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First Pulse: A Personal Journey in Cancer Research Paperback – December 14, 2001

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...Garnett's work has more fundamental implications for defining the common ground between art and science. -- The Lancet, April 22, 2000. Exploring sci-art: the final frontier, by Kelly Morris.

Merrill Garnett is a true original--a person in pursuit of a profoundly humane goal along career and personal paths quite unlike anyone else I have ever met. Merrill is one of the rare individuals for whom "doing well by doing good" isn't a superficial slogan but rather is truly second nature. In this book Merrill has produced a fascinating, intensely personal account of his 40 year quest for effective cancer treatments.I'm sure most readers will react to the book as I did. I was engaged and captivated--both at the personal and at the scientific levels. In this era of beaurocratized science, people like Merrill are increasingly rare and increasingly important. Readers are treated to a deep, clear look into this world. -- Paul Bingham, Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, State University of New York at Stony Brook -- Publisher Comments --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Three years since the publication of the first edition, the 2nd edition of First Pulse is now available. It includes an additional chapter summarizing recent research and developments at Garnett McKeen Laboratory.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: First Pulse Projects, Inc. (December 14, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0966559711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966559712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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today i finished the book First Pulse, A Personal Journey in Cancer Research, by Dr. Merrill Garnett, kindly sent to me from Joy Garnett, whose paintings inhabit the pages of the book, bringing the abstract microscopic world of cell research into visibility.
first, i must name my preconceptions of First Pulse, in what may be due to my own issues of mortality. upon receiving the book, i immediately looked at every of the book's numerous paintings by Joy Garnett. they are images at once ghostly and haunting, and beautiful and sublime, of various stages of cell growth and decay, in vibrant yet subdued colors, as if viewed through a microscope.
this visualization of various stages of cancerous growth and subsequent images of treatment in painted form has the quality of a Francis Bacon painting. the horror of Bacon's Study of Pope Innocent X or Figure with Meat, are somehow aestheticized within the scraping lines of paint which at once blur and etherealize the subject. these same streaking lines are present in Joy Garnett's paintings, and my first reaction was an association of cancer with this Baconian visualization of horror. but, the paintings somehow made the disturbing mystery of cancer into something tangible, aesthetic, and even neutral. somehow, the beautiful painted light which visualizes scientific exploration and understanding portrays that journey itself as an artistic venture.
the paintings illuminate the cancerous cell, and bring the science of an esoteric and highly specialized field of research into a public domain, where it should be.
i would not have thought this to be true, but after reading the words of Dr.
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Merrill Garnett is a humble genius. In this book, he carries us in his pocket as he reviews his decades-long search for a non-toxic metabolic tool to reverse cancer without interfering with the body's natural mechanisms; essentially he sought, and found, a form of jumper cables for metabolically-challenged cellular respiration found in cancer cells. It is a personal, anecdotal, and sometimes poetic trip trip through biochemistry, electrical chemistry, genetics, and the new field he proposes, electrogenetics.

Dr. Garnett writes clearly and simply, without fanfare or emotionalism. He invites the lay reader into an amazing world without dumbing down the material. His style is wonderfully conversational and inspiring, with just enough detail of the various technical aspects of the material, not so much as to overwhelm the lay reader, but enough to provide the trained scientist an overview of the route he traveled and the never-wavering inspiration for his research.

Of course what makes this book so exciting is the clinical results from his initial supplement, polyMVA, which has been approved by the FDA and is in distribution. The results from clinical applications by licensed practitioners are impressive if still in the first stages. While it is certainly a first step, to be followed by further refinements, and especially to be studied as used in combination with other therapies, both conventional and integrative, Garnett has taken a bold and innovative step beyond the standard scientific approach to treating metabolic diseases and cancer.
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The problem is faulty enzyme systems lead to cancer because our cells have separate compartments which separate water soluble from oil(p43). A metal that transfers energy but doesnt bind would be like an enzyme (p45). Metals share electrons on a very extended lease, which not only overlap each other, but extend into solvents and interact with organic molecules (p45). He used lipic acid because our DNA takes energy from fat (p81) and combined it with palladium because it could transfer electrons over the longest distance (p53). He started out by creating molecules and testing them with voltammetry to see how the molecule absorbs and releases charges to find the perfect molecule to transfer charges to the DNA without binding to it (p75-77). He bypassed the faulty enzyme pathways and shuttled energy to the DNA which allowed it to evolve from sugar to oxygen metabolism. Furthermore, once charge is restored, the DNA restructured its liquid crystal state (p106). Future developments will be taken to determine how electromagnetic fields and toxins alter this crystal state.
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Could this discovery be the magic bullet cancer research has been searchinf for? Quite possibly. All I have to say is that anyone who has had cancer has cancer, or has it and has been told not to expect much from conventional therapy simply must read this book and they check out the PolyMVA website. The long review up front at Amazon says it all but how the Doc arrived at this discovery is very interesting and not too far out scientifically to be understood by the mainstream.
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