posted 03-12-2002 02:06 AM PT (US)
I personally agree with Jay Kordich ("The Juiceman") - we'd all be collossally healthier if we restricted our diets to juiced fruits and vegetables.
I met the guy back in about 1985 and was amazed by how incredibly...energetic...he was. He said that about a year prior his wife had a new baby, and that's when he went to drinking juice only. Prior to that, it was juice only, except that he would eat bread that was not baked, but was rather "baked" in the sun. However, due to having a baby, he decided that to be sure that he would be 100% of what a father should be, he'd decided to give up that last "vice", sun cooked bread. In all my life I've never been nearly as healthy as he is now in his 70s. If I buy a juicer, it'll be his - it's very different from other juicers on the market. I don't buy one, though, because I am sure that I couldn't afford the vegetables!
I have also bought the "Total Gym", and as a workout tool, I love it. It's better than any "universal gym", and combined with free weights it's about all than anyone would need. I just don't like to exercise, regardless of what, so I (obviously) don't use it unless I'm working on some specific body oriented project (I do those about once every 4 years).
I have also bought "Quick and Bright", a cleaner that is touted as being somewhat of a miracle. And, it truly is.
I have also bought "Oxy Clean". I have white carpet and a few months ago I spilled an entired cup of strong coffee on the carpet. I could've used the Quick and Bright on the carpet, except that the problem with carpet is that it's virtually impossible to get anything out of it once it's in - so, if I had used Quick and Bright, I'd have wound up with carpet that had, instead of just coffee, coffee AND Quick and Bright in it. So, I bought Oxy Clean after having seen an informercial on it (incidentally, this was about 3 weeks after spilling the coffee and having had to look at a big dark brown spot on my carpet). There is no longer any trace of the coffee there.
Now here's what's interesting about Informercials: what they sell can also be found in stores.
Infomercials aren't for things that couldn't make it in stores, but rather the reverse. Think about anything that they sell in stores - say, Tide, for example. If they did an informercial for Tide, would anyone buy it from the infomercial? No way. For a cleaner to make it into informercials, the cleaner had better be LOTS better than what is available in stores. However, sometimes to introduce a product to the market, if it's an especially good product, they'll use infomercials - so when they say, "Not available in stores," they mean, "...well, not yet". (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I bought the Oxy Clean in the grocery store.)
It's a testament to how good the George Foreman Grill, the Juiceman Juicer, the Total Gym, and OxyClean are that, in spite of being widely available in stores everywhere, they're still able to make a killing on infomercials.