"Unfortunately to claim a generic benefit it is not enough that it help a single person - especially when the product may in fact HURT certain people. I know on here and elsewhere people like to cite their personal experiences as "proof" that something works. It is in the same category of people who write reviews on shoes reporting that they "fit well". Useless information to other people, if not misleading to the unwary."
I agree. This is why I took great care to make it abundantly clear in my post that one cannot claim a benefit without proof, that my experience with the Vibrams were MY experiences, and I did not cite any benefits claimed by others (although there are many, not just a single person). Also abundantly clear was that these are not something that everyone should use, nor were my experiences "proof" that anyone else would find the same benefits should they try them. However, I also made sure to accurately represent the benefits that I have found with them in my post-surgery hiking experiences, which I have been very pleased with.
I strongly disagree though on it being useless information to other people. A testimony of personal experiences with the Vibrams is no more useless than a review of any other piece of equipment on this forum. I always read as many reviews as possible before buying a piece of equipment to see if it will fit my needs. A backpack may not fit one person as well as it fits another, and rarely does anyone recommend a pack as "one size fits all", but if enough people report that it worked well for them, they may want to try it. My guess is that very few here bought a ULA or Osprey pack based solely on one review. There will always be the foolish out there who read one review and jump head first into a product that may be vastly different to what they are currently using and find that it does not work for them. Those people will always be out there, but I hope that consumers do not stop reviewing products because of them. Product reviews, when taken as part of the larger body of research in determining if you want to try a product can be very helpful and beneficial.
Finally, I did try these on the recommendation of my doctor, yet I still researched and read a great many reviews, as well as the physiology involved in them, comparing them to my own needs, researched the proper technique in how to use them, and even then tried them very sparingly at first.