Thanks to a local health officer in Colorado I get word that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun an investigation of claims made by my favorite infomercial quacks, the Kinoki Foot Bad folks (see my howl of pain in the post The TV ad that DRIVES ME CRAZY). Here’s some of the AP story:
Late night television infomercials seem to have a cheap fix for anything: lose weight, banish cellulite or improve conditions like diabetes, arthritis and insomnia.
Or, all of the above.
Ads for Kinoki Foot Pads made exactly that bold claim, saying the pads use secrets of ancient Japanese medicine to cure or lessen many health woes, all for $19.95, plus shipping and handling.
“I think those are too many claims,” said Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, director of UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine. (AP)
You think that’s too many claims? Well how about just one of their claims. Kinoki Foot Pads will rid your body of asbestos. That’s not too many claims. It’s just one. Would that be OK?
Dr. Sudha Prathikanti at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco agreed with Hui that the Kinoki claims seemed to be too far-reaching.
“For me, it really doesn’t have the kind of backing it needs,” said Prathikanti. “This random hodgepodge, it’s some kind of Frankenstein medicine.”
“This idea of one treatment for everyone, for all conditions really just doesn’t make sense,” she added.
The claims are too far reaching? You think?
Listen, folks. These claims are not too far reaching. THEY ARE STUPID AND PREPOSTEROUS FRAUDS AND QUACKERY ON ITS FACE. PERIOD.
Don’t believe me? Here it is again (since you can never get enough of a bad thing):