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Introduction to Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic  therapy has been around for a long time – long before the reasoning behind their therapeutic benefits was understood. To some extent, these therapies were used as far back as 3000BC. The Chinese have written protocols for using lodestones on acupuncture points dating this far back. Even ancient healers learned the practical value of using magnets for healing. There is evidence that lodestones were used by Cleopatra’s physicians. Permanent magnets were used in Europe in the early 1800s.

Only recently have we had a scientific basis to explain these ancient observations that magnetic fields can be used in healing. The many observed actions and effects that magnetic fields have on biologic processes include chemical reactions, ion movement, changes in charges and electrical potentials, effects on lipids, starches, and proteins, hormones and large molecules, and fundamental cellular processes. There is, however, no accepted single concept or unifying principle in physics (yet) of how magnetic fields affect these biologic activities.

Despite the lack of a unified theory, magnetic field effects have been observed and positive clinical actions experienced. As in many other areas of science and medicine, theories or conceptual models are often lacking or lag behind observed uses. Lack of a theory does not prevent magnetic field therapies from being used to help meet people’s healthcare needs, especially since decades of clinical use has shown the relative safety of the therapy.

The body is electric. The water in a human body (or other terrestrial creature) is not unlike the electrolyte solution in a battery. It is composed of many electrolytes, along with saline. Electrolytes compose both positively and negatively metallic ions, including sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, etc. Saline is composed of a combination of sodium and chloride. Because of their charge, electrolyte solutions and saline are highly susceptible to surrounding magnetic fields.

Magnetic fields cause or increase motion of ions and electrolytes in the tissues and fluids of the body. This movement stimulates a vast array of chemical, mechanical, and electric actions in the tissues of the body. Therapeutic magnetic fields are used to induce voltages similar to those produced naturally within the body at the cellular and subcellular level. The electromagnetically-induced field transfers charge to the cells of the body. This induced current can lead to nerve firing, muscle contraction, stimulation of cell signal pathways causing cell growth, and a number of other effects. Because of this most basic level of treatment, magnetic therapies have been shown to have positive effects in a myriad of conditions.

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Cellular Communication

The cell is an amazing structure, full of complexity and movement, readily multitasking and generally humming along like the well-oiled machine we know and expect it to be. There are a few basic functions required of all cells. These include ATP production (cellular energy), nutrient absorption, waste removal, and regeneration, in addition to performance of predetermined functions based on the cell’s type and location in the body.

A great deal of this action and communication occurs at the cell membrane, which has switches connecting directly to the nucleus of the cell. Cells normally go through at least 7,000 chemical reactions per second, which is an indication of the complex and continuous process involved in adaptation. This level of complexity is beyond the scope of simple biochemistry. By using electromagnetic stimulation, modern measuring techniques have increased the understanding of electromagnetic bio-communication that makes the coordination of the living system possible.

It is hugely important that the cell membrane maintain an appropriate “charge” or voltage. A healthy cell has a transmembrane potential of about 80 or 100 millivolts. A cancer cell, for comparison, has a transmembrane potential often as low as 20 or 25 millivolts. When a cell becomes damaged or sick, the voltage of the membrane drops, causing an increased voltage in the interior of the cell. When the membrane voltage is low, the membrane channels can’t function properly, leading to a domino effect of disease-causing actions (or inactions).

Since cells are constantly checking in with their neighbors, healthy cells surrounding a sick cell can usually work overtime and help the sick cell recover. This adaptation and resiliency is something we expect of a healthy cell. But sometimes a cell is so sick or damaged that it cannot perform its regenerative functions and gets “stuck” in a state of being unwell.

Each person’s metabolic processes and adaptive mechanisms are governed by both internal and external pacers. Internal (endogenous) pacers are natural within the body and provide biochemical reactions that are in rhythm with each other. External (exogenous) pacers, like geomagnetic fields, solar flares, WiFi (and yes, PEMF therapy) affect the internal pacers. Normally, cells communicate via coherent signals that ensure accurate data transfer at a relatively low level of energy.

It’s imperative that these intra-cellular signals remain methodical and efficient so that organisms can maintain order and integrity, even though the intensity from the signals generated by the external environment is much higher than the internal biological control signals. The higher the intensity of the external pacers, the more the body must adjust in such a way as to influence the internal pacers without harm or disruption.

Another important characteristic of the inner pacers is synchronicity, which allows larger biological units (like organs) to organize the activity of their cells in a coordinated fashion – all for one and one for all.

Power of Cellular Communication

At each and every stage in the life of an organism, sensitivity to the environment and coordination of responses are evident and necessary. All organisms have the ability to receive specific external and internal signals and respond to them in ways that enhance survival and longevity. Environmental signals that help balance internal pacers are vital to maintaining the rhythm of our metabolism. Positive outer environmental signals can include natural sounds like wind in the trees, bird songs, and ocean waves, as well as inaudible emanations of energy emitted by nature (like the planetary ionospheric Schuman resonance frequencies). A lack of these kinds of positive outer signals can cause serious pathological disorders by depleting the organism’s system-specific vital resources. Artificial signals produced by urbanization and civilization can reduce the intensity of beneficial, constructive external pacer signals available to an organism.

