What’s the Truth about Magnetic Therapy?
The FDA, The Medical Establishment and Your Health
You can read a lot about Magnet Therapy. Some people say it will relieve back pain, knee pain, and joint pain. Doctors now use TMS, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, (a fancy way of saying they strap magnets on your head) to treat depression, arthritis and even numbness. Many products on the market, such as magnetic bracelets, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy machines, have made various claims. So the US government has viewed some claims of magnetic therapy benefits to be presumably untrue, bogus.
For example, Quackwatch, which by its name implies that fraudulent medical practitioners are “Quacks”, takes a very critical point of view about the use of magnets. The article points out several legal and regulatory actions against individuals and businesses promoting magnetic products. It concluded that, “There is no scientific basis to conclude that small, static magnets can relieve pain or influence the course of any disease.”
Additional Skepticism about Health Benefits of Magnets
The Website, Silly Beliefs, makes an extensive case against the use of magnets in promoting health. It proceeds to debunk many of the claims of proponents of magnetic therapy.
The Website, Live Science, also raises questions about whether static magnets really work.
Can You Trust Your Doctor?
That’s a loaded question, isn’t it? Doctors are one of the most respected professions. And yet, it’s important to note that the US healthcare system is based on a system of medicine based on drugs and other expensive treatments. Here is an article I saw just today, by a doctor who expressed regret about how medicine is practiced. In his article, Medical Doctors as Money Grubbers, writer David Macaray tells the story of a Chief Medical Officer at a company explaining how doctors pump up medical costs with unnecessary tests, follow up appointments and and an overall conflict of interest in their bottom line and what’s actually needed for treatment.
Most doctors take the view that if they’re not trained in it, it can’t be good. The usual treatment by doctors involves taking drugs, especially expensive prescription drugs, which can have serious side effects, such as addiction to pain killing drugs.
The Changing Mood of Alternative Health Care
In recent years, we’ve seen an influx of new therapies, such as Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Holistic Medicine. While the Medical Establishment generally has pooh-poohed these, with Chiropractors getting a lot of criticism, things are changing. Here are some recent examples of changing attitudes towards Magnetic Therapy.
USA Today Article: Treating Depression with Magnetic Therapy
In the article, Magnetic Therapy Zaps Depression, writer Frank Gluck cites Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Pollack as giving one on of his patients Magnetic Therapy when medications failed. The treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, directed magnetic energy to areas of the brain that affect mood. There is just one slight problem, in my opinion. The course of treatment lasted 7 weeks, costs $15,000 and most insurers won’t cover it.
Mike Adam of the site, Natural News, quotes an article, saying that the Magnetic Therapy is Nearing FDA Approval and cites an example of a guy treated with a 10,000 gauss magnet, who could feel his previously numb and tingly feet.
In 2012, this US government institute, which is about as credible as one could get, released an article,
Effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation in clinical practice post-FDA approval in the United States: results observed with the first 100 consecutive cases of depression at an academic medical center.
Even Dr. Oz is getting behind this:
Why Do I Even Write about This?
In 1984, I tore the cartilage in my knee, and over the years, the aching in my knee gradually got worse. I am physically active, running, hiking, lifting weights, doing yoga, and so on. Since I like to think outside the box, I read about Magnetic Therapy about 12 years ago, and got a knee brace with magnets that seemed to help me. Then, in 2014, I tore the cartilage in my same damaged knee again.
The pain in my knee could be excruciating, however, at least in my experience, using magnet knee supports seemed to help. So that’s why I put together this article, to introduce people like you, who suffer pain or injury, to new ideas on pain relief. Magnetic Therapy, after many years of skepticism, is finally getting the respect it deserves. But you do need to get all the facts, before you decide to try it.