The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The yin and yang of ionized bracelets

    “We believe [the ionized bracelet] affects the body’s bio-electric balance of positive and negative ions (Yin and Yang), so as to achieve Chi.”

    That’s the claim. In addition the bracelets “optimize your bio-energy, to promotion [sic] better performance and an overall sense of health and well-being.”

    It’s hard to believe anyone would take such claims seriously. But they do.

    The Mayo Clinic tested the bracelets in more than 600 adults. Here are the results.

    Adults with musculoskeletal pain were randomly assigned to wear an ionized bracelet or a placebo bracelet for 28 days. Pain level was reported using a scale of 1 to 10.

    The results

    • Both groups reported significant improvement
    • But, no difference in the amount of pain relief between those wearing the ionized bracelets and those wearing the placebo bracelets

    Apparently, the ionized bracelet was as effective as placebo.

    The Q-T bracelet website sells “ionized” bracelets for between $44.00 and $349.95.

    Heh, if you send me $29.95, I’ll find a placebo bracelet for you to wear?and shipping will be free. Hurry, the offer expires at 20:59 today.

    Illustration: University of Washington

    9/10/06 20:45 JR

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