YESTERDAY AND TODAY
MAGNETIC HEALING THROUGH THE AGES
Mankind has availed itself of the beneficial
powers of magnetism for thousands of years perhaps not understanding the specific effects,
but knowing curative results could be achieved. In ancient Africa, iron ore, called
magnetite, was revered for its healing power. It was commonly ground up and used in foods,
as well as for skin and hair treatments. An African bloodstone mine (red iron ore) more than
100,000 years old has been found.
Aristotle (third century
B.C.) was the first person in recorded history to speak of the therapeutic properties - of
the magnet. Most of the old cultures, especially the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Arabs
and Hebrews, knew of the use of magnets for curative purposes.
Greek and Roman Times, around 200 B.C., a Greek physician named Galen found that pain
from many different types of illnesses could be relieved by applying natural magnets,
such as the lodestone, from which amulets, bracelets and other devices were made.
In the first century, the Chinese began
documenting effects on health and disease related to variations in Earth's magnetic field,
using very sensitive compasses to monitor changes in the earth. By the seventh century,
these compasses were already highly sophisticated instruments.
A Persian physician, around 1000 A.D., wrote
about using magnets to relieve muscle spasms and disorders such as gout . During
the middle ages in Europe, physicians ground lodestone into powder and used it for both
internal and external remedies.
In the 1600's, William Gilbert, physician to
Queen Elizabeth, wrote a book on the nature of magnetism. The next century, another
physician named Franz Anton Mesmer wrote a dissertation on magnetism and has proven to be
a foundation for magnetic healing in the Western culture. Although he was ridiculed
by some of the medical community, later scientific discoveries show Mesmer was a
sincere researcher years ahead of his time.
The first in-depth study of the history of
magnetic treatment of diseases was undertaken by France's Royal Society of Medicine in
1777. Even in concurring the magnet was destined to fulfill as crucial a role in medicine
as it then filled in physics, they could not have known that scientists and precision
instruments in the late 20 th century would reveal magnetism to be one of the greatest new
horizons in modern medicine and health.
Danish physicist H.C. Orsted discovered in
1820 that electricity and magnetism were inexorably linked. By the mid nineteenth century
DuBois-Reymond had proven the body itself produced electrical impulses.
Benjamin Franklin, although popularized for
his other diverse accomplishments, was an important scientist and among the early
advocates of "medical electricit ." Early pioneers in this field; Luigi
Galvani and Allesandro Volta did much research on the biological effects of electricity.
In 1924, Hans Berger became the first to actually measure electromagnetic brain waves
In 1936, researcher Albert Davis discovered
that the north and south poles of a magnet had different biological effects. He
proved that the south pole of a magnet stimulated plant growth, animal behavior and
biological activity, while the north pole calmed these functions. He found the north pole
slowed the growth of bacteria, reduced pain and inflammation, and increased the alkalinity
of a solution. Certain ailments were shown to worsen with application of the wrong
polarity. As early as 1948, Red Army doctors were using magnets to reduce pain after
amputation of limbs.
DAY MAGNETIC THERAPY:
REDISCOVERY OF A LOST ART
Today, continuing scientific research in
France, Russia, England, Canada, Germany, India, China, Japan and the United States is
providing invaluable data on how magnetic fields affect the nervous and circulatory
systems, as well as every living cell - animal, human and plant.
Even the most conservative of medical
philosophies has yielded to scientific evidence documented by ultra-sensitive measuring
instruments and acknowledges the human body is indeed electrical in nature and responds
to minute magnetic/electrical changes.
It should be made clear that magnets
themselves do not heal anything - they only stimulate the body to heal itself. Magnetism
is a wholly natural event. It is neither magic nor medicine. It merely allows body cells
to exist at their best level.
Following the early 1970's discovery that
muscles could be strengthened or weakened according to stimuli applied to the body (the
testing procedure has become known as "Applied Kinesiology"), Dr. Richard
Broeringmeyer documented that muscle testing can be used to accurately diagnose
functioning of all body glands and organs. He also found that any muscle will test strong
or weak when a magnetic field is applied to the corresponding malfunctioning gland,
organ or body part.
At the Manomet Medical Clinic in Plymouth, Massachusetts,
Dr. Buryl Payne documented many case histories involving the power of magnetic fields to
stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Among them:
A woman with much difficulty walking and in pain for four
years following having both feet broken in an auto accident. After four hours of
magnetic treatment over a 14-day period, she was delighted to not only walk freely but also
A woman with severe arthritis, in pain and unable to walk
without a cane. After seven hours of magnetic treatment over three weeks of time, she
was pain free and no longer needed a cane.
