Posted by: Tony Carson | 16 October, 2009

Those copper bracelets? Thought so.

Last month vitamin pills were discovered to be an entire waste of money. Now, it’s those copper bracelets that are supposed to help with arthritis pain. Nope, they don’t. Sorry.

“In the first tightly controlled trial to look at both alternative therapies, there was no benefit to their use for pain or stiffness,” reports BBC Bracelets ‘useless’ in arthritis,

“The market — particularly in magnetic devices which can cost £25 and £65 for the wrist straps – is worth billions of dollars worldwide.

“In the trial, 45 people aged 50 or over, who were all diagnosed as suffering from osteoarthritis wore each of the four devices in a random order over a 16-week period.

They were all ineffective in terms of pain, stiffness and physical function, the researchers reported in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.”

But the good news? Broccoli is still supposed to be good for you. And maybe lima beans, too.

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