RiPA's tips on what NOT to buy for Xmas

Posted by Atticus on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Well, another year draws to a close and RiPA are still moving up the most hated ladder. We must be doing something right! This year we have exposed, discovered, laughed at and argued against. But still the battle continues.

We already have a job-lot to take on next year so 2012 will be more explosive than ever before.

But we cant just leave 2011 without having the final say on a couple of things. So, in true RiPA style and because we care, the following is a non-exhaustive list of what NOT to buy as a gift this Christmas.

HOMEOPATHIC GOODS: Just a big fat Santa belly full of NO on this one. Certainly a personal hate of mine and a nemisis for RiPA. If you are unfamiliar with Homeopathy, Let me give you a quick run down.

Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic.

When we say 'Ultra high', we mean ULTRA HIGH. So much so that it is diluted to the point where you'll have to drink
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of homeopathic remedy to get one molecule of active ingredient, this is 10 billion times the volume of the earth in liquid remedy. Im not going to go into the un-science just yet. A quick look on the RiPA website will pull up much info on the subject. Save your money, put some tap water in a urine test tube and wrap that instead!

POWERBANDS / ION BANDS / POWER BALANCE ETC: These are another fav of RiPA's. When I say fav, I mean its great fun debunking these fashion items. So what are they? Be warned, Major Woo coming up.
Optimal health and peak performance occur when;your body maintains ionic balance (the exchange between negative and positive charges) and free flowing energy pathways (harmony) at the optimum frequency. Power Balance, after years of research and development, has produced a system to safely restore and optimize the electro-magnetic balance within the human body… immediately. Power Balance’s Mylar Holographic Disk (the same substance used to keep static electricity from damaging electrical components) has been imbedded with an electrical frequency that restores your body’s electrical balance, promoting a free exchange of positive and negative ions and align your body’s energy pathways.”

This all sounds great, but does it work?
To the sellers and reps of the company, yes it does.
To the likes of Alex Reid, Fatima Whitbread, Peter Andre, yes, it works.
To the likes of RiPA? HELL NO!
The Powerbalance bands are nothing but a placebo.
At £30 a pop, it is an expensive placebo.
So how are people duped into buying such things? One word 'Kinesiology'
Kinesiology is the study of human and animal movement, performance, and function by applying the sciences of biomechanics. anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neuroscience. Knowing how the body moves and works is the main selling point of this con. I will upload a video on it in the new year but its a similiar technique to a school age trick. Stand in a door way, press the back of your hands on the frame for 30-40 secs then step forward and relax. Your arms will automatically rise..... This is practically a lower level demo of what the selling agents for Powerbands do. Note: Phillip Stein watches can also come under this category.

DREAM WATER: You almost never hear anyone complaining about getting too much sleep. So it's a good bet that a lot of people on your gift list would appreciate anything that helped them sleep better, longer and more deeply. That's the promise of Dream Water, a liquid supplement from Miami-based Dream Products. Each 2.5-ounce bottle contains a "proprietary blend" of three compounds that often show up in alternative sleep remedies: the hormone "Melatonin Melatonin and the brain chemicals GABA and 5-HTP Users are instructed to drink a full bottle any time they're struggling to fall asleep. You can buy a 12-pack for about £25.

The Dream Water website claims that the three ingredients "work together to help you fall asleep."
The melatonin is said to induce sleep while the GABA reduces anxiety and the 5-HTP improves the quality of sleep.

David Lekach, the chief executive of Dream Products, calls himself "an unfortunate power user of Dream Water."
He says a bottle at night reliably helps him fall asleep. He adds that Dream Water may not work for everyone. "We're not perfect, but we've sold millions of bottles in this country. There's definitely a demand If a sound night's sleep is your holiday wish'.

Don't count on Dream Water, says James Wyatt, director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. A fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Wyatt has extensively studied melatonin as a potential sleep aid.

His conclusion: "It has no impact on nighttime sleep." As he explains, people make the hormone naturally as night falls, and there's no correlation between a person's nighttime melatonin levels and sleepiness. Melatonin can encourage sleep in shift workers who have to sleep during the day, he says, but that's not exactly the target audience of Dream Water.
(With one exception: The website shows a picture of a dozing Santa, the ultimate shift worker) Wyatt says there's also no good reason to think that either GABA or 5-HTP would encourage sleep in anyone. "They're making health claims without a shred of data,"

Let me just add that RiPA did a study on the big mineral water brands earlier this year and we found that, despite where the company states the product comes from, they are all generally processed and bottled at the same factory. Nestle however were reluctant to speak to us about their Buxton range. Volvic & other such companies were more than helpful. Ok, so these are not claiming to help you dream better, but the claims of 'Volcanicity' & 'Ionised power water' are pretty much on the same level.

There is so many more items we could go in to here, from ion lined golf shirts to personal oxygen bars. High priced Psychic Readings to Ancient Healing Therapys. If a product claims to harbour some mystical power, then the chances are it doesnt. If you find it hard NOT to spend your money on such things, then please, RiPA is grateful for any donations!
If you come across an item or claim that sounds too good to be true then drop us a line at: and we'll follow it up.

Ok, so I have ranted on about things NOT to get for xmas, what about things TO get?
Well I would be happy for a new website for one! I can do it, but as there is shitloads of content on the RiPA site
(honest, there really is, explore it) it'll be one hell of a job!

Until next time folks, hope to see ya'll on
the forums!
PS: Products listed have been tried and tested by RiPA or its affiliates. they have also been exposed.