Sunday, November 13, 2011

Magnets and All the Claims

There are a lot of claims about magnets and their powers. I realized this when I started noting things like geomagnetic storms and paranormal activity and then an experiment where a researcher supposedly applied a strong magnet to the center of the forehead above the pineal gland and reportedly people started seeing ghosts. I actually tested this experiment a year ago with no results, but then they were worn for a few hours one evening by the team, so perhaps not a great example of whether or not it works. As well, there are lots of health claims about magnets.

Let's weed through some of these claims.

According to Silly Beliefs, claims that magnets can pull blood and that lying on a magnetized mat is healthy are ridiculous because blood may have iron in it, but a magnet does not attract our blood. If it could, it would pull it from important organs like the brain and heart and we would be dead.

Magnetized water is the new trend among those seeking alternative health options. Perhaps the most basic thing to know is that water cannot be magnetized.

(What do you know? All those claims on that video above--they happen with water, even city water--voila!)

In the book, "The Science of Oneness;"

Walter Rawls, who worked with the effects of monopolar magnetic fields on matter with the late Albert Roy Davis, told me in a telephone conversation of his experiments with a North pole magnet situated over the pineal gland.

A mask was made which held the North pole end of a long cylindrical magnet over the pineal gland. The purpose was to stimulate the gland and see if there was anything to this ‘third eye‘ business. Exposure was in the range of 10-30 minutes per day over a period of about 4 weeks.

Within the first week, he was sitting at his desk reading documents when he noticed something move out of the corner of his eye. As he looked up, the ghostly figure of a man had walked through one wall, moved across the room and disappeared through another wall. The figure was totally unaware of Walter. Further exposures to this North pole field took place over a second and third week.

The second week, the same ghostly figure moved through the room and glanced toward Walter as he passed through. This time, the figure appeared to have slightly more detail, not quite so ghostly.

The third week, while busy working on documents, Walter noticed a change in the room. When he looked up, the wall had dissolved away and he was looking at a small hill where a man and woman sat beneath a tree. It was the same ghostly male figure who he had seen on the other occasions. He sat quit still, watching this pastoral scene for several minutes.

The man looked over toward Walter and appeared startled. It was as if he clearly SAW Walter this time and possibly recognized Walter as the ghost that he had seen the previous week! The image faded away and the wall restored to its normal condition. From that moment on, Walter never used the pineal stimulator again.

Some try and explain things like the building of Coral Castle in Florida by a very tiny slight man with TB to have been through the use of magnets to levitate. I'm not sure how that works with coral, but it would appear that magnets in general because of their "magical powers" to attract and repel seem to be a fairly pseudo-scientific answer for all kinds of "special powers."

What about those awesome trendy magnetic bracelets? Wikipedia says it best; "Practitioners claim that subjecting certain parts of the body to magnetostatic fields produced by permanent magnets has beneficial health effects. These claims are both physically and biologically implausible and no effects on health or healing have been established.[1][2][3] Although hemoglobin, the blood protein that carries oxygen, is weakly diamagnetic and is repulsed by magnetic fields, the magnets used in magnetic therapy are many orders of magnitude too weak to have any measurable effect on blood flow."

If you're intrigued by all of these claims, perhaps the ones of John Hutchison from Canada might be the most extraordinary of all. I admit to being a terrible skeptic in all things. There's nothing I hate more than being gullible, but I have been fascinated with this man for quite some time and I find a strange ring of truth in the claims that he was able to generate enough energy to affect electromagnetic fields and create some very poltergeist phenomena from levitation to passing of solid objects through each other. If you're as titillated by such claims as I am, check this site and puruse the films.

Magnets definitely fascinate us and their potential, such as in fast rails for transportation are useful, it is still a science that eludes our ability to fully understand, like gravity. Though we understand what it is, we still are missing some gaps in truly understanding the nuances, so like the aurora borealis, it remains fraught with Old Wive's tales and such.

Now, I am reminded of a favorite slow dance song:

"Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan


  1. ummmmm i realy dont beleve allthe magnet clames my slef

  2. Looooved this post! I didn't know about the effect of magnets on the third eye. Bizarre...

  3. All things have magnetic properties at the sub-atomic level, but we probably shouldn't meddle with such a delicate balance of orbits.

  4. You post the most fascinating stuff!!

  5. Thanks Melanie, sweets. My mind buzzes around with the puzzles of our universe. You just never know what it's going to stop and focus on next.