Magnetic Implants: Can You Gain a Sixth Sense with Body Modifications?

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What are magnetic implants anyways?

Also known as neodymium implants or installs, the original plan for magnetic implants was for the ability to carry around metal objects, but when that didn’t work, the application that came from it was something just as wondrous – some call it superpowers, a sixth sense.

By implanting tiny rare Earth magnets into your fingertip, you can gain the ability to sense electromagnetism in the world around you. How does this work? The magnet vibrates very slightly and stimulates the dense nerves in your fingertip when you encounter things like electric stovetops and live electrical cables. While there may not be anything inherently magical about magnetic implants, it’s difficult to keep your curiosities away from this “bio hack” and its ability to allow you to experience the world in new ways.

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Reasons for Getting Magnetic Implants

  1. IF YOU WANT TO BE AWESOME…You can perform neat tricks like picking up bottle caps and other small metal objects like paper clips, which makes for a great icebreaker if you’re an office worker. You’ll be able to feel security gates that you pass through when you enter and leave retail stores.
  2. IF YOU WORK WITH ELECTRONICS…You’ll be able to feel the live wires versus the dead ones. They can also be used to detect when large electric motors start up or shut down (in the fridge or in streetcars, for example).
  3. IF YOU ARE A BIOHACKER…Biohacking is similar to transhumanism but is more centered around the technology emerging in our world and cyborg aspirations. With these types of implants, you are able to sense large electric fields through their vibrations when your hands/finger gets close to devices that are powered by electricity. You’d also be able to tell whether or not an object is ferrous (contains iron).

How can you have implants of your own?

Well, first you must turn to the expertise of a body artist to do the procedure. Most of the time this will be a professional body piercer with specialization in these types of body mods. According to most experts, it is safest to have a single magnet inserted into the ring finger of your non-dominant hand (seeing as how it’s usually your least used finger). We should also warn you that it would most definitely be painful since the process is essentially a giant syringe injecting the tiny magnet under your skin with no anesthetic.

The magnets used for this are actually quite common – you can buy them on eBay! However, their ability to anchor sub-dermally in your fingertip lies with the type of bio-coating used on the magnet before implantation. Size is also an important factor since larger implants would inhibit proper blood vessel function.

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The point of insertion will look as if it’s a papercut on the edge of your finger and the sensation that is brought upon by the implant does not start right away. After about two weeks (to give your tissue and nerve endings time to adjust) you should have normal operation of the implant and the magnetic field sensitivity some look for with this unique body mod.

Also, interestingly enough, it will take some time for people who get the implant to actually realize the sensation they’re feeling is coming from their implant. Basically they’re having a feeling generated by the implant, but their brain hasn’t quite caught up to figuring out what this new sense means just yet. Best part of all? It’s super easy to take out if you choose to. Just a pinch and a few days healing time and you’ll be back to your plain and boring mortal self.

If you’re really feeling curious about neodymium magnetic implants, we suggest you set aside the time to watch this video all about it.

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What is in store for the future of magnetic implants?

There are even some new technologies in development that are using this body mod to work hand-in-hand (literally) with their designs. Imagine being able to link up your implant to an app in your phone to sense something that would usually be naked to the human eye? The possibilities are endless…

Even more interesting, there could be a medical benefit to magnetic implants. There is a study in the works at the University of British Columbia where researchers have developed a device that works when a magnet is passed over it and is currently being looked into for the possibility of one day being used in administering painkillers and chemotherapy drugs on demand. Who knew magnets could do so much?!

Alternative Migraine Relief: Daith Piercings

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Daith piercings are on the rise this year. Understandably… they’re super cute! The inner cartilage piercing can be accessorized with a ride array of jewelry, ranging from simple curved barbells and segment rings to elaborate captive rings, and even septum clickers.

 

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons the daith piercing has increased in popularity is the rumored benefit for those who suffer from migraines. Many who experience these excruciating headaches go through countless trial & error processes trying to find relief. Piercing a hole in your body to test out an unproven theory might seem kind of crazy, but I recently started suffering from migraines, and let me tell you – It’s a risk worth taking!

 

Even if you find your migraines still remain, at least you still have this cute new piercing to accessorize!

 

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The location of the piercing happens to be an acupuncture pressure point. Although the effect the piercing has cannot be directly related to an actual acupuncture procedure, it is still being examined as another “alternative” form of treatment for migraines. In theory, piercing this area could provide something more than a placebo effect. As for fully curing migraines… eh, not so much. If anything a daith piercing will lessen the frequency of the headaches, which in turn decreases drug dependency. If you could eliminate the need to depend on medication for relief, would you?

 

Have you felt migraine relief due to a daith piercing? Do you have any alternative approaches to migraine relief that you’ve found work? Share with us in the comments below!

Fact or Faked? – Plug it In

Most of us know how to use photoshop programs (some of us a little too well), so how do you tell if what you’re seeing is real.  Here we examine some of the neatest, most hilarious, and provocative piercing and tattoo photos on the web and find out if they’re fact, or just clever fakes.

The USB Piercing

Anyone who feels like they’re permanently connected to Facebook probably laughed about the irony the first time they saw this picture, but did someone really get multiple custom microdermal implants to make themselves appear to be a cyborg?

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Unfortunately, the answer is no.  When you look at this picture closely, you can see a slight differentiation in color and texture just around the ports themselves.  Plus, the skin ridges or “rims” around the two headphone jacks are a little to perfect to be real human flesh.  It’s even easier to see when you invert the image.

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And finally, all it takes is another visit to our friends at Worth1000 to figure out that this is a photoshopped picture that was submitted to them.

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The Verdict

Although it would be absolutely amazing, noone has been implanted with a fake USB port.  At least, not yet.

Fact or Faked? – Zip It

Most of us know how to use photoshop programs (some of us a little too well), so how do you tell if what you’re seeing is real.  Here we examine some of the neatest, most hilarious, and provocative piercing and tattoo photos on the web and find out if they’re fact, or just clever fakes.

The Tongue Zipper

Many of you have seen this utterly awesome looking mod floating around the internet, but did somebody really have their tongue not only split, but also pierced multiple times to look like a zipper?

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Actually, the answer is no.  At least, not yet.  Even if we knew nothing else about this picture, when you blow it up a tiny bit and invert it for a better look, you’ll see some faint haloing around the second body jewelry stud, and a zipper-pull shadow that has a size, color, and placement that are very slightly inconsistent with the rest of the image.

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Upon further investigation, you’ll find information on the internet that lets the truth out into the open.  This image was actually entered in a Worth1000 photoshopping contest, as an awesome and thought provoking work of art.  The original image has no second monroe stud, and showcases an unadorned tongue that was actually split, reportedly by Maryland modification artist Zak Zito.  The artist added the second stud and the zipper.

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The Verdict

While it’s a pretty convincing image, this one is clearly faked.  Bummer, right?