Negative ion power balance bracelet is a scam

Think about your job for a second… What do you do? Does it benefit mankind? Are you proud of what you do? Can you sleep well at night? In Buddhism we have something called the Noble Eightfold Path and within that is something called Right Livelihood. Right livelihood says we ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings. What are those?

  1. Business in weapons: trading in all kinds of weapons and instruments for killing.
  2. Business in human beings: slave trading, prostitution, or the buying and selling of children or adults.
  3. Business in meat: “meat” refers to the bodies of beings after they are killed. This includes breeding animals for slaughter.
  4. Business in intoxicants: manufacturing or selling intoxicating drinks or addictive drugs.
  5. Business in poison: producing or trading in any kind of poison or a toxic product designed to kill.

It also means being honest and ethical in business dealings, not to cheat, lie or steal. Ok so there are businesses where lying is part of the job e.g., acting, modeling, magicians. Yet many people actually cheat, lie or steal in their jobs when it is not required. What comes to mind immediately? Anyone else thinking used car salesman or auto mechanic? How about real estate sales? Let’s just go out on a limb and say almost, if not all, sales? Most organized religions?

This has been on my mind lately as I often pass by a kiosk selling these rubber bracelets that are ‘embedded with holograms’ or ‘imprinted at a frequency of 9Hz’ or ‘constructed with Negative Ions’ and can do any and all of the following:

  • Increase balance
  • Improve flexibility
  • Stimulate better circulation
  • Give clarity of thought
  • Boost stamina and sports performance
  • Improve overall well-being

negative ion bracelet power balance bracelet

Really? A rubber bracelet can boost my golf game? Oh yeah, and they are supposed to help arthritis and joint pain and migraines and a plethora of other ailments. I have heard a worker at one of the Advanced Technology kiosks say to a potential customer that if they were on medication they could lower their dosage. What? How dangerous is that? So this worker was telling the potential customer that she could lower her blood pressure mediation or whatever. Wow!

These workers claim the negative ion bracelets are endorsed by top doctors and surgeons world wide…including Dr. Oz. Well, that should tell you something right there.

Since the kiosk is in a mall inside a casino in Las Vegas, this same worker was even heard to say that with their negative ion bracelet “You can go out drinking tonight and you will not have a hangover in the morning.” Another salesman said it would bring luck on the casino gambling floor.

Wow. A wonder drug around my wrist. How come my doctor isn’t prescribing these negative ion bracelets to every single one of his patients?

Because negative ion bracelets are A SCAM!

My main man Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows it is a scam too. In a video posted to his YouTube account, Cuban spoke out about the junk science behind the bracelets, threw them into the trash, and asked the NBA what it could possibly have been thinking as the NBA has partnered with Power Balance who makes versions with all the NBA team logos. The NBA passed them out to the teams and asked all players to wear (promote) the bracelets…which the NBA sells for about $32.

Funny… Power Balance, even paid a $57 million out-of-court class-action settlement after consumers alleged rampant false advertising regarding the bracelets’ capabilities. That payment forced them into bankruptcy, but they’re still making them.

So how does it work? Why are the people duped? Watch Brian Brushwood from Scam School explain it in this video.

The workers at T Bands say the negative ions are mixed into the rubber in a big mixer and then formed into the bracelets. They say they negative ions then leak out of the bracelets and absorbed into your skin and into your blood stream and do their magic. They tell the customer their negative ion T Band Advanced Technology bracelets are so strong you do not even need to actually wear it but you can simply have it in your purse or pocket and the negative ions will still find their way into your blood stream.

What is funny is if you watch them performing the strength and balance tests, they are wearing the bracelets themselves while they touch the customer in such a way to demonstrate how weak or out of balance the customer is. But if you can have the bracelet in your pocket and it will work, why is it not working when the sales person is wearing one and actually touching the potential purchaser? On top of that, the sales person is always wearing the top of the line bracelet and since that one is the strongest version they have then it certainly should effect the strength or balance of the customer right?

They also say at T Band Advanced Technology that you can wear their negative ion bracelet for a while and it will “charge up” your body which is why you don’t see Tiger Woods wearing it while he plays golf.

How can the people working at these kiosks sleep at night? Maybe they believe the hype? Are they just blind and non-thinking sheep?  Not all of them. I asked one of the workers and he admitted he knows “it is all in their heads”. Yet he lies to each and every one of his customers.

There is a company that sells these pieces of garbage that used to be called Life Strength. Sounds an awful lot like the Lance Armstrong Foundation Live Strong. Coincidence? I think not.

Here is a video of Emery at Ardent Atheist “Exposing the Power Bands Scam”

The bottom line is all of these negative ion bracelets are a scam. They are nothing more than a trendy placebo effect. Whether they are made by Endevr, Life Strength, T Bands Advanced Technology or whoever else, the only person receiving any real benifit is the guy who owns the company and ripping off the consumer.

