If You Think Magnets Help Healing, They Do

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For several years I have worn knee braces when I exercise. Each brace contains 16 magnets.

Do they do any good? Who knows?

I also swallow 1,500 mgs of glucosamine chondroitin every day to help build whatever it is that strengthens old knees.

Does this do any good? Who knows?

It's generally agreed they don't hurt, and they might help.

Double blind tests are being undertaken to determine if glucosamine chondroitin is helpful.

A physician friend, Alfred Soffer, writes about magnets:

"Magnetic belts are marketed to 'ease back pain.' Similar magnetic wraps are available for application to the hands, elbows, knees and ankles."

This booming industry offers magnets to put in your shoes, in earrings, necklaces, pillows.

Dr. Soffer says their magnetic field is so limited they can't even penetrate the skin.

You can test their power this way. Take two refrigerator magnets. Put one on a metal surface. It will be a little difficult to pull off.

For the other magnet, insert 10 sheets of paper - about 1/26th of an inch, under the magnet. It is easily brushed off.

I have friends who swear by the magnets. But the mind may be the prevailing factor here. If you think they help, then they help. The mind can trigger the body's tremendous healing power.

You can get Dr. Soffer's full report on magnets on the Web at drsofferscommentaries.com.

If this sounds like a plug for a Web site, it is. Dr. Soffer is a distinguished physician who was editor of "Chest," was chief editor of "Archives of Internal Medicine," and was visiting lecturer at the Mayo Clinic.

He also is a nationally ranked tennis player in his age group.

I endorse his Web site because Dr. Soffer isn't in it to make money. …