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Robert O. Becker, M.D., lived in upstate New York. Gary Selden is a writer who specializes in scientific topics.

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The Body Electric

Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of LifeBy Robert Becker

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Robert Becker
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0688069711

Chapter One

Hydra's Heads and
Medusa's Blood

There is only one health, but diseases are many. Likewise, there appears to be one fundamental force that heals, although the myriad schools of medicine all have their favorite ways of cajoling it into action.

Our prevailing mythology denies the existence of any such generalized force in favor of thousands of little ones sitting on pharmacists' shelves, each one potent against only a few ailments or even a part of one. This system often works fairly well, especially for treatment of bacterial diseases, but it's no different in kind from earlier systems in which a specific saint or deity, presiding over a specific healing herb, had charge of each malady and each part of the body. Modern medicine didn't spring full-blown from the heads of Pasteur and Lister a hundred years ago.

If we go back further, we find that most medical systems have combined such specifics with a direct, unitary appeal to the same vital principle in all illnesses. The inner force can be tapped in many ways, but all are variations of four main, overlapping patterns: faith healing, magic healing, psychic healing, and spontaneous healing. Although science derides all four, they sometimes seem to work as well for degenerative diseases and long-term healing as most of what Western medicine can offer.

Faith healing creates a trance of belief in both patient and practitioner, as the latter acts as an intercessor or conduit between the sick mortal and a presumed higher power. Since failures are usually ascribed to a lack of faith by the patient, this brand of medicine has always been a gold mine for charlatans. When bona fide, it seems to be an escalation of the placebo effect, which produces improvement in roughly one third of subjects who think they're being treated but are actually being given dummy pills in tests of new drugs. Faith healing requires even more confidence from the patient, so the disbeliever probably can prevent a cure and settle for the poor satisfaction of "I told you so." If even a few of these oft-attested cases are genuine, however, the healed one suddenly finds faith turned into certainty as the withered arm aches with unaccustomed sensation, like a starved animal waking from hibernation.

Magical healing shifts the emphasis from the patient's faith to the doctor's trained will and occult learning. The legend of Teta, an Egyptian magician from the time of Khufu (Cheops), builder of the Great Pyramid, can serve as an example. At the age of 110, Teta was summoned into the royal presence to demonstrate his ability to rejoin a severed head to its body, restoring life. Khufu ordered a prisoner beheaded, but Teta discreetly suggested that he would like to confine himself to laboratory animals for the moment. So a goose was decapitated. Its body was laid at one end of the hall, its head at the other. Teta repeatedly pronounced his words of power, and each time, the head and body twitched a little closer to each other, until finally the two sides of the cut met. They quickly fused, and the bird stood up and began cackling. Some consider the legendary miracles of Jesus part of the same ancient tradition, learned during Christ's precocious childhood in Egypt.

Whether or not we believe in the literal truth of these particular accounts, over the years so many otherwise reliable witnesses have testified to healing "miracles" that it seems presumptuous to dismiss them all as fabrications. Based on the material presented in this book, I suggest Coleridge's "willing suspension of disbelief" until we understand healing better. Shamans apparently once served at least some of their patients well, and still do where they survive on the fringes of the industrial world. Magical medicine suggests that our search for the healing power isn't so much an exploration as an act of remembering something that was once intuitively ours, a form of recall in which the knowledge is passed on or awakened by initiation and apprenticeship to the man or woman of power.

Sometimes, however, the secret needn't be revealed to be used. Many psychic healers have been studied, especially in the Soviet Union, whose gift is unconscious, unsought, and usually discovered by accident. One who demonstrated his talents in the West was Oskar Estebany. A Hungarian Army colonel in the mid-1930s, Estebany noticed that horses he groomed got their wind back and recovered from illnesses faster than those cared for by others. He observed and used his powers informally for years, until, forced to emigrate after the 1956 Hungarian revolution, he settled in Canada and came to the attention of Dr. Bernard Grad, a biologist at McGill University. Grad found that Estebany could accelerate the healing of measured skin wounds made on the backs of mice, as compared with controls. He didn't let Estebany touch the animals, but only place his hands near their cages, because handling itself would have fostered healing. Estebany also speeded up the growth of barley plants and reactivated ultraviolet-damaged samples of the stomach enzyme trypsin in much the same way as a magnetic field, even though no magnetic field could be detected near his body with the instruments of that era.

