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139 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2000
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This is an illuminating book!
If you would like to know the scientific basis for the connection between acupuncture, the ability of salamanders to regenerate limbs, the occurance of remissions in cancer patients, the ability of qigong masters to heal, the extinction of species, the correlation of childhood leukemia with powerline proximity, then get this facinating and well written book by an M.D. who did his own pioneering research that led to a new paradigm for the role of electicity and magnetism in biology.
Also, learn what you can do to protect yourself from the everday perils of electropollution.
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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2000
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and with any luck, will be in the future. Robert Becker is an M.D. and research scientist with impeccable credentials--he discovered the minute electric currents, applied to bone fractures, will heal breaks that weren't knitting (and before his treatment, amputation was the only alternature for non-unions.) As noted below, this book is illumating. The author goes a long way toward finding a scientific basis for acupuncture, homeopathy, and 'faith' healing--at the very least, they involve the electromagnetic field in and around the body. He details the opposition he has encountered through the years from the close-minded, who, through the all-too-human combination of ignorance, arrogance, blindness and politics, have hindered his work (and 'scientists' are always extolling the open-minded superiority of science over all else!) He makes no secret of his disdain for the likes of self-appointed witch-finders like James "the Amazing" Randi. In the last half of the book Becker discusses electropollution, the possible harm it can do to people, and how to reduce or elimate your exposure. An eye-opening book that will be enjoyed by those interested in the failures of modern medicine (and 'failure' is indeed the right word, since the medicine profession has had to admit that doctors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.)
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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2001
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Others have summarised this astonishing book. It is most unfortunate that the title and cover imply a sensationalist book. It is sensational - but in the sense of new knowledge unknown to most of the Medical fraternity and I write as aa senior MD! This is the most important medical book I have read and I nearly ignored it because of its lurid presentation.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 1999
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I have read over 15 books in the realm of magnetic therapy and this is one of the two top books that I enjoyed. Absolutely spellbinding. Get this book!!!!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Dr Robert O Becker was an orthopaedic surgeon who researched cell/limb regeneration and ended up as an expert on the effects of electricity on the body. His work puts a sound scientific basis to the area of electric fields. He was involved in reviewing electronic fields for the military which gave him a unique access to data. This allows him to bring together an interesting range of facts.

Hospitals now use a number of devices that are based on his work. One device was patented by Dr Andy Bassett (a student of his) and involved using a magnetic field to speed bone union in fractures.
Another device involves inserting 2 electrodes into a bone or wound which is infected (and thus not healing) and using a mild electric current to kill the bacteria. My friend says they did this to him in hospital recently... so it's obviously catching on.
A third device is being used in hospitals for cancer: using 2 carbon nanotubes (probes) we can liquify cancer tumours using the electroporesis effect (as documented by Dr Robert Beck a physicist). Beck based his work on Kaali and Lyman... and they based their work on preceding work... which I assume included Becker.

A surprising book. Covering topics you don't expect to find mentioned. A book with credibility. A book full of useful facts. A book that advances our knowledge of electronic hazards significantly.

Dr Robert O Becker died in 2008... but not before finally patenting a device for regenerating tissue in 1998 ie. the de-differentiation of specialised cells and their re-differentiation into the required tissue. So who needs stem cells? I'm at a loss why this work hasn't been more widely used or cited... and it's not very complicated either... although I suspect that Becker might have left out a bit of detail.

Becker did do a little bit more work on healthy magnetic fields that isn't documented here... as he also seems to be behind at least one device to improve cell metabolism (similar to Bassett's idea only for the whole body).

The use of electrical stimulation in treating depression and addiction is also an area that is starting to get serious attention eg. refer Dr Meg Patterson (NET) and Dr Robert Beck (Biotuner). Beck gives a fascinating history of this in an audio interview.

Electronic fields can have both positive and negative effects on the body... Becker documents both.

Unfortunately Becker fails to reference his own work properly... but you can find the references in his 1998 patent.

This is not hard reading. Becker keeps it simple. Anyone should have no trouble understanding this.

