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PEMF therapy for drug resistant cancer

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions

PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions may be a valuable adjunct to antibiotic therapy. According to a paper published in the South African Medical Journal in 2011, the incidence of drug resistant and multiple drug resistant conditions are increasing and placing a heavy burden on our health care system.[1] According to the report, “South Africa faces a quadruple burden of disease, as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, other infectious diseases, injuries, and non-communicable diseases.”

If a therapy like PEMF therapy can help to reduce the number of drug resistant cases or reduce the treatment duration it takes to treat these patients, then the addition of frequency therapy could have a material impact on the health care budget and it would have a huge impact on patient quality of life.

PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions

There is good scientific evidence that frequency therapy can impact the treatment of bacterial infections, particularly rod-shaped, gram positive bacteria.

There is also evidence that frequency therapy can improve the efficacy of antibiotics. This could mean that the addition of frequency therapy to current treatment options could result in a reduction in the treatment duration and necessary medication for the average drug resistant condition.

Frequency therapy is safe, non-invasive and cost-effective as a long-term treatment option.

The three main areas of interest which would need to be investigated further to assess PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions would include:

  1. The potential bactericidal effects of frequency therapy
  2. The addition of frequency as an adjuvant therapy to assess if frequency therapy can improve treatment outcomes or reduce treatment duration
  3. The safety, cost, implementation and monitoring of frequency therapy in drug resistant conditions.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Evidence that frequency therapy has bactericidal effects

There are several studies that indicate that the use of extremely low frequency, electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) can impact the growth rate and viability of various types of bacteria. Summaries of this type of research include the following studies.

Researchers studied the effects of 50Hz at 10mT on rod-shaped E. coli and L. adecarboxylata, as well as spherical shaped S. aureus, P. denitrificans, S. paucimobilis and R. erythropolis. Growth curves were measured in exposed and control samples and decreases in optical densities of the bacteria were observed for exposed samples. Researchers concluded that ELF-EMF reduced growth rate of the bacteria and the magnetic field effect was larger for rod shaped bacteria. [2]

In a study published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology, researchers studied the effects of ELF-EMF fields of less than 300Hz on the growth rate and morphological changes on 6 different strains of gram positive and gram-negative bacteria. Bacteria were exposed to 50Hz at 0.5mT and growth rates were determined by optical density measurements made every hour. The study concluded that ELF-EMF induced a decrease in growth rate and morphological changes for both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.[3]

The effects of different Hz values of ELF Pulsed electromagnetic fields (ELF-PEMF) were studied with regards to their effects on bacterial survival of E.Coli. The viability of E. coli was measured as colony-forming units (CFUs) before and after the exposures at frequencies between 2–500 Hz and magnetic flux densities between 2.5–5 mT. The study found that the maximum reduction in bacterial growth was observed with the exposures at 3 Hz and 0.5 mT. The maximum decrease in CFU was recorded for the exposure at 500 Hz and 2.5 mT, which corresponded to a relative decrease of 77.26% in the bacterial growth. The study concluded that the findings have direct implication for determining the optimal characteristics of the applied ELF PEMF for possible treatment of infected tissue and thus, wound healing promotion.[4]

In a study on the growth inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus induced by ELF-EMF fields, researchers exposed cultures of Staphylococcus aureus in fluid and gel‐like medium to a low‐frequency electromagnetic field, an electromagnetic field combined with an additional electric field, a sinusoidal electric field and a static electric field. Researchers recorded that Staphylococcus aureus concentrations in fluid medium could clearly be reduced under the influence of the four different applied fields within 24 h of experiment. The strongest effects were observed for the direct current electric field which could decrease CFU/ml of 37%, and the low‐frequency electromagnetic field with additional induced electric alternating field with a decrease of Staphylococci concentration by 36%.[5]

Studies have also been done on the effects of ELF-EMF and its ability to affect the biofilms of bacteria. One study on the effects of ELF-EMF fields on Helicobacter pylori biofilm found that exposure to 50 Hz frequency-1 mT intensity resulted in biofilm cell mass that was significantly reduced in exposed cultures. The study concluded that exposure to ELF-EMF of H. pylori biofilm induced phenotypic changes on adhering bacteria. It decreased the cell adhesion unbalancing the bacterial population, and it therefore reduced the bacteria’s capability to protect itself.[6]

In summary, the above studies all form a strong foundation for the belief that the addition of ELF-EMF therapy to drug resistant conditions could positively affect therapy outcomes due to the bactericidal effects of frequency therapy.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Frequency as an adjuvant therapy to improve treatment Outcomes

Frequency therapy has not only been studied for its bactericidal effects but has also been studied to enhance or improve antibiotic efficacy and has even been shown to help combat drug resistance in certain cases.

