It has long been common knowledge that cold weather brings on arthritic pains – or at least increases them. But orthodox medicine always seems to think that it is competent to challenge first-hand knowledge and dismiss popularly held beliefs as “old wives tales” – even if they are rooted in human experience. A good example of this can be found in an article in the Mail Online a few years ago quoted a certain professor of musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Leeds who goes by the name of Philip Conaghan. He claimed that:
Scientific trials have failed to prove this. There is no evidence to show weather or climate has any effect on arthritis. OA occurs all over the world, in all types of climates.’
Now, whatever “scientific trials” may have “proved”, some of you may have noticed a flaw in the learned professor’s logic – at least in the way in which he presents his case. Because the issue is not whether or not osteoarthritis occurs in all types of climate, but rather whether it occurs with the same incidence in all climates.
And that is precisely the question that the Mail online article does not go into. So we must look elsewhere for an answer.
One good place to start might be this article on the website of the Arthritis Foundation:
Changes in temperature or barometric pressure, a measure that refers to the weight of the surrounding air, trigger joint pain, though researchers aren’t entirely sure why. In 2007, researchers at Tufts University in Boston reported that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain. Increasing barometric pressure was also a pain trigger in the Tufts study.
The article goes on to say:
In fact, studies in cadavers have found that barometric pressure affects pressure inside the joints. In one experiment, when pressure in the hip joints was equated with atmospheric pressure, it threw the ball of the hip joint about one-third of an inch off track.
This is quite strong evidence, coming – as it does – from the Arthritis Foundation. But the question is, if you suffer from arthritis, what can you do about it?
Magnetic therapy has been the subject of ongoing controversy. But the one area where conventional medicine appears to be ready to acknowledge – albeit grudgingly – that it works, is in providing pain relief for sufferers of osteoarthritis.
Indeed, a Randomised controlled trial of magnetic bracelets for relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, published by the British Medical Journal, states that:
We found evidence of a beneficial effect of magnetic wrist bracelets on the pain of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Self reported unblinding to treatment group did not substantially affect the results.
This is even stronger evidence than the Arthritis Foundation website. A peer-reviewed article in the BMJ is certainly not to be sneezed at, Furthermore, the study is extremely detailed and thorough, taking into account “blinding removal” – testing if the magnets are real or not. It clearly rules out the placebo effect.
Of particular interest is that it goes on to say that the treatment works better with stronger magnets.
Finally, the article notes that magnetic bracelets are cost-effective because they can be used in conjunction with other treatments and because the bracelets are a one-off purchase:
the effects seem additive to those of the participants’ usual treatment. The (one off) cost of bracelets (around £30-£50 ($58-$96, €43-€92)), compares well with that of analgesics (paracetamol £20 a year, newer non-steroidal anti-inflammatories £250 a year).
This would seem to pretty much wrap up the case. For someone suffering from osteoarthritis, it’s a no-brainer.
Remember that line in The Godfather 3, when Al Pacino says: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in? Well, I sometimes feel like the opposite. Just when I feel I’m back in the swing of blogging, something happens to slow me down. So now I am back after more than a month. Apologies to you all.
So what am I back here to talk about? The answer is sport. As you know, we are less than two weeks from the 2016 Summer Olympics in good old Rio, the land that gave us those gorgeous babes who always seem to win the beach volleyball. Four years ago, we hosted the Olympics here and the government imposed the most draconian laws against anyone using the Olympic games to promote their wares unless they had paid a king’s ransom to the games’ organizers. This was particularly offensive considering that British taxpayers and London ratepayers had effectively funded the games.
You couldn’t use terms like Games, Two thousand and twelve, 2012 or twenty twelve in conjunction with words like Gold, Silver, Bronze, London, medals, sponsor or summer. The laws (in Britain) are not quite so tight this time around, as it is no longer our gig to sell to the highest bidder. But it is worth remembering that there is one pitfall that still lingers: sports injury. Round about Olympic time, mums and dads (especially dads) start thinking they’re the next Usain Bolt of Mo Farrah, and if they don’t manage to knock people down in the high street, they frequently manage at least to sprain an ankle or do their wrist a mischief.
