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Larry Wellman
08-16-1998, 09:04 PM
Here's the results of the posting on "Research on Magnetic
Therapy". I understand that a number of professional golfers are using
magnetic shoe inserts.

Original post:
Date: 15 Jul 98 09:00 EDT
Subject: Research on Magnetic Therapy

I was wondering if anyone has done or knows of any research relative
to the use of magnetic therapy in biomechanics. Interested in actual
quantitative results.

Larry Wellman
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:02:14 -0400
From: Gary Kamen
Subject: Re: Research on Magnetic Therapy

No, but I hope you'll share the results of your search.

Gary Kamen, Ph.D.
Department of Exercise Science
Totman 160A
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-2906 (FAX)

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 09:37:10 -0600
From: "Kenneth St. John"
Subject: Re: Research on Magnetic Therapy

There was some work done by a company which used to be called Iatromed =
utilizing pulsed magnetic fields to enhance fracture healing. I think the =
name is now Innomed. It is in Phoenix, AZ and the principal scientist is =
(or was) Allan Weinstein. Clinical triels were conducted about nine years =
ago and they should have extensive information.

Kenneth R. St. John Phone: 601-984-6199
Assistant Professor Fax: 601-984-6087
Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
E-mail: kstjohn=40sod.umsmed.edu

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 11:43:21 -0400
From: "Timothy A. Niiler"

In response to your question, I have pulled some info from an American
Medical Association page.


"Effects of Electric and Magnetic FieldsMost
studies of magnetic field effects in children, workers, and
otherpopulations do not meet accepted scientific criteria in terms of
measuring past exposures, identifying comparable test and control
and accounting for potentially confounding factors. Findings of studies
inconsistent in terms of whether a risk exists, what conditions might be

related to exposures, and risk magnitude. Positive studies indicate, for
most part, that the associated relative risks are low."

The actual text of the report is available at:

Myself, I am skeptical of folks that extol the virtues of magnetic
therapy since many of them also believe that external sources of
magnetic fields (such as power lines) cause cancer. You can't have it
both ways. The report mentioned above very carefully defines magnetic
fields and describes a number of studies which were done to measure
their effects. There is a VERY extensive bibliography at the end.
Check it out.

Tim Niiler

Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Program
University of Delaware Sports Science Lab

From: "Betty Bowles"
Subject: Info on Magnetic Therapy
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 08:04:47 -0500


While trying to research some info on Magnetic Therapy, for myself, I ran
across a post from you requesting information.

I came across this < http://www.csicop.org/si/9807/magnet.html >

I've only scanned it so far, but it looks like it is based on research. If
you should find any really good info, I would appreciate it if you would
forward to me.

I notice you are in the Navy. Where are you stationed? My son is a Major
in the Air Force but spent 3 years attached with the Navy in San Diego with
a Joint Inner-Operative thing.

Good luck ...

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Betty Bowles

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