Magnet therapy advances
Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and North America all used natural magnets
called lodestone for healing.
200 BC Galan, a Greek physician, practiced biomagnetics and recorded pain relieving
properties of magnets.
69-30 BC Queen Cleopatra wore a lodestone on her third eye.
1600 Gilbert proposed that the earth was a magnet.
1734-1815 Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer put magnetic healing in the spotlight with side
show antics and miracle cures. He used magnetic poultices and patients drank iron filings. He also used hypnosis, hence the word mesmerizing.
1749 First artificial magnet developed by John Canton.
1751 Benjamin Franklin discovered different effects of negative and positive electricity.
1755-1843 Dr. S. Hahnemann, father of Homeopathy, used magnets to promote health.
1800's Carl Friedrich Gauss proposed an absolute system of magnetic units called gauss. Gauss is a measurement of a magnets strength.
1823 Electromagnet invented.
1828 First measurement of the Earth's magnetic field by Paul Erman.
Post Civil War Sears and Roebuck catalog offered magnetic jewelry and apparel.
1936 Dr. Albert Roy Davis discovered that the negative and positive magnetic fields affect living systems differently. He found the negative pole to arrest cancer, while the positive pole stimulated the growth of cancer. In 1976 he patented a technique of biomagnetic screening that uses applied kinesiology.
1967 D. Busby, MD and NASA contractor, published Biomagnetics Considerations Relevant to Manned Space Flight. He concluded that exposure to high intensity magnetic fields should not be hazardous to astronauts.
1973 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine developed, subsequently obtaining FDA approval for classification of magnetic fields as non-harmful.
1976 Kyoichi Nakagawa, MD, coined the term Magnetic Field Deficiency
Syndrome in response to the associated symptoms and stress from working
in steel struc- tured buildings.
1983 The strongest magnet was invented. It is called a Neo magnet because it is composed of the elements neodymium, iron and boron.
1987 World Health Organization published Magnetic Fields Health and Safety
1990 William Philpott, MD, published the Biomagnetic Handbook.
1992 Joseph Kirschvink found crystals of magnetite in the pineal gland of the human brain while studying prints taken by MRI.
1995 The Biomagnetic Therapy Association and Biomagnetic Institute were
founded with the mission of support, research and education.
1996 The First World Congress in Magnetotherapy was organized by
Coghill Research Laboratories in the UK.
2000 The American Medical Journal published its first research article on biomagnetic therapy.
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