Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory autoimmune disease, which typically begins to develop between 30 to 50 years of age. It is estimated that 387,000 people in the UK have RA, with three times more women affected than men. RA involves periodic inflammation of the synovium in joints of the hand, wrist, foot, knee or shoulder. This causes swelling of the joint capsule and irritation of nerve endings, producing pain and resulting in damage to both bone and cartilage. In turn this may lead to both disability and mortality. Although the disease can be managed effectively with prescription drugs, many people however are looking for alternatives and magnetic therapy is fast becoming a popular choice.

Magnetic therapy has been around for thousands of years but in recent times has been rewarded a resurgence, with magnetic therapy bracelets being widely available and at a very reasonable cost, it’s fast becoming the go to choice for alternative therapy seekers.

Almost 60% of people suffering with arthritis use complementary therapy, many people wish to find an alternative to the side effects they may receive whilst treating the complaint with drugs, magnetic therapy offers a safe alternative which can be very effective. There have been very few large-scale studies on magnetic therapy as most large studies are funded by drugs companies who have little to gain by investigating the benefits of magnetic therapy, the information which is widely available is mostly anecdotal. Many patients with arthritis use magnets as a complementary treatment for pain. One scientific trial with  patients with rheumatoid arthritis with unremitting knee pain showed significant pain reduction with two different types of magnetic treatment. Magnets have been effective for treating other types of pain, but the related scientific research is very limited for arthritis.  Anecdotal reports, however, are very positive.

There have been some links between serum copper imbalances in patients with arthritis and “in the most widely cited study on this topic, Walker and Keats randomised 240 arthritis sufferers into three groups. Group 1 wore a copper bracelet for one month and then an aluminium bracelet for a further month. Group 2 wore identical devices but in reverse order and Group 3 wore no device. From this Walker and Keats reported that significantly more participants rated the copper bracelet as superior than the aluminium bracelet and that copper bracelets actually lost weight by an average of 13 mg/month. This appears to support the theory that copper may be leached into the skin and that this may have had a positive therapeutic effect on arthritis symptoms.

“Although there is no conclusive evidence that they work, there is soon to be a major trial.

Professor Albert Singer, Emeritus Professor of Gynaecological Research at the Whittington Hospital, London, used the insoles to treat his own osteoarthritis, and was so impressed by the improvement in his condition that he designed a small study. It found that 96 per cent of patients reported an improvement in symptoms.

Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said: ‘Many people wear copper bracelets or rings to relieve pain, although there’s no real evidence to show that they work.”

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How to and FAQ.

How should I wear my magnetic bracelet?

This is really down to personal preference, some people like to wear them as close to the skin as possible, other people like to have them a little looser, so you can fit a finger or two between the bracelet and the skin. However you wear it the magnets should make reasonable contact with the skin.

It is believed that during wearing magnetic bracelet small movements of the magnets can produce more effective results than unmoving magnets.

With bangles we recommend you wear them with the magnets on the inside of your wrist as close to pulse points as possible, with link bracelets this is easily achieved as there are magnets all the way round the bracelet.

MPS have been attempting to debunk the myths and answer all your questions for some time now and at last it’s happened…there is now a complete and comprehensive section on the website containing all you need to know regarding buying, wearing, and caring for your magnetic bracelets.

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The mysterious world of Magnetism

Ask anyone about magnetism and they’ll know, more or less, what it is. They’ll tell you that it is a force that some materials have that can attract bits of iron and steel. This is true, but it is only part of the picture. That everyday definition – or rather description – of magnetism applies only to what a physicist would call ferromagnetic materials.

Ferromagnetism is a term that applies both to materials that are magnetic in nature (lodestones) and those that have been artificially created. It is actually very easy to turn apiece of hard iron or steel into a magnet by subject surrounding it with a coil and applying electricity to the coil. This creates an electromagnetic. When the power is switched off, the hard iron or steel retains the magnetism.

Just as a matter of interest, soft iron and steel does not retain the magnetism when the power is switched off. But soft iron and steel are easier to magnetize and are thus used very commonly in electromagnets. (Remember that scene in Goldfinger where the bug is killed by Odd Job in the car and then the car is crushed and finally the crushed remnant of the car is hoisted into the air by a crane with a giant electromagnet?

