Could Magnetic Therapy Help Heal Your Pet?
Our pets share not only our lives and homes, but also some of the medical problems, such as kidney disease, arthritis, joint problems, and immune system disorders, and so on. This not only leads to the deterioration in the quality of their lives, but also mounting vet bills. Sadly, conventional treatments are not always successful. It has been observed, however, that magnetic therapy for pets has proved to be an inexpensive and safe method of managing most of these ailments.
The main principle behind magnetic therapy is scientifically sound and simple. A magnetic can align molecules in one direction, and it’s the same “attraction” that we see when a magnet is placed over any metal object. Since living beings, including animals are made of billions of tiny molecules, the use of magnets over specific body areas can help in aligning the molecules, stimulating the circulation, and speeding up the healing process.
Magnetic therapy for pets is mainly successful because cats and dogs possess a much faster blood circulation than humans, and the magnetic field is easily absorbed in the body. This treatment has been tried by thousands of pet owners and most of them have reported positive changes in their pets within days.
Magnetic therapy can also be used along with other medical treatments, without any adverse results. Research has shown that magnetic therapy offers good results with skeletal and muscle issues, such as arthritis in the knees and the elbows. In most of the cases, there is marked improvement in hip dysplasia with the use of magnetic therapy for pets. As magnets speeds up the healing process, they help in healing the injuries more quickly.
Magnetic therapy for pets also relieves all types of pain due to organ disorders and reduces the effects of epilepsy. It is also great for treating strains and sprains. The biggest challenge with this therapy is to devise ways to keep the animal in contact with the magnets. The best way to accomplish this is with the help of a magnetic bed. Numerous pet owners report that their arthritic cat or dog has shown remarkable improvement by sleeping on these types of beds.
Some pets instinctively seek the magnetic therapy treatment and lie on the bed throughout the day. Maybe, they appreciate the relief they get upon using this therapy and want more! Large dogs and horses can also benefit by using a magnetic blanket that is wrapped around them. For use on specific muscle or joints, small magnetic strips can be applied by wrapping a gauze around them. In some cases, a magnetic collar is a best idea as magnetic properties are easily absorbed through the carotid artery of pets.
Best thing about magnetic therapy for pets is that is cost is quite reasonable. The number of magnets to be used and their strength depends upon the size of pet and its medical condition. Of course, small animals would need smaller magnets with a strength of around 750 gauss/80m Tesla to be successfully absorbed in the pet’s blood stream. There are absolutely no side effects of this therapy, and the theory behind the use of various magnets has been amply proved. Our pets rely on us and it’s our duty to keep them healthy and safe. Magnetic therapy for pets is the most cost effective and the safest way to do just that.
(Low Level Laser Therapy and Static Magnetic Fields)
Safe, Effective, and Inexpensive
by Elena N. Marcus
Magnetotherapy is being recognized as a viable therapeutic treatment worldwide in spite of much resistance and ostentatious skepticism from most of the medical community in this country.
Russia, Japan, Germany, and some Eastern European nations are looking at magnetotherapy as an effective, non-intrusive, safe and inexpensive new medicine that has been around for centuries. A form of magnetotherapy that uses low frequencies pulsed electromagnetic fields is popular in many of these countries as well.
Magnets are widely used in many industries, including the medical field. Many therapeutic and diagnostic devices are based on the specific properties of magnets. Claims of direct therapeutic effects of magnets on diseases date since ancient times and magnets were popular in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Anton Mesmer, 18th century physician who invented medical hypnotherapy, used magnets extensively in his practice, before he was banned from medical practice and exiled by the French medical establishment for his unorthodox views. Mesmer’s doctoral thesis had been on the influence of the magnetic fields of planets on human body. Nowadays, his thesis might be called: Biorhythms and their medical applications.
The most powerful magnet on Earth is the neodyumium magnet, which is in fact an alloy of three metals (Neodymium-Iron-Boron). Japan is the largest manufacturer of personal static magnetic therapeutic items, since Sumitomo bought the patent rights for the neodymium magnet from General Electric in the mid 1980s. Another powerful magnet, also a ‘rare earth’ magnet is made of the samarium-cobalt alloy. It is more expensive than neodymium, and less powerful.
