Biomagnetics: The Magnetic Answer By William H. Philpott, M.D.
The Value of Using Negative Magnetic Energy in Diabetes Mellitus

Central to the non-insulin dependent diabetic (Type II diabetes) is insulin resistance. Over the past twenty years, I have tested several thousand patients for disordered carbohydrate metabolism in relationship to single-food test meals. Several hundred of these were also tested for insulin response to single-food test meals, which were also correlated with the degree of carbohydrate disorder.
The primary diagnosis of these patients was a wide spectrum of physical and mental disorders, including several hundred maturity-onset diabetes cases and a few insulin dependent juvenile diabetics. From these studies, solid evidence emerged, that the insulin resistance of Type II non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is produced by maladaptive reactions largely to foods and, to a lesser extent, common environmental chemicals.
There is a routine clearance of insulin resistance as well as the carbohydrate disorder by avoidance of the foods and substances evoking the maladaptive reactions, which consist of an array of physical and emotional symptoms as well as higher-than-normal blood sugar response.
The carbohydrate disorder, of brief duration, and the chronic carbohydrate disorders justifying the diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus Type II behave alike. Therefore, it is concluded that Diabetes Mellitus Type II is simply an extension of these lesser carbohydrate disorders. Both are readily reversed by avoidance of the maladaptive reactive substance. Thus, initial avoidance (usually three months) and later spacing by rotation with a frequency (usually of four days or more) the symptoms and carbohydrate reaction, both the minor and major carbohydrate disorders and the insulin resistance, is initially corrected and remains corrected.
Unfortunately, there is a low level of awareness of the ecologic causes of insulin resistance carbohydrate disorder. The stress of obesity has been highlighted for its significance since some 80% of diabetics at the time of their onset are obese. This obesity certainly is a significant stress that could be corrected. However, surprisingly, the insulin resistance and the carbohydrate disorder was corrected immediately by avoidance and spacing before there was any time for weight reduction to have occurred.
It is a strange fact of scientific medicine that this is so little known despite the fact that a statistical verification has been published in the right place, that is, the Journal of Diabetes. For years, it has been the custom to consider the presence and level of hormones and enzymes to be the producer of biological reactions, without any consideration of an energy source making such reactions possible. This belief in spontaneously occurring biological responses is no longer tenable now that we understand the role of electromagnetics as the energy that governs biological responses.
Specifically, it is the energy of magnetism which makes biological responses possible. For years, it was customary to consider magnetism as one unit of energy. However, it has been demonstrated conclusively that magnetism is two energies THAT HAVE OPPOSITE BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS when these energies are separated. It is the balance between these two energies that governs metabolism.
Magnetism is a push and pull system. The CLOCKWISE spin of a positive magnetic field PUSHES and the COUNTERCLOCKWISE spin of the negative magnetic field PULLS. This can be illustrated by the energy of a moving object such as a car. The front end of a car pushes while the back end of a car pulls, yet the moving car is one unit of energy, however, with two opposite effects.
It also should be understood that negative magnetic fields and positive magnetic fields are both magnetic energy with 180 degrees opposite response in biological systems. Life energy is the balance between these two systems. An example is acid-base balance. The positive magnetic pole is acidifying and the negative magnetic pole is alkalinizing in terms of biological response to single magnetic fields from a unipoled magnet.
Biological life has a balance between acidity and alkalinity. There is evidence that atheromatous plaques are the result of amino acids crosslinking sulphur and fatty acid bonds when the pH of the blood drops below normal. There is clinical evidence justifying the conclusion that a negative magnetic field keeps the pH buffer system intact, thus preventing crosslinking and also that thecrosslinking can be reversed by a negative magnetic field.
Another important issue is the demonstrated evidence that the positive magnetic pole is inflammatory- evoking and the negative magnetic pole is anti-inflammatory and inflammatory resolving. Understanding the oppositeness of biological responses evoked by the separate positive and negative magnetic fields is critically important, because with this knowledge, exposure of tissues to single magnetic poles can provide a predictable, governing capability over the biological responses being evoked in those tissues.
It has been my custom to routinely correlate saliva pH with maladaptive reactions to foods and chemicals. These reactions are routinely acid. They can be controlled by a negative magnetic field. Inflammation and an associated acidity can be controlled by exposure to a negative magnetic field. How can we understand the cause of insulin resistance being caused by maladaptive reactions to foods, chemicals and inhalants?
The formulation is on this order: these maladaptive reactions, whether they be allergic, addictive, toxic or otherwise unexplainable inflammatory reactions, cause an inflammation edema of cells and whole tissue groups to occur.
Insulins' assignment is to carry blood glucose through the cell wall into the cell. A cell and its membrane that is swollen cannot make proper use of insulin, thus the blood sugar remains in the blood and is not transferred into the cell.
When these cells or tissues are placed in a negative magnetic field, the inflammatory edema is corrected and insulin works as it should. Therefore, not only should we use avoidance and spacing of maladaptive reacting substances, but also tissue exposure to negative magnetic field energy to make a correction of the insulin resistance in maturity-onset diabetes mellitus.
Exposure to negative magnetic field energy ahead of a meal has been conclusively demonstrated as materially reducing the chances of a maladaptive reaction to foods.
Maladaptive reactions to most environmental substances are essentially the same process as maladaptive reactions to foods. If and when a reaction does occur, it can readily be corrected by placing those reactive tissues in a negative magnetic field. The inflammatory reactions occurring due to the diabetes mellitus disease process reduce oxygen to tissue, encourage invasion of microorganisms (viruses, fungi and bacteria), produce inflammation of arteries with atheromatous plaque buildup and create many other tissue and nerve degenerative disease processes of diabetes mellitus.
However, the most important thing we can understand is that this diabetes mellitus disease process exists because there is an imbalance between the positive and negative magnetic field energies where positive magnetic energy has the ascendancy over the negative magnetic energy. Direct tissue exposure to negative magnetic energy can do much to correct this magnetic energy imbalance disorder.

