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Date:2010-10-29 18:53

Someone over at reddit posted NEVER USE IODISED SALT. Now, if this was something done because they just plain like big flakes of sea salt better, that would be one thing, but it was followed up with how unhealthy iodised salt is, and how wonderful himalayan salt is.

Someone else found this page on "good" and "bad" salt, which is really just an ad page for himalayan salt. It gets pretty freaky. Example:

Sodium chloride needs its natural counterpart in order for it to produce its effect. The natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals and trace elements, demonstrate, from a biophysical standpoint, specific frequency patterns.

These patterns ensure the geometric structures in our body. When these structures are missing, we are without energy and are lifeless. Salt should not be used just to add flavor to our food, but for its vibration pattern, which is similar to our bodies!
whaaaat :D

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Date:2009-10-05 13:43
Subject:Oh this one just hurts.
Mood: annoyed

It's bad enough that it's a chemical you have to keep applying to your face that only lasts for 8 hours and then has to be constantly reapplied. There's no mention of any side effects if you do keep on applying it. So it's sounding dubous already.

More than just an Instant Botox-like face lift, freezeframe’s dual effect technology gives long term wrinkle reduction results with a clinically proven reduction of up to 63.13%
So how the flipping heck do they calculate the change down to 4 decimal places? How do you tell the difference between a reduction of 0.6313 and 0.6312? See the graph below to check out these reductionsCollapse )

Oh, I won't be buying it. Besides which, there's no indication on the site of how much it'll be. And you get a "free" gift worth $59.95, so it can't be cheap :-P

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Date:2009-06-17 00:04
Subject:Homeopath stuck with embarrassing retraction

Not usually within the remit of shampoo, but it's nice to see that some people have to wear PIG KILLER on their foreheads once in a while:


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Date:2009-02-21 17:20
Subject:Eyes and Brains

In my own backyard! Science, slaughtered like a lamb.

iSee 200 Eye Massager

Maplin, when I was a kid, were quite good. I used to buy components from them through mail-order. Now they sell any old tat.
This made me double-take, though.
I get a lot of headaches, always have, and many of them involve pain in my eyes. So when, as I was grazing in the aisles, I spotted this little box of delights I picked it up for a closer look.
The front of the pack seems reasonable enough. It has a picture of a high-tech looking eye... er, thing.
high tech shit
Here you see our model looking a bit like one of the Special X-Men.
It also has the coolest name of any product from a high-street store. It's not just the Eye Massager. It's the Eye And Brain Massager. How can anyone resist its temptation? Then I read the back of the packet. Then I took a photo of it, came home and looked it up online. The packet says it works by the principles of acupuncture. The first site I found selling the product described it as working by magnetic therapy: "plenty of research and study proved that magnetic field can have great effect on human bodys tissue, organic, nervous system".

What's wrong with saying it rubs your eyes and feels nice? Want to know what Maplin have to say in their description? "Now, here’s the science behind it all. Magnetic field, in the form of physical energy, when applied on special acupuncture points, can activate the function of the cell, enlarge the blood capillary and raise the level of oxygen supply, improving the nutrition state of tissues of cells, and balance the self-disciplined nerves"

Yes, they say that. The bit about, "now, here's the science..."
I shall be writing a stern email to them this evening.

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Date:2009-02-13 23:31
Subject:Harmonic Plate Technology

"The only technology in the world that uses a metal as a medium to generate and emit photons"
Apart from, you know, light bulbs.

I'll give you a sample product description, for a piece of metal you strap to your motorbike:

By placing and tuning the plates in the vehicle, the balanced ionic field created by the plates stops the decay of O2 and contamination of fuel by positive ions (Positive ions do not burn) caused by electric/magnetic fields, generated by electronics such as the alternator and high energy ignition system. The results, better air/ fuel combustion which equates to;
• Reduced emissions
• Increase power with smoother quieter running
• Reduced operating temps
• Reduced frictional drag
• Increased fuel efficiency
• Less driver fatigue due to counteracting the EMF field

Sounds great. Costs two grand.
But don't worry, for half that you can get a "lightower". "The Mini Lightower's modulated ionic field of 20km radius is also used to accelerate healing by focussing the beam of ions..."

They also have a little button for asking a question about each product, which I may use.

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Date:2008-07-20 21:25
Subject:Some kind of pilled air

Oxygen. In pill form. Personally, I think that would have to be pretty darn cold to work, but these guys claim to have it down. The throw in every buzz-word they can, like fire-energy-amplification and homeopathy. It's a hit with the chiropractors apparently so it must be good.


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Date:2008-07-07 10:48
Subject:Anti-Aging Cream Using Stem Cell Technology…er, Maybe Nott.
Mood: amused

This is such an apt site. I love it for exposing science terms turning into advertising buzz words…which is a fancy way of saying: lying. And at $190.00 an ounce, this isn't pocket change that these guys are trying to extract from us.

