nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Has It Come To This In The Age Of Science? Oxygen Facials?

So all those high altitude pilots, who breath pressurized 100% oxygen should have the best facial skin on the planet (at least the part that's under their masks).

I read this article in the Miami Herald Health page (Sep 8) about oxygen facials. This has to be a joke, right?  A device blows oxygen on your face, and it improves your complexion?  After millions of years, we find that the 20% O2 in the air is insufficient?

The author says she has heard of no studies to validate this effect.  Me neither.  She says, "The biggest negative is that the treatment can activate damaging free radicals, which can cause cell and DNA damage that can result in wrinkles and even skin cancer."  That's too much of a stretch, because there are no studies to show that either.  For me it's just a waste of money on pipe dreams.

And to put the icing on the cake, the FDA has no jurisdiction to investigate or regulate doing this treatment because the company who manufactures the (expensive) machine, and markets it, makes no claim that it is a medical treatment.  It's like using Dove bath what?

But what the heck, Professor Madonna says it works wonders with her facial skin appearance (but only on HD television, apparently, not regular digital--so you have to buy a HD TV and watch yourself on it to see the great result).

This is more laughable than beliefs in invisible energies that control our lives and health.

By all means, if you have the money to spend on an iPad and a couple of mocha lattes, go ahead and oxygenate.

Doc D

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