April 30, 2015
Readers melt cryotherapy claims by ABC
Oh, the wisdom of the crowds.
See the reader comments left in response to this ABC News story, “The Science of Cryotherapy: What -280 Degrees Feels Like.”
The video story profiles a professional acrobat making all kinds of claims about what cryotherapy does for him. While some text graphics displayed some mild caveats about evidence, the video itself and the enthusiastic statements of the acrobat and of the owner of the cryotherapy facility dominated the impression left on viewers. You can imagine how pleased the facility was to get free publicity from a national TV network.
The text story is about ABC News reporter Olivia Smith trying it herself. She describes “improvements” after just one session, which she acknowledges could be all in her head.
Here’s what was in the heads of some ABC viewers/readers who left comments:
- No doubt this is lots of hype and somewhat bogus. Anyone who lives in a cold state and is familiar with windchill knows there is no way you can be at even -58°C (that’s -72.4°F) for 3 minutes on bare skin and not suffer severe frost bite.-279°C? Yea right …. a complete joke. I’m sure that’s the temp where the nitrogen leaves the can but not even close to the temp on your body. Total BS.
- I strongly suspect the temperature is actually the temperature of nitrogen stream entering the tank and not the actual temperature of the air inside the tank. I also suspect that they do not use that much nitrogen. True negative 279 degrees does not feel like anything because any cells that can “feel” anything have long been frozen by the time you get to that low a temperature.
- Where’s the science? I don’t see one word in the article that is even close to being scientific.
- This is the kind of ‘news’ story that just makes people dumber. Glad to see ABC is following in that time honored tradition.
- Sounds like a lot of woo to me. Although I bet it works great for a hangover.