Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for rheumatoid arthritis

Today I’ve been researching for my blog as someone anonymous argued that static magnetism would work. Why should weak magnetism work in biologic tissue? The promoters of magnetic therapies can’t give an answer that is resilient in a scientific sense; they rather pull back to esoteric explanations.
S.J. Richmond and colleagues just publish the following study: “Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for rheumatoid arthritis - analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects: a randomised double-blind placebo controlled crossover trial.” Conclusions: “Wearing a magnetic wrist strap or a copper bracelet did not appear to have any meaningful therapeutic effect, beyond that of a placebo, for alleviating symptoms and combating disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.”
There’s good article on Quackwatch concerning: Magnet Therapy: A Skeptical View by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Link: http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/QA/magnet.html

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