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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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PEMF benefits Varicose Veins and Vein Health

PEMF benefits Varicose VeinsLet’s face it, who wouldn’t want legs like a ballet dancer? When two studies on Venous Insufficiency came across my desk, I was interested in finding out more about the condition, and I am glad I did. It turns out those varicose veins are not as innocuous as I once thought, and it also turns out that PEMF benefits varicose veins and overall vein health by increasing circulation and decreasing pain, which means I will be spending more time running those circulation programs on my device so I can spend more time on that treadmill gathering dust in my garage – assuming of course I stick to my New Year’s resolutions to step up and get fit.

Varicose Veins and Vein Health

Varicose veins can be unsightly and can often even be embarrassing, but most of us seldom think of the underlying message that the body is trying to send us with these blue streaks. It is only once our legs become tired, heavy, or painful that we begin to pay attention and take action. The truth is that varicose veins, and other signs of venous insufficiency, can be an indication that your circulatory system is not coping and that it needs a little help and support.

Your circulatory system is the vital transport network that your body uses to transport oxygen and other vital nutrients to the places where they are needed most. The arteries take nutrients to the body and veins transport blood back to the heart and lungs. When your venous system is under pressure, your circulatory system is not functioning at optimal levels and this can impact your overall health.

PEMF benefits varicose veinsVaricose veins are caused by various factors including age, weight, gender, genetics, and may even be caused by high blood pressure or injury. These veins may be a major medication concern, depending on the cause.  Just because you have varicose veins, does not mean you need to rush off to your doctor, but it would probably be wise to start investing in supporting your health and your circulatory system since varicose veins can lead to other conditions that are serious and sometimes life-threatening.

If you have varicose veins and experience the symptoms like pain, aching, or swelling, then it’s definitely time to see your doctor. These symptoms can be indications of blood clots and a blood clot can have severe health consequences for you.

Varicose veins are merely one type of venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency is another condition that can seriously affect your health and quality of life. According to eMedicine, untreated venous conditions like venous insufficiency cause a progressive syndrome called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which can lead to infections, pain, skin ulceration, and even amputation. So stop ignoring those veins and start taking some action. Eat right, get exercise, and support the circulation system. Here are some of the benefits that PEMF can offer in terms of circulation and health.

PEMF benefits Varicose Veins by improving circulation

One of the benefits attributed to PEMF is an improvement in circulation. In a pilot trial done on chronic diabetic foot ulcers, researchers applied a frequency of 12Hz for 60 minutes over a three-week period. (12Hz is frequency no. 60 on the Rife PEMF Model UA). At the end of the period, the patients who received PEMF had an increase of 28% in capillary blood velocity and a 14% increase in capillary diameter while the untreated patients showed a decrease in these values.

The regular use of the Rife device can help to increase and improve circulation and it can therefore support the venous system too. In one study involving 271 patients, alternating magnetic fields were administered to patients for fifteen to twenty minutes a day. Patients in the study were struggling with varicose veins, skin ulcers, and chronic venous insufficiency. According to the study 236 patients experienced good effects as a result of the treatment.[1]

Improvements in circulation do not only benefit your veins and arteries either. Healthier circulation means more oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body and this can help to promote overall health. When your muscles and organs receive more oxygen and nutrients they can function more efficiently, which means you function more efficiently too. And PEMF not only increases circulation but can also help to reduce pain.

PEMF benefits Varicose Veins by Reducing Pain

One of the primary roles of PEMF in medicine has been as a way to reduce pain. There are countless studies on the benefits of PEMF for the reduction of various types of pain. In terms of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, PEMF potentially offers two benefits for the individual. It can help to improve the circulation, as mentioned above, and it can help to provide some pain relief.

Pain relief is important because a reduction in pain can often mean more willingness to exercise. Exercise is recommended as a therapy for supporting venous health and combating venous insufficiency, but let’s face it, who wants to exercise when your legs are sore? By reducing pain, you will be more likely to hit the road for that long overdue walk.

