Kyoichi Nakagawa, M. D.
Director, Isuzu Hospital
I. Advocation of the Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome
Many clinical studies have proven that, among human illness syndromes, there is one which improves when magnetic fields are applied to a part of the human body.
Considering: The decreasing strength of the Earth's magnetic field and 3. The relationship between the human body and magnetism,
The human body is under the influence of the Earth's magnetic field and is keeping some sort of balance relationship with it. However, under modern day living conditions, the effect of this field has decreased. Consequently, we can assume that for a certain human body, this lack of magnetism has caused some abnormalities. For this reason, by the external application of a magnetic field to the human body to supplement this deficiency, such abnormal conditions can be improved. In other words, I feel that there is a direct relationship between the decrease in the earth's magnetic field acting on the human body and the improvement of abnormal conditions of the human body by the application of magnetic fields.
II.Symptoms of Syndrome
The symptoms of the syndrome are; "Stiffness" of the shoulders, back of the neck, uncertain lumbago, chest pains for no specific reason, habitual headache and heaviness of the head, dizziness and insomnia for uncertain reasons, habitual constipation, general lassitude, etc.
Generally speaking, the specific cause of the illness is not noticeable or no specific relationship between the original illness and the derivative symptoms can be found. The symptoms neither improve nor get worse, no clue being gained from clinical examination. One or more of the above symptoms is usually noticed as the syndrome.
Among those above-mentioned, there are, of course, some symptoms which accompany such illnesses as hypertension, diabetes, disease of the digestive organs, bone and nerve diseases, etc. However, as with the syndrome such symptoms continue even after the original disease has been treated or cured, any relationship between such symptoms and the original disease can be excluded.
In other words, it is a syndrome in which no objective pathological findings can be noticed from routine physical and clinical examinations, but in which the subjective symptoms persist and are hard to improve, resisting various treatments but responding to the application of a magnetic field. An unbalance autonomic nervous system or part of such might be included in this syndrome.
III. Basis For The Presence Of The Deficiency Syndrome
Here, I wish to discuss the basis of the magnetic field deficiency syndrome. Firstly whether the application of a magnetic field to the human body is effective in improving such symptoms as mentioned in II, and secondly whether the magnetic field acting on the human body today is really in a deficient condition or not.
1. Treatment by application of a magnetic field to the human body
Here I will deal with the cure of illnesses or improvement of symptoms by the use of a magnetic field. This is usually called magnetotherapy, and I will break it into two groups- research in Japan, and research abroad.
a) Research in Japan
During 1958 we (1-7), as part of the research on "Magnetism and Living Bodies", published the results of tests conducted to relieve stiffness of the shoulders. A reasonably high rate of success was achieved by having participants wear ferrite permanent magnet bands in the form of bracelets. The details of the tests were reported (6)(7) to the first symposium, Fujimoto(8) also reported finding the same magnetic bracelet effective in treating stiffness of the shoulders. Furthermore, Kimura et al. (7)(8) reported that by using two types of magnetic bracelets having surface flux densities of 470 gauss, improvement of subjective symptoms but no change in blood serum fat, blood serum protein and their fractions were noticed. Also, Nambu et al. (7) under the guidance of Kimura, by having 1,163 magnetic bracelets and for comparison 644 non-magnetized bracelets worn to treat stiffness of the shoulders, found a considerable difference between the two groups. Using hospitalized patients we (7) also tested foam rubber mattresses containing ferrite permanent magnets, reporting that improvement of subjective symptoms but no change in clinical tests was found. Tomizuka et al.(9)(10)(11), also reported finding magnetic fields effective in treating various diseases.
In 1974, we (12-15) distributed questionnaire sheets with patch-on-the-skin type magneto-therapeutic devices used to treat subjective symptoms. By dividing the 11,648 cases into four groups and investigating from there, an over 90% effective rate was gained with a confidence coefficient of 99%, this being subsequently reported. Furthermore, we (13) reported an 82.1-96.3% effective rate at confidence coefficient 99% over a group of 120 cases using rare earth cobalt magnetic necklaces having a surface magnetic flux density of 1300 gauss. Also, we reported that at confidence coefficient 99%, no ill effects on the human body were noticed in various clinical examinations performed on the participants both before and after the two-week test period.
Horie(16), in 1976 reported that in clinical tests of the magnetic ring, at the confidence coefficient 95% an effective rate of 76.3-97.3% was gained in treating stiffness of the shoulders. Using a blind test, he also found a considerable difference between magnetized and non-magnetized rings. Shimohira et al.(17) also tested the same magnetic ring in treating stiffness of the shoulders, finding that magnetized rings showed an 80.2% effective rate while non-magnetized rings showed a 6.3% effective rate.
We (18), and Takahashi et al. (19) also reported a high rate of effectiveness in treating stiffness of the shoulders by using a magnetic necklace with a surface flux density of 700-900 gauss. At the same time, no ill effects on the human body could be found through clinical tests.
In 1975, Ohta (20) reported that following four weeks usage, magnetized necklaces showed an effective rate of 65% while non-magnetized necklaces showed only 20%. Baba (68) also conducted research using the same necklace as Ohta, finding it effective in 14 out of 20 cases. Sugiura(14) also reported a noticeable difference between the effective rate of magnetized and non-magnetized necklaces, 78% and 17% respectively. Shimada(15) also used the same necklace in treating stiffness of the shoulders, the first week using a magnetized necklace, the second week a non-magnetized necklace and the third week the magnetized necklace again. The magnetic necklace showed an effective rate of 75% while the non-magnetic necklace showed only 24%.
In 1976 Yamada et al (23) compared therapeutic effects of the magnetic necklace having a surface flux density of 1,300 gauss with another of 200 gauss by means of a blind test. Statistically, they noticed that the former was significantly more effective than the latter, and that both showed no disadvantageous side effects from the results of various clinical examinations.
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