Now Amatokin by Voss Laboratories is claiming to use stem cell technology in their anti-aging cream. Except on closer inspection…well, frankly, they don't. This is another bogus product that is causing the Marketing Director Gina Gay to backpedal considerably when confronted with their astonishing claims, as the advertising insert you find with the product states: "These new Stem Cell emulsions are changing everything:"

She says that there is merely confusion around whether this product actually contains stem cells, "which it does not" she admitted.

Ohh. What then? During the same conversation she says Voss Laboratories "focuses exclusively on stem cell technology." But the product Amatokin "highlights" the stem cells found in skin.

And what does Highlighting mean, since there is not medical or structural change in the body termed highlighting.
Nor are there any stem cells in any wrinkle and skin care products that use stem cells.

The product insert says that the stem cell emulsions actually rejuvenate your skin by awakening your body's own reservoir of undifferentiated Stem Cells.

But the real definition of stem cells can be quickly googled. Here is a definition of Stem Cells from MedTerms:

Definition of Stem Cell

Stem cell: One of the human body's master cells, with the ability to grow into any one of the body's more than 200 cell types.

All stem cells are unspecialized (undifferentiated) cells that are characteristically of the same family type (lineage). They retain the ability to divide throughout life and give rise to cells that can become highly specialized and take the place of cells that die or are lost.

Stem cells contribute to the body's ability to renew and repair its tissues. Unlike mature cells, which are permanently committed to their fate, stem cells can both renew themselves as well as create new cells of whatever tissue they belong to (and other tissues).

Bone marrow stem cells, for example, are the most primitive cells in the marrow. From them all the various types of blood cells are descended. Bone marrow stem-cell transfusions (or transplants) were originally given to replace various types of blood cells.

Stem cells from bone marrow can also, quite remarkably, give rise to non-marrow cells. In a 1999 report in the journal Nature, scientists from Boston led by Dr. Louis M. Kunkel reported that they gave bone marrow transplants from normal mice to dystrophic mice. Some 12 weeks later about 10% of the muscle fibers in the diseased animals were making the correct form of dystrophin, the protein that is defective in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This work suggests that bone marrow stem cells may offer new ways of treating muscular dystrophy (and other non-blood diseases).

They are not found on the surface of the skin which is the depository of the dead skin cells that we are sloughing off. And this cream, like all skin creams is not going to penetrate much deeper than that layer of dead cells.

Once again, another skin cream manufacturer is asking the customer to buy into malarkey dressed as scientific fact.

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Date:2008-07-02 13:34
Subject:Entangelment of Matter Amplifies Energy Upon Anihilation With Anti-matter?

i hope this is an apropriate place to ask this, i have a question about the mass and gravitational effects of entangeled particles.

Essentialy, i have been led to believe that entangeled particles are the exact same matter, the same mass, occupying different space (premiss), and though what happens to it in one space also effects it in the other space, what happens to the field(s, electromagnetic, gravitational, whatever) that surround it(with it as their source)?

Because it seems to me that this would have an effect of increasing gravity, though not about one specific point, but in general.

Likewise, if the mass at one point was annihalated, by anti-matter, would energy be released at both points?

Would energy then be increased in the universe, or would energy be divided between them? and if that was the case, we could not know how much energy would be released from a matter-antimatter collision because we would not know if the particle was entangeled with some far off matter somewhere else in the universe?

All Serious comments appreciated, and whatever science that negates these issues muchly apreciated.


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Date:2008-06-28 15:54
Subject:Clinically Proven to Annoy The Hell Out of Me

Clinically Proven!! The two most annoying words used in advertising today. Used in—guess what—diet ads (And face cremes, of course). The worst offender used to be for a diet aid Lipozene. It must have been such an over the top fraud that the ad was pulled but it was regularly featured on the Spike network—not exactly known for it's erudite ads or programming.
Google the 14 most effective words in advertising and you will see why so many advertisers are using the words clinically proven but when Dr. Scholl's Gel Pads are getting in on using Clinically Proven!!, it's gone too far.

The only ad that has used the words facetiously (I hope) is the Pedigree dog food ads where they show 30 seconds of a dog munching on their dry food products. The two words are the only thing that keep this ad from being 100% irritating.

I have maintained for a while that advertisers who use Clinically Proven!! are unsure the public will by their product or are completely trying to pull a fast one.

Diet ads are in the latter category.

In fact, their claims got so far fetched that in North America, advertisers were forced to change their claims to add "diet and exercise recommended" in a big asterisk, or outright announcing "…that with diet and exercise…" a la Slim Quick ads.

Yes, and everybody knows that fame and $1.50 will buy you a cup of coffee.

I worked in the advertising industry, so I am even more cynical than usual about their angles. Guaranteed!!!

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd
have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

George Carlin

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Date:2008-06-19 09:12
Subject:Do I laugh? Cry?

On one of the local communities, someone is certain that mentally activating your DNA will... no, I'll let you read it for yourself:

Learn about Quantum Physics and DNA Activation and how this validates and supports Theta Healing as an immensely powerful tool.Collapse )
Yanked from this entry on canberra.

