Wow, this product sounds too good to be true! It probably is—and products have been marketed with false claims for a long time. But wait! There’s more:
Electropathic Belt ads claimed it would treat a variety of ailments, including “nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, rheumatism, indigestion, sleeplessness, [and] ladies’ ailments.” At the time, electricity was mysterious and seemingly wonderful. Despite the welcoming, calm looks of the two “invalids” in this ad, the belt didn’t work as advertised. Instead, it proved extremely effective in chafing skin—and nothing else.
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