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Magnets Don't Lessen Arthritis Pain

By September 28, 2013

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Not that many years ago, when someone suspected they had arthritis or were diagnosed with the disease, they ran out and bought a copper bracelet. Some people believed that copper bracelets or magnetic wrist straps could alleviate pain associated with arthritis. Others, while they weren't 100% sold on the concept, figured it couldn't hurt. Before long, magnets were appearing in shoes and mattresses and just about anywhere you could think of to market "pain relief".

According to a study published in the September issue of PLoS One, British researchers randomly assigned 65 rheumatoid arthritis patients to wear one of the following: a standard magnetic wrist strap, a demagnetized wrist strap, an attenuated magnetic wrist strap, and a copper bracelet. The study participants wore their assigned device for 5 weeks and then completed a survey about pain. Bottom line - there was no statistically significant difference in pain levels, swollen or tender joints, physical limitations, or CRP levels associated with any of the four devices. Placebo may account for any perceived benefit.

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October 1, 2013 at 11:46 am
(1) Shu Arvilla says:

I have been a practitioner of magnetic therapy and copper therapy for 12 years as Superior Magnetics for Pain Free Living. I will agree that copper and magnets do not work for some people however they do work for a lot of people. Often a person with rheumatoid will get immediate pain relief with a copper bracelet while a magnet will work much better on osteoarthritis.

According to William Philpott M.D. in his book, Magnet Therapy: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide, the North Pole magnetic field has the following effect on living metabolic systems: “it provides oxygen to the cells”; “it relieves, stops pain and other symptoms”, as pain is usually a symptom of an imbalance in pH and/or inflammation of the area; “it normalizes acid and alkaline balance,” sore or stiff muscles, chemical hypersensitivity and many disease states are highly acidic.

As Dr. J. Sorenson, University of Arkansas, USA indicates “Copper chelates are more effective and less toxic than drugs being used to treat arthritis.”Dr. Helmar H. A. Dollwet, Professor of Biology, University of Akron, Ohio, USA also publishes in his book The Copper Bracelet and Arthritis: “Copper is an essential element for the enzyme that regenerates the cartilage lining of our bones and cleans up the radicals destructive to human tissue.”

October 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm
(2) Hope Larocque says:

I’m sorry but I still believe in my magnets. They don’t give total pain relief but then neither does anything else. Mostly they work on my neck where I have 2 herniated disks. When the area is inflamed, wearing a magnetic necklace relieves about 20% of the pain from inflammation. So maybe it doesn’t work or RA, but magnetic therapy does have some uses.

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