by George Trinkaus
Tesla had a hunch that, since his high-potential, high-frequency currents could be passed into the body harmlessly, "these currents might lend themselves to electrotherapeutic uses." Tesla experimented upon himself. When he was struck down in the streets by a New York taxi, he didn’t deliver himself over to the medicals but dragged himself up to his hotel room where, in seclusion and with the help of his own electrotherapy, he recovered from his fractures and contusions. Tesla never patented in electrotherapy, but in 1891 he began publishing his observations in technical journals, and seven years later we find Tesla giving a speech to the American Electro-Therapeutic Association in which he details with drawings the high-frequency apparatus he invented for this purpose, which included a Tesla coil.
Lakhovsky’s apparatus evolved from Tesla’s. "These circuits," Lakhovsky wrote, "are stimulated by damped high-frequency currents from a spark gap. Thus each circuit of the transmitter vibrates not only on its natural frequency, but also on numerous harmonics." Here we must sing praises to the old spark gap because Lakhovsky observes that the frequency of his spark-gap oscillator’s basic vibrations ranged from 750 kilocycles all the way up to 3 gigacycles! And he adds that "each circuit also emits many harmonics, which, with their basic waves, their interferences and their effluvia can reach the scale of infra-red and even that of visible light."
Lakhovsky employed spark-gap oscillators, Tesla
coils, and even vacuum-tube oscillators, and he put some of these
devices into patent. The Lakhovsky multiple-wave oscillator (MWO)
terminates in a distinctive frequency-independent antenna consisting of
a number of concentric open rings of different diameters. The MWO
antenna provides full-body stimulation to the patient, who is situated
a few feet distant from an antenna or between a matching pair.
electrotherapy idea was taken up as well by Arsene D'Arsonval and Paul
Ouden. One finds in the Tesla coil literature many mentions of an
"Ouden coil," when a Tesla coil is obviously meant. This has perplexed
some researchers who conclude
Ouden's coil had to be special, but he
had just made it a safer apparatus. (The Ouden circuit grounded the
bottom of both primary and secondary, but this feature can be found in
Tesla's circuits as well.) Perhaps, as Tesla's name became taboo in the
media, writers and editors
chose to call the device by Dr. Ouden's name to play it safe.
Organized medicine (which
works hand-in-hand with pharmaceutical corporations, which in turn work
hand-in-hand with the mass media) distracts the public from the
observation that the myriad diseases that afflict us could stem from a
fundamental condition, the weakening of the "life-force" or of the "heart of health" (to use some old terms rather then the "immune-system" of contemporary AIDSpeak).
The scam has gone so far now that researchers invent diseases and syndromes by definitional contrivance, even when no distinct and separate symptomology or etiology exists. (Example: so-called AIDS).
Lakhovsky proposed that exposure to a blend of
higher frequencies stimulate the cell’s life force, restoring vigor and
vibrational responsiveness of living cells suggests a whole new medical
panorama in which electric waves, both natural and man-made, exercise
influences both healthful and malignant upon the body’s cellular
According to Lakhovsky, treatment with the multiple-wave
oscillator mobilizes the body’s own self-healing reserves. Thus the
range of diseases that can be treated is infinite.
Degenerative conditions develop when the body’s self-healing reserves lose their power. Infections, cancers, inflammations, skeletal degeneration and organ dysfunctions then develop, but often such conditions can be reversed if these reserves are revived. Even fractures and cuts can be healed in a fraction of the normal time. Neural dysfunctions, from headaches to deafness to paralysis, can be normalized. The MWO has been used successfully to treat arthritis. Can any such a cure-all really exist? If there is a generalized life-force enhancer, then the answer is yes, and this may be it.
the violet ray
A low-pressure inert noble gas, such as argon, contained in a glass bulb or tube is electrified by high-potential, high-frequency Tesla currents generated by a spark-type Tesla coil. The wand emits, when brought into contact with the body, an electric ray, seen as a orange, reddish or violet beam, a fascinating phenomenon to watch.
