Health

People often ask how do magnetic bracelets work, as if assuming that they do? Others ask more skeptically:   do the magnetic bracelets really work at all?

There was an excellent discussion on this subject a number of years back by a writer called Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell that was reviewed in some detail in the blog of Magnetic Products Store. She did a quick run through of all the ailments that magnetic therapy has been claimed to cure or at least treat effectively, and at first it seemed that her article was quite sympathetic to alternative medicine in general and magnetic therapy in particular.

However, she then did a complete one-eighty (or bootleg turn as it is sometimes called)  and trashed the whole idea. To bolster her case, she cited no less than an agency of the United States Government:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says magnets have no medicinal value.”

This is actually a case of the skeptic gilding the lily with a thick layer of negativity. In reality, the FDA has no power or authority to say whether or not magnetic therapy can cure diseases or does not and cannot state that magnets lack medicinal value.

What the FDA does do, however, is not allow any commercial operator from claiming in the course of commercial business that magnetic bracelets can heal illness or ameliorate physical discomfort. In other words, you can sell what you like and you can say what you like.  But be careful when you try to do both at the same time.

In fact, tens of millions of people wear magnetic and copper bracelets. And to them, the question about magnetic bracelets – how do they work – is the starting point.

Answers tend to focus on the hemoglobin in the red blood cells of the body. This contains iron and of course we know that iron is affected by magnets. However, this line of reasoning has been challenged by physicists and doctors alike, on the not entirely unreasonable grounds that the magnets are not strong enough to affect the iron in the human body. In fact if the trace quantities of iron in the human body were that susceptible to external magnetism, then it would not be safe to use MRI scanners. Indeed, if magnets could attract our red blood corpuscles, then even going to the North or South Pole would be dangerous.

Now admittedly not many people have gone to the North or South Poles.  But a few people have – Peary, Henson, Amundsen, Scott to name a few – and while Scott and his crew didn’t make it out alive, the others did. And not one of them suffered from any effects of the polar regions on their blood circulation.

But then again, neither is there any proof that they failed to benefit from their visits to those highly magnetic regions. So… watch this space.

EUROPE 5 in 1 Elements GOLD PL Titanium Magnetic BraceletWe all know that customer satisfaction is the gold standard in retail. No two ways about it. Of course one can come up with other metrics like profit margin on sales, return on investment, etc. But these are the universal economic metrics used by businesses in general. They tell you nothing about a retail business in particular or its long-term prospects.

Remember that even a successful con-man can turn a large profit on a scam. But that doesn’t mean he has a long-term business model. Only customer satisfaction can tell you how well a retail business will do in the long run.

So how does our favourite little magnetic products store when it comes to customer comments on an independent review site like www.reviews.com? As Cilla Back used to say when she followed up on those Blind Date holidays: let’s take a look.

I received my Magnetic Bracelet this week. After adjusting the link, I put it on. I have worn it for 3 Days now. It is raining and cold at the moment and I have no Back Pain and Hip Pain. I would normally be taking Anti Flams and Pain Killers every day and more on Rainy Days. I have not taken 1 of these Tablets since putting my Bracelet on as to my surprise I have not needed to.

Those were the comments of a lady called Susanne. Another verified customer (Brian) wrote in to say:

I have only had this wrist band on for a week. But it seems to be helping with my aching shoulder.

What is interesting is that both of these customers write about the benefits of their magnetic bracelets in terms of the affect on their health, or at least the pain relief following their wearing of these magnetic bracelets. The same views were expressed succinctly by Robin:

I don’t how this works, but it does.

and William:

The bracelet works for me, wrist pain has almost completely gone. The delivery service was very good, I ordered it at 14:00 hrs. and I received it next day. Wow.

While verified customer John was similarly impressed by the palliative effects, despite the skepticism he was subjected to by others:

Pain in my elbow went within 24 hrs, great product I was always critical when people recommended them. But I have found it most beneficial .

JAMAIN S White Crystals Magnetic Bracelet

No less enthusiastic was Keith who wrote:

The old lad is more than happy with the bracelet which replaces the one he lost. He swears by them.

Others, like Paul below, have written in to praise the company for its overall customer service:

We have used Adva Trading on four occasions over the years and always find their products excellent value, good looking and effective in their use. Delivery is prompt and they are safely packed. The introduction of the link tool is an added bonus for the customer. Have recommended to friends and will continue to do so.

And as happy customer Janet wrote, in similar vein:

Ordered a titanium magnetic bracelet to buy as a Christmas gift. Fantastic service! Website easy to use. Email confirmation detailed and informative. Follow-up email received next day to say order dispatched and bracelet arrived later that day. Mail order service doesn’t get better than that!

Osiris

Osiris

So happy customers then and kudos to Magnetic Products Store for making them so.

But remember, a business must never rest on its laurels, especially a retailer and even more so an online retailer that must overcome an initial trust barrier from its potential clientele to get them to buy in he first place.

So in well done Magnetic Products Store and in the words of Ali G:

Respeck!!!!

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.’

Men's magnetic bracelet

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.

Magnetic elbow wrap

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.

Sports wfristband

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.

brt-1052-mt-510It’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.

brt4-13-mt-510I 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.

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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.

kneewrap

kneewrap

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.

Black silicone band

Black silicone band

 

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.

brsg-scm-008.mainOrthodox 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]

brt4-17-ys-amps-510And 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]

brt4-15-ta-wmpsIt 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.

One of the most important questions, before you try a new kind of a therapy. Is it safe?

Magnetic therapy has been used through all the ages of medicine, because of that an extensive knowledge is available about possible hazards and side-effects. According to the current knowledge available, magnetic therapy has

*no known side effects
*no time limitation for wearing magnetic product
*no age limit
*non addictive

When magnetic field might cause error in electric medical devices are the only exceptions.
Therefore, not suitable for people
*with pacemaker
*Insulin pump
*animals with chip

Do not apply on oppened wounds!
Pregnant woman are advised not to use magnetic therapy. There are no records of any health issue of the baby because of magnetic therapy, but in this case it is better to be extremely careful.

We strongly  recommend to seek your doctors advice though! Do not forget, magnetic therapy cannot replace other medical treatments whch your conditions might need.

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