Antisnor ring bullshit?Posted: February 18, 2008
Yet more BS to pollute the minds?
Seen in a local newspaper is a large add for a silver ring you wear on your little pinkie and it is claimed to stop snoring. It’s evidence for efficacy are some anecdotes, of the type where more of them does not equal a fact. Of course there is no scientific evidence for it working but hey, why let facts get in the way of a miracle cure? The best “evidence” is a TV show called “Deal or Dud” in the US where 3 couples tested the ring, with the expected great results.
Here’s the link for how it is claimed to work. That’s right, “Chinese medicine”, acupuncture pressure points and the flow of magical unmeasurable “energy”. All of which have a long history, many thousands of years, of being BS.
Of course any proper test would involving a blind test, say with the lumps ground off and the ring covered in tape so the subject hopefully doesn’t know. And there would be a lot more than 3 people, the ways of quantifying the amount of snoring would be independently verified etc. etc. However don’t hold you breath waiting for this sort of testing, like most health quackery, I’ll predict they will shy away from serious tests.
It would be wise for them to invest some of their not so hard earned profits into brushing up on section 52 and 53 of the Trade Practices Act.
For those of us not pushing such scams it’s good to know that the ACCC has quite a website these days. It’s called scamwatch and can be found at: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/scamwatch/
On this site is also an online form for filling out complaints which conveniently includes a section for “Health & medical (including weight-loss, miracle cures)”