It Can Help You
by Ken Wiancko, MD
Conventional medicine has long opposed "alternative"
treatment techniques. With many of these, although they provide
benefits to those using them, their mode of action was unexplained
scientifically. Magneto therapy (treatment of illness with magnetic
current) has been extensively researched and the physiology of
its benefits documented.
Life developed under the influence of the earth's
geomagnetic field. Although this field is relatively small, it plays
a major role in many bodily functions. All tissues of the body and
nervous system carry electromagnetic charges. These in turn react
to magnetic fields. Cell regulation is governed by electromagnetic
currents of the body. The body itself creates a magnetic field (termed
bio-magnetism) which can be measured by sensitive magnetometers.
In disease states these body electromagnetic potentials are altered
and again are measurable. The effects of magnetics on the body is
called magneto-biology, the subject of this article.
Magnets have been used for healing for thousands
of years. The term magnet comes from Magnesia, a province in Asia
Minor, where ancient Greeks discovered the rock, Magnetite, that
attracted ferrous material. These people, and early Chinese, recorded
its use in their medical literature. Medical use of magnets has
been reported throughout the ages, as, in recent years, been the
subject of world wide interest.
Dr. Nakagawa (Japanese Medical Journal #2745)
in his paper, "Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome and Magnetic
Treatment" outlines the problems of the lack of magnetism on
the human. He believes the body is under the influence of the earth's
magnetic field and is kept in balance in relationship to it.
Under modem living conditions this field is
decreased by shielding of steel frame buildings, automobiles, etc.
Also, the earth's magnetic field has deteriorated 50% in the last
1000 years adding to the deficiency of magnetic force on the body.
Lack of magnetism can cause abnormalities as
stress, headaches, arthritis, muscle pain, the chronic fatigue syndrome,
and even allergies. Space research by US and Russia has shown that
the loss of calcium form the bone (osteoporosis) in astronauts is
due to the lack of magnetic field action on the body in space.
Magneto-therapy has many other forms. Application
of electromagnetic current to non-unioned fractures often results
in healing that has resisted all standard treatment. European studies
have shown benefits of permanent magnetic and low frequency pulsed
magnetic therapy for asthma, hypertension, heart attacks, varicose
ulcers, arthritis, and rheumatism. Newly developed units help control
stress and prevent jet lag ("Stressmaster"), control insomnia
and anxiety ("Neuron One"), and offer non-pharmaceutical
pain relief ("Psychotron Delphi").
Life and the body have been looked upon as a
mechanical model functioning with a chemical internal environment.
Treatment has been undertaken with this same mechanical-chemical
theory. It is now starting to be appreciated that health and disease,
in many cases, depend on our body's electromagnetic balance.
Dr. Wiancko is a practicing surgeon with an
increasing interest in bio-magnetics and magneto-therapy.