Research Posts

Static Magnetic Fields May Have an Anti-inflammatory Effect at The Cellular Level.

 

This in-vitro (cell study) experiment demonstrated convincing evidence that exposure to a strong, inhomogeneous static magnetic field (iSMF) for up to 24 hrs has a significant inhibitory effect on the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α from macrophages as compared to negative, untreated control. There is also evidence that low-dose naloxone with morphine has a similar effect of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (Lin, et al. 2010).  This suggests that the action of iSMF-exposure may be similar to that of serum morphine.

 

Concentration of Interleuken-6 released from macrophages

Concentration of Interleuken-6 released from macrophages

Pain Relief From Minor Aches and Pains and Getting Back to Your Sport Sooner…

Using magnets for pain to reduce the growing burden of pain.

Recently The Lancet published the most comprehensive review of disabilities caused by disease. As the population ages, the years lived with a disability is increasing, which is simply stating the obvious for anyone over 40.

In the top 10 of the diseases that cause disability (as opposed to death), measured in years lived with a disability were…

1.  Low Back Pain
4.  Neck Pain
5.  Other Musculoskeletal Disorders and
8.  Migraines

Illustrating magnetic field lines and depth of penetration for magnetic therapy.

Magnetic Field Therapy is a complete mystery to some. Adding to this is the invisible nature of magnetic fields and their poor understanding. As the prominent researcher in the field, Dr Janos Laszlo PhD observed…

Magnetic field therapy is a lot like sport. Few have adequate knowledge about it, while many have opinion or prejudice.

 

The challenges of designing a placebo static magnet for double blind clinical trials.

Clinical trials involving static magnets pose a difficult dilemma for researchers; how to “protect the blind”. That is, seeing you can’t hide a magnetic field, how do you prevent a patient from testing the magnet with, say a paper clip?

 

For studies like Vallbona it’s not such an issue, as subjects only wear the devices for 45 minutes and researchers can closely monitor subjects to make sure no one “cheats”. However, many times you want to see the effects over days or even weeks and you can’t keep them under surveillance 24/7. Segal tried to counter this with a weak magnetic placebo, but the strength of the field entering the body was significant at 72 mT. So there is an argument that this was actually a dose-comparative study and not comparing with a true placebo. In addition, a research paper by Greaves & Harlow noted that…

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