Researchers studied the effect of electromagnetic augmentation of two types of antibiotics in reducing infections of orthopedic implants. They grew five-day biofilms of Staphylococcus epidermidis on the tips of stainless-steel pegs. The pegs were exposed for 12 hours to varying concentrations of gentamicin or vancomycin in microtiter trays at 37 degrees and to pulsed electromagnetic fields. The study found that PEMF’s increased the effects of gentamicin. In three of five experiments there was reduction of at least 50% in the minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration. In a fourth experiment there was a two-log difference in colony count at 160 mg/l of gentamicin.[7]

Augmentation of antibiotic activity of gentamicin was also studied in the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus. Four separate experimental setups were used to expose bacterial cultures of Staphylococcus aureus both in Mueller-Hinton broth (MHB) and on Mueller-Hinton agar (MHA), in the presence of gentamicin. In MHB each of the four fields applied showed a significant growth reduction of planktonically grown Staphylococcus aureus in the presence of gentamicin between 32% and 91% within 24 h of the experiment. The best results were obtained by a direct current EF, decreasing colony-forming units (CFU)/ml more than 91%. The study concluded that the application of electromagnetic fields in implant and bone infections could offer new perspectives in antibiotic treatment and antimicrobial chemotherapy.[8]

In another study, researchers studied the potential drug resistance modification effects of PEMF stimulation in multidrug resistant mouse osteosarcoma. PEMF stimulation reversed doxorubicin resistance. The concluded that PEMFs reversed the doxorubicin resistance of the MOS/ADR1 cells by inhibiting P-gp function. The results suggested that PEMFs may be useful as a local treatment for MDR osteosarcoma.[9]

Finally, researchers explored the effects of pre-exposure to 50Hz to help to reduce resistance to 5-fluorouracil to enhance efficacy of the drug. The study explored the combined effect of 50 Hz-EMFs and 5-FU in the treatment of breast cancer. Researchers found that pre-exposure to 50 Hz-EMFs enhanced the antiproliferative effect of 5-FU in breast cancer cell line MCF-7 in a dose-dependent manner but did not affect normal human breast epithelial cell lines. They concluded that the enhanced cytotoxic activity of 5-FU on MCF7 cells through promoting entry into the S phase of the cell cycle via exposure to 50 Hz-EMFs, may provide a novel method of cancer treatment based on the combinatorial use of 50 Hz-EMFs and chemotherapy.[10]

The above studies indicated that ELF-EMFs and frequency therapy could potentially offer a novel approach to combatting drug resistant drug resistant conditions through the addition of frequency therapy as an adjuvant therapy in conjunction with conventional medication.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Safety, cost, implementation and monitoring of frequency therapy in drug resistant conditions

Naturally, before any therapy could be considered as an adjuvant therapy for any condition, it is imperative to examine the safety aspects of the proposed therapy.

Frequency therapy in the form of ELF-EMF, TENS and PEMF have been studied across a wide range of conditions for decades. There are even studies indicating that PEMF therapy for drug resistant cancers may be a viable option. For more information on that read “Pemf therapy for drug resistant cancer.”

These studies provide us with some information on the safety concerns and considerations for PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions. Studies we have gathered over the years indicate that PEMF and frequency therapy have an exemplary safety profile with thousands of studies concluding no adverse effects from the therapy and minimal side effects associated with this type of treatment.

Dr Pawluk, an authority on PEMF therapy had the following remarks regarding the safety of PEMF therapy:

“There are only a few FDA-approved PEMF systems on the market. The primary mandate of the FDA is to ensure safety – even before proving efficacy of treatment. So keeping that in mind, we can examine the treatment parameters for one such FDA-approved PEMF system, the NeuroStar. This system (which uses the acronym TMS – transcranial magnetic stimulation – instead of PEMF) is indicated for Major Depressive Disorder and is an extremely high intensity system with stimulation aimed directly at the brain. NeuroStar systems produce intensities comparable to those of an MRI machine. …. Average treatment sessions last for 45 minutes. In NeuroStar clinical trials, more than 10,000 treatments were administered with no occurrence of adverse side effects.

So, this is extremely high intensity PEMF therapy applied directly to the head, and it is proven to be safe. These intensities are much higher than those of most commercially-available PEMF systems.”

