Controversy over the use of magnetic therapy in the treatment of osteoarthritis

brstd-11-wmaps-510Ask anyone who suffers from osteoarthritis – or any form of arthritis for that matter – and they’ll tell you that they have heard of magnetic therapy. A good many of them are cautiously positive about its efficacy as a palliative to the condition. Some of them even swear by it. But GPs and hospital specialists tend to be wary of it, claiming that it is at best unproven and at worst just a placebo.

But what does the research show? There are a number of studies that have shown that magnet therapy does alleviate pain in osteoarthritis sufferers. However, the medical establishment has always been uncomfortable with these studies and has attacked them, on two sets of grounds. The first is that the sample of patients they study is too small to draw any firm conclusions. The second is that even though the studies are technically “double-blind” – the Gold Standard within the medical research industry – they can never be completely “blind” because the patients can hold the putative magnets to an iron object and see if there is any attraction between them. This would mean that if they wanted to they could find out and this would invalidate the results of the study.

bac-1021-wmpsNow it seems strange to me that anyone would actually want to do this.  Apart from anything else it would imply ill-intent on the part of the patients. But is there any reason to think that human nature acts this way. Certainly no one has ever undertaken a study to determine whether such patient behaviour is common, or even if it happens at all!

A recent article on the Magnetic products store blog made short shrift of this argument:

One assumes that they would have no motive to do so. It is not as if either they or anyone else stands to benefit from such behaviour. And yet the sceptics – or rather the cynics – would have us believe that people who have volunteered to take part in a clinical trial would rather go out of their way to sabotage the trial or undermine its results than simply cooperate and work with the trial to achieve its objectives. This is a fairly outlandish conclusion to draw – and surely an absurd misinterpretation of human nature.

This very succinctly sums up the problem. The medical establishment is so anxious to discredit magnetic therapy – and indeed alternative medicine in general – that they cannot see the wood for the trees.


The word skeptic is probably one of the most grossly overused – not to mention misused – words in the English language. Thus, people who dispute the overwhelming evidence in support of man-made climate change are said to be “climate change skeptics.” In reality, they are of course “deniers” rather than mere skeptics. They do not just challenge the overwhelming opinion of meteorologists and climatologists, they flat out deny it, latch onto every piece of pseudoscientific garbage and even attempt to traduce the reputations of the most prestigious of scientists.

Not “pseudoscience” is not a word I feel comfortable with as it is a word that thrown about a little too freely by orthodox medical practitioners with regard to something dear to my heart: magnetic therapy. The article about it in a certain well-known online encyclopedia, for example, effectively equates the use of magnets for treatment or pain relief as if it were the equivalent of tea-leaf reading (for those old enough to remember what tea leaves are) and phrenology. Now I don’t know about you, but I think that comparing an old “grandmother’s” superstition like tea leaf reading with a scientifically-based therapeutic technique that takes advantage of oxygenated blood’s diamagnetic properties and deoxygenated blood’s paramagnetic properties, is not only incredibly insulting, it’s downright stupid.

What is particularly galling is that one person seems to “own” the page – or at least thinks he does. But I did a little digging and discovered that he had been somewhat disingenuous in what he wrote. Specifically, he cited an article that supposedly reviewed many case studies and concluded that magnetic therapy does not work, or at least that there is not enough evidence to show that it does. However, I followed the link to the article and read it and guess what? It turns out that the article he referred to (but conveniently didn’t actually quote from) said that in the case of  osteoarthritis there isn’t enough evidence to rule out the possibility that wearing magnets can help alleviate the pain.

I would take it further and say that the studies the article looked at in its review showed perfectly well that such treatment does work. But I think the point he was trying to make was that the studies that support the use of magnets treatment tend to use small samples. And of course small samples weakens the results. It doesn’t undermine them, it just renders them inconclusive.

As the Wiki entry was plainly misleading, I tried to change it by adding the relevant sentence from the article. As the article had already been cited, it seemed perfectly reasonable to add a direct quote from it. But our champion of skepticism didn’t like the way on which his frontal assault on magnetic treatment had been compromised, so he reverted it back to the misleading way it was. Then, he added another more recent review of the literature, this one from only three years ago, claiming that it too supported his disbelieving position.

So again I checked the source article to see if there was anything he wasn’t telling us. And again, a brief look confirmed what I had suspected all along: namely that the new article also stated not that the use of magnets couldn’t help people suffering from osteoarthritis, but only that the evidence was inconclusive.

But why is it inconclusive. The only reason given is that the people in the experiment can check if the magnets are real or fake. But in practice it is extremely unlikely that they are doing so. So this is really just an excuse by the orthodox scientists to reject evidence that a disruptive medical technology – not an unscientific one- can actually make a difference.

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Gift Guide

Probably you are already aware, that Valentine’s day is coming. Altough it is a beautiful day for everyone, the weeks before are often spend with the nervous searching for the right gift for your beloved.

We know it is not easy. Even if you are decided what you would like to give, it is quite difficult to find the exact piece that fits the best.

