Deepak Chopra was peddling more of his drivel in the Huffington Post last week. The basic gist is that since scientists don’t know all there is to know about DNA and genetics, we should be “using our own mind and body as healing agents”. Fortunately PZ Myers at Pharyngula debunks Chopra’s ignorance paragraph by paragraph. For example, there is this, in response to Chopra’s implication that the benefits of gene therapy have been oversold:
OK, this is another worthwhile point—there has been a lot of hype, and the ease of translating basic research into applied therapies has been oversold. Again, this is material that could make for an interesting paper.
Instead, though, what we get is the maunderings of a third-rate mind with no understanding of even decades-old ideas. Instead of revealing any working knowledge of biological thought, Chopra gives us a list of questions about the gene that he is wondering about, and also claiming that no one else understands, and babbling foolishly. Some of these would be good questions coming from a student who seriously wanted to learn, but coming from an M.D. who routinely pontificates on how your body works, and stated with such a stunning certainty that because he doesn't know, no one else does either, this is an infuriating list.
More specific rebuttals to Chopra’s errors at the link.