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Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Stranger things have happened during our travels than our conversion to something totally new.  Here’s something I will not be fully able to explain to you.  But believe me, it’s worth a read.

In Palm Desert, California we always get to the College of the Desert Fair held each weekend on the college grounds.  It is an upscale market of sorts featuring vendors from near and far.  You can buy gas powered fire pits that sell for thousands of dollars, Baggalini bags, and exotic cars. You can meet craftsmen/women selling items ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.  For a joke gift, I bought two balls that you throw against a hard surface and watch them splat and then come back to their original shapes.  One is like an egg and one resembles a pink pig.  The College of the Desert fair offers some pretty interesting items.  There’s unique hand-crafted jewelry.  And foodies, there are rows of food vendors.  You want it; they’ve got it.

As we walk the aisles, we pause at one vendor, Superior Magnetics, where Shu and Cricket Avilla have an intriguing line of magnetic therapy products.  They do weekend events and have a mail order business as well.  The idea of magnetic therapy to relieve pain is not new to us, but we are skeptics by nature and just listen for a while as Shu speaks to others who stop by his display.

 Shu is a warm individual and approaches his subject with enthusiasm.  He explains the theories behind magnetic therapy and some of its possibilities as it applies to the person questioning him.  As he speaks to potential customers, Rob becomes interested in the conversation and asks Shu a few specific questions about how magnetic therapy works and what research exists on its efficacy.  It is a pretty involved conversation.

 Rob’s knee had been “acting up,” and he’d been taking half tablets of the painkiller ultram for several days, something he truly prefers to avoid.  Shu convinces Mr. Skeptic to wear a magnetic ankle bracelet for a few minutes and to walk down the row of stalls.  Within minutes, NO KIDDING, Rob’s knee pain calms down enough to make it no more than a slight bother.  It does not eliminate the pain entirely, but the pain subsides sufficiently so Rob skips the next scheduled painkiller and does not ever use the knee brace he carries with him when we travel.

When Rob described the chronic back pain he experiences caused by seven herniated and bulging discs, Shu uses a Piezoelectric Stimulator he says helps restore electrical flow.  Immediately the pain disappears. 

Is Rob convinced of the magnets' efficacy?  Rob left the fair with the magnetic ankle bracelet and a Piezoelectric Stimulator.  

Just to bring you up to date, this occurred on January 18th.  Today is March 4th, and Rob has not taken a pain killer yet. Yesterday, after a strenuous treadmill workout, he used the Piezolelectric Stimulator on his knee, and again, the results were dramatic!

Back to California.  An older man in a wheelchair stopped by Superior Magnetics.  He had some sort of boot on his foot and complained of gout pain.  Shu told him that with gout he might not feel any results for at least a week, but the man wanted to try an ankle bracelet.  Shu put one on him, and they continued talking.  In a few minutes, the man said that his foot felt a little better.

That evening back at Marriot’s Desert Springs Villas, I tried the ankle bracelet on to see if it affected my ankle stiffness.  The stiffness disappeared, and on January 19th, we went back and I acquired a bracelet for each ankle.  They’ve rarely been off, and the stiffness is virtually gone. 

We did some internet research to learn about measuring strength in magnets—called gauss.  We also checked out other dealers for comparison.  Our bracelets use 5200 gauss magnets.  That strength is not readily available by other dealers, and, of course, the stronger the magnets, the more expensive they are.  

If you suffer from pain, you might want to investigate magnetic therapy.  You might well get your answers by visiting Shu’s website, and don’t hesitate to call him.  I think you’ll get clear answers to your questions.  Speak to Shu about magnet strength too.

Shu has many very attractive styles of magnetic jewelry.  Rob chose the Scottsdale, and I have the Wimbledon model in the ankle bracelet.  But you wear the jewelry close to where you experience discomfort, so you might choose a bracelet or a necklace.

There is a lot of information on Shu’s website You will see bracelets, ankle bracelets, necklaces, and items aimed at hitting close to the area where you are bothered. There are articles to read about magnetic health, and you might even sign up for Shu’s newsletter as an additional learning tool.  There is contact information; don’t be hesitant to call him.  We found him very responsive to our questions.

The truth about magnetic therapy is that there is no definitive study about why it works on some people or how it works.  What I do know definitively is that it works for us, and I am passing it on to you.  We are definitely converts to this way of treating chronic pain.

We feel so strongly about Shu's integrity and product, that I am putting a permanent link to Superior Magnetics on Third Age Traveler.  Should you want him in the future, he will be there via this link.

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