The therapeutic effect of good vibrations

Working on the theory that bones respond best to low magnitude, high frequency 'signals,' researchers at the Center for Biotechnology, State University of New York at Stony Brook have completed an animal study that suggests that placing mice on a buzzing platform for 15 minutes a day caused them to lose a significant amount of weight while improving bone structure. Their theory--which will now best tested in a federally funded study on elderly humans--is that the precursor cells of fat are turned into bone. They reached this conclusion despite a huge amount of professional skepticism that this kind of therapy could produce these results. So far, though, mice, sheep and turkeys have all experienced bone growth after sessions spent on a vibrating platform. Bone loss is a major health issue for the elderly. People lose two percent of their bone each decade past the age of 35.

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