This edition of the mailbag references an entry from way back in the archives – some 7 years ago – in which I wrote about the Teslar Watch which is an overpriced timepiece that supposedly has health benefits. Back in the day the claim was that it would protect you from harmful “electronic pollution” such as the sort emitted by your cell phones. These days the claims are that it’ll help you sleep better.
Over the years there have been a few people who have stepped up to defend the watch – I suspect they were all involved in selling the watch to some degree – and it’s been awhile since I’ve heard from anyone about it. Well the long dry drought of inanity is over as I present you the following missive from one Ron St. John:
From: Ron and Norma St. John
Subject: Teslar Watch
This is just an observation.
Firstly, I want for you to know that I don’t have a dog in this fight regarding your comments about the Teslar Watch. I have nothing to do with the makers, distributors and I don’t own one. I was looking into them, myself, when I came across your article on the web.
Secondly, my education is in nuclear engineering. So I have a pretty good understanding of nano-technology and the effects of various frequencies that move at the speed of light, such as radio frequencies, alpha particles, radiation, microwaves, ultraviolet, infrared, and the many other names that are given for such energy. I also understand electrical fields and how they can effect various frequencies of energy.
Such as: Did you know that the electrical field that surrounds the Earth actually protects the Earth from various harmful radiation frequencies that come from our own Sun? Yep, it’s not news. This is true.
I can tell that you are very heart-felt about your opinion regarding the Teslar Watch and I can appreciate your well meaning comments and your desire to exercise good-will toward mankind. I want for you to have my opinion so that you can decide for yourself if you may be mistaken in your assessment of the Teslar Watch.
So, here is my opinion:
The Teslar Watch does advertize that it uses a battery and a coil to create an electric field which collapses a certain range of energy frequencies.
The Teslar Watch does not advertize that it emits any sort of frequency, as you have stated.
The Teslar Watch does not advertize that it neutralizes electromagnetic fields, as you have stated.
Now, I have not analyzed this watch to see for myself exactly what function that it does perform. I only want for you to know that your website accuses the Teslar Watch of doing exactly the opposite of what it advertizes itself to do.
It is my suggestion to you that you make an opportunity, soon, to apologize to Philip Stein for the apparent (well intentioned) but misplaced things that you have said about his product.
And Les, a lesson that I learned in life from my grandfather, also an engineer (I want to be careful that I don’t offend you when I say this) (Well, I didn’t say it, my grandfather did) (I am simply sharing granddaddy’s words with you) “Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.”
So, Les, take care of yourself. For your sake and for the sake of ‘TRUTH’ I hope that you will reconsider the continuation of your derogatory statements on the web. Very respectfully, I feel embarrassed for you.
Very kind regards,
Ron St. John
I think this has got to be one of the more polite messages of this sort I’ve ever received. Though it follows a common pattern such as the claiming of having knowledge which I do not. In terms of actually laying out any reasons as to why I should give up my skepticism of the watch, however, it’s a tad bit lacking.
I’ll post my reply after the jump.