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.

Gold, silver and bronze

bac-72-c-emps-bronzeWe are now well and truly in the season of summer sports. Wimbledon is over, so bring on the Rio 2016 Olympics. That means sports injuries. Not so much the break you leg kind. The more the repetitive strain injury kind. One of the best ways to deal with these – and even to reduce the risk of them in the first place – is to wear a magnetic sports bracelet or wristband.

But aside from that wouldn’t you like a taste of the gold, or at least the silver. Maybe you’d even settle for the bronze. Well Magnetic Products Store has something for everyone. For the bronze there’s the vast range of copper bracelets (bronze being eight parts copper to one part tin). But what if you’re more ambitious than that? Maybe you’d like the silver?

bacs-7-wmps-510 (1) silverWell MPS has an impressive array of silver bracelets and bangles too, like the modern-looking one on the right. They also have designs that are a nod in the direction of antiquity, like the magnificent ABHAY Gothic bracelet below.

Who can gaze upon that bangle and not think about the ancient Olympic games in classical Greece during the great Helenic period?

bac-69-as-wmps-510 silverOf course in those days, they gave out laurel wreaths rather than medals. But metal is so much longer-lasting.

But what if you a true competitor and will settle for nothing less than gold? Then you will presumably only be satisfied with something like the gold-plated bangle below.

Of course, if mental games and intellectual competition are more your scene, then you might be interested in taking a survey on your game-playing habits, or check out this new game being developed, and it’s associated page on Facebook.

Indeed, the ancient Greeks used to love sport and mathematics. After all, mathematics is the sport of the mind, and sport is the mathematics of the body. But whatever your preference, remember what they say: It isn’t the winning, but the taking part!

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Magnetic bracelets versus winter blues… and the winner is…

VENUS' HEARTS Titanium Magnetic Bracelet

VENUS’ HEARTS Titanium Magnetic Bracelet

One of the questions we are often asked is whether magnetic bracelets can be used for psychological therapy, as opposed to its physical counterpart. This is particularly important at this time of year. January is cold and gloomy, its days short and its mood one of utter depression. Unlike December, which offers us Christmas and then the New Year, January offers us nothing by way of good cheer. It is the time when the winter blues really set in.

So if magnetic therapy with an emphasis on psychological benefit is ever needed by the general masses, it is in January.

 MPS™ MEN'S TARENT Stainless Steel & Germanium Magnetic Bracelet


MPS™ MEN’S TARENT Stainless Steel & Germanium Magnetic Bracelet

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that magnetic bracelets can cure depression. But hold your horses there, isn’t that the whole point of psychosomatic action? Whenever magnetic bracelets or other magnetic jewellery appears to work, it is dismissed by the sceptics as the”placebo effect.” In other words, it makes the person feel better psychologically. And in the case of winter depression there is a specific malady known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) that is well-known to psychologists and that is crying out for treatment.

 

brs4-2-ta-wmpsAnd how might the placebo effect work with magnetic jewellery against Seasonal Affective Disorder? Well first of all the act of purchasing a magnetic bracelet might itself give a modicum of pleasure. They don’t, after all, call it “retail therapy” for nothing. But aside from that, magnetic jewellery has that very attribute that is the most powerful antidote to the darkness and dreariness of winter: they are bright and shiny – whether made of stainless steel or polished copper.

And they are especially affordable right now, because the January sale is in progress at MPS, with discounts up to 80%. So if now is a time to buy an affordable magnetic bracelets like the ones pictured here and beat those winter blues.

I do not believe in Magnetic Therapy

There are a lot of people around who are feeling the need to express, they DO NOT believe in magnetic therapy. I am asking, why would you? if you never tried! But actually, we wouldn’t even advise those people to do so. Because these things need faith.

You can meet a lot of older people, who are complaining about that this or that treatment did not work, the medicines does not help, and the doctors know nothing. And they (expect the doctors knowledge) might be right. Because as long as they do not believe in their therapy or their healing, it just will not work.

We all experienced, that if we really want something it is happening with us. That we have to believe. It is right for our health too. We used to say, “he/she gave up” and there is no more hope. If it would only depend on the efficiency of medicines, why would that matter? But we know it does. This belief stands behind many stories of miracles, or sad stories, disasters…

We cannot say, it is only the dry objective science or only a matter of persuasion. It is a balance between them, the good mixture. Just like in Magnetic Therapy. If you do not beleive in it, there is no sense to use it.

Backpain and Myths

yoga-classTo a new, modern way of life belongs new modern kind of illnesses too. While people in the middle age died because of plague, we suffer from cancer.

 

Back pain is of course not closely that serious as cancer, but belongs to our century just like that. Statistics say that 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point if his/her life. As about everything that common, we have all sort of “knowledge” about we should or we shouldn’t do. Again just like in the middle age, superstitions in many cases.
Here you can find a slideshow about the most popular beliefs and the refutation of a few myths. Worth to look through!

http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-back-pain-myths

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!

Painkiller Addiction

There are several addictive things we are aware of. You know what smoking can cause, you have seen alcoholic people and no one would think that drugs like heroine are harmless.

