Therapeutic use of electromagnetism has ancient roots, and was first introduced into the US by Hahnemann just prior to 1800. At first, only direct current (DC) devices were utilized in the medical doctor's office for relieving pain and vibrating female patients who were routinely diagnosed with "hysteria." In 1865, however, Maxwell's equations established electromagnetism as the second universal force, which become a central player in quantum chemistry, more recently described as "controlling all chemical reactions, including life itself".[i]


In 1898, the father of AC electricity, Nikola Tesla, stated correctly at an annual meeting of the American Electro-Therapeutic Association[ii] that bodily "tissues are condensers" and part of an equivalent circuit only recently developed for the human body.[iii] In fact the body's tissues are excellent electrical insulators, with an inherent compatibility toward the presence of high voltage electric fields.[iv] The electrical field across every cell membrane is therefore a distributed storage battery of energy throughout the human body...the so-called "body electric."


The decline in the use of energy medicine can be traced to the book-length Flexner report in 1910, which declared electromagnetism "irregular science" purging its teaching from medical curricula, was published under the aegis of the Carnegie Foundation. Many aspects of the present-day American medical profession stem from the Flexner Report and its aftermath.


Flexner clearly doubted the scientific validity of all forms of medicine other than allopathic biomedicine, deeming any approach to medicine that did not advocate the use of treatments such as vaccines to prevent and cure illness as tantamount to quackery and charlatanism. Medical schools that offered training in various disciplines including eclectic medicine, physiomedicalism, naturopathy, and homeopathy, were told either to drop these courses from their curriculum or lose their accreditation and underwriting support. The aftermath of such a narrow approach to healthcare is still felt today with almost half of all Americans taking at least one prescription drug.


As a result, today, doctors aren't taught biophysics or electromedicine in medical school so they simply don't know the extent of the multifaceted biological landscape of the body. Furthermore, the financial infrastructure of healthcare has evolved in the past century away from being patient-centric. Therefore, more expensive innovation, such as MRI testing machines that generates income to the healthcare delivery system, is the only type of electrical technology familiar to doctors.


     However, today there is a strong interest in energy medicine that can save healthcare. Recently labeled "Star Trek Medicine"[i], the devices do not have the usual monthly expenditures to administer daily doses.  Another is that light therapy, such as laser light, seems to enhance stem cell activity, even to the extent of reversing diabetes, according to a source from Thailand. Health practitioner Ryn Raevis and her patient gave lectures at the 2003 Tesla Science Conference and Expo sponsored by Integrity Research Institute (DVDs available) where they both described the remarkable reversal of a gangrene leg on the patient with several days of treatment with a professional pair of electrotherapy devices, when conventional doctors repeatedly offered amputation as the only solution. The same devices also have reduced rehabilitation time by 65% in clinical trials. The patient is still walking with both legs today, without any recurring infection and pain-free.


    Another surprising example is silver ion therapy which can be fashioned into silvered nylon that operates by "electrocution" on a cellular membrane level, since silver is electrically conductive. When applied to a laceration or even a small cut, silvered nylon has been shown to cut the healing time in half on the average.[i] The good news is that colloidal silver solution also works on infected sinuses with a nasal spray, reversing the onset of colds and flu.


     Energy medicine also uses electricity to create the magnetic fields. In clinical trials, osteoarthritis treated by pulsed magnetic fields showed the treatment group improved substantially more than the placebo group.[ii] The applied magnetic fields act to suppress inflammatory responses at the cell membrane level.[iii] Thus, even NASA conducted a study finding that the rise time of the pulse was the most important ingredient for effectiveness.[iv] The late Glen Gordon, M.D. cited the NASA study often after he designed a small pulsed magnetic field device that he sold for a while. He also bicycled across country afterwards to prove how healthy the treatment had made him.[v]


   At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who think that lengthy, regular, daily exposure of over one hour per day to electromagnetic fields from cell phones near the head are detrimental. This has been confirmed in the most recent findings by the INTERPHONE Study Group.[vi] However, the same study also found "protective" effects that reduced the average incidence of cancer or in other words, "apparent protective effects at most doses". Bioelectromagnetic healing science explains that short term exposure to a wide range of electromagnetic frequencies and intensities will boost the immune system by allowing the body to absorb a small amount of the multi-frequency energy.[vii]


Our institute has had great results using a high voltage device patterned after the historical "Violet Ray" which even today has wide applications.[i] The PREMIER electrotherapy device provides electrons directly to the deep tissue layers to attack free radicals directly, which this author has proven are the real antioxidants that also are the active ingredients in vitamin pills. Electrical fields across membranes is one of only two ways the body stores energy (the other is chemical), so everyone feels more energetic after a short high voltage field exposure. 


 More of the history and latest developments are Bioelectromagnetic Healing: A Rationale for Its Use.

[i] Valone, Thomas, "Bioelectromagnetics Applications for Health and Healing", Explore for the Professional, vol. 19, No. 3, 2010

found in the author's book, Bioelectromagnetic Healing: A Rationale for Its Use.

[i] "Silver-nylon: A New Antimicrobial Agent", Antimicrob. Agents Chemother, 23, 356, 1983

[ii] Trock, D.H., A.J. Bollet, R.H. Dyer, Jr., L.P. Fielding, W.K. Miner, and R. Markoll. 1993. A double-blind trial of the clinical effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in osteoarthritis. J. Rheumatol. 20:456-460.

[iii] O'Connor, M.E., R.H.C. Bentall, and J.C. Monahan, eds. 1990. Emerging Electromagnetic Medicine conference proceedings. Springer-Verlag, New York

[iv] Goodwin, Thomas, "Physiological And Molecular Genetic Effects Of Time-Varying Electromagnetic Fields On Human Neuronal Cells" NASA/TP-2003-212054, September, 2003

[v] Dr. Glen Gordon lecture DVDs available from and a review of his lecture on pulsed electromagnetic therapy is online through   

[vi] Cardis et al., "Brain tumour risk in relation to mobile telephone use: results of the INTERPHONE

international case-control study", International Journal of Epidemiology, V. 39, p. 675, May 17, 2010

[vii] Valone, Thomas, Bioelectromagnetic Healing: A Rationale for Its Use, 8th edition 2008, Integrity Research Institute, Washington DC, ISBN 0-9641070-5-8

[i] McClellan, Mona, "Star Trek Medicine Has Arrived", , 6/17/10


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