Electricity, bones, lunar phases, gravity, magnets, poles… Is your head spinning yet?
Though metal can heal (e.g. acupuncture needles), of concern should be the current presence of excess Magnetite in our brains. A small amount is “naturally” present (not that we have any data from 100 years ago with which to compare it) but recent studies have found “unnatural” forms. The occurrence has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
The shape of the abnormal metal fragments matches those found in mined iron ore, whose most common applications are as an abrasive (e.g. “emery”), in copy machine toner, as a micro nutrient in fertilizer, as a pigment in paint and as an aggregate in high- density concrete.
Magnetite naturally attracts magnets but some specimens, called “lodestone” will attract iron and other magnetic objects. In fact, the Chinese invented the first compasses by utilizing it. This fact lends credence to their observation of electromagnetic fields.
Of particular interest to me are old wives’ tales that try to explain various magnet- related phenomena, such as people, who have an above- average navigational instinct and those who are said to be magnetic (not in terms of personality). While I’m not certain about every proposed theory, e.g. individuals with an excess build-up of metal in their nose/ head allows them to sense directions more acutely, I can’t deny a personal experience that continues to be corroborated by others.
I’ve never had a watch that didn’t die within a week of wearing it. I attributed this to a lack of quality until electronic devices I touched consistently went haywire whereas other people had no such issue.
I felt self-conscious about it until my physician’s assistant was taking notes for my medical file on a computer. Her software provided a list of symptoms so a doctor/ nurse could simply click on each one. She got increasingly frustrated and alternated between tapping the mouse and shimmying it across the desktop. “Sorry,” she explained, “I know it sounds crazy but I’m magnetic, which often makes the computer malfunction.” What a relief to know I wasn’t delusional!
Years later, still before there was a smartphone in every pocket, someone asked if I had the time. She casually mentioned her magnetism, which she cited as the reason she couldn’t wear a watch. Validated again!
A cursory check for fun facts about human magnetism only produces a mockingly trite mention of it, which credits “excessively sticky skin.”
Old high quality watches have been known to slow down in the presence of a magnet. Since this is based on the types of materials used for the inner parts I have to wonder if there isn’t something similar happening in some people’s bodies. I’m especially curious to know how susceptible those with a autoimmune disorder (e.g. my Fibromyalgia) are to a buildup of heavy metals in their body.
For better or for worse, I can only hope the research into excess Magnetite in our brains will uncover answers to these and other perplexing metal-related questions.