Author: Blackmore SJ//Rose N
Department of Psychology, University of the West of England, St Matthias College, Bristol
Conference/Journal: Altern Ther Health Med
Date published: 2002
Other: Volume ID: 8 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 62-7 , Word Count: 170
A pendant was claimed to provide numerous health benefits, including reduced stress, increased strength, and protection from electromagnetic radiation from computers and mobile phones. Three experiments tested the effectiveness of this pendant's effect as a bioelectric shield. In the first experiment, 12 subjects who work with computers wore shields (6 real, 6 sham) for several weeks and were regularly tested for hand strength and mood changes. Both types of shield increased calmness, but the real shields did not have any greater effect. In 2 further studies (in each N=40) hand strength was measured at baseline, with mobile phone, and with mobile phone and bioelectric or sham shield. The shields did not differ in their effects. Both studies showed a significant correlation between the change in strength with and without the shield and subjects'scores on a questionnaire concerning their belief in and use of alternative therapies. The shields appear to produce a measurable placebo effect but are otherwise ineffective. In this evaluation, the reference values must for the population as a whole must be determined.