Earthing

The solution to all that ails you lies right under your feet. That's right, it's the Earth! Just stand barefoot on the ground. When connected with the Earth in this way, our bodies are able to "soak up lots of electrons" which put out the "firestorm of free radicals" in our bodies, according to cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra. The process is called "Earthing", and needless to say, it's pure and utter crapola. Lucky for us, there's now a way to "Earth" even when we're indoors -- you can purchase an "Earthing Premium Starter Kit" which is basically a bunch of pads to stand or sleep on, which are connected to the grounding plug of an electrical outlet. Only $199!

Thanks, Daniel, for the link.

Power Balance

"Power Balance is based on the idea of optimizing the body’s natural energy flow, similar to concepts behind many Eastern philosophies. The hologram in Power Balance is designed to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body." That's the quote from the Power Balance website. The product of which they speak is a rubber bracelet with two mylar holograms on it. The claim is that wearing this thing helps improve balance, strength, and flexibility.

Well MY claim is that this product is a pile of horsecrap. There is absolutely no solid scientific reason why this piece of junk would have any effect other than that of a placebo.

If you have $20 burning a hole in your pocket, do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of these instead.

Too busy to workout?

romNow there's literally no excuse. At just FOUR minutes a day, you can't afford not to get this machine. It's called the ROM machine, and it'll set you back a mere $14,615. High-intensity interval training does have its benefits, but the bursts of intensity have to be of a certain length in order to be effective. I have no idea what the hell the ROM does to you in four minutes, but I'm pretty sure it isn't enough to make a significant improvement to your health.

Even the people at Romfab admit that the "EXCELLENT ROM MACHINE HAS BEEN A MARKETING NIGHTMARE SINCE 1990 WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT ON THE MARKET."

I wonder why.

Oprah in the crosshairs... FINALLY

oprahOprah Winfrey has become one of the most powerful voices in entertainment today. What she declares she likes instantly turns to gold. The problem is that a lot of what she likes is pseudo-scientific bullshit, and no one has had the balls to challenge her questionable endorsements.... until now. Newsweek has come out with an excellent article, taking Oprah to task for the many ridiculous gimmicks that have been promoted on her show. Among the quackery that's received Oprah's blessing:

• Suzanne Somers injects estrogen directly into her vagina (or "va-jay-jay," as Oprah would say) in order to stay young. • Dr. Christiane Northrup says that thyroid disorders result from a lifetime of "'swallowing' words one is aching to say." • Jenny McCarthy ignores scientific studies and insists vaccinations cause autism.  (Soon she'll have her own talk show.  Guess who's producing it!) • The Secret.

In all fairness to Ms. Winfrey, the article gives her a thumbs-up for her diet and fitness tips.  "Eat nutritious foods and exercise," say her experts.  Well, at least she got that much right.