Example from alternative medicine: Magnet therapy
Magnets are often claimed to increase human health and
A Google search on "magnets" and "health" gave
6 million hits, most of
them selling magnets
for increased health.
Does is exist verified observations that support use of magnets
as health enhancers?
The year 2004 a well written article by Tim Harlow about magnet
in the serious journal British Medical Journal, BMJ.
A conclusion in the article was:
"Our study has not entirely resolved the
extent to which the effect of
magnetic bracelets is specific or due to placebo".
In spite of this conclusion, the article is cited as support for effect
of magnet therapy among sellers of magnet products.
Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence
The year 2006 an Editorial about magnet therapy in BMJ was published.
The citation "Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence"
summarizes why the scientific society often seems to be prejudiced
to new revolutionizing methods in medicine.
During 2006, the Swedish "Läkartidningen" published a discussion
between Sven Nilsson and David Bergquist/Erik Wahlberg concerning
behind marketing of products
for magnet therapy.
The same Sven Nilsson as above in 2008 published a report in Swedish
how restless legs
was influenced by pulsating electromagnetic
treatment and non-treatment (placebo) had
same effect. In my opinion Sven Nilsson showed an impressive
personal integrity when he published these results.