History of magnets
Famous people who uses magnet therapy.
Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth 1, Bill Clinton, Anthony Hopkins and Cherie Blair are just a few of the famous magnet therapy devotees. More and more professional sports people and celebrities are discovering the ancient power of magnets. Read on to hear what they have to say about using magnetic therapy
John Fanthams’ story
England and Sheffield Wednesday soccer star John Fantham was left with chronic leg pains at the end of his gruelling 14-year career.
Now at 61 he confessed, “ I was beginning to feel like an old man of 90. I’d get out of bed with all my joints aching, and I couldn’t go up and down stairs without creaking. I like a game of golf but it was becoming difficult to actually finish a round. You can imagine the hammering my legs got as a professional footballer when I was younger. The injuries are coming back to haunt me.”
“Doctors had taken x-rays which showed the bone was simply worn away and all I could see for the future was it getting worse and worse.” Then a friend told his 87-year-old mother about magnotherapy and she passed on the advice.
John said “ well, of course I was a bit suspicious at first. I mean it sounds rubbish, doesn’t it? How can wearing magnets help? I thought it was a load of old rubbish. But then I was persuaded to actually try it. It took about 2 weeks before it hit home, but then I realized I was feeling a lot better. My joints felt far suppler, the pain was relieved and I can actually stand by the tee and take a swing without creaking or cracking! The magnet I wear is in a wristband. I have no idea how it works, I’m just glad it does. I know the magnet is powerful enough to pick up a bunch of keys, but apart from that I’m happy to be in ignorance. Lots of people come up to me wondering what it is I’m wearing on my wrist and they are intrigued when I tell them. Most want to find out for themselves if it works or not.”
Gordon Laws’ story
It sounds incredible and no one knows how it works but thousands of suffering people swear MAGNETS have cured their pain. For ex-copper Gordon Law, life was 30 years of agony after a villain stabbed him in the back. He tried everything medicine could offer but nothing worked, until he slipped a simple magnetic bracelet over his wrist. Gordon 54 explained: “I was on the most extreme painkillers, heavy doses of morphine and methadone and I also went for unorthodox treatments like acupuncture. I tried everything apart from witch doctors dancing over me to stop the pain and I would have done that if I could have found a witch doctor!” It was a year before Gordon could return to desk duties after the brutal attack in Birmingham. At first surgeons told him he’d never even get out of bed because of his spinal injuries. He went on: “ Then I was in a wheelchair and they told me I’d never get out of that either. But I did that too. “Now all I need is crutches. But ever since the stabbing I suffered from excruciating pain in my legs and back. Sometimes it was so bad I punched and kicked the wall until my hands or feet bled, just to distract me the pain was so bad. Nothing helped and by the time a friend suggested using magnets a couple of years ago I was prepared to try anything. To be honest I was extremely cynical at first but I can tell you now it is nothing less than a miracle. I feel as if the shackles have fallen away and I’ve been given a new lease of life. It is just absolutely amazing. Even my own doctor wears a magnet now. I won’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Chi Chi Rodriguez, another popular senior player, has been using a magnetic mattress since a trip to Japan some 30 years ago. Magnets are widely used for pain and overall well-ness in that country, as evidenced by the dozens of tiny ones taped to the body of New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabo.
Pro football players are reporting quicker recovery from injury with the use of magnets. Ronnie Loll, the former all-pro safety with the Oakland raiders, is a spokesman for Bioflex, one of several American magnet therapy companies chasing the Japanese manufacturer Nikken.
‘I was willing to try anything within league limits to relieve pain during my playing days, ‘said Loll, now a broadcaster with the Fox network. ‘But believe me, I would not have kept using magnets if they didn’t work.’
Many doctors have doubted that the experiences of such pro athletes can be replicated in clinical trials. But one controlled, randomized study published in the Archives of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine last November is beginning to change some minds. In the experiment, which involved 50 people suffering from pain years after a bout with polio, researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found significantly reduced symptoms among subjects using magnet devices with power slightly stronger than refrigerator stick-ons. The results were corrected for any placebo effect.
Of course, more studies are needed to determine if greater magnetic intensity (called gauss) might bring more results, whether the pain relief is temporary or lasting, and whether there is any drop-off in effectiveness if magnets are used constantly.
Even most critics admit there is no physical harm in trying magnets out for most people, though there are questions about whether a magnetic field can disrupt pacemakers, insulin pumps, drug patches and pregnancy.
Fiscal risk is another matter. There’s little investment at the lower end of the magnet products, say $20 or less. It gets more expensive if you want a special bracelet for wrist or elbow pain ($150 range) or a magnetic pad for your bed (about $500 and up).
‘For some people with pain symptoms, magnets are not only the best treatment but a t least expensive one,’ said Dr. Julian Whitaker, co-author of ‘The Pain Relief Breakthrough: The Power of Magnets.’ (Little, Brown and company). ‘Most anyone with hack pain should benefit from using them.’
Whitaker says magnets can be equally beneficial for arthritis, menstrual cramps, carpel tunnel syndrome and various sports injuries. His book details the history of magnetic therapy. With it’s roots in China (where it is still used by some acupuncturists), India and Egypt.
He explained magnets are not respected by American doctors because there are few U.S. studies confirming results. One obstacle is the magnetic fields can’t be patented, so any company wishing to prove that magnets work – at considerable expense if government endorsement is the goal – only does the heavy lifting for a host of competitors.
‘I think magnets have potential to work for cancer and the other diseases, maybe auto immune disorders,’ said Whitaker. ‘I don’t know how the mechanisms will work, but think it can be effective.’
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