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magnetic molecular energizing (MME)

Magnetic Molecular Energizing for Cerebral Palsy

This technique, often abbreviated as MME, is rapidly growing in popularity as a treatment for cerebral palsy and other conditions. It was pioneered, in part, at the Advanced Magnetic Research Institute by Larry A. Pearce MD, and Dr. Dean Bonlie. Their goal is to seek FDA approval in the treatment of ailments such as brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson disease, congestive heart failure, spinal cord injury and bone and joint repair.

The theory of MME states that the body is electromagnetic, composed of charged particles - atoms, protons, electrons and ions. When body parts are placed in the magnetic field (3000 to 5000 gauss) the charged particles in the body parts in the focal point of the magnet are affected by the magnetic force. There is an increase in velocity of orbiting electrons causing precession or wobble of the atom, leading to enhanced electron transfer, which is the basis of all chemical reactions in the body.

The information brochure points out that MME is "safe, painless, accelerates healing, noninvasive, does not have the allergy or interaction problems of multi-prescription medicating and does not carry the risks of more aggressive treatment methods such as experimental drugs or surgery."

Quoting further from the brochure: "...MME device acts as a catalyst to improve chemical reactions in the human body, such as oxygen carrying capacity, assimilation of nutrients, manufacture of enzymes, metabolic waste removal, reduction of free radicals, tissue regeneration and... healing. The rate of healing can be accelerated... much faster than the typical healing rate of the human body. For example, a bone fracture that typically requires 6-8 weeks to heal may require only a few days with MME treatment."

Proponents of MME stress that magnets will only work well when other factors are optimized. Therefore, they stress the need for oxygen, nutrients and enzymes. They recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy concomitantly to increase tissue oxygenation and neurofeedback to increase dendritic growth. They also recommend vitamin supplementation. MME advocates believe that magnetic therapy will provide a more productive environment for neuronal stem cells to both mature and migrate resulting in an increase in functionality for individuals receiving stem cell therapy.

MME is done in a large room with an strong magnet that is air cooled at both North and South poles. The patient's head is placed between the poles of the magnet at what is called the focal point. While a magnetic mattress pad may radiate 3 to 7 gauss, an MME magnet delivers between 3000 and 5000 gauss. 200 hours of treatment is considered the basic course.

Proponents believe that 70 to 80 hours of the strong gauss field is needed to affect neuronal stem cells for adults and that 150 to 200 hours are needed to get production and growth of the neuronal stem cells to continue after magnetic therapy period under 150 hours.

The cost of MME is usually $50.00 per hour and the therapy is best taken by sleeping overnight under the magnet.

MME treatment is being actively researched, so the full extent of application and benefits and limitations of this treatment method are not known at this time. In general terms, it is safe, painless, accelerates healing, non-invasive, does not have the allergy or interaction problems of multi-prescription medicating and does not carry the risks of more aggressive treatment methods such as experimental drugs or surgery.

Dr. William Pawluk states that, "MME offers hope for many diseases previously considered untreatable by conventional methods. It offers a new model of healing used in many other parts of the world. It has thus far been successful in a limited number of patients with a wide variety of ailments such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke impairment, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and orthopedic conditions involving bone and joint repair".

MME research is being conducted under the auspices of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) as outlined in FDA regulations. This IRB consists of five or more physicians or health professionals who determine specific protocols and review the records of all cases treated.

Since clinical trials have not yet been done, the support is entirely based upon anecdotal evidence.

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Coordinator for Integrative Psychiatry and System Medicine
Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

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