Raw Water and Ionized Bracelets
Don’t waste your money on these “healthy” products.
After nearly two decades in the fitness business, I’m still amazed at the number of questionable and dangerous products people buy. Items that have a healthy shine, but when you scratch the surface you find they provide no benefit to anyone, except the companies selling them. Here are two products you should probably avoid.
Yup, it’s a thing. Water that hasn’t undergone any filtration or processing to remove viruses, bacteria, lead or other contaminants. Water that’s put directly into containers and sold with incredible markups.
One of the remarkable things America has done over the last 100 years is provide mostly safe and clean drinking water, incredibly cheap. Diseases transmitted through water like cholera, E. coli, Hepatitis A and giardiasis have almost completely disappeared from the water supply. Our water is so safe, it usually only makes the news in the rare cases when there’s a problem, like the contamination that happened in Flint, Michigan.
Now companies are willing to throw all those safety advances out the window. They claim that the water you drink is “dead.” Once it goes through a filter, it’s no longer as good for you.
There’s just one problem with that idea. Water… is water. Filtering impurities out of water doesn’t change its structure in any way. Regular filtered water that the majority of Americans drink is just water without any contaminants in it.
Picture yourself in the room when corporate executives thought this up. I imagine they looked at the cost of cleaning and filtering water, then said, “How can we save some of that money?” At this point, a marketing person jumps up and says, “Let's sell water that hasn’t been cleaned. We’ll put it directly into a fancy bottle and claim it’s better for you. We can call cleaned and bottled water DEAD while marketing ours as ALIVE. Then we jack up the price and sell it to people who don’t know any better.”
Brilliant! When those bottles of “live” water start turning green, because of the things that are floating around in them, get those executives to say things like, “If it sits around too long, it'll turn green. People don't even realize that because all their water's dead, so they never see it turn green.” (That last quote is real. It was made by Mukhande Singh, the founder of Live Water.)
Don’t buy into the hype of raw water. It’s simply regular water, without the guarantee that contaminants have been removed, selling for a lot more money.
Buy the bracelet if you like the style, not for its healing powers.
Ionized Wellness Bracelets
A slim band with two metal balls on it. You’re supposed to make sure the balls press on the cephalic and basilic veins of your wrist and the bracelet will “ionize your blood flow.”
Companies that make these bracelets claim immediate and significant pain relief. One of the biggest sellers, Q-Ray had infomercials that promised the relief of arthritis pain through the manipulation of the Qi. Put the bracelet on and the magic happens… except that it doesn’t.
Mayo Clinic conducted a double-blind trial on “ionized bracelets” and placebo bracelets all the way back in 2002. At the end of the four-week trial, with 610 people, researchers concluded, “no differences were observed between the group wearing the placebo bracelet and the group wearing the ionized bracelet.”
It took the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) nine more years to catch up with Q-Ray. In 2011 Q-Ray was forced to refund more than 11 million dollars to customers for, “false and misleading advertising claims that the Q-Ray bracelet provided immediate and significant pain relief…”
The problem now is that customers are making the claims that Q-Ray was forced to quit saying. Look up Q-Ray bracelets in places like Amazon and customers post reviews like this: “I had back surgery 11 months ago (Herniated Disc) and 8 months later if I over did it I would get lightning shots down my legs; someone who wore one of these bracelet recommended it and I tried it I golf now and have no pains in my legs at all,…”
You’ll find many variations of these healing bracelets in gold and titanium, selling for a hundred dollars or more each. Despite what companies claim, these bracelets are no more effective at improving circulation or reducing muscle stress than a charm bracelet made of candy. Save your money, they’re worthless.
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