Magnets and health
Magnetic forces have long been appraised for their restorative properties by many scientifically advanced civilizations. Ancient Greece discovered the very first naturally formed magnet in the form of the lodestone, and Hippocrates, the father of medicine, noted its healing powers. The Egyptians described the intense powers of the magnet in their writings, and Cleopatra frequently adorned herself with magnetic jewelry to preserve youthfulness. Chinese manuscripts dating back thousands of years describe the Eastern belief that the life force, termed “qi”, is generated by the earth’s magnetic field. An English scientist, Michael Faraday (1791-1867 AD), made extensive discoveries and has come to be known as the founder of Biomagnetics. He pointed out that all matter is magnetic and is either repelled or attracted by a magnetic field.
Magnetic therapy is well established in other countries, such as Japan, China, India, Austria and Germany. In the United States, unfortunately, many healing techniques readily accepted by other traditions are only familiar to those practitioners on the cutting edge. Although state-of-the-art American medicine uses techniques to monitor magnetic fields, such as electrocardiograms, electroencephalograms, and magnetic resonance imaging, it has not taken other forms of magnetic therapy seriously. More and more American studies, however, are confirming the value of the magnetic approach. Owing to an increased interest in alternative medicine and news of some well-known athletes using magnetic therapy for pain relief, the interest in healing with magnets seems to be growing. As a result, magnet therapy is gaining credibility in the United States. and being applied by increasing numbers of doctors and other health practitioners to treat a wide range of ailments. This awareness is filtering down to the general public, as increasing numbers of people are wearing or sleeping on magnets for greater energy, preventive purposes, better circulation and healing.
Magnets have two poles, north and south. If a magnet is tied in the middle with a string and suspended in a central location, one end of it invariably points north and the other end south. The therapeutic effects of magnets work through the nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary and blood circulatory systems. Extensive studies have revealed that water from north pole magnets has the effect of controlling bacterial infections, tumors, skin rashes, sores, boils etc. North pole, in effect, has a retarding action. The south pole brims with energy, imparting strength and warmth to the affected parts, reducing swelling, alleviating pain and, in general, increasing power of resistance. The force (magnetic field of energy) from a magnet is measured in gauss strength. Magnets used for pain relief and healing, typically measure between 300–2000 gauss. (Common refrigerator magnets are only around 50 gauss.)
Dental amalgam fillings, a combination of mercury (a toxic metal) and silver (a trace mineral) produce a direct flow of current between fillings. This magnetic field can interfere with biological energy and brain function. Weakness and ringing in the ears have often gone away with magnetic strength. If they don’t go away, a qualified dentist should remove them and replace them with nonmetal fillings.
The energy from power lines and appliances is almost exclusively south pole, while true health depends on a balance between north and south. The most reliable source of north pole balance is the Earth and it is weakening. There have been cases of people, especially children, who are developing cancer, birth defects and heart problems when they live too close to high powered electrical stations.
North Pole Energy produces the following effects in the body:
Since the cells are weak magnets containing both a positive and negative charge, the cell assumes the polarity of the magnetic field around it. Thus the counterclockwise spin of North Pole energy pulls oxygen into the cell.
2)Normalizes the Acid/Alkaline Balance
North Pole Negative energy is alkalinizing yet doesn’t over-alkalinize with the effect of normalizing the pH. An over-acid system produces allergies, toxic states, sore/stiff muscles, chemical hypersensitivity and many disease states. Insect bites also produce an acid state in the body which often overpowers the immune system.
All known microorganisms, whether bacterial, viral or fungal, and parasites, whether tape worms, pin worms, heart worms, etc., are positive magnetic energy driven and therefore can be stunned or impeded by the application of North Pole Negative. They are further damaged by the oxygen now in the cells and the alkaline environment produced by the North Pole Negative energy.