Testing blood sugar one hour after meals of single foods is the most important test. Physical or mental symptoms are also examined at the same time. Only about a third of the foods that produce symptoms also produce a high blood sugar. All maladaptive reactions are considered important and serve as indicators of the need for initial avoidance and later spacing on a four-day, diversified rotation basis.
Before starting deliberate food testing, it is necessary to go through five days of either fasting or preferably the infrequent eating of foods. During this five day avoidance period, it is important to be monitoring the saliva pH, and if the saliva pH drops below 6.4, then it is important to take sufficient soda bicarb frequently enough to keep the saliva pH at about, and preferably above, 6.4.
It can also be helpful to provide during the first three days for intravenous Vitamin C (12 .5 grams), B-6 (100mg), B-5 (200mg), Calcium (250mg) and Magnesium (250mg).
It requires a month of four meals per day to go through the deliberate food testing. It is well, but not always necessary, to have the usual classical examination for inhalants. The inhalants are not usually highly significant. It is largely the reactions to food that is significant.
An insulin-dependent diabetic cannot be tested this way and the foods must be tested otherwise than by deliberate food tests. It is significant to run IgG food tests and honor the evidence of IgG allergic reactions to foods. It should be understood, however, that initial maturity-onset diabetics become insulin dependent only after a long period of degeneration. Two-thirds are not insulin dependent, even though they are taking insulin.
This can soon be discovered as a person tries the five days of avoidance. Regular insulin can be used to cover the insulin needs when it is demonstrated that this is necessary. It is important to study the diabetic for nutritional disorders of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats. Quantitative studies for these should be done. It is also important to do functional studies for B-6 by the Tryptophan Loading Test and the EGPT. Folic Acid needs should be examined by the FIGLU Test and B-12 needs by the Methylamalonic Acid spillage of the urine. It can be demonstrated that there usually are enzyme disorders by studying assays for ESOD, MAO and lipid peroxide.
This helps explain the persons weakness and reduced ability for processing toxins. These tests also serve as a way to monitor improvement during treatment. If there is any historical reason to examine for toxins, they should be examined for, especially spillage of lead in the urine. The infectious state should be assessed. This especially includes viral infections, including Herpes Simplex, Epstein-Barr, Cytomegalo, HHV-6 and Coxsackie virus. These can be examined for antibody levels to determine current activity.
Candida should be studied by culture from the vagina, the rectal area, the stool, the mouth as well as antibody studies. Both the citric acid cycle and urea cycle are disordered in diabetes mellitus. To test for the rise in ammonia caused by the urea cycle disorder, it well to test both arterial and venus ammonia two hours after an 80% protein stress meal.

