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Bioflow - How does it work?

Many people, even doctors, claim that magnetic therapy does not and can not work, because no basic impartial research has been done into magnetic therapy. Magnetic Therapy is not therefore viewed as a proven treatment.  Explanations are so often a mixture of the magical, folk remedies and pseudo-scientific nonsense! I don't try to offer an explanation, but can personally vouch for Bioflow having helped the arthritis in my neck. Discovery Magnets sell Bioflow on a 90-day trial warranty, so customers know they can get their money back (subject to 15% handling fee). Our return rate hovers around 1.5% so that must mean something.

If one searches the internet, various websites often authored by medical professionals can be found decrying magnets as a therapy, although usually agreeing that pulsed magnotherapy did have a place in speeding healing.. To a considerable extent these sites are correct. Using simple magnets, as in many of the products found online, for pain relief is quackery. However, Bioflow and BrodPod are different. The products do NOT use simple magnets. The original Bioflow design by Nigel Broderick, as explained below, used a complex magnet which in conjunction with the movement of blood emulated the effect of pulsed magnotherapy. Nigel Broderick has since designed the BrodPod magnet used in the K9 for dogs and wraps for horses with five parallel lines of alternating magnetic polarity. Nigel's BrodTens adds microTens to the mix.

Discovery Magnets has been retailing Bioflow magnetic products for more than ten years, with over 13000 products sold. In that time, we have had many testimonials from customers on the effectiveness of Bioflow, both for humans and animals. For the past three years, we have also sold the BrodPod and BrodTens.

As the owner of Glen Discovery Ltd, I only decided to become a distributor after discovering for myself how effective the products were. I have osteoarthritis, particularly in my neck and knees. Despite the confident expectation that it would not work, (only having been persuaded by the money-back guarantee) I was surprised to find within two days of wearing the Bioflow that my knees improved. My neck mobility improved after around a month. My wife found that her arthritic fingers improved too. Recently I took my Bioflow off while working on my car and forgot to put it back on. Three days later my knees almost locked up! Quick, where's the Bioflow! After 24 hours I was back to normal (not as things were in my hill-walking days, but Bioflow helps me live with it). My mother suffers from osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Some years ago her consultant advised to give up driving and that she would soon need a wheelchair. I gave her a Bioflow Elite and a Biopad for her chair. OK, it's not a cure, but no wheelchair yet and she was able to continue using her car.

OK, how does it work? I wish I knew! I have a Science degree although I have spent my career in IT, rather than Science. If University Science taught me anything, it was this. If one observes an effect and that effect is reproducible not just by the original observer, but by others working independently, then there is an underlying reason which cannot be dismissed as hokum.

I recall a surgeon who telephoned me a few years ago demanding to know how it worked! He was getting on in years and finding he was losing finger flexibility and this was affecting his work. Much against his professional judgement he accepted the loan of a Bioflow from a colleague. He noticed a definite improvement, so having found http://www.discoverymagnets.co.uk in a google search he rang to purchase one. I explained that, despite the 2004 clinical trial in Devon, there was no medically acceptable explanation of Bioflow, just that they worked for so many people and that in those few cases where someone might feel it had not worked, we offered a no-quibble 90-day money-back guarantee. Anyway, he bought one, and as he did not return it, I can only assume he was pleased by the result.

Are the results real?

People in pain and desperate for relief will try anything!  and often, they say that, having spent their money, they do get relief.  So, does Bioflow magnetic therapy have a real effect, or is it just a ‘placebo effect’, or even something else they did at the same time, such as a new prescription?  Perhaps it was the magnet that helped?  Well, just as with drugs, you can never be sure!  Even if medical trials of new drugs have cost many millions and have been ‘proven’ effective, they may not work for you. And the side effects, unlike with magnetic therapy, may be severe and unexpected. Remember also, the drug companies with their millions invested in trials, put huge pressure on medical professionals to prescribe their drugs and to discredit alternate therapies such as magnets - just remember Vioxx!

I had a customer who purchased a Bioflow ladies Elite bracelet from me at the same time her doctor prescribed an alternative medication to Vioxx. Shortly before the 90 days were up she asked for a refund on the Bioflow as she felt the new (free) prescribed medication had helped her so much. A week later she rang, desperate to have her Bioflow back!

If you wear a Bioflow magnetic bracelet and it seems to work, then you leave it off and the problem returns, then it could be genuine. If you do this several times with the same result, that’s a scientific study, with repeatable results.  And if you think you’re wearing it but by chance you’re not and the pains come back, you’re close to certain! you have conducted your own blind trial.  For most thinking people, that’s a good enough personal trial to trust.

