Is Kailo Pain Relief a Scam? Let’s take a look….
Kailo is another new crowdfunding product on indiegogo, that to date has raised almost $2,000,000 AUD.
Advertised as “The Future of Pain Relief“, Kailo is sold as a pain-relief solution that you don’t need to eat, don’t need to touch, and that doesn’t require batteries – and yet never runs out.
They claim that it is a “nanotech bio-antenna that interacts with electrical signals in your body, naturally relieving pain.”
Amazing claims require extraordinary proof, and here is where things are concerning. Kailo has been promoted on other websites, but I could not find anyone on the internet actually examining and critiquing their claims.
Now, Kailo have a section on their product page – “So, how does it work?“. Let’s take a look:
“Kailo interacts with the body’s electrical system. Each Kailo contains a patented array of nanocapacitors that work as a bio antenna, assisting the body in clear communication to turn down the volume on your pain.“
Ok… there is a lot there that is “science-sounding” to almost be believable. Let’s break down the bogus:
- “Kailo interacts with the body’s electrical system“. Electrical systems need to have a conductive pathway to work – which means that they need to be touching the body. An example of a pain-relief system that operates this way (and which actually works) is TENS, which both requires contact with the skin, and requires power to operate. Kailo does not require contact with the skin – nor does it appear to require power to operate, so how can it interact with the body’s electrical system?
- “Each Kailo contains a patented array of nanocapacitors“ Now, this part could be true – but it is still deceptive because it is irrelevant! At the bottom of the Kailo homepage, is the text: “Kailo licenses technology from nCAP technologies.”. When you lookup nCap technology, you find a link to “nCap Medical“, which in turn links to “nCap Pain Relief“. Which looks very much like the same kind of product as Kailo… it turns out, it too had a kickstarter. On the nCap medical page, there is a section by the inventor, “Rhett Spencer”. When you lookup patents by nCAP technologies, they do indeed hold a patent by Rhett Spencer – it’s this one. Their patent has nothing at all in it about pain-relief … irrelevant patents hold no significance as proof! Furthermore, you don’t need to prove something works to get a patent. In other words, having a patent does not mean that your product works. I can patent the lightsaber if I wanted too, but I don’t need to show anybody proof that it actually works.
- “nanocapacitors that work as a bio-antenna” Capacitors can be used in antenna design. Nano-capacitors are nothing special, it simply relates to how they are referring to each of their special (and unspecified) nano-particles can act as a capacitor. You could replace nano-capacitors with a normal capacitor for the same outcome. It does not explain how they are using a capacitor for pain relief. We’ve had capacitors around for decades, and to date they have not been used for this purpose.
- “bio antenna, assisting the body in clear communication to turn down the volume on your pain” This is again, faux-medical waffle! There is no such thing about reducing pain by increasing clear communication! Pain-relief typically works by blocking communication transmitters or receptor points to prevent pain signals being transmitted, which is the complete opposite of what Kailo is claiming.
Overall, they have a fancy sounding paragraph, but in reality they do not explain how their product actually works. But there’s more – there’s several obvious holes in their explanation:
- Antenna’s can receive or transmit signals, but received signals are always far weaker than transmitted signals. There is no information about what kind of signals the Kailo antenna is supposedly receiving. Technology exists to pickup nerve signals on our skin – but these nerve signals are incredibly faint even when in direct contact with the skin, while Kailo claims it even works through layers of clothing.
- We don’t yet know how to detect the difference between nerve signals for pain, and nerve signals for information like touch or temperature. Even if (big if!) Kailo affected pain signals, it would also be likely to affect other signals.
- Again, while antennas can certainly be used to both receive signals, but for a new signal to be emitted by Kailo requires an amplifier – which would require power to operate. Kailo does not require power, and there are no claims about Kailo amplifying any signals either.
- In summary, there is no credible proof offered for how this product works.
- Looking at the customer questions on Indiegogo, it is clear that for many people it does not work at all.
So if the product is so bogus, why does it seem to be working at all for some people?
Welcome to the Placebo effect – this is a well-known and well understood yet curious phenomenon, that about 1/3 of people who believe that something will help their symptoms, find that that it helps them! All it takes is for the people to believe that it works, and their brain will change it. For example, if I told you that eating a sugar cube, followed by a salt cube would reduce your pain, and you actually believed my claims, there is a good chance you you might actually find a reduction in pain!
I must apologise – because if current Kailo (and nCAP) owners reading this find out that this is a scam, then it will probably find out that their Kailo “stops working” all of a sudden. This is simply the Placebo Effect in action.
Having pain sucks. Talk to your doctor about other options. Save your dollars from these charlatans.
Postscript: other things I missed:
- Their promo youtube video at the start of the indiegogo campaign only has less than 20,000 views (19,286 as of 5/11/19), but yet they have 9,835 backers? Something fishy here!
- The “coach” in their kailo promo video is Bart Johnson, an actor.
- Kailo provides a more detailed explaination of how it works on facebook – just as bogus, and I note that they mis-spelled anesthetic. They talk about healing, but as mentioned below, they admit that Kailo is certainly not any kind of cure.
- Kailo was launched on Kickstarter, but for some undisclosed reason they have moved to indiegogo.
Kailo is not a cure
This is important. If Kailo was advertised to cure or treat any medical condition, Kailo would be in deep doo-doo with the FDA. This is why they are very careful to clarifiy that Kailo is not a cure.
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