For centuries people have used things like magnets, crystals, and even pyramids as ways to tune the body to perform at a higher level. For years I’ve always thought of this as kooky craziness. I’ve known people who have worn the magnetic bracelets that had another boom a few years back, and they swore by them, but I could never get on board with this yoga hocus pocus, as a close trainer friend put it. For the record, he is a yoga and pilates instructor. The more I study and learn about the human body, the more I get curious about things like this, and I wonder if there could be any truth to it.
I watch baseball players on TV wearing titanium infused Phiten bracelets and necklaces. If I’m not mistaken, I see Paul Pierce and Lamar Odom in the NBA finals sporting a new Power Balance bracelet that boasts an ability to improve performance through a hologram that is embedded with frequencies that react positively with the body’s natural frequencies. Can this be real? It’s become so much more than crystals and magnets. Now we’re using minerals and frequencies and talking about electromagnetic fields and how electronics all around us are polluting our bodies. As a realistic person I can look at that and realize there is some truth to it and know it can’t be good for me. So why am I bringing all this up?
Well nearly two years ago I was approached by a fellow trainer whose husband was working on a product that is similar to those that I mentioned earlier. She told me about this bracelet that has a charged chip in it that works as a shield against things like these electromagnetic fields that can be so harmful to us. I was listening, and I was interested, but she really threw me off when she said she bet it would help with my knee pain and wanted me to try it. How could I pass up an offer like that? So I tried it, and I have to admit that whether it was in my head or not I felt an improvement in a lot of areas. Most notably I felt like I did not fatigue as quickly as I used to, and yes, my knee did not hurt as much when wearing it. I was shocked and believed. I had the proof in my own experiences and I’ve always believed that even if something is a placebo it should not be a bad thing because on some level it is doing what it says it can. I still to this day have that bracelet she gave me, and it now doubles as my id when I’m out on a run.
In another post, I recently mentioned a trainer that I respect named Sam Jang. Well Sam approached me about these bracelets again just a couple weeks ago, but these are a completed product; the one I had was a test version. He said they are much nicer and wanted me to get one. I again put him off and said I wasn’t sure because these things are not cheap plus I was already happy with the one I had, and even after all my positive experiences I was still on the fence about all of this stuff. In all of my studying, I cannot find a true scientific study supporting or refuting this type of technology. I have found numerous studies on EMF (electromagnetic fields) and their effects on the body. I learned that my body has the same magnetic resonance as the earth, which is called the Schumann Resonance, and it’s 7.83 hz just in case you’re wondering. So why is that important? Well some studies have shown that things like shoes, electronics, concrete, and all the other wonderful things we have in the world are causing us to be farther and farther away from the Earth’s surface. We have less contact with the actual Earth than ever before, and that is causing our body’s natural resonance to stray from the natural frequency of 7.83. The marketing for this new version of the bracelet mentions that every biochemical event in the body is preceded by an exchange of electrons that occurs on the microscopic level. This new bracelet contains a technology that acts as a bio-antenna, altering the way our bodies interact with their electromagnetic environments. They claim this may help increase power and balance and optimize biological responses. I still am not sure how to put all this together, but I am going to keep trying because so much of it makes sense.
Due to my skepticism, Sam gave me one of the newer bracelets, and I have been trying it. The company that produces them is called C-Prime, and they are not without scrutiny already, as they have decided to have the bracelets privately distributed instead of putting them on store shelves. As a scientific trainer, I can blast holes in this product and the tests proving its abilities all day. As an athlete who is willing to give most things a try to see if they work, I took my free upgraded bracelet and have been testing it in various areas where I think the usual “tricks” cannot be used. I have worn it during weight lifting, running, casual daily wear, and while asleep. With the bracelet on while running, I have felt a boost in my energy and endurance levels. I have also noticed lower heart rate levels during my runs with the bracelet. Still, the problem there is that there are too many variables like heat, wind, and hydration levels to contend with, but still I have not felt as tired while running with it. During my weight training, I cannot say I have noticed a measurable difference in my performance. What I did notice is the day I received the bracelet, I was wrecked from a hard weight session. My muscles were extremely sore, but within hours of putting on the bracelet, I honestly could not say that I felt much of the soreness at all, and there is no way that the soreness should have gone away that quickly, as it was the day after the workout, and I should have continued to be sore much longer than I was. Did I just recover fast, or does this thing work? Casual wear during the day also does not seem to make any noticeable difference in how I feel so I cannot say much about it in that field. The one that I was really looking forward to is when I sleep. My mental skills and ability to believe or disbelieve cannot be of any effect. It’s an area where I have no control, and the results have been interesting. First, I notice that I fall asleep much faster and easier when wearing the bracelet, and falling asleep has always been something that is difficult for me. I have also noticed that I sleep deeper and wake up feeling more refreshed when I sleep wearing the bracelet, and I’ve tested this over the course of a month. It has been a very nice response from the bracelet, and I cannot see how to argue against it on this one. How can I have a placebo effect in my sleep?
So what do I think of this newest attempt at taking the magnets and crystals to the next level? It’s hard to say. I want so badly to see something scientific backing or destroying it so I can have something to work with. Sadly, I do not think anything like that will come any time soon. I think there is some merit to the ideas behind products like this one, but I am just not sure we are there yet in terms of understanding it. Is it a placebo? I cannot say because I do not yet understand the science behind it all. I still say that even if it is, why would that matter if at the end of the day I get the results I am looking for? I know that I put it on before I go for a run, and I am wearing it when I sleep because those are the two areas that I notice it the most. I do not wear it all day because I really do not like having a lot of stuff hanging on me, but maybe it would do more for me if I did. I still want to believe against it, but I am finding that hard to do. I thought after seeing the videos and tests for it that this bracelet was a scam, but having gotten a free one, I gave it a shot, and although I am still not 100% sold on it, I really cannot just sit here and say it’s worthless. I guess sometimes in life we just have to have faith and go with it. If you’re interested, you can contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or to purchase you can go here http://www.mycprime.com/Default.aspx?ID=christinahou
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