In order for an organism to adapt to the environment, there must be a process through which only some of the overwhelming amount of incoming signals from the environment can be ‘selected’. In bio-communication, signal filtering is achieved through biological windows. These windows are called the “Adey-windows”, as described by Dr. Ross Adey.

Dr. Adey researched and published on electromagnetic field interactions with biological systems, cell membrane organization and intercellular communication, organization of brain systems and cellular mechanisms, bioinstrumentation and bioengineering, computer applications in medical imaging, physiological data analysis and the modeling of brain mechanisms. He discovered that these ‘windows’ are discrete and definable, with exact limit values. Certain frequency ranges are typical to a given biochemical or physiologic system in a body.

Achieving consistent communication between cells is dependent on the cell membrane’s ability to detect and facilitate “handshakes” between it and fluctuating electromagnetic fields. This understanding comes through the activation of intracellular systems that enhance and use these specific signals. Only biological windows that are active at a given moment can be used in information transfer and encourage adaptive activities. Alteration of biological windows within a given system is called phase change, and also results in functional changes, adaptive or maladaptive.

If the natural selectivity system does not function optimally, it will have a negative effect on the information processed and, consequently, on the adaptability of the organism, or on a system within the organism. This can lead to a variety of functional disorders. In order to return the organism to a balanced state, correct biological information flow must be reestablished.

All cell injury progresses from a phase of reversible to irreversible. Cells with reversible injury are typically below our level of awareness, and these injuries are cumulative over time in hundreds of millions, of not billions, of cells across the body. For you to become aware of a hang nail on your pinky finger, for example, millions of cells would have to be sick or damaged. Every one of those millions of cells goes through the same process of cellular injury and communication breakdown. Aging, as another example, is not something we can be aware of day-to-day. Only once cellular injury happens and is irreversible in a larger collection of cells, do we see the results as a health issue such as pain, arthritis, infection, heart disease, dementia, etc.

Therefore the goal of PEMF therapies is to enhance natural cellular communication processes, and to improve the energy of the cells, moving them towards stability and enhancing cellular repair.

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Noninvasive Cancer Therapy

Testing tool will advance research into novel treatment using alternating electric fields

The idea of treating cancer with an electric field has been around for years, but it has been slow to take off because of a lack of understanding of the science behind it.

Now, a team of bioengineers from Singapore, Australia and the United States has verified that it works – and invented a gadget that will facilitate clinical testing and a better understanding of the therapy.

Tumour Treating Fields (TTFields), which do not require surgery, are alternating electric fields that disrupt the alignment of molecules necessary in cell division.

It is far different from a controversial kind of electrical therapy that zaps the brain or body with electric currents to treat illnesses ranging from depression to diabetes.

With TTFields, no electric current flows through the body.

About 10 years ago, an international team of researchers showed the therapy slowed the growth of a highly aggressive type of brain tumour called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The only side effect was some inflammation where the electrodes touched the skin.

In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Optune, a wearable device by US-based firm Novocure that administers TTFields on GBM patients. Available only in the US, Europe, Israel and Japan, it requires consultation with a specially trained doctor and costs US$21,000 (S$29,800) a month excluding consultation and hospital fees.

Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority said it had not received any application for the use of TTFields therapy here.

Novocure is already conducting trials for other cancers, including lung, ovarian and pancreatic.

Dr Kevin Chua, a radiation oncologist at the National Cancer Centre Singapore, said: “We know the therapy works, in broad strokes… but we don’t actually know a lot beyond that…We don’t yet have a deep understanding of how it affects various stages of cancer development.”

Efforts to better understand TTFields could be boosted by a new gadget from a team led by Dr Andrea Pavesi at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, with funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation. Their work was published in Nature Scientific Reports in May.

No bigger than a postage stamp, the device contains electrodes and tiny channels embedded in a transparent polymer. It enables TTFields to be applied on cancer cells in a three-dimensional environment; conventional flat cell cultures are done on agar plates. It uses fewer reagents and facilities because of its small size, so costs can be cut down.

Eventually, a patient’s own cancer cells could be specifically tested. Every patient’s cancer is slightly different, and customised treatment could become possible.

Using the device, scientists verified earlier findings that TTFields can suppress multiplication of human breast and lung cancer cells.

Moreover, the effect on non-cancer cells seems negligible. This could be because TTFields target cell division, and normal cells do not divide as rapidly as cancer cells, said Dr Pavesi, who came up with the idea for a device to test TTFields after watching a talk by Novocure founder Bill Doyle.

Progress in TTFields research has been slow. Russian scientist Georges Lakhovsky discovered in the 1920s that oscillating electric fields had effects on living cells, but no one took him seriously.

Dr Pavesi said: “For years, people thought he was crazy.”

But now, advances in technology have helped revise that view.

“You need to have engineering knowledge to apply to the biology, as you need to understand what this electric field is… it’s something you can’t see, it’s something that’s hard to measure,” said Dr Pavesi.

He hopes his gadget will give the research a boost.

“It will be nice to use the device to explore different electric fields, different types of cells, different combinations of therapies,” he said.

