Category Archives: Arthritis

More questions than answers with magnetic therapy for arthritis

A  frequently asked question in the real of alternative medicine is what are the benefits of magnetic bracelets? The historic roots of this branch of a unorthodox treatment stretch back far into the realms of antiquity. Even before the ancient Greeks and Assyrians, there is evidence that loadstones (i.e. natural magnets) were used as tools of healing and pain relief. The same goes for the old kingdoms of Egypt and Babylon.

But does magnetic therapy work? It is all too easy to assume that if something lasts it must be right. There is a school of thought that says that memes (ideas) are like genes. The strong ones will survive and the weak ones will die off. But that assumption, tempting though it is, must be dismissed as unwarranted.

However “treatment” is a broad area, covering outright cure, reduction in intensity, pain relief, postponement, removal of visual symptoms(e.g. skin sores), etc. In practice, advocates of magnetic therapy tend to focus on palliative medicine. But do magnets really help with pain?

Perhaps the best starting point would be to look at the theory behind the belief. In other words, let us assume (provisionally) that magnetic bracelets ‘ease aches’ and then proceed to investigate how do magnetic bracelets work? The theory is that the magnets affect the haemoglobin in our blood, thus inducing (or resetting) the magnetic field in the body of the subject. It is this re-setting that supposedly makes us feel better, reducing pain and curing disease.

The only trouble is that the magnets in these bracelets and other jewellery items are too weak to affect the iron in the red blood cells. Indeed most experts agree that magnetic  bracelets cannot even effect the blood circulation.

But theory often lags behind experimental data. What about people’s real-world experience? Do magnetic bracelets work for arthritis? The mainstream experts tend to dismiss the more positive claims as anecdotal. They suggest that when a person thinks the magnets are making them feel better it is actually the placebo effect. (Placebo comes from the Latin for “I will please”.)

This skepticism is not good news for arthritis suffers who have heard about “arthritis bracelets”and are asking themselves: do magnetic bracelets work for arthritis. But as the the problems of arthritic pain are more associated with the bones and joints, the issue of iron in red blood cells is no longer the issue. However, whatever the mechanism, the fact is that the magnets may seem strong, but compared to – say – a magnetic imaging chamber, they are actually quite weak.

On the other hand, there is evidence that certain types of ailment can be treated with intense magnetic pulses. And if we’re asking “what helps arthritis pain?” we can broaden the question beyond the scope of bracelets and ask do magnets work for arthritis, even if they are large, medical magnets?  Or for other ailments. More generally, we might ask what do magnetic bracelets help with? Headaches maybe?

Certainly they do according to this study also reported in the Telegraph. This and other papers would tend to suggest that magnetic bracelets really help with pain, or at least with headaches. So if you asked “Do magnetic bracelets work for headaches?” the researchers would clearly say “not bracelets perhaps, but certainly magnetic pulses.”

And if we stop narrowing ourselves to just this or that medical problem and instead ask do the magnetic bracelets really work, the answers begin to become more promising. At minimum, no one has identified any specific dangers associated even with these high power magnets mentioned earlier, let alone the weaker ones in magnetic bracelets. So one of the health benefits of Magnetic Bracelets – Safe Alternative Medicine – is a given. But any claims beyond safety are in dispute. So,  even if the medical mainstream is persuaded about the power of high-power pulse magnets, they won’t necessarily be convinced to answer yes to the question do magnetic bracelets work for headaches?

But to those who ask do the magnetic bracelets really work, there is at least one study that clinches it.  It is actually quite an old study, published in the British Medical Journal thirteen years ago.  Authored by Dr. Tim Harlow of  Penninsula Medical School  the study surveyed 194 osteoarthritis patients suffering over 12 weeks. The purpose of the study was to screen out the placebo effect. They knew that subjects could test their magnets by holding them up against iron or steel, so the researchers split them into three groups, without them knowing. One group were given non-magnets, one group given strong magnets and the third group, weak magnets. They used a subjective scale for pain, but they found that the ones with weak magnets had better results than those with no magnets and the ones with strong magnets had the best results of all in terms of pain relief. As they were not told that the test included weak magnets, this result clearly ruled out the placebo effect.

