Sunday, October 4, 2009

There Is Even Woo at Norsk Hostfest

I have heard that over 100,000 people attend the event every year.  The shows are great.  We saw Frankie Valie, ABACADABRA, and Ray Stevens.  ABACADABRA I must say did a wonderful performance bringing back the famous Swedish group ABBA.  Ray Stevens was as funny as ever, I especial remember and enjoy his song the "Streak".  Viking on stick is always good as are the funnel cakes.  And don't forget the Barvarain nuts, they are the best treat to eat while watching a show.  But, alas even woo has invaded this noble gathering of scandanavians.  One that keeps coming back like a bad penny is the magnetic jewelry.  For jewelry it is not too bad, but in their ads they state; "What can it do for me? ... relieve symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel, chronic fatigue, joint pain, migraines, poor circulation, insomnia."  And of course like any good device maker or medication producer they have precautions.  "DO NOT wear mangnetic jewelry during pregancy and DO NOT wear magnetic jewelry with pacemakers or defibrillators."  In there benefits of magnetism they say one of the foremost authorities on magnetism is Dr. Kyoichi Nadagawa M.D.  And he claims that "continuing degrading of the earths magnetic field combined with man's electronic environment, is responsible for MAGNETIC DEFIENCY SYNDROME."  He claims that symptoms include stiffness of the shoulders, back, neck, chest pains for no specific reason, along with habitual headaches and heaviness of the head, dizziness, and general fatigue".  Why you ask and the answer is "magnetism is a wholly natural event.  It is neither magic nor medicine.  It merely allows body cells to exist at their best level."  I googled him, this expert and it cites studies that I cannot find in the medical literature anywhere.  In fact the ones who should know are the ones doing MRI's (Magnetic Resonance Imageing).  They use machines that generate magnetic fields thousand of times stronger than the earths and find no effect on human disease at all.  They have done scientific studies on magnetism and find no effects on increasing blood flow, changes in migration of calcium ions, pH balance or hormone production, as is claimed by the sellers of these jewelry items in their brouchure.  There were couple more exhibits that claim magic effects that are therapuetic, but that was all.  Remember tomorrow at the MSU Alshire Theater P. Z. Myers will be here talking about "Evolutionary Denialism". 

Skeptical DoDo

No comments: