Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




509 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 155
Inactive user


Topic # 183691 26-Oct-2015 22:58
Send private message

So I was at the mall over the weekend, in an effort to escape 30-40 odd shoe shops I found myself in health 2000.
The lady told me about these hair tests they do.
Interesting. 
So they pulled the remaining 4-5 hairs out of the back of my head, scanned them ( in a usb connected scanner) and sent them off to Germany.
15 minutes later they had a file that had them trying to sell me among other things like vitamins and amino acids , some of it made sense, a bit low in vitamin b12 etc, but they also tried to sell me a crystal bracelet that would protect me against the significant amount of radio wave exposure I was getting from my cellphone.

WTF ?
Not, my wifi router, not the 50Kw FM radio station I live near, not the computer, the mains or the computer monitor, no....none of those things, the culprit is My 900Mhz cellphone,
and they can prove it :) ( see attached pic)

I'm a bit surprised they couldn't tell me who my ISP was or what sites I had visited.
Perhaps what compass bearing I'd been aligned to whilst watching the Tv, or what was in the microwave?
Perhaps they didn't have the right hair follicles for that !

Seriously, Health 2000 in my mind is supposed to be a reasonably reputable company that does not engage in psuedo science like this.
There isn't a single patent in the world for this type of "technology", 
Their website seems more fascinated with the fact that they can link database tables together. 
http://www.cell-wellbeing.com/

Health 2000 really seems to think were stupid
funnily enough a bit of an argument followed when they asked me to pay $85 
 

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
Doesn't know what he doin
2817 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 324

Subscriber

  Reply # 1414266 27-Oct-2015 02:23
Send private message

Hmmm I should get this test done, haven't connected my phone to a non 4G or 3G network for a good 4-5 years now (thanks Spark!). Wonder if the GSM bands will show up as the cause of my super thick and forever growing scalp jungle. 




Bachelor of Computing Systems (2015)

 

--

 

Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display (4GB/2.4GHz i5/128GB SSD) - HP DV6 (8GB/2.8GHz i7/120GB SSD + 750GB HDD)
iPhone 6S + (64GB/Gold/Vodafone NZ) - Xperia Z C6603 (16GB/White/Spark NZ)

Sam, Auckland 


gzt

8889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1187


  Reply # 1414276 27-Oct-2015 06:15
Send private message

Traction current. Your millennium falcon was intercepted by a star destroyer recently?

But the vitamin stuff anyway. What is the basis of technology in this scanner thing.

 
 
 
 


19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 1414279 27-Oct-2015 06:56
Send private message

Now I have seen it all just WOW!

16776 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1962

Trusted

  Reply # 1414282 27-Oct-2015 07:08
One person supports this post
Send private message

A usb scammer can do all that? Wow the government should immediately stop all the expensive disease screening programs and just buy a few of these.

1672 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 826


  Reply # 1414286 27-Oct-2015 07:25
One person supports this post
Send private message

I don't trust any of these types of store. I was in one a few years back (I forget which) and one of the detox products actually clamed to "repair DNA".

These places specialize in generating placebo effects.




Location: Dunedin

gzt

8889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1187


  Reply # 1414287 27-Oct-2015 07:26
Send private message

They have CE approval so it must be OK right?

https://cellwellbeing.wordpress.com/

Our European based assessment and data centres uses CE approved technologies, manufactured to EN ISO13485 standards, which operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from our secure servers. Overseen and supported by a dedicated team of doctors, environmental specialists and computer engineers.

2664 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1131


  Reply # 1414293 27-Oct-2015 07:42
Send private message

My aging mum had this(?) test about a month ago.  I think she said it was done from her chemist so not restricted to health 2000.  I was under the impression in her case they physically sent the hair samples to Germany as the results took about 3 weeks to come back.  But then again she is getting on a bit...

A lifelong skeptic of 'witch-doctor' medicine I was mildly surprised at the accuracy of some of the report conclusions, detailing known existing health issues, however largely it was meaningless hokum without an interpretation.  You could read anything into it you wanted.  I guess that's the idea, scare people into buying vitamins, supplements etc?
    




Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



1215 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 510


  Reply # 1414300 27-Oct-2015 07:52
One person supports this post
Send private message

I believe this kind of thing to be quackery of the highest order. I know I don't always eat as well as I should so I buy a multivitamin from the supermarket to supplement my diet. The rest of this stuff is akin to witchcraft (a.k.a. homeopathy) as far as I'm concerned. I'm very surprised to see something like this from a "high street" brand like Health 2000 - did the store uniforms include tinfoil beanies? 

