Author: János F. László

From Microbe to Man: Biological Responses in Microbes, Animals, and Humans Upon Exposure to Artificial Static Magnetic Fields

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Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810810211160101


Some arrangements and structures of permanent magnets are hypothesized to exert measurable physiological and pathological effects on living tissues when exposed to the resultant electromagnetic field. From Microbe to Man: Biological responses to artificial static magnetic field-exposure explores the effects of such arrangements based on this hypothesis.

The book begins with an explanation of the mechanisms of artificial static magnetic fields (SMFs). This is followed by sequential sections presenting the effects of SMF exposure on living organisms backed by thorough experimental studies (on microbial, animal and human trials). In conclusion, the work reveals the positive nature of SMF treatment and shows that this is indeed a viable alternative to invasive treatment in the case of a number of both acute and chronic conditions, such as stomatological pain and osteoporosis.

From Microbe to Man: Biological responses to artificial static magnetic field-exposure is aimed chiefly at medical professionals and the research community studying alternatives to conventional pain medicine and physiotherapy. However, laypeople interested in non-invasive medical treatment options can also benefit from the easy-to-read layout of the contents of this volume.


I am fully aware of the risk I undertook when, accepting the challenge; I decided to write this book. The challenge appeared in a crystal clear form of a kind request from Bentham Science. This very distinguished publishing company expressed their feeling that my experience with static magnetic fields (SMF) may be of interest to a broader audience. I hope they were right…

I spent almost 2 decades in the research field of controlled thermonuclear fusion, while being employed at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Stellarators use very complex external SMF to keep the plasma focused inside the vacuum vessel. When facing the problem of SMF-exposure on living organisms, I felt predestined to contribute to this unique and challenging exploration.

What do I mean when I say I undertook some risk? The effect of SMF-exposure on living tissues is namely like sport. Few have adequate knowledge about it, while many have opinion or prejudice. It is also not widely acknowledged that in the past 60 years, parallel with the discovery and development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMRS) and its entry to medical diagnosis (as magnetic resonance imaging or MRI), serious research has been done resulting in 7 Nobel Prize winners. This made it all the more important to clarify whether the result of the diagnosis of MRI would have a correlation with the SMF-exposure itself. Let us immediately clear some points:

  • An SMF exists that has a clinically significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect, this response relies in the biology of the subject itself mobilizing its own defense systems in overcoming pathological conditions.

Taking risks happens when strong motivation is at hand. I happen to have several. I wrote this book, because (i) I wanted to overview what we have done in the past 7 years in a concise form, (ii) I want to encourage fellow scientists to join us and share our efforts and victories, (iii) I am looking for sponsors who would provide sources for research but leave research independent.

I am often asked by laypeople as well as professionals whether this or that jewelry, band, mattress, pillow, or disk including permanent magnets, available in the market would really “act” as pain-killer or anti-inflammatory device. Well, my best answer to that query is “I don’t know. They may.” My experience tells me that there are some arrangements, structures of permanent magnets that exert measurable (patho)physiological effects when living tissues are exposed to it. Such arrangements are discussed in this book, which makes up for the evidence-based part of it. The scientifically non-evaluated and/or non-reproducible experiments with other arrangements “may still act”. They certainly “act” at the psychosomatic level. The placebo effect induced by magnetic fields can rise up to 60%. Is this good or bad news? Placebo effect itself has a good reputation and an evidence-based foundation in medicine, and serves as one of the most effective therapeutical strategies in otherwise unmanageable diseases. It is inexpensive, it acts immediately, and it can have a long lasting beneficial effect. However, placebo also has side effects. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

A well-founded hope is slowly evolving that we might create a method for analgesia and anti- inflammation that is at least as effective as conservative options but may have fewer side effects and interactions.

Is it really a surprise for the respected Reader that static magnetic fields (SMF) can affect a living object? An ever increasing annual number of publications reporting about evidence-based medical research prove that living objects respond to external magnetic fields in a wide range of frequencies. These results are briefly reviewed in the preliminaries of the chapters. However, I feel encouraged to concentrate on our own studies which provide the first pieces of evidence in some fundamental aspects of research that exposure to an external, artificial SMF can induce or assist certain (patho)physiological effects.

This book basically covers all phases of studies regarding the effect of SMF-exposure on living matters starting from in vitro assays, through in vivo experimental tests, ending with human trials. In the beginning, though, I must be a little more technical in order to introduce the fundamental steps of medical device development to the Reader. Most of the developmental steps follow the rule: The stronger, the longer lasting, and the more prompt the beneficial response to SMFexposure compared to sham-exposure, the further we got with the optimization of the SMFproducing generator.

