Health-Healing Health Studies Body Electric - Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

Body Electric - Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

Body Electric - Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life
Catalog # SKU0651
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Robert O. Becker & Gary Selden


The Body Electric
Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

by Robert O Becker & Gary Selden

"The Body Electric" tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory of the 18th century vitalists that electricity is vital to the life process. But as exciting as Becker's discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker's struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

Table of Contents

Co-author's Note
Introduction: The Promise of the Art
Part 1 - Growth and Regrowth

  • Ch.1 - Hydra's Heads and Medusa's Blood
  • Ch.2 - The Embryo at the Wound
  • Ch.3 - The Sign of the Miracle
Part 2 - The Stimulating Current
  • Ch.4 - Life's Potentials
  • Ch.5 - The Circuit of Awareness
  • Ch.6 - The Ticklish Gene
  • Ch.7 - Good News for Mammals
Part 3 - Our Hidden Healing Energy
  • Ch.8 - The Silver Wand
  • Ch.9 - The Organ Tree
  • Ch.10 - The Lazarus Heart
  • Ch.11 - The Self-Mending Net
  • Ch.12 - Righting a Wrong Turn
Part 4 - The Essence of Life
  • Ch.13 - The Missing Chapter
  • Ch.14 - Breathing with the Earth
  • Ch.15 - Maxwell's Silver Home
Postscript: Political Science


Page 277

Subliminal Stress

After Howard Friedman, Charlie Bachman, and I had found evidence that "abnormal natural" fields from solar magnetic storms were affecting the human mind as reflected in psychiatric hospital admissions, we decided the time had come for direct experiments with people. We exposed volunteers to magnetic fields placed so the lines of force passed through the brain from ear to ear, cutting across the brainstem-frontal current. The fields were 5 to 11 gauss, not much compared with the 3,000 gauss needed to put a salamander to sleep, but ten to twenty times earth's background and well above the level of most magnetic storms. We measured their influence on a standard test of reaction time - having subjects press a button as fast as possible in response to a red light. Steady fields produced no effect, but when we modulated the field with a slow pulse of a cycle every five seconds (one of the delta-wave frequencies we'd observed in salamander brains during a change from one level of consciousness to another), people's reactions slowed down. We found no changes in the EEG, or the front-to-back voltage from fields up to 100 gauss, but these indicators reflect major alterations in awareness, so we didn't really expect them to shift.

We were excited, eagerly planning experiments that would tell us more, when we came upon a frightening Russian report. Yuri Kholodov had administered steady magnetic fields of 100 and 200 gauss to rabbits and found areas of cell death in their brains during autopsy. Although his fields were ten times as strong as ours, we stopped all human experiments immediately.

Friedman decided to duplicate Kholodov's experiment with a more detailed analysis of the brain tissue. He made the slides and sent them to an expert on rabbit brain diseases, but coded them so no one knew which were which until later.

The report showed that all the animals had been infected with a brain parasite that was peculiar to rabbits and common throughout the world. However, in half the animals the protozoa had been under control by the immune system, whereas in the other half they'd routed the defenders and destroyed parts of the brain. The expert suggested that we must have done something to undermine resistance of the rabbits in the experimental group. The code confirmed that most of the brain damage had occurred in animals subjected to the magnetic fields. Later, Friedman did biochemical tests on another series of rabbits and found that the fields were causing a generalized stress reaction marked by large amounts of cortisone in the bloodstream. This the response called forth by a prolonged stress, like a disease, that isn't an immediate threat to life, as opposed to the fight-or-flight response generated by adrenaline.

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Softbound, 6x9", 364 pages

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