Magnetic Therapy Bracelet for Arthritis:
The first thing to mention is that magnetic bracelets are not just for those suffering from back pain or neck pain. They have been used since ancient times to treat various conditions such as muscle spasms, insomnia, menstrual cramps, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression and many other ailments. These devices have come into existence due to their ability to stimulate specific parts of the body.
For example, they can increase blood flow to the brain or even relieve pain in certain areas.
There are two types of magnetic bracelets available today; one is made up of coils which makes it easier for patients to wear them while wearing regular clothing and another type uses permanent magnets which means there will always be a small charge left inside your device so it won’t need recharging.
While magnetic bracelets may seem like a great idea at first glance, there are some things to consider before making any purchase. Here are the top three reasons why you shouldn’t get yourself into trouble if you decide to go ahead with purchasing a magnetic bracelet:
1) Magnetic bracelets don’t work all the time.
Some people do experience some relief from their condition after using them once or twice but others never feel better at all. Most of the times, you will have to deal with your condition on a regular basis even if you are using a magnetic bracelet.
2) These devices may interfere with the electrical equipment that you use on a daily basis.
Some people have reported that their cell phones no longer work after putting on one of these devices.
3) These devices are often expensive for what they do.
a single bracelet can cost you anywhere from $40 to $60 and you will have to wear it daily if you want to get the full effects. This isn’t really that expensive until you realize that magnetic bracelets don’t work all the time and some people never feel any different.
With these things in mind, you should determine if it is worth the money or not.
A report has recently been published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) concerning the impact of blood donation on transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) or human mad cow disease. The results were astonishing. Apparently, the risk of getting vCJD is 1 in 2.5 million for every single blood donation.
The WHO recommends that the current donor deferrals for vCJD should not be changed. The findings have been published in the Lancet.
You may not realize it, but every year thousands of people donate blood and help out in a number of ways. In the UK alone, the NHS (National Health Service) relies on around 7,000 blood donations every day to keep hospitals stocked with life saving liquid. Donating blood is a simple and pain free procedure that can really help someone in need so it is of great importance that each donation is as safe as possible.
The problem with vCJD
vCJD, or variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is a rare form of mad cow disease. It is caused by a misfolded protein (prion) that attacks the brain, causing deterioration of mental faculties and muscle control. Death usually occurs within a year of the onset of symptoms.
There is no cure and it is fatal.
Since 1996, about 80 people have died from vCJD in the UK and there are still 166 cases currently living with the infection. The most common route of infection was by eating beef from cows that were infected with the disease. However, there has been growing concern over the possibility of the disease being transmitted by blood transfusion.
There is a type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease known as the classic or sporadic form that has been around for a very long time. Its cause is unknown but it tends to occur in older people and its symptoms are very different: rather than affecting cognitive and motor functions, they affect memory and mood.
vCJD is different again. It occurs in young people and its symptoms are very similar to the ones found in Alzheimer’s disease. It is usually fatal within a year of the onset of symptoms.
The link with donating blood
A major concern for the WHO is that some people may be living with undiagnosed vCJD and donating blood. If this were to happen, infected blood would end up in another person, making them ill too.
It is thought that the route of infection from eating beef is fairly limited as the intestine is a very acidic environment and most bacteria and viruses do not survive well in this environment. The blood, however is a completely different story: there are no such barriers to infection here and blood is regularly transfused between humans. It is for this reason that the WHO has recommended against changing the rules on vCJD and blood donation.
To date, there have been no reported cases of transmission through blood transfusion. However, this does not mean that such cases do not exist: we would simply not know about them as there is no easy way to test whether someone has been infected with vCJD.
What is certain is that there have been cases of vCJD transmission through blood; it is just that all of these have been in the context of organ transplants. One example is the recipient getting the disease from a donor who went onto develop symptoms related to vCJD and died during surgery. Another example is a haemophiliac who was given blood from a donor who went onto develop vCJD and died.
This recipient of the infected blood developed symptoms several years after the transfusion and died several years later.
The importance of blood transfusions
Blood transfusions are an important part of modern health care and there are many situations in which a person will require one. This includes treating people after accidents, post-operative care and in treating certain diseases. As such, there is a high demand for blood and many donors are needed.
The risk of getting vCJD from a blood transfusion is infinitesimally small. There are many more common risks associated with having a blood transfusion: allergic reactions, infections due to poor sterilisation techniques and even the transmission of other diseases such as hepatitis. There is also the risk of the transfusion being completely useless: for example, if a person receives the wrong blood type.
The ban on gay men giving blood was lifted in the UK in September 2011. This was due to the fact that there have been no cases of vCJD in this group and hence it was considered safe to accept donations from them.
The issue of the donor pool
The main concern for the WHO is that removing all restrictions on blood donations could result in a dramatic decrease in the donor pool. The result of this would be a significant shortage of blood and blood products.
As such, any steps to try to prevent the spread of vCJD by blood transfusions must be weighed up against the need to maintain a large enough donor base to keep up with demand.
The situation in the UK
The UK has one of the safest blood donation systems in the world. As such, there is currently no need to start testing all blood for CJD and then dispose of any that tests positive. There have been a few instances in which people who knew their status to be vCJD carriers have been allowed to donate blood.
In these cases, there were no problems with the blood and they were used without incident.
However, the risk of vCJD being transmitted via blood is very small indeed and hence such people are carefully identified and monitored by the NHS. The NHS also has a strict policy of notifying anyone who receives such blood so that they can be monitored. If a vCJD case does occur in the UK, then it is likely that some sort of testing will be introduced as a precaution.
The risk of vCJD transmission via blood is still present in other countries such as France and the USA. In these countries, there is more of a need to maintain a large enough donor base so as not to discourage people from giving blood. As such, there may be less toleration of restrictions on who can donate blood.
Sources & references used in this article:
Magnet therapy by L Finegold, BL Flamm – 2006 – bmj.com
Customer Services Home by D Chapman
Effects of an ionic bracelet on physical, cognitive, and integrative tasks by NEO MAX – magnets4health.co.uk