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Date:2008-06-05 16:13

New Ways Clinic

Everything has Frequency
Frequency is the measurable rate of energy flow that is constant between two points. It is a well established scientific fact that every substance has at its own frequency, living creatures, plants, objects, disease, nicotine, alcohol & drugs, everything has frequency, including the human body, which has an average frequency range of 62 Hz to 68 Hz (click here for further details).

The frequency range of alcohol, nicotine or drugs can be measured, processed and delivered back to the individual to remove that substance so the body no longer wants or craves it.

Bio-Reduction Therapy™ is based upon the well known scientific principle of destructive interference or phase cancellation which occurs when two waves of the same wavelength (frequency) cancel each other out.

Phase Cancellation:
Sound engineers use phase cancellation all the time to cancel unwanted background noise, the effect of combining two waves that are out of phase with each other. Since the waves are not in phase, the crests and troughs will not match up, if the wavelengths are completely 180° out of phase, there will be no sound. We use this basic principle combined with our unique Formula 23™ to remove the unwanted patterns of nicotine, alcohol or drugs.

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Date:2008-04-26 19:31
Subject:NIVEA - My Silhouette

I contacted NIVEA to politely request a peek at the evidence for their product My Silhouette Body Gel-Cream, "the natural Bio-Slim Complex" that "leads to a reduction of up to 3cm on targeted body parts". I asked to see the studies, and also if they could link me to any other information regarding White Tea and Anise extract, which they confidently refer to as "high-performance active ingredients". They said no.

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Date:2008-03-29 22:01

Who can resist something with a name like KOSMED?
Actually, the interesting thing about this one is the domain name: whatreallyworks.co.uk
It's a "healing" box that does nothing, obviously, but it says nice things including
the body creates a special electrical team of cells and messages to carry out a repair job and then, when it thinks a good enough job has been done, disbands this team. These are the cells that KOSMED talks to and triggers to finish the job properly
Claims are modest:
the overnight disappearance of an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit in one woman, and the repair of blood vessels to the foot of a man who was, until he had the KOSMED treatment, facing an amputation. It has even been shown to completely repair scar tissue.


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Date:2008-03-24 17:45

Homeopathy, lolwut.

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Date:2007-07-14 18:06

You may have read about the WSJ's recent hilarious attempt at demonstrating the existence of "supply-side economics". The important part, which I will be keeping for future reference, is this spectacular bit of line-fitting:

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Date:2007-06-22 09:11
Subject:New 'Biophsics Center' opens in Rochester, MI

Our local paper, apparently trying to generate future ad revenue, ran a puff piece on this new business that just opened on June 21. An online version of the article is here: http://tinyurl.com/26rxng

They offer services such as ionic foot baths, but the one that I find the most interesting are the 'bioscans' that can be used to diagnose distortions in the 'person's quantum field'. This will apparently enable them to recommend which 'infoceuticals' (!) they need to sell you as well as treatments in their Novalite 3000 machine which uses light projected through gemstones to provide 'corrective frequencies' to one's quantum biofield. Perhaps if their business model would employ QLM - quantum level marketing, they would really be successful.

The business has a web site at biophysicscenter.com.

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Date:2007-06-04 22:56
Subject:The Psychotronic Money Magnet™ Nano 1.0

We have been selling using this device ourselves for some time now and experienced a massive increase in company income and profits just a few days after the first creation of The Ultra Advanced Psychotronic Money Magnet™.

What I don't understand is why when you look through this guy's feedback you can see so many people have bought these things. Aren't they a joke?

I mean, the Scalar Vector Programming Method™ which we have adopted can raise the subtle energy characteristics and the manifesting capabilities of The Psychotronic Money Magnet™ more than one hundred fold!

It utilises state of the art psychotronic technology.
It's a marble.
I love ebay. It's way better than myspace.

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Date:2007-06-03 20:08
Subject:ebay find: scar healing cream

I came across this item:

HEAL SCARS, STRETCH MARKS, ACNE SCAR, BURNS, KELOIDS linked off the main page on ebay the other day and looked at it out of curiosity.
It makes some interesting claims, and has before-and-after photos that are clearly misleading. Based on the text in the item description I made a couple of queries to the seller:
back-and-forthCollapse )

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Date:2007-05-21 23:13
Subject:Wine Enhancer

Wine Enhancer Accessories and Supplies
- Reduce Tannins and Red Wine Headaches, Improves Flavour

* Smoother and brighter flavor with longer finish
* Releases fruit in both the bouquet and the taste
* Lessens burn, astringency, and chalky feeling on tongue.
* Makes young wines ready to drink in minutes rather then years of aging.
* Reduces or eliminates Red Wine Headaches
(Based on numerous user testimonials)
* Releases all the flavor and complexities the wine maker crafted.
* Smoothes the burn in all spirits.

Our Wine Enhancers do not contain magnets


well, thank christ for that.

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