From Denver ABC TV Station - Little Energy Patches Creating Buzz
Olympic Athlete Courtney Zablocki Says LifeWave Patch Works For Her
2:44 pm MDT July 18, 2005 DENVER --
Imagine if you could get more energy without putting caffeine or other substances in your body. Patches called LifeWave promise to do just that with natural ingredients.
The makers of the LifeWave patch claim it can boost your energy and your stamina.
Courtney Zablocki is on the U.S. National Luge Team.
"I've been competing for about 13 years. There is training every day to get to the Olympics or the World Cup races every winter," she said.
Her vigorous training schedule never stops and she was looking for a way to do it all.
"By the end of the day, I'm exhausted. I don't have tons of energy," she said.
That is, until she found LifeWave Energy Enhancer patches.
The makers of the small patches claim that it opens up your pathways -- allowing energy to flow through -- without putting chemicals in your body.
Zablocki said she was a skeptic at first. After all, the patches contain just water, amino acids, sugar and oxygen. But she said it's made a big difference.
"I was like, 'How in the world can this work?' Everyone who tries it is like, 'Yeah right,'" Zablocki said. "I definitely wouldn't have believed it unless I tried it."
Courtney Zablocki said she used to feel tired after working out but not anymore.
But some doctors say more tests need to be done.
"If you tell somebody that this is going to make you stronger, faster and better, there's a 20 to 30 percent chance that even if there is nothing in the pill or the patch the person will get 20 to 30 percent better. That's what we call the placebo effect," said Dr. Deborah Saint-Phard with M.D. Sports Medicine.
Whether you believe the patches work or not, Zablocki said one thing should stay constant.
"You also have to remember to eat right, drink plenty of water, anything you're doing normally. So this isn't a superpower patch. You still have to take care of your body," she said.
LifeWave said it's already conducted five studies showing the patches make a difference. Twenty-five more group studies are in the works right now, it said.