It was great to meet the Skepticbros, Tom and Nick, at the TAMOZ fringe Bloggers Breakfast (seen below being interviewed for Token Skeptic #42 Podcast by Kylie "Podblack Cat" Sturgess). Inspired, more accurately appalled, by dubious claims & massive profit margins made by plastic hologram bands they did something about it and made their own.
The Placebo Band
Placebo Bands are a stretchy silicon band with a hologram & embossed text. They don’t claim to rely on mystical qualities as any effect is entirely from the mind of the wearer (as described in this quote from the Placebo Band site):
Placebo Band features two eye catching holograms that not only attract and impress others but also remind you that you’re wearing Placebo Band long after the sensation on the wrist has subsided.
Placebo Band uses two powerful, scientifically proven effects, the placebo effect (Placebo) and confirmation bias (Confirmation Bias), that, combined with a subtle alteration in your own activities, help to strengthen your own personal desired outcomes and even desired outcomes in others!”
They are $2 (about 1/20 – 1/40th the cost of similar products) and profits, yes at that price they make a small profit, are being donated to charity. Already Placebo Bands have helped the fight Polio with a donation to a Rotary End Polio campaign.
I have felt much better since wearing a Placebo Band, at least I think I have!
Get your Placebo Band at Skepticbros.com/store
Below Dave the Happy Singer and Kylie Sturgess risk a massive placebo overdose from a bag of Placebo Bands
PS: It was seriously good to see this: Power Balance Wrist Bands busted in Australia