Magnetic Mattress Pad Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia:
Randomized Double-Blind Pilot Study
Agatha P. Colbert, Marko S.
Mandira Banerji and Arthur A. Pilla
Dept. of Physical Medicine and
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston,
Department of Orthopedics, Mount Sinai School
Of Medicine, New York,
Litterst & Associates, Newton, MA, USA
Dept. of Orthopedics, Mount
Sinai School of
Medicine, New York and Dept. of Biomedical
Columbia University, New York, USA
Fibromyalgia (FM), characterized by
chronic, wide-spread, musculoskeletal pain and stiffness, disturbed sleep and
fatigue, is a common, well-recognized clinical syndrome. Prevalence rates for
women are estimated at 3.4% and for the general population, 2%, with an even
higher rate among military personnel, ranking second in the list of most
frequently self-reported symptoms among Gulf War veterans, 19.2%. The etiology
and pathophysiology of this disorder remains uncertain. Current management
strategies, both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical, provide limited
Objective: To determine if the
chronic pain and sleep disturbances experienced by patients with fibromyalgia
can be improved by sleeping on a magnetic mattress
Design: A double-blind randomized controlled
Setting: Patients‚ homes and the private practice
office of the principal investigator.
Thirty-five female subjects diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome were recruited.
Thirty met inclusion/exclusion criteria and entered the study. Twenty-five
completed it. One was lost to follow-up. Three were withdrawn for protocol
violations and one because of an intercurrent
Intervention: Sleeping on an
experimental mattress pad magnetized at magnet surface field strength of 1,100
gauss and delivering 200-600 gauss to the skin surface or a sham
(non-magnetized) mattress pad over a 16-week
Results: Subjects sleeping on the experimental
mattress pad experienced a significant decrease in pain and fatigue.
Additionally, these subjects showed significant improvement in reported sleep
and physical functioning as evidenced from the modified Fibromyalgia Impact
Questionnaire. Subjects sleeping on the sham mattress pad experienced no
significant change in these same outcome measures. Subjects in the control and
experimental groups showed improvement in tiredness on waking, demonstrating a
placebo effect in this parameter. Neither group showed an effect on global
"Magnets May Ease Muscle, Joint
By Lawrence G. Proulx
Los Angeles Times-
Post News Service
Using a magnet to treat pain may not be as wacky an
idea as it sounds. In a recent study of 50 patients, application of a small
magnet to painful muscles and joints was far more effective than application of
an identical but non-magnetized device. Participants in the study had
significant pain for at least four weeks because of post-polio syndrome, the
name given to the muscle weakness, fatigue, pain and other symptoms that can
occur in adults who had severe polio when young. They were asked to assess their
pain on a 10-point scale when a sensitive area ("trigger point") was touched. A
small magnet or a placebo device (neither doctors nor participants knew who got
which until after the study) was taped to the area and left for 45 minutes. When
it was removed, they were asked again to gauge their pain. Twenty-two out of 29
patients (76 percent) who were treated with a real magnet reported improvement,
compared with only four out of 21 (19 percent) who were treated with a dummy
magnet. Furthermore, among those who reported improvement, the average decrease
in pain score was 7 for the magnet group and only 4 for the dummy
"We cannot explain the significant and quick pain relief reported
by our study patients," wrote the researchers, from Baylor College of Medicine
in Houston, in the November issue of the archives of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation. They speculated that the magnets might have caused changes in
pain-receptor cells, provoked an indirect response in the brain or affected the
release of pain-diminishing body chemicals called enkephalins. They noted that
"similar responses to magnetic fields have been reported in patients" who had
different diseases. In calling for further study, they also remarked "that none
of our patients reported any discomfort resulting from the use of magnetic
devices and that no complications have been reported in the literature" from the
use of such low-intensity magnetic fields.
"Sleep your way to youth"
William H. Philpott, M.D.
Dr. Philpott is chairman of the Bio-Electro
Magnetic Institute in Oklahoma City. He is a Psychiatrist and Neurologist who
received his medical degree from Loma Linda University, and is the author of
"Brain Allergies"and "Victory over Diabetes."
The human body itself is an
electromagnetic machine. Each body cell has a positive and a negative field and
physical and mental functions from the brain and central nervous system.
