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Happy new year!

Another year done and an exciting start to the new year here at mps.

We have had a fabulous 2018 and hope to continue our success on into 2019 and beyond, we have lots of exciting things  in the pipeline and hopefully you’ll be able to join us for the ride. We begin 2019 with a massive clearance sale with loads of products at great prices, check them out here….  

Keep watching this space for more updates and other news!!


Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory autoimmune disease, which typically begins to develop between 30 to 50 years of age. It is estimated that 387,000 people in the UK have RA, with three times more women affected than men. RA involves periodic inflammation of the synovium in joints of the hand, wrist, foot, knee or shoulder. This causes swelling of the joint capsule and irritation of nerve endings, producing pain and resulting in damage to both bone and cartilage. In turn this may lead to both disability and mortality. Although the disease can be managed effectively with prescription drugs, many people however are looking for alternatives and magnetic therapy is fast becoming a popular choice.

Magnetic therapy has been around for thousands of years but in recent times has been rewarded a resurgence, with magnetic therapy bracelets being widely available and at a very reasonable cost, it’s fast becoming the go to choice for alternative therapy seekers.

Almost 60% of people suffering with arthritis use complementary therapy, many people wish to find an alternative to the side effects they may receive whilst treating the complaint with drugs, magnetic therapy offers a safe alternative which can be very effective. There have been very few large-scale studies on magnetic therapy as most large studies are funded by drugs companies who have little to gain by investigating the benefits of magnetic therapy, the information which is widely available is mostly anecdotal. Many patients with arthritis use magnets as a complementary treatment for pain. One scientific trial with  patients with rheumatoid arthritis with unremitting knee pain showed significant pain reduction with two different types of magnetic treatment. Magnets have been effective for treating other types of pain, but the related scientific research is very limited for arthritis.  Anecdotal reports, however, are very positive.

There have been some links between serum copper imbalances in patients with arthritis and “in the most widely cited study on this topic, Walker and Keats randomised 240 arthritis sufferers into three groups. Group 1 wore a copper bracelet for one month and then an aluminium bracelet for a further month. Group 2 wore identical devices but in reverse order and Group 3 wore no device. From this Walker and Keats reported that significantly more participants rated the copper bracelet as superior than the aluminium bracelet and that copper bracelets actually lost weight by an average of 13 mg/month. This appears to support the theory that copper may be leached into the skin and that this may have had a positive therapeutic effect on arthritis symptoms.

“Although there is no conclusive evidence that they work, there is soon to be a major trial.

Professor Albert Singer, Emeritus Professor of Gynaecological Research at the Whittington Hospital, London, used the insoles to treat his own osteoarthritis, and was so impressed by the improvement in his condition that he designed a small study. It found that 96 per cent of patients reported an improvement in symptoms.

Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said: ‘Many people wear copper bracelets or rings to relieve pain, although there’s no real evidence to show that they work.”

How to and FAQ’s

Can I wear my magnetic bracelet whilst using my computer or tablet?

In our technology driven world most of us spend a huge chunk of out time on our phones, tablets, laptops or computers, so can you wear magnetic bracelets whilst doing this?

This is a widely debated question so I’ll give you my personal answer to this, I spend most of my time using some form of device and I wear a magnetic bracelet all the time, in all the time I have worn my bracelet I have seen no adverse effect on any of the devices I use, we also have computers in our offices and warehouses which are surrounded by thousands of bracelets, I would of course not recommend putting your bracelet directly on top of any device!

This is amongst the many questions we get asked at MPS so having spent some time talking to our customers and talking amongst ourselves, it’s here, we’ve finally done it and written a guide to all he things you wanted to know about buying, wearing and caring for a magnetic bracelets!

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.

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.

A purchase away to keep the Golem at bay

Anti-Golem braceletThe Golem is an old Jewish legend. Literally meaning a Man of Clay, it is based on the premise that the basic model of a human being is the shell of the body without a soul until God gives the body a soul. In that sense, we are all golems. The legend then continues that it is possible to make golem and to control it in various ways or in some cases to lose control of it. In that sense, the Golem is very much a forerunner of Frankinstein’s monster. In modern Hebrew, the word “golem” is used to describe an uncultured person.

But the reason I mention all this, is that arthritis has sometimes been described as “feeling like clay” – or feeling as if one is “made of clay.” It’s a clunking description, I know. But for many people it perfectly encapsulates how they feel.

So the question is are there any magnetic bracelets that can keep such feelings at bay? Indeed are there any magnetic bracelets that can keep a Golem at bay? The answer is, yes there are. Magnetic Products Store offers the ANTI-GOLEM Premium Men’s Stainless Steel Magnetic Bracelet that is guaranteed to repel Golems for 49 years (in the Jubilee year it ceases to work and you have to get a new one).

If you are worried about being a attacked by a Golem this Christmas, it is certainly a worthwhile investment.

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.

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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.

Gold, Silver and Bronze in 2016

There’s some law against using Olympic symbols or trade names. It’s not quite as draconian as 2012, when the government passes a law forbidding businesses to use words like London or games in conjunction with other words, like, Gold, Silver and Bronze. But it’s still pretty bad – especially when you consider that in many cases, the people who really PAY FOR the Olympic games are not the sponsors, but the taxpayers.

Four years ago, Londoners looked on as the price of the Olympics went up from 2.4 billion pounds sterling, to 4.8 and then to 9.6. billion. And then they were told that not even one ticket could be set aside for Londoners or British taxpayers at a reduced price in recognition of their contribution to those Olympics because it was against EU rules. They were also told that any advertising that so much as hinted at a connection between the London 2012 Olympics and one’s business would be a crime unless one was an official Olympic Sponsor. So all of us British taxpayers, London rate-payers and business tax payers who were de facto sponsors of the London 2012 London Olympics, but not de jure sponsors, could not benefit from the event that we were being forced to pay for.

That is why, I feel that we should all do our bit to acquire some Gold silver and bronze. So here are a few examples:

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These are all available from magnetic Products Store.

Even if you don’t make it to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, at least you can get a piece of the gold, silver and bronze action. Also, Magnetic Products Store, has a very nice selection of sports bracelets and wristbands.  These sports magnets are – in some cases – extra strong magnets, notably the AUGUSTA Bio golfers wrist band (see below) which features their strongest magnets – a whopping 6500 Gauss titan that knocks the spots off the competition.

But for some people, the challenge of physical games is not enough – or maybe they are past their physical prime but well into their mental prime. To these people, it is games of the mind that provide a real workout. That is why millions of peopleplay Chess, Go, Bridge, Scrabble, Poker and even video games like Grand Theft Auto, or fast reaction games like Candy Crush. If you think you may be one of these people who likes the kind of games that can be played on a computer – whether against the machine itself ora remote opponent online, then you might be interested in taking a survey about what sort of computer and online games people really like. You might also want to take a look at a new game currently under development and it’s Facebook page.

In the meantime… bring it on… and let the games begin.

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