Magnet Therapy: Magnets, Minerals and Human Body

All living systems contain minerals in their bodies. They need to function properly. Without minerals, the living system is not able to function and will die, because minerals in the body can activate life currents or biological energy to power circulation in the blood which, along with the minerals, produce a bodily magnetic field.

When our bodily magnetic field can vibrate in synchronisation with that of the cosmos, we will be in good health. Otherwise, our health will deteriorate.

Magnetic products have many uses. For instance, in treating head injuries. Physical symptoms related to mild head injury include: numbness and weakness of limbs, organ complications, retention of water in body, stiffness, seizures, epilepsy, chronic pain in knee and back, high blood pressure, palpitations of heart, shortness of breath, thyroid disorders, diabetes, tumours, etc.

Normally MRI or CAT Scans are used for investigation and diagnosis. Unfortunately, these tools cannot find the disharmonies of energy in the brain. Therefore, there is MSI (Magnetic Source Imaging) which can make it easy to detect energy disharmony. MSI detects changes in the minute field associated with nerve activities. Japanese scientists created MSI, which plays a major role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with functional diseases.

Some suppliers recommend applying magnetic patches directly to your aches and pains, while others recommend applying small Band-Aid-like patches to acupuncture points. Magnetic belts containing sixteen or more magnets are purported to ease back pain, and similar magnetic wraps are offered for almost any part of the body, including hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet (magnetic insoles are particularly popular).

For headaches you can wear magnetic headbands, magnetic earrings, or magnetic necklaces. (One company marketing magnetic necklaces provides simple instructions: the necklace should be put on as soon as the headache appears and removed as soon as it goes away. Since most headaches come and go, following these instructions precisely will clearly produce persuasive evidence of the necklace’s efficacy.)

Many magnetic necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are formed from silver- and gold-rich magnetic alloys and promoted as both fashionable and therapeutic. One catalogue claims that magnetic earrings “stimulate nerve endings that are associated with head and neck pain”, and magnetic bracelets “act upon the body’s energy field” and “correct energy imbalances brought by electro-magnetic contamination or atmospheric changes”.

Larger items include magnetic seat cushions, magnetic pillows, and magnetic mattress pads, the last claiming to produce an “energising sleep field”.

One supplier offers a PCD – Prostate Comfort Device-for older men. If properly placed while you sit watching television or driving your car, you will no longer have to get out of bed several times a night to relieve yourself!

To avoid trouble with the Food and Drug Administration, most suppliers emphasise only “comfort” and usually specifically state “no medical claims are made”. Some, however, are far less careful. One company in Kansas markets a book entitled Curing Cancer With Super-magnets.

The authors of the book claim to have cured cancer simply by hanging a neodymium “super-magnet” around the patient’s neck. The cancer discussed in the advertisement was a breast cancer, but they report that “the super-magnets influence the whole body” and “our method can cure all types of cancer”.

Many magnetic therapy products have alternating arrays of North and South Poles facing the patient. One clear difference between such multipolar magnetic devices and unipolar devices (with only one pole facing the patient) is the “reach” of the magnetic field.

The field from even unipolar magnets decreases very rapidly with increasing distance from the magnet, but the field from multipolar magnets decreases much more rapidly. If multipolar magnets really have any effects on the human body, they will be limited to depths of penetration of only a few millimetres.

Other suppliers offer only unipolar magnets, and some emphasise the importance of having only south-seeking poles facing the body. Contrary to common scientific usage, they call south-seeking poles North Poles. Since opposite poles attract, they argue that a pole that seeks south must be a North Pole. (Here practitioners of magnetic therapy are perhaps more logical than mainstream science, which calls the south-seeking pole a South Pole, requiring that the earth’s magnetic pole in Antarctica is, by the standard scientific terminology, a North Pole.)

Dr Burl Payne, who we have quoted earlier, argues that south-seeking poles calm tissue but north-seeking poles stimulate tissue, and one should therefore never expose tumours or infections to north-seeking poles.

The broadest explanation for the efficacy of magnetotherapy was presented by Dr Nakagawa of Japan, who claims many of our modern ills result from magnetic field deficiency syndrome. The earth’s magnetic field is known to have decreased about six percent since 1830. He argues that magnetic therapy simply provides some of the magnetic field that the earth has lost.

Magnetic therapy is also prominent in the treatment of thoroughbred racehorses. An injured racehorse represents potential loss of a substantial investment, providing considerable incentive to try “alternative medicine” to supplement mainstream veterinary treatment. Magnetic pads for a variety of leg problems, magnetic blankets, magnetic hoof pads, etc., all get ringing endorsements from many horse trainers – and even some veterinarians.

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