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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (July 22 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688069711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688069711
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Robert O. Becker, M.D., lives in upstate New York.

Gary Selden is a writer who specializes in scientific topics.


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If you have not read Robert O. Becker yet you must, if you have any interest in health processes or the healing process. He was a very thorough medical researcher with a keen interest in regeneration and lays the basis of his work on a rich history of medical evolution from 2,000 BC forward. While he touches only lightly on silver, he was the first to certify that electro generated silver ions not only kill most pathogens but are also the only metallic ions to cause dedifferentiation of cells and thus rapid local regeneration. His primary application was as bimetallic (battery) implants to speed bone and other tissue healing but he opened the world to the electrical nature of cellular life processes.
Another interest I have always had was TENS or zapper units but after reading his works find 99% of applications are very risky due to mans constant desire to "make it stronger" - he found as little as a few billionths of an ampere and less then 1 volt triggered healing or regeneration and more was not only counterproductive but usually dangerous.
He gets bitter in the end, having been forced to close his lab, essentially banned from research by his peers because he moved forward too far too fast plus eventually got involved in attacking the electropollution man has introduced into our environment in the last 60 years. Our universe and thus evolutionary development are based on a low level electromagnetic environment with the dominant 10 hertz frequency of both our brains and gravity waves but man has increased the electropollution by 1,000 times,with the advent of 50/60 Hz electric lines blanketing the earth and pervase pulsed microwaves to the point we are effecting the Van Allen belt and thus weather, if not the general decline of many of mans bio-functions!
His followup book Cross Currents is slightly repetative but adds a great deal more, especially to his electropollution comcerns.
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"The Body Electric" (1) and "Cross Currents" (2)These books are the basis for electro-medicine good/harmful effects. They (the first one especially) provide cogent explanations on the cancer
mechanisms; bone/tissue/organ regeneration and electromagnetic effects. One can deduce how wrong and primitive mainstream thinking is in these matters.

I think these books should be required reading by any MD/researcher/engineer worth her/his salt.
Incidentally Dr. Becker, far ahead of his time, is the king of stem cell research, however, he was hounded by the mainstream as his research would have put much of the wrong headed & self serving research funding in jeopardy and he hardly ever gets credit for his ground breaking work.
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This is a book that will enlighten a lay person that has limited knowledge in the sciences and interest the educated. It focuses on: Regeneration, Politics in Medicine, and Electromagnetic pollution. It slows down a bit when the author chooses to voice his opinions on politics in the medical field, but quickly picks up in the end when he explores the effects of electro-magnetic fields on the human body. I recommend this book because, in short, I found it very interesting.
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This book finally leads medicine (and biology) from the early 1800's into the 21st century. That is, these areas have been stuck in a mechanistic, chemical-based view of how the body works since they elected to ignore Maxwell's work - work that has lead to all of the electrical gadgets and technology we all love so dearly.
For some reason those in who study life have elected to ignore Maxwell's work and concentrate on chemical reactions. As was pointed out back in the 1920's (and earlier even) this approach precludes life so it is no wonder that medicine has not advanced very far.
Becker lays the groundwork for understanding ancient traditions such as Qigong (the Taoists certainly understood the concept of the energetic body) in addition to exposing the widespread pollution we are now exposed to. One wonders when people will wake up and realize that the electromagnetic pollution is no doubt doing at least as much as the chemical pollution in causing changes to the planet's biosphere.
Excellent book in addition to the newer "Cross Currents".
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This book, which I found as the only one which met my criteria in a library search, had a profound affect on my life. I am not a scientist, and was somewhat put off by the long list of tortured & murdered animals which are central to the body of the work. I finished the book easily, though, and the information was instrumental in creating my own work. I came at this from an Eastern point of view and found the basic science very useful. I work now mainly with neurological difficulties, and am grateful to Dr. Becker every day. I downgraded it one star (actually 1/2 star) because he tries to incorporate fields with which he has no familiarity in order to make his work comprehensive. For instance, he suggest that because he could find electrical conduction at only half the points used in acupuncture, he suggests that possibly the other half are spurious. In his own field, however, his research is outstanding.
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Robert O. Becker, the 20th century pioneer of research in bioelectric phenomena, does a masterful job of leading the reader into the invisible yet profound world of electromagnetism and its effect on all living organisms. At times awe-inspiring, at others frightening, Becker ends his book with more questions posed than answered, both in the realm of medical implications of tissue regeneration and in the realm of electropollution and its possible ramifications for our industrialized society. An excellent book for the intellectually curious.
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