Underneath her clothes, Faith Eckersall wears an usual accessory that she credits with her good health. When the 50-year-old wakes up, she picks up a stretchy band with six magnetic beads strung on it, and loops it around her waist.
It’s this that she says has cured her chronic back pain for good. Faith is just one of many people around the world who are putting their health in the hands of magnets.
The theory goes that by wearing magnets somewhere on the body, they have a beneficial effect on blood circulation, increasing flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to affected areas, removing toxins and soothing inflammation. This, in turn, is thought to ease pain and speed healing. And, surprisingly, experts say there may be something in it.