In all honesty, I must admit that not all experiments provided evidence for the beneficial effect of SMF-exposure on the specific biological response tested. Even if a positive response was found, we were not always convinced that it was the exclusive action of SMF-exposure. Therefore, we had to differentiate between several options to the best of our knowledge.

  1. Is there really no effect that can be measured?
  2. Would there be an effect if we chose a more appropriate model?
  3. Can we still miss observability of an effect in a perfect model by superficial execution?

These are concerns probably every researcher must deal with. However, we have never encountered a situation in which the exposure in the applied magnetic induction range and the applied short periods of time would have caused negative (that is harmful) main or side effects.

Although the viability of a number of healthy microorganisms was tested in vitro, human lymphocytes and macrophages resulted in more interesting insight when SMF-exposure followed gamma-irradiation or lipopolysaccharide-activation. The Reader will soon realize that we spent most of our time with in vivo experimental research. The reason for this is that these tests have provided the most positive results; consequently, they were more applicable for device development. Within in vivo animal tests, we selected pain models in invertebrates and also in mammals, further divided into acute and chronic pain models, inflammation tests is mammals, as well as an allergy test. The human trials presented here must be considered incidental; nevertheless, they still open up new vistas of future research and development.

I am personally proud to have succeeded in getting a little beyond the level of phenomenology by revealing some of the possible background mechanisms in action. It seems obvious today that a living object that has self-motion in an external SMF is subject to an induced timedependent magnetic flux and, consequently, to internal electric potential differences; however, the point whether these changes can be scientifically measured in the biological response is still open for discussion. A model is presented to physically correctly simulate and thus assess the generated magnetic potentials in rodents that move in an inhomogeneous SMF within geometric restraints.

When designing a model to test SMF-exposure, the first consideration, contrary to therapy, is (i) to expect a positive result. This condition was unfortunately very effective in limiting the number of models. (ii) Science in general must advance Based on experimental results; such results have either not yet existed or if existed, were ambiguous. (iii) The result should have a clinical relevance. Other factors that have also played a restricting role were (iv) time- and budget-restrictions. (v) Also, a laboratory should be picked for the measurement that has a traditional practice in the field of the model. This choice provided further advantages: The experience in the lab furnished us with immediately comparable results to those achieved with other (mostly chemical) agents in the same model. (vi) We started with in vitro and in vivo measurements where the role of placebo (and other psychosomatic) effects could be minimized. (vii) We always aimed at (but were not always successful in) repeating the experiment in another laboratory in order to check reproducibility. Another important point in the choice of experiment was the (viii) level of hospitality of the host institute for a new and important research field. I have astonishingly positive experiences with this latter factor.

Research in the field of SMF-induced or -assisted biological responses is a rather new, but very important and promising field with high expectations from both the research society as well as the average man. On one side of the topic is the knowledge we can gain from natural sciences: The method of nuclear core and electron resonance, the spectroscopy methods of molecular, even atomic resolution, and the quantum mechanics describing their operation. On the other side there is the knowledge we obtain from life sciences, where explanation is given on the level of receptors and enzymes. The imaginary tunnel of scientific cognition is bored from both sides. Although we are unfortunately far from joining the 2 bores, the present book hopefully serves as a step from the direction of receptors toward magnetic spins.

The manuscript of this book is based on materials published in 2 book chapters:

Series in Mathematics and Life Sciences 1 (Antoniouk AV, Melnik RVN Eds.), De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, 2013, pp. 247-275.

Recent Developments in Brain Research 1 (Pandalai SG Ed.), Research Signpost, Kerala, India, 2012, pp. 1-43.

and in the following papers (in anti-chronologic order and alphabetic order of journal name within):