A blind trial by a research group is where neither the staff conducting the study nor the participants know whether each person has an appliance or a dummy, This is to eliminate random chance, or wishful thinking, or cheating. The only magnetic wristband to have shown positive results in a medical trial like this is the Central Reverse Polarity system made by Bioflow Ltd.

BMJ In a study published in the British Medical Journal (17th Dec 2004) arthritis sufferers wearing Bioflow Classic magnatherapy bracelets reported significantly less pain and discomfort than control groups with cheaper or dummy magnets.
Dr Lawson GP Dr Richard Lawson found Bioflow magnatherapy effective for chronic pain. Most of his patients with chronic musculo-skeletal problems reported Bioflow magnets helped relieve their pain

What is CRP

In the early 1990s, Nigel Broderick's company, Ecoflow, were magnetic ionising fuel savers - one model for cars and trucks, called Motoflow and a similar product for boilers and furnaces, called the Thermoflow. He patented the design which he called Central Reverse Polarity.  An older merchanic fitting them reported that his pains had reduced. Similar stories came from distributors carrying Thermoflows or Motoflows in their pockets. Nigel who had designed the original product, investigated further and realised that his CRP replicated the electromagnetic pain relief used in hospitals.  Nigel adapted his CRP system for personal therapeutic use using lighter stronger neodymium magnets.  The beauty of Nigel's CRP design is that it created the effect of magnetic pole reversal on the bloodstream but with a static magnet. No other magnetic wristband does this (apart from Nigel's later BrodPod design).

At this time, there had been no trials on using magnets for pain relief, apart from the use of magnetic therapy machines to accelerate healing of fractures in some hospital physiotherapy departments.

blood flow theory

Nigel found that his CRP system was mimicking the hospital electromagnetic machines, so he developed a wrist-sized Bioflow CRP using lightweight neodymium magnets, instead of heavier strontium ceramic in the Thermoflow.

The hospital equipment has 20 to 30 times the strength of typical wrist magnets, and rapidly changing magnetic flux: the north and south poles swap over many times a second.

Bioflow’s CRP also has these two critical features which make all the difference.  As the blood flows quickly past the CRP unit on the wrist, it crosses the outer ring 400 gauss north pole, the main 2000 gauss south pole and the outer north pole again. This effect is continuous, so that over a relatively short period, all the blood in the body will have passed through the wrist and the effect of the CRP unit.

CRP field image

Because the Bioflow CRP magnet is so powerful, the effective field can penetrate your wrist to the larger blood vessels, not just the small ones on the surface.  Magnetic fields attenuate very rapidly with distance, but the typical Bioflow CRP unit also has a relay magnet hidden in the buckle. This pulls the main magnetic field deeper into the wrist, increasing the effect. The reason for the poor performance of ordinary magnets is the poor penetration of their magnetic field, with an effective reach very little below surface blood vessels.  The high-powered reversing flux effect used by Bioflow has been shown, by many customer trials to significantly reduce pain.

Bioflow Enhancements

The basic Bioflow CRP system is enhanced in three ways: by positioning the field over the pulse points, by using a Relay Magnet to draw the field further into the body, and by using multiple CRP systems.  

Recently Nigel Broderick has set up a new company, BrodPod with a new product - BrodTens - in addition to a powerful new design of CRP magnet, Nigel has incorporated MicroTens into the wristband, delivering small currents through the skin. BrodTens is available here.

Duet bangle

Bioflow bangles

The Bioflow bangles, Duo, Duet and Monet, spread the flux-changing magnetic field across more of the blood vessels in your wrist.  They have two smaller CRP modules, built into the ball ends of the bangle. The bangle appear in practice to be as effective as the Relay System. However it is important that they are worn with the CRP modules over the wrist arteries, or pulse points on the inside of the wrist to be effective.

crp in wrist

The CRP Relay System

Even though the standard Bioflow CRP system in the basic wristbands gets good results, it has to be worn in an area of plentiful blood flow near to the skin, within a centimetre.  Measuring with a gauss meter, the 2000 gauss on the surface of the south pole at the centre of the CRP module attenuates to around 200 gauss a 1cm distance, The small relay magnet beside the buckle on the outer side of the wrist increases this to around 400 gauss at 1cm, which in most people will encompass the vein in the centre of the inside of the wrist.

Pirouette on hand A simple way to improve the effect is to wear more CRP units, and people tried using multiple wristbands quite early on, usually with success.  The Pirouette fashion bangles has two CRP units and has been shown to provide noticeably better pain relief than all other Bioflows.  The two CRP units create an arc of magnetism which penetrates deep into the wrist.

