Et Tu, Fluffy?

Did you ever fall for the healing sports band craze? Two birthdays ago, my mother gave me a Phiten Rakuwa sports necklace, which is made of micro titan balls that supposedly help reduce fatigue and stress. A number of local sports figures endorsed the product in the Philippines, and some of my athletic friends swore by it.

I tried wearing it a few times, especially when I would head to the gym. Unfortunately, I did not feel any significant amount of stress reduction, nor did my performance level increase. My Phiten necklace is now gathering dust in my room.

Last year, I accompanied two male friends to a store that sells Power Balance bands, a sports baller band that contains a thin polyester film hologram that “is programmed through a proprietary process, which is designed to mimic Eastern philosophies” that could help the wearer maximize his potential. I guess it also helped that NBA players endorsed the product. The salesman did the infamous demonstration where he asks you to stand on one foot while applying pressure on your arms. As expected, you’d lose balance. For the second round, he’d ask you to wear the Power Balance band and stand on one foot again. As expected, you wouldn’t lose balance.

“Wow! Amazing!” I exclaimed sarcastically, after which I laughed hysterically. The salesman looked like he wanted to shove the baller band up my nose.

I’ll try not to sound too cynical—after all, a number of my friends continue to use their Phiten and Power Balance bands to this day, and their lives have supposedly improved for the better. Whether it’s just a placebo effect or if there really is something to these philosophies, I’ll leave it up to the buyer.

And now it’s our cats and dogs’ turn. I was at a veterinary clinic when I came across the Imazine My Pet Ion Necklace for a price tag of P275 each. They come in different colors to match your pet’s leash or outfit. The necklace’s health magnet supposedly promotes relaxation, a better appetite and a shinier coat.

I doubt the placebo effect would work with our four-pawed furry friends, nor would they care to know about positive versus negative ions. Needless to say, I didn’t buy one for my dog Kyle.

But this month, I saw my sister dress up her twins Cookie and Cupcake in these Halloween costumes that made me gasp in horror.

I believe two Shih Tzus could use a stress reliever right about now. If it doesn’t work, I’ll just wear it as a bracelet.

So tell me, would you purchase a pet band for your beloved Fuzzy?

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