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 MAGNETIC THERAPY

I was wondering.  Can anyone out there tell me exactly how magnetic therapy
is supposed to work and how successful is it for treatment?  My father uses
a magnetic neckless for his pains in his neck and claims to me that it works
wonders.  Since then I've heard of other products like magnetic beds that
have helped people overcome everything from asthma to heart disorders.  I
cannot verify if these reports are fact but I am curious to know if anyone
else has heard of cases like this. Also, I know in Japan it has been medically
approved for over 30 years.  If this product is all its cracked up to be why
is it not as popular here as in Japan?

                            -(a curious student) Ted



Mon, 31 Oct 1994 14:09:43 GMT
 MAGNETIC THERAPY
This form of therapy was originally called "mesmerism", after a prominent
practitioner of it.  The magnets have nothing to do with it.  It's
a form of self-hypnosis.  It's most effective on conditions amenable
to mental control, such as fatigue, headaches, or pain in the muscles
or joints.


Tue, 01 Nov 1994 20:54:05 GMT
 MAGNETIC THERAPY

You can mailorder all the "important" books and literature on
biomagnetic therapy from:

Tools for Exploration
4460 Redwood Hwy., Suite 2
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 499-9050
(800) 456-9887

A couple of the books are actually written by MDs and PhDs.

The catalog claims biomagnetic therapy is taken very seriously in
Japan, Europe, and especially Germany. "An impressive body of
research describes benefits ranging from pain relief, to speedier
wound healing, to enhancement of {*filter*} chemistry."

Quoting from their catalog, "In the United States, magnetism is
being used in experiments involving weight loss, body-building,
wound-healing, and they are being used by several professional
football teams."

They also sell magnets for you to patch on your body, or wear
around your neck. (You experiment as you read the books, I
suppose.)

They sell for $40 a magnet that will improve your home's drinking
water. (You strap it on the water pipe.)

They sell for $25 a magnet that will treat the gas in your car.
You'll get "huge gas savings" and a "decrease in emissions."

They sell for $300 a bed-mattress cover that contains 84 magnets.

Their mailorder catalog is very entertaining, and it is actually
very well written for what it is. They both sell and describe all
sorts of mind machines, biofeedback machines, floatation tanks,
brain pills, software for your PC to both measure and enhance your
intelligence, therauputic audio cassettes, etc.

As with rock crystals, apparently magnets have a following. All of
the above, should give you the gist of what magnet fanatics believe.



Wed, 02 Nov 1994 08:02:39 GMT
 MAGNETIC THERAPY

Quote:
> I was wondering.  Can anyone out there tell me exactly how magnetic therapy
> is supposed to work

No one knows. Here are a few theories:

1.) Increasing {*filter*} flow (Drawback is that it doesn't explain difference
    between north and south pole effects)
2.) Shunting semiconducting current in mylin nerve sheaths, which could
    a.) suppress pain signals to the brain
    b.) stimulate a "current of injury" which promotes healing
3.) An Indian Journal (in Medline) has another theory, based on (quantum?)
    physics. My library hasn't received the issue yet.
4.) Imposing a magnetic field at an un-natural angle imparts a torque on atoms
    which causes atomic lattices to vibrate and ostensibly promote chemical
    reactions (Drawback is that it doesn't explain difference between north
    and south pole effects)

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> and how successful is it for treatment?  

The studies I'm aware of quote from 70-90+%.

Quote:
> My father uses a magnetic neckless for his pains in his neck and claims to
> me that it works wonders.  

I think Nakagawa conducted controlled experiments on magnetic necklaces in
Japan decades ago and reported 80-90% success rates.

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> If this product is all its cracked up to be why is it not as popular here
> as in Japan?

The FDA has approved some magnetic devices: MRI, a bandage with an imbeded
magnet, and (perhaps) a magnetic device for healing broken bones. Send me
email if you'd like the (800) numbers for distributors of magnetic devices
used for healing.

IMHO, health innovations are accepted realllllly sloooooowly.



Tue, 01 Nov 1994 08:33:20 GMT
 
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