Authors Article title External reference Year Reference page number in this book Publisher
Kiss B, Gyires K, Kellermayer M, László JF Lateral gradients significantly enhance static magnetic field-induced inhibition of pain responses in mice a double blind experimental study Bioelectromagnetics 34:385-396 2013 83, 101 Wiley
Mészáros Sz, Tabák AG, Horváth Cs, Szathmári M, László JF Influence of local exposure to static magnetic field on pain perception and bone turnover of osteoporotic patients with vertebral deformity a randomized controlled trial International Journal of Radiation Biology 89:877-885 207 Informa Healthcare
Vergallo C, Dini L, Szamosvölgyi Zs, Tenuzzo BA, Carata E, Panzarini E, László JF In vitro analysis of the antiinflammatory effect of inhomogeneous static magnetic field-exposure on human macrophages and lymphocytes PLOS ONE 8:e72374 165 PLOS
László JF, Hernádi L Whole body static magnetic field exposure increases thermal nociceptive threshold in the snail, Helix pomatia Acta Biologica Hungarica 63:441-452 2012 55 Akad miai
László JF, Farkas P, Reiczigel J, Vágó P Effect of local exposure to inhomogeneous static magnetic field on stomatological pain sensation a double-blind, randomized, placebocontrolled study International Journal of Radiation Biology 88:430-438 197 Informa Healthcare
László JF, Pórszász R Exposure to static magnetic field delays induced preterm birth occurrence in mice American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 205(4):362.e26-e31 2011 147 Elsevier
László JF, Szilvási, Fényi A, Szalai A, Gyires K, P rsz sz R Daily exposure to inhomogeneous static magnetic field significantly reduces blood glucose level in diabetic mice International Journal of Radiation Biology 87:36-45 135 Informa Healthcare
Kovács-Bálint Zs, Csathó Á, László JF, Juhász P, Hernádi I Exposure to an inhomogeneous static magnetic field increases thermal pain threshold in healthy human volunteers Bioelectromagnetics 32:131-139 179 Wiley
László J, Kutasi J Static magnetic field exposure fails to affect the viability of different bacteria strains Bioelectromagnetics 31:220-225 2010 45
Kubinyi Gy, Zeitler Zs, Thuróczy Gy, Juhász P, Bakos J, Sinay H, László J Effects of homogeneous and inhomogeneous static magnetic fields combined with gamma radiation on DNA and DNA repair Bioelectromagnetics 31:488-494 157
László J, Pivec N Effect of inhomogeneous static magnetic field on dental pain in humans Clinical Journal of Pain 26:49-55 187 Wolters Kluwer
László JF, Gyires K Analysis of inhomogeneous static magnetic field-induced antinociceptive activity in mice Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium Online 6:307-313 83, 101 PIERS Online
Antal M, László J Exposure to inhomogeneous static magnetic field ceases mechanical allodynia in neuropathic pain in mice Bioelectromagnetics 30:438-445 2009 127 Wiley
László J, Tímár J, Gyarmati Zs, Fürst Zs, Gyires K Pain-inhibiting inhomogeneous static magnetic field fails to influence locomotor activity and anxiety behavior in mice: No interference between magnetic field- and morphine-treatment Brain Research Bulletin 79:316-321 67, 83 Elsevier
László J, Gyires K 3 T homogeneous static magnetic field of a clinical MR significantly inhibits pain in mice Life Sciences 84:12-17 95
Gyires K, Zádori ZS, Rácz B, László J Pharmacological analysis of inhomogeneous static magnetic field-induced antinociceptive action in the mouse Bioelectromagnetics 29:456-462 2008 119 Wiley
László J, Reiczigel J, Székely L, Gasparics A, Bogár I, Bors L, Rácz B, Gyires K Optimization of static magnetic field parameters improves analgesic effect in mice Bioelectromagnetics 28:615-627 2007 83
Sándor K, Helyes Zs, Gyires K, Szolcsányi J, László J Static magnetic field-induced anti-nociceptive effect and the involvement of capsaicin-sensitive sensory nerves in this mechanism Life Sciences 81:97-102 75 Elsevier

The Reader must be warned though that this book does not aim to summarize the complete craftsmanship accumulated about the medical applications of SMF-exposure, neither can it reveal all the gaps in knowledge. It certainly tries to untangle some areas that seem to be important from the clinical viewpoint. This book is not intended to be a review even if it contains a large enough amount of references to start a research in this field for a newcomer. It basically accounts for the author’s own experience in life sciences during the past 7 years. Having a background in electric engineering and a history of almost 2 decades of university physics lecturing, the biology-related topics collected in this book come from the fresh aspect of a particular and positively skeptic “outsider”. By definition, a person is positively skeptic if he does not believe his own eyes, but is ready to learn, “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield” (from Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet, 1809-1892). I personally take responsibility that every single statement I formulated in this book reflects evidence provided by our own experimental data, measured in the best possible way. Although double blinding could not always be carried out, we always strived after reproducibility.

In good faith,

János F. László
Budapest, Hungary


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