Other magnets are made of an Aluminum-Nickel-Cobalt alloy or iron (ferrite).
The negative (north pole) side of a magnet is used therapeutically, although, in certain conditions, the positive pole is indicated. Robert Becker, author and physician, has written extensively on the electromagnetic essence of human body. As a bone specialist, he performed healing of apparently intractable bone damage, using electrical currents. Electrical currents create magnetic fields. Dr. William H. Philpott, a physician from Oklahoma, has used magnet therapy for several decades, especially in the management of pain. He also promoted the use of magnet therapy for psychiatric conditions, claiming that negative magnetic fields improve essential factors of cellular metabolism. Of course the FDA would not allow him to claim magnetic therapy cured diseases, however, he has devised protocols for many conditions in clinical studies and he described them in his writings.
The biolectromagnetic medicine has greatly diversified through the introduction of various devices that emit electromagnetic pulse of various frequencies and intensities (Low and Ultra Low Frequencies Electromagnetic Pulse). At least one study in the literature compared a static and a pulsed field and found no significant difference in the therapeutic value. However, there is much to say about variety. Therapeutic studies with magnetic fields are difficult to duplicate, however, a concept emerges from the confusion, that different conditions may respond best to different electromagnetic characteristics.
In 2003, two Polish researchers published a report in a national medical paper, regarding 15 years of their clinical experience with magnetotherapy. The report claims experimental and clinical positive findings on systems and conditions such as enzymatic and hormonal activity, free oxygen radicals, carbohydrates, protein and lipid metabolism, behavioral reactions related to dopamine receptors, osteoarthrosis, abnormal ossification, Parkinson disease, spastic paresis, diabetic polyneuropathy, osteoporosis, irritable colon and trophic ulcers, and multiple sclerosis.
The medical literature is replete with studies on the therapeutic effect of both static (SMF) and low frequency pulsating fields (LFMF). The SMF can also be considered a pulsating field, as the magnetic field travels, however, it travels in a spiral direction, on a short distance, depending on the size and the inherent magnetic power. Here are a few of them:
CHRONIC PAIN FROM SPINAL CORD INJURY
A group from the University of Washington, Seattle, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine published a report on a case series of treatments with magnets in cases of myofascial shoulder pain, a pain which is known to be intractable in traditional therapy. The conclusion of the study was that SMF treatment resulted in a “significant decrease in pain intensity caused by the spinal cord injury following one hour exposure with a static magnetic field of a commercial 500 Gauss magnet.
ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE
A group of Russian researchers treated elderly patients suffering from hypertension and ischemic heart disease with systemic magnethoterapy (over the entire body) and found that the treatment mitigated the phenomenon of aging, through improved circulation, myocardial reactivity, blood condition, and cardiovascular system in general.
Another study by Japanese researchers revealed that static magnetic field decreased plasma levels of nitric oxide and its metabolites, angiotensin II and aldosterone, in hypertensive rats who were exposed to a 5 mT static magnetic field. The SMF, the scientists concluded, suppressed high blood pressure and delayed its onset, by affecting the hormonal regulatory system.
The same researchers found that a Static Magnetic Fields of 10 mT and 25 mT for 2-9 weeks, equally suppressed and delayed blood pressure elevation in hypertensive rats.
Another study by Japanese researchers showed that the static electromagnetic field applied to the carotid artery increased the NO and decreased the blood pressure in hypertensive rats
In another study on hypertension, with magnetic therapy, this time in rabbits, Japanese scientists found the same blood regulator effect. The scientists compared a sham treatment and a static magnetic field exposure and found no physiological differences in normal subject, however, when they induced hypertension and constriction of vessels in rabbits by treating them with norepinephrine or a drug that inhibits a nitric oxide enzyme, the rabbits who were treated with SMF showed a considerable attenuation of the vasoconstriction and a suppressing of the blood pressure.
This study is significant in that it demonstrates that the SMF does not simply change certain physiological parameters but acts as a regulator, in a similar fashion that the so-called adaptogen herbs might work.
Another study also showed that the magnetotherapy has a regulatory effect on cortisol level.
