History of magnets

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Magnetic strength and measurement

Uses of magnets for common ailments

Application of magnetic therapy

Magnetic Therapy Research

Magnetic water

Animals and Magnetic therapy

Painkillers And Their Side-Effects

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Frequently asked Questions

Below is a list of the most common questions that we are usually asked about.

3. Can I be allergic to magnets?

    There is no absolute proof as to whether a person can be allergic to magnets or not. There have not been any recorded instances of allergic reactions to magnets but since magnets are made of several metallic compounds there is always the potential for an allergic reaction to one or more of the metals that the magnet is made from. However the chances of this occurring are very small. Magnets do not contain nickel or zinc, which are the most common metals that cause allergic reactions.
    If you are using magnets that are incorporated into metal jewellery it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the base metals of the jewellery in which the magnets are placed. For example many ‘cheap’, poor quality magnetic bangles are made of copper with plating over. Copper is commonly used as a base metal in magnetic jewellery as it has many beneficial properties for the body and it is uncommon to have a reaction to copper. The plating used in these types of jewellery, can be very poor quality indeed. The use of nickel in metal plating was outlawed several years ago , because of the high instance of allergic reactions, but many plated coatings including gold and silver do contain zinc which is also renowned for causing allergic reactions. If you have an allergy to zinc or any other metal that is commonly used in the plating process it is advisable to avoid copper based plated magnetic devices altogether.
    Stainless steel magnetic jewellery has a very low instance of allergic reaction. Almost all stainless steel magnetic jewellery is made from surgical stainless steel , which is known by the steel rating of 316 L. Very few people are allergic to this type of stainless steel , which is used to make artificial joints for joint replacement surgery ( e.g. hip and knee replacements). If you have a nickel or zinc allergy it is perfectly safe for you to use stainless steel magnetic devices.
    Magnetic hematite is hypoallergenic and contains no metal at all. There have been no reported cases of an allergic reaction to hematite. Some types of hematite devices do have a metal clasp to secure them, for example bracelets and necklaces and it is possible to be allergic to the metal clasp.

4. Is it safe to use magnetic therapy with conventional medication?

    It is perfectly safe to use magnetic devices with all conventional treatments ( with the obvious exception of the items listed in question 1) . This includes medication, physiotherapy, steroid injections, epidural injections, splints, supports and tens machines.
Magnets do not interact with medication prescribed by your doctor, they will not effect the way in which your tablets work even if you are taking lots of tablets for several different problems, even if you are taking warfarin, high blood pressure tablets, aspirin, insulin, diabetic tablets, pain killers, steroids, anti depressants, high cholesterol tablets and many many more. The only medication that will be effected by magnets are GTN drug patches, all other medication and drug patches are safe to use with magnets.
    Magnetic devices do not interfere with any treatments that you may be receiving from your doctor or specialist (except chemotherapy and radiotherapy). You do not have to stop using magnets before you start a course of treatment, for example you can use magnets if you are having a course of steroid injections or if you receive epidural injections. Magnets are safe to use during a course of physiotherapy or hydrotherapy. You may also use magnets in-conjunction with a tens machine, simply remove the magnets whilst the machine is in place and put them back on after the tens session is finished. Even people requiring quite major treatments such as dialysis are still able to use magnets during their treatments.
    One of the most common reasons for the failure of magnets to work is that people do not realise that it is safe and perfectly OK to use magnets with conventional treatment they receive from the GP or hospital. Many people stop using them once they start a new treatment. As soon as the magnets are removed the benefits that they were receiving begin to fade and they then wonder why their symptoms have reoccurred.
    For many people there is a fear of telling their doctor or specialist that they are using magnets. There really is nothing to be afraid of. Most doctors have now heard about magnets and for many of them it is not a therapy that they believe in , but your doctor does not have to believe in magnets for you to use them. You do not require your doctor’s approval or blessing to use and benefit from magnets. They can not order you to stop using them or refuse to treat you because you are using them. It is your individual right to choose which treatments conventional or non conventional that you exposure your body too.
    If you are worried about your doctor’s reaction to your use of magnets then you quite simply do not have to tell him. You do not need to disclose the use of magnets to your doctor if you do not feel comfortable doing so. I always advocate that people do let their doctor know as it will improve the communication between your doctor and yourself but if you really can’t face doing this then there is no medical reason for you to tell him.

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