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(Reuters)   Scientists take a look at celebrity diet fads: no, those bracelets don't work, nothing is chemical free, and...eeewwww   (reuters.com ) divider line
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2010-12-30 04:28:00 PM  
static.reuters.com

I don't know what this has to do with diet fads but....OUCH!
 
2010-12-30 04:51:22 PM  

Weaver95: I don't know what this has to do with diet fads but....OUCH!


The poor bull.
 
2010-12-30 05:49:55 PM  

davidphogan: Weaver95: I don't know what this has to do with diet fads but....OUCH!

The poor bull.


Seconded.

/needs to come up with some utter bullshaite to market, being poor blows.
 
2010-12-30 05:56:17 PM  
A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.

...........and makes me go WHAAARRFFFF
 
2010-12-30 05:58:08 PM  

Weaver95: I don't know what this has to do with diet fads but....OUCH!


Extreme colon cleansing. All natural! No harsh chemicals!
=Smidge=
 
2010-12-30 05:58:41 PM  

meatofmystery: A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.

...........and makes me go WHAAARRFFFF


thatonestartrek.com

/wat
 
2010-12-30 06:02:47 PM  

Mt. Honkey: meatofmystery: A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.

...........and makes me go WHAAARRFFFF

/wat



looks more like "watts"
 
2010-12-30 06:06:41 PM  
So as a general rule, celebrities are idiots unless formally educated in something useful.
 
2010-12-30 06:07:45 PM  
What is called "science" these days was "common sense" not very long time ago.

And congrats to this Alex Reid guy, he just outscored Gen. Jack D. Ripper. Which of you bastards told him about Dr. Strangelove instead of a proper bed time story?
 
2010-12-30 06:08:13 PM  
I'm sure semen has some nutritional value; after all, they're serving it at restaurants these days.
 
2010-12-30 06:16:54 PM  

doom_stryker: So as a general rule, celebrities are idiots unless formally educated in something useful.


i216.photobucket.com

What makes you say that?
 
2010-12-30 06:18:37 PM  
Semen is much like SNOT, or perhaps gravy. it is made up of water and starch. That is 99.5% of it, the rest is protien and fat. good luck on the 3 tsp of semen per day diet.
 
2010-12-30 06:23:58 PM  
So much fail exposed in such a short article.

Gots damn, people are f*cking stupid.

You might as well listen to this huckster

i238.photobucket.com
 
2010-12-30 06:34:25 PM  
My girlfriend paid $30 for one of those damn holographic bracelets. I immediately set to proving to her how she wasted her money and how they don't work. We've tested it on at least 15 people and it worked every time... I'm still trying to figure out how to prove it doesn't work even though it is...
 
2010-12-30 06:45:13 PM  

BobTheHamster: My girlfriend paid $30 for one of those damn holographic bracelets. I immediately set to proving to her how she wasted her money and how they don't work. We've tested it on at least 15 people and it worked every time... I'm still trying to figure out how to prove it doesn't work even though it is...


here ya go:
Link (new window)
 
2010-12-30 06:46:41 PM  

BobTheHamster: My girlfriend paid $30 for one of those damn holographic bracelets. I immediately set to proving to her how she wasted her money and how they don't work. We've tested it on at least 15 people and it worked every time... I'm still trying to figure out how to prove it doesn't work even though it is...


oh yea, you should mention the semen diet to her.
 
2010-12-30 06:54:21 PM  
I got my first glimpse of one of those bracelets at Christmas this year. One of my nieces gave one as a gift, and I just sat there, dumbfounded, ashamed, and silent.

/yeah, she did tests on some people, with conflicting 'results.'
 
2010-12-30 07:15:48 PM  

Dahnch: oh yea, you should mention the semen diet to her.


Bingo. A girl that stupid, you stop trying to cure.
Let her know that drinking semen will make her stronger and reduce the ill effects of her period due to trace amounts of male hormones present. Some studies have even shown it can make you smarter and increase your life span. So please baby, swallow my load, not for me, but for yourself.
 
2010-12-30 08:02:38 PM  

BobTheHamster: My girlfriend paid $30 for one of those damn holographic bracelets. I immediately set to proving to her how she wasted her money and how they don't work. We've tested it on at least 15 people and it worked every time... I'm still trying to figure out how to prove it doesn't work even though it is...


Tell her this...

"If you can't tell me, specifically, what this bracelet does, it's a fraud."
 
2010-12-30 08:16:12 PM  

ReverendJasen: Dahnch: oh yea, you should mention the semen diet to her.

