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A short History of Electric Healing

This excerpt from my book "Parasite Zapping and the Zapper" is presented as a basic history and is in no way complete. That would be quite a large book in itself.

The use of Electricity goes nearly back to the first re-discoveries of the nature of electricity itself in the mid-1700's.

Although electricity was somewhat known and used 4000 to 5000 years ago, there is little mention of it from early history up to its re-discovery in the 1600's.

The ancient Egyptians may have utilized low voltage devices as far back as 2000 B.C. There are Hieroglyphs that show the ancient Egyptians holding what were long described as scrolls of papyrus but these may have actually been metal cylinders as remnants of these have been found in tombs. Holding these dissimilar metal cylinders in the hands could turn the body into a battery, producing a slight voltage differential across the body. These have been referred to as the Rods of Ra or the Horns of Horus.

Around 600 BC, the Ancient Greeks discovered that rubbing fur on amber (fossilized tree resin) could cause an attraction between the two – and so what the Greeks discovered was actually static electricity.

Baghdad Battery

Remnants have been found of ancient electric batteries known as the Baghdad Battery that originated sometime between 250 B.C. and 225 A.D. but some other believe that they may have existed long before that. Some believe that these were used for electro-plating but others feel that they may have been tried for healing purposes.

Romans and ancient Greeks had used animal electricity (electric ray) for Medical treatment during Biblical times. As far back as 63 A.D., doctors were able to treat migraines and even epilepsy using electro-therapy.

The modern history of medical electricity begins with the inventions of the first practical static generator in 1742 and the Leyden jar for storing electricity in 1745. Doctors of the day electrified patients with static electricity or gave them strong shocks. This produced some promising results, but the technology was incomplete.

William Gilbert became the chief physician to Queen Elizabeth and is credited as one of the originators of the term "electricity" and wrote about it in his book De Magnete (approx. 1600). Thomas Browne, wrote several books and he used the word “electricity” to describe his investigations based on Gilbert’s work.

While Benjamin Franklin is often referred to as the Father of Electricity, his “kite-lightning experiment” did not take place until 1752. By then, the use of electricity as a healing aid had already been well established in England.

Richard Lovett, after years of practice, published the first English textbook on medical electricity in 1756, which soon became essential reading for any Electrical healer.

Shortly following, John Reddall, who asked Richard Lovett for advice for planning a course of lectures on medical electricity. Reddall’s London lectures were so popular that they attracted more than a hundred people a day.

At that time, medical help was mostly available to the wealthy and to the privileged. For that reason, the practitioners of electrical healing worked hard to make electrical healing so cheap as to be affordable to the poor and lower classes.

This was one of the main concerns of John Read, who had been a patient of John Wesley. He realized the importance of making the apparatus portable and less expensive, so he trained himself by attending some of Lovett’s demonstrations. Read’s electrical machine soon became a standard instrument and was acknowledged by Joseph Priestley as practical for medical purposes.

In 1760, John Wesley published “The Desideratum, or Electricity Made Plain and Useful”. Previously, In 1747 he published “Primitive Physick, or an Easy and Natural Way of Curing Most Diseases”, which was a very successful pamphlet addressed to the lay public that contained a list of over nine hundred recipes for medical remedies and practical directions on how to cure a large number of disorders.

Also, in 1746, Wesley opened several dispensaries both in London and in Bristol to provide free and inexpensive services to the poor and needy. Ten years later as he developed interest in electric healing, he also began to offer free electrical treatments.

During this period, there was also great philosophical struggle concerning the use of electricity. The electrician Tiberius Cavallo lamented that electrical therapy was not as effective as it might have been due to insufficient knowledge and understanding of the medical practitioners who employed it. Paola Bertucci has shown in a stimulating thesis on medical electricity, Cavallo obtained much of his medical knowledge from close medical friends such as the physician James Lind and the surgeon Miles Partington.

In 1794, William Hawes founded the London Electrical Dispensary, a charity especially conceived to offer free electrical treatment to the poor.