Doctors in both Europe and the United States
are jubilant over results obtained in applying electric fields to tissue damage ranging
from diabetic ulcers to severe burns. Their "stunning successes" promise
electrical stimulation will become as common a method for healing soft tissue as it is for
healing nonunion fractures.
In Europe, a magnetic foil (applied
like a healing plaster) is widely used for pain relief in areas of the neck, back and
joints. At the University of Leeds in England, researcher D.H. Wilson has successfully
used electric pulses to regenerate nerves in animals.
In Sweden, radiologist Dr. Bjhorn
Nordenstrom has treated scores of lung and breast cancer patients with electrical
The April 1988 issue of Magnets in Your
Future reports the work of Dr. Goesta Wollin and his successful super-magnet treatment
of three cases of breast cancer. 'Many bio-maqnetic researchers believe this therapy
is expected to revolutionize the field of cancer treatment.
Since 1983, a Washington dentist, Dr. Jack
Prince, has successfully used magnets on acupuncture points to reduce bleeding, gagging
and pain sensitivity. He also found the magnets bring immediate relief from chronic
pain from jaw dislocation. As a "holistic" practitioner regarded as a maverick
by orthodox dentists, he has found much success using magnets to treat impaired
hearing, headaches, teeth-grinding and menstrual discomfort. Case histories of his
magnetic treatments have been published in the American Journal of Acupuncture. (Magnetic
therapy has been termed by some as acupuncture without needles.)
Among the leading edge instruments and tools
related to the body's biomagnetic field and being used in modern hospitals and
a. SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference
Device) which can detect minute changes in biomagnetic fields around body organs and thus
b. MEGS or magnetoencephalograms, similar to
c. MKG or magnetocardiogram, similar to EKG.
d. Bio-Magnetic Pulsar, used in more than
1,000 hospitals, colleges and health care offices to administer PMG (pulsed magnetic field
therapy) to relieve deep muscle pain, stiffness, sore throats, colds, arthritis and other
A MAGNETIC FIELD FOR EVERY BODY
Since 1957 in Japan, Dr. Kyoichi Nakagawa
has been one of the world's most foremost researchers in the field of magnetic
treatment of diseases - seen by many as the greatest new frontier in modern medicine.
Beginning with such rudimentary techniques as physically attaching small magnets to
specific body parts to eliminate pain or other symptoms, Dr. Nakagawa's efforts led to
precise and successful hospital treatment of thousands of patients with both specific
and non-specific, undiagnosed ailments.
The passion of his lifelong dedication has led to the
development by a Japanese company of a precision-manufactured futon sleep system with
small, specially designed north and south i polarity magnets positioned throughout the
sleeping pad, pillow and down comforter. The bed is structured for optimum support of the
body and spine, and its unique magnetic design is now patented in 19 countries with others
Although science cannot yet fully explain
what takes place when the body is placed within such a magnetic sleep system, kinesiology
testing shows each meridian in the body functioning in harmony within 15 minutes. It
logically follows that the longer a body remains in this environment, the more quickly it
can realign itself.
According to the manufacturer of this
magnetic futon system, the magnetic field created is approximately of the same intensity
as the Earth's own magnetic field some 500 to 1000 years ago. The May 1988 issue of
Scientific American magazine details today's ongoing degrading of Earth's once
powerful magnetic field, which is now measured at only about 50% of its intensity several
centuries ago. Scientists have calculated if this degradation continues at its present
rate, there will not be a sufficient magnetic field to support life within 1500 years.
Interestingly, certain locales on Earth have
inexplicably retained the strength of their magnetic fields. Among them, areas near
Sedona, Arizona, and Lourdes, France destinations to which countless persons travel
annually to experience feelings of well being and to seek healing.
Also from the Far East, a Chinese company is
now internationally distributing a bandage-sized polymer membrane (Electro Membrane) that
delivers a low level electrical charge to an injured or painful area. Case
histories show remarkable results in alleviating inflammation and pain in both
acute and chronic conditions. As with magnetic therapies, this method of treatment does
not "heal," but stimulates the body's electrical system to allow the body's own
mechanisms to begin repairing the body.