4)Reduces Fluid Retention
Intercellular edema (meaning inside the cells) is reduced when Negative North Pole energy is introduced to it because it helps normalize the action of the Sodium/Potassium Pump and gets the Sodium out of the cell and the Potassium in it. The excess fluid is then carried away by the blood and lymph. Extracellular edema (meaning outside the cells) exists in areas without drainage capacity like your eye, sinuses and joints is helped by putting the North Pole Negative energy to the side of the affected area so the fluid will be drawn away and toward an outlet.
5)Relieves/Stops Pain & Other Symptoms
Since pain is often a symptom of an imbalance in pH and/or inflammation of the area, pain often simply disappears because there is no longer a need for it.
There are many fascinating ways to add magnets to your life. You can use Ace bandages and simply wrap a magnet or two up with the leg, wrist, knee, etc. You can also buy special bandages with magnets already sewn in. You can go to the local hardware store or Radio Shack and buy small ceramic magnets for around 50 cents.
They are weak but several of them within an area can be very effective. These, along with larger, more powerful magnets purchased from specialty stores like AxMan, can be taped or wrapped on. The larger and denser the magnet, the further its reach. You can place one under your pillow, sit on it or put it over whatever area hurts. It’s extremely portable and effective. Another great way to use the larger block magnet is to simply put a glass of water over it for 5 minutes or more and thereby have North Pole Negative magnetic energy to drink. (Several small magnets could be glued or taped to the outside of the glass.) Some people swear by this for increased resistance to infection even after exposure. There are flexible magnets which can bend to fit a certain area although their strength is considerably less. There are also magnetic beds, seat cushions, pet cushions and even magnetic jewelry and shoe inserts.
There are no known side effects to North Pole Negative energy. If pain seems to increase, it may be drawing the fluid to an area where it cannot drain as well. Moving it just a little over or above usually allows the fluid to drain away and pain to dissipate.
If you are on prescription drugs, have your doctor monitor your condition closely since the magnets increase body energy and thereby stimulate tissue repair. You will probably find you need to decrease your dosage more rapidly than usual.
A Few Dont’s
DO NOT use magnets on the abdomen during PREGNANCY. Magnetism has an effect on the replication of cells and they replicate very quickly in a fetus.DO NOT use a magnetic bed or magnet(s) on chest with a PACEMAKER or DEFIBILLATOR. A magnet within two inches of these instruments can interrupt their function.
DO NOT use magnetic bed 24 hours a day if you’re ill. Adrenal function may be suppressed since North Pole Negative energy calms. Use the bed 8-10 hours per day then get away for a few hours. If pain persists, use spot applications of magnets where needed.
DO NOT use magnetic energy on abdomen for 60-90 minutes following meals in order to allow peristalsis to take place.
DO NOT use positive magnetic energy unless under medical supervision since it can lead to overstimulation of brain activity, microorganisms, etc.
Finally, no one claims that magnetic therapy is going to work for everyone. However, ample evidence suggests that 7 out of ten people experience a beneficial effect. One is led to ponder if when Hippocrates wrote, “The natural force within each of us is that greatest healer of all,” he did not have magnetic energy in mind.
Magnet Therapy Overview
Magnet therapy is a controversial form of alternative medicine that involves applying static or pulsing magnetic fields to the body for therapeutic purposes. The magnetic fields are produced by magnets of varying strength and size. Practitioners claim that subjecting the body to magnetic fields produced by strong magnets has health benefits. Critics of magnetic therapy consider it pseudoscience, or false science.
Magnet therapy is considered ancient in origin. In fact, fourth century Greek physician Hippocrates, ancient Chinese medicinal records and ancient Egyptian civilizations documented the use of magnets for treating illness. The magnets used at that time were of limited availability, and very large magnetic rocks were unwieldy. Today's technology, however, has developed the ability to produce very strong, tiny magnets which can be embedded in bandage-sized pads, necklaces, bracelets, blankets and body wraps.
