History of magnets
(Bio)Magnets, (Bio)Magnetic Field Therapy & Their Effects on Cancer
The following details are taken from various publications & I must stress that it has been very difficult to find articles that were not totally biased in favour of the author who is, all too often, just trying to sell his or hers magnetic products. Now, as in the past, commercial gain has often clouded genuine studies and findings, bringing with it distrust and superstition. Our opinions are based on true findings with patients we have treated over the years, the majority of whom have visited us, only on the recommendation of others.
'Attempting to cure cancer by using unexplainable techniques, like powerful magnets, has, in the past, been generally suppressed by the medical profession, the law, and by society in general, fearing exploitation of vulnerable and often desperate people. This is, to a degree, understandable but in the long term has proved unhelpful to the sufferers.'
'More reliable research into the effects of magnets on cancer is needed and it is up to us to ensure this happens.'
Dr. K.E. MaClean of New York, stated in his book, published in the 80s, that: “Cancer cannot exist in a strong magnetic field”.
'As with so many articles and papers
written about the effects of magnets on sufferers of many types of
disorders, it is always difficult to find well documented proof. I am
very, very scepticle about the results attained from any natural treatment
unless I see them for myself. However, because of the sometimes totally
amazing results achieved in my daily work, my enthusiasm for magnetic or
biomagnetic therapy as I prefer to call it, is ever increasing. Of course
one can never discount the placebo reactions, or the ability of one’s body
to heal itself, but even taking those factors into account, there is
definitely something very positive about biomagnetic therapy. Hundreds and
hundreds of books have been written on the subject and many universities,
worldwide, have carried out investigative research, but I continually
strive to carry out my own trials, working on the theory that ‘seeing is
'I have certainly found magnet or
biomagnetic therapy to be totally safe with many positive effects and
results. I have been treating patients here in Holland for over 8 years
but I must point out that I am only just now treating my first cancer
Dr. Albert Roy Davis, Ph.D., noted
the positive and negative magnetic polarities have different effects upon
biological systems of animals. He found that magnets could be used to
arrest and kill cancer cells in animals, and could also be used in the
treatment of arthritis, glaucoma, infertility, and diseases related to
aging. He concluded that negative magnetic fields have a beneficial effect
on living organisms, whereas positive magnetic fields have a harmful
'I have found that neither poles
have created any harmful effects, but recovery and pain relief seemed in
most cases to be faster if North facing poles are used.'
According to Wolfgang Ludwig, Sc.D.,
Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Biophysics in Horb, Germany,
"Magnetic field therapy is a method that penetrates the whole human body
and can treat every organ without chemical side effects.
"Magnetic energy has a beneficial effect
on blood circulation, lymph flow, hormone production, nerves and muscles,"
says Dr. Ulrich Warnke, M.D., in "Magnets to Overcome Pain."
'I have found that magnets do seem
to benefit poor circulation and many patients often feel very warm on the
area where I place the magnets. I have also found positive reactions with
those suffering with menopausal and other hormonal problems. There is also
often a very visible difference that can be seen with patients suffering
from swollen rheumatic joints both before and after treatment.'
"A magnetic field can function like an
antibiotic in helping to destroy bacterial, fungal, and viral infections,"
says Dr. Philpott, "by promoting oxygenation and lowering the body's
acidity." Both these factors are beneficial to normal bodily functions but
harmful to pathogenic (disease-causing) micro organisms, which do not
survive in a well oxygenated, alkaline environment. These two factors are
why clinical studies have proven that magnets reduce pain.
normal circumstances I would be very doubtful about such claims, but I
must admit that I have had patients with terrible pain, who have tried
every medicinal and natural method available with no luck. They only got
pain relief from my biomagnetic therapy and this relief was very
Today, 4000 gauss magnets are only an inch
in size and weigh about an ounce. This type of magnet was especially
designed for Professor Wollen and used on cancer patients - all
successfully as mentioned in the article "Curing Cancer With Magnets" in
Magnet In Your Future magazine.
'I actually have all of my magnets,
or biomagnets, as I prefer to call them, made specifically for me and
their strengths range from N35 to N65. It is very confusing to judge a
magnet by its gauss rating, because there are so many factors that
determine this. But I suppose as a comparison to 4,000 gauss, mine would
be 12,000 to 16,000. They are certainly the most optimum strength magnets
that can be made and are not available to the general public.'
The following is a reprint from Magnets In
Your Future magazine. Reprinted with permission. A Z Printing Company, 4000
HWY 62, Hardy, Arkansas, U.S.ARTICLE
(Editor's Note: Summary of a 57 page Report presented by G. Wollin, at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.) Excerpt taken from MAGNETS, Volume 3, Number 4.)
