Bemer me up Scotty

2007-12-14 00:00

Tony Wehlburg had polio as a child, leaving him with poor circulation in his feet. His wife Marion Wehlburg says, “He was kicked out of the army in Zimbabwe because he couldn’t put his boots on. His feet were discoloured and swollen. Now he has the nattiest pair of ankles I’ve seen in ages!”

Marion attributes this remarkable improvement to a machine called the Bemer 3000 that he used three times a day in October. Wehlburg no longer fits into the size 10 boots that were made for him, but is back to a size eight. According to her written testimonial, “His feet are no longer navy in colour but pink.”

Devon Nicholson went to a Bemer 3000 seminar in May held by a representative from Germany. “Within one week I had found this place, bought the machine and met my new man.”

Her life had changed in “five days flat”. Her business is called Stepping Stones and Bemer Treatment Centre and is located at Shop 10, Jacaranda Centre in Hilton.

The Bio-Electro Magnetic Energy Regulation device (Bemer) is advertised on the website as “a therapy that gives you energy and vitality, accelerated healing, relief from illness, enhanced performance, immune system support and relief from pain”. Nicholson’s brochure says the Bemer is a “special pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy and is based on physics principles of the interaction of magnetic fields with electrically-charged particles such as ions.”

Basically, it claims to improve macro circulation (dilation of blood vessels), micro-circulation (opening of capillaries and thus increasing capillary blood flow), increase partial oxygen pressure, improve the blood’s ability to attach and transport oxygen to the individual red blood cells, improve cell metabolism and strengthen the immune system. With those six conditions improved, the body’s cells can now “fight their own battles” according to the website. It sounds too good to be true.

However, on meeting Tony and Marion Wehlburg, chatting to Witness business correspondent Frank Greenfield and reading testimonials and results of a user study, I am suitably impressed.

According to Marion’s testimonial, Wehlburg had his sixth stroke on June 11, 2007. He was already slightly paralysed down the left side and after this stroke he appeared to be paralysed from the waist downwards. In the first three and a half months after the stroke, progress was slow. After a month on the Bemer 3000 he can now wash his face, brush his teeth and shave independently. He can help Marion and his nurse, Stephen Pearce, to swing his legs over the bed and get in and out of his wheelchair.

After the second week of treatment Wehlburg could walk from his bed down the passage to the lounge. Pearce said, “At first he didn’t do a thing. Since the Bemer he is a lot more mobile. The doctor said that he’d never get out of bed; he’d never walk. He has come on incredibly. Tony can now bend his knees and his back enough to get in the car and go on occasional outings, as “he gets bored quickly,” says Pearce.

Greenfield has Coxsackie B virus, for which there is apparently no cure. “This causes massive fatigue in my legs and problems in my joints and long muscles,” he says.

“After six treatments, without a word of a lie, I felt a lot better. After nine treatments the improvement was marked. I am not waking up at night with pain.” He says that the concept of “increasing circulation increasing health” makes sense and that he would like to bring the Bemer to others attention because it is affordable and effective.

Bemer sessions at Stepping Stones cost R80 per treatment. For chronic illness, Bemer machines can also be rented, or even purchased. According to Nicholson, it would make sense for frail care centres to own machines for their patients. Contact Nicholson or her manager, Debbie Bezuidenhout at 033 343 3226 for further information.

• Please note that Bemer treatment should not be a replacement for consultation with your physician.

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