In contrast, hard iron and steel are harder to magnetize, but when they are magnetized, they retain their magnetism a whole lot better. This is the subject of a recent blog by Magnetic Therapy Bracelets.

But both permanent and electromagnets belong to a sub-class of magnetism called ferromagnetism. The ferro in “ferromagnetism” comes from the Latin word Ferrum, meaning iron. Iron was the first substance in which magnetism was noticed – because it is so abundant in nature. But there are other ferromagnetic elements around, like nickel and cobalt.

Strictly speaking, any material that can become magnetized into a permanent magnet qualifies as ferromagnetic. But though iron and nickel are abundant, there is not a great deal of variety when it comes to the number of different types of material in nature that are ferromagnetic.

Of those that there are, Iron is the most common, if only because it is the second most abundant metal in the earth’s crust (after aluminium). Indeed it is the fourth most abundant element in the planet’s crust. Perhaps more importantly it is the most abundant element in the planet because the earth’s core is made of iron.

This is perhaps more important because the earth’s core is molten and spins with the planet, but at a different rate. This is what gives the planet its magnetic field, it’s magnetosphere and, of course it’s magnetic poles. If you understand the importance and prevalence of magnetism, then you can understand why it is of interest to those in the health community.

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Using a web retailer’s own search engine to find the right product

It’s not rocket science, but sometimes the best way to find the product you want is via a search engine. I don’t mean a major search engine like Google or Yahoo or Bing. I mean the internal search engine of a particular retail website.

For example let’s say you have found your way to the website of Magnetic Therapy Bracelets. That may be because you found the site itself via a mainstream search engine Maybe you looked up something like copper bracelets for arthritis or magnetic healing bracelets or something like that. Alternatively, maybe you were already familiar with their site and have even bought from them before.

Whatever brought you there, you have now arrived and you are looking to buy a sports bracelet. But you don’t yet know which one. All you have at this stage is a rough idea of some of the criteria that will form the basis for your purchasing decision. How do you go from there?

Well a good start would obviously be to call up the website’s internal search engine. You do this by clicking on the words All Bracelets in the top left corner.

Opening screen with All Products highlighted

This will show all the products on the main screen on the right, or at least about 40 of them – the rest will be on other pages that can be called up by clicking the right arrow or page number at the bottom of the screen (not visible in the screenshot below).

Opening search screen

More important however is that the bar on the left will have changed to a search bar offering many different options:

Empty search bar

It is into the search bar that you make your selections. Suppose, for example, you are interested in bracelets for men, within the £20 to £35 price range. In the section marked Suitable Mostly For, you would tick the box Men by clicking inside it. This would already cause the selection on the main screen on the right to change to showing only men’s bracelets and those that are unisex.

But then you would also drag the slider boxes on the left and right of the slider bar until the minimum price on the left is £20 and the maximum price on the right is £35. The selection of bracelets that meet these criteria would change on the screen in real time as you are doing this.

MTB Men price range 20-35 - one screen - highlighted

The other features can be used in the same way.

You can even combine different features. Say you want to choose between a classic Titanium bracelet and a Bio 4 (in one) Elements, but in either case, you don’t want extra strong magnets or weak magnets. You select the elements that you want by clicking (and thus ticking) their respective boxes and you also check the intermediate magnetic strengths of 3 and 4.

If you don’t do this last step for the magnetic strength, then although all four of the boxes under strength will remain unticked, it will be as if they have all indeed been selected as far as the internal search engine is concerned! In other words, the search will include bracelets with magnets of all available strengths.

MTB various strength 3 or 4 - search bar - highlighted

This is an important point to remember. If you tick even one box within a section of the search bar (Theme, Strength, Suitable Mostly For, etc) then all the other items in that box are deemed not to have been selected. But if you don’t tick any of the boxes within a section of the search bar, then all of the items in that section are deemed to have been selected.

To put it another way, the default with all the boxes unticked is that everything is selected. When you tick a box within a section of the search bar, you are telling the internal search engine: “Only include this/these item(s) from this section in the search.”

As you make these selections, you don’t have to click on any “Search” button or magnifying glass icon, instead the selection to the right on the main screen again changes in real time, as illustrated below.

MTB various strength 3 or 4

And that’s how the job is done. Simple really.

