Category Archives: Bacteria

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PEMF therapy for Candida and Drug Resistant Candida

New studies suggest that PEMF therapy for candida and drug resistant candida can be a valuable addition as an adjuvant therapy for patients struggling with candida and other fungal based infections.

According to an article published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine, published in 2012, infections due to Candida have seen a dramatic increase, partially due to the increase in immunocompromised patients. Feedback from our practitioners has to a certain extent reflected this increase in fungal and candida infections.

PEMF therapy for Candida and Drug Resistant Candida

Interestingly enough, there are studies that indicate that PEMF therapy may be added to other therapies and medications to help to address the issue.

PEMF Therapy for Candida – Research

There are numerous studies which deal with the effects of Pulsed electromagnetic fields on various types of fungal infections. Pulsed electric and pulsed electromagnetic fields have even been shown to have potential applications in other industries such as the wine and fruit juice industries where PEF’s were shown to reduce fungal growth and thereby prevent spoilage of products.

In terms of biological applications, we would like to focus on the following studies:

In a study focused on Trichophyton rubrum, a fungal infection most often responsible for athlete's foot, fungal infection of nail, jock itch, and ringworm, researchers found that pulsed electric fields of 1Hz, in combination with antifungal medications itraconazole, terbinafine, and naftifine HCl, in the study case, resulted in full inactivation of the T. Rubrum colonies studied.[1]

Another study, focused on researching the influence of PH and the use of pulsed electric fields in combination with medication to help the sensitization of drug resistant strains of candida to antifungal drugs. This study found that PEF at a low pH increased the sensitivity of initially resistance C. Albicans to terbinafine and naftifine[2].

And finally, a study done on 15 strains of candida, isolated from patients, were tested for their susceptibility to miconazole after exposure to electromagnetic fields. The study showed that an increased susceptibility to miconazole occurred from the second week of exposure to electromagnetic fields of 3Hz and 12.5Hz at a strength of 2mT and 9mT. The study concluded that low frequency PEMF for a period of at least two weeks, in conjunction with miconazole, could possibly be beneficial for the treatment of Candida.[3]

PEMF Therapy for Candida - Candida Programs on the MA Home and MA Clinic Devices

The MA Home and MA Clinic devices both contain programs for the use in treating the pain of Candida. For the latest Candida protocol, please feel free to contact us for access to our latest protocols. Considering the safety profile of PEMF therapy, there is no harm adding the Candida programs to your regular patient PEMF therapy.

Based on the links between autoimmune diseases and candida, it may also be beneficial to add the candida programs or protocols to your therapy programs for your autoimmune patients. And based on the studies above, adding PEMF therapy for Candida in patients struggling with the condition, it may turn out to be a very valuable addition to your treatment protocols.

[1] Controlled inactivation of Trichophyton rubrum using shaped electrical pulse bursts: Parametric analysis

[2] Pulsed electric field-assisted sensitization of multidrug-resistant Candida albicans to antifungal drugs.

[3] Effect of electromagnetic waves on sensitivity of fungi of the genus Candida to miconazole.

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TENS PEMF therapy and Bacteria

The following studies represent some of the clinical evidence for the use of TENS PEMF therapy and Bacteria. Please note that these studies were not done on the Rife PEMF device, but rather represent studies including outputs which can be found on the various Rife Model MA devices.

For more information on TENS PEMF and bacteria, read PEMF therapy for Drug Resistant Conditions

TENS PEMF for Fatigue

Effects of 50 Hz Magnetic Fields on the Viability of Different Bacterial Strains The effect of a 50 Hz magnetic field on the growth of different bacterial strains was studied. We used bacteria with different cell shapes. We compared rod-shaped bacteria (E. coli, L. adecarboxylata) and spherical bacteria (S. aureus, P. denitrificans, S. paucimobilis, R. erythropolis). The growth curves of control and magnetic fields exposed samples were measured. The cylindrical coil induced magnetic fields with inductions up to 10 mT. Duration of exposure varied up to 24 min. Exposure took place at laboratory temperature (24–26°C) and the air ventilator maintained the temperature of sample. We observed the decrease of optical densities in exposed samples. The magnetic field effect was bigger for rod-like bacteria. 50Hz
Effect of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields on bacterial membrane ELF-EMF caused changes in physicochemical properties of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Hyperpolarization was seen in S. aureus and EDTA-treated E. coli. Surface potential showed a positive shift in S. aureus contrariwise to the negative shift seen in EDTA-untreated E. coli. Respiratory activity increased in both bacteria. A slight decrease in growth was observed.  
The effects of different intensities, frequencies and exposure times of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli Magnetic intensity, frequency and exposure time of ELF-EMFs changed the characteristic responses for both microorganisms. Samples exposed to ELF-EMF showed a statistically significant decrease compared to their controls in colony forming capability, especially at long exposure times. An exposure to 4 mT–20 Hz ELF-EMF of 6 h produced maximum inhibition of CFU compared to their controls for both microorganisms (95.2% for S. aureus and 85% for E. coli).  
Effects of low-frequency magnetic fields on bacteria Escherichia coli We observed analogous effects in both experimental conditions. The growth curve of the exposed bacteria was lower than the control one. The ability of bacteria to form colonies decreased with increasing magnetic field intensity and with increasing time of exposure. The decrease in oxidoreductive activity with increasing time of exposure was observed, but the effect was due to a lower amount of bacteria surviving the exposure to the magnetic fields. The decrease in oxidoreductive activity and ability to form colonies were compared with the assumption that the effect of magnetic field is probably bactericidal.  
Effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields on Helicobacter pylori biofilm.


The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) both on biofilm formation and on mature biofilm of Helicobacter pylori. Bacterial cultures and 2-day-old biofilm of H. pylori ATCC 43629 were exposed to ELF-EMF (50 Hz frequency-1 mT intensity) for 2 days to assess their effect on the cell adhesion and on the mature biofilm detachment, respectively. All the exposed cultures and the respective sham exposed controls were studied for: the cell viability status, the cell morphological analysis, the biofilm mass measurement, the genotypic profile, and the luxS and amiA gene expression. The ELF-EMF acted on the bacterial population during the biofilm formation displaying significant differences in cell viability, as well as, in morphotypes measured by the prevalence of spiral forms (58.41%) in respect to the controls (33.14%), whereas, on mature biofilm, no significant differences were found when compared to the controls. The measurement of biofilm cell mass was significantly reduced in exposed cultures in both examined experimental conditions. No changes in DNA patterns were recorded, whereas a modulation in amiA gene expression was detected. An exposure to ELF-EMF of H. pylori biofilm induces phenotypic changes on adhering bacteria and decreases the cell adhesion unbalancing the bacterial population therefore reducing the H. pylori capability to protect itself.  

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