There are plenty of anecdotal accounts of PEMF destroying pathogens, but is there any real evidence?
Well, there is, albeit pretty scant this early in the reawakening of the technology. It’s not so much that there is lots of direct evidence, although there is some. It’s more a matter of putting all the puzzle pieces together and see what the picture looks like.
The first piece of the puzzle is that it’s well known everything has what is called a “resonant frequency”. A singer breaks a wine glass by matching its resonant frequency with her voice. By doing so, it excites the glass to osculate at that frequency much like a tuning fork. Given enough power in her voice the osculation exceeds the ability of the glass to hold together, so it shatters. Will this same note break a different type of wine glass? No, it won’t. Why not? Because the different type of wine glass has a different resonant frequency. The resonant frequency of any particular object is based on its structure, its size, shape, and the material it’s made from. Have you ever noticed that most of the singers who can break wine glasses are female? Why is that? It’s because male singers can’t sing high enough notes to match the resonant frequency of the wine glass.
What does this mean when considering PEMF machines? It means that one of the criteria you need to consider when asking if PEMF can destroy pathogens should be what the frequency range of the machine is. Most of the PEMF machines on the market will only play up to 50Hz. They will help with symptoms like pain or inflammation, but they will do nothing to the pathogen. They simply won’t play frequencies high enough to match the resonant frequency of the pathogen. When pushed, sellers of these limited machines will admit to this. There are some machines on the market, like the ELEMENT Elite by Tiverton Audio that will play the needed frequency range. Here’s a link to the CAFL that shows the frequencies you need for lots of different pathogens: http://www.electroherbalism.com/Bioelectronics/FrequenciesandAnecdotes/CAFL.htm
Some of the limited, below 50Hz machine sellers will do their best to convince you that only their type of machine is real PEMF and therefore PEMF cannot kill pathogens. By definition, it is simply not true that only their machines are true PEMF. PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field. That means any machine that uses an electromagnetic field (like what is created by a coil) is by definition PEMF, and full range PEMF machines like the ELEMENT Elite by Tiverton Audio can play the frequencies that match the resonant frequency of pathogens as listed in the CAFL.
The next puzzle piece we have to fit into the larger picture is Doug MacLean, the father of modern PEMF and inventor of the Doug Coil, or Doug Machine as it is sometimes called (one of the machines on the market that will play high enough to match the resonant frequencies of pathogens). Doug discovered the frequency needed to eradicate his Lyme disease by getting samples of the Lyme spirochete from the CDC and watching them under a microscope as he applied different frequencies. He looked for two things, the particular frequency needed to osculate the Lyme spirochete (it’s resonant frequency) and the intensity of applying that frequency to osculate it to destruction. Like the singer finding the right note and singing loud enough. This one is a pretty big piece to the puzzle. Other researchers have done the same with other pathogens, but unfortunately, they haven’t gone as public with it as Doug has. Still, given everything has a resonant frequency, if it works for Lyme, why not other pathogens?
Then we have this. It’s a TED Talk by Dr. Anthony Holland showing that frequencies can be used to destroy cancer cells. https://youtu.be/1w0_kazbb_U Although it’s a very large puzzle piece when it comes to frequency therapy, it’s a small puzzle piece when it comes to PEMF as a modality of frequency therapy. It does reinforce that everything has a resonant frequency and that matching that frequency can destroy cells. Yes, the frequencies used by Dr. Holland were way above the audio range needed for PEMF, but we also know that the harmonic of a frequency can work as well and there have been lots of researchers who have translated the higher frequencies as used by Dr. Holland down into the audio range that are usable with full range PEMF machines. Still, this one is only a tiny puzzle piece when it comes to the bigger picture of PEMF being able to destroy pathogens.
Another piece of the puzzle is the number of Herxheimer reactions people are having. You can’t have a Herxheimer reaction unless pathogens are being killed. There are cases when something else is occurring that mimics a Herxheimer reaction, so it’s not actually a Herxheimer reaction at all. But it isn’t always just being mimicked and therefore at least some of the reactions are real Herxheimer reactions, which in turn shows that PEMF can kill pathogens, if the correct frequencies can be played. Here’s a couple links to articles on how to tell the difference between a true Herxheimer reaction and other things that mimic a Herxheimer reaction:
Last, for now, are the anecdotal stories. Each is a really, really tiny puzzle piece, but added together they make a big difference in our ability to see what the assembled puzzle looks like. If there were just a handful of these anecdotal stories, they wouldn’t add up to anything beyond a minuscule piece of the puzzle, but because there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of them they add up to a major piece.
So, is there proof that PEMF can destroy pathogens? There is never really “proof” of anything, only a preponderance of evidence to convince the observer of what they believe. As time moves forward, there will be more evidence that PEMF can destroy pathogens, but for now, it is up to each of us to decide if there is enough evidence that we believe it can. For some, this is enough evidence to convince, others will need more. For me, it’s enough to believe it’s extremely likely to the point that it’s worth using the technology so long as you use a machine that will play the proper frequencies.
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