Well, here is a little guide for our bracelets, to make your hunt easier. Now we are helping you out, if you are looking for something for a girl, later on we will give some advice for the girls themselves:)

1. The lovely
Is she that kind of person, who somehow everyone loves? She is naturally cute and has the biggest heart ever.
Then here are our suggestions:
ImageThe love heart bracelet. This piece speaks for itself. You can show her how much you adore her personality, and how sweet you think she is. Can you imagine anything more suitable for Valentine’s day?

These little sparkling crystals are just as cheerful as her. It jewels your beloveds little wrist and makes her even more gorgeous. Isn’t it charming?
With Swarovski Elements!


2. The confident
She is a strong, self confident woman. She has as incredible impression on men, she is someone to fight for.
We have stylish and neat bracelets for her.



The best example of simple elegance, delicate and strong at the same time.  It can fit her business suit too, so it can remind her of you every day, even at the important moments.




3. The extraordinary
She is somehow so different from others. She has got her very own style, an enchanting originality. She likes to express herself with her clothing and accessories very much.
These interesting ones would match her taste for sure!

ImageBangles give you the feeling, like they have left back from some historical ages. They have a hint of tender sensuality and mystery. For woman, who does not like if their jewelry is average.


Each gemstone has its history, traditions and beliefs. It makes them mythical and adds the bracelet a whole new depth. This beauty is made of jade, which has its routes back to the ancient China, where it was honored as the „royal gem”. It embodies wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage, yet it also symbolizes the female-erotic. Not bad, right?

4. The sporty
She is just full of energy. She is jugging nearly every day, simply a sport-freak. Do not give her something sparkling cutie-beauty. Sure, she could wear it time to time, but would she not be more happy, if she would get something that fits her lifestyle?
ImageIt is not only a cheerful wristband, but an i-Balance specialty. The i-Balance wristband spec is by far higher than any other holographic balance wristband: It contain two full-size i-balance holograms on opposing poles and two additional small i-balance hologram, and two strong magnets (4,000 gauss) under each of the full-size holograms.
Fort he best performance!


Do not worry about the proper gift box. Our bracelets arrive with a nice FREE gift wallet!

We hope that this little guide helped you a bit. If you are still lost, you can browse here.

Pretty Special – CERAMIC

Pretty Special - CERAMIC

Who said bracelets have to be made of metal?
The extraordinary material makes this jewel real special.The purity and charm of CERAMIC bracelets awes anyone.

Treat your beloved, or yourself with this sweet gift!
Click on the photo for the the whole range.

Walking on the dark side magnetic

There is a sudden death in the air, as marketers all over the world worry about their market. As market share go up and down all the time, one needs to ask her if all and everything is all right. We owe it to ourselves, as our society get bigger, and health issues are looming over us, casting shadow and vale of pain from arthritis that effect the wrist, elbow and knee.

So what will one do or indeed can do to in effect reduce, eliminate or at lest ease the pains? Well, there are so many things that one can do to change the word. And for this, one needs help, as no one person can do all of that on his or her own. So, where do one finds friends. In the internet, in shady meeting chat rooms, or forums that talk about magnetic therapy for ever and ever?

For products for arthritis click above link.

Magnetic therapy helps arthritis in the eye of many

It is the theory held by many buyers of magnetic bracelets that static magnetic therapy will relieve pains by escalating transmission of oxygen in the body. The degree of effectiveness of magnetic field to those who suffers from arthritis and used successfully magnet therapy for pain relief is in no way on question any more. Magnetic treatment is generally measured risk-free unless it causes individuals to give up other needed medicinal treatment that was given by medical doctors.

One may find more at:

Read more about magnetic therapy and the NHS at magnetic bracelets.

New place to look at

There is a new bookmarking that have it all about magnetic issues:

new twist to the legand of magnets

Before the times of magnetic bracelets and arthritis,  magnet is a metal object that has the ability to attract iron (and several other metals). There is a rock that has this property in its natural state: it is called magnetite, from the Greek magnesia, which was the name of the town in Asia Minor where it was first discovered.

Aristotle wrote that the virtues (mysterious as they were) of this particular rock were well known in ancient Macedonia, another Greek province where it was also found, thrilling the interest of the scientists, doctors and philosophers of the time.

The Greeks believed quite simply that the secret ability of the rock was due to divine essence (and therefore only understood by the gods). Others, such as Thieles, thought that the magnetic rock was a living thing that fed on iron.

According to legend at the occasion, it was thought that a Greek shepherd called Magnes had accidentally discovered the secret of magnets. One day as he was leading his flock to graze on the Macedonian hills, the iron baton that he was using as a walking stick was drawn to a nearby rock.

He tried to retrieve it from the strange rock and only succeeded after a long struggle. Intrigued by the rock, he broke off some pieces that he carried with him from then on, convinced of its supernatural powers. His life was transformed. He no longer felt exhausted thanks to magnetic therapy.

He was able to sprint vast distances crossways the mountains with his flock, all through the long summer pastures, without feeling tired with the help of magnetic therapy bracelets.


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