Michael R Manning and Harry Oung
Though not in general use by AMA member physicians, many bioelectrical devices are at present beingused by alternative medicine aware physicians. Some of these devicesare relatively low tech, low cost, but seek to aid the body to help itself; while FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved devicesusually treat parts in isolation, are more costly, but generally accepted by AMA member physicians. Sucha tension has existed between homeopathic and allopathic medicine for centuries. Often, alternativemedicines are perceived these days as quack, and sometimes rightly so due to some dishonest trade.However, one cannot deny the science of biofeedback, meditation, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, etc.As medical cost continues to rise, causes of sickness and chronic diseases continues to be untreated, etc.,we can no longer treat the body as merely chemical and mechanical entities and ignore the electricalnature of the livingcells-- using bioelectrical devices mainly for diagnostic purposes.In this talk, Michael R. Manning and Harry Oung will give a brief review of the history and discuss thefuture of many medical instruments for diagnostic and therapeutic uses. Among the discussed are pacemakers, high voltage pulse defribulators (both implanted and external), trans-cutaneous neuralstimulators (TENS), bone growth and nerve regeneration (PEMF) pulsed electromagnetic field devices,electro-acupuncture devices for relieving pain, cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), ultrasound, brainwave EEG and MEG. A common platform will be discussed that allow these systems to work effectively.
Tesla, Medicine and History
At the turn of the century, Tesla, having no other technicaloptions such as high power tube or transistor switchingsystems, employed rotary spark gap quenched gap to achieve the highrate of change of voltagewith time (dv/dt) necessaryto excite voltage amplification in his Tesla coil pulse transformers.As aconsequence of this technical restriction, his highvoltage Tesla coils generated a wide spectrum of frequency components.In radio technology parlance, this effect is calledradio frequency (RF) splatter.Some of the frequencycomponents created by Tesla's coil excitation method fall below 10thousand hertz (kilohertz) and so arein the low frequency rangeassociated with neural stimulation.Tesla took note of this effect and said that sitting within thenear field of one of his Tesla coils while inoperation hadgiven him very pleasant sensations and hadrevitalized his energylevel, eliminating fatigue.He, from then on, stated thathisTesla coils had the electro-therapeutic effect of restoring vitalenergies in the human body.Tesla then started a small company which sold Tesla coils formedical therapeutic applications, but it didnot last longbecause the small Tesla coils they sold were not as effective forhuman therapeuticrevitalization as the giant Tesla coil that he builtin Colorado springs, Colorado.Other electro-medical equipment manufactures then copied Tesla'swork and sold many miniature Teslacoils excited argon gas filled tubesystems that they marketed from 1910 to about 1930 that also had no beneficial therapeutic effect.The manufacturers of these devicesclaimed that they could cure a widevariety of ailments and diseaseswith their products,consequently, the American Medical Association,(AMA), condemned thesedevices and thanks to their lobbying effortsin Washington, DC the Food andDrug Administration, (FDA), in thefederal government made these small Tesla coils illegal tomanufactureand sell in the United States.However, they were still made inRussia and in easternEuropean countriesfor many years thereafter.Such was the state of electrotherapy, condemned in the UnitedStates and believed to be like the snake oilsold by thecarpet baggers of the 1800's after the American Civil War to betotally devoid of medical benefits by the members of theorthodox medical community.