Bingo. A girl that stupid, you stop trying to cure.
Let her know that drinking semen will make her stronger and reduce the ill effects of her period due to trace amounts of male hormones present. Some studies have even shown it can make you smarter and increase your life span. So please baby, swallow my load, not for me, but for yourself.


If you want to go for the gold, tell her the occasional bit of female lubrication ain't bad for the digestion, either... but that it has to be from someone else since her immune system recognizes her own tissues and will destroy them along with any benefit. Mix with semen for extra punch.
 
2010-12-30 08:27:09 PM  
You forget, the wilder, weirder and more absurd the diet or cure, the more some people are willing to believe it and buy the book!
 
2010-12-30 08:55:40 PM  

BobTheHamster: My girlfriend paid $30 for one of those damn holographic bracelets. I immediately set to proving to her how she wasted her money and how they don't work. We've tested it on at least 15 people and it worked every time... I'm still trying to figure out how to prove it doesn't work even though it is...


For starters, what does it "work" at doing?
 
2010-12-30 09:20:43 PM  

LavenderWolf: "If you can't tell me, specifically, what this bracelet does, it's a fraud."


I can't tell you specifically how a car engine works. But it still gets me from point A to point B. Well assuming I brought enough quarters to park, otherwise I have to go to a 7-11 first.
 
2010-12-30 09:46:15 PM  

karmachameleon: For starters, what does it "work" at doing?


From the FAQ on the website:

"How Does the Hologram Work?
The Mylar material at the core of Power Balance has been treated with energy waves at specific frequencies. The resulting Mylar is believed to resonate and work with your body's natural energy flow to help enable you to perform at the best of your ability."

farking physics, how does it work?
 
2010-12-30 10:56:26 PM  
Kali-Yuga: karmachameleon: For starters, what does it "work" at doing?

From the FAQ on the website:

"How Does the Hologram Work?
The Mylar material at the core of Power Balance has been treated with energy waves at specific frequencies. The resulting Mylar is believed to resonate and work with your body's natural energy flow to help enable you to perform at the best of your ability."

farking physics, how does it work?


Not like that....
 
2010-12-30 11:06:57 PM  
The UK holo-wristband site has a wonderful warning about knockoffs:

It is important to remember that the majority of the counterfeit products DO NOT WORK and we can identify a fake in seconds

Imagine that.
 
2010-12-30 11:30:18 PM  
These work just as well as Power Balance bands (new window) (if not better) and are only $2 each!


skepticbros.com

Generally speaking if you "test" the bands....you can't really think you will get honest results when the tester and test taker both know when the band is being worn and if it is "real" or not. But at least do the first trial with band and the second without...people tend to do better on the second trial as they are more limber and know what to expect.


Also, none of these bands do crap except suck money to people smarter than you.
 
2010-12-31 01:45:43 AM  

MrEricSir: LavenderWolf: "If you can't tell me, specifically, what this bracelet does, it's a fraud."

I can't tell you specifically how a car engine works. But it still gets me from point A to point B. Well assuming I brought enough quarters to park, otherwise I have to go to a 7-11 first.


But I can tell you how a car engine works. You can easily find the answer and tell me. There is no answer to this question because the damned bracelets are a placebo.
 
2010-12-31 07:39:09 AM  
I love 'energy' magic. Perhaps if we taught kids a strict definition of what 'energy' is they wouldn't fall for this shiat when they grow up.
 
2010-12-31 08:13:55 AM  
I had never heard of these hologram bracelets before. Goddamn some people are stupid.
 
2010-12-31 09:21:55 AM  

LavenderWolf: MrEricSir: LavenderWolf: "If you can't tell me, specifically, what this bracelet does, it's a fraud."

I can't tell you specifically how a car engine works. But it still gets me from point A to point B. Well assuming I brought enough quarters to park, otherwise I have to go to a 7-11 first.

But I can tell you how a car engine works. You can easily find the answer and tell me. There is no answer to this question because the damned bracelets are a placebo.


You could probably make a fortune selling tap water labeled Diet Placebo. All the power of placebo, but without the fat!
 
2010-12-31 01:16:45 PM  
Apparently the free world of my friends and acquaintances will be gracing the planet with their hungover selves on "cleanse" diets as of tomorrow morning.
Oh, you should do this too!
No.
/have a master cleanse diet planned of fiber shakes, bourbon, black coffee and spite.
// going to start offering "fat cleanse spiritual sessions" i take the 60 bucks they would have spent on shakes, give them leaves from my yard to burn and chant "ooo-waa-afol-AYE-AM" (say it out loud. it's classic.)
 
