Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Equiwinner Performance patches and more 3rd world medicine
I received a good response and question from a reader and it touches on one of my favorite topics......medical scams, holistic treatments and other 3rd world treatments. This person researched the problem and applied some scientific rigor and has a highly likely diagnosis of Photic Head shaking. Here's the email.. "Hi I have a 17hh warmblood who was treated with steriods last yr and we changed all bedding soaked hay fly masks etc etc and it alll stopped so we put it down to allergy! Well he is off work now and the sun came out this w/e and I found him violently head shaking in the field and in the stable he goes to the back, after alot of research he is looking like a photic cause. I have come accross a product and was wandering if anyone has tried it or heard any feedback? Equiwinner performance patches they are formulated for a variety of things but seem to cure headshaking or so they say? " .....and even better, this scientist questions the claims of a product. Hallelujah.....another convert to the Church of the Painful Truth.
So what is "Equiwinner performance patches" ...hmmmmm....it's EQUI, so it's for horses...it's WINNER, so it must make them do something better....it's PERFORMANCE, so it makes them do it faster....and it's a PATCH, well...thats just cool. Heres what the company sez....
" The patches work by signalling to the skin that it needs to release any stored sodium. Stored sodium (salt) in the skin causes inconsistent sweating which in turn causes a number of poor performance related issues such as lack of stamina, poor response when asked for sustained effort and poor recovery after extreme exercise and competing. "
dammit man, why didn't I think of just signaling the skin....it's so simple a caveman could do it....or an advertising executive( maybe one that could spell signaling correctly) and wait ..theres more
"No banned substances are used in the Equiwinner Patch. Unlike human medical patches, there is no chemical action within or on the body of the horse. No substance enters or is metabolized within the body of the horse. The Equiwinner Patch works by influencing cell signaling only. Once the condition is corrected the body ignores the signal. There are no side effects. Please read the product instructions, to see how easy it is to use this new technology.
I know whenever I write about voodoo I really piss people off but I can't help it.It also generates a great deal of blog traffic which is always good. It really is a pet peeve of mine....please just use the scientific method, it's been around for a long time.
If the data is reproducible....then it's good science.
Oh, and by the way the best treatment for photic head shaking is cyproheptidine and the use of polarized goggles or window tinted plastic on a fly mask. click here