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Brain Training: Buyer Beware

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Posted 11 May 2018


How much would you pay to improve your brain?

What if you had problems associated with attention, depression, or anxiety—would you pay even more to rewire your brain and overcome your condition?

For a few thousand dollars, many brain-training practitioners claim to provide this service. Using a technique called neurofeedback, they provide individuals with a live feed of their own brain activity. By watching our brain, neurofeedback advocates argue, we can learn to regulate its activity and, in turn, control our behavior. To implement this technique, these practitioners place a few sensors on a participant’s scalp to record electrical brain activity and provide a simple graphic or auditory cue to tell participants when their brain is “performing well.”

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Ondamed devices

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Posted 26 April 2018

On the Ondamed website, the following claims are made:

ONDAMED; Focused Tissue Stimulation And Biofeedback
A Breakthrough Technology for you and your patients

After more than 20 years of research and clinical use in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia , these advanced Class II-a medical technologies are approved in many countries for use by medical healthcare professionals as:
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapeutic Medical Devices for Tissue Stimulation with Intended Use for Pain Relief, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Wound Healing.

Does Ondamed devices work? Are they a scam?

I could not find a single study evaluating this device in PubMed (PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites). So their claim, “more than 20 years of research and clinical use”Read the rest

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Posted 14 April 2018

WAVEEX is a small plastic chip, which its manufacturers and peddlers claim can be attached to cell phones and other mobile devices to reduce harmful radiation.

We recently highlighted an article, published in GroundUp, titled How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job, about how the journalist Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article for Natural Medicine Magazine, and the subsequent repercussions.  

The article by Professor George Claassen, a highly credible journalist, resulted in a posting of a comment to the article by Wolfgang Vogl, the CEO of WAVEEX, defending the claims of the product and “[I]n parallel our lawyers together with the Austrian Embassy in South Africa is preparing law suits against Classen [sic], Bolognesi and the GroundUp”.

We think that the science supporting these claims is useless, for many reasons. In addition, we agree with the USA Federal Read the rest

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WAVEEX: How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

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Posted 11 April 2018

This article published on GroundUp, focusses on two strands:

  1. WAVEEX – a small plastic chip, which its manufacturers and peddlers claim can be attached to cell phones and other mobile devices to reduce harmful radiation. 
  2. How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job: Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article

The manufacturers claim that WAVEEX, a small plastic chip attached to cell phones, “is ‘scientifically proven’, when in fact it is all fruitloopery – pseudoscience masquerading as science to confuse and convince consumers“. 

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Copper Heelers

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Posted on 17 January 2018

Do Copper Heelers have any benefits?

Claims are made that using this product will alleviate a number of conditions: “Aching feet; Swollen legs; Back & neck problems; Shoulder problems; Wrinkles; Sagging skin; Poor circulation; Sexual dysfunction; Postural problems; Poor digestive function; Cardiovascular activity”.

A consumer complained to the UK ASA regarding the claims being made for this product.

The company was asked to substantiate the claims, but as they could not provide evidence to support these, agreed to change the advert.

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UK ASA Ruling on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Posted 21 December 2017

A complaint was laid with the UK ASA. The complainant, an inspector for the Care Quality Commission, challenged whether the efficacy claims that hyperbaric oxygen therapy could treat the following were misleading and could be substantiated: burns, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hearing loss, interstitial cystitis, leg ulcers, peripheral neuropathy, referred pain, sciatica, varicose ulcers and varicose veins, Addison’s and Hasimoto’s diseases, anaemia, diabetes, brain injuries, candida, carbon monoxide poisoning, cognitive disorders in the elderly, heart attacks, infertility and IVF, Lymes [sic] disease, migraines, motor neurone disease, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease, prostatitis, soft tissue infections and urine infections.

We (UK ASA) considered that a suitable body of evidence would be required to support each of the claims. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre did not provide any evidence to support their claims that HBOT could be used to treat . . .

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ZYTO device flunks tests

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Posted 04 September 2017

ZYTO Corporation, of Orem, Utah, sells several devices that it claims are useful for determining what dietary supplements, herbs, or homeopathic products might be useful. The devices use a hand cradle that relays signals to and from a computer that runs ZYTO’s proprietary software. ZYTO claims that the software “sends stimuli to the body using digital signatures that represent actual things” and interprets fluctuations in skin resistance that indicate “the body’s degree of preference for the items being assessed.”
Reference: Barrett S. ZYTO scanning: Another test to avoid. Device Watch, Aug 22, 2017

Last year, Dr. Stephen Barrett was able to obtain a working ZYTO device and tested himself 43 times in ten days. Sixteen of the tests were “basic” scans that purported to detect problems with 20 body organs. These scans reported an average of 11 problematic organs, but the organs specified and the Read the rest

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Magnetic resonance therapy

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Posted 01 June 2017

A UK website stated that StreamZ collars (magnetic resonance therapy) had achieved success “on horses and humans”; would support a range of medical conditions including “Mobility and fitness, injured and aching muscles, energy levels and vitality, digestion issues, general happiness and condition, overall wellbeing” and were as beneficial “as a balanced diet” for dogs of any age.

A consumer laid a complaint with the UK ASA arguing that there is no evidence to support these claims. The UK ASA ruled that “The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told StreamZ not to state or imply that their collars supported or assisted with any symptoms unless they had been clinically proven to do so.”

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Dubious claims abound on Canadian naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, and homeopathy clinic Web sites

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Posted 06 March 2017

A survey of 392 naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, and homeopathy clinic Web sites has found that unsupportable claims for the management of asthma and allergy are widespread.
[Murdoch B and others. Selling falsehoods? A cross-sectional study of Canadian naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, and acupuncture clinic website claims relating to allergy and asthma]

The investigators concluded:

  • The majority of the clinics studied claim they can either diagnose or treat both allergy/sensitivity and asthma.
  • Naturopathic clinic websites have the highest rates of advertising at least one of diagnosis, treatment, or efficacy for allergy or sensitivity (85%) and asthma (64%), followed by acupuncturists (68% and 53%, respectively), homeopaths (60% and 54%) and chiropractors (33% and 38%).
  • The majority of the advertised interventions lack evidence of efficacy, and some are potentially harmful.
  • Food-specific IgG testing was commonly advertised, despite the fact that the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has
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Posted 25 January 2016

We have previously posted an article on the BEMER (BEAMER) pointing out that the ‘science’ to be implausible, and the claims of efficacy to be highly unlikely.

In the article, we quote a number of sources including Tapio Ala-Nissila from Aalto University, Finland, who posed this question: “Question: Influence of (pulsed) electromagnetic fields on “microcirculation”?  I have recently come across to what looks like a classic homeopathic scam, namely the pulsed EM field miracle treatment as advertised by a German-based company called Bemer. As a soft-matter/biological physicist I am extremely sceptical about the influence of EM fields on blood circulation. In fact, on physical grounds I can only think of adverse effects, not miraculous healing as advertised by Bemer.”

Prof Tapio Ala-Nissila has now posted that his laboratory have conducted a study on the BEMER:
The Bemer device has now been measured in our Read the rest

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