So Magnetic bracelets DO work, say researchers. But that leads us right back to the other elusive question about Magnetic Bracelets – How Do They Work? And we’ve already established that for the time being at least, we don’t know.

So can bracelets actually heal the sick and not merely alleviate their suffering? The issue is surely one of definition. After all, what is a healing bracelet? If we seriously look back on the days of antiquity, we should be looking not at magnets but rather at copper. But how can copper help the body? What are the health benefits of copper?

I once asked a girl in her twenties who was wearing several such such bracelets: why do you wear copper bracelets? I assumed, because of her young age, that it was merely a fashion statement. I couldn’t imagine that some one so young having arthritis. But apparently she did and yes, the bracelets did alleviate the pain. But why does copper help arthritis? Is it that pesky placebo effect yet again? Or do copper bracelets really work?

Unlike magnets, there haven’t been any real studies, so we an can only speculate that it might have to do with atoms migrating to or through the skin. We know that copper is a trace element that the body needs. Some people even say that cooking with copper utensils helps us to bring it into our diet. But this is one area where the unknowns are too great to leave a definitive answer.

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Troubleshooting 1 – How to resize a links bracelet

Naturally every online retailer wants to guarantee the best customer experience for every one of its customers. But every customer is different and to err is human – for vendor and customer alike. So sometimes things will go wrong. Like, say, when a customer doesn’t order the right size links bracelet for example.

This can happen for any number of reasons. They might measure their wrist incorrectly for example, if they are buying the bracelet for themselves. Or they might be buying the magnetic bracelet for some one else. Lots of women for example by men’s bracelets for their husbands or boyfriends and indeed bracelets for men are a big-selling article.

The good things is that MPS makes it very easy to resize your bracelet by supplying a free links removal tool with every links bracelet order. And their website also has a number of Troubleshooting pages including a well-illustrated page that explains how to use the tool.

So let’s say you’ve bought one of the healing bracelets with extra strong magnets and now find that it’s too large for your wrist. How do you remove a few links to reduce it to the right size?

First of all you must identify the side where you are going to place the tip of the push pin (i.e. the pin in the device that pushes the pins in the bracelets holding the links together.) The picture below illustrates this.

Pin alignment

Now you align the push pin with the pin you want to remove (from either side of the link or links you intend to remove). Then you slowly turn the handle and start gently pushing out the pin.

When the pin is out part of the way, use your fingers to pull it the rest of the way.

Then repeat the process on the other side. After that you reconnect the bracelet as shown below, initially inserting the pin with your fingers and pushing it part of the way.

Finally, you use the same tool to push the pin the rest of the way, thereby completing the process.

And that’s really all there is to it. Now you can wear your magnetic therapy bracelet, whether it be a bracelet for arthritis or just because it looks nice, without worrying about it falling off.

Happy resizing.

Does it work? Ask a customer… or several

Tennis Summer SkyPeople are always asking if Magnetic bracelets (and copper bracelets for that matter) can really cure or at least treat arthritis and the pain that goes with it? Purveyors of the bracelets will of course say yes, whilst mainstream medicine insists on an equally emphatic NO. So who is right? perhaps the best people to ask are the customers.

There is an impartial, third-party website that posts reviews and comments from verified customers and it offers an excellent way to check up on what the actual customers think of the products they have bought. Here are some customer comments on the effectiveness of magnetic bracelets from MPS.

An excellent product which has given me immediate relief

4 in one titaniumThis was a comment from a man called David who gave his purchase five stars. A lady called Shona, while only giving the anklet she had purchased four stars, wrote:

Am already feeling the benefit as my back isn’t as stiff and painful in the mornings.

While another customer, called Tim, gave his bracelet five stars and said:

Brilliant the bracelet has really helped the my joint aches.

A woman called Alison wrote a longer review (also five stars) explaining how her bracelet had helped with her osteoarthritis:

Bought one titanium bracelet desperate to try anything as pain killers didn’t ease the pain and I didn’t want to go on anymore medication as I’m on enough after having 2 TIAs. The results were noticeable within 24 hours. I now wear a titanium magnetic bracelet on both wrists and I am pain free and able to do all the chores I used to do before the osteoarthritis, even peeling vegetables which my husband had to do as I couldn’t hold them to the point of crying in pain. WONDERFUL.

