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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer


An extract from Robert Becker The Body Electric (1985, p.284)

Robert Becker is a distiguished scientist who discovered and developed our understanding of the role of electricity in living organisms. Recognising the role that particular frequencies and power levels of electrical impulses play in the body, he was the first to develop the use of specific electrical stimulation in healing tissues. His fervent hope was that this knowledge would bring about a revolution in healing, especially in the regrowth of damaged, or even absent, tissue. But at the same time he recognised the damage that electromagnetic fields in the environment are having on the human body. Instead of a triumph of knowledge to the good of mankind, he saw refusal to understand the implications, and the greatest threat to our well-being in modern times.

His conclusions are no different to those of Ross Adey and other distinguished scientists in the field, and those who dismiss their findings are creating a legacy of potentially devastating proportions.


Fatal locations

Subliminal activation of the stress response is one of the most important effects that EMFs and nonionizing radiation have upon life, but it’s far from the only one. These unfamiliar energies produce changes in nearly every bodily function so far studied. Many of these alterations are associated with stress, but whether they’re a result of, or an additional trigger for, the adrenocortical reaction is an irrelevant chicken-or-egg question at this stage of our knowledge. The most disturbing data come from work on the systems that integrate other bodily functions—the central nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and growth control systems. We’ll concentrate upon these in the following overview of the biohazards.

For the most part, no attempt will be made to identify specific effects from microwaves, radio waves, and electric or magnetic fields, for similar changes have been observed from all modalities. The major problems come from extremely low frequencies, but higher frequencies have the same effects if pulsed or modulated in the ELF range. This is very often the case, for, to transmit information, microwaves or radio waves must be shaped. This is done by interrupting the beam to form pulses or by modulating the frequency or amplitude (size) of the waves. Furthermore, today’s environment is a latticework of crisscrossing signals in which there’s always the possibility of synergistic effects or the ‘construction’ of new ELF signals from the patterns of interference between two higher frequencies. Therefore, experiments in which cells or organisms are exposed to a single unmodulated frequency, though sometimes useful, are irrelevant outside the lab. They’re most often done by researchers whose only goal is to be able to say, ‘See, there’s no cause for alarm.’


The Body Electric. Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life. Robert O Becker MD, Gary Selden; 1985. Reprinted by Quill, ISBN 0 688 06971 1. Still available from Amazon, along with his Cross Currents. Both are an excellent and fascinating insight into the research, its protagonists and the opposition.

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