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The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  63 reviews
"In this landmark book, Robert O. Becker, M.D., a pioneer in the field of bioelectric science, presents a fascinating look at the role electricity plays in healing, challenging the traditional mechanistic model of the body. Colorful and controversial, this is a tale of engrossing research, scientific and medical politics, and breakthrough discoveries that offer new possibi ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 22nd 1998 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jodi
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-books
This book is an interesting and compelling read. After detailing some fascinating experiments on regrowing limbs and detailing the electrical systems of animals the author explains that there is a massive bias towards establishment and authority rather than facts. Medicine is operating more like a religion than a science and new ideas are suppressed or ridiculed and their originators often punished.

Scientists' pronouncements are often self serving and misleading. We're learning more and more abo
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Steven Magee
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book! I received a toxic brain exposure in 2009 from a high powered utility solar photovoltaic system that I was commissioning that left me with significant memory issues. This was one of the many books that I purchased to try and understand what had happened to me. The book does a good job of explaining the research that the authors were performing in the area of electrical cellular regeneration and the techniques that they were using. Today, we know that irradiating water with cert ...more
Jim Bouchard
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Before Robert Becker there was little if any acknowledgement of the bio-electric characteristics of the human body. Like many visionaries, Becker paid a high price for his discoveries.

Now bio-electricity is an integral component to modern medical treatment. This is a book about the science, but also about Becker's dealings with a government that hired him to study the effects of radio frequency radiation on the human body- and punished him when they didn't like his results; results that are now
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Cynema
EYE-OPENING CONCEPTS ABOUT SELF-HEALING

The power of energy is just as profound in humans as in nature. What if the link between electromagnetism and electricity could enable us to heal ourselves through self-regeneration? Such is the premise of this fascinating book by renowned medical researcher Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in regeneration. His books should be required reading for anyone hopeful about our future health and a willingness to think outside the box about our bodies and what we curre
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Katja Vartiainen
This book was really fascinating. Written by a M.D. Becker and journalist Gary Selden about the electric properties of the human and animal bodies in regard to regeneration, healing, and health. It traces his won life work in research. You get some basic classes of electricity and biology in the beginning, which I needed...Becker explains in detail his researches, his application for grants, his obstacles with the consensus science community in his path, the absurd power struggle he faced. He of ...more
Nothanks
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Through first hand accounts you get to witness a scientist on the fringe break new ground and eventually redefine the constructs of conventional medicine. Robert Becker was a true pioneer and persevered with his unique research in the face of much skepticism and academic group-think. This book is life changing and I would recommend it to anyone. Somewhat old but still hugely relevant and significant, the studies presented here are essential cornerstones of a now burgeoning field. If you have eve ...more
Zwart
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this a second time. First was when I was just getting into the Arp and a lot was lost on me due to everything coming at me. After re-reading, I can see why it was so important on the list from Denis. There are so many questions raised toward the end of the book about electro pollution that are still ignored and unanswered....and the book was written in 1985. Shows a very sad research community and the politics involved in them. If you have any health problems or questions, I would recomme ...more
Stephen Bauman
If there haven't been improvements in the world since this book was written (35 years ago), I shudder to think about the effects that the entire world is experiencing, unbeknownst to almost everyone. We can only hope there are more people like this trying to advance science for the good of humanity in the midst of the broken research system through which the author had to slog through his entire career.

Good, informative read with far-reaching consequences.
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Karch Gajdos
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a bit technical and very physicsy in the beginning but wow does Dr. Becker just blow your mind as to what the human body is capable of. Then scattered throughout is a story of how the true scientist is dead and does not exist in today day and age. A must read for anyone wanting to know more about electromagnetism and how it relates to the body. ...more
Ashley
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never had a book change my entire view of the world like this one did. Unfortunately, it has shaken my faith in our medical and research system to the core, because it tells a tale of the politics and ego that prevent medical research on the cutting edge from even making it to the doctor's office. In meticulous detail, through the presentation of study after study performed in top labs and published in prestigious journals such as Science and Nature, Dr. Becker reveals a world where the p ...more
Jeanne
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Becker and Selden go into some detail about some of the exciting discoveries in animal limb regeneration I had heard about in graduate school. But now there are also studies in human bone regeneration: The story of John in "The Silver Wand" was very exciting.

