"Magic Bracelet"

JANUARY 01, 2003

Last year a company was advertising a special ?ionized? metal bracelet that supposedly sent out electrical waves to relieve pain. The cost of the device was $100. According to a report in the November 2002 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, after 28 days, 77.4% of arthritis sufferers in the group that wore the ?ionized? version of the bracelet reported a distinct diminution of pain. Yet, 76.7% of patients in a placebo group who wore a nonionized bracelet supplied by the same firm reported virtually the same results.

Most scientists would assume that a placebo effect is at work. The company supplying the ?ionized? bracelets, however, claimed that 3/4of the people who wore them reported pain relief. So, regardless of the science, the company is not making



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

The Oncology Care Pharmacist in Health-System Pharmacy 
According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 40% of men and women will be given a diagnosis of some form of cancer in their lifetime.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.