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Magnetize Your Beverages?

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Explorations, of Broomfield, Colorado, markets a large collection of books, videotapes, devices, and other items related to self-help and spirituality. Its products include a magnetic mug, a "Q-Ray Bracelet" alleged to "balance the body's electromagnetic circuits," and magnets claimed to provide pain relief in many parts of the body. The magnetic mug, which costs $45, is said to "magnetize beverages for better hydration." The company's Fall/Winter 1998 mail-order catalog states:

"Between the stainless steel exterior and porcelain interior of this mug lies a material that magnetizes hot or cold liquids. Why? Because magnetizing water, the basis of any liquid, creates space between its molecules, adding alkalinity to water that has become acidic. Alkaline water is more readily absorbed by the body. As your tissues increase their hydration levels, your body flushes out toxins more easily."

Magnetic Mug

What imaginative nonsense! Note:

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This analysis was prepared with help from John W. Farley, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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This article was posted on September 19, 1998.