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轉載自加拿大BC Business Magazine

Pain Killers, "The Inventor"

June 2003 article by Vicki O'Brien in BC Business Magazine

It was for my Father...

Frieder Kempe grew up in a house of pain. His father lost a leg in the 1944 battle of Monte Cassino and suffered excruciating phantom limb pain. Kempe wanted to help. "Whenever the pain came, my father would predict rain. I realized that his scar had no healthy skin covering, hence no protection from electromagnetic fields."

The answer, he decided, was to create a ‘second skin’ that would shield sensitive tissue, calm damaged nerve ends and stimulate blood circulation.

After studying engineering, Kempe began work on a prototype covering, which he tested on his father. By 1978, he’d developed a thin fabric cloth with interwoven metal fibres that significantly reduced his father’s pain. Kempe named the product Farabloc.

Today, Farabloc is produced at Kempe’s Coquitlam factory. Manufactured in many shapes and sizes and sold across the globe, it has proven to reduce phantom limb pain and delay the onset of muscle soreness experienced by athletes. German researchers are currently studying its effectiveness with painful fibromyalgia. Even without hard evidence, hundreds of happy Farabloc customers claim the product works on their pain.

When it comes to killing pain, Kempe says it’s doesn’t hurt to give his product a try.

George Illot is going camping this summer. That may not sound like much but when you’ve spent 51 years in constant pain, unable to play outdoors with your children, it’s a very big deal.

At age 15, Illot was diagnosed with ankylosing spondilytis, arthritis of the spine, which typically strikes men between 17 and 35. AS causes pain and spinal stiffness and, in severe cases, the spine fuses in a bent-forward position. At 39, Illot was so badly stooped that he’d dropped 10 inches from his six-foot frame and underwent spine-straightening surgery.

For the last eight years the 66-year-old retired MacMillan Bloedel lab manager experienced severe nerve pain in his right leg and foot, making sleep almost impossible. For Illot, medication was not an option. He has long been concerned about addiction and almost bled to death from an ulcer caused by anti-inflammatory

Five months ago, in desperation, Illot’s wife sent for a Farabloc blanket, which she folded in four and pinned around his waist. "I sat on my favorite chair and stared at the clock, waiting for something to happen," recalls Illot. "Within 30 minutes, my pain and tingling had decreased by 50 per cent. After 15 minutes, it had gone
altogether. I was amazed."

Today Illot wears one of Farabloc’s lower-back belts; he can even leave it off for three hours and remain pain-free. "I wake up in the morning and feel like jumping out of bed. I only wish I’d known about this years ago."

Chronic pain disables more people than cancer or heart disease. For many, their best hope lies with multidisciplinary clinics, which offer a variety of treatment options. However, in B.C., affordable resources are few. While there are publicly funded, hospital-based pain programs in Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminster, there’s a year-long wait for an appointment at St. Paul’s, B.C.’s premier pain centre. Today, the only way to guarantee free first-class pain management is to be seriously injured at work or in your car and meet strict compensation standards set by the WCB, ICBC and private insurers. If they can verify the pain to their satisfaction, they’ll cover the cost of private programs aimed at returning you to work.

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Scientists aren't sure why invention of a Coquitlam man works.

Vancouver Sun - September 27, 2000

Amputees use it to relieve phantom limb pain, equestrians use it on their horses and now athletes and others seeking pain relief from overexertion or accidents are flocking to a flexible metal fibre fabric called Farabloc.

While no one can pinpoint the exact mechanism of how it works, an award-winning University of B.C. study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine has shown that the invention of a Coquitlam man, when worn during or after exercise, does in fact have a positive biochemical effect.

It mediates the body's cellular response so that inflammation and the resulting pain is reduced in people who exercise vigorously.

In their study, UBC sports medicine specialists Doug Clement and Jack Taunton (the latter is now at the Sydney Olympics tending to Canadian athletes) measured the effects on the blood chemistry of 20 non-athletic subjects who were asked to do enough resistance exercise to induce muscle soreness and stiffness.

A control group wore the Farabloc material -- a fabric made of woven stainless steel and nylon thread -- around their thighs while a placebo group wore an identical looking nylon-alone fabric.

Trial subjects were asked to do 200 leg extensions each day for five days to induce delayed onset muscle soreness in the thigh.

The five blood level tests used to measure inflammation revealed that the Farabloc material was effective at reducing cellular damage and swelling.

In control group subjects, the study found that levels of the five different biochemical markers of muscle injury -- creatine phosphokinase, malondialdehyde, myoglobin, leukocytes and neutrophils -- were all greatly reduced with the use of Farabloc. Control group subjects also perceived less muscle pain and strength loss than those who wore the placebo cloth wrapped around their thighs.

"Quite frankly, we're shocked by these totally bizarre results and the area clearly needs a helluva lot more study. But clearly, electrical currents have quite a lot to do with the functioning of the body and electrical fields have an influence on cellular activity," Clement said in an interview.

"When one creates damage to tissue, it's like creating a free radical storm and one way to explain how Farabloc works is that it may act as an antioxidant, reducing free radical damage," he added.

Just how an externally applied fabric facilitates an anti-inflammatory response is still a puzzle, but Clement said some researchers who previously studied the fabric's effect believe it blocks high frequency electromagnetic radiation from penetrating or exciting cell membranes.

Farabloc was devised by 50-year-old Coquitlam businessman Freider Kempe in 1978 to relieve phantom limb pain. Growing up in Bavaria, Kempe watched his father, a war amputee, suffer phantom limb pain, so he invented a cloth shield made of nylon and fine metal fibres to protect the nerve endings.

He named the product after a 19th-century scientist, Michael Faraday, who discovered electromagnetic induction.

Positive results of the effects in reducing the pain in amputees were published seven years ago in the Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation.

Kempe's company, Farabloc Development Corporation, manufactures factory and custom articles costing $70 to $450 that people can wear as gloves, socks, pants, jackets and blankets.

Clement, whose co-authored paper on the efficacy of Farabloc won an award earlier this year from the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, said the results have some potentially exciting implications for those recovering from muscle injuries stemming from sports training or workplace injuries.

He didn't expect these results but find them to be quite revolutionary for the pain and injury world...the serum level results show clearly that the Farabloc cloth wrap significantly reduced the level of noxious substances in the blood that are associated with muscle injuries and inflammation," he states.

Hill, a former U.S. cycling Olympian (an alternate in 1984) who lives in Vancouver, has been coaching elite Canadian cyclists for several years. She said she and her husband, a running coach, use and recommend various Farabloc articles.

It's great for muscular injury and fatigue. I've got a fingerless glove, socks and some custom- made pants which I use during or after exercise. I can really feel the difference. The muscles relax more quickly and it cuts my recovery time in half," she said.

The horse community has known about Farabloc for a long time, especially when warming the horses up, and you sure couldn't say it's only a placebo effect because they've documented the [blood serum] effect in horses too," Hill added.

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