John Fell, invested a considerable amount of money in textbooks and instruments for performing electro-therapy treatments, cured forty three patients.

The interest in electric healing continued to grow.

n 1780, Luigi Galvani, an Italian surgeon, observes the effect of electrical current on animal tissue and with subsequent experimentation produces a paper in 1791 entitled “The Effects of Artificial Electricity on Muscular Motion”.

Batteries began to be available in the early 1800s which revolutionized and accelerated the use of electricity for healing.

In 1831, Michael Faraday discovered that magnetism can be used to produce electricity. This lead to development of better electric production and was also the basis for the discovery of radio waves, X-rays and the electron microscope. Michael Faraday’s experiments also opened the door to alternating current. AC current was only a curiosity at first, and then it was adopted for the power transmission grid, mostly due to the work of Nicola Tesla.

In approx. 1836, Guy’s Hospital of Londonset up an “electrifying room” where patients often sat on an insulated stool and received an “electric bath” from a “static machine.” Doctors drew sparks from the electrified patients or shocked them with Leyden jars.

Edward Hartshorne graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia in 1840. While working at Insane Department of the Pennsylvania Hospital,hedescribed the use of electrical stimulation by John Birch, in 1841 to treat a tibial non-union in a patient who underwent treatment in 1812 for a tibial nonunion with 'shocks of electric fluid passed daily through space between the ends of the bones.'.

Rev. Nicholas Callaninvented the induction coil which later led to the transformer. Published “On A New Galvanic Battery” 23 August 1836. This laid the ground for Faradic devices and the Medical Electric Battery which was developed later.

Subsequent work by R.W. Lente in 1850 further recognized the potential for electricity to heal bone, when he presented a series of case reports describing electricity’s effect on fracture non-unions and pseudoarthroses.

In 1853, the British journal, Medical Times and Gazette, published an article, “Galvanism to the Un-united Fracture”, that described the use of electrically charged needles inserted into a fracture site to cause healing.

In 1872, Dr. A.D. Rockwell, who later contributed to the development of the electric chair, requested to read a paper on recent research in therapeutics, before the New York Medical Society, but was turned down because electricity was considered to be the domain of crooks. By 1890, five medical schools in New York were teaching courses in electricity. There was a great wave of interest in using electricity for medical treatment, which lasted until the 1930's.

It was about this time, in the 1870's that galvanic and Faradic devices started to become popular. The Electro Magneto Machine was patented by Thomas Hall in 1859 and was one of the earliest machines of its type, although there were many different versions manufactured by a number of companies.

McIntosh Galvanic and Faradic Battery, established 1879, pictures show a large building with a large number of production workers. They manufactured a wide range of Faradic machines and even had electrodes for “Tub Zapping”, as well for almost every part of the human anatomy.

Dr. Guillaume Duchenne (de Boulogne) moved to Paris in 1842 where he practiced 'electrisation' for a number of years, keeping extensive notes and writing a number of publications. A book on his works is published in Google Books.

High-frequency alternating currents arrived in the 1890s with the suggestion that they would be valuable in medicine.

Nicolas Tesla

In 1892, Nicolas Tesla presented lectures across Europe and met with Paul Oudin in Paris where they discussed ways of building electro-therapeutic devices. Paul Oudin built the first “violet ray” and wrote an article on using it to cure skin disorders the next year.

Tesla published a paper in 1898 that he read at the eighth annual meeting of the American Electro-Therapeutic Association, entitled, "High Frequency Oscillators for Electro-Therapeutic and Other Purposes."

The name “violet ray” occurs for the first time in 1913 in a dental journal. Paul Oudin began to experiment with skin disorders and found that acne, eczema and psoriasis were easily treated with the new device. After a few treatments the skin patches would begin to break up and disappear completely in two to three months. When the devices were used to spark warts or skin cancer, the anomalies often were removed within weeks.

The violet ray often took away pain, and many times it was almost considered a miracle. It was valuable in dealing with arthritis and was often considered a miracle in rheumatoid arthritis.

