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PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY (PEMF)

Using Electricity to charge your mitochondria and activate our own stem cells for accelerated healing



In recent years we have started to witness a profound transformation in the field of medicine here in the United States and other countries around the world. Consumer demand is rapidly giving rise to a whole host of innovative industries within this field at a rate faster than ever before. This is largely due to the fact that information of all types can spread so quickly through the internet and social media. One of the best examples of this is the massive explosion of regenerative medicine practices that we are seeing emerge today in the U.S. and all over the world. Ten years ago, Regenerative Medicine was virtually an unknown specialty and today it has become practically a main stream alternative to drugs and surgery for injuries, chronic pain and countless other conditions. There is a massive rise in demand for therapies and strategies that accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal instead of having to always turn to these much more invasive and potentially dangerous methods out of standardized medicine. There is of course tremendous excitement around stem cells and other relatively new cutting treatments in this field like red light, acoustic sound wave, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. However, one of the most effective therapies that is exploding in popularity all over the U.S. is a therapy that uses electricity to influence cell function and healing called Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF).


What is PEMF Therapy?


Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF or PEMT) is a completely painless, non-invasive treatment that uses electrical energy to amplify the body’s natural regenerative process in order to treat various injuries and ailments. The treatment works by emitting a pulsating, varying intensity and frequency electromagnetic field, coming usually from a mat that a patient can lay on or a solenoid placed around a specific injured area. PEMF uses electrical energy to direct a series of magnetic pulses through this injured tissue, and each magnetic pulse induces a tiny electrical signal that stimulates cellular repair through various mechanisms, some of which are not completely understood. The application of pulsed magnetic fields has, through research findings, been shown to help increase cellular communication and stem cell mobilization to accelerate the body’s natural healing process, thus aiding in tissue regeneration and the reduction of pain and swelling.

The therapy actually originated from NASA’s research involving the benefits of pulsed electromagnetic fields on astronauts for fatigue, depression, bone loss and other symptoms following even short trips to outer space. After investigating the symptoms that these astronauts were experiencing, it was found that most all of it was caused by the astronauts being disconnected from the natural electromagnetic field that is produced by the Earth. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979 specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures. This approval came after a Columbia University study that was supported by NASA. The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, neurologists, physiotherapists, and rheumatologists.


Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has been shown to support all of the following:


Accelerated healing of tissues 1, 2, 3, 4

Reduction in anxiety and deeper more restorative sleep 5

Enhanced Immune function 6

Overall energy and stamina 7

Depression 8

Enhanced Circulation 9

Bone healing and density 10, 11



The Role of Electricity in Health and Healing


Modern science tells us that the body is at its core an electrical system. In fact, the way physicians in a hospital setting monitor whether a person’s body is alive or not at the most fundamental level is by measuring the electrical output of their heart that is then visualized on a monitor next to the patient. When the electrical output of the heart stops, the monitor will show a “flat line” and the patient is officially declared dead. This shows that electricity is the first and last sign of life in a human body. All of the body’s chemical processes (hormones, neurotransmitters etc.) ,which allow it’s cells to communicate and coordinate together to form a whole living system, are all activated and regulated by this foundational electrical energy. This energy actually generates the body’s own electromagnetic field that regulates and acts as a catalyst for this whole miraculous process. So although the field of biology sometimes likes to look at the body as primarily a chemical organism, physics actually tells us that it is electrical first, then chemical second.

However, the body’s electromagnetic field is really just a byproduct of a much larger natural electromagnetic field that is generated by the Earth. This field covers the entire planet, and is one of the main factors responsible for generating and maintaining all life. It is our body’s connection to this “mother” field that generates our own life giving field. Think of it as an ocean of electromagnetic energy that all life on this planet sprang out of. But as the body ages or becomes diseased for any reason, its own field can weaken, which prevents it from being able to heal and become fully healthy again.


How PEMF Differs from Exposure to the Earth’s Natural Electromagnetic Energy

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy replicates aspects of the Earth’s natural magnetic field, but usually uses specific frequencies that are part of this field that target and regulate specific biological processes. The device then concentrates them to be more clinically therapeutic for a specific condition or injury that is being treated. Some devices have a larger spectrum of frequencies than others, but even the ones that directly mimic the earth’s full spectrum of frequencies take those frequencies and concentrate them for more therapeutic use. So no matter what, using a PEMF device is almost always going to be more intense than spending just time in nature absorbing the earth’s natural electric energy. Although getting this natural energy by spending time in nature (preferably barefoot for conductivity) is definitely something that I highly recommend doing just as a basic preventative health practice. However, some experts say that this is not even as effective as it once was because it is estimated that the earth’s natural field is approximately 10% weaker since the 19th century for various environmental reasons and due to industrialization and modernization, we are further separated from the Earth’s natural magnetic field than ever. If these figures are true, it just further justifies the modern need for PEMF therapy, even for the average person who is not yet chronically ill.




How PEMF Therapy enhances Mitochondria and Stem Cells


Today most of the excitement in the health and wellness world is all about mitochondria, the battery packs of your cells. This is because every health or chronic disease process really comes down to the body’s ability or inability to make adequate amounts of energy to optimally maintain all of its functions and stay healthy. So how you perform in everything that you do and even how long you live is in large part determined by how many mitochondria you have and how strong they are.

