Manufacturers of the Q-Ray Bracelet are being sued for fraud

The Q-Ray is being acknowledged for what it is: a fraud. And manufacturers are being sued. To see how they tried to squirm their way out of litigation—including an attempt to use the reality of placebo effects as an exculpatory excuse for their deceit—visit Larry Moran’s Sandwalk.


2 Responses to “Manufacturers of the Q-Ray Bracelet are being sued for fraud”
  1. Rob M says:

    I really enjoyed this post as well as the links connected to it. It’s refreshing to learn that the justice system produces judges that will lay the smack down on bullshit like the Q-Ray.

    It seems to me that the reason we tend to believe things if they are written on a package or claimed in a commercial is because we have confidence in the overall system that would prevent fraudulent claims from reaching us consumers–we assume that if it was false, it would not be printed. Even if the Q-Ray was ultimately exposed as fraud, its slightly disconcerting that it was done so almost in hindsight and was not prevented from hitting the shelves altogether.

    What this extreme example really got me thinking about though, was the discrepancy between claims made by a company’s marketing department versus what has actually been proven by their research and development department. If it takes that long (after the Q-Ray made millions of dollars), how many of the less extreme cases slip by unnoticed?

    For example, I’ve noticed that the products that tend to focus most of their marketing on portraying an image of being on the frontier of scientific research are skincare products, cleaning products, shampoos, and gillette razor blades. The same way that car companies have settled on a formula of classic rock music and images of their shiny new model doing power slides and winding around nicely paved roads, the products mentioned above must be benefiting from convincing consumers with 3-d animations that their products are scientifically informed.

    Is it right to describe a skin-care product as “age-defying”, or name a toothpaste “New Confidence”? What about those commercials for cleaning products that show tiny and seemingly self-directed “micro-scrubbers” that swim around seeking out grease and eliminating it victoriously?

  2. Janell Brauer says:

    I have almost chronic back pain. About 6 years ago I bought a Money-Back Q-ray. I did not expect it to work but I was grasping a hope that it could ease some pain. I put it on and of course felt nothing. I left it on since I had put it on. I was a little disappointed but not surprised. Later on that night, I noticed that the pain was less than usual. After about 4 hours, the pain was a lot less than usual. I kept it on and it has helped the pain for years. Occasionally I will feel my back pain getting worse, then I will realize that I have not had the bracelet on for days. Every time when I put it back on my back begins to feel significantly better within about 4-6 hours. Recently, during the last few months my back has been getting much worse. I was still wearing the 6 year old bracelet. I have been searching, streatching, exercising, getting massages and other treatments to try and help it. I almost forgot about the bracelet since it has been such a habit to wear it through the last 6 years. The thought dawned on me that maybe it had run out of effectiveness so I put on another on that I had kept in a drawer for a few years. I was preparing myself for it not to make a difference. I just put it on this morning and throughout the day my back has progressively gotten much better. I know it does on work on everyone. I have tried it on my dad and my husband without success but, thank the Good Lord, it works on me and makes my life SO much more comfortable. I am concerned that the company is being sued. I may need to buy several to last for the rest of my life. They are NOT fraudulent. They just don’t work on everyone. Medical procedures don’t work on everyone either. This is a harmless bracelet which provides amazing help for me.

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