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I've noticed a disturbing trend lately of television commercials advertising gloves and wearable compression sleeves which conspicuously mention the presence of copper, either woven into the fabric or little copper studs sewn all over them. This is obviously an attempt to capitalize on the idea that copper has some sort of therapeutic benefit for arthritis sufferers, which I find troubling, since there is no science at all to support this theory. The thing is, they are sneaky about this, as they discuss the benefits of the warmth and compression of the fabric, and make no claims at all about the copper besides repeatedly mentioning its use. It bothers me that in this day and age we are essentially still allowing the modern-day version of snake oil salesmen taking advantage of people's suffering.

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