There is a study on patients suffering from venous insufficiency and PEMF that also mentions the benefits of PEMF for pain reduction in these cases. This study focused on patients with vessel obliteration disease of the legs. Patients were treated with impulse magnetic fields of 1 – 2Hz and 0.5 – 5mT for 20 minutes per session. According to the study patients had a reduction in leg pain and 52% of the patients were able to complete a 500m distance following therapy as opposed to before therapy. Circulation also improved in 75% – 82% of the patients who took part in the study.

PEMF benefits Varicose Veins – South Africa

The above studies were not performed on the Rife PEMF, but our device has been legally licensed for the treatment of pain, circulation, and inflammation. Considering venous health relies on healthy circulation and a healthy exercise routine relies on you feeling good, renting or purchasing your Rife PEMF in South Africa may offer excellent supplemental health benefits for you if you are struggling with these types of conditions.


[1] 85. E.I. Pasynkov, et al., "Therapeutic Use of Alternating Magnetic Field in the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Diseases of the Veins of the Lower Limbs," Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, 5, 1976, p. 16-19.


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Diabetic Foot Ulcers – Diabetic foot care with PEMF

In spite of the incredible medical breakthroughs made over the last century, little has changed in terms of wound care for the diabetic foot ulcer. Silver wound dressings, moist wound therapy and pressure bandages are essentially the only tools the medical field have to offer in terms of treatment. Other than the new studies, which show that PEMF actually speeds diabetic wound healing, that is.

Diabetes is top killer in the Western Cape and fifth in South Africa. With three and a half million South Africans suffering from the disease, more people die of complications of diabetes than any other natural cause of death.

One of the greatest concerns for a diabetic patient is developing complications like peripheral circulation problems and diabetic ulcers. Up to 25% of patients who suffer from Diabetes, experience a diabetic foot ulcer at some stage of their lives with many of these ulcers resulting in amputation. The cost to South Africans is exorbitant, the cost to the patient is devastating. That is why proper diabetic foot care is vital for all diabetic patients.

The Problems with Diabetic Foot Ulcer Care in South Africa

Diabetic ulcers are notoriously difficult to treat. This is due to the complications that normally occur with diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy or neuropathy in the feet and lack of sensitivity in the extremities means that diabetic patients often do not realize that they have a wound to begin with. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy allows wounds to develop and worsen before they are discovered and treated. Diabetic foot infections develop quickly and once the wounds have developed they can be almost impossible to treat.

Add to that the fact that circulation in the extremities is often compromised in diabetic patients, and you have a devastating combination. When wounds don’t heal, the only option is to cut away the dead or dying tissue in the hopes that the “new” wound will trigger the healing process at the site of the wound.

How PEMF Therapy can help The Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment Process

Circulation is vital for the healing of diabetic foot ulcers.

PEMF therapy and the Rife PEMF device have been shown to help to improve circulation. When used at the site of injury the improvement in circulation means that the healing process is encouraged, improving your chances of successful treatment.

Diabetic foot care PEMFCirculation is vital for the wound healing process. The circulation in an area is vital for removing dead tissue, for removing the debris from the wound and for removing the toxins from the area. Circulation is also vital for providing nutrients to the wound area. Increased nutrients to the area means the body has the building blocks to repair damaged tissue and to build new cells. By improving circulation, you are therefore supporting the entire wound healing process.

In a study on PEMF, researchers showed that PEMF improved microcirculation. The researchers concluded that, “local application of a specific PEMF waveform can elicit significant arteriolar vasodilation.”

PEMF and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

In another pilot study done specifically on diabetic foot ulcer, researchers found that application of PEMF at the site of the wound improved the diabetic foot ulcer wound healing in the PEMF group. The study concluded that the PEMF group have a significant improvement in circulation – that the capillary blood velocity have increased by 28% - and that the capillaries had increased in volume or diameter by 14%. The study therefore concluded that PEMF therapy actually accelerates wound healing and that one of the underlying reasons for the accelerated wound healing is the improvement of circulation at the wound site itself.

The Rife PEMF device has been used on a number of diabetic foot ulcer wounds in South Africa with excellent results in terms of improving circulation and supporting the wound healing process. You can email us for case studies and specific details.

The RIFE PEMF device is now available for rental from R550.00 per month or for sale. Email us to rent your device today.