Books and Articles on the Alleged Healing Power of Magnets

This page is no longer being actively maintained. Magnetic therapy has not been proven effective for everyone, and there is still little or no scientific proof that it yields substantial benefits in increasing energy and decreasing pain. Consult a medical expert or read a trustworthy scientific article before investing any money in a magnetic product. Beware of scam artists who are only interested in your money but have no actual medical knowledge, yet feed you rigid propaganda that they get from multi-level marketing companies. Such people can not possibly give you an objective opinion.

Healing with Magnets -- by Gary Null -- Published June 1998

In this book Gary Null, a popular radio talk-show host, presents an easy-to-understand overview of how to use magnets to promote health and to treat illness. The book includes summaries of scientific studies and reports from Russia, Japan, and other countries; a directory of companies that produce and sell therapeutic magnets; and discussions of success stories of people who are using magnets.

Click here to visit Gary Null's Natural Living website.

Healing Magnets: A Guide for Pain Relief, Speeding Recovery, and Restoring Balance -- by Sherry Kahn -- Published June 2000

Healing Magnets introduces the principles and practices of magnetic healing, including the use of magnets to alleviate neck, back, shoulder, and foot pain; relieve headaches; accelerate the healing of bone fractures and soft tissue injuries; speed postoperative recovery and wound healing; reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia; and treat depression. Also featured are alleged breakthroughs, describing how magnet therapy has relieved symptoms of arthritis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, post-stroke disabilities, congestive heart failure, and more.

"Finally, there is a book on magnet therapy that I can recommend without reservation to both my patients and colleagues." - Serafina Corsello, M.D., F.A.C.A.M., The Corsello Centers for Integrative Medicine

Magnetic Miracles -- by Catie J. Norris -- Published February 2000

This "A to Z" reference guide purports to show how to apply magnets to attack specific health problems. The author explains how to use the correct magnetic therapy to help the body heal itself. It includes research studies to back up the applications.

Magnetic Therapy In Eastern Europe: A Summary of 30 Years of Research -- by Jiri Jerabek, M.D., Ph.D. and William Pawluk, M.D., M.Sc. -- Published January 1998

This book is intended primarily for clinical users, but is also suitable for sophisticated lay persons. It is replete with specific clinical research detail, which may be difficult to understand for those not clinically trained. It is based on extensive research done over 30 years in Eastern Europe. Magnetic therapy has been practiced extensively in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary and other countries. In the Czech Republic there is in fact an NIH-type Institute specifically for magnetics.

The book includes sections on magnetics and magnetic devices, internal medicine studies, surgical studies, and experimental studies, covering various medical specialties such as pediatrics, gynecology, dermatology, and pulmonology. The authors describe controlled studies in humans involving such topics as atherosclerosis, burns, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic bronchitis, edema, fractures, increased circulation, infected skin wounds, polyneuritis (nerve inflammation), and post-partum breast engorgement.

Magnetism and Its Effects on the Living System -- by Albert Roy Davis and Walter C. Rawls -- Published 1974, reprinted April 1996

Pain Relief Breakthrough: The Power of Magnets to Relieve Backaches, Arthritis, Menstrual Cramps, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sports Injuries, and More -- by Julian Whitaker, M.D. and Brenda Adderly, M.H.A. -- Published April 1998

This book contains compelling medical evidence demonstrating that therapeutic magnets help to relieve pain.

"I truly hope that this book will spread the word about this revolutionary therapy. My patients have reaped the benefits of magnets, and I believe that millions more can experience these miraculous results as well." - Julian Whitaker, co-author

A paperback edition is now also available.

Magnet Therapy: The Pain Cure Alternative -- by Ronald M. Lawrence, Judith Plowden, and Paul J. Rosch -- Published March 1998

Here's what some knowledgeable people are saying about "Magnet Therapy":

"Permanent magnets and electromagnetic therapies offer extraordinary potential for pain relief, promoting healing and other benefits, as this book clearly and authoritatively demonstrates." - Saul Liss, Ph.D., President, MediConsultants, Inc.; chief consultant for Bioelectric Technologies, Inc.

"Our research has confirmed that magnetic fields can have important effects on nerve growth and regeneration, and may provide other rewards, as clearly outlined in this useful book." - Betty Sisken, Ph.D., professor at the Center for Biomedical Engineering, University of Kentucky

"Dr. Rosch is probably the world's leading authority on stress." - Konstantin Sudakov, M.D., president of The Russian Academy of Sciences

"This book is a valuable resource for consumers who are confused about claims for magnets... it separates fact from fancy." - Martin Blank, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

Magnet Therapy contains a foreward by Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., an astronaut who took part in the Apollo 14 mission.