Magnetic bracelets and wristbands (and also wraps) were made for people like this. But some people prefer their challenges to be between their ears rather than in their muscles. That is, they prefer mental games and intellectual competition to the eternal quest to be Faster, Higher and Stronger. They would rather be Smarter, Sharper and Cleverer. For these people we have games of the mind like Chess, Go, Bridge, Scrabble, Sudoku etc. But even if you’re more of a Pokemon and Grand Theft Auto sort of a person, you might be interested in taking this survey on your game-playing habits – or maybe check out this new game being developed, and it’s associated page on Facebook.
It’s been a while since I’ve been here and there’s a lot to catch up on. First of all, I want to reassure readers that the result of the European referendum, football hooliganism in France and the shootings in California will not affect the availability of magnetic bracelets. This might sound like levity, but I am really making a point here. And the point here is that life goes on, despite the best efforts of some people to make it complex or miserable or even to end it completely. For us normal people the daily grind of living and working goes on. And that means also the mild ailments that go with it, such as aches and pains, arthritis, repetitive strain injury etc.
And that means there is still a need for magnetic bracelets and other magnetic jewellery.
I have been banging on recently about the unavailability of magnetic bracelets on the high street or in shopping malls. Magnetic jewellery is a huge international market. But the sales seem to be confined, almost universally, to the internet. This doesn’t show any sign of changing – at least not anytime soon. But I wonder if that could be because of the economics of the industry. The market is large, but still hasn’t yet attained that critical mass to be viable in the high street.
After all, high street viability depends not just on the overall size of the market but also on the market density. You need a lot of customers in one place to justify the financial expense of establishing a high street presence. The threshold is lower for internet retailing. Of course, there is probably room for at least one high street vendor of magnetic bracelets. But it is unlikely that multiple vendors or prince competition could survive out there in high-street land.
Having said all that, if it does happen and only one competitor can survive then my money is on Magnetic Products Store. They have the kudos and status to survive. Not to mention the high quality of magnetic bracelets that the high street demands.
After all, when it comes to the high street, it’s not about the money, it’s also about the prestige, the kudos, the gravitas, the dignity and the reputation.
And MPS is second to none.
You may have noticed that magnetic bracelets – like their non-magnetic counterparts – come in various sizes. This is not a problem when you buy in person. You try before you buy, to make sure you get the right size. But what about when you buy online?
Then of course, it is a different story. Despite all the advice about carefully measuring your wrist, it is still possible to get it wrong. Magnetic Products Store helpfully provides a solution to this problem in the form of a resizing tool supplied to the customer with every links bracelet.
Of course some bracelets don’t need to be resized – like MPS’s wonderful range of bangles, expanding bracelets and silicone sports bracelets, like the ones below.
One of the best forms of non-invasive treatment for sports injuries is magnetic bracelets. Golfers, snooker players, swimmers and tennis players can all suffer from repetitive strain injuries. These are injuries that occur not as a result of a single incident but the constant and incessant strain on the wrist, elbow, back, shoulder, neck, knee or ankle.
These injuries can occur in anyone who does sport – amateur or professional. Professionals are even more prone to these injuries because they play more often. But they have the advantage of a whole coterie of doctors and physiotherapists to deal with these injuries when they occur.
Not so for amateurs. They may have access to these via the National Health Service, or through private medical insurance, but they may have to go on a waiting list for some time. They certainly won’t get the instant access to care that highly-paid professionals get.
This is where Magnetic Products Store comes in. They have a whole section of their website dedicated to wristbands, bracelets and wraps for sportsmen and sportswomen.
One of the most popular is the silicone Super Prime™ by IonTopia™ available in black, blue, purple and dunes.
The wristband is water-resistant, hypo-allergenic (the magnets are embedded in the silicone and have no contact with the skin) and effectively snap-proof. The band has no catch. It stretches to put on and then contracts into place around the wrist. It also comes with a Luxury Gift Pouch.
MPS has many other sports bracelets that are well worth checking out.
First of all, just to let you know, the winter giveaway is over and was a great success, with 83 entries. The winner has been notified.
Secondly, St. Valentine’s Day. It’s in four days time. And in honour of the day, Magnetic Products Store is doing a special promotion. But hurry up if you want to allow enough time for the item(s) you order to reach you.
No doubt there are those among you who would like to know why we celebrate Valentine as the “patron saint of lovers.” The question is, which of the fourteen saint Valentines are we talking about? In fact only three of them are celebrated on the 14th of February. By the way, on a purely pedantic note, this year St. Valentine’s day is also the 50th anniversary of Australia going over to decimal currency!
