Journalists, it turns out, do a lot of silly and irresponsible things.
They all want to be the first to report a “medical breakthrough,” so they often hype things that are untested. Think about how many times a year you hear them breathlessly report about some new study that cures something or another, only to report later that the original report was premature. It turns out this is great for journalists, because they get two stories for one.
Journalists can be pretty lazy. I’ve seen them regurgitate press releases and sales pitches almost verbatim, without bothering to check the facts or anything.
Here’s an example:
David Kushner’s lazy report on GHR
TV journalists are even worse than real journalists. I strongly recommend that you verify anything you see on TV about hair removal with another source. Those guys are hacks of a whole new magnitude!
You mentioned the WebMD comment on microwaves. It was made by Dr. Jesse Mitchell of Cosmetic Surgical Art in California. Dr. Mitchell was paid to do clinical studies for the device, which might explain his excitement.
Link: 1999 WebMD transcript
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live_moderator What type of research is being done in the field of lasers?
Dr_Mitchell There are some new lasers that are becoming available. There is one in particular that I’ve been doing some studies on: microwave hair removal. And, we’ve done studies about over the past year and a half. It appears to be a very exciting treatment. We don’t have to worry about skin colors or tans. It can treat all hair colors as well, gray, white, red, light brown or black. It appears to be more effective than the current treatments available. It’s in the FDA studies, pending FDA approval. It doesn’t hurt as much as electrology.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>You can read about Dr. Mitchell’s unpublished report on my site:
Mitchell (1998) Microwave hair removal
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