If you have been reading the new lately, chance are you have probably stumbled across a story about the new fashion trend in baseball right now. The Phiten Titanium necklace. Apparently the trend started when after visiting Japan for exhibition games against the Japanese All Stars, Randy Johnson came back and spoke of positive energy that could be achieved by wearing this necklace.
Baseball players looking for any kind of advantage are flocking to these necklaces in droves. It’s current poster boy is none other than Josh Beckett. These illustrations show what the necklace is supposed to do for you:
As many of you know I am a chemist, hence the nickname chemgod. What you don’t know is that I am a metals chemist. One thing that I can assure you is that titanium (Ti), itself is not water soluble, it needs an ionic bond like fluoride (TiF) to become soluble. Although there are many uses for Ti, the two most common is it’s amazing strength to weight ratio (very tough and very light), and it’s corrosion resistance. Corrosion resistance is essentially how well it hows up to heat and water. Since it isn’t water soluble. It holds up very well.
So after that little chemistry lesson I am trying to figure out the claims of this necklace to give extra energy (which has not been proven to the FDA). Essentially, they are saying that air comes into contact with the necklace, is ionized (seperated into nitrogen and oxygen ions) through a Ti filter and your body uses those ions to gain energey.
That is a bunch of non sense. It’s like the sleeping on magnet bed theory. Or wearing a copper bracelet while playing golf. It’s all in the player’s head. Any energy he (or she) get’s while wearing it is all concocted in their mind. Although the necklaces are neat looking, to say they do what they do is preposterous. In order to prove me wrong they would have to stake their claims to the FDA, knowning those claims to be false, the instead, market it as essentially a novelty item. Unfortunately this goes on way too much in our society and unfortunately it’s the uneducated that get hurt. So I implore you to think before you reach for the miracle pill / necklace. If it hasn’t been approved by the FDA, then it’s probably too good to be true. Sorry Phiten.