“Spin Doctors”: A New Paradigm Theorizing the Mechanism of Bioenergy Healing. Benford, M. S., Journal of Theoretics June/July 1999 1 (2)
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II. Bioenergy Healers and Gamma Radiation
Recently replicated studies by Benford et al. identified statistically significant decreases in extremely high-frequency electromagnetic fields, termed gamma rays, during alternative healing sessions with a trained practitioner and multiple subjects.4 During these experiments, external gamma radiation counts were recorded to obtain: (1) background control values, (2) resting control values (subjects in supine position), (3) no treatment baseline control values (with a person standing along side the subjects), and (4) treatment values (with therapist’s hands gently placed on the subjects). During the initial preliminary tests, total counts were recorded in 100-second trials separately over the crown, heart, abdomen and pelvic regions using a NaI(TI) crystal scintillator that detected gamma radiation from approximately 100 KeV to 3 MeV. Later tests involved 300-second counts over the heart, abdomen, right lateral side of the subject.
Early results demonstrated that gamma radiation levels markedly decreased during therapy sessions of 100% of subjects and at every body site tested regardless of which therapist performed the treatment. In many instances, the gamma counts fluctuated by thousands which represented a 3 – 6% difference in gross gamma count between the untrained control practitioners and trained healing energy practitioners within the short time periods analyzed. T-tests were used to determine that there was a significant statistical significance with p-values between 0.035 and <0.0001 in the 100-second trials, and p-values less than 0.0001 in the 300-second trials.
Later tests, whereby the therapists and controls were moved three feet away from the detector and seated at the subject’s head, demonstrated that significant drops occurred in female subjects interacting with trained therapists but not in males. In fact, two males demonstrated “emissions” of gamma rays during the therapy sessions. This may be due, in part, to variations in lean body mass which contains the body’s primary gamma emitter, Potassium-40 (K40). This has also been hypothesized to represent a “self-regulation” of energy within the body and the surrounding electromagnetic field.4,5
The consistent results from these controlled experiments may result, in part, from the increased electromagnetic fields surrounding the hands of healers. Dr. John Zimmerman discovered large frequency-pulsing biomagnetic fields emanating from hands of therapeutic touch practitioners during therapy as measured by an extremely sensitive magnetometer called a SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device).6 Similar frequency-pulsing biomagnetic fields were later measured and quantified from the hands of meditators and practitioners of yoga and QiGong using a simple magnetometer. These fields were 1000 times greater than the strongest human biomagnetic field7 and were found to be in the same frequency range as those being tested in medical research laboratories for use in speeding the healing process of certain biological tissues.3,8 This range is low energy and extremely low frequency and spans from 2 Hz to 50 Hz.8 However, still missing from this research is a mechanism of action that can explain the connection between electromagnetic field increases and observed healing benefits reported in the current therapy literature.
III. Adding “spin” to the healing equation.
Recently released Russian research posits an approach for describing many, if not all, the biopositive and parapsychological phenomena related to bioenergy healing and conscious intention. This research has postulated and tested the existence of “torsion fields.” Russian scientist Akimov and his team consider the quantum vacuum as a universal torsion wave carrying medium. The torsion field is said to fill all of space isotropically, including its matter component. It has a quantal structure that is unobservable in non-disturbed states. However, violations of vacuum symmetry and invariance create different, and in principle observable, states. These theorized “violations” and “invariances” may be what the energy practitioners are creating, which induces changes in the gamma radiation previously described.
…to be continued.