It is a well informed opinion. Much speculation and myth is based on Beckers work. I found Becker originally by trying to track down who people were referencing when they made claims about electromagnetic fields. Most references seem to be refering to Beckers work... so read from the source?

Beckers previous book "The body Electric" is probably the book most people cite.
If you have to choose between the two... buy the first one... then you'll probably be hooked and buy the second one anyway.

:-)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2003
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This book, by a prominent medical researcher and practitioner, is one of the most well written and interesting of it's type. In fact, I was unable to put it down once I started reading. Initially interested in possible hazards of electropollution, and also medical uses of electric current, I learned quite a bit from Dr. Becker's book; and I found myself asking more questions, and looking for other sources. Written for the layman, this book is authoritatively referenced with all the professionalism you would expect from a man of the author's caliber. Highly recommended!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2006
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Dr. Becker is a brilliant medical researcher who has devoted his life to the study of something most doctors barely understand that it exists: the body's electrical system.

Among many other topics, Dr. Becker describes
- the body's inbuilt electrical systems,
- how he was able to use electrical current to get bones that would otherwise not have grown together to do so,
- how he offered to create a means of inducing anesthesia with electrical currents, but was politely turned down by lesser doctors,
- how one can measure electrical currents flowing at acupuncture points (in other words, why there must be something to acupuncture),
- why he thinks there may be something to homeopathy,
- to what extent electrical systems play a role in the salamander's ability to regenerate tissue,
- the harm that (everyday) electromagnetic fields can cause.

The tragedy of Dr. Becker is that he is so far ahead of his time that he is largely overlooked. All the same he sometimes paints with a little too broad a brush. All the same, I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the life sciences.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2007
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A great job by Dr. Becker. Electromagnetism affects all lifeforms on earth. The effect it has on our health is dramatic and cannot continue to be ignored by mainstream medicine. Becker is a true pioneer.

The one criticism that I have with this book is that Becker failed to mention the excellent research done by Albert Roy Davis and Walter Rawls.
Davis was the first scientist in the world to discover that magnetism consists of two separate energies with different effects, it's not a singular form of energy with a singular effect, as is still widely believed today. The North and South poles have opposite effects.

Davis found that South pole magnetism is harmful to our health and will cause bacteria, germs, and even cancer to grow and spread at an accelerated rate in the body, while North pole magnetism will quickly stop the growth and assist the body to overcome disease. Just as Becker has said, Davis and Rawls found that many devices used in hospitals actually compound the problem. Radiation, for example, emits positive and negative electromagnetic energies. The positive energies can actually stimulate the growth of the cancer cells, similar to the way positive (South) magnetic energies do.

The first book by Davis and Rawls, "Magnetism and Its Effects on the Living System", goes into detail about how magnetism affects the physical and mental development of animals, the growth of plants, and among other topics, a detailed account of the effects both negative and positive magnetic energies have on cancer. "The Magnetic Blueprint of Life", the last of their books, expresses the relationship of air ions to health, how magnetism can be utilized in energy production, and it has in-depth information on how these positive electromagnetic energies, which are all around us, endanger us to a greater degree each and every day. We are being lied to about the safety of many electrical products on the market today, cell phones included.

If you have the books by Robert Becker and Davis and Rawls you'll be way ahead of the rest of the population in your knowledge of electromagnetism and its effects on all living beings.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
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This book is one of the most important books I have read, I agree the cover makes it look a little sensationalist but the book isn't it's very much based on facts, scientific proof, and the many studies that have been conducted. I thought this book would be dated since it was written in 1990 and on a few parts it is but I've read almost every book on EMF's and this book is actually the basis on which most the other books get most of their facts, this book is the best book and most comprehensive on understanding EMFs out there IMO. Only downside is the book can get a little technical on some parts but for the most part a regular person will understand it. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and especially doctors (this is the key to the so many "whys" and "hows" in medicine we are unable to solve) , IMO this book should be taught in medical school.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2006
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If you really want to understand how the body works and is being influenced by our environment you must read this book. What an eye-opener. The author is someone thinking ahead of his time and much of what he predicted has come true.
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