Jul 16 2013

Arthritis Foundation Promotes Shuzi Pseudoscience

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  1. tmac57on 16 Jul 2013 at 9:46 am

    I was recently doing a search on ‘burning sensation on skin’ and ran across a site for a podiatrist,that discussed neuropathy of the foot,which appeared reasonably fact based with one exception:
    “Magnetic therapy insoles can be helpful” (sigh)

    Needless to say, I read no further.

  2. Bill Openthalton 16 Jul 2013 at 10:09 am

    Magnetic insoles? Do they attract and keep the smelly-feet molecules inside the soles?

    I’ll have to suggest them to the peddler who has set up shop in our local mall selling “magnetic” jewelry, healing rocks, illuminated pink salt crystals (apparently they revitalise the unhealthy air in our houses) and magic beads.

    But his stuff at least is harmless, unlike that of a very active German company (called Sagrotan not to name names) running prime-time TV ads to convince people to use their bactericide-based soaps and cleaning products by claiming that a bacteria-free environment promotes health.

  3. Jared Olsenon 17 Jul 2013 at 6:03 am

    Well, they’ve got “Nano”, “Technology”, an acronym (NVT) and a PhD. Must be legit!
    Is it no surprise we wonder at the credulity of the GP?

  4. mindmeon 17 Jul 2013 at 4:03 pm

    The reviewer comments clearly present a ringing endorsement for the product’s efficacy:

    “I could get it on and off easily – it stretches.”
    “It’s stretchy – non restrictive.”
    “It’s a soft material”
    “ The packaging is see through and easy to open.”

    This is just an embarrassment for The Arthritis Foundation.

  5. hippiehunteron 18 Jul 2013 at 1:49 am

    The Shuzi website has testimonials from 2 “doctors”. A quick google showed both are chiroquackters. I’m shocked !

  6. BillyJoe7on 18 Jul 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Steve,

    If you think you might change their mind, think again.
    Here are their financial sponsors:

    “Joint Juice” whose products contain acai berry, glucosamine, and chondriotin, all bogus treatments for arthritis.
    “Instaflex” whose products contain glucosamine, hyaluronic aacid, some vitamins and minerals and numerous herbs none of which have been shown to play any role in the treatment of arthritis.
    “Arthrid-D” whose products contain vitamins and minerals, glucosamine, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamin D.

    They are not going to bits the hand that feeds them.

  7. aabrown1971on 18 Jul 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Hey Steve,

    They’ve got two other quack products on their site as well:

    http://www.arthritis.org/resources/ease-of-use-new/health-and-wellness/willomd/

    http://www.arthritis.org/resources/ease-of-use-new/health-and-wellness/stopain—topical-pain-relief/

    As someone with RA, this REALLY pisses me off. Thanks for shining a skeptical light on them.

  8. Zandubyon 31 Jul 2013 at 5:58 pm

    http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/testing-shuzi/

    They might not have been testing specifically for arthritis, but these group of guys did testing on the band last year and I think they thoroughly debunked them.

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