HOW MAGNETIC POLES ARE NAMED
Magnets are an effective tool in healing. The opposite poles of a magnet have different effects on the body. Therefore it is essential to name the poles correctly.
However, there is much confusion because
natural therapists (but not scientists) in the
Roy Davis discovered or re-discovered the opposite biological effects of the
two magnetic poles in the 1960’s and 70’s. His main book about this is
MAGNETISM AND ITS EFFECT ON THE LIVING SYSTEM. It was co-authored with Walter
C. Rawls, and first published 1974 by ACRES U.S.A. in
However, the scientific definition actually postulates that the magnetic S pole of the earth is at the geographic N pole of the earth. Therefore the scientific definition is that the north-pointing pole of a magnet is the N pole.
is very regrettable that this misunderstanding of
outspoken magnet therapy association in
avoid conflict with the scientific view some
To minimise any misunderstanding I prefer to use the term “north-pointing pole” (or N-pointing), then everyone knows what I mean. In all of these different naming systems the same pole is pointing towards north. I hope that others will in time adopt this practise as well and so gradually overcome this confusion.
To find out which pole points towards north and therefore is the N-pointing pole, do the following:
Suspend a magnet with a thread, the pole pointing towards the north is called the north-pointing pole or the N pole according to convention in physics; the other pole is the south-pointing pole. Another way of finding the polarity of a magnet is to move it slowly towards the north-pointing end of a compass needle. If the needle turns away, the north-pointing pole of the magnet has been used, and vice versa.