Many times I try to leave you with a challenge. Here it is-

I ask you, are you doing the right thing at your work and in your lives? Are you being honest with your customers? With your family and friends? With yourself? If not why not? Is your boss down your throat to make more sales? Are you gunning for that bonus if you beat the guys in the San Diego offices?

I challenge each of you to look at the way you carry yourself at work. I challenge you to be honest with your customers. So what if you don’t get all those silly Top Salesman plaques. Maybe, just maybe, you will sleep a little better at night and have a little respect for your work, yourself and your fellow man.

Maybe that will truly bring strength and balance to your life.

Do you wear these negative ion bracelets? Have you seen the demonstrations? What is your opinion? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

1K Smiles

In case you weren’t aware of it I started a little project a while back called 1K Smiles. To quote the About Page, “Over the course of almost three years I will offer to you 1000 things that make me smile. It could be anything from that gentle blue part of a flame to the sound of a sonic boom. Nothing is off limits as long as it makes me smile.”

So far I have written about some pretty cool topics. There has been bats, old couple holding hands, Carl Spackler at Caddyshack, soaking in a Jacuzzi hot tub, fireworks, koi ponds, miniature golf and a host of other topics.

Each article has a couple pictures and often drops some interesting knowledge on you. For instance recently we learned where German chocolate cake actually comes from. (I’ll give you a hint. It is not from Germany.)

So come on by and bookmark the page or better yet add it to your Feedly so you get every post delivered straight to your in box.

What? You don’t know what Feedly is? No worries. We discuss it here.

When you finish reading each day’s post, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. Hopefully reading the posts will bring on some smiles in your day. I know writing them does for me.

You can find 1K Smiles here.

Interesting stuff people buy on Amazon part 4

I’ve mentioned before in a previous post I’m part of an affiliate program on a Website Whose Name Shall Not Be Mentioned but sounds a lot like Amazon. Often times people purchase some interesting or just plain cool things through my special links. When someone sees a special link they can click on it and it takes them to the Big River site and they take along with them a tracking code that tells that shopping site I sent them. Then the special link tells the website to send me a commission. They can buy anything on the shopping site and the site will give me credit for it. The shopper doesn’t pay any higher of a price for the item and I do not even know who the shopper was. Although I do know the item the shopper purchased and but all the other details are hidden from me. Some people have purchased some wild things on Amazon and I’m sometimes I think they are finding the craziest stuff to buy just so I’ll write about it and give them a sort of shout out. This week though there has been nothing too nutty. There were however a couple cool things I though would be fun to share to sort of show you the diversity. Ok, then. Here we go…

So with that I present:

Interesting stuff people buy on Amazon part 4

Leading off our list today is:

Classic Poker Chip Set – Camphor Wood Case & 300 Chips

Poker chips have dice-striped design and gold stamped “Game Theory” insignia with gold number value
Includes 294 casino quality chips
10 gram chips are clay composite
Camphor wood case with handle
Case measures 12 x 8 x 2 in.

This classic poker chip set comes with a gorgeous camphor wood carrying case with latch closures. There are 300 clay-composite poker chips included . Whether you’re playing a high stakes tournament, or a social game at home with friends, you’ll rake it in with style, using this handsome poker set.


Next up:

NFL Chicago Bears Garden Gnome

Officially Licensed By The NFL
Show Your Team Pride With This High Quality Collectible
Composite Construction
Great For The Garden
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And finally:

Zoo Med Reptile Fogger Terrarium Humidifier

Increase your tanks humidity with Zoo Meds new Reptile Fogger, a Compact Ultrasonic Humidifying Fogger with adjustable fog output control. This unit comes ready to operate. It includes a one liter bottle and all the necessary fittings. It also features a no-spill valve making it easy to remove and refill the water bottle. Use the Reptile Fogger in conjunction with Zoo Meds HygroTherm Humidity and Temperature Controller for precise humidity and temperature control.


If you feel like getting any of these items or if they have sparked your interested to purchase anything else, just click on any of the above links.

Operators are standing by…

What is the wackiest or your favorite thing you have ever bought on Amazon? Let me know in the comments. Would love to hear from you.


When Elvis would workout at the gym he would TCB baby!

I have not come up with an official name for my workout routine. Like I said yesterday it is based on another workout by Steve Kamb called ‘PLP’. My version is TCB LP2. I guess I should call it The Elvis. Yes, it is a bit reaching but follow me here. Elvis was always TCB, or Taking Care of Business and put out a bunch of LPs. And if Elvis were to workout like when he was doing his karate, you know he would TCB!

So what does TCB LP2 mean? It stands for Tuck Crunch Ball / Lung / Push-up / Pull-Up

Do whatever order you want during the workout although I would recommend doing an exercise between the push ups and pull ups.

First let’s go over the moves.

Tuck Crunch Ball will take care of the abs part as well as the core that is so important.