With regards to seizures, Dr Pawluk states that:

“As long as I’ve been working with PEMFs there has always been a concern that PEMFs may cause seizures. There is now a fairly large body of research regarding the use of PEMFs of different intensities and the potential association with seizures. Evidence indicates that PEMFs are very unlikely to cause seizures. This is comes from research studies using high-intensity PEMF systems, which have the highest concern for generating seizure activity. In fact, studies that not only are PEMFs not at all likely to induce a seizure, they are capable of providing benefit to epileptic patients”[11]

Considering the safety profile of ELF-EMF therapy, the other considerations that need to be taken into account include the cost, implementation and monitoring of PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Cost and implementation of PEMF therapy

The current Rife PEMF Model MA200 can be used for the preliminary investigations to determine if this type of therapy can provide the benefits outlined above of reduced treatment duration and combatting drug resistance.

The stainless-steel cylinders that are provided with the device make implementation of the therapy simple and they provide the opportunity to sterilize equipment between patients, to reduce the chances of cross-contamination.

The Model MA200 can be rented for R499 per month, making it a cost-effective addition to therapy.

PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions – Conclusion

Frequency therapy has been shown to offer bactericidal effects, it has also been shown to help enhance antibiotic efficacy, and it has been shown to combat drug resistance. PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions could therefore be helpful as an additional therapy option.

South Africa has been shown to take the lead in drug resistant conditions therapy by implementing mass roll out of bedaquiline to help combat drug resistant TB. The addition of frequency therapy to the drug resistant conditions treatment regimen may also be a world-first if it is shown to improve the treatment outcomes of drug resistant conditions.

The technology is locally owned, developed and produced providing South Africa with a huge potential advantage in the fight against multidrug resistant drug resistant conditions and potentially allowing South Africa to be a true leader in the fight against drug resistant conditions locally and perhaps even globally.

If investigations are successful, PEMF therapy for drug resistant conditions could be a reality in the near future.

[1] http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/5102/3367

[2] https://doi.org/10.1080/15368370500379715

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21401315

[4] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09205071.2014.974684?scroll=top&needAccess=true

[5] https://doi.org/10.1002/bem.20479

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=20033173

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12793569

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21437921

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11299755

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29617363

[11] https://www.drpawluk.com/education/pemf-information/pemf-safety/


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TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children

A study on TENS therapy for asthma in Children showed that children who were given TENS therapy for asthma, experienced improved quality of life of the children versus children who had not received therapy. The study revealed that eight weeks of acupuncture like TENS therapy also improved the children’s heart rate turbulence (HRT) measurements.

Childhood asthma can be a huge burden for a child to bear. Children with asthma often struggle to excel at sports and may even avoid exercise and physical activity to reduce their discomfort. Since exercise is a vital part of a healthy life, children who avoid exercise are more likely to develop diseases like obesity and other conditions related to a sedentary lifestyle.

Asthma is defined as a long term, chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory system. It is therefore no surprise that therapies that reduce inflammation can be useful in the management of treatment of the condition. TENS and PEMF therapy are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation and the therapy has little if any known side effects.

TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children

Although this study is the only one we are aware in the area of asthma in children, it is not the only study done on TENS therapy for asthma. Another study found that TENS therapy reduced the decline of Forced Expiratory Volumes during training and exercise and could therefore be useful for improving training for asthmatic individuals.

When you add to that, the benefits of TENS and PEMF for improving sports performance, then you have a powerful tool to help support your child growth and development.

TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children - The Non-Invasive Approach

Since TENS therapy for asthma in children is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to the condition, this type of therapy is appealing to an ever-growing number of parents as an addition to their other asthma management strategies.

For more information about renting a Rife PEMF Model MA200 for Asthma, feel free to email us for more information.


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TENS Therapy for Asthma

According to the Global Asthma Report published in 2014, South Africa has one of the leading mortality rates where it comes to asthma, in spite of the fact that asthma can be successfully managed and treated. The report stated that the majority of asthma deaths were due to inappropriate management of asthma due to an over-reliance on medication that provides relief, rather than strategies aimed at asthma prevention. TENS therapy for asthma has been shown to reduce inflammation and inflammatory markers, and has been shown to help to reduce the condition. This type of therapy could therefore be a valuable tool in the management and reduction of asthma.

