Catalog

Catalog

We do not get the volume of catalogs we did a decade ago. I suspect the internet is part of the reason we do not get an English tonne of paper in the mail anymore.

About the only time I thumb through a catalog is when I have to turn off my tablet on an airplane. As I have discussed, airplane catalogs can include a curious collection of pseudo-medical devices.

Today the Hammacher Schlemmer (sounds like a bad response to treating syphilis) catalog came. That is worth a scan since its target audience is not me. $31,500 for aquatic thusters. $25,000 for a robotic bartender. $54,000 for a self contained hootenanny, although the description refers to it a veritable shin-dig. Which is it? I refer to the only  Oz who you can trust:

Well, a gathering is brie, mellow song stylings; shindig, dip, less mellow song stylings, perhaps a large amount of malt beverage; and hootenanny, well, it's chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny.

So I am uncertain what it is since there is no mention of malt beverage, but at last it has a cowbell.

And they also offer nonsense, but compartively speaking it is inexpensive nonsense.

For example a hair rejunvinator using 21 built in low level lasers for $699.95.

I have discussed low level lasers over at Science-Based Medicine; for most uses low level lasers are bunkum. They do make good pointers.

For alopecia (hair loss) one review suggests

Regardless, there are few clinical trials that have been conducted regarding LLL devices for AGA (Androgenetic alopecia) and results are mixed.

and another

Currently, there exist several LLLT devices marketed for the treatment of alopecia, which claim to stimulate hair growth; yet marketing these devices only requires that safety, not efficacy, be established. A handful of studies have since investigated the efficacy of LLLT for alopecia with mixed results. These studies suffered from power, confounding and analysis issues which resulted in a high risk of bias in LLLT studies. Due to the paucity of well-conducted randomized controlled trials, the efficacy of LLLT devices remains unclear.

They also offer a foot reflexology massager at $129.95 and a hand reflexology massager for the same price. Like low level lasers, reflexology is bunkum although a good hand or foot massage sounds pleasant to me.  

Tomorrow I am going to the State Fair and they have a massage chair for a quarter, no reflexology included.  I hope.

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