Are biorhythms false?

Biorhythms is an idea that asserts our everyday lives are strongly influenced by rhythmic cycles that are neglected by scientists who research biological rhythms. What is the scientific perspective?Biochronometry is the scientific study of rhythmicity and biological cycles or "clocks," such as the circadian rhythm (from the Latin circa and dia; literally, "about a day").

Are biorhythms false?
Biorhythms is an idea that asserts our everyday lives are strongly influenced by rhythmic cycles that are neglected by scientists who research biological rhythms.

What is the scientific perspective?
Biochronometry is the scientific study of rhythmicity and biological cycles or "clocks," such as the circadian rhythm (from the Latin circa and dia; literally, "about a day"). Circadian rhythms are dependent on things like our sensitivity to light and darkness, which is tied to our sleep/wakefulness cycles.

What do Biorhythms focus on instead?
Biorhythms is not based on the scientific study of biological beings. The idea of biorhythm came from Wilhelm Fliess, a Berlin doctor and friend of Sigmund Freud. Both men and women are said to have a physical and emotional cycle of 23 and 28 days. There are some other people who say there are cycles that are combinations of three main cycles. A cycle is a way to figure out what kind of day one will likely have. At birth, the biorhythmic cycles are set to 0 so that they don't start again. During "switch point" days, when cycles cross the zero line on their way up or down, these are "critical" days.




The scientific critic on Biorhythms
The cycles of biorhythm belief did not originate in scientific inquiry, nor have they been substantiated by anything approximating a scientific study. The notion has been prevalent for almost a century, yet no scientific publication has published a single study supporting it. There have been over three dozen research that support biorhythms, but each one has methodological and statistical flaws (Hines, 1998). A review of 134 biorhythm research revealed that the idea is false (Hines, 1998). It has been empirically tested and shown to be untrue. Terence Hines feels that this finding suggests that biorhythms "cannot fairly be considered a pseudoscientific hypothesis." I would agree on the basis that biorhythms are not a theory at all, but rather a set of beliefs. 

Conclusion
From a purely rational point of view, there is probably no scientific research (yet?) that can prove the existence of biorhythms. However, in my opinion, many things in our own life cannot be explained purely scientifically. It always needs a healthy view of oneself and one's own experiences. For this inner exploration of one's own subjective experiences, the extensive knowledge of biorhythms can be a tremendous help.

 
Floyd Bellafiore
Floyd Bellafiore

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