TENS Therapy for Asthma

TENS Therapy for Asthma

TENS Therapy for Asthma – What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic long-term inflammatory disease of the respiratory system. Inflammatory markers therefore play a prominent role in the development and continuance of the condition. Cytokines and leukotrienes are compounds that are responsible for your body's inflammatory response.

When your body reacts to something, like an environmental allergen for example, then it produces inflammatory markers like cytokines which form part of your body’s protective system. In the case of asthma, these cytokines cause the tissues in the lungs to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes a restriction in the airways and this hinders your ability to breathe normally. A reduction in inflammation and your body’s inflammatory response can therefore be a valuable strategy in the prevention or reduction of the underlying causes of asthma. In fact, medications aimed at long term reduction and prevention of asthma are based on this principle.

TENS Therapy for Asthma - Inflammation

Studies show that cytokines like interleukin 1 play a very important role in the development of allergies and asthma. Some medications are even aimed at reducing these interleukins in order to treat and prevent asthma. But what many people don’t realize is that studies show that therapies like TENS therapy for asthma and PEMF therapies are also effective at reducing inflammation and the levels of inflammatory cytokines in the body.

In a study on the post-operative effects of PEMF, researchers found that patients who had received PEMF therapy after the operation had 275% less IL-1 beta concentrations than patients who had not received the therapy. Although the concentrations were measured in the wounds of the patients, there are numerous other studies that indicate the TENS and PEMF therapies may be effective at reducing inflammatory markers like interleukin in the body. Reduce the inflammation and you can effectively manage and even reduce conditions like asthma.

TENS Therapy for Asthma – The Research and Studies

The studies don’t only focus on the reduction of inflammation. There are also studies done specifically on the effect of TENS therapy for asthma.

In a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Respiratory Physiology, researchers found that TENS therapy reduced the decline of FEV1 in patients with asthma. FEV1 or forced expiratory volume is one of the most important measurements used to assess respiratory health. FEV1 is simply the amount of air you can exhale in one second. FEV1 values are measured and then converted into a percentage of normal based on each patient.

Exercise often leads to a reduced FEV1 in asthma patients since exercise often exacerbates asthma. By reducing the decline in FEV1 values, the study effectively illustrates the preventative action of TENS therapy in asthma patients.

The study also found that patients who received TENS therapy for asthma may prolong exercise training and duration and that it may also allow for higher exercise intensity in these patients.

Another randomized controlled study done on patients with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease confirmed that TENS therapy for asthma increased FEV1 in patients with COPD.

TENS Therapy for Asthma – Quality of life

Although FEV1 is an important tool in the measurement of asthma, it is not the only consideration for asthma patients. In fact, I am sure that if asked, the effects of asthma on quality of life would rate far higher than an FEV1 value. In a study done on TENS therapy in children with asthma, researchers found that after eight weeks of treatment, quality of life as expressed by the pediatric asthma quality-of-life questionnaire was significantly improved in the children who received TENS therapy.

TENS therapy for Asthma – Summary of Benefits

The benefits of TENS and PEMF therapy extend far beyond FEV1 values. Here are just some of the benefits of using the Rife PEMF device to help you manage or control your asthma:

  • TENS PEMF therapy is non-invasive
  • TENS PEMF therapy has almost no side-effects
  • PEMF therapy can help to reduce the body's inflammatory response
  • A reduction in inflammation means an overall reduction in asthma
  • TENS and PEMF therapy are cost effective long-term solutions for health

TENS Therapy for Asthma – What to Expect

Most people who invest in a TENS or PEMF device, for some reason expect immediate, almost miraculous, results. They don’t however seem to expect the same from medication. The truth is that PEMF and TENS are highly effective at reducing inflammation and reducing the other symptoms associated with chronic conditions like asthma, but these devices are not miracle machines.

If you treat with asthma medication, you will treat asthma for life. If you treat asthma with TENS or PEMF, you will be treating asthma for life. The only difference between medication and TENS is that TENS has no side effects. You won’t have to keep paying for your Rife PEMF device year after year unlike medication, the cost of which keeps escalating every year.

You can therefore expect the following if you choose to treat your asthma with a Rife PEMF device:

  • A gradual reduction in inflammation
  • Which could lead to a gradual reduction in the asthma you are experiencing
  • Which could allow for a gradual increase in the amount of exercise you are able to do
  • Which could lead to an increase in health and quality of life.

Isn’t it time to add Rife PEMF therapy to your asthma prevention strategies? PEMF therapy is also effective for other chronic inflammatory conditions like allergies. Click here to read about PEMF for Sinusitis and allergies.


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