Last year my wife went to a market and came home wearing one of these nanovibration technology bracelets. The website says it all (in bad English):

 

Shuzi utilizes a proprietary Chip from United States. All Shuzi products have a chip programmed with Nano Vibration Technology generating subtle energy frequency, to promote wellness for your everyday lifestyle, offering you comfort and durability while you work and play. Results may vary from person to person.

 


I was so embarrassed. It's on the same level as Nigerian email scams as far as I'm concerned. Thankfully they were doing a deal on market day so she only wasted just over $200, instead of the normal price of close to $300.

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 1414302 27-Oct-2015 07:57
Send private message

Just over $200 OMG

gzt

8889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1187


  Reply # 1414305 27-Oct-2015 08:05
Send private message

scuwp: My aging mum had this(?) test about a month ago.  I think she said it was done from her chemist so not restricted to health 2000.  I was under the impression in her case they physically sent the hair samples to Germany as the results took about 3 weeks to come back.  But then again she is getting on a bit...

A lifelong skeptic of 'witch-doctor' medicine I was mildly surprised at the accuracy of some of the report conclusions, detailing known existing health issues, however largely it was meaningless hokum without an interpretation.  You could read anything into it you wanted.  I guess that's the idea, scare people into buying vitamins, supplements etc?
    

The three weeks may have been a 'follow up consultation'.

JWR

730 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 236


  Reply # 1414366 27-Oct-2015 09:16
Send private message

joker97: A usb scammer can do all that? Wow the government should immediately stop all the expensive disease screening programs and just buy a few of these.


USB scammer indeeed!

2090 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 848


  Reply # 1414386 27-Oct-2015 09:50
Send private message

You had me at crystals.



494 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 69


  Reply # 1414871 27-Oct-2015 16:43
Send private message

My girlfriend has just had something similar done. She spent about $300 on all kinds of god knows what supplements. The worst part is the crazy diet they've recommended.
It's vege, fish, meat, eggs and that's about it. Plus their 'supplements'. No spices or sugars.
I really don't know how to have this conversation.

494 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 69


  Reply # 1414872 27-Oct-2015 16:44
Send private message

My girlfriend has just had something similar done. She spent about $300 on all kinds of god knows what supplements. The worst part is the crazy diet they've recommended.
It's vege, fish, meat, eggs and that's about it. Plus their 'supplements'. No spices or sugars.
I really don't know how to have this conversation.

2038 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 212

Subscriber

  Reply # 1414911 27-Oct-2015 17:03
Send private message

scuwp: My aging mum had this(?) test about a month ago.  I think she said it was done from her chemist so not restricted to health 2000.  I was under the impression in her case they physically sent the hair samples to Germany as the results took about 3 weeks to come back.  But then again she is getting on a bit...


Perhaps that is the time it took to post the hair samples to the nearest Health 2000 shop and for them to post the results back.

Seriously though, if this happened in a pharmacy you should complain to the Health and Disability Commissioner about the lack of professional ethics shown by the pharmacist.

Contact details are at the top of this page:  http://www.hpdt.org.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=28

I see there is no facility to email or do it online but there is an 0800 number and a PO Box.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Sky TV boss blames pirates, evidence says otherwise
Posted 24-Aug-2017 17:29


New Zealand consumers ahead of the curve in digital
Posted 24-Aug-2017 15:47


Samsung introduces Galaxy Note8
Posted 24-Aug-2017 08:50


How Oppo shakes New Zealand’s phone market
Posted 22-Aug-2017 18:32


Recognition for top small business advisors
Posted 22-Aug-2017 17:23


OPPO R11 dual 20MP camera phone debuts in New Zealand
Posted 22-Aug-2017 15:45


Intel introduces new 8th Generation processors
Posted 21-Aug-2017 19:02


Trend Micro launches Home Network Security
Posted 21-Aug-2017 18:38


Avondale College students at top of Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:11


Garmin introduces inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:05


Public Wi-Fi plus cloud file sharing
Posted 18-Aug-2017 11:20


D-Link NZ launches professional Wireless AC Wave 2 Access Point for businesses
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:25


Garmin introduces the Rino 700 five-watt two-way handheld radio
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:04


Garmin announces the Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition for outdoor and tactical use
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:02


Brightstar announces new distribution partnership with Samsung Knox platform in Australia
Posted 17-Aug-2017 17:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.