The Invisible Force: Traditional Magnetic Therapy -- by Fred Rinker and Frank Northgrave -- Published June 1997

This book discusses all major elements of magnetic therapy, explaining both theory and factual benefits gained from the use of magnets. Various concepts of magnetic therapies are interpreted and presented as a consensus of opinion regarding magnetic treatments for over 225 conditions. The various types of magnets are explained. Polarity is covered in detail. Gauss strengths of magnets and magnetic products are measured and recorded. The benefits of magnetic water and how to make it are outlined. It also explains how electromagnetic therapy differs from electromagnetic pollution.

Magnet Therapy Illustrated: Natural Healing and Pain Relief Using Magnets -- by Peter Rose, photographs by Laura Knox -- Published May 2001

This book combines lucid text with clear, helpful illustrations. The mix of need-to-know facts with how-to techniques lets readers immediately tap the healing power of magnets. Magnet Healing Illustrated offers essential background information and explains in simple, straightforward language how magnetic forces can heal and repair tissue and help maintain health. Supported by an array of photographs and line drawings, the book shows exactly how readers can use magnets to relieve ailments that range from migraines and rheumatism to menstrual pain and travel sickness. A special section focuses on sports injuries. Throughout the book, sidebars trace the ancient tradition of magnet therapy and describe ways to combine magnet healing with other natural and conventional therapies.

The Practical Guide to Magnet Therapy -- by Peter Rose -- Published May 2001

The Book of Magnet Healing: A Holistic Approach to Pain Relief -- by Roger Coghill -- Published November 2000

Biomagnetic and Herbal Therapy -- by Michael Tierra, L.AC., O.M.D. -- Published May 1997

Dr. Tierra explains how therapeutic magnets can be used to treat joint pain, blood pressure irregularities, liver and thyroid problems, tumors, acidity, skin diseases, and other conditions. Includes sections on how magnets work; safety issues; measuring magnetic strength; how to magnetize herbs, teas, and water for additional healing; and many other topics. This book is electronically reproduced at this page.

Magnet Therapy: The Gentle and Effective Way to Balance Body Systems -- by Ghanshyam Singh Birla and Colette Hemlin -- Published October 1999

Magnet Therapy: Balancing Your Body's Energy Flow for Self-Healing -- by Holger Hannemann -- Published November 1990

The author, a Swiss naturopath, documents the results of magnet therapy and presents full-color photographs to illustate magnet therapy techniques.

Pain-Free With Magnet Therapy: Discover How Magnets Can Work to Help Relieve the Pain of Arthritis, Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, and Much More -- by Lara Owen -- Published May 2000

Is the apparent healing power of magnets based on hype or facts? In Pain-Free With Magnet Therapy, Lara Owen shares the most recent scientific evidence that suggests magnets and electromagnetic-field therapy may indeed provide relief from chronic pain and other ailments. Through interviews with top researchers and stories from patients from all walks of life, you will get an unbiased and accurate account of this safe, natural, and drug-free treatment. You will learn which types of magnets are right for specific conditions, how to use magnets in conjunction with other therapies, how magnets can help you sleep, and much more.

Magnet Therapy: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide -- by William H. Philpott, Dwight K. Kalita, Burton Goldberg -- Published October 2000

"Pandora is beaten. Philpott, MD (from an unnamed school) addresses asthma, cancer, colitis, heart disease, infection, parasites, warts--for the credulous. Literature references include such publishers as Tarcher, Wm. Morrow (spelled Marrow), the Physical Review (cited as ..."Revison"), EB, Prima. No double blind studies are reported; seems easy since humans do not sense magnetic flux. Authority is anecdotal. For the new age crowd." - Book News

Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies -- by Henry H. Bauer -- Published February 2001

Magnetic Healing: Advanced Techniques for the Application of Magnetic Forces -- by Buryl Payne -- Published September 1999

The Biomagnetic Handbook -- by William H. Philpott, M.D. -- Published October 1989

This book discusses the application of magnets for therapeutic purposes. Many common health problems are discussed. Dr. Philpott, a resident of Oklahoma, has been researching magnetic field therapy for many years, and has developed his own types of healing magnets.

Published articles on therapeutic magnets

Golfer endorses magnet therapy while others scoff, by Karen Garloch
The Houston Chronicle, May 31, 1996, Houston Section, page 1

A Growing Attraction to a New Field: From Backaches to Headaches to Other Pains, 'Magnet Therapy' is Fast Catching On as an Alternative to Mainstream Medicine - Despite the Fact that the FDA Says There's No Evidence It Works, by Berkley Hudson
Los Angeles Times, July 8, 1996, Life and Style, Part E, page 1

Magnetic course for happier days, by Nicholas Timmins
The Independent (London), July 26, 1996, page 5

Irabu sticks to magnet mania, by Dave Stubbs
The Gazette (Montreal), July 22, 1997, page C1

Magnets Attracting Health-Care Attention, by Emily Gest
New York Daily News, August 3, 1997

Magnet Therapy Reduces Pain in Post-polio Patients
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), November 3, 1997

Study on Using Magnets to Treat Pain Surprises Skeptics, by Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
The New York Times, December 9, 1997, Section F, page 3

