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Israeli medical device offers new Alzheimer's treatment | Reuters
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:04 PM
Joined: 9/4/2012
Posts: 14

 Someone sent this link to me. I always read these things with a very skeptical eye but this one caught my attention because Harvard Medical School and Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital in Boston are involved. Has anyone read anything on this? Thoughts? 




Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:41 PM
Joined: 4/24/2012
Posts: 484

Interesting. Well, we already know that mental excersize helps, but what is magnetism doing? Why would a magnetic field benefit AD? Could Copper, Zinc or Aluminium be involved?


My mother underwent several MRIs (MAGNETIC Resonance Imaging) during her clinical trial with IgIV and then Leukine. Could her improvements have been due to that in some part I wonder.

Lane Simonian
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 9:52 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 4854

Electromagnetic devices are also suggested for arthritis and tinnitus which like Alzheimer's disease are primarily caused by peroxynitrites.   


From an article on the treatment of peroxynitrite-mediated diseases: 


[Avoid] Electromagnetic treatment devices, including magnetic, Teslar or Far Infrared (FIR), if one's inflammation is being fuelled by high circulating levels of heavy metals, as these may increase the amount of mobilisation of heavy metals. However, if one does not have significantly above average levels of circulating heavy metals, then such treatments or devices may actually help! 


Heavy metals are a problem in Alzheimer's disease but they are more likely fixed than circulating.  The electromagnetic pulses probably change the composition of peroxynitrites (perhaps by taking away or giving electrons).   

Lane Simonian
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:36 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 4854

Wrong guess on my part.  Electromagnetic field therapy works by inhibiting inflammation and more importantly for Alzheimer's disease by inhibiting the formation of peroxynitrites. 


Pulsed electromagnetic fields decrease proinflammatory cytokine secretion (IL-1β and TNF-α) on human fibroblast-like cell culture. 


Peroxynitrite production by TNF-alpha and IL-1beta 


This is one possible way to treat Alzheimer's disease, but not the best possible way.