A fake blog here

I have found a fine example of an automated blog that takes the micky out of the whole magnetic therapy debate. This blog is an automated blog, where the content is used again and again in different blogs and site, and a software replaces words in the different versions, so the search engines will not penalise the site for duplicate content.

The following line says it all: “As abundant as possible, you would appetite your adolescent to attending appealing and able so you may appetite to accede authoritative her abrasion pieces of jewelry that can emphasis her outfit. Earrings are amid the Accessories you can opt to beautify your child’s actualization but if her aerial are not pierced, you can buy magnetic earrings for kids instead.”

Not exactly the Queen’s English, is it?
And wait, there is mre: ” For bandage earrings, the magnets should accept a appraisement of 1,000 Gauss and should be amid into their collapsed backside. bandage earrings should additionally accept ear clips with a bounce arrangement to ascendancy the magnets in their appropriate place. Also, accomplish abiding that the earrings can fit calmly on your child’s aerial to anticipate asleep and affliction abnormally back she has to abrasion them for a continued time.”

This is found at http://magneticjewelry.gohiblog.com/

The idea of those sites is simple: Create a site or a blog and fill it with any text – with the key words that are relevant to magnetic bracelet and the beautiful part is that it can be any old tosh – as those sites are not really made for human eyes – they are for the attention of search engines only. And they are really stupid. Still.

Wild argument about magnetic therapy jewellery – believe it or not!

Here is a crazy debate about magnetic therapy and magnetic jewellery:

http://www.metta.org.uk/forums/genf/showsubj.asp?Subject=Magnetic%20therapy%20-nikken%20products

It is amazing how serious people takes the arguments – it is like a Monty Python sketch.

The discussion here descended very fast to the merits of “biopolar” vs. “unipolar” magnets.

And the main point put by one side was that “…Since the north polarity has a negative charge, taping the north side of a magnet to your skin can sedate the build-up of positive energy in your cells. This calms you. The north side is also generally the stronger healing force. Its tendency is to keep bringing us back into balance. It provides a restful, restorative energy and is associated with taking away pain, swelling, and infections, lowering blood pressure, and inhibiting tumour growth. It is also used in the treatment of sprains, broken bones, arthritis, and toothaches.” And “…THE SOUTH SIDE OF A MAGNET makes things grow. For better or worse, it activates, stimulates, and increases = whether blood circulation or cancer. For this reason it is trickier to work with the south side of a magnet. You don’t know what you may be activating. The south side will stimulate and amplify energies, disperse fluids, and increase blood flow. Because of its effect on the production of insulin, THE SOUTH SIDE of a magnet SHOULD NOT be placed on someone who is DIABETIC. I generally limit my use of the south side to working with burns, broken bones, sprains, and blood clots, or to create a close circuit in conjunction with the north side.”

The funny thing about this debate is that when one do a search on the internet – ones come across a massive info that was written by “experts” in very low quality websites – and people takes it as true and reality because it is written in a website. Come on people. A website is the most un-reliable source of information – anybody can write whatever they want – and there is nobody to say what is true and what is bonkers.

The discussion than comes to the war between the die hard factions on Nikken and Bioflow and the non believers in between. Really fun reading. And it gives a new perspective about believe in something intangible – like god maybe. If one can believe in god, one can believe in magnets. Or is that the other way around?

 

Another study rubbishing magnetic therapy

Last week we found out that academics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City were determined to find out if there was something to back up the any claim made by magnet therapy supporters and sellers that wearing magnets may help to ease pains. The trendy hypothesis is that magnets one way or another increase blood flow to an effected area or block nerve impulses that carry pain information and that’s why wearing them helps, but the results of experiments by Dr. David W. Garrison indicated that there may have been no significant physiological distinction brought about by wearing magnets.

Those researchers think that they found that magnets did not appear to influence the nerve fibbers that transmit information about touch to the spinal cord, which have a propensity to be much more sensitive to encouragement than the nerves that pass on pain signals.

So if these highly sensitive touch nerves were not to be affected by magnets, “it would be a miracle” if magnets could influence the less sensitive pain nerves, the good old Dr. David W. Garrison said in an interview to Magnetic Therapy UK that was conducted via Skype last week.

These results, which are published in the American Journal of Pain Management, suggest that it would be “seemingly farfetched that (magnets) are doing something to alleviate pain,” he whispered in the interview.

The superior Dr. goes on to talk about that any apparent benefit wearers may feel they get from magnets is most likely the Placebo Effect that once again coming into play. Though he also mentioned that it’s possible some real pain relief could be the result of “gating.”

He is saying that “When people feel pain in their wrists from carpal tunnel syndrome, the researcher explained, nerve cells are sending that pain information to the spinal cord. However, if people wear a bracelet that contains a magnet to ease the pain, the pressure from the bracelet will activate other nerves that transmit information about touch to the spinal cord, and these nerves will start to compete with the pain nerve signals, limiting the amount of pain information reaching the brain.”

Later on he said that “…This theory also helps explain why rubbing a painful spot can often make it feel better”.

I bet that sellers of magnetic jewellery will not want this study to be seen by the wide public!

We will follow up this study in the coming months.

 

Introducing the first player – Magnetic therapy trasher

The Sceptic Dictionary is a large and respectable website that is dedicated to “Exploring strange beliefs, amusing descriptions, and dangerous delusions…” It is reputable and appears to be well known and a source of authority in many quarters. This will be a major website that we will explore in our quest to understand the sceptism toward magnetic bracelets.

This is a commercial website with strong presence of advertisement. The reason I emphesise this is the connection that anybody will easy see between the need to be funny and sharp in order to get the readership that will in turn bring the revenues that the authors are aspiring to achieve.

It is a generic site – by that I mean that it is not dedicated to rubbish alternative therapies or magnetic therapy alone – it is a site with wide range interests. It will put all possible targets in it’s site, whenever they come.

The person behind the site is a ‘professional sceptic’: Robert Carroll is an academic that made a life long successful career from criticizing more or less everything, writing text books about it and educating generations of students alone the way towards paradise of self righteousness. One important point to say about him – which by the way will be also the same for most of those who do favour magnetic therapy: He do not posses any scientific education non what so ever. His training is a philosopher’s training.

A quick bird’s eye view of the pages and site navigational structure  puts Alternative medicine on the top of the left hand side menu. It is the most important target by the site, which is again, runs by a philosopher!

That is it for now. At a later posting I will investigate the magnetic therapy category in depth, and try to see the connection the writers makes between that and the commercial mystification – the magnetic jewellery and magnetic bracelets sellers.