Magnets have been used for centuries for their reputed therapeutic qualities. Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt, has been documented as the first famous person to use magnet therapy – apparently she slept on a lodestone which is a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite, in an attempt to maintain the youthful appearance of her skin. Another powerful woman, Queen Elizabeth I of 16th century England, was also reportedly a magnet fan. In more modern times, magnetic bracelets are a comfortable and convenient way of wearing magnets next to the skin. They are popular among celebrities in fields ranging from politics to sports.
The Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato wrote centuries ago about the benefits of magnets, but serious medical research into magnetic therapy began only in the late 20th century. Around this same time, a number of famous people began exploring the use of magnetic bracelets in healing problems such as injuries, strains and chronic pain. With more than 50 countries currently recognizing magnetic products as prescribable, magnets are gaining recognition and respectability.
Some well known public figures in recent years who have experimented with magnet therapy include famous athletes such as pro golfer Jack Nicklaus and tennis phenomenon Venus Williams, actors Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins, former US president Bill Clinton and Prince William of Britain. It is becoming a common sight to see celebrities using magnet bracelets to “accessorize” their designer outfits. And why not? Famous people in many professions, especially sports and movie stars, use their bodies as a tool. It is essential to keep that tool in the finest condition.