At first glance, the iRenew "balancing bracelet" sounds a bit hokey. I must admit, I am a bit skeptical of the As Seen On TV genre of products, especially when they start throwing in bonus offers. However, someone who's opinion I trust mentioned trying one (or a similar product) on last year. While he initially did this in order to get the annoying product rep to stop pestering him, he found that... well... he could actually balance better!
So, I decided to see if there were any studies supporting the claims made by the iRenew bracelet. They mentioned the term "biofield" on their website, and followed it up with a definition from the NIH! Now this caught my attention... the NIH is a fairly reputable institution afterall, and they are quite picky about the research the fund. So I looked into biofield therapy, and found an article summarizing a review of 66 studies. The authors found strong evidence to suggest that biofield therapy reduces pain, and it also may help reduce anxiety and fatigue. Ok, while I might not be sporting an iRenew bracelet anytime soon... biofield compression socks anyone?!? #20