Magnetized Water: Drinkable Magnetic Therapy

Magnetized water can be healthy to drink.
Most people are now aware that the quality of the water that they drink can often have a significant impact on their health and wellness.  Bottled water and water filtration systems are more popular than ever.  However, most people are not aware that water is what is known as a dia-magnetic substance.

In other words, water that is magnetized can actually aid in the absorption of necessary minerals and vitamins by the body, and can help speed up the the rate of removal of unhealthy toxins. Also, magnetized water helps to provide additional anti-oxidant protection for the body.

Magnetized water systems significantly lower levels of acidity while, at the same time, elevate the level of water oxygenation. This can result in both improved digestion and water that tastes significantly better. To use these types of products, you generally stir the product into water and allow it to stand for about a half an hour.

Fundamentally, the way these systems work is by acting to cleanse your drinking water. Water that originates from wells, lakes, streams, or other natural sources is generally naturally magnetized as it flows through the magnetic field of the earth. However, during water treatment processing and transportation, this water is forced to travel beneath the ground through metal pipes where the electrical charge dissipates.

When water is instituted with magnetism again, the natural energy and charge are once again restored. Also, the ionizing properties of the magnetic field elevates the level of oxygenation, which acts to impede the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms, while helping to improve the taste of the water.

After drinking magnetized water, many people have reported that they have experienced improvements to their health. Magnetized water also has beneficial effects on plants and animals. Although this type of technology is somewhat new in the US, it has been in use for thousands of years in other areas of the world. A significant benefit of drinking magnetized water is that magnetism is able to speed up the sedimentation process of suspended particles in water. As water passes through a magnetic field, the hydrogen ion, and any particles dissolved into the water gain a charge, which then creates a temporary separation of the particles from the water molecules. This can result in better tasting water.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Magnetic Braces and Supports

Some companies which sell magnetic therapy products to consumers do not list the actual type of magnets they use in their supports, braces, and other products. You should be careful if you encounter this because the magnets contained in these products may be made of a cheaper-grade material and may not have sufficient magnetic field strength to provide health benefits.

Some other magnetic product vendors may utilize a combination of ceramic and neodymium magnets in their supports and braces. Ceramic magnet products are much weaker than neodymium magnets. For example, if you compare two magnets of the same size, thickness, and gauss rating, the neodymium magnet will nearly always generate a significantly stronger magnetic field than the ceramic magnet.

A back support, or other magnetic product, which consists of ceramic magnets and neodymium magnets is, generally speaking, going to be measurably weaker than a similar product which contains only neodymium magnets.

Also, there are vendors that may mislead the consumer about the magnetic strength of their products. For example, if there are 20 neodymium magnets (each with a rating of 5,000 gauss) inside a magnetic support product, the magnetic strength of the device will still be only 5,000 gauss.

However, some merchants may mislead the buyer to believe their magnetic therapy products are stronger by adding the gauss rating of all the magnets together. They may advertise such magnet therapy products to have a total gauss rating of 100,000. This isn't accurate, and as a consumer, you should remain careful of merchants who use such methods of advertising.

Magnet Therapy for Hard-to-Treat Depression

Magnetic therapy for treating depression.
A treatment for individuals suffering from serious depression, which utilizes magnetic pulses to stimulate particular regions of the brain, appears to also work over extended periods of time when used in conjunction with antidepressants.  This type of treatment has been previously shown to be able to help relieve acute symptoms of depression for shorter periods,

"We wanted to address the question of whether the benefit of TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) can be sustained over a reasonable time," said Dr. Philip Janicak, the leader of the research study, who is a professor of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. "Based on this trial, the answer is yes."

Although this one study is far too small to provide definitive and absolute results, it does indicate that the beneficial effects of TMS can be sustained for a period of over 6 months, and the treatment can be done safely.  While using TMS in conjunction with antidepressant medications, there were no increased associated risks.

The study was published in the October 2010 issue of Brain Stimulation.

