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Dr. Carlos A. Vallbona

Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Baylor College of Medicine

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Email: v***@***.edu

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Baylor College of Medicine

One Baylor Plaza, Room 176B

Houston, Texas 77030

United States

Company Description

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health sciences center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked 21st among m ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Director of the Post-Polio Clinic

TIRR

President

Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists

Affiliations

Board Member
Houston , Texas

Board of Directors for Healthcare
Homeless-Houston

Education

M.D.

Baylor College

M.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

M.D.

University of Tennessee , Memphis

MD

Baylor College of Medicine/Veterans Affairs Medical Center

MD

Rehabilitaion Baylor University , College of Medicine Houston

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Articles

www.vibrationalenergies4healing.com [cached]

No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.


Article on Magnetic Therapy from the 'New York Times'

vibrationalenergies4healing.com [cached]

No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.

Dr. Vallbona had long been fascinated by testimonials about magnets from his patience, and even from medical leaders. But his interest in magnet therapy became more serious in 1994 when he and a colleague, Carlton F. Hazlewood, tried them for their own knee pain. The pain was gone in minutes. "That was too good to be true," Dr. Vallbona said.
Dr. Vallbona knew that the power of suggestion can fool both patient and doctor. But he also wondered; could strapping small, low intensity magnets to the most sensitive areas of the body for several minutes relieve chronic muscular and joint pains among patients in his post polio clinic at Baylors Institute for Rehabilitation Research.
...
Aware of the medical profession's skepticism about magnet therapy, Dr. Vallbona sought to conduct science's most rigorous type of study. Participants would agree to allow the investigators to randomly assign them to groups getting treatment with active magnets or sham devices. But neither the patients nor the doctors treating them would know what therapy was used on which patient.
First, Dr. Vallbona informally tested magnets on a few patients. One was a priest with post-polio syndrome who celebrated mass with difficulty due to marked back pain that prevented him from raising his left hand. After applying a magnet for a few minutes the pain was gone, Dr. Vallbona recalled, and, "the priest said this was a miracle."
Then a human experimentation committee allowed Dr. Vallbona to test 50 volunteers with magnets that at 300 to 500 gauss, were slightly stronger than refrigerator magnets. They were made in different sizes so they could fit over the anatomic area identified as setting off their pain. It was difficult to design a system to prevent participants from learning whether they were being treated with a magnet or a sham.
So Dr. Vallbona asked Magnaflex Inc., a magnet manufacturer in Corpus Christi, TX, to prepare active magnets and inactive devices that could not be told apart. The devices were labelled in code.
...
Dr. Vallbona's findings have let him to try to carry out a larger study in several medical centers, and they are expected to lead other investigators to conduct their own studies.
...
Dr. Vallbona said he did not know why magnets worked for many post-polio patients but not for others, or why some said they felt improvement in areas of the body far distant from where the magnet was applied.
...
Had it been done with government aid, Dr. Vallbona said, it would have cost about $50,000 dollars.


Articles

vibrationalenergies4healing.com [cached]

No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.


Article on Magnetic Therapy from the 'New York Times'

www.vibrationalenergies4healing.com [cached]

No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.

Dr. Vallbona had long been fascinated by testimonials about magnets from his patience, and even from medical leaders. But his interest in magnet therapy became more serious in 1994 when he and a colleague, Carlton F. Hazlewood, tried them for their own knee pain. The pain was gone in minutes. "That was too good to be true," Dr. Vallbona said.
Dr. Vallbona knew that the power of suggestion can fool both patient and doctor. But he also wondered; could strapping small, low intensity magnets to the most sensitive areas of the body for several minutes relieve chronic muscular and joint pains among patients in his post polio clinic at Baylors Institute for Rehabilitation Research.
...
Aware of the medical profession's skepticism about magnet therapy, Dr. Vallbona sought to conduct science's most rigorous type of study. Participants would agree to allow the investigators to randomly assign them to groups getting treatment with active magnets or sham devices. But neither the patients nor the doctors treating them would know what therapy was used on which patient.
First, Dr. Vallbona informally tested magnets on a few patients. One was a priest with post-polio syndrome who celebrated mass with difficulty due to marked back pain that prevented him from raising his left hand. After applying a magnet for a few minutes the pain was gone, Dr. Vallbona recalled, and, "the priest said this was a miracle."
Then a human experimentation committee allowed Dr. Vallbona to test 50 volunteers with magnets that at 300 to 500 gauss, were slightly stronger than refrigerator magnets. They were made in different sizes so they could fit over the anatomic area identified as setting off their pain. It was difficult to design a system to prevent participants from learning whether they were being treated with a magnet or a sham.
So Dr. Vallbona asked Magnaflex Inc., a magnet manufacturer in Corpus Christi, TX, to prepare active magnets and inactive devices that could not be told apart. The devices were labelled in code.
...
Dr. Vallbona's findings have let him to try to carry out a larger study in several medical centers, and they are expected to lead other investigators to conduct their own studies.
...
Dr. Vallbona said he did not know why magnets worked for many post-polio patients but not for others, or why some said they felt improvement in areas of the body far distant from where the magnet was applied.
...
Had it been done with government aid, Dr. Vallbona said, it would have cost about $50,000 dollars.


News/Articles

vibrationalenergies4healing.com [cached]

No one was more skeptical about using magnets for pain relief than Dr. Carlos Vallbona, former chairman of the department of community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. So Dr. Vallbona was amazed when a study he did found that small, low intensity magnets worked, at least for patients experiencing symptoms that can develop years after polio.

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