Cold Sore Inhibitor
Let's take a look at it.
Let me begin by making it clear that I'm not saying that there's not some benefit to this product.
We're just pointing out some interesting things about it and the way it's sold.
There are a number of sites that sell this product.
http://coldsoreinhibitor.com is one of them so let's start there.
I often find some humor in the fine print on the sites for alternative medical devices. Look closely now. It's usually in a tiny font size and some color that doesn't show up well against the background. Ah, there it is in light grey against white on their main page.
"The manufacturer warrants the Cold Sore Inhibitor and Viral Inhibitor Pro to apply less than 10 volts across probes and less than 10 milliamps between probes, and makes no other claims for its efficacy in use, nor supports any views expressed on this website. 17Aug06 11p"
Now, I don't know about you, but doesn't that part I highlighted in red read like, "Psssst! Don't pay any attention to what we say anywhere on this site because it might be BS and we really don't believe it ourselves."??
BTW, if this device can cause 10 milliamperes to flow between two points on your skin, it's going to be uncomfortable if not injurious. From a discussion of electrical safety: "A shock of 5 milliamperes will cause discomfort. A 10 milliampere shock can cause injury. A 35 milliampere shock can cause serious and potentially life-threatening injury. A shock of 75 milliamperes or more is definitely life-threatening." The good news is that if the output is limited to 10 volts, it's hard to get 10 milliamperes to flow through dry skin. If you've ever touched both terminals of a regular 9 volt battery with your fingers, you know this from experience that it wasn't uncomfortable. Putting that same 9 volt battery against your tongue is a little less pleasant and creates a taste somewhat like vinegar.
Ok, then what about the statement above the microscopic print where it says,
"cleaning, alcohol or sterilizing may not eliminate all the viruses from surfaces. To prevent viral transfer, do not share your Cold Sore Inhibitor or Viral Inhibitor Pro with others. Each individual needs their own personal Cold Sore Inhibitor or Viral Inhibitor Pro!"?
The fact is that the herpes virus is very vulnerable to anything that disrupts the lipid shell that protects the bit of viral DNA. A lipid is actually an oil or fat and is broken up on contact by plain old soap and water. Alcohol and disinfectants kill the virus instantly, too, along with any other little bugs that might be present. I strongly suspect that everyone needs one of these miracles of medical science because it sells more of them for the manufacturer .
I noticed, too, in reading the "features" that the unit is completely sealed. This means that the battery is not replaceable so the unit is disposable, just because you can't change the battery (easily). The battery runs down, you buy a new one. I hope the car manufacturers don't pick up on this wonderful idea.
The "Legal" page is Interesting. http://www.coldsoreinhibitor.com/legal/ It's certainly not the sort of legal page I'm used to seeing that's been written by actual lawyers.