The scientific researchers grouped and organized 301 people who had been previously diagnosed with depression into two main groups: those who would be receiving either real or fake magnetic therapy for a period of about 6 weeks. The fake, or placebo, treatments had a similar feel to the real one.

The 142 participants who received and had a good response to the actual magnetic therapy treatments then went on to enter a 21 day transitional phase. During this phase, the participants were tapered off of the TMS treatments and then began a regimen of prescribed anti-depressant medications.

Of those 142 patients, 121 of them (or about 85%) completed the transitional phase of the treatment without suffering a relapse, and 99 of the participants agreed to enter a 24 week, follow-up study.

During this 24 week period, only 10 of the 99 participants (or about 10%) had a relapse of symptoms. Of the 38 participants who did experience a worsening of symptoms, which required additional TMS treatments, 32 of them (84%) experienced improvement and avoided having further relapses. At the end of the day, 75% of the study participants had a sustained, and complete positive response to the treatments.

Three Studies Regarding Magnetic Therapy and Arthritis

Following are list three published studies which examined the effects of magnet therapy on arthritic pain. All three of these studies showed that magnetic therapy may help with reducing pain caused by arthritis.

Study 1: Conducted by the Division for Research and Education at Harvard Medical School regarding the effects of magnet therapy on osteoarthritis of the knee. Study participants were exposed to about four hours of magnet therapy in a controlled environment. Additionally, the participants were required to wear a magnetic support over the knee each day for 6 hours. The study took place over a six week period. At the end of the study, pain was shown to have lessened after the four hour magnet therapy treatment. Also, participants who wore the magnetic device over their arthritic knee had a reduction in pain at the conclusion of the study.

Study 2: Study conducted by the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The goal of the trial was to determine the effects of magnet therapy on degenerative joint diseases affecting the knee, specifically regardingpain levels and joint function. The study was conducted through a two week period during which the participants wore magnetic devices over their arthritic knee. At the end of the study, the participants indicated a reduction in the pain in the knee, as well as an an increase in knee function.

Study 3: The study was conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical School. The goal was to ascertain how effective magnet therapy was for treating rheumatoid arthritis of the knee. The study lasted for a one week period during which the participants taped medical magnets to the affected knee. At the end of this study, the participants expressed a reduction in the pain in their knees affected by arthritis.

Magnet Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain

Magnetic therapy is used to treat fibromyalgia pain.
The use of magnetic therapy helped to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia in some sufferers, according to a University of Virginia research study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The overall results of the study could not be considered absolutely conclusive.  However, the scientific study did find that the therapy relieved fibromyalgia pain and discomfort to a great enough degree in one of the study groups in order to be identified as a clinically significant result.

Researchers based in the University of Virginia utilized 3 different types of pain measurement for this study: functional status of the study participants using a standardized questionnaire, the quantity of tender points identified on their bodies, and a series of self-reported ratings to quantify their experienced pain intensity.

Data was compiled for 94 the fibromyalgia patients, who had been divided and organized into 4 separate study groups. A control group received a fake, or placebo, treatment consisting of pads which contained magnets that had been demagnetized. Another control group continued to receive their regular, standard treatment for their fibromyalgia symptoms.

The remaining study groups received treatments using actual magnetic pads: one group used a pad which exposed the entire body to a uniform static, negative pole magnetic field. The other study group used a pad which exposed the participants to a static magnetic field which varied both spatially and pole-wise. The participants received the treatments and were then tracked for a period of six months.

A statistically measurable difference in the reported pain intensity reduction was found for one of the groups using actual magnetic pad treatments. The two groups that slept on actual magnetic pads generally had the greatest improvements in their scores for pain intensity, amount of tender points on their bodies, as well as their functional status at the end of the six month period.

The first magnetic pad group displayed a marked improvement across all 4 outcome measures at both three and six months. The second magnetic pad group displayed similar improvement in all the outcomes at three months, but these improvements were only maintained, and did not increase further, after six months. The fake pad group, and the group receiving standard care exhibited the same.