In a randomized placebo study at the New York Medical College in Malhalla, New York, researchers followed and tested 375 patients with diabetic neuropathic pain in 48 centers in 27 states, who wore a so-called multipolar static magnetic field of 450 Gauss shoe insoles for 4 months. Magnets have only two poles, of course, however, some innovative manufacturers have created varied waving field patterns by placing magnets in different positions and combinations. Nerve conduction and other markers for peripheral neuropathy were measured regularly, and sensory testing was performed as well. The study revealed that in the 3rd and 4th month of the study, there was a significant reduction in symptoms such as burning, tingling, numbing and exercise-induced pain. The patients with the highest pain had the highest degree of benefit. The conclusion of the study was that “Static magnetic fields can penetrate up to 20mm and…Analgesic benefits were achieved over time.”
At the Research Institute of Hematology and Transfusiology in St. Petersburg, Russian scientists measured changes in the immune system of patients suffering from multiple myeloma, acute leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's disease, after their blood was exposed to various combination of static and pulsed magnetic field. Following a 30-minute exposure with a combination of static and alternating magnetic fields of a patient with multiple myeloma, the immune markers such as T-cell, the expression of tumor-fighting cells were enhanced and the regulatory function of immune cells T-lymphocytes were stimulated. Other measured data showed that the low magnetic field mitigated the immune system deficiency in these patients.
Another study with cancer cells in vitro, from the University of Michigan Medical Center, shows that exposure to strong static magnetic field slows the growth of human cancer cells in vitro. Three types of cancer cells, malignant human cell lines for melanoma, for ovarian carcinoma and lymphoma were exposed to a uniform, static, strong (7 Tesla) magnetic field for 64 hours.
The study revealed that the magnetic field caused a reduction in the viability of all three cancer cell lines. The authors offered no explanation for their findings, however they express the hope that, “Future investigations of this phenomenon may have a significant impact on the future understanding and treatment of cancer.”
SAFETY PHASE 1 IN CANCER
In a safety phase 1 2003 clinical study, a group of physicians from the Hematology-Oncology department in Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, applied magnets to patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. They found that the application had no adverse effects.
Researchers compared two pulsing electromagnetic units, manufactured in Eastern Europe, in the treatment of chronic prostatitis. Low-frequency magnetic field generated by the unit ProSPOK was found more efficient than that of the unit Polyus-1 in physiotherapy of chronic prostatitis. The ProSPOK magnetotherapy was found to stimulates glands, and improve circulation.
In searching for an alternative to chemical treatment, researchers at the neurology department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, applied static magnetic field and found that it decreased significantly the incidence of seizure in rats with epilepsy. The magnets showed anticonvulsant effect both in combination with drugs and when applied alone.
A study in vitro at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Poland, verified the hypothesis that weak power frequency (50 Hz) magnetic field (MF) affected the free oxygen radicals in rat lymphocytes cell.
They found that “Only in the lymphocytes exposed at 40 microT MF directed along the Earth's static MF there was a decrease of fluorescence (decrease in free radicals) in relation to non-exposed samples.
REGULATOR OF BLOOD VESSELS
ISCHEMIA AND EDEMA
A study at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, tested the effect of a localized, uniform SMF of 70 mT for 15 minutes on the blood vessels of adult skeletal muscles in rats, and found that the procedure performed a regulatory function in resistance arterioles, meaning it can be an effective treatment in both ischemic and edematous tissue disorders (damaged and water-logged blood vessels).
SCIATIC NERVE DAMAGE
In a study on rats by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Maribor General Hospital, Maribor, Slovenia, rats with sciatic nerve damage were exposed to a low frequency magnetic field. After 3 weeks post-injury, 4 hours a day exposure to 0.14 T magnetic field (between electrical coils) there was a dramatic difference between treated and placebo rats. The authors concluded that the therapeutic benefit was due to the “magnetic field systemic effect on the neuron cell bodies and increased and more efficient reinnervation of the periphery.”
A study by the College of Medical Science in Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale published in January 2005, revealed that a local static magnetic field affects the skin in a double blind placebo trial. The researchers used a neodymium magnet that produced a field of -Gauss at the palm side of the finger and 879 +/- 52 G at the opposite side of the finger. A reduction in the Skin Blood Perfusion (SBP) was observed in the magnet exposed fingers.
