Treating Cancer With Magnet Therapy
We are always looking for noninvasive treatments for various ailments. One such alternative approach that is gaining attention is magnet therapy, or magnotherapy. This involves subjecting targeted areas of the body to magnetic fields, increasing blood flow and eventually ridding of the disease.
Simple Magnet Therapy Application
Treatments are quite simple and many magnetically charged products are available in local pharmacies. Most common are jewelry items with hidden magnets such as rings and bracelets. Magnets are also being sold in straps that can be wrapped around ankles, knees, wrists, your midsection, and in shoe insoles. Specialized blankets and mattresses can contain magnets in their fabric, and magnet creams and supplements can be applied and consumed.
The application of a magnetic field on a targeted body part is supposedly helpful in balancing your internal poles and creating symmetry, much like acupuncture but much less invasive.
Magnetic therapists believe that the magnets have the potential to improve blood flow in underlying tissues. Since the magnets are not very strong, they only affect the targeted area. Some practitioners of magnet therapy claim that their body's "electromagnetic energy" has been balanced after they have applied a few magnets. Because this is an alternative medicine it is not medically recognized, but that does not mean that it is not effective. As of yet, medical researchers as well as the American Cancer Society state that "available scientific evidence does not support these claims" of the healing properties of magnetic therapy. However, studies have shown some healing effects in patients, demonstrating how powerful an alternative therapy can be despite being deemed as a "placebo treatment" by the medical community.
Treating Cancer with Magnet Therapy
According to researchers in South Korea, magnets used on tumors can lead to the cells 'self-destruction" by using a magnetic field to trigger a cancer cell's suicide. So far, this treatment has worked exclusively on laboratory animal test subjects - fish with bowel cancer - and when more is known about its lasting effects, humans will be the intended subject.
Cell death, known as apoptosis in medical terms, is the body's natural way of purging old, defective, or infected living cells. In the case of the test subjects, under a magnetic field, infected cells shrink in size and break apart into smaller fragments. These smaller pieces are then consumed by healthy immune cells.
When tested on fish, magnetic therapy involved using iron nanoparticles which attached themselves to antibodies (proteins created by the immune system that detect harmful substances and infection). Iron nanoparticles bind to the molecules on the tumor cell and when the magnetic field is applied, they cluster together around the cancer cell, destroying it. In this South Korean research, originally published in the journal "Nature Materials," only cancer cells were destroyed and healthy cells were not affected.
So far this treatment is in its preliminary stages but research like this shows how inventive scientists are exploring new ways to treat cancer.
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