Vitastiq: Medical Revolution or Technological bullsh**?
The Vitastiq appears to be a revolutionary product that can empower the user to be proactive in preventative medicine. But is this device truly reliable?
The company claims that the Vitastiq can measure the body’s vitamin and mineral levels using electroacupuncture (EAV) principles developed by Reinhold Voll, a West German physician in the 1950’s. An EAV device works kind of like a lie detector machine in which it measures galvanic skin response. Instead of having to use an EAV device, however, Vitastiq allows you to use the technology on your iOS or Android device by simply connecting the stainless steel pen to your phone’s audio port and then downloading the app. Using the Vitastiq pen/wand you would measure the electrical conductivity at individual acupuncture points on your body to identify any imbalances in vitamin and mineral levels.
Nowhere on their website or indiegogo site does it clearly explain how the technology collects the information. One would have to be familiar with acupuncture principles or take the extra time to educate themselves on how the product works. On the company website it simply says:
Vitastiq is a single innovative concept that connects EAV methodology to your smartphone. Expensive tests and specialist check-ups are not needed anymore.
Making claims that a device can replace “specialist check-ups” can be dangerous. There has been some skepticism on the internet about the validity of the Vitastiq. Questions include:
According to Stephen Barrett, M.D. of quackwatch.org, using a device such as the Vitastiq should never replace the advice of a medical professional:
It’s also not fair to rule out the possibility that these types of devices are legitimate. I am totally on board with paying $120 for a device that provides me with a health check up in the comfort of my own home and on my own time.
I am an advocate for consumers taking charge of their own health.But as of yet, there is no research and no empirical data to support the claims made by the company that these measurements can replace a screening by a medical professional.
So far, according to the indiegogo website comments section, many of the consumers are having trouble just getting the Vitastiq to find the correct (acupuncture) location on their body. If the company can manage to collect enough consumer experience reports supported with medical feedback that the device is giving accurate information, this could become a truly revolutionary device.