The theory behind magnet therapy is that the body produces small magnetic charges through the movement of ions throughout the body. Our bodies maintain a delicate electromagnetic balance in all its function processes. Swelling, inflammation and pain are the result of an imbalance in the body's electromagnetic functions, which is where magnet therapy comes in. The magnetic energy relaxes muscles and capillaries, and increases blood flow to the injured area, speeding healing and reducing pain. Magnet therapy can also be used as a preventative, through applying wraps containing magnets to areas of stress during physical activity, such as knees, elbows and ankles.
Magnet therapy is broken into two kinds: static and pulsating electromagnetic therapy. Static refers to a simple magnet that emits a consistent magnetic charge. Pulsating refers to the magnetic energy pulsing in response to a rhythmic electrical stimulus. Static is much more common, as magnets are widely available, and the ones that people buy for self-treatment are the common static variety. Pulsating electromagnetic therapy has been shown in some studies to be effective for enhancing the healing of bone fractures. It also has been claimed that this therapy is effective in treating osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, and sleep disorders. Pulsating electromagnetic therapy should only be undertaken under the care of a specialist, and should first be discussed with one's physician.
Some practitioners claim that magnet therapy may increase blood oxygen, improve circulation, retention, increase relaxation, or affect patterns of flow of the body's life force, known as chi (qi). There are no reputable scientific research studies with results that support these theories, however.
Magnetic therapy is most often marketed to those with conditions such as arthritis pain, inflammation, swelling, stiffness or slow healing. The magnetic therapy industry in the United States has yearly sales totals of about $300 million dollars.
People with implantable medical devices such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, insulin pump or liver infusion pump should absolutely avoid the use of magnet therapy, as the magnets may disrupt the functioning of these devices.
Clinical Trials completed in the USA.
Arthritic Pain: In 1997, Dr. Carlos Valbona of the Baylor College of Medicine, published a study that reported 76% of treated patients using permanent magnets reported a decrease in arthritic joint and muscle pain compared to 19% of placebo patients.
Diabetic Foot Pain: Dr. Michael Weintraub of New York Medical College released a study that showed a significant rate of reduction in foot pain that afflicts millions of diabetics. Using magnetic insoles, nine out of ten diabetics reported a decrease in painful burning sensations, numbness and tingling compared to 22% reporting improvement in the placebo group.
Fibromyalgia: Magnetic Mattress Pad Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia, A Randomized Double-blind Pilot Study, conducted by Agatha P. Colbert, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Conclusions were "Sleeping on a magnetic mattress pad provides statistically significant and clinically relevant pain relief and sleep improvement in subjects with Fibromyalgia. No adverse reactions were noted during the 16-week trial period."
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classifies magnetic therapy as a form of Energy Medicine. The NCCAM is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health, and falls under the category of Public Health Service in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Regarding magnet therapy, the NCCAM states "Static magnets have been used for centuries in efforts to relieve pain." Numerous anecdotal reports have indicated that individuals have experienced significant, and at times dramatic, relief of pain after the application of static magnets over a painful area." In addition, the NCCAM reports that recent studies report that static magnetic fields affect the microvasculature of skeletal muscle by causing them to constrict (if dilated), or dilate (if constricted). Studies are continuing as to the uses and effectiveness of magnet therapy.
keptics of magnet therapy have some strong arguments in their favor. Although supporters of magnet therapy claim that the magnets can restore the body's "electromagnetic energy balance," no such balance is medically recognized. Secondly, a typical magnet used for magnet therapy produces a magnetic field that is of insufficient strength to affect muscle tissue, bones, organs, or blood vessels. Thirdly, the strongest supporting information for magnet therapy comes from websites owned by companies who are selling magnetic therapy products. No unbiased scientific websites seem to offer conclusive data on the benefits of magnet therapy.
If considering magnet therapy, as with any medical treatment, it is always advisable to consult one's regular physician first. Common sense, knowledge and safety should always be used in treating one's health.