Ever notice those Power Balance wristbands that Shaquille O’Neal wears? The one’s with the little holograms on them? Pretty cool, huh? Shaq even promotes them, which claim to improve strength, balance and flexibility. In a commercial, The Diesel wears a Power Balance t-shirt and confidently gives his word that “I don’t really do a lot of testimonals, but this works.”
Turns out, Shaq lied to us.
Tuesday, Power Balance recently made a statement that began with: “We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct…” The company is offering refunds on its $29 bracelets to customers who feel they have been misled. Skeptics have been wondering about the validity of claims surrounding the bracelets, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission finally forced Power Balance to retract its claims.
The bracelets are not the only company claiming to make jewelery that improves your natural energy field. Phiten, the company which produces necklaces worn by a large proportion of baseball players, also claims its products “produce an electrical charge that relieves pain, increases energy, and speeds recovery.”
Phiten’s lucky it’s not based in Australia.