If you've got arthritis, think twice before running out to buy those trendy copper bracelets or magnetic wrist strips. A new study conducted at the University of York in England has basically proved that those treatments are useless. Researchers asked 70 patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to wear four different devices over the course of five months, reporting back the whole time about the pain they felt. They also had blood samples taken in order to keep tabs on inflammation.
The study showed that these kinds of straps and bracelets, which are sold all over the globe to help "cure" arthritis, had the same impact as placebo bracelets that didn't have any magnetic materials or copper. "They're so simple and generally safe to use," Dr. Stewart Richmond, a research fellow at the university, told the Telegraph. "But what these findings do tell us is that people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis may be better off saving their money, or spending it on other complementary interventions, such as dietary fish oils for example, which have far better evidence for effectiveness." [Source]