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The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

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"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 ...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
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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 ...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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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 ...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 ...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 ...more
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.
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 ...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
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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.
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
Justin Boogaerdt
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The part that intrigued me the most about this book and on which i base my review is when Robert talks about all the possible harmfull implications of electromagnetic radiation on our overal health and our constant homeostatic system. Although this book was first published thirty five years ago, it is still relevant in modern day society.

As he writes at page 304

The dangers of electropollution are real and well documented. It
changes, often pathologically, every biological system. What we don't
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A
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keep in mind this book was originally published in 1985! Much of this information was not available to the public at-large due to many things, including the convoluted system of scientific review which can make or break research if they deem it so. It is also the story of how valid types of research can be quashed depending on who's in charge.

This is a fascinating look how bodies heal, and how electromagnetic energy can play a role (or not) in this healing. It is the history of this research,
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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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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.
Tamara
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth a (re)read ...more
Kelcie
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mind blowing information in this book
Tyler Chism
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Pure grade A science. Fascinating research.
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.
Fer
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.
Nick
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about the body's internal circuitry. This book is divided into many different parts and each one is reveals information that is both fascinating and incredible.

The first part deals with the history of regeneration in animals and the discoveries that led to Becker's work. Then it dives into Becker's work with salamanders. Becker takes us step by step through his discoveries, allowing us to share his thrills as he makes genuinely monumental discoveries about the origins of healing
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Dan Mutter
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Becker puts forth a fascinating book. Research into bone healing and the regenerative properties of biological organisms led him into looking at the largely written-off and neglected impact of electromagnetic forces. The book chronicles his journey in the research arena. Perhaps as exciting and interesting as his perspective and his findings is the extent to which the scientific establishment had challenged and suppressed the compromises to public health from electromagnetic radiation (EMR). ...more
Jim
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Almost gave it a four, but the first half seemed slow to me as he built the foundation of bio-electricity on hundreds of sliced up salamanders and too much detail for my likes. None the less, fascinating as he transitioned into humans, I now know the science behind why acupuncture makes sense, incredible health effects of silver, the incredible complexity of voltage and human healing. He was way ahead of his time and unfortunately experienced the group think, politics and money motives in modern ...more
Marjan
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book serves as a very good introduction to our bodily electric mechanisms and the impact electric currents and fields can have on our health; both in healing and destructive way. Despite being published in 1985, it is perhaps one of the most important books you can read in 2015. Our environment is being bombarded more and more with electromagnetic fields, WiFi is becoming an expected part of an urban landscape, mobile phones rarely slip out of our hands and heads, and our homes are packed ...more
Sally
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clear look at his research into bioelectrics, what he learned, what he thought about it, and the possibilities of the field.

This book is on my foundations shelf, because it was life changing for me. At the time, I was working to be a subtle energy diagnostician. I decided that I needed information about electrical energy in the body, so I called the library and asked for a book about it. This was it. The only one in the field. As he described his difficulties generating the small amounts of
...more
Vinyasi
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is very real stuff, not fiction, nor any stretch of someone's imagination. I know this, because I've been researching this on myself healing a deep bleeding wound without scar tissue formation and going one step further: applying this protocol to the entire body in an attempt to slow down the aging process at the very least. I can say that I've been more than satisfied since my intelligence for taking care of myself has improved (whose lack promotes premature aging via poor choices). I've ...more
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