It looks like this-

tcb Tuck Crunch

A picture is worth a thousand words so I think we have that covered right?

Next I would do my Pull Ups

I would recommend a neutral grip if you can. If you do not have a bar with those types of grips don’t sweat it.

What is the difference between a pull up and a chin up? What is neutral grip? A chin up has your palms facing you while a pull up has palms facing away from you. Can you guess what a neutral grip is? Yep. Palms facing each other. What is the difference as far as muscles worked? Not much. Both will primarily train your back and lats and biceps. There is just slight differences in the angle in which the muscles get their workout. Chin ups put your biceps in a stronger line of pull so they will typically workout your biceps a bit harder than pull ups will. On the other hand, pull ups may work your lats a bit harder. For this reason, it you can not do neutral grip I would alternate between pull ups and chin ups every other day.


Stand feet together, and step back to do your lunges. I would suggest stepping back instead of forward. It is a little easier on your joints and a little harder to balance. Yes, harder to balance is good as it makes the muscles adapt quicker.

tcb lunges

Push ups

Do we really need to go over that? I think we have all done push ups before or have seen them done. Just remember to keep your back straight during your workout.

Also play around with the position of your hands. Generally you will want to keep them slightly wider than shoulder width. Try experimenting with a wider stance or even try some diamonds where you have the tips of your index fingers touching at the same time your thumb tips are touching while palms are flat on the ground directly below your chest.

So how many to do? This program lasts 60 days. On day one you start with one repetition of each. Day two do two of each. Day five do five of each. See the pattern here? :)

Ok, I know what you are thinking. No. You will not be doing 60 reps on day 60. Ok, you will but not all at once. Do whatever you need to do to keep the sets even and around 8-12 reps each set. So for instance on day 50 you could do five sets of ten reps. Try not to get too crazy figuring out the math. It really does not matter. It is just a workout. It is supposed to be fun.

The main thing is this is designed to put stress on your body and have it adapt to the daily increased work load. The other thing is to have fun.

What do you do after day 60? I don’t know. What do you want to do? How about keep going? How about going to a gym? Whatever you decide just have fun.

Keep in mind. I am not a doctor and I do not even recommend you do this exercise program. I just offer the idea and tell you what I am going to do. You make your own decision. If you do take on Elvis – TCB LP2 let me know how it worked for you.

The Gym – To go or not to go?

I got the bill in the mail today. Seems my annual gym membership dues to Las Vegas Athletic Club is due again.

I was trying to remember the last time I went to the gym. I know it has been since I moved to the south side of the valley. I used to go to the gym almost every day when I was up in The Penthouse mid-town. I would go every night after work or after going out to the club and do my aerobics in preparation for Tough Mudder.

tcb stair master workout

I lived on my own so coming home from the gym at 2 or 3am was no big deal as there was no one to disturb. Then the fire at The Penthouse forced me to relocate and I moved in with Brenna at the Art House in the south side of the valley.

I started going to the LVAC in this side of town but I do not like it all that much. Everyone there at this gym seems to have a trainer and be pretty and girls there roll their eyes at me and I am not even looking at them. (Brenna says I am imagining it.) A

ll the guys walk around with their half gallon or often full gallon jugs of water or who knows what they have got in there. It is just intimidating. All I wanna do is go in to the gym and do my workout and not feel judged. It was cool at the other three locations but just this one in the south is bothersome. Probably ’cause it is the more richey rich side of town with people who can afford the later fashion and trainers and all that.

gym with jug

Maybe I really just need to work on losing my ego first?

So anyway I decided, after Tough Mudder, which was in October, to take a couple months off from the gym. Then the fire in November resulted in the relocation. I went to the new LVAC location a few times and then started dragging my feet each morning on my way there. One too many “I’ll just go tomorrow”s turned in to weeks and then into months. They say it only takes 21 days to form a habit. Now it has been a year and I have not used my membership at all.

So the question is do I renew or not? It is even a question at all because I have a smoking deal there as I became a charter member years ago when they broke ground on the gym location near my first house. If someone joins now the dues are $22 per month but I am locked in at $8 as long as I do not let the membership lapse.

In the mean time I have been thinking about coming up with my own exercise plan. It is modeled after a program called LPL by Steve Kamb. It is very easy to start with and gets progressively harder as time goes on. The best parts are it does not involve going to the gym as you can do this routine anywhere and it works on creating exercise as a habit. It only involved two pieces of equipment that you may already have.

One of the problems with going to the gym or working out is when one does not see immediate results. Another is the soreness associated with jumping right into a workout routine. This work out routine will not bring massive immediate results. It will however get the body used to working out and constantly stressing it to make it stronger. By the end of the cycle maybe you will even have developed the habit of working out and come to enjoy it even more.

That is pretty much the point. Nothing wrong with that right?

Join me tomorrow for part two where I describe TCB LP2.

Until then…