It has been said that to understand diabetes is to understand disease. Virtually any metabolic system or any organ can deteriorate with diabetes. Micro-organism infections flourish in diabetes. Atherosclerotic development is accelerated in diabetes. Muscle waste (amyotrophia), nerve degeneration (neuropathy) and varied inflammatory reactions develop in diabetes.
Negative magnetic energy can be quite valuable in treating many of the complications of diabetes mellitus, especially such as infections, pain, atherosclerosis, etc. An elderly man with gangrene of a foot was undergoing EDTA chelation which was not adequately handling this problem. The gangrenous foot was so severe that the foot was scheduled to be surgically removed in one week.
The negative pole of a 4 X 6 X 1/2", 3950 guass ceramic magnet was placed twenty-four hours a day on the sole of the infected foot. Within one week, the improvement was so substantial that the foot was not removed. An elderly, deteriorated diabetic man with diabetic neuropathy had severe burning pain in his feet for which he had found no relief. Each foot was placed on the negative poles of a 4 X 6 X 1/2", 3950 gauss ceramic magnetic. In a few minutes, the pain left. He remained pain free for several hours. When the pain returned, it was again relieved with the negative magnetic field. Surprisingly, after a few days of treatment, the pain did not return.
At seventy, a man with atherosclerotic heart disease had a multiple by-pass operation. At seventy-two, his heart pain returned. He was unsteady on his feet and would stumble, his speech was thick, he would get lost in even familiar surroundings and he was chronically depressed. At seventy-four, he started magnetic therapy treatment by sleeping with magnets at the crown of his head and a magnet over his heart during his waking hours. When seen a week later, his symptoms had disappeared. At one month, he was observed to have no pain in his heart, steady on his feet with no shuffling or stumbling, speech was distinct, he was smiling, socially assertive and there was no evidence of depression.

Of prime importance is the initial avoidance of foods, chemicals and inhalants that evoke symptoms and/or disordered carbohydrate metabolism. Minor reactive foods can be returned to the diet within six weeks and major reactors, as noted, usually within three months.
Ninety-five percent of the foods to which a person has been demonstrated to be reactive can be returned to the diet on a once- in-four-day basis rotation without the reoccurrence of symptoms and/or hyperglycemic reactions. Interestingly enough, this also includes free sugars. The sugars need to be separated into their respective original sources for the purpose of rotation such as corn, cane, beet, maple and honey, which needs to be separated according to where it was gathered.
A person may react to a honey from their own locality but not to a honey from a locality away from where they live. It is also important that the honey not be heated. The digestive enzymes in honey are observed to help prevent the maladaptive inflammatory reaction. It is of interest to note that seldom does a maturity- onset diabetic react to maple sugar.
It is of prime importance to keep the excess of biological positive and the deficiency of negative magnetic energy in balance. This is achieved by one-half hour exposure to negative magnetic fields ahead of a meal, one hour before going to bed and exposure of the crown of the head while asleep, and by relieving symptoms when they occur.
The atherosclerosis that develops in diabetes can materially be helped with negative magnetic energy. There is substantial clinical evidence that atheromatous plaques are dissolved by prolonged (three to six months) direct exposure to negative magnetic field energy. Furthermore, the pain of local hypoxia due to atherosclerosis is relieved by direct exposure of the painful area to a negative magnetic field. The mental confusion, disorientation and depression of cerebral atherosclerosis is remarkably reduced or even completely relieved by sleeping at night with negative magnetic energy at the top of the head.
Neuropathy pains in the feet can be remarkably relieved by placing the feet on the negative pole of a 3950 gauss, 4 X 6 X 1/2" ceramic magnet. Gangrene of the feet has also been successfully reversed with this same magnet. Infections (fungal and bacterial) are treated with twenty-four hour negative magnetic field exposure until the infection has disappeared.