Dr Wong Seng Weng, who is medical director of Singapore Medical Group’s The Cancer Centre, said: “Much work needs to be done to understand the best utilisation of TTFields and how to optimise it… combination treatment could emerge as the best way forward.”

Dr Pavesi concurs. “It’s not enough using only one technology to fight cancer. You need to combine as many therapies as possible.”

Find out more about cancer and how to fight it on ST’s Fighting Cancer microsite.

-Ling Yangchen, Straits Times 5 DEC 2016

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Testimony Mr Goh

This Almag is really amazing! I had bouts of pain in both my legs for several years and it normally took about 2 weeks before the pain and swelling subsides. After 2 days of using Almag, the pain was gone on the third day! At the moment, the walking stick that I had used during those painful times is now leaning in the corner gathering spider webs. The device has been a great help to me and I would recommend it to others who suffer from joint and back pains.
Mr Goh
Now a Regular user of PEMF
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Epigenetics – Update your Body

Abstract model of woman of DNA molecule. Eps 10

Beginnings of Epigenetics

Genetics make up the building plans of cells and were once thought to be concrete, unchangeable and set in stone. Genetics would define your fate, from intelligence to looks to how successful you’ll be in life. Epigenetics emerged in the 1990s as a popular theory that said: Genetics can change and adapt, hereditary diseases don’t have to be stuck to you for life!

Simply explained, genes are made of DNA otherwise known as De-oxy Ribo Nucleic Acids, they come in many combinations that were thought of as the code for your body functions. Changing that code could theoretically craft the ideal human, it was the subject of debate by religious organisations as it was believed that genes were concrete. Later on, Scientists found that genes changed as the cell’s environment changed, this broke the original gene theory as cells in different parts of the same body could have different variations of the same genetic code. This changes became known as Epigenetics.

PEMF and Epigenetics

PEMF Therapy induces electromagnetic fields through the body and charges up the cells allowing them to carry out essential processes more efficiently. Of these processes is the changes to the genes. Epigenetics does not say only embryos and clones can be made into ideal beings but just the opposite, YOU, a living breathing human are able to change your genes too! PEMF Therapy helps to boost these processes and allow these changes to happen for you! Are you ready for the Happy Healthy Lifestyle? For the exciting life that you could never afford yet, everyone else is enjoying?

 

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The Happy Healthy Lifestyle: Water

Closeup photo of woman washing hands in a city fountain

Achieving a happy healthy lifestyle:

Everyone has heard before that water is an essential part of life and we’ve probably been bombarded by science facts that try to passive-aggressively blackmail us (i.e. Your body is 90% water)

Truth is, 60% of your weight comes from water and you don’t need 8 cups of water a day, the body intake of water should be dictated by thirst, especially because most of us live sedentary lifestyles. You DO, however, require to drink clean, clear water everyday, cut those sugary drinks (teas and coffee included). Some people can’t live without coffee and when the hectic lifestyle we live just won’t afford us that luxury, pick one day every month to eat clean and allow your body to detoxify, it’ll do you a world of good.

Summary:

  • Cut down on sugar drinks
  • Pick a day every month/week to detoxify
  • Drink fresh water everyday

 

Have a good week!

Daniel

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The Healthy Lifestyle – Living the Dream

Portrait Of Multi-Generation Chinese Family Relaxing In Park Together

Imagine your perfect day.

Having breakfast with the kids, smiling faces all around. Each of you going to their own daily activities ranging from work to school. Through out the day, work goes by as per usual, problems here and there but maintaining your composure and the rest of your colleagues following instructions methodically, mission-focused and calm. A job well done as the boss pats you on the back and everyone goes home satisfied with the productivity of the day. Moving on back home, to be greeted by the smiling faces of your family as you sit down to have a home cooked meal or get everyone ready to go out and have a nice family meal without the hassle of cooking and washing. Pull out a good book to read as you snuggle into your favorite spot before turning in for the day.

Sounds pretty good huh?

Days like these don’t happen often enough in most peoples’ lives as they should but this should be the standard for which we should aim for. There’s a sound reason for why it does not, it’s because we do not appreciate the happy moments in our lives, these happy moments happen to us and for us but the thoughts that occupy our minds are usually the unpleasant things, how the kids wake up so slowly, how the traffic jam is, the state of the country, Zika virus outbreaks, how the company could mess up so royally and your department has to clean up somebody else’s mess. All the stated ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) I just mentioned can happen on the same day as the above “perfect day”.

The thoughts we chose to have affect our world view and consequently the way we view our lives and the way we treat people around us. Have you met a negative person before? A person who can’t bring anything new, fresh, fun to the table but loads all the crap they’ve built up in their lives onto you? No thanks buddy, even if it’s a family member, something needs to change and this persons’ dissatisfaction with life should not be loaded onto you. Remember though, sometimes, we might be the ones loading our crap onto the people we love.

Catch yourself complaining about how your colleagues weren’t doing their best or the guy on the road cuts you off because he can’t wait. Try appreciating when someone on the road was gracious enough to give way as you tried to filter in or when your colleague treated you to coffee.

As Oprah Winfrey once said: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

Have a good day!

Daniel