But what happens if you meet something that is „normal”, that is not that known of its dangers? You can be easily addicted to it,without realizing it in time. One of these things are painkillers. You have some medical issue, you go to the doctor who subscribes some pills. And that is all. You might be just a little weak, dealing with personal life problems and so it starts. When you feel pain, you swallow a tab and everything is just better. Of course, because the pain disappeared. But that is not all. These medications have „side effects”, they are relaxing, calming you down, everything seems easier. And that is the point when they start to work like other well known drugs.

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How do they work?

They are effecting your body on three levels:

  • Addiction is the behavioral phenomenon and addiction can be defined as compulsive use of a substance. It’s also characterized by lack of control, so you lose control over yourself; you tend to focus very much on the drug. In fact, your whole life becomes the drug, obtaining the drug, and when are you going to get it next. You become preoccupied with obtaining the drug. This happens even when you are harming yourself.
  • Physical dependence refers to developing withdrawal symptoms during abstinence. In other words, if you’re taking a certain drug, and we’re talking here about opioid drugs, and you suddenly stop it, it is normal for you to go through withdrawal. That simply means you have developed a physical dependence.
  • Tolerance , once again, is a normal physiological process and it refers to the need for an increased dosage in order to produce the desired effect. So what this would refer to in pain is when a patient needs more of an opioid in order to obtain the same degree of pain relief they’ve had on a lower dosage.

“By the end of 2009 I had tried to cut down but the more I was taking the worse the withdrawal symptoms became. At this stage I needed to have six every morning on waking just to stop the shaking and vomiting, since my body detoxed the previous day’s dose overnight. I was taking 45 lozenges throughout the day simply to keep these withdrawal symptoms at bay. I would weep and laugh hysterically – I was convinced demons lived in my ceiling – and I could barely walk.”

Now probably you can see the spiral that brings you down. You start to take more than you should, and you misunderstand the symptoms when you stop. There’s something wrong, so you take your pill. But it was not the original pain you felt, it might have been the withdrawal. So to avoid it, you take pills, so it gets worse if you want to stop. Beside, you need more and more to get relief. It also influences you mentally, therefore you do not see where it brings you. It doesn’t happen in 1-2 days of course, the changing takes place slowly, which makes it even harder to recognize.

And anyway, why should you worry, you are just taking the pills you supposed to! There is nothing illegal, nothing wrong. It is all all right. Others can’t understand, they do not feel the pain…

What can you do, when you reached that point? Seek medical advice! it is not  a problem you can solve yourself! Even if you are a strong personality it is not only a question of willing. It is addiction, with very strong physical affects. It only gets worse, if you postpone it.

Hopefully, that is enough if you know, there is a risk. You can control your dose and watch the symptoms. There are a several natural, non chemical ways of relief as well. Try yoga or meditation, natural painkillers or other alternative methods.

Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53670

http://addictions.about.com/od/substancedependence/tp/painkillers.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/sep/09/i-was-a-painkiller-addict

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.

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.

 

Use of magnetic bracelets

The magnets (out of) magnetic therapy are used in many areas and fields.

Here are some of them:Electronics industries such as televisions, Telecommunications such as phones and mobiles systems, Computing including all kinds of personal computers, Electro-acoustics which includes speakers, Electro mechano-technical, Measuring instruments of all sorts, Surveillance equipment and cameras and recording devices, Massive and larger than life spectrographies and last but not list is acceleration of small and tiny particle towards magnetic bracelet.

In the last one hundred years the use of magnets have been extended into the manufacturing of compasses and navigational equipment for marine, military and navy use, manufacturing of lifting mobile equipment, magnetic bracelets magnets used in manufacturing of machine tools and of course manufacturing of electronic motors and electric machines.

Thanks to the work of many professors and lower than life researchers within the different industrial sectors the therapeutic use of magnets can benefit from the following three main and most important characteristics:Miniaturisation, and let’s remember that this was mentioned earlier. Magnets previously weighed many kilos but nowadays same strength magnets are the size of a grain of lentil.Strength of their magnetic induction, which is much stronger than ever before because of the combination of complex new and exiting ores and rare earths exotic metals).Duration of the magnetic field in magnets, which is real revolution as over time the magnetism of the components of magnets does not diminish in any significant amount.

This allows the use of titanium magnetic bracelet objects that are much more practical and even active than the old fashioned magnets of years ago.Today, many therapeutic magnets are commercially available:There are magnets about the size of a lentil called Magnetic Pastilles. These can be placed on the skin using adhesive plasters and have a magnetic flux of 2,500 gauss.Stronger and larger curved  magnets with magnetic flux of 3,800 gauss that are attached to the body using Velcro straps.Kits comprising of 4 magnets of over 3,000 gauss in body wrap attached to the body with Velcro straps.Magnetic Bracelets comprising of many magnets of few thousand gauss each.Magnetic Necklaces comprising of 6 magnets of over 3,000 gauss each

.Magnetic Belts comprising of 16 magnets of 800 gauss.Extremely   powerful  Magnetic Pendants each containing a magnet producing a flux of 12500 gauss.

Magnetic Insoles inlaid with magnets to correspond with the acupuncture points that relate to the different organs within the body.

Magnetic Earrings that stimulate different acupuncture points on the  ear that correspond to different organs in the body.Magnetic Watches that have 2 magnets of 1600 gauss in the wristband.Magnetic Filters called Magnetil designed to magnetise water (They can be placed directly into bottles of water).