These are solid state permanent magnets. The magnets are flat- surfaced with poles on opposite sides.
(1) 4 x 6x /2" ferrous ceramic magnets of 3950 gauss.
(2) 2 x 5x 1/2" ferrous ceramic magnets of 3950 gauss.
(3) 2 x 1-3/8 x 1" ferrous ceramic magnets, about 4000 gauss.
(4) .866 x .375" round Neodymium, about 12000 gauss.
(5) 3 x 6x 1/8" plastiform, about 2000 gauss.
(6) 2 x 24 x 1/8" plastiform, about 2000 gauss.
(7) 2 x 3 x 1/8" plastiform, about 2000 gauss.

Abdomen: A 4 x 6 x 1/2" magnet on mid-abdomen over umbilicus area.
Spleen : A 4 x 6 x 1/2" on left side of back, rising the long way from lower edge of rib cage.
Liver : A 4 x 6 x 1/2" magnet on the right front side, rising the long way from lower edge of rib cage.
Head : A 3 x 6 x 1/8" plastiform magnet on back of head at junction of skull and neck. It is well to reinforce this with a round neodymium magnet placed in the center. Alternatives are to use cubes bi-temporally or the plastiform and neodymium on the forehead.

Use placement as described above for pre-meal and add a 3 x 24 x 1/2" plastiform down the spine. A 2 x 1-3/8 x 1" cube on anterior neck on each side of larynx can be held in place with an elastic bandage.

During sleep:
To initiate sleep, it is well to use a 2 x 5 x 1/2" magnet on the sternum.
Four 4 x 6 x 1/2" magnets in a carrier holding the magnets upright one inch apart within three inches of the top of the head.

During the day:
Wear a 2x3x1/8" plastiform over the heart (left shirt pocket or left bra cup). Do not use with a pacemaker.

For Symptoms:
Use appropriate magnet over the symptom and with sufficient duration and frequency to reduce symptom, such as pain, inflam-mation, infection, edema, etc.

This is to avoid the semantic confusion when referring to north and south poles.
Negative magnetic polarity energy:
This is identified either as the side of a flat-surface magnet with poles on opposite sides or as the end of a bar magnet that registers negative (-) on a magnetometer. This is also the same energy as the true physical north magnetic pole of the earth.
This is opposite to the north seeking pole of a compass needle, which was originally wrongly named north pole, when, in fact, the north seeking pole of a bar magnet (compass needle) is south pole, since opposites attract.
Positive magnetic polarity energy:
This is identified either as the side of a flat-surface magnet with poles on opposite sides or as the end of a bar magnet that registers positive (+) on a magnetometer.
This is also the same energy as the true physical south magnetic pole of the earth. This is the same as the north seeking pole of a compass needle. A positive compass needle pointing north, which was misidentified as north pole by navigators, is in fact a south pole seeking the north pole of the earth.

This follows the recommendations and use of several authors, especially those interested in the biological responses to magnetism, electricity and ionization and provides the consistency of parallel biological responses to the specific separate pole and/or energy of positive and negative electricity, magnetism and ionization.
Negative parallels are the negative pole of a DC circuit, negative pole of a magnet and negative ionization. Biological responses to a negative magnetic field, negative electric pole and negative ionization are parallel.
Positive parallels are the positive pole of a DC circuit, positive pole of a magnet and positive ionization. Biological responses to a positive magnetic field, positive electric pole and positive ionization are parallel.

Dr. William Philpott has been a pioneer in orthomolecular psychiatry and medicine. No longer in private practice, Dr. Philpott devotes his time to raising health consciousness through his writings and teachings as a seasoned speaker at health and medical meetings throughout our country. He also has been appearing on various radio talk shows. Dr. Philpott has written and sent to your editor several articles on Biomagnetics that are going to be published regularly in HC! I find that he writes with a great clarity and understanding of his topics. I have been a student of Dr. Philpott since the early 1970s when I first began to hear his talks at meetings of various alternative health organizations, especially the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, the Orthomolecular Medical Society and the Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry. Dr. P. is author of three great booksBrain Allergies: The Psychonutrient Connection, Victory Over Diabetes, and his latest, The Biomagnetic Handbook. I encourage you to read each of these. The latter, as well as magnets, are available through HC as well as through :
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