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William H. Philpott

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Getting high on those magnets
Against allopathy
Alternative medicine
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Clinically unproven
—William H. Philpott, right after claiming magnets can cure a wide range of ailments[1][2]
You can misuse them, and make yourself worse, it would be addicting!
—William H. Philpott[2]

William H. Philpott (1919-2009) was a proponent of magnetic field therapy, orthomolecular medicine, mental illness denialist. He won the 2000 American Academy of Environmental Medicine Jonathan Forman award[3], and the 1997 Linus Pauling award from the Orthomolecular Health Society[4], which he was a founding member of.[5]

He wrote four books, all of them co-authored with Dwight K. Kalita except The Biomagnetic Handbook, which was co-authored with Sharon Taplin.

  • Brain Allergies: The Psychonutrient and Magnetic Connections (1990), claims that "exposure to certain foods and other substances triggers mental disorders in people so predisposed, and that such disorders can be cured by eliminating exposure to these substances". Foreword is by Linus Pauling.
  • The Biomagnetic Handbook (1990), only 5 star reviews on Amazon, so it's got to be true, right?
  • Victory Over Diabetes (1991), purports to "not yet realized errors of chemistry and lifestyle that are responsible for perversions of glucose metabolism, ranging from hypoglycemia to hyperglycemia"
  • Magnet Therapy (2000), MAGNETS!


  1. Specifically: stress, infections, multiple sclerosis, carpel tunnel, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disorders, macular degeneration
  2. 2.0 2.1 Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, episode 1.02, Alternative medicine
  3. http://www.aaemonline.org/forman.php
  4. not to be confused with several other similarly named awards which are given to real scientists who did real scientific work
  5. http://polarpowermagnets.com/?page_id=7