Does the Earth's magnetic field affect humans? Can magnets be used to improve health? Magnets have been used for thousands of years to improve health.
The human body is a magnificent creation. It is endowed with all of the universe’s powers and energies. For thousands of years the Earth has done a good job of supporting human life in all aspects: food, modest temperatures, fresh water renewal, and a magnetic field. As industry continues to prosper, many of Earth’s natural resources are being depleted. An unseen (but often felt) depletion is of Earth’s magnetic field, which is essential to the human body. Magnetism can work wonders for the body, and the depletion of Earth’s magnetic field could prove to be a danger to humans.
Plato tells the story of Magnes, a Greek shepherd who noticed his iron staff being pulled towards a large rock. When he approached the rock, he had to use all of his strength to pull his staff away from the rock. The rock was named a magnet stone after the shepherd. Magnes placed pieces of the stone in his sandals to alleviate his aching feet so that he could walk greater distances.
Magnets were used by many ancient cultures to ensure health and prevent aging. Rich Egyptians wore magnets to maintain beauty and a youthful appearance. In 600AD magnets were used for taking pain away from sore joints. In 400AD they were used to cure ailments like headaches.
Magnetism is universal and has an effect on everything. The attractive properties of a magnet are created by the polar alignment of the molecules in the substance. In the sixteenth century English physician Gilbert discovered another property: when broken, each smaller piece of magnet shows the same magnetic properties, and has equal strength.
The strength of a magnet is measured by a unit called a Gauss, which is the measure of the number of magnetic lines that pass through one square centimeter. Lodestones (natural magnets) are composed of ferromagnetic minerals that are contained in cooled volcanic rocks that were exposed to the Earth’s magnetic field during formation. An alloy magnet composed of Aluminum, Nickel, and Cobalt produces the strength of about twelve thousand Gauss. An iron and ceramic base mix produces a magnet with the strength of between five hundred and five thousand Gauss. If the magnet looses its strength over a period of time, it is called a temporary magnet. Permanent magnets retain their strength.
“The Earth’s molten lava, spinning in the depth of its core, is thought to generate millions or billions of amperes of electrical current. This electrical current creates the magnetic field around the Earth, which we refer to as the magnetic North and South Poles” (Tischler). In the 1950’s the magnetic field of the Earth had a strength of about five Gauss, and has since decreased to only 0.4 Gauss and is still decreasing. This can be partly blamed on magnetic “pollution” such as power lines, electrical appliances, and steel buildings that deflect or block the Earth’s natural magnetic field. It is believed that the magnetic field may also be weakening because it will shift direction of flow, which happens every 10,000 to 50,000 years.
The sun’s magnetic field is more than one-hundred times the strength of the Earth’s, and together they create a good environment for cellular replenishing to occur, mainly while we sleep. Artificial energy (magnetic pollutants) can cause health problems because the frequency of the power is incompatible with the frequency of the human body.
Magnetic therapy is recorded to have been used as early as 800BC by physicians in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Homer, Plato, and Aristotle spoke of magnotherapy in their writings. The benefits of magnets have been used for centuries. Magnetism affects the fluids of the body, especially the blood. There is about 5mg of iron in the bloodstream, and four to five grams in an adult human body. The interference within the body caused by a weak biomagnetism is now associated with the onset of many disorders. While a person is sick, the body’s pH level is abnormal, and magnets can help balance it.
Magnotherapy is becoming more widely used in the medical field. In fact, most insurance companies in Germany cover magnetic therapy. It has been used to successfully cure addictions, kidney problems, diarrhea, toothache, obesity, among many other things. When a magnet is applied to the body, it attracts the iron in the blood, increasing the flow of negative ions to the area. This not only increases circulation to the area, but also distributes nutrients, hormones, and oxygen more effectively and likewise carries away toxins and waste. This helps the area heal on a cellular level and benefits your whole body. The alkalinity and oxygen levels rise, making an unfavorable environment for disease causing microorganisms.
Some scientists recommend using only the north polarity of a magnet for therapy, and some believe that the South Pole is better. The negative pole is known to have a sedative effect (good for pain relief), and the positive pole is known to have an exciting effect and should not be applied outside of medical supervision. Neither statement has been confirmed.
There are many uses for magnets aside from therapy. Astronauts need an artificial magnetic field while in space to maintain health and prevent bone-calcium loss and muscle cramps (Pawluk). The positive end of a magnet can be used to help plants grow 10-15% bigger and stronger. The pH of water can be balanced by placing a 3,900 Gauss magnet on the outside of the glass. Animals often rely on the earth’s magnetic field to guide them while migrating.
Different people have different levels of magnetism. Radisthesia is the method of measuring the body’s emission of electromagnetic energy. The brain, fingertips, genital organs, and eyes have the greatest emission of energy. A person’s weak or strong magnetic “shell” may be inherited (source: "Heredity Factors"). Symptoms of a weak biomagnetic field include illusions, fatigue, aches and pains, frequent headaches, lack of energy, and dizziness. This is called Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome. Signs of having a stronger biomagnetic field include a clear complexion, lots of energy, enthusiasm, and sound memory. Some people believe that people with increased magnetism are charming, hold high human values, and have high intellectual, artistic, and spiritual tendencies. People and animals may spontaneously be drawn towards those with “magnetic personalities.” Many of history’s great healers and leaders were thought to have strong biomagnetism, including Jesus, Buddha, and Gandhi. Magnetic people are known to influence less magnetic people with ease.
The benefits of magnets have been used for thousands of years, but it's still important to consult a trained and certified medical professional when symptoms arise. Although magnetism can be of help, it should not replace the recommendation of a medical professional.
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