8 August 1997

Bands to

keep pain at bay

BOTH humans and animals wear magnotherapy bands at Cromhall Farm, Easton Piercy, near Chippenham, Wilts.

The first to sport one was Kiri, an 11-year-old Doberman with a touch of Rotweiler in her ancestry.

She was suffering from arthritis and the best that vets could do was to give her ever stronger painkillers, say her owners Derek and Wendy Price, adding: One tried homeopathetic medicine and Kiri even had a session with an acupuncturist but there was little change in her mobility until we tried magnotherapy.

They heard about it from a friend who wore a magnotherapy wristband and they bought one for Kiri from a company in Cornwall which supplies a wide range of magnets. They adapted this to make a dog collar and in a matter of days, they say, noticed a marked improvement in Kiri who now wears a magnotherapy collar continuously and is fully mobile.

The change in Kiris life has resulted in changes in the Prices lives too. When they moved to the 24ha (60-acre) farm seven years ago, it was to enjoy semi-retirement and to breed race horses. But now they are also running a small business supplying magnotherapy products – wristbands and animal collars made to their own design.

Car accident

Wendy began wearing a wristband shortly after Kiri to help her live with pains associated with injuries she sustained in a car accident several years ago. As a result, she says, there has been a drastic reduction in the number of osteopathy treatments she needs and, since magnotherapy improves circulation, she has noticed an improvement in her skin too.

Persistent back pains spurred Derek into wearing one.

Two of their brood mares sport magnotherapy neck collars. One because it suffered from a touch of arthritis, says Wendy, the other because of leg injuries sustained while in training. An elderly nanny goat and an aged pet wether also wear them.

"Im not a vet and Im not a doctor," says Derek when customers approach him for advice on medication. "and its not a cure." he says, although they tell of amazing improvements in mobility experienced by both dogs and people after wearing a magnotherapy wristband or collar for a spell.

"Magnetism is as natural to life as oxygen," Derek says, "but modern living cuts people off from natural sources. We wear shoes, for example, cutting us off from the ground. Then there is static electricity. This is bad for people.

"We believe that when you get older and short of magnetism blood cells will cluster. They will actually stick together. Big clusters of blood cells stick to the walls. The clusters cannot get around the bloodstream properly and will not take oxygen to each cell. Toxins do the same thing and build up in the blood stream. Putting a magnetic pulse into the blood stream stops that."

Customers are advised to wear their wristbands (or to ensure their animals wear their collars) continuously for three months, only removing them for bathing, and to drink plenty of water to help clear toxins from the system.

The strong magnets, made from a material mined in China and worn against natural pulse points in wrist or neck, reinforce the bodys own defence mechanisms to promote both mental and physical health, says Derek who claims that pain is relieved in 90% of people who use them and 94% of dogs.

Ann Rogers

Inquiries: (01249-782491).

Derek and Wendy Price and Kiri: All take advantage of magnotherapy.

One of the brood mares at Cromhall Farm wearing magnotherapy collars.