You pose an interesting question. I don't have a ready answer for why your husband's watch stops when he puts it on, but I have heard similar stories about street lights going out when certain people walk past them. I would suggest that your husband consult a practitioner of energy medicine who may be able to read his aura or diagnose his biofield.
We have an NIH-funded center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at the University of Arizona directed by Gary Schwartz, PhD, a professor of psychology. (See www.biofield.arizona.edu.) Research there will include studies of energy healers and people who can direct biofield energy to affect physical systems.
Essentially, energy medicine falls into two broad categories:
- Treatments intended to affect energy fields that practitioners believe surround and inhabit the human body. Some types of energy medicine involve manipulating these energy fields by applying pressure, manipulating the body or placing the hands in or through these fields. Qigong, Reiki and therapeutic touch are examples of this type of therapy.
- Treatment involving the use of electromagnetic fields. For example, some proponents of magnet therapy believe that magnets stimulate nerve endings and interact with electrical processes in the body. They suggest that magnets can help counteract electrical pollution from devices like microwave ovens and television sets that can throw off the body's magnetic balance.
Your husband might also try a better watch.
Andrew Weil, M.D.