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Lose Weight – With Lasers

Posted in The Rogues Gallery by Skepdude on March 9, 2009

Listener, Nick,  sent in the following e-mail:

For a couple of years now, I’ve been trying to lose weight the old fashioned way. Eat less, move more. Today my personal trainer suggested this weight loss clinic that uses some foam wrapping and infrared lasers. My trainer said she’d tried it and it works and gave me the web site. I’m looking over the website and I’m not buying it. But I’m not that good of a skeptic and don’t know why I’m not buying it. I just know, I’m not buying it. Would the skeptics be so kind as to tell me why this doesn’t work? Thanks, and I love the show.

Wow. This is one of those websites that just overwhelms you with pseudoscientific technobabble. There is far too much nonsense here to tackle in a single blog, so I am going to focus on two claims – the low level laser therapy (LLLT) and the infrared body wrap.

But first, for a little background, it’s interesting to note that spas have had a tradition for literally hundreds of years of promoting wellness (that is, there own financial wellnes) through pure BS. The basic marketing strategy is to convince people with disposable income and too sedentary a lifestyle to come in, relax, and passively receive exotic treatments that will cure whatever ails them. Spas have often been on the cutting edge of health pseudoscience. Today they incorporate the latest fads in CAM – from aromatherapy to reflexology.

The infrared bodywrap is in the sweet-spot of the spa tradition – and now you can enjoy the same exploitation at home. The basic claim here is that the wrap system contains infrared radiation, which penetrates the skins and (you know the drill) – removes toxins, increases blood flow and oxygen delivery, and melts away fat and cellulite. Right.It promises you will lose weight and inches.

Of course, all such wraps do make you lose weight and inches – by dehydration via sweating. That’s the core trick here. Of course, water loss is not fat loss and in fact is counterproductive. But it is highly profitable.


Loony Tunes – Saturday 02/07/09

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 7, 2009

High quality UFO PHOTO Y’ALL – Oh wait, scratch high quality, but hey it’s a photo! Do we have any professional photographers here. Can someone explain how is it that the blow up is pinkish/redish but when I zoom in into the actual photo, all I get is a blue/dark blue blob?

Homeopathic medicine for tooth extraction – And be creful not to take the 30C but the 200C potency, because you know the shtick; the higher the dilution the more potent the solution.

Homeopathic weight loss treatments – Of course why not? There is a problem with the whole homeopathic idea of like cures like here. See obesity is not caused by anything other than lots of food and an inactive lifestyle. So how do you dilute that? So the food becomes no food, that alone is guaranteed to make you drop weight and is otherwise known as a diet. But how do you dilute an inactive lifestyle?

Introducing the accufacelift – Why can’t chi make you look younger you cynical skeptics. You’re just naysayers that’s all.