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On the Origin of Religions
I just read this. (and there have been thousands of similar products preying on the gullible - this is just the latest one in a long line which runs back through time through magic elixers and "snake oil")

I don't know how many people realize that this mumbo jumbo stuff is the very foundation of churches and casinos.

Calvera, The Magnificent Seven - 1960
If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.

How apropos. How succinct. Applies to sheeple everywhere.
Magnetic bracelets and the holy aluminum locket of Mother Theresa.
Edited by comfortable on 01/08/2011 15:39
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
Bob of QF
Re: magnetic bracelets.

Back in the Day, when these silly things were first introduced, they were actually made from really, really strong rare-earth type magnets, and were viciously strong little buggers.

Such intense magnetic fields may indeed have penetrated a person's skin, and who can say? (I seriously doubt any effects, but... I've seen no tests one way or another.) The blood does contain ferrous particles after all...

... but these things had an unfortunate side-effect for the wearers: credit cards and watches tended to act up in their presence (this was the day when mechanical watches were quite common, and some brands had steel parts, easily affect by strong magnetic current).

So the companies making these things, after fielding too many complaints, reduced the strength of the magnetic in their products-- such that, they barely have enough field-strength to penetrate a single sheet of paper, let alone living skin. And certainly not deep enough to get at blood vessels deep (relatively) within the body... not even on a wrist.

And so these magnetic thingies began to sell and sell well.

I always found that all quite amusing-- if there were any possible truth to strong magnetic fields having a biological effect? It was eliminated by idiots' complaints that their other toys were damaged by the magnets....

...... stupid is, as stupid does.
Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
Bob of QF:

Have you ever heard of an Magnetic Resonance Image machine? They are zillions of times more powerful than any magnet you could wear and haven't been shown to have any effect on humans. I can't see how those bands can do a thing.
They definitely have a HUGE effect on humans.

They cause humans to give out their credit card info !!! (as in buying the damned things).

That's the only effect that's necessary for the product(s) to continue successfully.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
Bob of QF
You are exactly correct, Kowboy-- good call!

And I think MRI's have been around for, what? 20 years and counting?

And as far as I can tell-- the only real problems are when people fail to remove metallic objects from their person.
Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
Of course when you think about it we all live in a huge magnetic field anyway.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
Doubting Thomas
They're selling those magnetic bracelets on TV again, just saw a commercial for them recently.

The thing which really gets me, and proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that it's all pseudoscience, was the use of the word "frequencies" as in, "the frequencies produced by the magnets reduce pain & help blood flow." Frequency of what? Magnets don't oscillate or vibrate. Any time I see "frequencies" in an ad that isn't for a radio product, I know immediately that it's pseudoscience. I'm sure the people selling these things don't know, either, and the gullible idiots buying them don't know that our bodies don't use "frequencies," except maybe the heart rate or breathing.

But that being said, the claims about improving blood flow is just crazy because if the iron in our blood was affected in any way by a magnet, you'd think it'd pool where the magnet touches the skin, which would be the opposite of improving blood flow.

But I guess it just goes to show how stupid people can be. It's all the "Ooh, look, magnets are magic because they stick to metal, so it must be the same magic that makes them get rid of pain!"
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you.
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