Do Magnetic bracelets work? Depends who you ask!

Should we ask the question do the magnetic bracelets really work or should we go for broke and ask how do magnetic bracelets work? It’s harder than you think. Like a chicken and egg question. Do we presume that they work and look for the mechanism? Or do we start off assuming nothing, like orthodox scientists. It was after all George Francis Gillette who said “there is no ox so dumb as the orthodox.

But was that just the voice of an embittered would-be scientist or a legitimate criticism of those who are incapable of thinking outside the box? Does it even matter? The important thing is that user experience has endorsed this alternative approach even if the mainstream medical community has not. So while the medical community lags behind and either ignores the issue altogether or tentatively asks does magnetic therapy work, the more enlightened and open-minded seeker of answers, instead asks a deeper query of magnetic bracelets – how do they work?

As yet there is no definitive answer, although – needless to say – some theories have been put forward. But of more interest perhaps is the what rather than the why. As in the inquiry that asks what do magnetic bracelets help with? The usual answers are arthritis and headaches. But how much evidence is there to support those claims. Sure we can ask, hopefully, do magnetic bracelets work for arthritis? But as fast as one study says that they do, another study comes along and says actually no, they don’t. Accepting new ideas in medicine is slow. That’s because whenever an innovation comes along, the specter of thalidomide hangs over it.

And of course the same goes for hypertension and its consequences. Do magnetic bracelets work for headaches? There are no medical studies or trials that say they do. But there was a study that said that treatment with pulses from high-power electromagnets could reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. So at least when some one asks do magnets really help with pain, we can answer in the affirmative – albeit to a limited degree. Then maybe the same question could be asked of arthritis. Do magnets work for arthritis, even if not of the kind you wear on your wrist?

Alas no similar study had been undertaken for the use of such high power magnets on arthritis patients as in the migraine study. So there is no data one way or the other on that one. On the other hand, there was a study in 2004 by Tim Harlow of the Peninsula Medical School that concluded that magnetic bracelets ‘ease aches’ in osteoarthritis sufferers specifically. So magnetic bracelets DO work, say researchers, albeit in the case of one particular ailment.

But what are the benefits of magnetic bracelets to those who suffer from other chronic conditions? Do magnetic bracelets really help with pain in general? Or one type of ailment only?

Of course it is good to be able to cite the recognized positives of such treatment.  There may only be limited things one can say about health benefits of magnetic bracelets – safe alternative medicine, at least even if not yet guaranteed to be effective treatment. But at least we can say, when someone asks “What is a healing bracelet?” that the answer is: whatever works for you.

Give your lover a magnetic bracelet for Valentine’s Day

Tennis Summer Sky

Tennis Summer Sky

It’s only four days away! Yes, I’m talking about St. Valentine’s Day. And how are going to show the one you love just how much you love them? A card? A box of chocolates? Flowers?

How about some jewellery?

“Jewellery? Are you crazy! I love her [or “him”] but I’m not made of money!”

Well that’s true. In these days of recession and austerity, times are hard. Even bank managers are struggling! (I bet you feel sorry for them, don’t you?) And even policemen, who are actually quite well paid. The other day a policeman was telling me: “I used to pound the beat, but now I’m struggling to beat the pound!”

 

python 4-in-1

python 4-in-1

Ah, fear and whinge no more, my fellow citizen of this austerity-ridden world, for the answer is upon us. And it comes in the form of magnetic jewellery from the Magnetic Products Store. Magnetic and copper bracelets and bangles have the dual purpose of using magnets for healing (such as copper bracelets for arthritis) and looking good.

The store offers a range of bracelets for men and women. The men’s bracelets contain extra strong magnets (also known as therapy magnets) and also include sports magnets and men’s bangles.  And in this promotion for St. Valentine’s Day, they also offer some of the best bracelets for women.

Take a look and pick up a bargain there. But don’t tell your lover that it’s a bargain. Let them tell you that it’s a lovely bracelet.

Coronavirus: New virus ‘not yet global threat’

Time to time there is a new deadly virus pops up, and all the media and all the people are going crazy. And then it’s gone.

But, is it gone, because we were all well informed and prepared (vaccinate) or it was only a hype?

What if, once we would not take it serious enough, because we heard “DANGER!” too many times? What would happen?

