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On the Road with the Shambulance

By Elizabeth Preston
Aug 28, 2013 12:14 AMNov 5, 2019 12:22 AM


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Hello from the land of boxes!

I'm about to move across the country, so there will be a brief hiatus from new stories here. But in the meantime, please enjoy some travel-themed reruns.

The Shambulance is a vehicle with an identity crisis (it might travel by land, sea, or space, and is potentially horse-drawn). It's also a series on this blog examining dubious health fads. Below, you'll find its complete voyages.

It has been, I think you'll agree, a twisted journey.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Ionic Foot Detox Baths (June 2012)Hint: Don't.

Ab Toning Belts (or, Muscle Tone Is All in Your Head) (July 2012)This goofy infomercial product blew my mind. But not because it works.

Zero-Calorie Noodles? (August 2012)The only Inkfish post ever to involve a taste test.

Infrared Body Wraps (September 2012)Be glad this doesn't work.

5 Reasons Not to "Cleanse" Your Colon (October 2012)#3: It's rude to firehose your friends.

Copying Roger Clemens Won't Help You Lose Holiday Pounds (November 2012)The dirt on vitamin B12 shots.

Enough Already with the Juice Cleanses (January 2013)In which a salesperson suggests I fast for five straight weeks.

Deer Antlers Are Not Unicorn Horns (February 2013)Some professional athletes are confused about this.

Reflexology and Other Stories (April 2013)Non-traditional non-Chinese medicine.

Laser Lipo Only Kind of Sucks (July 2013)Surprisingly, the least sketchy place the Shambulance has traveled.

If you'd like to suggest a future destination for the Shambulance to drive, climb, dive, or teleport to, leave your suggestion in the comments!

Image: taken by me with my iPhone because we already packed the camera cord.

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