Quackery is alive and well in the new millenium! Our contemporary quackery
Magnetic insoles - an idea that's been
around since at least the turn of the century
Elekiban and ACU-DOT magnets
The Stimulator (aka gas grill igniter)
The Dental Potentiometer, and
Ecobite - the battery powered charge that cures snake bite!
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Photos by B. and J. J. Gankel.
Lose weight magically with ACU-STOP 2000! The nubs atop this
1 3/8" by 1 3/4" rubber device allegedly align with the pressure points which
control appetite. Several times daily, the user inserts the device
into the ear and massages it for several minutes. This device which cost
17 cents to manufacture sold for $39.95. Small cloth envelope, aqua or pink,
included. Outlawed in 1995. Below: an ACU-STOP device.
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about mercury leaching from amalgam dental fillings, this device was
used to persuade dental patients to replace amalgam fillings with new expensive
materials. The device is a meter available at local electronics stores. When
the probe is applied to a surface, the meter displays a digital number.
(The surface does not have to be a dental filling!). Then, the unscrupulous
practitioner avered that the numeric reading represented the electrical activity
caused by leaching mercury!?! With the data, the patient could prioritize
fillings for removal and replacement. Photo by B. and J. J. Gankel.
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