In a 4-week randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) were treated with 500-Gauss magnets applied to the abdominal trigger points area for 24 hours a day. The authors of the study concluded that the treatment “significantly improve disability and may reduce pain.” The ‘blinding’ aspect of the study was put into question as those who received real magnets were more likely to identify their treatment. Nevertheless, the study revealed the subjects who wore true magnets experienced improvement in all three outcome measurements: McGill Pain Questionnaire, the Pain Disability Index, and the Clinical Global Impressions Scales.
(LOW COST EASY HANDLING PRESERVATIVE)
Italian researchers from Urbino, have applied a static magnetic field of 80+/-20-Gauss to bacteria S. marcescens and found the bacteria’s proliferation rate decreased. Researchers concluded that “ Since the control of microbial growth by physical agents is of interest for agriculture, medicine and food sciences, the investigation presented herein could serve as a starting point for future studies on the efficacy of static magnetic field as low-cost/easy-handling preservative agent.”
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE
Two types of MagnaBloc therapeutic static magnets, were taped to the rheumatoid arthritic knees of 64 patients for one week, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo trial by Japanese and American researchers under the aegis of the University of Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the authors, both devices demonstrated a significant pain reduction.
At the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, a group of scientists studied the effect of static magnetic field implanted in the broken femurs bones of rats. A samariun-cobalt magnet was used for the therapy group, and an unmagnetized identical alloy was used for the control group.
The study showed a significant enhancement of the femoral bones, and researchers speculated that improved circulation caused by the SMF might explain the rapid bone regeneration.
At the Faculty of Dentistry in Sidney, Australia, a study with guinea pigs demonstrated the value of both static and pulsed electromagnetic fields in treating bone damage. Two groups of pigs with osteotomy were exposed the static and pulsed magnetic field respectively for 8 hours a day, then their healing rate was compared with that of a control group. After 9 days of treatment, the two magnetic therapy groups had filled the osteotomy gap with bone, while the control group had their gap filled with connective tissue.
One of the most popular form of magnetic therapy in Japan appears to be the magnetic sleeping pad. According to some researchers, sleeping on a negative pole bed simulates the original natural environment on Earth, and normalizes some of the body processes which are disturbed by various abnormal electromagnetic fields in the urban environment. The negative magnetic field, according to Phillpott for example, regulates blood acidity and performs antioxidant activity. In a study of the University of Virginia Health System, a randomized study on static magnetic fields, patients with fibromyalgia treated with a negative polarity pad experienced a significant decrease in pain intensity rating, and a less significant decrease in the number of tender points.
BRONCHIAL ASTHMA IN CHILDREN
A study of 42 asthmatic children in Slovakia found that, following treatment with pulsed electromagnetic field emitted by a MTU 500H, (Therapy System, Brno, Czech Republic), the children’s condition improved in measured pulmonary indexes.
A study in Poland with various therapies for miners suffering from spinal degeneration due to intensive labor found, in the language of the authors, that “magnetotherapy proved to be the most effective method in treating the spinal degenerative changes.”
VERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE
In an article published in 2000 in Pediatric Neurology, a group from Vanderbilt University Medical Center report on two cases of adolescents who were successfully treated with magnetotherapy for “debilitating, medication-resistant, chronic pain of the low back and abdomen” due to an intervertebral disk disease. According to the authors, “In both patients, treatment with novel magnetic devices provided rapid relief that was sustained for more than 2 years.”
Other studies show the effectiveness of magnetotherapy in enhancing the antibiotic activity against certain pathogens, improving stroke survival and quality of life, improving the condition of patients hospitalized with depression, reducing mammary tumors in rats and melanoma, preventing development of sclerotic plaque, uterine cysts, and even acne. One of the most promising effects of magnetotherapy is that of mitigating blood clotting and arterial plaque formation (hyperthrombocythemia and hyperfibrinogenemia) actions gleaned from several studies cited in the literature.
Warning: Pregnant woman and babies should not be exposed to magnet therapy.
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