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Written by Jeff Wagg   

reflexologyboardSignals, the catalog that supports public television in the US, has let us down again. This time, they're pushing the Reflexology board:

A centuries-old healing art, reflexology reduces stress, boosts energy, and benefits your whole body from head to toe. The reflexology board is an important tool of Eastern acupressure medicine. Wooden nodes stimulate pressure points and enhance circulation.

Let's take this one at a time.

 

  1. Reflexology is centuries old. It was "rediscovered" by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1913. His speciality: ear, nose and throat. By my count, that's less than a century. Also popular at that time: the belief that newsprint was an antiseptic.

  2. Reflexology reduces stress. Maybe, but so does any type of massage.

  3. Reflexology boots energy. There's the "e" word again. What "energy" does it boost?

  4. Reflexology benefits your whole body from head to toe. How? For example, if I use this thing, how will my eyebrows "benefit"? My toes might get a work out.. that I can see.

  5. The board is important to Eastern acupressure medicine. Is it? Dr. Fitzgerald was from Connecticut. And how is acupressure "medicine"?

  6. Wooden nodes stimulate pressure points and enhance circulation. Yes, I imagine they do.


Score of accuracy? 1.55. That's one whole point for item 6, half a point for item 2, and .05 for item 4.

There is good news though! As of this writing, they're on sale for $19.95. The bad news? They're on backorder. And really, I think that's very bad news.

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written by Kuroyume, January 10, 2009
This item looks like torture for barefoot drummers... smilies/wink.gif
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written by Rogue Medic, January 10, 2009
Connecticut is on the East Coast. If he had been from Maine, then you could add Down East to its pedigree. That is all that they are selling here, pedigree - and it isn't pure, except in the fertilizer department.
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I wonder ...
written by MadScientist, January 10, 2009
Could I sell a board for people to bang their head on? The Nerf bat and brick are already there for hitting other people ...
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Speaking of Connecticut
written by Willy K, January 11, 2009
Dr. Fitzgerald was from Connecticut.

One of the local papers here in Connecticut had a human interest story about a local woman who quit her job at age fifty to enroll in a Reflexology school. There is a comment section with twenty two comments. Guess which side most of the comments favor?

This is my comment:
Please folks, don't waste your money or your health on this nonsense. It is totally worthless. I'm sure Sherry Bergstrom is a nice person, but she has been ripped off by that Baltimore school.
I'm willing to bet that some other deluded person is going to say "don't criticize what you don't understand." But you see, I do understand. Medical quackery has been practiced for thousands of years. If you don't have faith in your current physician, find another, but please don't spend a nickel on "alternative" medicine. Most of these "alternatives" have been tested thoroughly by many groups of researchers. Oh now your going to say "they're all in the pockets of the big drug companies." Predictable.
Some people don't want to learn how the world actually works, they just want to believe in gossip and rumors. It's really sad.:-(


This is a more typical comment:
Actually, just the opposite is true. The reason alternative medicine isn't accepted in the USA is because no one is interested in researching it. A lot of alternative medicine has its roots in eastern practices, which they have been doing for thousands of years.
So, you go ahead and put your faith in pharmaceuticals, aka poison, and let the rest of us us alternative medicine with good results.

http://www.newstimes.com/ci_11369008?IADID=Search-www.newstimes.com-www.newstimes.com
http://www.topix.net/forum/source/news-times/TKAKO5GN6BN51KKAD
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written by aristetelis, January 11, 2009
There is an add on the google bar "learn for your future" peddling woo woo refuse. Just in case
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written by Die Anyway, January 13, 2009
Signals (tm) Gifts That Inform, Enlighten & Entertain.
I hope they are going for "entertain" with the foot massage board. I couldn't find anything on their web pages that mentioned supporting public television.

ps. Jeff, item 3 "Reflexology boots energy." should be boosts (unless you were intending to go for some sort of irony). smilies/smiley.gif
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