The era of electrical healing lasted from the early 1890s to some time after 1910. A conspiracy to limit and eliminate competition from non-drug therapies began with the Flexner Report of 1910 when Abraham Flexner was engaged by John D. Rockefeller to evaluate the effectiveness of therapies taught in medical schools. Anything that used electricity was quickly labeled as quack practice.

However, by 1916, inexpensive violet ray units were being sold in drugstores under this name, along with products such as the Voltamp Medical Electric Battery. The Medical Electric Battery was basically, an early form of zapper. A dozen companies manufactured the violet ray tubes in the United States and several other countries. Drugstores had front window displays of violet rays. Hundreds of thousands of violet rays were sold and used, with few reported problems. These products were extremely popular from the 1890's to the 1930's, being found in many catalogs such as Montgomery Wards and the Sears Roebuck Company.

When they became popular with the public, doctors and the FDA started to despise them. At first the Journal of the American Medical Association published promising therapeutic results in articles. Then it printed an article about a man who deliberately short-circuited his violet ray and electrocuted himself. This implied that the device was dangerous and should be outlawed. This is actually typical of the actions taken when the medical industry wants a competing product removed. They did the same thing with a man who used a Hulda Clark zapper when his pacemaker failed. It was not a flaw of the zapper but was instead poor design of the pacemaker. They also did a similar action with a person in Australia who was actually improving by using a zapper but stopped and later died. They called it a Rife machine, which it was not in any way. This is the normal pattern of denigration used against products that the AMA, FDA, and much of the medical industry do not want people to find.

The violet ray in healing would have been almost totally forgotten, except for one man. Around 1900, Edgar Cayce, at the age of 24, lost his voice for months and doctors were unable to help him. His recovery under hypnosis is a tribute to the power of suggestion. While he did not use it for his healing in this case, he did recommend the use of the violet ray in over 800 readings.

The violet ray and the Faradic Battery are both grandfathered devices, meaning that it was produced before 1976. According to Congressional law, grandfathered devices are generally presumed to be safe and not subject to federal regulation. In spite of this, the FDA ignores this and has threatened legal action against the companies that produce them and the people who use them.

On Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 1898, Tesla also gave a lecture titled “High Frequency Oscillators for Electro-Therapeutic and Other Purposes.” where he introduced the MWO or multi wave oscillator.

Georges Lakhovsky

Georges Lakhovskywas a Russian who lived in Paris in the 1920's who compiled his observations about the effect of electricity and radio waves on living organisms in "Curing Cancer with Ultra Radio Frequencies" in Radio News, which he first published in 1925.Lakhovsky also built a device he called a Multiple Wave Oscillator that was based on Tesla's unit. The purpose of this device, a very short-range high voltage transmitter that broadcast a multiplicity of frequencies at once, was to induce currents and voltages of very high frequency into living organisms for the treatment of disease. At least, that’s what it was supposed to do. Lakhovsky’s first units simply didn’t work.
Frustrated by the issues, Lakhovsky asked Nikola Tesla for help. Tesla went to Paris that year and reworked the circuitry in Lakhovsky’s oscillator. Basically turning it into a Tesla Multi-Wave Oscillator. Tesla believed that, his high-potential, high-frequency currents could be passed into the body harmlessly, “these currents might lend themselves to electro-therapeutic uses.” Tesla as a result of being struck by a Taxi, experimented upon himself, went to his hotel room where, with the help of his own electro-therapy, he recovered from his injuries. Tesla never patented any electro-therapy devices but did publish his observations in technical journals, and several years later he gave a speech to the American Electro-Therapeutic Association in which he details with drawings the high-frequency apparatus he invented for this purpose, which included a Tesla coil. Tesla’s suggestions were taken up in earnest by George Lakhovsky, who perceived that the twisted-filament, coil-like structures within all living cells constitute ultra-microscopic circuits “capable of oscillating electrically over a wide scale of very short wavelengths.”Lakhovsky’s apparatus evolved from Tesla’s. “These circuits,” Lakhovsky wrote, “are stimulated by damped high-frequency currents from a spark gap. Thus each circuit of the transmitter vibrates not only on its natural frequency, but also on numerous MWO harmonics.” The frequencies of his oscillator’s basic vibrations ranged from 750 kilocycles all the way up to 3 gigacycles!

