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Magnets for Pain, Not as Attractive as It Sounds

During a recent trip, I was browsing through the Skymall catalog on the plane and I was amazed at the large number of magnetic relief products for sale (bracelets, shoes, etc.). Almost every product claimed that the amazing magnets will increase blood flow, as well as increase the delivery of oxygen, nutrients, hormones and painkilling endorphins to the affected area.

With this in mind, I did a little studying up on whether or not magnets really can heal pain and make you feel better altogether. If so, I wanted a magnetic bracelet.

New research out of the U.K. has found that there is no definitive scientific evidence that magnets help relieve chronic pain. Furthermore, they should not be recommended as an effective treatment. So next time you're feeling pain, before reaching for the magnet, try to use an over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen. Not a fan of OTC drugs? Acupuncture has been known to be a great pain reliever as well.


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