Confidence Goods 3
angry doc has seen several of his patients wearing bracelets that look like the one below:
Or at least they were, until a US federal district court ruled that the claim was false and that the manufacturer had to refund its more than 100,000 buyers.
The judge cited this Mayo Clinic study in his ruling, which showed that subjects who wore the bracelet *did* report significant pain relief, but no more than subjects who wore placebo bracelets. Interestingly, the percentage of subjects who experienced pain relief was similar to the percentage of subjects who believed (before the trial started) that the bracelet worked.
The attorney acting for the manufacturer argued that the "mechanism is not an issue" as long as users experienced relief from the bracelets.
I suppose whether it is an issue depends on whether you are looking at it from the point of view of those who did experience relief, or those who forked out between US$60 to US$250 for a bracelet but experienced no relief.
They do look nice though, don't you think?
Anyone knows where angry doc can get one of those (presumably cheaper) placebo bracelets?
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