Explained by Dr Oliver Walkinton BVSc
The healing properties of magnets have been known for hundreds of years, but what is new is the technology being applied through a better understanding of science
The medical profession has accepted the use of electrically generated pulsed magnetic fields to help relieve pain.
Magnotherapy supports the maintenance of the body’s basic functions of communication and transportation
Most of the conditions that magnets have helped are as a result of a healthy pH balance, which is triggered by magnetic energy.
The only way a magnet can have an effect on any matter is via a transfer of energy, this is achieved by the effect of the magnetic field on the electrons.
The only way a magnetic field can have any effect on unconnected matter is by having a direct effect on the electrons of atoms within the matter.
The introduction of a new magnetic field to an atom can result in the electron’s orbit being altered and it is this that encourages maximum efficiency in molecular bonding.
Without the movement of electrons, and therefore a transfer of energy, changes in matter such as water, blood and fuel can’t occur.
Basically, for any chemical or biological reaction to occur between two molecules they must be brought sufficiently close for their outer shell electrons to interact. In fact they must collide and overcome the repelling forces between the electrons surrounding the nuclei. The amount of energy necessary for a successful collision is called the activation energy’. In many cases, warming up the things that are going to react provides this energy. When the molecules start to react, one of two things happen. Most reactions are exothermic which means that energy is released. They get hot and this provides more energy to activate more molecules. The reaction becomes self-sustaining until one of the reactants is all gone.
With an endothermic reaction, on the other hand, energy is taken in instead of being given out. In order for the reaction to continue it has to be continually supplied with more energy.
Magnetic energy plays a very important role in the following ways. It provides a source of activation energy in exothermic energy release, a source of activation in endothermic energy absorption, and most importantly it acts as a catalyst of ionisation processes.
Central Reverse Polarity
To ensure maximum influence on electrons, Ecoflow has developed a circular magnetic module known as Central Reverse Polarity designed specifically to help move electrons.
It is essentially a static magnet that changes its polarity within its own length, and this means that any matter that passes through its field is subjected to additional agitation. This CRP is designed to mimic the electrically generated pulsed magnetic fields that are used in hospitals and by physiotherapists.
All matter that passes through a CRP field is subjected to the additional ‘kick’ of three opposed directional forces. This action provides a better environment for molecular change by the alignment of electrons. In other words, molecules that exit a CRP field are more efficient.
The use of a Central Reverse Polarity magnetic field therefore has a three-fold effect on the body’s energy levels (talking at a molecular level);
- It activates the release of energy
- It boosts the volume of stored energy
- It acts as a catalyst by providing energy to increase the rate of chemical reactions.
What is pH and why is it so important?
The pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity in the body, and the scale is from 1-14. An acid is a substance that produces hydrogen ions (H+) in solution and an alkali is something that produces hydroxyl ions (OH-).
In neutral solution (pure water) the concentrations of hydrogen and hydroxyl ions are equal and the pH is 7.0. If the concentration of hydrogen ions (acidity) increases, the pH moves to lower numbers. If on the other hand, the concentration of hydroxyl ions (alkalinity) increases, the pH moves to higher numbers.
An acid (low pH) has a positive charge and an alkali (high pH) has a negative.
These charges can be altered only by the transfer of electrons.
The smallest changes in hydrogen concentration (H+), and therefore pH, are of great importance to living cells. In the human body the blood plasma has a normal pH of 7.4. If the pH should fall below 7.0 or rise above 7.8 the results would be fatal.
The buffer systems in the blood are very effective in preventing this fluid from experiencing large changes in pH. When present in solution, buffers resist sudden changes in pH especially when acids and bases are added. (More about buffers later)
The following represent some of the many conditions that are, at least partly, a result of excessive lactic acid production and that have, in many cases, been relieved by magnotherapy
- Sports injuries, after sport stiffness and recovery
- Muscle spasms and soft tissue injury
- Poor cell reproduction
- Poor circulation
- Travel sickness and vertigo
- Fatigue syndrome
- Skin complaints and ulcers
- Poor sleeping
- Blood pressure problems.
Key functions of pH are to control the amount of oxygen carried in the blood by haemoglobin, and to control blood circulation through interaction with the capillaries. It is also known as the information base of pain whilst the distribution of pain is through the capillaries
In order to understand pH we need to know something of the nature of electrolytes, both in general, and the ones that are responsible for many of the processes in the body.
Electrolytes and their role
When materials dissolve in water they do so in one of two ways. They either keep the same composition as they had when they were solid, or they ‘dissociate’ to form charged particles called “ions”.
From the point of this topic, the ones that do not change are the uninteresting ones. Sugar is a good example of a substance that will dissolve readily enough in water but does not dissociate. Solutions of such substances will not conduct electricity and they are known as non-electrolytes. Their uses lie elsewhere.
