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Homeopathy, Magnetic Therapy and Placebos

This is an excellent article from Prof. Edzard Ernst and his homeopathic journey from advocate to sceptic. Personally, I know very little about homeopathy and will not pass judgement. But we are experts in magnetic therapy and these are observations after thousands of patients treated, being familiar with almost all of the published literature and conducting our own university sponsored randomised controlled trial.

How can the placebo effect explain the following observations with Q Magnet application?

RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIALS:
The gold standard for medical research is the double-blind randomised controlled trial and one of the better trials was run by Dr Vallbona who was reportedly trying to debunk the notion of magnetic therapy.

Q Magnet therapy and power balance band holographic technology.

What’s the deal with the Power Balance Band and are there any similarities with Q Magnets? As we explain on our magnetic therapy page, some products claim to influence the energy fields around the body.

There is no research to show that Q Magnets affect the body’s “energy fields” but the original research pioneered by neurologists at Vanderbilt Medical University in the 1990’s does pose a credible mechanism of action for how Quadrapolar magnets might potentially provide comfort or localized temporary relief of minor aches and pains. This effect is typically produced by applying the field gradients generated by Quadrapolar magnets directly over the painful area or the nerves that innervate that area.

Distributors of the Power Balance Band have given away and paid a number of high profile athletes to use their product. The key difference is that elite athletes from around the world have used Q Magnets long term and had them prescribed by the people overseeing player’s rehabilitation. Teams including the Queensland Reds, Brisbane Lions, Western Force, Fremantle Dockers.

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