Channel Seven’s tabloid current affairs program, Today Tonight had a segment this evening featuring Richard Saunders, VP of the Australian Skeptics and presenter of the Skeptic Zone, testing the effectiveness of a product called the Power Balance bracelet. This bracelet contains a hologram this is apparently “embedded with frequencies that react positively with your body’s natural energy field to improve balance, strength, and flexibility”.
The segment features Richard and Tom O’Dowd (the Power Balance distributor in Australia) carrying out two tests. The first test has Tom placing the power balance bracelet on each of six volunteers and showing how he can’t move their arms when they hold it. The second test has Richard hiding the power balance bracelet on one of the volunteers and Tom has to guess which volunteer is holding it.
Watch the segment to see how the tests play out.
I was impressed that Today Tonight, whose segments are usually a mixture of fear mongering and promoting pseudoscience, actually showed this segment. The tests could have been better explained and more rigorous and Today Tonight could have condemned The Power Balance bracelet as a scam, but the fact they showed a segment that might raise some doubts in their viewers is a good start.
Special thanks to Bastard Sheep for getting this onto You Tube so quickly.