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What customers of Magnetic Therapy Bracelets think of the products they buy

QUATRO SHIELD TITANIUM MAGNETIC THERAPY BRACELETWell it’s been quite a while hasn’t it? Too many other duties. Sorry. Now to make up for the long wait.

My latest theme – or should I say sermon – is customer satsifaction and how customer comments can help other customers judge not only a particular product, but a website and eTailer in general. And some are pretty forceful. Consider what some one called Greg had to say about the QUATRO SHIELD TITANIUM MAGNETIC THERAPY BRACELET

“I like both the look on the feel of it. I felt a surge of power when I put it on. That maybe just in my mind, but I felt it. That’s all that matters.”

And indeed to the customer that is what matters. Customers by their magnetic bracelets from Magnetic Therapy Bracelets not only because they look nice – which they do – but because when it comes to offering pain relief they are second to none. And this is borne out by customer comments..

Bio 4 Elements Titianium Magnetic Bracelet

“My partner really likes the bracelet,” wrote Tina. “It has stopped his fingers locking up when he is using a knife and fork. He used to occasionally have problems holding a pen as his fingers would locking up then as well at short time.”

Or as another customer wrote: “Recently brought two of these bracelets and ended up giving one to my brother so have had to re-order for myself, they seem to work on arthritis and ease the pain.”

In the same spirit, a customer called Amber wrote in to declare: “Absolutely brilliant. Looks good and works as far as my aching wrists are concerned.”

Worthy of note here, is that after emphasizing the curative and palliative benefits, she went on to praise the look of the bracelet. And a lady called Christine told us that she bought the bracelet as a gift for her husband who “suffers with tennis elbow.” She was delighted to tell us that “the tennis elbow has cleared,” and concluded that she “would recommend. But again, she added that the bracelet was “very stylish.”

This is very important, because although these are therapy bracelets, they are still jewellery items. And when it comes to the aesthetics, MTB gets loads of such comments.

Like David who wrote: “Really nice. Looks good and feels good. Couldn’t be happier.” Or an anonymous customer described their purchase: “a smart piece of Jewellery.”

Or another who bought a Booster Gold and Silver Magnetic Bangle (left) who wrote in to tell us that “The bangle is top quality!”

While one Brenda went as far as to assert that her item did “not lookout of place” when compared to her more expensive jewellery.

Which leads on to the issue of Value for money. Here again, MTB scores high with its customers.

Classic Ladies Titanium Bracelet“Amazing quality for the price,” said a customer who added: “now going to by one for myself.” While a certain Cheryl called hers: “Good value for money.”

And then there was Glynis who wrote in to tell us that she “bought one previously for a gift which was a lot more expensive, before I found your site,” adding her intention to “visit for sure again.”

Even the speed of delivery by Magnetic Therapy Bracelets came in for favourable comment. Thus a customer called Patricia wrote: “Excellent next day delivery, a comment echoed by “Les declared: “I ordered this bracelet yesterday and it was delivered today. Brilliant.” This was a similar experience to that of Denise who wrote “I ordered these bracelets on Monday and they arrived today.”

No wonder Carolyn was “really pleased” that her order arrived “within 48 hours of ordering,” or that Michelle was similarly “really pleased with the speed of delivery.”

And no wonder customers of Magnetic Therapy Bracelets keep coming back.

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Don’t let the experts dictate to you!

Magnetic bracelets, like most alternative medicine, are a contentious issue. Mainstream medicine hates anything that sounds like it’s remotely connected to anything “alternative”. They say that they are the experts and it is their carefully stage-managed, double-blind, controlled studies published in peer-reviewed journals (owned by an oligopoly of publishers who prevent scientists from republishing their own work) that should call the shots.

And they have little time for any uppity member of the public who dares to pit their personal experience – or “anecdotal evidence” as the experts call it – against the “solid science” of the healthcare professionals.

bras-3a-emt-510But should we really be quite so deferential to the so-called experts? We tried that with the financial experts and look where it got us. We were led (up the garden path) to believe that there was a small clique of financial giants who towered head and shoulders above the rest of us  and who knew better than us what was good for our financial health. And then it all came a-cropper in 2008 – just as it had in 1929 and at various other times when the Big Boys got it badly wrong. And once again – as usual – they came back with that tired old excuse: we weren’t stupid; we were just unlucky.

