Today I see this bit of woo at Groupon …
Many of the things we rely on for energy end up ultimately depleting our vigour, such as drinking coffee or swallowing batteries. Endeavour a new energy renewal with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a Harmony Balance-Band from Balance-Band.net (a $40 value).
Harmony Balance-Bands, made of tourmaline, seek to stimulate healthy physical activity and improve daily life by emitting approximately 1,500 negative ions per cubic centimetre. Some scientists suggest that wearing the negative-ion-emitting bands helps balance the high percentage of positive ions squatting in the atmosphere, which can cause impaired heart function, weakened bones, and constricted blood vessels. Each colourful bracelet ($40) encircles the wrist in an effort to neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism, enhance immune function, and break down the fourth wall. By donning a wrist wrap 24 hours each day, customers often claim to sleep more deeply than a store-bought baby and exercise with the vigour of a bubby aerobics instructor. Because the bands are free of magnets, pregnant women and swimmers are also able to sport the Harmony Balance arm belts.
Break down the fourth wall? This silicon band lets you talk to the people watching you on TV?
Thrown in with the crazy claims, they suggest that magnets are somehow harmful to pregnant women?
I went to the actual site for Harmony Balance-Bands, and they have WebMD logos and MSNBC logos without context – no links or rational explanation. They also have Facebook and Twitter images without links. At one point the site says “Don’t believe us? Check the Further Reading section (there isn’t one) or Google for yourself!”
I did find these four internal links to the four important key features that these expensive placebos:
They claim these hunks of plastic; emit light in the Far Infrared thanks to MAGIC TOURMALINE!, blah blah blah negative ions (which increases nitrogen in urine? Huh?), convert moisture to negative ions and make electricity (sweat and you get negative ions and an electric shock?), and that tourmaline (which is where in the band?) generates ALPHA WAVES!
I did a bit of a search, and it seems this Harmony place is just parroting the same claims as nearly every other maker of this sort of bands.
If you’ve already purchased one, have considered buying one, or know someone who has, maybe you should check out the identical product that’s just as effective; Placebo Bands. They’re just as effective, but come in a couple nicer colours and are much more affordable.