Lakhovsky obtained remarkable results from a seven-week clinical trial performed at a major New York City hospital and that of a prominent Brooklyn urologist in the summer of 1941. Later editions of The Secret of Life detailed many of these cases.

It was reported that Georges Lakhovsky had a 98% success rate in treating fatal cancers over an 11-year period.

Electro-therapy was a standard treatment modality at the beginning of the twentieth century, but interest was lost in the years to come, mostly due to suppression by the AMA and the FDA. The violet wave disappeared off of store shelves along with the medical electric battery and they also disappeared out of the catalogs by about 1936.

In 1941, the Voltamp Battery #7 was found to be “misbranded” according to the FDA and the company was shut down by court order. This was basically, the end of the older electro-medical devices. Misbranded is basically the FDA's way of shutting down a claim of effectiveness when it has not been proven to their satisfaction.

For those who are interested in further research, a great collection of electrical healing devices can be found in the Bakken Museum of Minneapolis. Also, the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices in Minneapolis has some of the same devices. The Indiana Medical History Museum has a wide variety of electrical gadgetry used to cure disease.

Morris Fishbein

In 1924, Morris Fishbein became the head of both the AMA and the JAMA. His rose to power by labeling natural healers, Native American healers, and American midwives of the time as all being “quacks,” empowering the chemical medicine industry that was to become the allopathic medicine that we know today. Doctors were reported to be coerced into joining the AMA for fear of losing their license. During his reign, Doctors who used or suggested natural cures were removed from their practices, had their licenses removed, their medical files destroyed, and some were never heard from again. Many encouraging cancer treatments were buried or denigrated. He also made sure nobody knew who Royal Rife was, and that nobody could buy the Rife frequency machine, a holistic treatment for cancer and infectious diseases. Even today, the FDA seeks to destroy the remaining original Rife machines. Also, he tried to bury the Hoxsey cancer cures, treatments that cured several forms of cancer, that had no destructive side effects. State medical boards regularly closed free clinics where terminal cancer patients were being saved by natural remedies.

Today, prescription drugs alone are responsible for at least 100,000 deaths of Americans each year, and the AMA seal still carries with it the same weight and significance.

Morris Fishbein was eventually convicted of racketeering charges. It is my opinion that he should have been charged with crimes against humanity because his actions eventually caused more deaths than the killing fields of Cambodia and probably mode than all the deaths in World War II. There are so many untold deaths and uncounted deaths that have occurred because of the denial of knowledge and the right to be treated according to ones own needs.


In 1934, the University of Southern California appointed a Special Medical Research Committee to study 16 terminal cancer patients from Pasadena County Hospital that would be treated with mitogenic impulse-wave technology, developed by Royal Raymond Rife. After four months the Medical Research Committee reported that all 16 of Rife's formerly-terminal patients appeared cured.

Dr. Rife was using his machines back in the early 1920's as the following shows.

"In January 1920 experiments were started at the Rife Research Laboratory by Commander Royal R. Rife U.S.N. Ret. to determine the effect of electrical influences upon pathogenic microorganisms. Tests were made for anode and cathode polarity influences and the effect of infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray. During these experiments the idea was conceived of the possibility of devitalizing the pathogenic micro-organisms by electrical frequencies of varying wavelengths. The initial apparatus (Rife Ray #1)for the tests along this line of experiments was constructed and used in prolonged experiments during 1921 and 1922, with results that warranted the belief that the principles involved contained possibilities."


There were numerous test performed to determine the MOR ( mortal oscillatory rate or frequency ) of many microbes. It was found that after blasting those microbes with the right frequency, the microbes would become lifeless and could not reproduce.