Americans attracted by magnetic cure for pain, by David Usborne
The Independent (London), December 10, 1997, page 14

Magnets May Help Battle Depression, by Angela La Voie
Medical Tribune, January 22, 1998

Magnetic Storm, by Dennis Fiely
The Columbus Dispatch, March 23, 1998, ACCENT & ARTS, page 1B

Magnetic and Electromagnetic Therapy, by David W. Ramey
The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Spring 1998

Magnet Therapy Attracts Pain Sufferers; Some Doctors Want to See More Research
The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 24, 1998

FOCUS ON GOLF: Pain Sufferers Such as Murphy and Colbert are Drawn to the Healing Powers of Magnets, by Jim Hodges
Los Angeles Times, July 23, 1998, Special Section, Part S, Page 10, Sports Desk

Attracting Attention: Health Claims for Magnet Therapy Difficult to Prove, by Karin Horgan Sullivan
The Seattle Times, November 8, 1998, page L4

Take Two Magnets and Call Me Later, by Dana Hawkins
U.S. News and World Report, December 7, 1998

Study: Magnets Helped Ease Diabetics' Foot Pain, by Verena Dobnik
Associated Press, January 10, 1999

Magnet Therapy Taking Hold as Alternative Medical Treatment, by Gerald Renner, The Hartford Courant
The Times-Picayune, January 27, 1999, page E5

Attracted by Magnet Therapy, Athletes and Others Aren't Waiting for Studies, by Gerald Renner, Hartford Courant
The Buffalo News, February 2, 1999, page 5C

Magnet Therapy Attracting More and More People, by Linell Smith
The Baltimore Sun, March 14, 1999

Unproven but Attractive Magnet Therapy Treatment: Doctors Await Word on Two Studies that May Reveal How This Reported Pain Reliever Works, by Linell Smith, Baltimore Sun
Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1999, page S4

Magnet therapy is becoming an alluring force, by Barbra Williams Cosentino
The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 14, 1999, page E-3

Drawn to Magnets: Magnets are attracting something new: attention of the medical community, by Susan Ferraro
New York Daily News, June 22, 1999

Magnet Magic? Some researchers, users cite health benefits, but skeptics demand to see the hard evidence, by Bill Wolfe
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), July 12, 1999, page 1C

The Force is with Them: Mind and Body, by Richard Saltus
The Boston Globe Magazine, September 5, 1999, page 10

America's Strange Attraction: Magnet Therapy for Pain, by Robert L. Park
The Washington Post, September 8, 1999, page H03
Magnet Therapy: What's the Attraction? - a summary of this article

Review - Features: If magnet therapy cures animals, why not humans? In Sickness and in Health, by James Le Fanu
Sunday Telegraph (London), September 12, 1999, page 4

What's the Big Attraction?: Millions of Americans are Turning to an Alternative Therapy Popularized by Anecdotal Evidence, not Solid Science. Suddenly, Everyone with a Nagging Pain Seems to be Strapping on Magnets, by Jane E. Allen
Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1999, page S1

Golfers were first to go for the therapy
The Gazette (Montreal), January 22, 2000, page W2

Magnets fail to attract good results in pain-relief study, by Laura Beil, the Dallas Morning News
The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 15, 2000, page E-5

Magnet, Placebo Worked Equally for Pain in Study, by The Dallas Morning News
The Times-Picayune, March 19, 2000, page E2

Magnets might pull you through the pain, by Michael Breen
Chicago Sun-Times, April 2, 2000, page 9

The Magnetic Attraction of Useless Cures: 'I bought the inner soles. I put them in my shoes. I wore them for a month. Nothing happened', by Sue Arnold
The Independent (London), May 6, 2000, page 3

Magnet Therapy Risky for Some, by Thomas Ropp
The Arizona Republic, May 19, 2000, page A2

Magnet therapy shows promise, by Jim Ritter
Chicago Sun-Times, July 5, 2000, page 8

U.VA. Study on Magnet Therapy Shows Limited Potential for Pain Relief
Press Release from the University of Virginia, February 23, 2001

Is Magnet Therapy Worth All The Hype?, by Robert C. Purdy and David Armstrong
Podiatry Today, April 2001

$50 billion says alternative medicine works, by Rob Ryser
The Journal News (Westchester-Rockland-Putnam, NY), December 29, 2001

Magnetic therapy: Is it a help or a hoax?
York Daily Record (York, PA), June 10, 2002

Internet resources on therapeutic magnets
Nikken's Magnets and Other Products || Bioflex Medical Magnets || MagnetiCare Limited || Magna Therapy Bracelet
Discover Magnetics || American Health Service Magnetics || What is Magnetic Health?
Boost Your Energy With Magnets || Magnets for Pain?
Physics Research Project: Magnet Therapy

General health care resources
Achoo Healthcare Online || MedExplorer || Health A to Z || WebMD