William H. Philpott, M.D. had specialty training and practice in psychiatry, neurology, electroencephalography, nutrition, environmental medicine and toxicology. He was a founding member of the Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry. He was a fellow of the Orthomolecular Psychiatric Society and the Society of Environmental Medicine and Toxicology.
Between 1970 and 1975, he did a research project searching for the causes of major mental illnesses and degenerative diseases, which resulted in the publication of the books, Brain Allergies and Victory Over Diabetes. Retiring in 1990 after 40 years of medical practice, he has engaged in research as a member of an Institutional Review Board, which follows FDA guidelines. In this capacity, he guided physicians and gathered data on the treatment and prevention of degenerative diseases using magnetic therapy.
The Linus Pauling Award was presented to William H. Philpott, M.D. in 1998 by the Orthomolecular Health Society, "for his scientific leadership and scholarship spanning the entire history of Orthomolecular medicine".
Dr. William H. Philpott, M.D. has written the following books:
•Magnet Therapy (AlternativeMedicine.com Books, Tiburon, CA 2000)
•Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections, 2nd Ed. (Keats Publishing L.A., CA 2000)
•Bio-Magnetic Handbook (Lothrop Technologies, Choctaw, OK 1990)
•Victory Over Diabetes (Keats Publishing - currently out of print)
Polar Power Magnets
One of the major failures of many magnetic products on the market today revolves around their lack of strength. The Polar Power (TM) brand emphasizes maximum strength for intended useage. We utilize several types of magnetic materials in our line of products.
•Flexible: This is a neoprene like base with large quantities of ferric oxide (iron oxide) powder as the magnetized (active) ingredient, this is the lowest strength material we use, but if used in the correct size it can be very practical. It also has the advantages of reasonable cost and a flexible, non-breakable nature.
•Ceramics:Probably the king pin of the magnetics business and a good choice for deep field penetration if the weight can be managed.
•Rare Earths:(usually neodymium): The exotics, newest and strongest in the industry. Very strong (magnetically), but has short depth penetration; usually only provided in relatively small sizes, can be physically dangerous in large pieces. Tend to be expensive, but great for intense fields on small areas.
The strength of magnets is usually described either in gauss or tesla units - 1 tesla is equal to 10,000 gauss - these are measurements of magnetic flux (or force), or more specifically the density of the lines of magnetic flux. Measuring magnetic strength is usually done with a magnetometer or a gauss meter. The strengths of magnets can be related in more than one way and this can cause confusion at first. Relating strengths in more than one way can actually be an advantage if you understand the difference.
One reference is to relate the manufacturers rating. This is expressed as Br - residual gauss or a "closed magnetic circuit" value. This is great to compare one type of magnetic substance to another but it can leave you guessing about the field strength at any given distance because this type of rating is not size dependent. Many marketers like this reference because it tends to sound stronger (the numbers are bigger). Another method is to relate the surface gauss strength; if the size is given also then this is useful. The best information on strength comes when one is given strengths at measured distances. That way one can know the magnetic field strength where it is needed, which is usually some distance away from where the magnet is placed.
Questions are often asked, relating to the use of magnetic products having 'bipolar' or 'multipolar' (both north pole and south pole fields on the same surface of the magnet) field arrangements. Usually these are flexible and rather thin. Our research and experience shows at best a limited value in the use of multiple pole configurations, and usually many disadvantages. The greatest difference of 'straight' or single pole (one single pole on each side) magnets is their ability to project a relatively strong field at greater distances than multiple poled products (this involves the depth of penetration issue).
Polar Power products that have multiple magnets in them have all the same pole facing the same direction and are arranged to provide an even field at the proper treatment distance. These products (with multiple magnets) have the advantage of a greater spread of field lines than a single magnet of the same type and overall dimensions.