Moreover, all life- plant and animal, including human- exists in and responds to
the magnetic field of the Earth. For instance, Earth‚s magnetism activates the
enzyme system in fruits and vegetables that causes normal ripening. And homing
pigeons are magnetically guided back to the coop.
In just the past
decade, we have begun to realize that, since magnetic energy influences our
health, it can be used to intentionally improve our health. Indeed, enough is
already known for me to outline to your why this is so and what you might want
to do about it.
As electromagnetic systems, our bodies exist in balance
between and under the influence of negative and positive magnetic forces. The
Earth‚s crust exerts a powerful negative magnetic field, while during the day we
experience the suns opposite, positive magnetic force. At night, the Earth‚s
negative magnetic energy increases cellular oxygen, encourages deep restorative
sleep, supports biological healing, reduces inflammation and relieves pain. But
when the sun comes up, it's positive magnetic energy decreases cellular oxygen,
stimulates wakefulness, inhibits biological healing, increases pain, and can
All life-plant and animal, including
human- exists in and responds to the magnetic field of the
The pineal gland in the center of our heads controls
hormones, enzymes and immune function, and is itself a magnetic organ containing
magnetite crystals. It is acutely sensitive to magnetic energy and produces it‚s
most important and characteristic substance, the sleep hormone melatonin, almost
entirely during the night when the Earth's negative magnetic field is dominant.
In turn, human growth hormone, which is produced by the hypothalamus as we
sleep, appears to be strongly influenced by melatonin levels.
startle you to learn that the negative magnetic field of the Earth can be
duplicated and enhanced with the aid of simple commercial magnets. There is no
fundamental difference between Earth's negative magnetic field in any unipole
magnet, with its negative magnetic field in its positive force on the opposite
Without discussing the wide range of illnesses- from arthritis and
atherosclerosis to schizophrenia and sleep disorders- that a qualified
practitioner can treat with magnets stimulates the pineal gland's production of
melatonin and the hypothaiamus‚ production of human growth
As electromagnetic systems, our bodies exist in balance
between and under the influence of negative and positive magnetic
As we age, we produce less of these essential
hormones. But high levels of melatonin are necessary for adequate sleep, and
human growth hormone is a controlling factor in hair, skin and muscle mass. Its
decline is responsible for the effects of aging. So it may be no exaggeration to
day that magnetic stimulation of the pineal gland could slow the aging process.
I have seen many people show signs of hair returning to its normal color.
Because of the increase of human growth hormone, older subjects typically show
an increased rate of hair and nail growth.
two simple bedtime uses of magnets.
may apply negative magnetic energy to yourself while you sleep by standing four
4 x 6 inch ceramic magnets an inch apart on your headboard, say two or three
inches from the top of your head. Be sure to keep the negative poles facing
toward you, so that your head is in the magnetic field.
Better yet, place
a magnetic pad under your mattress with the negative poles facing up. This will
keep your entire body in a negative field.
The idea of magnetic therapy
may seem novel and perhaps even disarmingly simple, but I can assure you that my
experiences with several thousand patients support its very real
Moreover, the FDA has officially declared that magnetic therapy
carries no health risks.
"Little vessels react to magnetic
In laboratory animals, a magnet can act like a switch to
either open or constrict tiny blood vessels, researchers report. Although
preliminary, their study suggests the prospect of using magnets to alter blood
flow in damaged tissue.
To look for vascular responses to magnets,
biomedical engineer Thomas Skalak of the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville obtained a grant from the National Institutes of Health and
recruited electrical engineer Cassandra E. Morris, also at U. Va. "I was
initially quite skeptical" of finding an effect, says Morris.
experiments, she cut thin layers of rat muscle and folded them away from the
body so that blood vessels, just 10 to 100 micrometers in diameter, continued to
nourish them. Next, she measured the blood vessels diameters before and after 15
minute exposures to a static, 700-gauss magnetic field.
looked like nothing happened,"Morris says, because the overall blood flow didn't
appear altered. On closer inspection, however, she found that vessels that had
initially been dilated became constricted, and those that had been constricted
were dilated. Her team is now trying to find the mechanism for the
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