Straddling the Science/Magic Line: A Look At Magnetic Therapy

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

What'srepparttar difference between science and magic? It's our understanding of what makes something happen.

If magic is hocus-pocus, science is simply well understood hocus-pocus. Fire? Solar eclipse? Volcanic eruption? Earthquake? Once we can explain it, it becomes science. But sometimes we're stuck straddling that science/magic line.

Consider magnets.

Remember when you were a kid back in elementary school and you first discoveredrepparttar 127659 wonder of magnets? What a thrill it was to explorerepparttar 127660 possibilities! There's nothing like messing with natural forces to spark a child's imagination.

Thirty five years later, I'm still fascinated by magnets. Magnetic therapy has been used for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. Some believe that magnets help restorerepparttar 127661 flow of blood throughrepparttar 127662 capillaries, therefore assisting inrepparttar 127663 flushing of toxins that may accumulate due to injury or illness. Magnets have been used to relieverepparttar 127664 pain of arthritis, carpal tunnel, migraines, joint injuries, menstrual cramps, and much more. There has been some research inrepparttar 127665 last couple of years indicating that magnetic therapy may offer relief to those suffering from depression and attention deficit disorder.

Yet we're not sure how--or if--this really happens. It's got to be some kind of placebo effect, right? We're all looking for simple solutions to help us feel better. Sometimes we want things to work so much that they actually DO. Does that mean it's all a bunch of hooey?

I've learned a lot about magnets since my husband started developing and distributing Bodylinx, a line of inexpensive magnetic bracelets. Tom stated right fromrepparttar 127666 beginning that he wanted to downplayrepparttar 127667 jewelry's possible health benefits. He likesrepparttar 127668 bracelets because they’re fun—you can play around withrepparttar 127669 magnetic links and rearrange them. Though he remains reluctant to promote a healing property he doesn’t really understand, some of his customers are strong advocates magnetic therapy.

We believe whatever we tell ourselves. If we want to think that a bracelet helps our arthritis, we are free to believe that. And if it turns out to be true, did it work because we believed it or because there is some kind of science/magic at work?

As important as it is to question our beliefs regularly, it's also crucial that we become willing to suspend disbelief. Fifty years ago, nobody would have believed that we'd have spacecraft landing on Mars and sending us digital images ofrepparttar 127670 craters there. As a species, we have broken barrier after barrier by daring to believerepparttar 127671 impossible one small idea at a time.

We need to accept that there may be therapies that work even if we can't prove they do or understand how it happens. This doesn't mean we have to be gullible or stop questioning. We simply need to entertainrepparttar 127672 possibility.

Whenever possible, I like a hefty dose of science to back up my beliefs. There is a magnetic field present on our planet. Fortunately, we don't often shoot out into space and have to deal withrepparttar 127673 physical effects of that. What about those who do?

Rememberrepparttar 127674 early days of space exploration? We had to wait several hours after splashdown beforerepparttar 127675 astronauts appeared at any press conferences.

The future of the Human Species - Part 1: Are we in danger?

Written by K.A.Cassimally

The sun, that celestial body which has always fascinatedrepparttar human species, which differentiates night and day, which when angry, producesrepparttar 127658 fascinating auroras, is father to us all: humans, animals and plants. The sun isrepparttar 127659 father of life on Earth! But similarly to giving life, it will also take it away. This will be life’s doomsday. No way can we escape from this if we stay put.

How do we escape? Where do we take refuge? Where will we start all over again? These arerepparttar 127660 main questions. Ok, I admit! Earth is not going to be affected byrepparttar 127661 sun right now. This is true. But it was only an illustration I made! There are many other dangers waiting.

Forget aboutrepparttar 127662 sun taking life away for a minute and think of a simple piece of rock floating in space. Then suddenly, it decides to crash on Earth killing all its inhabitants. What do we do if an asteroid dives on us?

You may think that we haverepparttar 127663 required technology to avoid collision but I personally, am not so sure! To prove this let me inform you that only 90% of all these threatening objects are actually found by scientists. What about this other 10%? Nothing! No space agencies till now are trying to do anything. Do you think we are really prepared, now? Is life something we can play with?

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