Materials that do dissociate when they dissolve are known as electrolytes
Electrolytes, especially Sodium (Na+), Potassium (K+) and Chloride (Cl-) ions, are the bodies’ primary buffers because they are able to accept or donate electrons in a water solution. An acidic solution may be neutralized by accepting electrons and a basic (alkaline) solution neutralized by donating electrons. It is in this role that electrolytes are able to control and balance pH.
The other key role of electrolytes is to carry charge and therefore information from one cell to another around the body.
In every cell of both human and animal bodies, the successful transmission of electrical charges is essential to all bodily functions. However the transmission of electrical charges can only take place in the presence of electrolytes, mostly Na+, K+ and Cl-.
These electrolytes enhance this conductivity in all living organisms with a variety of benefits. Numerous research projects worldwide have proven the importance of maintaining proper electro-conductivity across the body’s cells. There is also overwhelming evidence showing that an imbalance in this electro-conductivity has been present in people with a variety of conditions.
Magnetic energy acts as a catalyst for “ionisation” which means there are more electrolytes available to perform these vital tasks.
The vascular system
Two of the most important areas where pH control is relevant to pain are with regards to haemoglobin and the capillaries.
Haemoglobin s the blood’s bus service for oxygen. It transports oxygen, from the lungs, to all cells and the doors are controlled by pH. Too much acid and the doors start closing limiting the amount of oxygen to be delivered. Restore the pH balance and the doors open, allowing maximum oxygen supply.
By treating the water component of our blood using magnotherapy we improve the bonding of oxygen to the iron of haemoglobin and this in turn helps treat the whole body.
Although the veins and arteries are the motorways for blood distribution, it is the capillaries that are used as the final route for delivering the oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Capillaries also remove waste including carbon dioxide and lactic acid, from these cells. The cell walls and the capillary beds are pH sensitive and this results in the blood flow being restricted when the pH levels change.
Controlling the pH therefore improves the blood distribution and also ‘oxygen carrying capacity’ which allows the cells building supply and waste disposal system to work more efficiently
Within minutes of applying a magnetic field, increases in blood flow of up to 300% have been measured in some extreme cases of poor distribution. This is a direct result of the blood pH returning to normal.
Glucose and fat are the two main energy sources vital to all human and animal bodies. They provide energy for all living cells, which can be divided into two groups;
- Fat Dependent tissue- includes the kidney, liver and muscle
- Glucose dependent tissue- includes the brain, red blood cells and the central nervous system.
The majority of tissues in mammals primarily use fat as a fuel. For the purposes of this discussion, however, the most important area is the glucose dependent tissue because this involves the central nervous system. These tissues are dependent on glucose as a fuel and cannot use fat or other substances in major quantities.
The brain, which contains no storehouse of glucose, depends completely on glucose in the blood for its supply of energy. It is for this reason that the glucose level in, and pH of, blood is critical to brain function.
The metabolism, or breakdown, of glucose can be divided into two processes, the anaerobic process and the aerobic process. An adult human will recycle 85% by the anaerobic metabolism and 15% is oxidized to carbon dioxide and water. Basically, if there is sufficient oxygen (aerobic process) available during the stages of glucose metabolism then there is little or no lactic acid produced
However in an anaerobic process glucose is converted to lactic acid in the form of the negative lactate ion. This is an emergency energy producing process that allows cells to remain viable for at least a short time.
Whenever lactic acid is formed, it must be removed from the body by conversion to pyruvic acid. This can occur either in the cells themselves or within the liver after removal from the cells. A normal lactate-pyruvate balance is essential for all body functions. Stress and fatigue situations result in the over production of lactic acid. This occurs through the anaerobic process of breakdown of glucose, which results in lactic acid accumulation. Too much acid in the cells can eventually lead to a serious deterioration of health.
Once the oxygen supply has become sufficient, lactic acid has to be eliminated by oxidation (removal of electrons) to form pyruvic acid. The oxidation of lactic acid to pyruvic acid has many crucial functions;
- Pyruvic acid can be used more easily by the body and therefore stops the saturation of lactic acid.
- Most importantly, the pH levels return to normal because pyruvic acid is a weaker acid than lactic acid. In this way the body doesn’t become too acidic and the pH stays within the normal range.
- Reducing the concentration of lactic acid promotes the correct environment for the aerobic processes within cells to occur.
- Pyruvic acid acts as a buffer. This prevents the depletion of one of the important electrolytes, potassium
Because the oxidation of lactic acid to form pyruvic acid requires the removal of hydrogen atoms and particularly electrons, the use of a Central Reverse Polarity magnetic field enhances this natural process.
Almost all pain in soft tissues is caused by an increase in lactic acid. Continued muscle use produces lactic acid and with regards to the body this concentrated lactic acid means pain