Tesla himself used such a revivifying ray
daily. While the MWO was never mass-produced, the violet-ray machine
was actually commercially
manufactured, and it became a fixture in many
a doctor’s office and in many homes. Made available to the general
public by a number of manufacturers in the 1920s and ’30s, one could
mail-order the device from a Sears catalog. Not surprisingly, the
advertising made sweeping cure-all claims. Eventually medicine
organized to suppress this threatening alternative to its official
line, which it labeled "quack," but for a time both MWO and violet-ray
flourished, and to such a degree that it still can't be stamped out.
Like Tesla technology generally, this high-frequency electric healing
technology still persists today world-wide and underground. Borderland
Sciences made a big contribution to the perpetuation of the technology
with the publication of Tom Brown’s MWO Handbook in 1986, which is now in its fourth edition. The violet-ray machines employed compact spark-gap oscillators or Tesla
coils to generate the currents.
The most common ray-tube electrode was in the form of a wand with a flared end, but ray-tubes were also available in a wide variety of blown-glass shapes designed to accommodate any contour of the anatomy and to fit into any orifice.
The seer and healer Edgar Cayce recommended violet-ray electrotherapy for his patients in some 900 readings and for a tremendous variety of conditions, including arthritis, baldness, circulation problems, nerve, spinal and debilitation problems, sprains, eye disorders, and even possession.
of the Tesla-coil secondary in an oil oil enhances the effect. I have experienced the value of oil immersion in the "recipe" oil coil described in detail in my book Son of Tesla Coil and shown on the Tesla Coil Page. For
electrotherapy I've found it superior to any open helical secondary.
It's power can be felt, for it generates in the tissue a greater
heating (diathermic) effect.
The Tesla coil should be spark-gap type. As an experiment, I drove my violet ray with the solid-state pulse unit detailed in Son of Tesla Coil. Unlike spark, which generates a broad spectrum of frequencies, the electronic driver supplies just a single-frequency of electric vibration to the wand. This produces a steady intense ray of different coloration, no crackle, and very hot. The diathermic effect is powerful, nearly burning, and lingers in the tissue for some minutes after use. Interesting experiment; this strange ray may have a use. But, for electrotherapy as I know it, I'll stick with the tradition of spark.
I’ve also built and used extensively a little portable MWO coil designed by Bob Beck (12-volt solid-state-driven ignition coil, spark gap of auto points, tiny one-inch diameter secondary). Lately I prefer larger, hotter stationary coils, but powered down with a variac. My latest spark gap is also made from auto ignition points. The transformer (neon) is attenuated by the variac and is rated only 5 kv, 20 MA. The spark gap is about .004".
If you want to experiement, the application
time for ray bulb or wand can be from one to thirty minutes. Violet-ray
devices should always be adjustable for intensity, the output being reduced when the
diathermic effect is felt to be too hot.
pacemakers, other implants
The ray-wand crackles. The wand must be held firmly to the skin or sparks will arc from its corona, producing an irritating tickle. Fresh ozone is in the air. I admit to a dependency on these devices.
ozone produced is one of the touted benefits, says electrotherapy
inventor H.G. O’Neill in a patent of 1899 (No. 628,352): "Ozone in this
nascent form is very much more energetic than in a free state and
produces instant oxidation of all diseased matter. This form of asepsis
is applicable to the entire tract of a wound or diseased surface at any
depth. It is fatal to germ life and affords a means of internal
asepsis." Others have touted the release of heat in the tissues
(diathermy), as well as an increase in the local blood supply and an
increase in metabolic rate.
Related readings on Teslapress
How the Chronicle Invented AIDS
Table of Toxicity
The Multiple Wave Oscillator Handbook, edited
by Tom Brown, is a 350-page compilation of all sorts of articles on the
MWO and the violet ray, now in its 4th edition. Borderland Sciences,
P.O. Box 6250, Eureka, CA 95502, 707-445-2247. www.borderlands.com
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