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    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

    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 < >

    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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