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Anonymous asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 9 years ago

Does magnetic/hematite necklesses really work?

My brother just bought 1.

It says it create a magnetic field that helps the flow of blood or something.

But the human body does not contain any magnetic component,there for the magnetic field would have no affect or side affect either.

Also I did research on Google,yahoo answers, and other databases. About 80% says it works.

I'm just wondering if the neckless was those superstitial items that people just think it works.

Example: Person has shoulder cramp and wears it to sleep. Next day pain goes away and the man thinks the neckless healed him,but it was time or rather himself that healed him.

Yea... Pretty straight forward

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  • JLI
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    Controlled trials are unable to demonstrate any effect of static magnets. See for instance this study: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/290/11/1474.full.... And here is a summary of a more recent study: http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993%281...

    And there is no physical/biological reason to assume that static magnets would work: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/can-...

    The nonsense about blood flow is debunked here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/magn...

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  • topaz
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    It's easy to find lots of supporting statements if you simply google magnetic research. The trouble is, most of the sites you'll find are those by companies who sell the things. You may have to look a little harder to find websites from places that don't. One of my favorites to go to when I have a question like this is the National Institute of Health. They look at real, published medical research, and don't gain anything ($$) from promoting or invalidating these products. Here's what they have to say about magnetic therapy http://nccam.nih.gov/health/magnet/magnetsforpain....

    Okay, they're not big fans, but why do some people believe it works? It has to do a lot with the placebo effect or what's called a psychosomatic effect http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept?cp=6777&... . The person wearing the bracelet (or necklace, or whatever) thinks that it's going to work, so mentally, it causes them to feel less pain. It's not an actual "cure", but if he thinks it will help him with some physical problem, maybe it will. But if he's anemic, or has clogged arteries, the magnets aren't going to provide any "cure".

    And it's not the body that has the magnetic component. Hematite is weakly magnetic, and these "magnets" are supposed to affect the iron in your hemoglobin. But if they really did that, wouldn't all the blood cells in your body go to where you were wearing the magnets and block your arteries? Think about that for a minute.

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  • Tink
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    An MRI produces a magnetic field several thousands times that of the earth, and it doesn't cause you to blow wide open, an no one has been miraculously cured of anything by having one....that should tell you something.

    Your body does contain magnetic components - the hemoglobin in your blood for one - however, it's really a moot point, and those silly magnetic items have no effect on the body.

    http://www.sillybeliefs.com/magnets.html

    As far as the ethical nature of placebo.....that's tricky, and I'm staying out of it.

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  • Gary K
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Lots of good answers so far. Consider also if therapy magnets worked as claimed, they would be in wide spread use and prescribed by all practitioners who deal with pain. They aren't.

    No plausibility, no peer reviewed data that validates them - only crappy in-house pilot studies that aren't good enough to get published and a whole bunch of testimonials. Just another alt med scam.

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  • 9 years ago

    do 15 minutes daily exercise that will be more beneficial than this easy and quick fix of magnet.

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  • Lori
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    They work in exactly one respect: They make money for the people who sell them. The only people who say they work are the people who sell them, and some of the people who bought them but don't want to admit they got suckered.

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