The types of healing we've considered so far have trance and touch as common factors, but some modes don't even require a healer. The spontaneous miracles at Lourdes and other religious shrines require only a vision, fervent prayer, perhaps a momentary connection with a holy relic, and intense concentration on the diseased organ or limb. Other reports suggest that only the intense concentration is needed, the rest being aids to that end. When Diomedes, in the fifth book of the Iliad, dislocates Aeneas' hip with a rock, Apollo takes the Trojan hero to a temple of healing and restores full use of his leg within minutes. Hector later receives the same treatment after a rock in the chest fells him. We could dismiss these accounts . . .

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (July 22, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0688069711
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0688069711
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 0.92 x 9.25 inches
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We can make our own [[ASIN:B0197HIFYY Organic Dietary Silica Powder]] (as a liquid) by adding a trace amount of silver. I learned this by testing upon my own body some of the knowledge resulting from the research of Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and professor of same, who has a patent for wound care: United States patent # 5814094, and a book: [[ASIN:0688069711 The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life]].

Recipe for making the Fountain of Youth, orthosilicic acid, safely at home.

Orthosilicic acid is an inorganic bioavailable silica made by the natural processes of the Earth in the intermediate steps of forming opal gemstone.

Orthosilicic acid nourishes the body to stimulate its production of collagen - connective tissue. When trace silver is present, collagen forms stem cells at the skin and pericardial sac surrounding the heart resulting in spontaneous regeneration of whatever is deficient within the body of greatest need.

1. In a [[ASIN:B002YZLB5C Circleware Circle 64 oz Pitcher]], add distilled water, low magnesium earth salt (such as extra fine [[ASIN:B005MGDP90 The Spice Lab's Pure Himalayan Salt - 10 Pounds - Finely Ground .5mm]] - not sea salt), [[ASIN:B00025H2PY Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade 10 Lb]], and optionally a bicarbonate of either [[ASIN:B005JHF428 1 lb USP Pure Sodium Bicarbonate Powder Highest Quality Food Grade Pure Baking Soda]] or [[ASIN:B0064GZPU4 Potassium Bicarbonate - 1 lb.]] or both, in the ratio of two parts salt to one part each of D.E. and bicarb. Don't overdo the D.E.; a little goes a long way.

2. Cut and shape two electrodes out of [[ASIN:B00RSF0KXM LifeForce 72" Colloidal Silver Generator Wire 9999 Pure 14 Gauge]] to overhang into the pitcher along opposite sides all the way to the bottom, and form a tiny curl at the bottom end so as to avoid scratching the inside surface of the glass. Make sure the top end curls over the top lip of the pitcher - downward for a short ways and then horizontally outward - to form a short extension jutting out away from the pitcher. This is where the clip leads from a [[ASIN:B00B3CA2IO The Silver Lining Colloidal Silver Generator with Magnetic Stirrer - 32oz Flask]] will attach.

3. Run the colloidal silver generator on its lowest setting continuously for a few days and make sure your machine is capable of stirring the solution. Set the stirring knob on the machine to a moderate speed.

4. When you want to take a sip, turn off the machine and pour out a few ounces into a small disposable cup and discard any solution that you fail to consume within less than half an hour. Turn the machine back on making sure that the solution continues to stir.

5. Do not turn off the machine unless you're taking a sip or the pitcher is empty.

6. Drink on an empty stomach between meals.

7. Rinse the pitcher clean and scrub the silver wire with a copper scrub pad taking care not to leave behind any copper fibers.

