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Centrifuge Growth Treatment
Why do people fall for stuff like this?
A woman is suing a Tokyo-based chiropractor over pricey but ineffective treatments that involved spinning her in a centrifugal device to make her taller... The chiropractic center told her the treatments using centrifugal force would make her taller at a cost of 1.05 million yen per 1 centimeter gained... According to the suit, the center said her leg bones had grown by a little over 3 cm, showing X-rays taken before and after the treatments. The woman argues the center allegedly manipulated the X-rays and that its explanations lack medical credibility.
I think 1.05 million yen is around $9000. It would have been a lot cheaper for her to have found a centrifuge ride at an amusement park. Of course, the chiropractor can defend himself by claiming that he was just pulling her leg.
Categories: Body Manipulation, Health/Medicine
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 16, 2007
Comments (6)
How stupid can you be??
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  12:04 PM
I think spinning in a centrifuge, with your feet toward the center and your head pointed out, really does make you a little taller-- but only until you stop spinning. When you stand up again, you're pretty much back where you started.

This seems like a variation on the old canard that you can grow taller by hanging upside down for some period every day. Again, you're probably a little taller while you're hanging, but not once you get down. I imagine it's harder to charge people a lot of money for hanging them by their feet than for spinning them in some supposedly high-tech and scientific machine, though.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dime Box, Texas  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  05:04 PM
Of course, any scientist will tell you that centrifugal force does not exist. It's all in your head. So, I suppose it is perfect for alternative medicine.
Posted by Cthelmax  in  England  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  05:24 PM
Honestly, some women just need to accept what height they are. I'm much happier now I've accepted being a munchkin wink

Besides, when I do have the odd day when my lack of height gets me down (usually when I've been standing next to my husband for a while), I'll put on my big chunky boots and it makes it all better smile
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  07:06 PM
Alex, people have been shot for lesser puns than that!
Posted by outeast  on  Tue Apr 17, 2007  at  06:21 AM
It's obvious that the chiropractor was stretching the truth (sorry, sorry).

Nettie, I'm a shortie too and I love it!
Posted by Vicki  on  Mon Apr 30, 2007  at  04:32 AM
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