THE PRACTICAL AND THE
In both East and West, recent years
have seen academic and scientific circles widely accepting the developments in healing
through electrical and magnetic therapies. In the United States alone, tens of
thousands of patients with very diverse conditions have already been treated with such
Some of the earlier investigations into
magnetism in the western world began almost accidentally when people returning from
several months at the South Pole found arthritic conditions relieved for up to two
to three years.
Efforts to duplicate these results
first focused unsuccessfully on refrigeration therapies, but eventually moved to magnetism.
They found magnetic treatments not only helped arthritis, but aided recovery of
sprains, twists, broken bones and cuts - and healed them better and more quickly, with
less scar tissue and better symmetry.
In the Soviet Union, more than 2,000 reports
on Magneto-Biology, as it's called there, have been published in professional journals. Russian
doctors regularly use magnets to speed wound healing after surgery, to improve circulation
and to strengthen bones.
At Columbia University's Orthopedic Hospital of Presbyterian
Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Andrew Bassett is one of America's most noted
researchers in magnetic (electric) therapies. It is largely through his 11 efforts that
many of today's athletes as well as adults and children of all ages with conditions not
yielding to traditional treatments can avail themselves of this state of the art magnetic
therapy to hasten the healing of injuries and fractures. Recovery time can be reduced by
half or more.
Dr. Bassett has achieved dramatic results
using electric therapy of hip joint injuries or breaks. Commonly, victims are stricken
with pain, disability and arthritis as blood supplies to the area are cut off. With
electric stimulation, patients have experienced regrowth of tissue, nerve, bone and blood
A Food and Drug Administration evaluation of
these cases showed that approximately 85% of these hip injury patients would have needed
hip replacement without the electric therapy. As the breakthroughs in bioelectric medicine
become available to everyone, fewer than 10% of such patients will need to face
this high-risk surgery.
The Reader's Digest, in an October 1982 article
titled "Biomagnetism: An Awesome Force in our Lives," quoted Dr. Bassett as
predicting, "Electricity will become as ubiquitous in medical practice as surgery
or drugs are; in many instances it will replace them."
Dr. Robert 0. Becker, surgeon, author and
former professor of orthopedic surgery at the Upstate Medical Center in New York, is
another highly respected pioneer in magnetic/electrical therapy in America. His book, The
Body Electric, published in 1985 by Wm. Morrow, has been a major milestone in
educating the public about these "new" frontiers with ancient beginnings.
Dr. Becker, envisioning amazing magnetic
possibilities for the future, is quoted in the June 1986 issue of East West, as
declaring, "Think of the implications for medicine... to heal injuries that we can't
repair now, such as a severed spinal cord or damage to the heart muscle, injuries that
almost never heal effectively."
The earth produces it's own direct current (DC) magnetic
pulses that support the natural biorhythms of all living things. However, scientists are
becoming increasingly alarmed that the present-day magnetic field of the earth is only
about 50% of what it was some 500 - 1000 years ago, with a full 5% decline being recorded
in the past 100 years.
A radiation researcher at Arizona State
University believes that ordinary 60 cycle household AC electricity and higher frequencies
such as those from radio broadcasts and radar can cause memory loss, headaches, changes in
heart rate and blood chemistry and general malaise.
European scientists report such daily
exposure is cumulative and contributes to sluggishness, headaches, and both digestive and
circulatory problems. At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dr. Nancy Wertheimer has
reported increased cancer among children in "high current" dwellings.
According to Dr. William Adey, a cancer
researcher who spoke recently to a House Subcommittee, this "electronic smog"
can block the brain's electromagnetic signals to the cells, thereby undermining the body's
disease-fighting ability and promoting tumors.
Dr. Robert 0. Becker, M.D., one of America's pioneers in the
field of research on regeneration and electrical currents in living things, has achieved
what have been termed "miraculous" results in healing with magnetic therapy. He
has gone so far as to speculate that electropollution, in addition to causing some
cancers, may be contributing to the onslaught of such maladies as Reye's syndrome, Lyme
disease, Legionnaire's disease, and AIDS.
On December 4, 1976, the Japan Medical
Journal (No. 2745) published a far reaching paper titled "Magnetic Field Deficiency
Syndrome and Magnetic Treatment"" authored by Kyoichi Nakagawa, M.D., one of the
word's foremost authorities on magnetism and its therapeutic effects on the human body.
