Q-Ray Bracelet Marketed with Preposterous Claims

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
January 6, 2008

QT, Inc., of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, markets “ionized” bracelets claimed to benefit people by balancing the body’s flow of “electromagnetic energy.” It is said to have been invented in 1973 by Manuel L. Polo, a chiropractor living on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

In 1997 and 1998, the manufacturer’s Web site stated:


The Q-RAY bracelet is designed to achieve many of the same goals as traditional Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture was developed to balance the body’s Yin (negative ions) and Yang (positive ions), the two inseparable, complementary energies that permanently circulate in the human body. When these energies become unbalanced, the body’s functioning is thought to be altered—which can be at least very annoying and at worst debilitating, depending on the size and nature of the energy imbalance. Oriental medicine, through acupuncture, is believed to regulate these two energies, discharging from the body excess positive ions and providing access to blocked negative ions, by stimulating meridian acupuncture points.

In the human body, which is electromagnetic by nature, biomagnetic alpha and beta waves circulate throughout the vital centers. When the flow is cut off and these alpha and beta waves become stagnant in one particular area of the body, bioelectrical alterations and ionic imbalances can result. Designed by Dr. Polo with polarized multi-metallic metals, the Q-RAY bracelet’s circular form and spherical terminals offer low resistance to the bioelectrical conductibility of the alpha and beta waves, facilitating the discharge of excess positive ions or static electricity. Excess of positive ions is associated with poor nutrition, incorrect breathing, sedentary life style, and the use of electrical instruments or exposure to EMF (Electronic Magnetic Field). Loss of negative ions is associated with symptoms such as anxiety, stress, fear, hatred, and physical exhaustion.

The Q-RAY bracelet’s effectiveness is grounded in the phenomenon of radioelectrical “Resonance.” balancing of positive and negative ions within the human body. Because of its unique characteristics and specialized configuration, the bracelet is considered to be an excellent Resonator of electromagnetic waves. The first investigations into the science behind the Resonator were initiated by Heinrich Rudolf Hertz. The Resonator designed by Hertz consisted of a metal spiral with a condenser on each end. Building on the works of Faraday and Maxwell, Hertz determined the precise longitudes of electromagnetic waves. It is not known whether Hertz investigated the applications of the Resonator on the human body. Manuel L. Polo, however, focused on improving human life through the proper balancing of positive and negative ions within the human body [1].

For several years, QT, Inc., claimed that its bracelets could restore health, relieve cancer pain, improve muscle flexibility, improve sports performance, restore energy, and provide other health benefits. It was also claimed to “energize your whole body instantly. In 2000, an infomercial stated: “When you have a severe injury or a chronic injury or a chronic problem like arthritis, you have build-up of positive ions, wherever that is you are going to have pain. In order to remove this pain, Q-Ray bracelet rips it right out of the body!”

In December 2000, its Web site stated:

Q-Ray ionized bracelet regulates the imbalance of both positive and negative ions in your body the Natural Way.

Our bodies run on electrical energy. It is this electrical current that moves through our nervous system and controls every aspect of our body. As long as this flow of energy remains unimpeded, it is believed that we remain physically and mentally balanced and therefore, in good health. In order for the electrical energy to flow normally the negative and positive ions, the yin and yang, must be balanced. Q-Ray Ionized Bracelet is engineered to discharge positive Ions and restore the Ying-Yang balance.

When injury or chronic conditions impede this flow, the body can begin to generate an overabundance of positive ions which offsets the balance of our electrical system.

Studies have shown that naturally, increased strength, restored energy, better endurance, and a greater sense of health and well-being [2].

The above descriptions of bodily electrical energy flow are nonsense. Ions exist in solution throughout the body. There is no such thing as an “ionized bracelet,” because solid objects are not ionized. There is no such thing as an ionic imbalance of the body, and no scientifically recognized connection between allegedly “ionized” objects and pain relief. Furthermore, the Q-Ray bracelet has no power source. So even if “ionic imbalance” could exist, the claim that the Q-Ray could influence the body’s “electrical energy” supply is preposterous.

QT, Inc., claims that its bracelets can be tested by testing finger strength before and after wearing one. While the person being tested holds his or her right thumb and forefinger together, in another person applies steady pressure to pull them apart. Then the object or substance being tested in placed in contact with the subject’s body and the test is repeated. If the finger’s are harder to pull apart during the second test, whatever has been applied is said to have been working. This test, called the <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20050205160131/http://www.baobab.or.jp/

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