It has been experimentally proven that all organisms receive cues from the local EM environment which regulate their metabolic activities. Recent studies of epigenesis suggest that genetic expression is influenced by EMFs, and that the evolution of all organisms has been guided to a certain extent by local EMFs. In this way, organisms may be considered as an expression of the environment. This is far different from many current notions (cultural, medical, and scientific) that organisms are not linked to the environment and therefore one could hope to correct a dysfunction by altering a single component (molecule, cell, organ) and expect normalization.
The model which can be suggested here is that of electromagnetically incorporating an organism into its environment. This can be accomplished by any device that can modify the EM state of an organism (naturally, the majority of concern is on humans) on a general level so that a good balance of adaptability and integrity with the environment can be restored.
Though ‘holism’ is quickly becoming the most over-used and ubiquitous notion in recent years, it is difficult to argue against its importance. Paradoxically, nearly everyone has a different construct of what exactly holism means as perception, cultural values, spiritual beliefs, and knowledge vary from individual to individual. There is an ever growing body of evidence which suggests that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are not simply a passive aspect of the environment and that the electromagnetic state of an organism contributes to its ‘wholeness’.
While some critics argue that there is no interaction between EMFs and biological systems, enough concern has been raised in the last few years regarding the harmful effects of EMFs that nearly all industrialized nations are currently conducting research and have established certain guidelines for field exposure limits.1 Historically, it has been easier for humans to harm than to heal, and the situation is no different with EMFs. The authors feel it is crucial that an organism be treated as a whole when EMF therapy is employed. The rational for this electromagnetic holism is described below.
The Electromagnetic Environment
It has been experimentally proven that all organisms receive cues from the local EM environment which regulate their metabolic activities. EMFs have also been shown to alter the morphogenesis of Drosophila melanogaster in the same manner as various other environmental changes (e.g., changes in altitude alter the form of certain plant species).4 In this way, organisms can be considered an expression of the local environment with the genetic structure acting as a stabilizing element.
Further evidence that all organisms are derived from the environment comes from Andrew Weil who notes that most synthetic pharmacological substances are only semi-synthetic in that they are nearly always based on a natural compound (the ‘active ingredient’ of a plant or part of a plant) with a slight shift in the structure of the molecule. This is because humans do not generally respond well to purely synthetic substances, and in the case of psychoactive substances, the brain lacks the appropriate neurotransmitter to distinguish the substance and respond.
It may seem like splitting hairs or academic frivolity to argue that life is dependent on the environment, however when dealing with health and disease, disavowing the web-like character of organism and surroundings has lead to many disasters. Few would argue that organisms and machines operate in the same manner, yet very often diagnostic and therapeutic methods are approached in the same manner for both. The notion of the whole within the part has gained acceptance among physicists, and this notion is easily extrapolated to biological systems. In this way, attempting to treat a single component of an organism (cell, tissue, organ, etc.) will likely result in failure as it ignores the effects that the part has had on the whole.
It is one thing to say that EMFs have an effect on organisms, but quite another to distinguish the process enhancing from the process degrading signals. The next section explores the possibilities of healing with EMFs.
Evidence for Healing with EMF
Arguably, Nikola Tesla understood electricity on a more fundamental level than anyone else has before him or since. In the 1930 Tesla and Georges Lakhovsky constructed the Multiple Wave Oscillator: a generator of life-associated frequencies from 750 kHz to 3 MHz and numerous harmonics. He reported several successful applications of the device (some medical reports from the 1930s are quoted in ref. 7) in cancer treatment and various metabolic disorders in plant, animal and human patients.
Among others, Robert O. Becker and Cyril Smith have written popular books which describe the history of bioelectromagnetism as well as their own positive experience in employing EMFs for healing processes. Becker’s work focuses on bone, nerve and tissue regeneration using exogenous stimulation sources and reports success in the mending of bones, which for one reason or another, refused to heal. One of the most stunning accounts is an experiment where a 1 nanoamp battery was implanted in the stump of an amputated rat foreleg and induced histologically completed regeneration.
Smith and his colleagues challenged electrically sensitive patients with various artificially generated frequencies, and the patients produced allergic responses which corresponded to their familiar reactions to chemicals for certain frequencies. Smith has also performed experiments where an allergy patient was brought into close proximity of a sealed vessel containing a know allergen to that patient. Despite the absence of a possible chemical interaction, the patient nonetheless produced an allergic response.
Smith suggests that people with allergies are oversensitive to EMFs and are therefore improperly responding to the EMF of certain substances. The question which arises now is: what are the mechanisms of disturbance and how can an understanding of these mechanisms further the possibilities of correcting pathologies which arise from them? By looking at this question holistically, another factor, that of an organism’s ability to communicate with the environment, needs to be considered.