Harriet Hall and I have written about EAV, Electro-acupuncuture of Voll. Pure Bunkum. As the Wikipedia succinctly notes,

there is no credible evidence of diagnostic capability...

The classic EAV measures electrical resistance on the skin mistaking the readings as meaningful. It purports to make diagnoses and like many pseudo-medicines they map parts of the body to areas on the hands and feet:



As anatomy and physiology is understood, this is nonsense, cannot work and, when tested, does not work.

In development for 2 years there is a smartphone tool, the Vitastiq,  that combines EAV with a stylus so

You can measure the status of the 30 most important vitamins and minerals.

They base their product on

the EAV methodology that was tested and proved by a team of medical doctors headed by Dr. Reinhard Voll.

And they say the Vitastiq is a

well-known method accepted by professionals.

They fail to realize that EAV is nonsense, never proven, and the professionals who use EAV are rarely part of reality-based medicine.

Instead of mapping body parts to the fingers and hands, they have mapped vitamins and minerals. As an example, folic acid and vitamin E levels are measured on the pinky, while sodium and potassium are measured on the right and left cheeks respectively.  See the complete diagram on the Indiegogo site.  

In medicine it would cost a pretty penny to measure each mineral and vitamin level, each requiring a different chemical technique.   Oddly, the clinical laboratory  I use is apparently behind by not applying this amazing technological breakthrough that allows the simple measurement of so many vital minerals. Probably as there is no way I can imagine where any EAV measurement of minerals and vitamins could possibly be valid.  I look forward to their proving me wrong with the very simple testing it would take for validating this revolutionary methodology. It would change diagnostics as we know it, just as a perpetual motion machine will change energy production as we know it.

The makers say

Vitastiq doesn’t claim to cure allergies or any kind of disease. Vitastiq is not a medical device. It can’t treat or cure any medical problems nor can it diagnose medical conditions.

although they also suggest

Expensive tests and specialist check-ups are not needed anymore.


Vitastiq provides insight into vitamin and mineral levels and individual advice on how to improve your vitality with the right choice of nutrients.

Which is it?  It is not a medical device yet measures blood chemistry so that you no longer need standard tests and can intervene?  

People are already spending money on this device. They have raised $49,000 on Indiegogo for a product that, in my opinion, is based on nonsense, cannot work and will not work as advertised.  Given the "As seen on" graphic, there is not a lot of critical thinking about this product.  It is kind of depressing that 14 people have pissed away 2 years of their lives pursuing this product. I do not doubt their commitment, just their understanding of anatomy, physiology, medicine and disease.  Given that they were

 a group of friends working together in an advertising agency.

before branching out into pseudo-medical devices. It that a step up or a step down from a cold product invented by a school teacher?  I can understand the product based on its inventors:  a slickly produced website with a product divorced from the reality I understand.  Advertising.

Show of hands: ever see anyone die of hyper- or hypokalemia (too much or too little potassium) or other electrolyte abnormalities? I have. Some of the minerals this machine purports to measure are critical to maintain within a very narrow range. I can see someone on furosemide opting for this instead of a real potassium level with fatal results. This is the kind of device that could kill, and I cannot imagine the FDA approving this device with its software even if they add the quack Miranda warning and say it is ‘only’ a skin resistance measuring device.  I also wonder if Apple and Google would approve of medical software based on nonsense with the potential liability it would bring when it has the potential to kill. 

According to the Indiegogo site

Campaign Owners are not permitted to create a Campaign to raise funds for illegal activities, to cause harm to people or property, or to scam others. If the Campaign is claiming to do the impossible or it's just plain phony, don't post it.

It meets the criteria for me.