Bioflow DOs

1. Use a wristband or other CRP system worn in an area of high blood flow such as the wrist.  This will treat your whole body, as well as any specific point that has pain.

2.  Allow enough time for the Bioflow to work. Sometimes (for example: cold hands and feet), Bioflow may have an obvious result within a few minutes and usually within a day. Most conditions, however can take a week or more and the benefits build over several months.  For example, arthritic pain, in some cases, may take several months to respond and such people may only realize that they have benefitted by removing the Bioflow for a week and noticing the pains return.

3. Help the Bioflow to work by following a sensible diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Of course, even without the Bioflow, improving your diet and avoiding dehydration will be beneficial.

4. If you’re poisoning yourself with excess sugar, salt and fat or too much processed junk food; if you’re eating too little roughage; or if you are dehydrated by not drinking enough water, then you can't expect your Bioflow to work miracles.

Bioflow DON’Ts.

1. Don’t use the back of a CRP unit for therapy Magnetic fields drop off very rapidly with distance from the magnet. Bioflow is designed to provide pain relief by penetrating deep beneath your skin, which ordinary magnets are unable to do. The inner surface of the module has to be close to the skin in an area such as the inner wrist with copious blood flow. The outer surface of the CRP module is only weakly magnetic.

The weak, ordinary magnets from most suppliers have been proven in medical trials on bed sores to work quite well in promoting healing on the surface of the skin. They’re simply wrapped in the dressings over the sore and can accelerate healing time.  But for most therapeutic uses this is not enough, as so many trials have shown.
So even with Bioflow’s power, positioning the CRP units correctly is important.  If you apply the back side to your skin there will be almost as little therapeutic effect as from ordinary magnets because the CRP’s shell turns nearly all of the power to the front side to provide the flux-changing effect.

2. The inner surface of the CRP module can be very effective at scrambling magnetic media! So don't place your Bioflow face down directly over a computer disk drive or diskette, for example. The sides and outer surfaces are very weakly magnetic and will not cause damage. A Bioflow can be worn on the same wrist as a watch, for example, without affecting it. Wearing a Bioflow correctly on your wrist while operating computers, or even working on electronic components, will do no damage.

3. Don’t use a CRP unit in an area of poor blood flow except for spot treatment. The Bioflow CRP system gets its high success rate from acting on your blood as it passes the CRP module.  So it makes sense to use it where there is a grouping of larger blood vessels.  The usual place is on the wrist for people, on the neck (carotid artery) for small animals or on the legs for large animals like cows and horses, which have a strong blood flow in the legs near the surface. But if this usual place is not available, any similar place is fine.  For example, people such as bakers who cannot wear wristbands at work, may use an XXL wristband around the ankle.

Using Bioflow for Spot Treatment

Using Bioflow for pain relief through the blood is often all the help you need.  But when the pain gets worse, more power may be needed, and it’s probably most effective to consider spot treatment.  Any CRP unit can be used for this, but several together get better results in most cases.

Boost  There are two specialist spot treatment systems:

the Boost, which has three small pads, each with a pair of CRP modules, which are attached to belts to wrap over specific areas, and
 the Boost Buttons, designed to clip into light clothing and be positioned in groups.

Individual CRP units of any kind - for example, most Bioflow bracelets - can also be used for spot treatment in the same way.

Boost Buttons

In each case the Bioflow CRP modules should be placed directly over the source of the pain. Although the reason is not understood, it may be that this stimulates the cells in that area to eject pain-causing chemicals and to promote healing of damage more quickly than the whole-body treatment of a wristband alone can manage. Recovering hospital patients may be given electromagnotherapy, which has been shown in clinical trials and practical use in many hospitals to improve the speed of wound healing by 25%-30%.

BrodPod

Nigel Broderick sold Ecoflow Plc in the late 1990s, but set up a new company called BrodPod in 2009. Ecoflow plc has since been renamed Bioflow Ltd.
Discovery Magnets also distributes BrodPod.

The primary product for people is the BrodTens which in addition to the magnetic field also creates a micro-current across the wrist. The world's most technically advanced health bracelet for pain relief, sports performance and healing from an award winning inventor. The benefit of TENS with the latest developments in microcurrent therapy.
Combining microTeNS®, magnetic therapy, TDM copper and acupressure in one bracelet.
Click here for information about BrodTens
The BrodTens SI has a waterproof silicon strap at £77.50, while the LE has a leather strap at £87.50

BrodPod also supplies horse tendon wraps, a horse blanket and the K9 dog collar all with Nigel's improved design of CRP magnet.

Read a fascinating discussion of Biomagnetic Therapy by Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC., O.M.D.
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