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Magnetic earrings and brain function

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Hi. I hear tell the earth is subject to magnetic fields. Perhaps One could tap into these fields by accutre-ing himself with "MAGNETIC JEWELLERY"? I have been thinking of getting a magnetic stud for my left ear on the assumption that it would increase blood circulation in this region of my head and potentially augment 'left-brain' activity. Am I a complete moron for contemplating this course of action or is there valid arguments verified with empirical evidence for the influence of magnets (and consequent magnetic fields) on the brain and its function? Should I take the plunge into magnetism?

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on March 28, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Actually Wikipedia is more ambiguous on the subject of human magnetoception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoception#In_humans

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on March 28, 2011
at 04:59 PM

hey if this answer gets to 20 upvotes, i can actually get the first "Reversal" badge. cool!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on March 28, 2011
at 03:47 PM

OMG Jack, your edit. LOL.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:58 PM

i didn't even downvote this question

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:57 PM

yah i know. oh well. you might be right tho. lol.

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I understand your frustration, Jack. I'm not entirely sure this is the way to handle it, though. I'm not really sure what should be done.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:25 PM

what a GREAT question for PaleoHacks to consider!

Based on your track record of 31 questions and zero votes so far, I'm pretty sure you won't like my answer but I am just enamored to try anyway...

if you soak the magnets in vinegar first, then slather pasture butter on them, and dip them in theobromine enriched coffee, you might be able to improve joint deterioration with left brain functionality. the only real concern I have with this method though, is that if you get even the slightest bit of baking soda on it, the balance will move too far toward alkalinity. this altars fat ratios so greatly that I'm just not sure you will be awake for the graveyard shift. Besides that, you will need to create a Paleo toothpaste to brush your teeth. The Beef Juice flavor of these magnetic earrings will be way too overpowering the smell of canadian store bought liver. It just won't work PersonMan. I'm sorry.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:58 PM

i didn't even downvote this question

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 28, 2011
at 02:40 PM

I understand your frustration, Jack. I'm not entirely sure this is the way to handle it, though. I'm not really sure what should be done.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 28, 2011
at 02:57 PM

yah i know. oh well. you might be right tho. lol.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 28, 2011
at 04:59 PM

hey if this answer gets to 20 upvotes, i can actually get the first "Reversal" badge. cool!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 28, 2011
at 03:47 PM

OMG Jack, your edit. LOL.

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on March 28, 2011
at 12:08 PM

There's no evidence that humans can detect the earth's magnetic field. Some animals can through specialized cells, but humans never embarked on long, regular migrations, so there was no reason for such a capability to evolve.

And the strength of magnetic field needed to interact with the low-level electrical activity in our cells would have to be absolutely enormous. No one complains about reduced, or altered, brain function when undergoing an MRI, and the field strengths in an MRI are 1-4 Tesla. Studies have shown a 1T field has no effect on blood flow or tissue oxidation.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on March 28, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Actually Wikipedia is more ambiguous on the subject of human magnetoception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoception#In_humans

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:50 PM

There's been a single double-blind study showing improvement in pain-relief with magnets. There have been countless studies that show that there is no effect apart from placebo. http://www.skepdic.com/magnetic.html

What has this got to do with paleo, again?

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on March 28, 2011
at 03:57 AM

Won't work. I sell magnets for a living and if you import them with the purpose of any medical claim, customs boots it. because it does not work - period

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on March 28, 2011
at 08:14 AM

The body does have a magnetic field and is subject to electrical conductivity. The magnet thing seems a little woo-woo and has no science supporting it that I know of. we tend to look for hard science around here - as least as hard as we can get considering the state of nutrition research.

If the magnets have any effect whatsoever, it could just as easily be a negative influence. From a paleo perspective, it doesn't seem to be part of an ancestral or evolutionary lifestyle. If you decide to try it, feel free to let us know how it goes. Just remember that placebos are 30% effective in treating just about anything - if you think it works, it just might!

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