"Mrs. Kerstin Westelius had lung cancer of the metastasis type. After years of surgery, therapy and chemotherapy, she was told by her physicians that her cancer was incurable and that she had only 2 more months to live. Dr., Erik Enby, together with Prof. Goesta Wollen of Clyde, N.C., who invented the method of treating cancer using powerful magnets, treated her successfully with powerful high gauss magnets.
Because of the recent invention of the high strength neodymium magnet, three breast cancer patients have been cured by a method, which will revolutionize the field of cancer treatment. One of the patients had breast cancer of the metastasis type; that is, the cancer had transplanted into tissue distant from the site of the original cancer. The technique we used strongly indicates that all kinds of cancer can be cured by this method. Of importance is that healthy tissue surrounding a cancer tumor is not harmed by a powerful magnet because healthy cells have different electromagnetic potential than cancer cells.
Of great importance is that we can suggest
a mechanism; that is, what is happening when a powerful magnet is trying
to eliminate a malignant tumor. The mechanism is based on Wollin's recent
discovery of a universal spiral theory. Wollin discovered that spirals are
found throughout nature, from the galaxies, each one consisting of
hundreds of billions of stars, down to the basic shape of DNA
(deoxyribonucleic acid), the bodies' ultimate genetic material. The
miraculous molecule that makes a mouse a mouse or a human-being a human
being. DNA exists in every chromosome in every cell of every
" We propose that magnetism and cancer
cells are spirals on different scales. When super magnetism is applied to
cancer tumors, the magnetic spirals, being larger, are dominating, and at
the end, kill the smaller cancer cell spirals.
" The successful result of our cancer
treatment project is a consequence, of more, than 400 years of research in
the fields of electro magneto therapy and diseases.
" Electromagnetotherapy needs to be
clarified because in the literature the term's electrotherapy,
magnetotherapy, etc., are used to describe the same process. We use only
the term electromagnetotherapy because Maxwell showed that electricity and
magnetism are two aspects of the same entity, electromagnetism.
" In a book chapter entitled "About
Magnets and Their Wonderful Ability to Help in the Cure of All sorts of
Diseases" by Paracelsus, he writes, for example, that he found the use of
magnets to be of great value for the cure of epilepsy. He recommends that
4 powerful magnets be placed on the stomach and 4 on the back.
" In summary, when someone has cancer, in
general there are three ways of trying to eliminate the malignant tumor
from the body. Surgery is one possibility. Another possibility is to kill
the cancerous cells with radiation. The third option is chemotherapy. The
unfortunate drawback with these treatments is that they can damage healthy
In Discovery of Magnetic Health by
George J. Washnis and Richard Z. Hricak quote Robert Barefoot, a
bio-chemist who deals with nutrition and disease, as follows: “The loss of
energy from natural magnetic fields means that cellular calcium is not
maintained in an active ionized state and so reverts to its inert
molecular state and is deposited as a solid substance on cells. The
benefit of magnetotherapy is the ability of its magnetic fields to raise
pH and thereby ionize the calcium, converting it into biologically active
'As I said before, there has been so much written about the effects of magnets on treating all kinds of illnesses. Some you can believe, some you cannot.
Over the years, I have experienced some
staggering results and each day I learn a little more, so there is always
hope for good health.
I have added the following information
below, taken from published documents, which shows the effects of magnets,
particularly on animals, and I only hope that in I, too, in the near
future, will be able to confirm my findings on working with human cancer
sufferers. I will of course make my results available on this
Madeleine Barnothy used powerful 8000
Gauss electromagnets to see if they could control or eliminate solid
tumours in mice, and found that magnetic fields of 4400-8000 Gauss had a
degenerative effect on Sarcoma-37 ascites (fluid) tumour cells, but that
S-37 solid tumour cells were not affected. Around the same time (1961)
Butler from St Luke’s Hospital, Phoenix Arizona observed that the growth
of human epidermoid carcinoma cells in culture was inhibited by magnetic
Table: Effect of magnetic field on
Sarcoma-37 ascites tumours in mice
* determined by the z test at a 0.05 level
Source: I.L. Mulay and L.N. Mulay,
Jeno Barnothy was interested in the effects of static magnets in T-2146 carcinoma tumour growth in mice. He implanted spherical tumours subcutaneously in the animals and followed their growth by palpation, comparing the tumour size (using students who were unaware whether the tumours were exposed or a control) with metal balls of various sizes also implanted under a preserved mouse skin. The effect of the magnetic field was an arrest of the growth not followed by any subsequent size diminution but by a quite abrupt rejection of the tumour.