MPS Shield Copper magnetic bangleA similar sentiment as expressed by Maggie who wrote in to say of her bracelet:

I’m positive the magnets are starting to work, my arthritis in my fingers is less painful and I’ve only been wearing it for a week. Definitely going to buy an ankle bracelet. Thoroughly recommended.

All of this helps to separate the wheat from the chaff and shows the extent to which MPS customers had a positive experience.

No wonder then a customer called William simply said:

The bracelet works for me, wrist pain has almost completely gone.

Clearly then a lot of satisfied customers.

It’s a long, long while from May till December

SPECIAL PURCHASE Copper Matt Tone Super Strength Magnetic Bangle

Arthritis is for life, not just Christmas, but when the leaves turn to flame and the weather gets colder, that’s when it really starts to bite. And that means it’s time for arthritis sufferers to gird their loins(figuratively speaking) and arm themselves with the best protection that money can buy. And by that, I mean magnetic healing bracelets and copper bracelets for arthritis.

Jamain white

But because we are coming up to Christmas, this would seem like the perfect time to buy such copper and magnetic bracelets as a present for someone else. And the fact that there are magnetic bracelets for men as well as women, means that you can buy one for your partner whatever your gender and whatever your partner’s gender.

Well so far, so good. I don’t need to persuade you that buying your partner a present is a nice thing to do, whether it Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary or just because you feel like doing something nice for someone you love. But anyone can suggest that. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure our that if your partner suffers from arthritis, then something that can alleviate their pain would be a nice gift. Ditto, for something that actually looks nice.

MPS™ EUROPE Multi Elements Gold PL Magnetic BraceletBut what about some ideas about where to buy such a present? Or maybe even a heads up on a special offer to get such presents at a good price?

The answer is that Magnetic Products Store is offering a three-for-one deal. Buy any three bracelets from their site and you get the copper magnetic bangle shown in the big picture above. If you want more details, or to visit their site, just click on the big picture at the top and you will be instantly transported there – in a new tab – faster than you can say: “beam me up Scotty!”

 

Female swimmer doesn’t let arthritis get the better of her

Chrissie Anderson

A recent article in the Manchester Evening News told the story of a 62-year-old woman, Chrissie Anderson, who is planning to swim the length of the English Channel – or at least the straits of Dover –  to raise £1000 for Aspire, a charity “supporting people with spinal injury.” The woman’s age would, in itself, make this a very interesting and newsworthy story. But what makes the story all the more interesting – not to mention inspiring – is the fact that the woman herself is suffering from hip and spine arthritis, a degenerative spine condition.

Chrissie is not new to sporting challenges. In the past she has run a marathon and twice thrown herself out of an aeroplane – with a parachute I hasten to add –  to raise money for charitable causes. All of this is a far cry from her more sedate former occupation as an advertising rep, before she retired.The challenge will not actually be undertaken in the English Channel itself. Rather Chrissie will be swimming the 22 miles up-and-down the length of a swimming pool.

However, if anyone thinks that this is in any way a soft option, they should be aware that Chrissie also suffers from a condition called Hyper Keratosis, which causes her skin to react badly to the chlorinated water in the swimming pool. She has had several breakouts already. But she has no intention of letting this setback derail her efforts. Quite the contrary:

“It’s not all about you, it’s about what you can do to help others, so I put all my feelings to one side and get on with it to help people who are suffering more.”

If there’s one comfort, in all this, it’s that in some respects, taking to the water actually makes Chrissie feel better:

“It also helps me massively with my spine and hip condition, as soon as I get in the water, I’m pain free.”

Now, of course, not everyone has the tenacity to do what Chrissie has done so far, let alone what she is setting out to do. But people with arthritis looking to alleviate their pain as a first step to getting into the world of therapeutic sport can start with magnetic supports and wraps that some report to have had a beneficial, pain-reducing effect. And if you really want to take the plunge into sport, they also have sports wristbands that can protect against repetitive strain.

But as far as Chrissie Anderson is concerned, all we can say here at Arthritis blogging is: that’s some tenacious woman! Respect!

To support Chrissie and sponsor her swim for charity, follow this link.