8. Supplement your diet with plenty of [[ASIN:B004KWNH04 Pure Calcium Carbonate 600 mg 100 Tabs]] along with whatever mineral or electrolyte suits your fancy. >> diatomaceous earth, food grade


[[ASIN:B005FH2LEG Hanna Instruments HI 770 Checker HC Handheld Colorimeter, For Silica High Range]]

Dr. Becker has a patent for the use of silver in wound care at this location:

Also see the photo documentation of Dr. Pramod Vora who has replicated one of Dr. Becker's treatment methods:

There is also a clinic in Australia which has been successful in treating cancer with Becker's technique:

My effort at researching Dr. Becker:
Apart from drinking beer, there are very few conventional options in the standard western diet for supplementing ourselves with bioavailable silica for promoting collagen production in the human and animal body. When combined with minute quantities of silver (acting as a catalytic binding agent to collagen), bioavailable silica stimulates the production of non-differentiated (stem) cells at the growth layer of the skin and at the pericardial sac (surrounding the heart) supplementing whatever level of stem cells are already being produced by our bone marrow. Since our production of stem cells declines as we get older, stimulating our production of stem cells greatly enhances our ability to spontaneously heal from stress and injury.

The silicon content of beer and its bioavailability in healthy volunteers. - PubMed - NCBI

The comparative absorption of silicon from different foods and food supplements. - PubMed - NCBI

Silicon deprivation decreases collagen formation in wounds and bone, and ornithine transaminase enzyme activity in liver. - PubMed - NCBI

High dietary aluminum affects the response of rats to silicon deprivation. - PubMed - NCBI
The only caveat to the regeneration of the body is the tendency for regeneration to drain the body of its alkaline reserve. Thus, is needed: silica to balance the body's pH plus plenty of alkalizing supplements and methods, such as: the magnesium and calcium products cited above or others (such as: [[ASIN:B00HETZLNG Bone Meal Kal 250 Tabs]] and magnesium malate or citrate), [[ASIN:B004XIS14M Starwest Botanicals Organic Kelp Powder, 1 Pound Bags]], [[ASIN:B000EITYUU Celtic Sea Salt, Fine Ground, 16 Ounce]] and electrolyte powder, [[ASIN:B00AYNNX34 Sleep Lavender Bath Salts 2 Lbs]], etc.

So, it's not enough to replicate Dr. Becker's research; we also have to take responsibility for pursuing regeneration of any sort. I take a whole body and a whole karmic approach to this study since my five cats and I were all exposed to anti-freeze poisoning over ten years ago.

My first cat died within a month of liver cancer. The second died three months later of connective tissue (collagen) cancer. This latter kitty had skin so brittle and fragile that it could break off in large flakes! I decided to put him down, immediately. A stroke felled the next kitty, then a sudden blood clot felled the fourth, and lastly the fifth died from hypothermia since she was old and feeble and had no one to sleep with anymore during a cold winter in which I chose not to heat my home due to a rise in home heating fuel! {I was severely allergic to her and could not let her sleep with me.} All of them died within two years after the six week poisoning had occurred. We also had been inhaling the transpiration of the anti-freeze erupting from out of the soil of these potted plants in our one room studio apartment.

I waited over two years before seeing an oncologist who examined my blood under a microscope and reviewed my blood analysis and declared: "Well, you're not at risk, but nearly borderline." This, after two years of [[ASIN:B0018OAJXU Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds, 8oz. - 1/2lb]] and [[ASIN:B00D8VJTU0 Cesium Liquid Ionic & Super Potassium High pH Therapy Minerals (32 oz)]] and still no complete recovery. Anti-freeze is known to induce any one of the following: late onset type II diabetes, kidney failure, cancers of the liver, pancreas and blood (leukemia), just to name a few. Had I known this ahead of time, I never would have used that darned potting soil from a perforated bag which had been sitting in it for God knows how long to grow ourselves some wheatgrass and garlic shoots as potted house plants for all of us to enjoy!

There is no treatment modality known by the medical establishment, but one fellow on the internet used [[ASIN:B00ZRSM5KI 1 Lb. All Natural FOOD GRADE Activated Charcoal Powder from USA Hardwood Trees. Whitens Teeth, Rejuvenates Skin and Hair, Detoxifies the Body. Helps with Digestion. Treats Accidental Poisoning, Bug Bites and Wounds. FREE scoop included. 100% Carbon.]] right away and that seemed to help him.

There is also no method of testing for the presence of anti-freeze within the body. And both the body and the environment have no quick method for breaking this stuff down to defuse its toxicity, which includes: mutagenic and carcinogenic properties.

But wait.... It gets better...

I think bioavailable silica plus trace silver (in any form) holds the key to my recovery. In fact, I'm pretty sure of it.
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