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post #1 of 14 Old Oct 19th, 2011, 9:07 am Thread Starter
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Balance Bracelets real or scam?

I have seen these advertised and for sale at malls with the balance demo that seems to work, but I can't understand and wondered if anyone here has used them or can understand and explain how they work?

To me they seem like a scam or placebo, but I have done the demo's and they do seem to have an effect. I know several so called reliable people, and they too say they the bracelets have helped their golf game and other athletic activities. Even my dentist wears one! At bike week in Daytona, a friend who is an optometrist picked up a new metal one to replace and old one! I personally still can't help but believe that it is a scam.

I've seen them for sale on EBAY for $1.25 and another sites for up to $60 plastic and $99 for base metal. Wonder if they are the same? Anyone want to comment?

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Re: Balance Bracelets real or scam?

Dan,

It's a scam check this link, one of many.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/nat...posed-as-fraud

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Re: Balance Bracelets real or scam?

I really don't understand kinesiology (sp?), but that is the reference to why someone can put your body in a T type position, standing straight with arm out and then demonstrate the power of the bracelet by pushing down on one arm.

I've had it done to me and cannot explain how the force work, but have done it and seen it work. Must be the power of suggestion?

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Quote from Sydney's leading newspaper -

"A bracelet worn by high profile sports stars that claims to improve athletic performance has been exposed as a sham by the consumer watchdog.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered Power Balance Australia to refund all customers who feel they were misled by the supposed benefits of Power Balance bracelets"

Here's a link to the video article on the TV news -

http://www.smh.com.au/executive-styl...223-195u7.html

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Dan, you & I know better, it is a scam BUT the mind is a POWERFUL thing and if people think ithe device works then it often will work for them!

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I really don't understand kinesiology (sp?), but that is the reference to why someone can put your body in a T type position, standing straight with arm out and then demonstrate the power of the bracelet by pushing down on one arm.

I've had it done to me and cannot explain how the force work, but have done it and seen it work. Must be the power of suggestion?
"Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics is the scientific study of human movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms."

Note "....and psychological mechanisms" in the definition I quoted above.
If you noticed an effect from wearing a bracelet, whether the claim was to make you stronger, have better balance, reduce motionsickness, you would probably be a good subject for hypnosis. Many of the effects that we humans "observe" which have no logical or scientific basis are actually the effect of the power of suggestion. This is the basis of the placebo effect.
These bracelets and other such nonsense, will always be sold by "personal testimony" and you'll never see a good controlled study; a good controlled study would show no effect.

In order for the power of suggestion to work, you have to be told what the expected effect is in adance. And the more you trust the veracity and authority of the person(s) telling you of the expected effect, the more likely you are to experience it.
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Darn Curtis...........ya' did it again..............



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and you wont' need no balance weights on your tires neither.

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Re: Balance Bracelets real or scam?

Scam for sure!
anything placed on the wrist will have no effect on your balance and or coordination.

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I hear when they're worn with a "Mood" ring and you keep your "Pet Rock" in your pocket the combination allows time travel!

Sorry Dan....save your money and just relegate yourself to positive thoughts brother!


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Note "....and psychological mechanisms" in the definition I quoted above.
If you noticed an effect from wearing a bracelet, whether the claim was to make you stronger, have better balance, reduce motionsickness, you would probably be a good subject for hypnosis. Many of the effects that we humans "observe" which have no logical or scientific basis are actually the effect of the power of suggestion. This is the basis of the placebo effect.
These bracelets and other such nonsense, will always be sold by "personal testimony" and you'll never see a good controlled study; a good controlled study would show no effect.


In order for the power of suggestion to work, you have to be told what the expected effect is in adance. And the more you trust the veracity and authority of the person(s) telling you of the expected effect, the more likely you are to experience it.[/QUOTE]

WOW! That is well said. I could not agree more [SIZE=4][B]

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Scam for sure!
anything placed on the wrist will have no effect on your balance and or coordination.


I've seen a Taser that would beg to differ.



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Let me be the voice of dissent here...
That crap works just as well as Dumbo's magic feather that made him fly.
That's my Disney story and I'll stick to it!

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Re: Balance Bracelets real or scam?

Dan,
It's a scam. While it may have a placebo effect,it's still a scam. I saw it on a news program that it's HOW they push down on your arm. It's a suttle directional difference when they push down on your arm with, then w/o braclet. After seeing the comercials I thought maybe it would balance something in me and I would walk again. The day I decided to buy one I saw a commercial for the news that would show results from their investigation. Saw the news and saved my money.

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