And that’s the way it is with experts. When they’re right, it’s because they’re smart and clever and knowledgeable and oh-so-well-informed, steeped in scholarship, learning and wisdom that the rest of us couldn’t even begin to understand. No one should ever dare to suggest that they got it right simply because they were lucky. But come disaster hour and they’re quick to land the first punch by telling us that while their success at calling the shots is due to their almost unerring wisdom. Their failure cannot be credited to lack of wisdom. No, it is a case of: when we’re right we’re smart and when we’re wrong it’s because lady-luck threw us a googly (curve-ball is the best approximate analogy, if you’re an American).

brstd-10-mt-510In the case of the financial realm, some of those Goliaths of Mamon (the businessmen if not the academics) can at least claim that they have actually made money themselves, proving that they must know what they are doing, to some extent. That they have also lost money – in many cases – they are quick to gloss over.

But none of this applies to the medical community. Can we honestly say that healthcare professionals are healthier than the rest of the population? Some are. But some plainly aren’t. I remember once being told by a nurse, after I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, that I had to lose weight. I am 5’6″ and at the time I weighed nearly 14 stone. But the nurse who gave me this cautionary advice, was slightly shorter than I and tipped the scales at about 20! (Stone that is – like 280 pounds to an American!) Of course, she meant well, and I wouldn’t have dreamt of making any crass remarks about the pot calling the kettle black. But it served as a salutary reminder that whilst the experts may indeed know best – sometimes- the old adage “physician, heal thyself” rings true.

So why then should we defer to them on the subject of magnetic therapy. Were they not the ones who once told us that blood-letting works? (It might for dictators, but not for doctors!) Should we not, instead, simply listen to our own bodies? And if our bodies tell us that magnetic therapy works for us, then why should we be dissuaded from wearing a bracelet that costs maybe £10 or £20, or even more, instead of adding our names to a weighting list or jumping the queue and splashing out hundreds, or even thousands, on mainstream medicine that frequently fares no better.

Of course there’s always painkillers… but don’t even get me started on those!

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Whom magnets have joined together, let no man put asunder!

brstd-13-mt-510One of the things that recent events have taught me is that nothing is completely predictable. I’m sure you all know what I am talking about – at least those of you who have been following the news lately. We are a country deeply divided, or at least so it appears. Differences of opinion are driving us apart to the point that we are losing even that most quintessentially British virtue: our politeness.

But there is  also a law that holds that it is what we have in common that binds us together. It is this that enables entire societies of diverse individuals to work together and thrive and flourish. The centripetal force is stronger than the centrifugal, when it comes to human solidarity. We may differ in our political convictions. But we all breathe the same air. We all desire prosperity and happiness. And, of course, we all aspire to be healthy.

brt-1047-mt-510But the cost of healthcare grows as the population grows (and ages). This is a major logistical challenge. New medicines and methods of treatment are being invented all the time. But they are expensive – not only in themselves but also in their development. Drug companies and medical research companies know that for every medicine and treatment that they successfully developer, there are dozens or even hundreds of others that they try without success. And naturally, they try to recoup these research expenditures in the prices they charge for the successful treatments and remedies.

But this makes those remedies expensive. And neither the overstretched National Health Service, nor the hard-pressed “man in the street” can afford them, in many cases. Consequently, people with chronic ailments are drawn to alternative medicine. This, of course, includes therapy magnets for healing.

And this, neatly segues into my theme – to which I return, yet again, with no apologies: therapy magnets. By that, I do not mean going into a therapist’s office and spending a fortune on being hooked up to electromagnetic machines. Rather, I mean wearing magnetic on one’s person to counter such chronic ailments as osteoarthritis, which has been proven to benefit from magnetic therapy.

brtsw-6-mtbAnd if one is going to wear a healing magnet on one’s person, it might as well be pleasing to the eye and aesthetically positive, whether it be copper bracelet for arthritis or one the many men’s bracelets packed with sports magnets. My reasoning is that just as magnets are attractive to other magnets and to red blood cells, aesthetic attractiveness has a powerful effect on one’s mentality, promoting the kind of positivity that counters pain and promotes an internal sense of well-being.

Remember that disease is a word that comes from dis-ease. In other words, the opposite of disease is being at ease. And healing bracelets with extra strong magnets that also look good, will certainly promote a sense of ease.

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