I found the research summaries in the area of electricity fascination. Unfortunately, the authors don't summarize main points at the end of the chapters and that would have helped a non-technical person like me. But I liked what I learned en
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Michael DiTusa
Dec 03, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: anyone
An orthopedist's observation and discovery of the body's electrical components and their implications in healing and disease. A nice introduction of electromagnetic fields, and their potential pernicious affects on the bodies biochemical system. Relatively easy reading. The first 60% of the book is a little tedious but don't fret if you pay close attention to some of the complex theories and hypothesis introduced, like a riddle they lead to the blossoming of some very intersting ideas. It seems ...more
Mike S
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fascinating book. Reliving the innovative experiments, witnessing breakthroughs in healing based on the research, all the way to the last chapters which are filled with surprises, really good science.
Morgan Catha
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on physiology I have ever read.
Enoch Page
This 1985 book explores from a medical viewpoint the body electric, a concept popularized in Walt Whitman's famous poem, 'I sing the body electric.' Long considered a myth, the body electric refers to healing electrical currents that flow naturally through the body. We are electromagnetic entities Dr. Becker and his co-author reveal. Their book begins with his early research into limb regeneration which made him aware, unexpectantly, of the role electricity plays in the regenerative properties o ...more
Waseem
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
My goodness was this a difficult read! Was literally putting me to sleep at times and read more like a science textbook vs interesting read - better suited for enthusiasts and scientists who are in and interested in the primary topic and experiments discussed in this book, versus an ordinary guy like me who was just interested in learning more about environmental factors (like electricity as discussed in this book ) which can impact ones health...

Having said that I picked up this book as it came
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Harriet Burch
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written by an orthopedic surgeon, this book was absolutely*positively fascinating and thrilling! Who knew that if a child accidentally amputates a fingertip (by a door, lawnmower, electric fan, or other accident) that to re-attach by traditional surgical repair is the worst of solutions with lifelong negative consequences! There are hundreds of documented cases of naturally regrown fingertips in children under age 11 with a 100% success rate. “Young children’s fingers cleanly sheared off beyond ...more
Jarmo Larsen
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, science
Body Electric is an interesting book about electricity in living organisms suchs as salamanders, frogs, rats, mice and human beings a.o., and what positive effects electricity can have on our bodies, and what minimal impulses through f.ex. electrodes can do with broken and amputated bodyparts. The book focuses mostly on regrowth in animals through electric impulses, but it also mentions humans. The book continues giving us detailed informasion on the dangers of radiation. Much research was done ...more
Craig Thomas
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Remarkable in that this was published 35+ years ago based on research done in the 60’s, 70’s and some early 80’s. It’s more poignant now considering the constant bombardment we get with electrons, magnetism, soon-to-be 5G coverage and a myriad of other invisible currents running through our bodies.

The first half of the book is quite dry and methodical with research primarily done on regeneration of tissue with frogs and salamanders. The second half of the book is much better and shows the progr
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Anita
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author gives valuable information about study findings in respect to regrowing limbs, possible cause of cancer in humans and the negative effects of electromagnetic fields on the human body as well as how this information was and is actively suppressed by vested interests. However the beginning of the book lists and describes all the studies in major details which is tedious and tiresome. A shorter description with emphasis on the outcome and the meaning of the results would have sufficed.
Elizabeth
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprising, not just because of the information contained, but also in that it was beautifully heartfelt without being an emotional polemic.

Reads somewhere between science textbook and lab memoir - easy enough for the lay person, although I will admit there were a few things I had to look up and maybe won't ever grasp (I find it hard to understand electricity when you can't see it, but I suppose that is also one of the points of this book).

Wonderful, exciting, harrowing and full
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Vostok_landing_gear
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
Loved it and the strangely wide area it covers within the subject of electricity. Without trying to be existential the results and conclusions drawn and communicated by Robert pointed me to a new path of thought about what reality could be, why things do and why they don't. It's very rad that this happened for me since the book is in a way intended to cover a much smaller subject. Would recomend to read! Robert is also really cool in the way he want's to do his work honest and transparent. ...more
Cat PB
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished this and still think I will search more of these topics! Medicine is something that interests me but it can be daunting~
Nowadays we can understand that without our mind no cure is possible~ and knowing that the author understood this but that his work was disregarded and disrespected makes me still doubt humanity is ready to accept this matters. We are more than the sum of our parts... and that’s what we have to remind ourselves of. ⚡️
Ashley Candelaria
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. But, I honestly found it to be a bit boring, and I had to skip through a lot of the sections talking about animal experimentation. I was hoping for more on how the electric theory could be used for healing.
VoidLinx
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read that book in 2013 and it was very inspiring. I remember I was seeing salamanders everywhere, like it was calling me. If you're not yet into aether biophysics, this book can help you. If you're already into aether science, then you wont need it. ...more
Tamara
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth a (re)read 👌🏼
Tyler Chism
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Pure grade A science. Fascinating research.
Kelcie
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mind blowing information in this book
Mihai Bogdan Volosincu
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stiinta
Amazing, mind blowing book.
It incredible how important are the discoveries in the electrical bone and tissue regeneration and still I heard for the first time from this book.
Also amazing stuff regarding the effects on elecromagnetic fields on human body, psyche and the link between these with some diseases like cancer.
Fernando
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read 2/3 of the book due to lack of time. If you are interested in the effect of electromagnetism into biology of humans this is your book.
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