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In article <p2g95g$1ubp$1@gioia.aioe.org>, Mayayana<mayayana@invalid.nospam> wrote:

> 
> | Since I was diagnosed with COPD, and my defibrillator/pacemaker
> | recalled, I see nothing funny about toy pulse oximeters.
> 
>    I can understand that. Even heart monitors are
> questionable. For that matter, phone app pedometers
> are both silly and inaccurate.

complete nonsense.

> But people now
> use them to track and plan their health regimens,
> trying to maintain a certain number of steps per
> day.

that's a good thing.

>    I used to have a friend who was an ER doctor
> and very suspicious of herbal remedies. He used
> to like to point out that herbal remedies have a
> good reputation despite lack of research because
> it's usually the healthy people who use them. When
> they *really* get sick they use drugs. An
> "immune system booster" seems to work well if
> you don't get sick after taking it. (Not that I think
> herbs are nonsense. something like 30% of our
> drugs come from herbs. But there is a lot of
> magical thinking going on.)

herbal remedies have absolutely nothing to do with health monitoring
devices such as a pulse oximeter or even a pedometer (which nobody but
you mentioned).

>    One could say the same about frivolous tech
> approaches to health. They're there because
> there's a market that will pay, not because they
> make sense. 

there's nothing frivolous about it.