Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Word "Gullible" Is Not In The Dictionary

I heard an ad for the Wellness Belt. Wear it and lose weight; according to the people who have done just that, it’s the easiest way to drop lots and lots of pounds. No diet, no exercise; just wear this heavy belt and your bathroom scale won’t know you.

Reminds me of the magnetic bracelet and/or backwrap. The magnets were supposed to cure something; I’m not sure exactly what. But, by darn, they worked if you thought they did. I’m not against anything that makes us feel better, as long as it’s legal, doesn’t cost too much, and causes no harm. But when you measure the amount of the earth’s magnetic field and realize that these magnets only add about one millionth, at best, you might entertain a few doubts about what they can do.

Copper bracelets were all the rage and were supposed to cure or prevent one or more bad things. I know that they left a green band around your wrist; whatever else that happened has, at least in my mind, been lost in what we call the mists of history.

The water cure is back. An M.D. living locally (an import from, I think, India) has dug it up and is pushing it – not on any medical or scientific grounds, but because he thinks it’s a good thing. He has a local auto parts dealer convinced and the gent is running ads in the local newspaper quoting the good doctor as how drinking enough water will cure just about every disease known to us. This, along with the electric cure, comes and goes.

People can’t seem to get enough of these things. A belt that makes you lose lots of weight, a few magnets or some copper around your wrist, drinking water. …ok.

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