A few years ago, folks with all kinds of musculoskeletal complaints would come in wearing magnetic bracelets.
Often, if I was feeling particularly devious, I would ask, "aren't those bracelets supposed to correct your musculoskeletal issues?"
The newest craze are the balance bracelets (a rubber bracelet with a little piece of, what looks like, tin-foil).
I'm at a medical conference this weekend and I've even spotted a few health care providers wearing them.
Here's the "scientific" information I could find: "the Power bracelets contain two hologram's which are embedded with frequencies that react with your body's electromagnetic field. When the power hologram comes in contact with your body's energy field it begins to resonate in accordance with each individuals energy system, creating a harmonic loop that optimizes your energy field. It maintains energy flow while it clears the pathways so electrochemical exchange functions like the well tuned generator it was designed to be."
Oh, and don't forget the usual disclaimer: "the above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease process."
Wow. Can't think of anything else to say.
It just brings up one question, however: why do so many patients have a hard time understanding and accepting why disease entities such as uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, sleep apnea, etc. can effect multiple body systems when they seem so capable of understanding and accepting the "science" behind their $29.95 balance bracelets?