recommended by Holistic GP’s, Bioresonance Practitioners, Naturopaths, and Kinesiologists worldwide. Using Biological testing methods such as GDV Kirlian Aura Camera, Biotensor, Lecher Antenna and Light Frequency Bioresonance, we are able to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of our products.”

One purchaser on a review site did vouch for the Geoclense’s effectiveness: “The day after plugging it in, I noticed the postman delivered our mail 10 minutes earlier, which is one of few claims not listed by the manufacturer and should definitely be added. It also manages to make money disappear but then, if you bought one, you already know that.”

Orgone Effects’ customer relations

Australian Skeptics has had a number of run-ins with the Geoclense supplier, Orgone Effects.

In 2016, Skeptics’ investigator Richard Saunders had interesting discussions with one of the company reps at a Mind Body Spirit exhibition in Sydney. Even though Saunders was upfront about his role in the Skeptics, they talked openly about their range of products, which include harmonizers for mobile phones and wi-fi radiation, wristwatches, the “Ionic Personal Protection Pendant”, Harmonywear jewellery, ionic shoe inner soles, and an ionic toothbrush. An offer to apply for the Australian Skeptics’ $100,000 prize was also made at this encounter.

In August 2016, Saunders ordered one of the Orgone Effects phone harmonizers, as part of an ongoing investigation into such devices, but when the company management realised who he was, they refunded his money.

However, this sensitivity to negative Skeptical vibes didn’t stop them selling a phone harmonizer to Skeptics executive officer Tim Mendham at the next Mind Body Spirit fair in 2017.

The seller told Mendham that while the harmonizer was supposed to be stuck to the back of the phone, it could also be stuck onto the phone cover, or, in fact, just allowed to slide around the cover without being fixed. The effect would be the same, he said, without any irony.

This is not the first time the subject of Orgone energy has been investigated by Australian Skeptics. In 1986, the late racing car driver Peter Brock was awarded the Bent Spoon for his ill-fated “Energy Polarizer Box” which was also based on Orgone energy. It looks like there may be another Bent Spoon nomination for this mythical energy in 2017.

With this history, and such a damning report from the respected organisation Choice, we cannot help but wonder if at long last the ACCC, Consumer Affairs Victoria (where the company is located) or other state-based consumer affairs departments might also take a keen interest in the products and claims of Orgone Effects Australia.

5 thoughts on “Choice rubbishes Home Harmonizer – no effect and a waste of money”

  1. I’m as opposed to tin-hat conspiracies as the next person, but I find websites like this that go out of their way to try to shut down things they don’t believe somewhat perplexing. So someone spends $25 on a thing that may not do what it’s supposed to do, it’s only $25. I had a phone case that cost more than that break, but I don’t go around buying up phone cases to try to prove they don’t work.

    What’s feeding these technologies is the very fact that the ‘technology’ on which it’s based that was developed by Wilhelm Reich was first mocked, then the FDA shut him down before he was arrested and sentenced to 2 years jail for contempt of court (his company sold a piece of equipment after it was told not to).
    Keeping in mind that this sentence is far greater than many criminals get sentenced for violent or sexual crimes, this seems peculiar.

    What’s worse is that the courts ordered that his inventions be destroyed and his book burned. Think about that for a second. If something isn’t real, we just debunk it and move on, why order his research notes and book burnt and his laboratory destroyed?

    He died in prison at the age of 60, so there was no hope of him starting again once he was released.

    His whole story raises more questions than anything else.

    Now, that’s not to say that these harmonizers are in any way related to Reich’s works, but the circumstances around his demise were interesting to say the least.

  2. I’m disappointed in Andy. For someone claiming to be opposed to “tin-hat conspiracies”, he certainly paints a picture of a conspiracy surrounding Wilhelm Reich, a man sentenced in the 1950’s (after brushes with the law going back at least to the early 1940’s for charlatan activity among others). Now, violent and sexual crimes *these days* might receive comparatively light sentences, but in the correct context of mid 50’s USA they certainly received harsher sentences than a nuisance conman claiming he could cure cancer while refusing to appear in court.

    Regarding book burning, my understanding is that the books (yes, multiple copies, not some leather-bound personal journal containing the secrets of the cosmos) were the ones he was flogging related to his cancer-curing claims.

    We still do this today.

    If a bogus organisation (orgoneisation?) is exposed and found guilty of preying on stupid people, we usually destroy their “products”, and often in a fairly public manner. It’s not uncommon to see this in the form of a short piece on the 6 o’clock news showing various officials feeding bogus items into a crusher. I know I see this fairly regularly and don’t even consciously follow these things. Nothing remarkable here, just a vexatious shonk whose grubby activities were patiently tolerated for ~15 years before being shut down. I wonder how many people he managed to swindle in that time.

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