Some people say, that the pharmaceutical industry is the one behind it. But would we risk, not to protect ourselves though?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23179570

An other way to use magnetic field for healing

Maybe not many people heard about it, but there is another, widely used method for healing with magnetic field.

The type of magnets is different though, then used in our jewelry. While our bracelets include permanent  magnets, in the mainstream medicine they are using an electric generated field.

It is called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and can help with bone fractures, even mental disorders (like for example depression) or recovering after stroke.

shutterstock_56191381„It works by using an electromagnet placed on the scalp to generate brief magnetic pulses, about the strength of an MRI scan.

These pulses stimulate the part of the brain called the cerebral cortex.”
/ from here /
Many experiments have confirmed it’s success,  which gives a lot of hope for people struggling with diseases, previously considered as incurable.

„Overall, participants who received the magnet therapy improved by 16.3% immediately following treatment and by 22.6% two weeks later. There were no improvements seen in test scores of those who got the other treatment.“
/from here/

We certainly hope, that it will make even more suffer disappear from this world and help to open up our mind for non-traditional ways of healing too!

What to do with low back pain

Many of magnetic products users suffer from low back pain. Magnetic therapy may help to give relief, but for sure there is additional treatment needed.

The opinion about, which way is the best, varies. Shall people rather stay in bed or still live an active life?

The following article describes very fairly the results of medical researches according the topic. Altough, it says active life does not ensure the better recovery rate, does it not influence psychologicaly?

http://www.spine-health.com/news/20100701/bed-rest-or-staying-active-better-low-back-pain-recovery

Antibiotics resistance

During the past centuries our medicines become more and more effective. But know it is turning out, that some of them have unforeseen side effects. For a while antibiotics seemed to be a cure-all. Now we are more careful with it, but it careful enough?
The government’s chief medical officer for England is warning us:

“The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation”

Read more here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21737844

So called Knowledge Centres in commercial sites

Bellow is an interview with an executive in the industry. One of his main responsibly in the organization is the Knowledge Centre of his company which sells magnetic jewellery, magnetic bracelets, or magnetic jewelry as they are called in the United States. And oh boy he have a full belly on other similar outlets. In this interview – mostly a non-stop monologue, we can revile interesting practices by the industry. Let’s see the full interview:

I enter the office and the phone starts to ring. Here we go again, I think. I can tell you what it is going to be about. Another brain washed buyer asking me about polarity, enhance magnetism, south and north pole and other mambo jumbo.

A buyer who purchased let’s say an expensive top of the range Premium Titanium Magnetic Bracelet because he liked the looks of it on his screen go on after that and “find out” a lot about magnetic bracelets and magnetic therapy on the internet. While he carries on surfing and bathing in the new found knowledge, a little voice inside his head starts to raise the alarm bells. As he reads more and find few more references to those new “facts”, the little voice becomes massive sirens of real emergency – the person starts to see red and starts coming in and out of his scope of vision. The warning signs are out there, and he cannot ignore them any more, so he picks up the phone and call us.

I pick up the phone, and the conversation goes like this. After the necessary pleasantries, he goes for the kill:

I have a question : magnets are measured in 2 ways , one is the total gauss of a magnet and then the power on the surface of the magnet which is not the same and it’s usually about 8 or 10 times smaller than the total gauss power of the magnet . Which reading are you giving to the power of the magnets on your bracelets, the total gauss power or the surface power of the magnet ?

Well, after that spill I ask for a second, cover the handset and drive my head on the wall, slamming it for few minutes. I than take the handset and hit the desk few times. I than compose my professional self and start to deal with this nonsense:

“I have no idea what is “the total gauss of a magnet” or “the power on the surface of the magnet” and no idea how to measure any of them. We measure the magnets by attaching pins of the gauss meter to each side of the magnets and take a reading. You can call it surface, I suppose. The distinction you quoted is an invention of magnetic jewellery website, to convince you that their items is better (or different) from other. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet…There is only one way to measure magnets, and you need to take the magnets out of the bracelet to do that.”

Is the buyer happy? No, of course he is not. He just paid a lot of money just to find out that all this magnificent technical impressive data that validates his decision to splash a lot of money on magnetic bracelet is mambo jumbo?

I will tell you what is going to happen: He will feel cheated. He may even ask for a refund and get the same item somewhere else, where they do give him enough positive ‘scientific’ re-enforcement and justification to buy magnetic jewellery.