Magnetic Therapy: User Testimonial - Jim F.

This is a magnetic therapy testimonial submitted by Jim F.:

To be honest, in the beginning, I was as skeptical as anyone else about magnet therapy. How could a magnetic bracelet or other piece of jewelry fix my problems with chronic tennis elbow?  I played over 30 rounds of golf this year, and haven't had one game where I didn't experience constant pain. But, I figured, there was nothing to lose, and the worst that could happen is that I wear a pretty cool looking bracelet. I was playing in a four day tournament.  After the third day, I was suffering with so much pain, I could barely swing the club, so I tried wearing the magnetic bracelet I bought the night before the fourth round. The next day, which should have probably been my worst day, I played the entire round without feeling any pain. It seemed pretty amazing, but I was still skeptical, and thought it might be a coincidence, or it could have been merely a psycho-somatic effect. However, the day after the tournament ended was the proof. I had gone to the gym to workout and did some dumbell flies, which had always resulted in severe pain when I had done them before, and my range-of-motion was always severely limited in the arm I had tennis elbow in. To my astonishment I didn't feel an iota of pain and was able to lift my max, which I hadn't be able to do for many months. Since then, I haven't been able to think of a single reason for this dramatic change.  The only thing that was different was the magnetic bracelet I was using. I honestly don't understand the science of how or why this product works.  All I do know is that it has worked wonders for me.

Jim F.
British Columbia, Canada

Source: Direct Connect Magnetics.

Magnet Therapy May Help Recovery from Strokes

Magnetic therapy as an aid for stroke recovery.
Utilizing magnetic fields in order to slow down and repress the activity on the undamaged side of a person's brain after suffering from a stroke, may serve to improve motor function, a small research
study has found.  The technique, called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), had positive effects lasting for at least two weeks, according to the report published in the journal Stroke.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation has also been successfully used to treat other conditions, including depression.

According to the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Felipe Fregni, rTMS attempts to inhibit activity in the unaffected side of the brain. In that sense, the treatment operates on a similar principle as "constraint-induced therapy" - a successful rehabilitation method whereby a stroke sufferer's healthy limb is physically restrained, which then forces the affected limb to improve its response and function.

Scientific researchers working in other places are currently studying the application of rTMS for treating other neurological conditions. Previous research regarding strokes led to the current trial, "We know that several sessions of rTMS can increase the magnitude and duration of the beneficial effects, so we assessed the effect of five sessions," Fregni said.

The research study was composed of 15 participants who were all people who had suffered from a stroke at least a year prior. Ten of the study participants received rTMS treatments in order to reduce activity in the motor cortex area of the undamaged side of their brain. The other five patients underwent a sham, or placebo, treatment.

After performing tests to measure the reaction-times of the patients' hands which were affected by the stroke, the researchers found that those who had received the rTMS treatments had increased their reaction speed by up to 30 percent after only five days of receiving treatments. This effect lasted for a period of two weeks. The improvements increased earlier, as the number of treatments were increased. The patients were, on average, 10 percent, 20 percent, 27 percent and 30 percent faster on days two, three, four and five of treatment, respectively.

Treating Migraines with Magnetic Therapy

Researchers at Ohio State University have conducted a new study which has indicated that magnetic therapy may be helpful for treating some people who regularly suffer from migraine headaches. 

There are about 35 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., according to the American Headache Society.  About 20% of migraine sufferers experience an aura before an attack.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness and vision changes.

The researchers utilized a handheld magnetic stimulation device, which is placed against the back of the head.  Two quick magnetic pulses are then produced by the device.

The study was conducted on 164 patients.  Half of the patients in the study used the real device, and the other half used an identical-looking device, but which did not produce any actual magnetic pulses.  After two hours, 39% of the patients who used the real device reported that they were pain-free, compared to only 22% of the patients who used the fake device.

