Health News Watchdog rejects colon hydrotherapy offer

Just last month I first wrote that some of these Groupon-like offers are getting a little crazy.

Now,within the past 24 hours,I’ve seen Groupon-like offers for:

  • laser toenail fungus treatment (evidence questionable),




  • another MRI scan offer for “headache prevention screening” (!!??!!).





But my favorite was a Living Social offer for Colon Hydrotherapy, with this ad copy:

The foliage may be in bloom outside, but if you’re feeling less than fresh inside, today’s deal  could help you stem the problem: Pay $35 and get one colon hydrotherapy session (a $75 value). Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of cleansing the large intestine using water instead of drugs. The gentle infusion of warm filtered water moves naturally through your large intestine, leaving you feeling cleansed and refreshed. The treatment is safe, quick and pain-free. The certified staff uses an advanced state-of-the-art technology to provide you with natural wellness therapies. Don’t be a shrinking violet — nab today’s deal before it goes to seed.

No, thanks.  I don’t feel an urgent need for my large intestine to feel cleansed and refreshed by state-of-the-art technology.

This shrinking violet’s colon is just fine without hydrotherapy hype.


Addendum on April 27:  Add two more that just came in today’s email.

Addendum on April 30:  Why not just keep adding to this hilarious list:

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Walter Lipman

April 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

Personally, I await the Groupon lobotomy offer…