2010-12-31 01:21:11 PM  
PonceAlyosha: "You could probably make a fortune selling tap water labeled Diet Placebo. All the power of placebo, but without the fat!"

That's gold Jerry, gold!
 
2010-12-31 02:20:34 PM  

SuperMeekrat: Apparently the free world of my friends and acquaintances will be gracing the planet with their hungover selves on "cleanse" diets as of tomorrow morning.
Oh, you should do this too!
No.
/have a master cleanse diet planned of fiber shakes, bourbon, black coffee and spite.


Sounds kind of bitter. Maybe more of a Festivus drink for the the airing of the grievances.
 
2010-12-31 02:40:56 PM  

Dahnch: SuperMeekrat: Apparently the free world of my friends and acquaintances will be gracing the planet with their hungover selves on "cleanse" diets as of tomorrow morning.
Oh, you should do this too!
No.
/have a master cleanse diet planned of fiber shakes, bourbon, black coffee and spite.

Sounds kind of bitter. Maybe more of a Festivus drink for the the airing of the grievances.


Ha.. I'm sure they'd love that. "Attention fat asses: YOU ARE FAT BECAUSE YOU EAT GARBAGE. 9 days is NOT going to undo months of horfing food into your gullet and washing it down with 1000 calorie mixed drinks. Sorry."
/Maybe if i had a new years resolution to have no friends.
// Half of the cleanses and programs they're doing is MLM crap ( formerly known as a pyramid scheme) Love them dearly, sick as balls of hearing about it.
 
2010-12-31 07:22:38 PM  
One of the highlights for SAS was a tip from cage fighter Alex Reid, who told The Sun tabloid newspaper in April that he "reabsorbs" (eats) his sperm to prepare for a big fight.

"It's actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn't ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition. A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.

John Aplin, a reproductive research scientist at the University of Manchester, said sperm cannot be reabsorbed once they have formed in the testes. "In fact sperm die after a few days, and the nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small," he said in a comment on the SAS list.


For a larger nutritional value, he also consumes the sperm of other men.

NSFW - NOT SAFE FOR WORK
http://www.boyspissingandcumming.com/2009/05/14/more-cum-eating-hairy​-​guys/ (new window)
 
2011-01-01 12:19:03 PM  
When someone is trying to sell you something, punch them once every time they use the following words:

harmony / balance / natural / toxins / flow

And once more for these words (unless they're selling you a radar):

energy / vibrations / frequency / resonance
 
2011-01-01 01:19:31 PM  

Kali-Yuga: "How Does the Hologram Work?
The Mylar material at the core of Power Balance has been treated with energy waves at specific frequencies. The resulting Mylar is believed to resonate and work with your body's natural energy flow to help enable you to perform at the best of your ability."


Reminds me of Wolfgang Pauli's comment... "That's not right. That's not even wrong."
 
2011-01-01 01:56:55 PM  
I'm an avid skeptic and I'm active in the scientific skepticism community, but I think a lot of these things are functionally bullshiat, but practically reasonable.

Like the semen thing, for instance. Yeah, the guy's hypothesis about why his method makes him a better fighter is demonstrably wrong, but it is true (as any man can probably attest) that when you've got full balls, your attitude is more aggressive. And that is what he is looking for.

The 'detox' diets are a little different in that their stated end goal is to 'detox' which obviously doesn't happen. But what a lot of these women want to do isn't just purify their bodies of mercury and pesticides or whatever other bullshiat that NaturalNews tells them is slathered all over everything they touch, but also to simply rid their bodies of the chemical variables they can control and establish a sense of baseline. For instance caffeine, salt, alcohol and its byproducts, excess sugar,all of the chemicals your body itself releases to counter or process these things etc. There is also a significant mental aspect of it that can't be replicated without the same sense of sacrifice, reflection, and accomplishment.

So anyway, I'm increasingly becoming of the opinion that we can't just tell people "no" and dismiss their experiences because their premises are flawed. They simply aren't 'in the know' enough to have a higher resolution understanding of what it is they want, and what it is they are doing. It causes an unnecessary schism between the science and skeptical communities, and the lay populace.

I think the PowerBalance topic a good place to start. The Placebo Bands idea was great. It's not simply telling people that "Power Balance bands don't work", but pointing out the nature of the placebo effect... ie: clarifying their understanding of the process taking place. Science breeds confidence because it works, placebos are hit and miss and lose power rapidly over time as you forget they're there. So let's figure out the variables that by nature end in success through some type of method.
 
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