But I digress. Getting back to our pantheon of Saint Valentines, you’re probably wondering which was the romantic? The answer is that, as far as we can tell, none of them were. They were all Christian martyrs. So how did the name come to be associated with romantic love? I can only speculate here, but several factors may have contributed to it. chief amongst them is the Christian tradition that treats marriage as a sacrament symbolizing God’s unconditional love for humanity. Secondly, there were tales about early Christians performing secret marriage ceremonies for low-ranking soldiers who were allegedly not allowed to marry in pagan Rome. And some of these were attributed to this St. Valentine. But these tales have little if any basis in history. Because Roman soldiers most certainly were allowed to marry, regardless of rank.
It is quite possible that the actual association of St. Valentine with romance was due to Chaucer who wrote a poem in which he suggested that Valentine’s day was the date on which birds chose their mate. It’s unlikely that birds actually do start their mating season that early. But the mere fact that such a distinguished writer as Chaucer suggested it, planted the idea in people’s minds and as the reporter says at the end of The man who shot Liberty Valance: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Thus, St. Valentine’s Day came to be associated with lovers and romance, in England at least.
But because England – and it’s great language – came to lead the civilized world, the association of Saint Valentine with romance spread throughout the world. But by the late eighteenth century young men routinely sent handwritten cards to their paramours expressing their eternal devotion. And with the advent of modern technology, those cards then came to be printed, serving a mass market. To this was added the giving of gifts such as flowers, confectionery and jewellery.
And, of course, candle-lit dinners are popular.
But not everyone can afford gold and diamonds. But then again you don’t have to. The special promotion at MPS offers a massive range of magnetic bracelets, including copper bangles, stainless steel and glittering Swarovski.
Those nice folks at Magnetic Products Store – the largest online retailer of magnetic bracelets in Europe and the second largest in the world – are giving away a magnetic bracelet as part of the great giveaway season. They are launching this season with this late winter giveaway, designed to capture the spirit of the post-Christmas period by offering some late winter cheer during this inglorious interregnum between the recent festivities of Xmas and New Year and the forthcoming Spring thaw and the great warming up that we all hope will follow on, not a minute too soon.
Naturally, not everyone will be a winner. Like every other lottery and raffle, there will be many who cast their bread upon the waters, but only one who takes home the prize. But this is as it ever as. The difference is that there is no entry fee, no financial ante to be put up, no stake money to be put down on the line. No, indeed! All you have to do is enter. You can do so here if you are using a desktop or laptop and here if you are using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.
The draw will be made on Saturday the 6th of February, so there are only a few more days. But it only takes a few seconds to enter, so there’s no excuse not to.
If you want to know what the prizes are, they are a European titanium magnetic bracelet (if the winner is a man) or a Venus Hearts bracelet (if the winner is a woman). Of course, the winner can in fact choose either. After all, the more progressive among us don’t believe in gender stereotyping. And in any case, the winner might want it as a present for someone else.
This will surely not be the last giveaway that MPS do. And aside from giveaways, they will almost certainly be doing some great promotions for St Valentine’s Day.
So in addition to entering the giveaway you might like to check out what they have to offer. Apart from bracelets, they have necklaces, energy pendants, anklets and even things for dogs. Not that your dog needs a gift for Valentine’s Day! So go on Love birds… check out what’s waiting for you there. We know you won’t be disappointed.
Magnetic bracelets can brighten up the gloomiest days
Christmas is over. So is the New Year and the days are gradually getting longer. But in the meantime, it’s still miserable. So what can we do? You’re probably thinking that retail therapy is out because we’re all still recovering from the outgoing expenditures of Christmas. But that is precisely why we have January sales.
And the January sale of Magnetic Products Store is now on!
MPS™ VENUS’ HEARTS Titanium Magnetic Bracelet
Remember that the nature of winter depression is that it is brought on by cold weather and short days. In fact, the major factor that brings it on is a by-product of the short days: the fact that it gets dark early. The antidote to darkness is something bright. Well…jewellery is bright. Not only magnetic jewellery.
But obviously after spending loads of dosh on Christmas presents, dinners and turkey, the last thing you want is to squander the rest of your life savings down at Tiffany’s or Cartiers!