The body’s electromagnetic field plays an absolute key role in mitochondrial function. Without the proper electrical balance of the cell, the mitochondria cannot produce proper amounts of a molecule called ATP (adenosine tri phosphate) which is the cellular energy molecule that powers every process in the body. When there is a disturbance in the cells natural electromagnetic energy field, a cascade of problems ensues. The cells mitochondria and metabolism become impaired, which triggers a disease process that eventually prevents the cell from performing its natural self-repairing functions. When cells lose their ability to recover in modern people, we start to see the drastic rise of modern chronic illnesses that are plaguing the modern world. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy helps restore this electrical balance in the cell, and even amplify it to some degree. 12 The medical solenoid device generates low-frequency magnetic fields, which safely pass through the body and penetrate every single cell, tissue, organ, and bone. By doing so, these unaltered frequencies are able to jump start the body’s natural electrical and chemical processes, thus improving the cell metabolism and regenerative ability.

One of the most important functions in the body that certain PEMF devices have been shown to enhance is stem cell function. 13, 14 PEMF jump starts the electricity and metabolism in certain tissues, which has been shown to activate the proliferation of resident stem cells in those areas and mobilize them to sites of injury. These stem cells can then secrete compounds that cause the body to either repair or replace the damaged cells.




What are the Best PEMF Devices Available?

There are a wide variety of PEMF devices on the market, all of which have a slightly different effect. Out of all the devices available, there are three in particular that I recommend most highly.

● Pulse Centers makes the most powerful PEMF device on the market that can stimulate stem cells and direct them to the area of injury. It is the go-to device in most clinical practices.

● The BEMER (Bio Electro Magnetic Energy Regulation)— This is a full body mat developed in Switzerland. It is different from standard PEMF devices. It uses a unique patented signal to enhance what’s called microcirculation, which is made up of all the smallest blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the deepest tissues of the body and carry waste away from them for elimination. It works to enhance all the other therapies and nutritional strategies that a person is already using, including the delivery of stem cells to damaged areas. You can find a local practitioner who offers this therapy or buy one yourself for home use at a more significant expense.

● ICES systems—Robert Dennis, a scientist who included some original PEMF systems that NASA used in the late 90s created these systems. These are PEMF devices that were included through years of comprehensive research and are of the highest quality for standard PEMF devices. They are portable units, which are much more affordable than most others, and are more effective. All three devices help to support the function and delivery of stem cells in tissues all over the body. They are all effective, especially when used within a multi-therapeutic approach.


Where Can I Get PEMF Therapy?


You can get PEMF therapy one of two ways: you can go to a professional, usually a physical therapist, Naturopath or chiropractor. Or you can get PEMF equipment to use at home. Unfortunately, there is really no way to get insurance coverage for PEMF currently. The average cost that you’ll pay at a clinic is anywhere from $30-60 per session. If prolonged use of PEMF therapy is needed, usually most clinics will offer session packages that will save you some money over the course of your treatment protocol. Here at Docere clinics we are currently in the process of expanding our clinic and are adding "The Docere Institute for Vibrant Longevity", where we will offer HBOT, FIR, PEMF, cryotherapy, and IV therapies such as 10-pass ozone and Myer's cocktail in addition to the stem cell therapies we already offer. However we are in the earliest stages and will not be up and running until approximately summer, 2020.

The other option, if you have the money, is purchasing your own device. PEMF devices aren’t classified as regulated medical devices, so you don’t need to be a doctor or a chiropractor to purchase the device for home use. If you can afford it, you can look into any of the devices that I listed above or do further research to find a device that is most suitable for you. The cheapest PEMF devices go for $1,300 or more, and the most expensive devices (such as Pulse Centers) can go up to 40,000 dollars. As with anything, a higher price usually does mean higher quality so you definitely get what you pay for.

PEMF therapy is one of those things you have to experiment with yourself to see if you notice improvements. The best results from PEMF therapy definitely come cumulatively with consistent use. So to really see permanent changes, you really should try a prolonged protocol of many treatments over a period of time. With so much scientific backing and pretty much no known side effects, it’s definitely worth looking into PEMF therapy.


References


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  9. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy promotes healing and microcirculation of chronic diabetic foot ulcers: a pilot study. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2015 May;28(5):212-9. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000462012.58911.53. Kwan RL1, Wong WC, Yip SL, Chan KL, Zheng YP, Cheing GL.

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  11. Pulsed electromagnetic fields in knee osteoarthritis: a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial. Oxford Journals Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016 Apr; 55(4): 755–762. Published online 2015 Dec 24. DOI: [10.1093/rheumatology/kev426] PMCID: PMC4795538 PMID: 26705327. Gian Luca Bagnato, corresponding, Giovanni Miceli, Natale Marino, Davide Sciortino, and Gian Filippo Bagnato.

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  14. Targeting Mesenchymal Stromal Cells/Pericytes (MSCs) With Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Has the Potential to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. Front Immunol. 2019 Mar 4;10:266. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.00266. eCollection 2019. Ross CL1,2, Ang DC3, Almeida-Porada G1.

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