Friday, 26 August 2011
While hanging out with my guy friends I noticed these.. colored rubber bracelets on their arms. They had different colors-- one even in pink. And knowing they weren't there to make a fashion statement, I asked them what it was. They were powerbands -- bands that claim to give a sudden burst of energy for athletes. So it's a piece of rubber... that gives energy?
Well the science behind it is...
The "rubbery bracelets are embedded with holograms claimed to somehow adjust the body’s energy or vibrations."
"The claims are that these bands will improve your strength, your balance, and your flexibility. They also suggest it will improve your well-being, give you clarity of thought, improve your stamina and sports performance, that sort of thing."
But it turns out even the original makers (Power Balance) confessed that "there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims. Therefore we engaged in misleading conduct.”
However, it turns out that there is a mental placebo effect.
"If you believe it gives you an advantage, it's going to give you an advantage," says golf instructor and former PGA pro Dave Stockton Jr., who says his EFX bracelet eliminated tendinitis in his wrist. "If you don't believe in what you're using, you're not going to be using it."
So is it worth the money for that mental help and confidence boost?
What do you think? Would you buy the powerbands?