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Last week, we told you about Rutgers planning to try the Pure Power Mouthguard, which promises to safely reproduce some of the effects of steroids and the human growth hormone. The manufacturer says the device aligns an athlete's jaw properly by using bilateral electrical stimulation and relaxes face muscles, allowing the rest of the body to work more effectively.
OK then, what do the medical experts at Steroid Nation have to say about the mouthpiece? Not much:
"The claim of lower jaw alignment producing improved balance and increased upper body strength? Come on, this is 2008. Perhaps proper lower jaw alignment will decrease headaches, or allow you to chew properly. But increased upper body strength? Bite us."
"Right about now Rutgers should be looking at their graduation rolls. Someone slipped by without taking a science course. Of course mouthguards are important to prevent dental and facial injuries. ... But these claims of enhanced performance? Let's hope no one bites on that claim."
A person claiming to be Anil Makkar, the inventor of the Pure Power Mouthguard, posted a message on the site after several readers poked fun at claims of increased athletic performance. Here is that post:
"I love these comments, because we get these kind of comments every time we fit a pro athlete, and then when they experience the results, they do not want to tell anybody, because they want to keep it a secret to themselves.
"Everybody loves the Edge. It is easy to criticize a product when you have never tried it, but I challenge you to get one and notice the results. If you do not notice the difference, I will personally refund your money."