Phiten Necklaces are all the rage right now as we go into the Major League Baseball playoff season. The Phiten company, based out of Japan, holds an official MLB license, one of the few companies outside the USA to do this. These necklaces and other accessories, purported to enhance the physical and mental well being of the wearer, are worn by several prominent players such as Joba Chamberlain of the Yankees and Josh Beckett of the Red Sox. Do these Phiten titanium necklaces really have healing powers? Let’s see…
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The Phiten company was founded in 1982 by Yoshihiro Hirata, an alternative medicine practitioner. Hirata was looking for something to help him overcome physical problems that impeded his ability to work as a chef. His discovery was that titanium infused tape help him to improve. He founded a company based on this assumption and parlayed it into an international corporation. Quite an impressive marketing feat.
Hirata’s assertion is that the Phiten necklaces and bracelets work by stabilizing the flow of electrical energy through the body through balancing the body’s positive and negative ions. Unfortunately, medical science doesn’t concur with this assumption. Research doctors will tell you that the magnetic effects of the necklaces aren’t sufficient to affect the body. In short, there is only one branch of medical science that will vouch for positive effects from Phiten necklaces and that is psychiatry.
Yes, there is a significant psychological benefit from having the belief that something is helping you out, whether it’s a lucky bat, like in the movie The Natural, or a Phiten necklaces. This is sometimes called a placebo effect or perhaps simply the power of belief or the power of positive thinking. Baseball players are already a superstitious lot and, as they say, a lot of the game is mental. Having a healing necklace that gives you a mental boost can improve your performance and even aid in speeding healing of injuries.
So, can a Phiten necklace help you. Well, that’s a qualified ‘maybe’. If you believe it will help you, then it just might set your mind in motion in a positive direction. If you think it’s hokum, then it probably won’t work for you.
If you’ve had positive experiences with Phiten necklaces or other Phiten products or if you haven’t been impressed by them, please feel free to leave a comment below.