These experiments were reproduced extensively with consistent results.

For full information, see

There are also a number of associates who worked with Royal Rife over the years, including Dr. Milbank Johnson, M.D., John Crane, John Marsh, Dr. James B. Couche, M.D., Dr. Lara, M.D., Dr. Robert P. Stafford, M.D., and others.

Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D.

Dr. Becker performed some of the most serious scientific studies on the causes and effects of electrical function in biological organisms. After publishing a number of studies in various journals, he wrote and published two books on the subject and his studies. The first is “Body Electric” and the Second was “Cross Currents”. Both are highly recommended reading to anyone with an interest in electro-biology or electro-medicine.

Hulda Clark

Hulda Clark published a series of books starting in 1992 and going forward to about 2006. Her first book, The Cure For All Disease” gave her notoriety and all of her books that followed were quite popular.

The titles were bold and gained a lot of attention and drew the wrath of the medical industry. The odd thing is that there were many criticisms placed by people who never bother to read the books.

At the very minimum, her books gave hope to many with terminal illness and in actuality, many had exceptional recoveries. There were some cases that did not have the best results and there may have been some significant reasons for it.

Bob Beck

In the 1990's Dr. Bob Beck developed a protocol that included a zapper that was different from Dr. Hulda Clark. The Beck Zapper produced a stronger voltage output than the Clark zapper and had a lower frequency of only about 4.0 Hz. It was actually supposed to be 3.9 Hz which was half of the Schumann Earth Resonance. However, the Beck Zapper or Bob Beck Blood Electrifier ( BBBE ) was not fully effective on its own as it was intended only to zap the Blood. The Beck protocol required a magnetic pulser to stimulate the Lymph system, and Colloidal Silver as an anti-biotic. There is much about Bob Beck on the Internet.


Nicknamed the 'Star Trek' device, the SCENARdevice was developed as part of a secret Soviet space program with the goal of maintaining the health of astronauts in space. The original SCENAR device was invented and designed by A. Revenko and A. Karasjev and was produced by ZAO OKB RITM.

How the SCENAR works

The SCENAR uses biofeedback, enabling the body to heal itself. The SCENAR sends out a series of signals through the skin and measures the response. Each signal is only sent out when a change is recorded in the electrical properties of the skin, in response to the previous signal.

Results form the SCENAR

In Russia, some 600 practitioners currently use the SCENAR as their principal treatment instrument, with over 50,000 reported cases of individual use. A vast wealth of information on the SCENAR is available from research papers, clinical reports and training manuals. The SCENAR can be used on most types of disease or injury: circulatory, sensory, respiratory, neurological, genito-urinary, musculoskeletal, gastro-intestinal, endocrine, immune and psychological disorders. The SCENAR is also credited with vastly reducing recovery times.

What has been missed in history?

The one common thing that has been overlooked throughout the entire history of using electricity to fight disease and illness, if the amazing ability of many of the devices to quickly destroy microbes such as bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and other microbes, possibly many if not all forms of virus.

Has there been any studies to support this? Quite possibly but you can be assured that any such reports have been excluded from publication in any medical journals as the journals are controlled almost exclusively by the pharmaceutical industry.

The evidence is quite obvious and compelling as there are videos and photographs that are easily available. Anyone who has a microscope can easily set up a slide of living microbes and observe for themselves the effects that electricity of various forms will have on differing microbes.

When observed under the microscope, it can be seen that the effect depends on frequency, voltage, current, and waveform applied. When the right frequency of sufficient voltage and current and waveform is applied, some microbes are completely destroyed in seconds while others may take several minutes.

Not only can microbes be killed but it is quite possible that other effects may be involved. For one, One seller claimed that his zapper would not kill microbes, because it used a weaker output, but that it would still significantly boost the immune system.

This effect, while not established by research is supported by the claims of many and it may be the result of the immune system sensing the vibrational frequency starts seeking possible causes and attacking microbes that were previously ignored.

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