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Old 09-04-2007, 07:20 AM   #1
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Has anyone else here experimented with magnets for pain relief? I know it sounds ridiculous, but a magnetic bracelet seems to have eliminated soreness in my wrist that had persisted for several weeks (lingering from a year-long problem). A few hours of wearing the bracelet and the pain was gone.

I'm not saying it's cured anything, but there's no question that it feels better than it has in months. I've continued to wear the bracelet most of the time in case it is doing something.

I'm perfectly happy if it's all in my head, the important thing is it doesn't hurt any more. But has anyone else tried this?
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:47 AM   #2
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This one comes around every now and then as with copper bracletts. It has been debunked and is useless. You might be experiencing the placebo effect or somthing else unassociated with the magnets

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I've recently heard radio commercials for a magnetic product that reduces the craving to smoke tobacco. Apparently, a set is worn somewhere near the earlobes and the cravings disappear within days.

I'm not a smoker, so no need (for me) to try it.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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I've put on a magnetic bracelet around my wrist as I'm typing this, and it's starting to make me feel better. May^eh the3e iw so4met4i@# tg t897p3.v.,wGHO8042
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I've never had to opportunity to try out magnets. I've heard great things about them from people who have though.
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More than likely just placebo effect. However, don't dismiss that. Some recent studies have shown the effect to be 'real' - that is, they measure actual physical changes apparently triggered by the person's belief that something might work. A verifiable case of 'mind over matter'.

So, I won't knock it, but I doubt that the magnets themselves do anything.

However, I can't help but see the irony in this. I'd guess that many of the people that push these things as 'cures', would be the same ones that warn you of the supposed dangers of power lines and CRT's - electro-magnetic fields.

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Old 09-04-2007, 02:19 PM   #7
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I've never had to opportunity to try out magnets. I've heard great things about them from people who have though.
Any double-blind, peer reviewed, repeatable studies to back that up?

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Old 09-04-2007, 04:23 PM   #8
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They seemed pretty effective for some maladies.

I set a few powerful magnets on my ex-wife's credit cards for a couple
hours, and they provided considerable relief from over-spending.
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In New Jersey, teenage girls are being fitted with locking panty-like garments made of magnetized metallic mesh. The benefit is said to be the elimination of the risk of teen pregnancies without exposing the young ladies to drugs such as birth control pills.

The practice started soon after a certain gym teacher retired and left the state and was no longer there to pass out condoms.
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However, I can't help but see the irony in this.
The "irony" in magnets? Good one!
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I heard of pressure point bracelets relieving motion sickness, so it doesn't surprise me that magnets are effective.
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