From Kook Science
Illustration of an Oxyhealer, c. 1914
|Medical Claims||Magnetism transmitted along cords produces healing effects|
|Vendors||オキシヘーラー製造業, Oxyhealer Co.|
The Oxyhealer (Japanese: オキシヘーラー) was a patented "magnetic healing apparatus" sold for use in "promoting health and healing diseases by transmitting magnetism into the human body[...] by means of a leading cord." The design and method of use is virtually indistinguishable from other gas-pipe nostrums, such as Sanche's Oxydonor or Electropoise, which were marketed as devices for attracting oxygen to the user through diaductive force, and seems to differ only in regards to the claimed action of the device, being based on supposed transmission of magnetic force to the user.
- US1421516A. Maeshima, Shintaro. Magnetic Healing Apparatus. 4 July 1922, filed 2 May 1918. "This invention relates to an apparatus for promoting health and healing diseases by transmitting magnetism into the human body, and consists in a mixture of powders of magnetite, antimony sulphide and charcoal sealed in a metal casing, through which one or more copper rods are passed, the magnetism caused in the mixture being transmitted into the human body by means of a leading cord." https://patents.google.com/patent/US1421516A — similar patents were filed and granted in France (FR485945A) and Great Britain (GB120176A).
- (in Japanese) 現代療法オキシヘ-ラ-要説全, 東京 オキシヘ-ラ-奨励会, 1914, https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100055743
- (in Japanese) オキシヘーラー使用書, 東京: オキシヘーラー奨励会, 1923, https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/917750 — ("Oxyhaler Usage Instructions")
- "Magnetic Healing Apparatus (No. 1,421,516, issued to Shintaro Maeshima)", Science and Invention 10 (6): 576, Oct. 1922, https://books.google.com/books?id=Ymg3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA576, "The greatest fraudulent statement made by this inventor is the claim that magnetism travels through a copper wire. Magnetite is slightly magnetic, yet the most powerful magnetic influence can never pass along a copper wire. Current passing through a wire produces magnetic effects, but no current is set up in this device, as there are no dissimilar metals within the container, nor is there an active electrolyte."