Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mythos: Healing Bands


This is a relatively new phenomenon—magnetic healing bands. They come in all shapes and sizes, but all are equally ineffective. You might know them through the most prominent amongst the competition: Power Balance. Top tier athletic celebrities have been used in their ad campaigns and everything. The truth remains…they are a hoax. Here’s why…


Magnetism…it has been around for the longest time. No, really, the Earth has a magnetic field. The thing with magnetism is that it is very weak. So weak, in fact, that if you wear a bracelet with magnets, the effects would diminish before they even reached your hemoglobin. Not even MRI machines (MAGNETIC Resonance Imaging…just saying), which have incredibly strong magnetic fields, can claim to solve any problems. If the idea that magnets would help your health is correct, anyone that went into an MRI machine could come out a young child with superior health. This, of course doesn’t happen. Hey! Maybe we can travel to a neutron star and get super healthy at the cost of being crushed to death. Besides this, Power Balance is on the nuttier side (saying that the holographic thing with their logo resonates with your body and fixes everything…yeah, they say that) of the entire competition. It’s ok, though, because they have already been outed as frauds.

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