Sunday, December 14, 2008

NewAgers Even Rip You Off For Christmas

Gamma International Salt Lamps
"I was dismayed to see my research touted,...It's disgraceful,...just nuts."
-- Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, on discovering his work was being twisted by NewAge companies to sell their bogus products, in The Los Angeles Times.

Earth Footwear Walking Shoes
"Earth shoes could potentially strain the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. Over time, such strain could cause plantar fasciitis, a common source of heel pain."*
-- Geza Kogler, a scientist in the Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a member of the Footwear Biomechanics Group of the International Society of Biomechanics.

* Not to mention you look like a dork.

Violight Inc. "Zapi" Portable Toothbrush Sanitizers
"Unnecessary,...simply allowing the toothbrush to dry out will kill the bacteria,...You can buy a large number of new toothbrushes for the cost of a sanitizer."
-- Mathew Messina, a Cleveland-area dentist and the consumer advisor for the American Dental Assn.

Intentional Chocolate (infused with the prayers of Buddhist monks who trained with the Dalai Lama)
"There's nothing in the way that we understand the universe that would explain how a group of people could influence the well-being of others by blessing their chocolate."
-- Richard P. Sloan, a professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.