News Of The World January 9th 2000
ENGLAND and Sheffield Wednesday soccer star John Fantham was left with chronic leg pains at the end of his gruelling 14-year career.
Now 61, he confessed: "I was beginning to feel like an old man of 90. I'd get out of bed with all my joints aching, and I couldn't go up and down the stairs without creaking. I like a game of golf but it was becoming difficult to actually finish a round."
"You can imagine the hammering my legs got as a professional footballer when I was younger. The injuries were coming back to haunt me."
"Doctors had taken x-rays which showed the bone was simply worn away and all I could see for the future was getting worse and worse."
Then a pal told his 88-year-old mother about magnetic therapy and she passed on the advise.
John said: " Well, of course I was a bit suspicious at first. I mean it sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? How can wearing magnets help? I thought it was all a load of old rubbish."
"But then I was persuaded to actually try it. It took about two weeks before it hit home, but then I realised I was feeling a bit better. My joints felt far more supple, the pain was relieved and I can actually stand by the tee and take a swing without creaking or cracking!"
The father of two, who now runs his own business buying and selling machine tools, added: "The magnet comes on a wristband or bracelet which you wear over your pulse. I've no idea how it works, I'm just glad it does. I know the magnet is powerful enough to pick up a bunch of keys, but apart from that I'm happy to be in ignorance."
"Lots of people come up to me wondering what it is I'm wearing on my wrist and they're intrigued when I tell them. Most want to find out for themselves if it works or not."