A FACTUAL GUIDE
We now stand on
the verge of a great new age in magnetic science and its applications, a
tool that has been provided by Mother Nature herself. Ralph U. Sierra
Magnetic Therapy is a
natural method used to relieve pain, restore energy and
It has proven to be a safe, effective, economical, and simple to use
form of alternative therapy. Magnetic therapy is thousands of years old
yet holds great promise for the future.
Magnets have been
scientifically proven to enable the body to regain its self-healing
electromagnetic balance naturally. Strong evidence suggests that
magnetic therapy may help to:
Restore natural energy
Increase blood circulation
Prevent or reverse infection
Promote metabolic processing of toxins
Support the healing process
Magnetic therapy is a
non-invasive treatment method with a very high success rate. Magnetic
therapy has much to offer in both the prevention and treatment of
A Brief History
of Magnetic Therapy
between magnets, health and well being is currently enjoying a revival,
but the approach is not new. Magnetic therapy possesses an ancient
heritage and has occupied a central role within Chinese medicine for
over 2000 years. Magnetic therapy is mentioned in some of the earliest
writings in Egypt, India and Greece. Until recently the scientific
explanation of magnetic action was not available. Dedicated researchers
and the introduction of the space age have contributed greatly to the
understanding of magnetism in health and healing. NASA discovered that
magnetic field generators were essential in space craft to maintain
normal health for the astronauts
utilizes the natural energy of magnetism that is important to human
existence and overall health. A
magnetic field provides a (natural) way
to assist the (body’s normal healing process) as it passes through all
tissues and cells. Studies show that magnets can be an effective therapy
for the relief of pain by blocking pain sensations.
Applying magnetic fields to an injured area improves
blood flow and oxygen to enhance the body’s natural healing process.
The improved blood flow and fluid exchange to the
injured tissue helps reduce pain and inflammation.
Dr. U. Warnke’s
studies showed higher body temperatures under the influence of magnetic
fields. His study used infrared thermography, a method that maps
increased heat caused by increased blood flow thus proving magnetic
fields increase circulation.
*Dr. Julian Whittaker
states, the big question in the scientific community is exactly how
magnets produce such
pain-relieving sensations. At this time no one can answer that question.
But regardless of how they work, there is no question that they do work.
In 1997, Dr.
Carlos Valbona of the Baylor College of Medicine, published a study
76% success rate.
76% of treated
patients using permanent magnets reported a decrease in arthritic
joint and muscle pain VS: 19% of placebo patients.
Diabetic Foot Pain:
In 1999, Dr.
Michael Weintraub of New York Medical College, released a study that
showed a significant rate of reduction in foot pain that afflicts
millions of diabetics.
90% success rate.
insoles, nine out of ten diabetics reported a decrease in painful
burning sensations, numbness and tingling VS. Only a 22% reporting
improvement in the placebo group.
The Effects of
In simple terms,
magnetic poles have the following effect:
– has a sedating,
– has a stimulating,
(both poles) –
Increases circulation, and is effective in pain control on conditions on
or near the skin surface.
Gauss is the most
misunderstood and misused word in the field of magnetic therapy. Magnet
strength is measured in units called Gauss. For comparison, the natural
magnetic field of the Earth is about ½ of 1 gauss. The average
"refrigerator" magnet is about 10 gauss. Magnets used in therapeutic
products vary from about 100 gauss to 2,500 gauss. The strength of a
magnet is dependent on the size, weight and shape of the magnet.
Do Magnets Have
The Power To Heal?
Magnets themselves do
not heal. Magnets create an environment to assist and speed up the
Will Magnets Work For
An estimated 140
million people around the world currently use magnetic therapy.
Published studies demonstrate a success rate of 75 to 95%. (Depending on
the various ailments studied)
How Long Should I
Wear A Magnetic Product?
This is an
individual’s choice. Some use magnetic devices until pain is relieved
and re-apply when pain returns. Others wear magnetic devices most of the
time. Base your decision on your results. Magnetic products used to
relieve pain and speed up the healing process are generally used short
term whereas those used to promote overall health and wellness are often
used on a long term basis.
How Quick Can One
Some individuals get
relief within minutes. The majority however, gets relief within several
hours to several weeks. The effect can be very subtle and in some cases
is not noticeable until after the treatment is stopped.
Magnets are a natural
product from the earth’s resources. All research done to date indicates
that magnets are one of the safest forms of alternative therapy
available, This is also the position of The World Health Organization as
stated in their study on magnetic fields published in 1987.
How Long Will Magnets
In normal use and
with proper care, the magnetic element in products will last a lifetime.
Magnetic products can be demagnetized if exposed to high temperatures
exceeding 140° C (250°F).
Will A Fridge Magnet
No, a typical fridge
magnet is magnetized bipolar, with up to 32 poles per inch. This
configuration prevents the magnetic field from penetrating deep enough
to be biologically effective.