Small-Scale Study Shows Promise with Alzheimer's Patients Treated with Magnetic Therapy

Using magnetic therapy to treat people with Alzheimer's Disease.
The application of  magnets to the brains of Alzheimer's patients can help them to better comprehend what others say to them, The Independent has claimed.  This claim is based on a small-scale scientific study of an experimental magnetic therapy method called rTMS, which some people believe has the potential to reorganize brain cells, resulting in improved neurological functioning.

Over a period of about four weeks, five patients were treated with rTMS, and five were treated with a fake treatment for two weeks, followed by two weeks of treatment with actual rTMS.  The rTMS was applied to the region of the brain known to be integral for both speech and communication, which often becomes impaired during over the course of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. After two weeks, those patients treated only with rTMS displayed improvement in sentence comprehension. Those receiving the fake treatment did not show any improvement in this regard. The fake group then improved a similar amount after two weeks of real rTMS.

Unfortunately, the method did not improve other language abilities, such as speaking, cognitive function, or memory function.  Also, the design of this small-scale study means that it can't tell us about the long-term effects, or potential harmful side-effects from rTMS. While the use of rTMS in cases of dementia will be of interest to neuro-scientists, it should be viewed as an experimental technique until large-scale, longer-term studies can do further evaluation.

The study was carried out by researchers from the IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, and other educational and research institutes in Italy. The research was supported by a project grant from the Italian Ministry of Health and the Associazione Fatebenefratelli per la Ricerca (AFaR) research foundation.  It was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Magnetic Therapy May Be Useful for Hard-to-Treat Depression

Treating depression using magnetic therapy.
Using magnetic fields in order to stimulate specific regions of the brain may be able to help alleviate depression in some people who have not experienced adequate results from using antidepressants, new research has found.

Researchers administered magnetic therapy to half of a group of 190 adults who had experienced depression for a period of at least three months, but less than five years, and who had taken prescribed medicine for their depression, but did not experience sufficient, positive results. The other half of the study group was given a placebo treatment - simulated magnetic therapy that was not distinguishable from the actual therapy, the researchers said.

After three weeks, about 14% of the patients in the group who were receiving actual magnetic therapy reported that they were no longer experiencing depression, compared with only 5% of those who were receiving the fake treatment.

The researchers continued applying the magnetic treatment for three additional weeks for those who continued to remained depressed, and offered the real treatment to the participants who'd received the placebo treatment. After that additional three week period, about 30% reported that they were no longer experiencing depression, according to the researchers.

"We have settled a fundamental question about (TMS) therapy, which is, 'Does it work?'" said the lead author of the study, Dr. Mark George, a professor of psychiatry, radiology and neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. "The answer is 'yes.'"

"In a rigorous, industry-free multi-site trial, with a convincing sham, we found unambiguously that TMS worked better than the sham. It's watershed," George stated.

The findings of the study are published in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

Magnets for Pain Relief

How Do Magnets Relieve Pain?

The concept behind the utilization of therapy magnets in order to provide pain relief, is that by putting magnets in close proximity to areas suffering from pain, the magnetic field produced by the medical magnets will act to help relieve that pain.  Thus far, no conclusive theory exists which explains why or how this may work, but various research suggests a number of possibilities.

Some studies have indicated that nerve cell function has changed while under the influence of magnetic fields, which, in turn, blocks the nerve signals which communicate pain.  Some other theories are that therapeutic magnets may offer relief from pain by increasing the amount of both blood flow and oxygen to tissues, or that magnet therapy for pain balances the growth and death of cells.  An increase in body temperature might also be a factor in how the mechanism of magnetic pain relief works.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is currently funding studies to find out the effects of medical magnets on carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, knee osteoarthritis, and back pain.  Studies elsewhere are experimenting with magnet therapy for all types of disorders and conditions.  Researchers in the UK, because of the cost-effectiveness of magnet therapy and its low incidence of side-effects, compared with other treatments for chronic musculo-skeletal problems, are running a clinical trial to help determine the effects of medical magnets on rheumatoid arthritis.