Electro-therapy got its start during the days of the Roman Empire when Greek physicians had their patients stand on electric torpedo fish as a step to improve health in the first century AD. Scribonius Largus wrote: “For any type of gout a live black torpedo should, when the pain begins, be placed under the feet … in this way Anteros, a freeman of Tiberius, was cured. … Headache even if it is chronic and unbearable is taken away and remedied forever by a live black torpedo placed on the spot which is in pain, until the pain ceases.” And Claudius Galen wrote: “Therefore I thought that the torpedo should be applied alive to the person who has the headache, … and could free the patient from pain … this I found to be so.”
Electricity was harnessed for healing as early as 1747. A professor of experimental philosophy and mathematics in Geneva restored life to the paralyzed arm of a blacksmith using an electric current. Electricity was soon recognized as being a natural part of the life force. It was used extensively for healing until the early part of the 20th Century and the advent of the pharmaceutical industry.
In the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, there are several models of early devices used to bring about healing by applying electrical stimulation to the brain. In modern times, research started as early as 1903 to help with insomnia. This research was known first as “Electro-sleep” and later as more applications were discovered the term “Cranial Electrical Stimulation” or CES was used.
Robert (Bob) C. Beck, D.Sc. conducted brain research and developed an improved EEG to read brain wave patterns in the 1970’s. When he read in 1983 about Dr. Meg Patterson’s success in helping rock star Peter Townshend overcome his drug addiction using a “Black Box Brain Tuner” he contacted her. These two research pioneers enjoyed several meetings. Patterson was committed to a large corporation so Bob Beck decided to develop his own Brain Tuner. With Bob’s genius, he was able to develop a unit that emitted all the key frequencies simultaneously. These frequencies include a special healing frequency Bob discovered from Russian researchers.
Bob Beck won the John Fetzer Foundation pioneering award for scientific achievement in 1990 for his brain research. His investigation into the workings of the brain and/or his Brain Tuner are included in at least three books:
- Super–Learning 2000, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, 1994. ISBN#0–440–22388–1″The implications of this work are stunning,” said physicist Bob Beck, the expert on electromagnetic fields, long employed as a consultant to the Department of Defense. Beck, a close friend of Meg Patterson, was soon swept into an adventure of discovery. He studied all her research and everything he could uncover in the Defense Department. Working with spectrum analyzers and sophisticated equipment, he came up with a device: the Brain Tuner 5+, which broadcasts the frequencies of the three ‘magic’ ranges of neurotransmitters—enkephalins, catecholamines, and betaendorphins. He set up the frequencies in bundles. Instead of sounding one for each neurotransmitter separately, he put 256 frequencies together like a resonating chord of music. His device, smaller than a Walkman, runs on a 9–volt battery and is safe. The Brain Tuner has electrodes on a stethoscope–like headset that fit in the hollows behind the ears. Acupuncture points behind the ear effectively circulate electrostimulation on the ‘Triple Warmer’ Meridian. You wear the device just twenty minutes a day.Double–blind studies were done at the University of Wisconsin on the BT 5+’s capabilities to overcome drug–withdrawal symptoms and it did the job. Studies at both Wisconsin and the University of Louisiana showed it could boost IQ from twenty to thirty points. BT 5+ stimulation appears to enhance neural efficiency, researchers stated.Users report the BT 5+ reduces stress, improves short and long term memory, helps learning, increases energy, improves concentration and reduces pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep requirements.
- Mega Brain Power, Michael Hutchison, 1994. ISBN#1–56282–770–7Beth was given anesthesia when she gave birth to her first baby and later found that she had lost part of her memory. She was forced to give up her job in an aerospace plant. Years later a friend gave her a small cranial electrostimulation (CES) device and she began using it. “Almost overnight,” she said, “all my memories started coming back, including everyone’s telephone extensions at the plant. It was uncanny—all these old extension numbers of people I hadn’t thought of in years.”This story, told to me by researcher Bob Beck, Ph.D., provides graphic evidence of a key fact: We have the electric–powered brains. Each of the billions of neurons in our brains is a tiny electrical generator, as complex as a small computer, firing an electrical signal that triggers the release of various neurochemicals and links it with thousands of other neurons.”The Brain Tuner (BT-6) was devised by Dr. Bob Beck. It uses a complex waveform that, according to Beck, produces over 250 frequency harmonics simultaneously—”all known beneficial frequencies for the natural stimulation of the brain’s neurotransmitters.” …Since addiction, withdrawal, and anhedonia are the result of insufficient levels of certain brain chemicals, or undeveloped pleasure centers and pleasure pathways, the most direct way of eliminating them is to restore optimal levels of the brain chemicals, to stimulate the pleasure centers and pleasure pathways. One of the most exciting breakthroughs in the treatment of addiction has been the discovery that stimulating the brain with a minuscule electrical current (cranial electrostimulation, or CES) can cause the brain quickly to pour out large quantities of the neurochemicals that have been suppressed by addictive substances.
As electrotherapy researcher Bob Beck described it to me, this was originally discovered when scientists analyzed the brains of rats that had been addicted to opiates: The rats that were addicted had been getting so much opiate that the little endorphin factories in the brain would shut down and say, “Look, our body’s got too much of this. Quit manufacturing it.” And it would take anywhere from a week to three weeks before their rats’ brains would begin manufacturing beta–endorphin again. Whereas in the brains of the control rats that had never been addicted, you would find the normal, expected levels of beta–endorphin. And then they would take a third group of addicted rats, cold turkey cut them off of the heroin, clip little electrodes to their ears, and within 20 minutes of electrical stimulation … the rat brain would start showing that the endorphin production had started up again. So, those rats wouldn’t go through withdrawal symptoms!
This evidence quickly led to the use of CES in the treatment of humans. …
- Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, James L. Oschman, 2000. ISBN#0–443–06261–7
Beck performed additional studies on some of the subjects and found that during the healing moments their brain waves became phase and frequency synchronized with the earth’s geoelectric micropulsations—the Schumann resonance.
(Beck R 1986 Mood modification with ELF magnetic fields: a preliminary exploration. Archaeus 4:48)
Bob Beck’s first Brain Tuner was called the BT5. A later model was called the BT6. The Beck Brain Tuner is now available from SOTA Instruments as the Bio-Tuner, Model BT6pro.