Despite claims of Hood River company, Mayo Clinic experts dispute benefits of vibration therapy

27 Aug

Vibrate your way to health? Lose stubborn belly fat … with TurboSonic? Some people — such as the Hood River company that makes and sells  TurboSonic — would love for you to believe that this high-tech machine is the solution to your ills. TurboSonic USA president Jim Cole, with offices down on Wasco but the showroom inside his Big Gym, touts the benefits of TurboSonic in a new press release.

But what’s the research say? Americans, after all, are always eager to plunk down money for a quick cure, if it means they can keep on eating and parking their butts in front of the tube. Remember the Exer-Stik? Yikes.

Real-world medical types at the widely respected Mayo Clinic have a slightly different opinion on vibration weight loss. Rather than doing a whole lot of good — they say they could have mild benefit — the medical experts say such devices may also cause you some harm. Bottom line, you shouldn’t look to them as a panacea — the quick and easy way to replace what is still widely accepted as the best route to health and weight loss, through regular aerobic and resistance exercise.

In short? Jiggle if you wish, but it’s no silver bullet. Except at the cash register. Of the people who make them. And post press releases to help sell them.

Caveat emptor.


One Response to “Despite claims of Hood River company, Mayo Clinic experts dispute benefits of vibration therapy”

  1. Dick Swart August 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Of course, for those of us looking for a really fast fix, there is the biniki/maniki. It works for either sex and gives a lift on a draggy day.

    I feel there is a limerick in here somewhere …

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