Do Magnets Block
No they do not,
negative ions produced by a North pole magnet may enhance the
body’s ability to counter the effects of positive ion absorption from
Different Types of Magnets
There are four types
of magnets used in magnetic therapy. Gauss readings vary within each
type according to the magnet’s weight, size and shape.
Ceramic #5 and
(Manufacturer’s rating 3950 and 4000 Gauss) Actual readings with a Gauss
meter will range from 300 to 1200 Gauss. Made by mixing ceramic clay and
iron powder. This type of magnet is used in most magnetic therapy
(Manufacturer’s rating 700 Gauss) Actual readings with a Gauss meter
will range from 120 to 260 Gauss. Made by mixing iron powder with
rubber. Most commonly used in magnetic insoles and flexible magnetic
rating 10200 to 12300 Gauss). Actual readings with a Gauss meter will
range from 1700 to 2300 Gauss. A very costly magnet made from a
combination of neodymium, iron and boron. Used in magnetic jewelry and
small magnetic therapy devices.
(Manufacturer’s rating 8700 to 1100 Gauss). Actual readings with a Gauss
meter range from 1000 to 2000 Gauss. Made from a combination of samarium
and cobalt. Used in small quantities in magnetic jewelry items.
Today in Japan and
other Asian countries, therapeutic magnets are licensed as medical
devices. Magnetic therapy has found favor in Australia, Russia and many
European countries, especially Germany where medical insurance covers
some of the costs. Contemporary western medicine uses magnetic energy
for diagnosis with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and, as a method to
accelerate the healing of bone fractures. Magnetic therapy is becoming
increasingly popular among progressive health care practitioners,
veterinarians and professional athletes as well as the general
It is a fact our
population is aging and the cost of traditional health care is spiraling
upward. Magnetic therapy, for reasons of simplicity, effectiveness and
economy, will become a much more important form of alternative therapy
in the future.
Magnetic energy has a
beneficial effect on blood circulation, lymph flow, hormone production,
nerves and muscles. Dr. Ulrich Warnke
The application of a
magnetic field has the virtues of simplicity, freedom from danger and
low cost. Dr. Evelyne Holzapfel
results obtained through magnet therapy give it a place of considerable
importance in the field of therapeutics. Neville S. Bengali M.D.
This is a revolution
in the therapy of muscle injuries, joint pain, and posture problems. We
have treated 4,000 patients with whiplash injuries by means of the
magnet and helped 80% of them. Dr. J.B. Baron M.D.
scientifically proven to be able to assist the body regain its
self-healing electromagnetic balance naturally.
Ken Wianko, M.D.
Normal exposure to
natural geomagnetic fields of the earth has diminished and many people
suffer from, "magnetic field deficiency syndrome", which, can
cause headaches, dizziness, muscle stiffness, chest pain, insomnia,
constipation, and general fatigue. The use of magnets assists in
restoring the natural magnetic balance required by the body’s healing
process. Kyoichi Nakagawa M.D.
Magnetic fields can
stimulate metabolism and increase the amount of oxygen available to the
cells of the body. Magnet therapy can increase enzyme action because it
fosters a favorable environment within cells (mainly a proper pH).
William H. Philpott M.D.
According to the
World Health Organization the type and Gauss strength of magnets used in
magnetic therapy offer no health hazard. Consult your health care
professional before using any new type of therapy. Most magnetic
products carry warning labels indicating the following precautions:
Use magnetic therapy as a supplement to
conventional treatment. This information is provided for educational
purposes only. It does not recommend self diagnosis and treatment
with magnetic products. Anyone experiencing health problems should
consult with a health care professional before starting any new
therapy. The author will not be held responsible for anyone using
this information to treat themselves or others. Do not use magnets
or magnetic therapy if using a pacemaker, implanted medical device
or insulin pump as they may interfere with the delicate electronic
equipment. Magnetic products are not recommended with transdermal
patches or during pregnancy.
Keep magnetic products at least six inches away from
objects such as credit cards, computers, diskettes, audio and
videotapes, and similar items, as loss of data may result.
information is provided for educational purposes only. It does not
recommend self-diagnosis and treatment with magnetic products. Anyone
experiencing health problems should consult with a health care
professional before starting any new therapy. Magna-Pak will not be
held responsible for anyone using this information to treat themselves
or others with magnets or magnetic therapy.
MAGNETIC THERAPY A
Factual Guide for Consumers
© ISBN - 0-9681900-1-4
Published May, 2000
By Mason Services Publishing P. O. Box 98, Arva Ontario Canada, N0M 1C0
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Copyright 2000 by
Fred Rinker - Printed in Canada
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Rinker - Fred Rinker is also author of The Invisible Force
–Traditional Magnetic Therapy