But magnetic jewellery, chrome-steel, Swarovski, etc is light and bright, full of luster and sparkle and sheen, but very affordable.
As mentioned above the January sale is on at MPS and this means that you can combine retail therapy with magnetic therapy. And they are offering some great bargains, with reductions as high as 80 percent. It’s well worth taking a look.
So go there online and check it out.
We often talk about the healing powers of magnetic therapy products, the healing power of magnetic bracelets, the pain-relief power of bangles, etc. But what about their aesthetic? Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful products that Magnetic Products Store has to offer.
There are copper bracelets, titanium bracelets, stainless steel, Swarovski, Ceramic and many more. At this time of year wouldn’t it be nice to treat yourself to one or buy one for your wife/husband or boyfriend/girlfriend?
Magnetic Products Store has the biggest and most diverse range of magnetic jewellery anywhere in Europe and even the world (after one store in America that is somewhat downmarket by comparison).
You will find pretty much everything you could possibly wish for there in magnetic jewellery, from a golfer’s wristband to something for your dog. They have necklaces and ankle wraps too.
Indeed, whether your taste runs to gemstones or Swarovski, it’s all catered for. They have strong, haematite magnets, they have four-in-one bioElements. You name it, they’ve got it. The only problem is that with all that choice – and this being Christmas time and all that – you find yourself binging out and buying several.
But that’s all right. You’re worth it!
Orthodox doctors (‘scuse the alliteration) and advocates of alternative medicine can’t seem to agree on whether magnetic therapy works. But while the jury may still be out, it seems that there are a couple of things that may be said with confidence. The first is that in the world of doctors, pharmaceutical companies and Big Business medicine, the orthodox view prevails. That is, you can’t get magnetic therapy – let alone magnetic bracelets – on the NHS! But secondly – I would say this is more important – in the realm of public opinion, there is increasing acceptance of magnetic therapy, at least for pain relief. (There is no widespread acceptance that magnetic jewellery can actually cure ailments.)
It is therefore quite surprising that Wikipedia – an encyclopaedia of the people, by the people, for the people – should characterize Magnet Therapy as “pseudoscientific”. Has no one tried to challenge this sweeping statement? After all, in theory, anyone can contribute to Wikipedia. Well guess what? Somebody tried. They checked out Wikiepdia’s own sources and found that one of the articles that Wikipedia used to justify its scepticism said something quite different:
For osteoarthritis, the evidence is insufficient to exclude a clinically important benefit, which creates an opportunity for further investigation.” [Emphasis added]
And they changed the article accordingly, explaining why in an attached note. But the main author of the article wasn’t having it and simply removed the sentence! So someone else put it back in abbreviated form and pointed out that (again!) that the added sentence was taken directly from the source that the original author had already cited.
But again the original author removed it! Having said that, the author also realized that he (she?) was skating on thin ice so they threw in another reference, this time to a 2012 study on magnetic therapy in osteoarthritis that was supposed to strengthen their case.
However, even this 2012 study was a little more balanced and nuanced than the original author implied. It contained the following:
There is not sufficient evidence to recommend any of the practitioner-based complementary therapies considered here for the management of OA, but neither is there sufficient evidence to conclude that they are not effective or efficacious. [Emphasis added]
It seems that there was a raging gulf between what the author was saying and what his sources actually claimed. In fact both studies cited by the author suggested that magnetic therapy does work, but this was qualified by them both noting that the studies that purported to prove this were small.
The other main argument they use to question the favourable studies was the difficulty in conducting a double-blind study because the subjects can easily check if the magnets are real by holding them to a ferrous surface. But surely if people agree to participate in a study then they would hardly go out of their way to undermine the results by cheating. But then, another article suggested that they might be getting information subconsciously:
Perhaps subjects with magnetic bracelets subconsciously detected a tiny drag when the bracelets were near ferromagnetic surfaces (which are ubiquitous in modern life), and this distracted or otherwise influenced the perceived pain.
This is basically arguing that the patient started off thinking the magnet was fake, then found out subconsciously that it was actually a genuine magnet and then felt better (again subconsciously) because of this subconscious discovery! And that is a scientific approach?
If we don’t leap through hoops or mold the facts to fit the theory, we must accept the evidence of these studies: magnetic therapy works for pain relief – and that’s a proven fact.