Electricity in Medicine in the 1700s

John WesleyJohn Wesley, a member of the clergy in England, was fascinated by Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with electricity in the US. In “John Wesley and the Eighteenth Century Therapeutic Uses of Electricity” a review of Wesley’s work by H. Newton Malony states that:

several historians have credited Wesley with being one of the most notable electrotherapists in the eighteenth century and with stimulating nineteenth century developments in psychiatry and general medicine.

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More on Silver in Medicine

Ag SymbolA 1976 report titled “Electrically Generated Silver Ions: Quantitative Effects on Bacterial and Mammalian Cells” is of historical significance. Robert O. Becker, pioneer medical researcher and author of The Body Electric, was one of the scientists who issued the report—summed up as follows:

In conclusion, Ag+ generated at the anode seems to be a very effective bactericidal agent at low concentrations without any detrimental effects upon normal mammalian cells.

The research did not involve ionic colloidal silver. The silver ions were generated electrically from silver rods.

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Healing Bones with PEMF

Jama LogoHere’s the abstract of the landmark study published back in 1982 by Andrew Bassett and his research team. Their research heralded a paradigm shift in the treatment for healing bone fractures—fractures that weren’t healing by any other means. The abstract of “Pulsing Electromagnetic Field Treatment in Ununited Fractures and Failed Arthrodeses” reports, “This surgically noninvasive, outpatient method … promoted healing in 85% of patients.”

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Cranial Electro Stimulation Pioneer

Dr Meg PattersonIn 1993 a significant article was published in the journal, Subtle Energies by Dr. Meg Patterson—a true pioneer for Cranial Electro Stimulation. Bob Beck always gave Meg Patterson credit for her role in bringing CES to North America. When summing up her research in “Neuroelectric Therapy (NET) in Addiction Detoxification,” she said:

After two decades of reported clinical and investigative work, NET has been demonstrated to be a safe and highly effective alternative to the restricted unsatisfactory pharmacological approach to detoxifying addicts. NET promotes and expedites the rapid return of the normal physiological functions and psychological stability which enhances the addicts’ ability to benefit from relapse prevention programs.

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Pioneering Scientists Interviewed about CES

MegaBrain ReportIn April 1990 the first issue of Michael Hutchison’s “MEGABRAIN REPORT, The Psychotechnology Newsletter” was published. The issue featured “High Voltage: The Bioelectric Interviews” about Cranial Electro Stimulation. The three scientists interviewed were all prominent for their leading-edge research in electromedicine. Robert “Bob” Beck B.E., D.Sc., Robert O. Becker M.D. and Daniel L. Kirch, Ph.D. were each interviewed about CES. In the same issue, Bob Beck was also included in a discussion of Scalar Waves with Eldon Byrd, Ph.D., Peter Lindemann and Glen Rein, Ph.D.

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What about Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)?

Brain Boost“How a gentle electrical jolt can focus a sluggish mind” featured Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on a PBS News Hour on March 31, 2015. How does tDCS compare with Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES)? The technology does not include frequencies as used in CES devices. Without key frequencies, it has a more limited use compared to the more global results produced by CES.

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Use of Silver in Nanotechnology

New York Times LogoThe use of silver as an anti-infective agent is escalating with new technology that embeds miniscule particles in a variety of products. “Old Curative Gets New Life at Tiny Scale” published in The New York Times on December 12, 2005, says:

Now, with more and more bacteria developing resistance to antibiotic drugs, some researchers and health care entrepreneurs have returned to silver for another look. This time around, they are armed with nanotechnology, a fast-developing collection of products and skills that helps researchers deploy silver compounds in ways that maximize the availability of silver ions — the element’s most potent form.

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Silver and Nanotechnology

Silver Institute LogoThe Silver Institute in the US is an advocate for the expansion of nanotechnology. They describe some of the ways the germ-killing properties of silver are being harnessed: “Silver’s antibacterial qualities have applications that reach far beyond the medical world. Washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners all rely upon silver nanoparticles to sterilize up to 650 types of bacteria. Nanotechnology is still at a very early stage in terms of its usage.”

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