Who is Sam Taliaferro?

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There is some debate about the qualifications of Sam Taliaferro to comment on Joseph Newman's "Energy Machine". Here is a report I found in a Google cache[1]. You can also find it at http://www.chieftain.com/metro/778572000/12/sea - but registration is required.

Quote from "The Pueblo Chieftain" Saturday September 03, 1994

"Fair vendor sells magnets supposed to cure anything STEVE HENSON The Pueblo Chieftain

Manitou Springs company has no claims, guarantees

Sherry Brown

Vanessa Wooley, 21, of Denver takes a break from the Colorado State Fair to relax on one of the magnetic beds in the Bio-Magnetics booth.

Got a backache? Suffer from arthritis? Don't reach for the aspirin or the Naproxen. And don't plug in the heating pad. Sam Taliaferro VII urges you to put a magnet on the pain. That's right. A magnet.

Taliaferro is president\CEO of Magnetic Engineering Inc. of Manitou Springs. His company, which has a booth at the Colorado State Fair just north of the Palace of Agriculture, sells various products based on the principle -- or theory, if you're a skeptic -- of bio-magnetics.

What is bio-magnetics? Basically, bio-magnetics involves placing specially cut, flexible, rubberized and permanently charged magnets on an injury site or an acupuncture site with tape. Supposedly, the magnets increase the flow of blood to the site, which speeds the healing process.

The thinking is that blood conducts electricity and that only blood vessels are affected by the magnets, whereas heating pads and the like encourage all of the cells within the heated area to increase in size.

Well, there you have it. Believe or disbelieve, Taliaferro is pretty persuasive.

"We actually make no claims," Taliaferro said. ``We're not FDA approved, but we hear from our customers that 80 to 90 percent get relief."

Because it takes a while for the magnets to work, the booth allows fairgoers to try one of the magnets while taking in the fair.

"For example, we let people take our Magsteps (an insole with dozens of magnets built it and walk around the fair for a few hours. We only require that they leave a driver's license with us.

"Several police officers have taken us up on that, and several have purchased a pair of Magsteps."

At $60 a pair, and given police officers' developed skepticism, that's pretty good testimony.

Products at the booth range from Magboys, metal balls that you roll around in your hand, which stimulates acupressure points; to a $400 magnetic bed.

For more information, Taliaferro can be reached at the booth or at 685-0386 after the fair."