According to Dr. Nakagawa, the continuing
degrading of Earth's magnetic field, combined with man's electronic environment, is
responsible for a broad range of ailments, including "stiffness of the
shoulders, back and "scruff' of the neck; uncertain lumbago; chest pains for no
specific reason; habitual headache and heaviness of the head; dizziness and insomnia for
uncertain reasons; habitual constipation; general lassitude, etc."
Another scientist whose comprehensive
studies of magnetic fields and healing have been widely published is
Physicist/Psychologist Dr. Buryl Payne, former professor at Boston University and Goddard
College and inventor-designer of the first biofeedback instruments that are now sold by
Radio Shack and Thought Technology.
According to Dr. Payne, sensitive research
instruments have allowed scientists to document some of the ways magnetic fields affect
living organisms. He cites specific factors now known to be involved in magnetic healing.
1. Increased blood flow with resultant increased oxygen
carrying capacity, both of which are basic to helping the body heal itself.
2. Changes in migration of calcium ions - adequate magnetic
polarities can either bring calcium ions to heal a broken bone in half the usual time, or
can help move calcium away from painful, arthritic joints.
3. The pH balance (acid/alkaline) of various body fluids
(often out of balance in conjunction with illness or abnormal condition) can apparently be
altered by magnetic fields.
4. Hormone production from the endocrine
glands (essential to health) can be either increased or decreased by magnetic field
5 Altering of enzyme activity and other
As an example of specific effects created
when a magnetic field is applied to the body, below are typical changes that have been
a. Electricity is generated in blood vessels
b. Ionized particles increase in blood
c. Autonomic nerves are excited
d. Circulation is improved
To better understand the implications of
providing the body with an adequate magnetic environment, it is important to understand
the basic movement of certain body fluids and their role in health and disease.
In a somewhat simplified explanation, as the
heart pumps approximately 80 times per minute, blood in the arteries forces nutrient-laden
liquid through pores in the capillaries into the cell area to nourish the cells. (This liquid
is called plasma while it is in the bloodstream and is renamed "lymph" once it
leaves the bloodstream.)
The blood proteins (fibrinogen, albumin and
globulin) in the blood vessels have a high affinity for water and aid in pulling
liquid back into the blood vessels. Through the venous system, the "used blood"
is returned to the heart and lungs for purification.
Because the body itself, and each individual
cell is an electrical generator, the cells must have oxygen to convert glucose into
energy, and the balance of potassium/sodium within each cell must remain correct to keep
the generators going.
Even under ordinary conditions, the normal
blood pressure causes some of the blood proteins to continually seep through the tiny
capillary pores into the spaces around the cells. There is not enough pressure in the
cells to push these proteins back through the pores, so they must be continually removed
and returned to the blood stream via the lymphatic system.
The body has twice as much lymph as blood, and twice as many
lymph vessels as blood vessels. The lymphatic system has one-way check valves that keep
the fluids going only in one direction, Many years of research and clinical application
have shown that the simple introduction of a magnetic field can provide stimulation of not
only the lymphatic system, but of every cell within the body as well. The magnetic field
does not heal - it merely aids the cells in creating an optimum environment in which the
body can begin to heal itself.
Many bio-magnetic practitioners are now
offering education, treatment, and magnetic devices to those seeking alternative health
care. Among the most viable of these options is a magnetic sleep system developed over
more than 30 years of clinical testing by a doctor in Japan. Users are able to sleep
nightly within a cocoon of balanced magnetic energy to revitalize their bodies, with the
system providing ongoing effectiveness levels.
In the early 1970's, Scientist James
Zimmerman of the National Bureau of Standards in Colorado invented a revolutionary device
able to make extremely minute detections in electromagnetic fields around the body's
organs - thus providing a powerful, new tool for diagnosis of disease. The device is
called SQUID, for Superconducting Quantum Interference Device, and is now a prized
piece of diagnostic equipment at many hospitals.
Around the world, research on the
therapeutic potential of magnetism is continuing, and the publication, Journal of
Bioelectricity, is devoted to the field. Among the places where this leading edge
technology is being studied are Loma Linda University in San Diego-, New York University,
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The Institute for Magnetotherapy in Madras,
India; the University of Leeds in England; the University of Colorado, the University of
South Carolina in Columbia, the University of California in San Francisco, Columbia
University in New York; and scores of other laboratories and institutions in Japan,
Germany, Sweden and other nations.