Bio-Mag Experiment Tips
With the current conditions of our society, we are surrounded by a great number of devices creating constant magnetic and electro-magnetic fields. They affect Bio-Mag testing and I believe they likely affect our own physiology.
How to do it...
Basic testing of the Bio-Mag is very simple. All you need are:
- 2 small plastic plates
- 2 pieces of paper towel or terri-cloth
- a plastic bag that will hold both plates or 2 bags if necessary (clear plastic is best)
- a Bio-Mag (or strong bar magnet)
- seeds of a plant you like or are interested in
- a felt marking pen
To perform a test:
- first, always keep the seeds as far away from the Bio-Mag and other magnetic sources (see "Items to Watch for" below) as possible
- use a felt pen and mark the plates as "Control" and "Treated"
- fold the paper towel to fit on the small plates
- wet the towels and squeeze off the excess water (they should be quite damp)
- place a few seeds (no more than 10) on the "Control" plate and space them comfortably
- take an equal number of seeds and the "Treated" plate over to where you keep the Bio-Mag (never have the Bio-Mag where you are working with control seeds)
- set the Bio-Mag on top of the plate.
- drop the seeds through the Bio-Mag, onto the plate
- remove the Bio-Mag from the plate (there is no need to pause) and set it back where you store it (it never feels like you've done anything but that's all there is to the treatment!)
- arrange the seeds so they are spaced comfortably
- take the "Treated" seeds back to where the "Control" seed are
- place the plates into the plastic bag(s)
- find a place that:
- has good exposure to natural light
- is fairly warm
- is large enough that both plates will receive equal light
- place the plates in this suitable area
- observe the progress daily
From our experience, it is difficult to control the experimental conditions when testing the Bio-Mag. Partly because there are many factors that affect plant growth that we either take for granted or are unaware of. Examples are temperature, temperature gradients (how fast the temperature changes), humidity, sunlight conditions such as infrared and ultra-violet content, elevation, barometric pressure, etc. The list is very long.
Another factor is that we are generally unaware of the magnetic conditions surrounding us. Fields generated by electrical appliances and power lines are the greatest factors but the "ambient" magnetic field is also important. Years ago people tried to create geometric maps of the earth's magnetic field intensities. However, the field intensities change like most other environmental conditions. There are high and low intensity areas but the field strength at any given time can be higher or lower than the average - much like barometric pressure.
When testing the Bio-Mag, it is important to remember all these variables exist and to measure as many as possible so that the results can be interpreted with as much confidence as possible.
Items to Watch for...
Of course most people will not have the instrumentation to measure and fully understand their test environments. This is no reason to not experiment with Bio-Magnetics but it must be factored in when interpreting results. Very little instrumentation is really needed but it is important to subject both the control and treated seeds to the same environments.
The biggest concern when testing the Bio-Mag is whether the control seed are being exposed to unwanted magnetic fields. When handling untreated seeds items to avoid are any electrical appliances (especially ones with electric motors) such as:
- Washing Machines/Dryers
- Dish Washers
- Electrical Transformers
- Power Tools
- Electrical Junction/Fuse Boxes
- Microwave Ovens
- Stereo Speakers
Avoid keeping the Bio-Mag, or any other permanent magnets, in the same room as the seed.
Of course the seeds themselves may get exposed to sufficiently strong magnetic fields before you receive them but there is nothing that can be done about that. Seeds that come from plants of previous seasons make the best test seed as their history is known better than commercially bought seeds.
The first thing to do is the germination and emergence testing. These tests should be conducted several times at various times of the year. If the effect is present in most tests, the next step is to move to field growing tests.
Again, avoid doing tests close to power lines or electrical appliances. Put test and control seeds in the same soil and soil conditions when possible. If you are doing grain tests, look for plots that can be split in half with similar conditions on both sides. In other words, avoid test plots that would put the majority of test seeds on a hill, and control seeds in a low spot or vice-versa. Look to divide the plot where both sets of seeds are in nearly equal conditions.
Divide the plot into two and clearly mark the line between treated and control seeds; plant the seeds and let nature take its course! Observe the growth weekly.