UPDATE: The price of the bands was previously erroneously reported as £37.40 this has now been corrected.
It is also worth noting that Jedward offer this disclaimer on their website.
Despite this the company who manufacturers the bands still promotes unproven claims and these claims are reproduced in a .pdf available from the Jedward site.
The infamous Irish pop duo, Jedward, are branching out and selling JedPower Bracelets from their online store.
Available for the small sum of 11 euros the bracelets come in an array of colours (one for each day and a multicoloured “everyday” bracelet).
On jedwards Just a Sec website no claims of any benefits to wearing the bands are made on the page they are for sale. However the site also hosts a document from “negative ions performance technology” which makes all manner of health claims related to wearing the Jedpower bracelets.
Among these are at the bands can help improve asthma, depression, stress and stimulate the bodies “natural healing process”. No evidence for this is presented in the document.
The bands themselves are somewhat notorious in Skeptical circles and have been roundly debunked.
These claims were the topic of a 2003 injunction by the American Federal Trade Commission and later a high-profile court ruling in 2006. A major factor in these rulings was a November 2002 study by Mayo Clinic that demonstrated no significant effect by the Q-Ray bracelet on muscle pain relative to the placebo effect.
The court was unable to find any basis for QT Inc.’s claims related to traditional Chinese medicine, concluding that it was “part of a scheme devised by [QT Inc.] to defraud [its] consumers”.
These bracelets are supposed to “work” in the same way as those studied by the Mayo clinic. Using a secret ionisation process rather than being ionised themselves.
While it may seem appropriate, on some levels, to see Jedward promoting and selling what is essentially just plastic tat. It is disheartening to think by doing so they are helping to fund quackery.