GNC offering iridology
Iridology is one of the biggest crackpot ideas I’ve ever encountered. It’s a form of alternative diagnostics that is completely unscientific, easy to disprove and is about as useful as palmistry. Furthermore, it doesn’t even diagnose what you currently have, but often claims to predict conditions that you may develop in the future, which you can’t falsify until the practitioner has already collected her money. It is often paired with homeopathy, so you can treat conditions you don’t have with medicines that don’t exist
I walked past my local GNC outlet and noticed a huge sign in the window offering iridology consultations. What the hell is up with GNC? They prey on people’s superstition and need for a competetive edge and perfect health by selling unproven supplements, ridiculously high doses of vitamins and fake alternative medicines. Now iridology? What’s next? Free tarot readings every full moon? It just goes to show that it’s not just patchouli scented hippies who fall for alternative medicine. Spandex clad gym rats are shelling out big bucks for placebos too.
Side note: It’s funny how tacking the suffix “-ology” can make something sound completely legit.