In one of Barnothy’s mice after the first
had been rejected a new tumour was seen to grow in the same place. After
further magnetic field treatment this tumour was also rejected. Typically,
tumour growth in the magnetic field was slower than in the controls. After
5-10 days in the field the growth stopped and the tumour size would remain
unchanged for another 5-10 days, after which it was rejected. The mouse
then proceeded to recover normally, and in two months could not be
distinguished from healthy mice.
One explanation for these rejections might be that the magnetic field itself did not affect the cancer cells but merely increased the homograft rejection capability of the host. Magnetic fields are known first to depress leucocyte growth, after which there is a rebound above the baseline, so by temporarily increasing the immune competence of the animals the tumours might have been rejected. Ultimately however the effect of the magnetic field with chronic exposure appears to be immunosuppressive. This immunological explanation is supported by the work of Rosenberg and Terry in the 1970s, who showed that tumour immunity depends on cellular immune system competence. Such complications must have given pause to those otherwise eager to use magnets in cancer therapy: we simply do not know enough yet to apply the correct management.
There even seems to be a sex-related
preference: in one Barnothy’s study out of ten exposed mice five females
all rejected their tumours, whereas only two males did so, though this has
hardly enough statistical power to be a strong conclusion (Barnothy,
1959,1964). More convincing was the ability of the magnetic field to
prolong life duration: the average lifespan of the 19 exposed animals
implanted with these aggressive tumours was 37 days (+/- 2.6), whereas the
14 dummy-exposed mice lived on average only 24.4 days (+/- 1.7), some 35 %
longer. However the average tumour weight at time of death was 214%
greater for the treated group than the controls, suggesting that the
magnetic fields did not retard tumour growth itself. Pathological
investigation however revealed a much higher level of necrotic tumours in
the treated animals, which accounted for this difference, and that there
was no metastasis. Finally whereas all the dummy-exposed mice developed
tumours seven of the treated did not..
A great problem with the magnets used by
the Mulays and the Barnothy family was their cumbersome size. The alnico
magnets used in the 1950s and 1960s to generate 4200 Gauss fields weighed
275lbs each! In the 1980s however a new and incredibly more powerful type
of magnet, based on a mix of boron and neodymium, was discovered by
Japanese scientists and these have rapidly gained a large share of the
holding magnets market. Though much more expensive, they are also being
used increasingly for therapeutic purposes, and some spectacular results
are being reported, particularly with arthritic pain. Moreover, research
interest in the therapeutic use of neodymium magnets against cancer has
A number of possible mechanisms are
presently being explored. At the N.N. Blokhin Cancer Research Centre, of
the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Dobrynin and his colleagues are
finding that a turbulent magnetic field inhibits tumour growth by over 20%
in mice, and they have now developed a "Magnetoturbotron-2M" device (firm
AZ, Moscow). Their studies suggest that these devices stimulate the immune
system by causing neutrophils and macrophages to produce highly reactive
oxygen species which then attack the tumours. The device also appears to
reduce the malignant effects of radiotherapy (Dobrynin, Mescherikova et
al., 1998a, 1998b).
At Stanford University’s
Bioelectromagnetics laboratory Jan Walleczek and his colleagues were
unable to find any effects on enzymes from exposure to static magnetic
fields, but in Japan at the University of Tokyo’s Dept. of Biomedical
Engineering Shoogo Ueno and his team found that 14T and 7.8T static
magnetic fields could decrease blood clotting by upto 40% (Iwasaka et al.,
1998). In these strong fields the fibrin fibers were oriented, thereby
altering optical absorbance which they measured spectrophotometrically.
Improved delivery of oxygen to tissue is likely to improve ATP synthesis
too, so this might be one way in which magnetic fields are having a
therapeutic effect: cancer cells hate oxygen, prefering glycolytic
These are some of the research avenues presently being explored for possible cancer treatments. Their success ultimately depends on a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of interaction, since this will not only lead to a more confident approach to clinical trials but make sense out of the confusing array of disparate effects being reported. Somewhere in these diffuse reports is a pattern which still needs teasing out, before magnet therapy can take a full and deserved place in the main armoury of medicine.
Meanwhile its application in minor ailments and conditions is now
assured: a recent trawl of the Internet revealed nearly a thousand
websites, mainly US, offering a wide variety of magnet therapy products.
Considering that few if any of these have been FDA approved suggests that
a large research effort is still needed to verify their efficacy!
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