Thursday, 27 September 2007

Magnets found to be ineffective for pain relief

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If you've ever seen those magnetic bracelets being hawked in magazines or on television, have you ever bought them? I know a few people that swear by them for wrist pain. But then again, some people justify their purchases with irrationality, I've found.

Still, I've never used them. According to new research this week, those products are not useful when it comes to the pain management many bracelet wearers are seeing.

Specifically, the study referenced pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia. But for the billion-dollar industry consumed with selling with magnets for use as pain relief products, this study is taking issue with that. To respond, that industry will need to provide valid, scientific evidence that magnets do somehow bind to pieces of the human anatomy in order to whisk pain away.

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