A magnet, by definition, has the ability to attract iron. In magnetic materials, the most important sources of magnetism are:
- particles having a non-zero magnetic moment (or "spin" within the magnetic field);
- electrical currents (or more correctly, moving electrical charges) that create magnetic fields. Magnetic poles (e.g., north and south) are simply convenient ways to refer to the two distinct ends of a magnet. The "magnetic field" is the space in which the magnetic forces produce measurable effects
The primary change in physical matter produced by a magnetic field is the spin of electrons, or more correctly, their "orbital angular momentum" about the nucleus of an atom. In non-magnetic materials, the spin of paired electrons cancels each other out. The axes of spin of these electrons are non-parallel. In magnetic materials, however, the axes of spin (or "electron magnetic moments") line up, on average, to be parallel to one another. The resultant magnetic field can be quite powerful. The magnetic force or field lines are "thought" lines that describe the direction of the magnetic force.
The study of the arrangement of iron filings about the poles of a static magnet allows us to visualize the magnetic field, which we cannot see or feel directly.
A static magnetic field is capable of moving electrons. Such electron movement is constant at the cell membrane due to the high volume of ion fluid exchange through the cell membrane's channels. When the intensity of the magnetic field is sufficient, ions are displaced through the magnetic fields actions on electron flow. This is called induction.
Induction does not occur when the ions associated with the cell membrane are in a resting state unless the magnetic field intensity (e.g., flux density) is very high (e.g., in the Tesla range – several million times stronger than the iMRS.)
Electrical currents passed through conductive wire produce magnetic fields. Electromagnetic coils are the concentric rings (or "windings") used with copper wires to produce magnetic fields. With electromagnetic field generation, the field strength can be increased by increasing the number of concentric rings (loops, or windings) in the magnetic coil.
The rhythmic switching on and off of an electric current creates pulsating electromagnetic fields. Because they have a time-varying frequency, pulsating electromagnetic fields easily produce cell induction (cell membrane ion dissociation) through lower levels without producing cell fatigue. That is, the frequencies and/or amplitudes are dynamic and always changing so the cells do not habituate, or fatigue, to the stimulus. Static magnets produce only one field strength and one frequency. Cells habituate to that frequency. Dr. med. Walter Glück, an Austrian MD and strong advocate for magnetic resonance stimulation and the MRS technology, has eloquently and humorously described the difference between static and dynamic, time varying pulsed electromagnetic signals. He likens the static magnetic signal to someone saying: "I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you" in a repeated, mechanistic, strictly monotone fashion with no voice inflections and no changes. Though "I love you" is a pleasant message, when it is droned over and over (and over!) in unchanging fashion, the recipient gets bored with it, and the message (or "signal") completely loses its impact. Contrast this to the person who exclaims: "I love you!" in a variety of ways, with enthusiasm, passion, and ever-changing voice inflection. The message never gets old and never loses its power. These ever-changing "I love you" signals are the equivalents of the time varying, pulsating electromagnetic impulses generated by the iMRS Systems.
An Example: Ion transfer inside the body is essentially an electric current at the cell membrane surface. This means that as ions continue to be actively transported through channels in the cell membrane they can be driven by a static magnetic field. However, if the relative movement of ions across the cell membrane is lessened (as with illness and a lowered membrane potential), static magnets exert much less influence.
Static magnets depend on the presence of the motion to exert their biological effects. That's why early magnetic healers from Greece moved the magnes lithos – which emitted a static magnetic field – rapidly along the body of the patient. In the same way, our physical movement through the Earth's static geomagnetic field transforms the Earth's into a pulsating magnetic field. There is an old adage that states: "Motion is life." From an energetic perspective, this is true indeed!