Missing from the high street

Classic ladies jet black and goldWith so many people suffering from arthritis and so many quack remedies out there, it is interesting that one of the few alternative remedies that has been shown in some cases to work – magnetic therapy – gets such bad press. Some of you may remember my earlier blogs in which I wrote about the reluctance of Wikipedia to report fairly on the results of clinical trials on magnetic therapy for osteoarthritis. Well, that’s understandable. They want to be thought of as “serious” and they tend to lump all alternative medicine together under the same banner.

But what is not so understandable is why magnetic therapy and magnetic bracelets are not more visible on the high street or in shopping centres. After all, we see Reiki, yoga, Pilates, Chinese herbal medicine with shop fronts and people going in (and coming out). So why not magnetic jewellery?

4 in one titaniumPart of the reason might be price perception. There are some people selling low-quality magnetic bracelets really cheaply and this probably gives the impression that all magnetic bracelets, necklaces and pendants are of the same shoddy standard. But this is not the case, Magnetic Products Store sells some of the best magnetic jewellery products for arthritis sufferers including its excellent range of jet-black bracelets.

It would seem then that there is something missing from the high street – a gap that needs to be filled.

Personally, I think it is only a matter of time before Magnetic Products Store fills that gap.

The butterfly effect

butterfly pendantLast time I was banging on about bangles and expanding bracelets. This week it’s energy pendants.   The good thing about energy pendants is that they sit close to the heart and therefore are very close to the centre of your system.

My personal favourite is the Butterfly Pendant. It is gold-plated and houses some very powerful magnets.

It would be interesting to get some feedback from people who suffer from arthritis and who use this bracelet. If that is you, let us know how you feel after using it. Your messages will be treated in confidence, unless you give us permission to quote you.

Expanding bracelets – and how they can help people who suffer from arthritis

Expanding Cobra bracelet

Expanding Cobra bracelet

If you suffer from arthritis, the chances are you know a lot about magnetic bracelets and their therapeutic effect. But one of the problems arthritis sufferers have to contend with is that of manual dexterity. How do you even put on (or take off) a magnetic bracelet if you find it hard to make those small tricky movements with your fingers or to operate that fiddly clasp?

The good thing about Magnetic Products Store is that they offer a range of expanding bracelets that have no clasp, that fit most wrist sizes and that you can on just by expanding it, slipping it over the hand and letting it contract back into place over the wrist. Easy as One-two-three!

Jenomi A steel rope

Jenomi A steel rope

There is also a very large selection of bangles, ranging in style from the solid copper bangles (like the one below) that symbolize antiquity to the stainless steel range (see example, right) that is positively futuristic in its appearance.

The good thing about the copper magnetic bracelets is that they can help arthritis sufferers in two ways. The first is that the strong (3000 Gauss) magnets can help with pain relief. This has been proven with clinical studies. Secondly the migration of copper atoms through the skin can have a positive and beneficial palliative effect.

All of this means that if you are suffering from arthritis, you can take a few simple steps to improving your quality of life.

CADOC copper magnetic bracele

CADOC copper magnetic bracele

Alleviate someone’s arthritis on St. Valentine’s Day

MPS Bio Energy

MPS Bio Energy

Those of us who believe in the power of therapy magnets for healing and copper arthritis bracelets for men and women will no doubt be looking for a suitable item to alleviate their suffering at this time of year. The reason for this is that arthritis gets worse in the cold weather, and those of us who suffer from it must inevitably be suffering a lot lately, in this cold weather that we have been having here in Britain.

But now, here’s an idea. If you love someone suffering from arthritis, you can perhaps kill two birds with one stone, by taking buying them a copper bracelet or magnetic therapy bracelet for St. Valentine’s Day, which is coming up in just four days time! That way you get to show them how much you love them and help them with the pain of their recurring ailment.

Jamain white

Jamain white

Of course not everyone believes in the power of magnets for health and the thought of buying a copper bracelet for arthritis may almost seem like a form of superstition. But even if you do not believe in the science behind healing bracelets or hold that the effectiveness of copper bracelets for arthritis is more case of the placebo effect than genuine therapeutic medicine, the bracelets offered by the Magnetic Products Store are beautiful to look at and can almost make one feel better just by casting one’s eyes on them.

So ignore the extra strong magnets and focus on the undeniable fact that these are best bracelets around from a purely esthetic point of view.

 

 

bracelets for arthritis

magnetic healing bracelets

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.