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The Synergy of Technology and Experience
By: David Suzuki
Posted: June 26, 2008, from the July 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Becker’s work resulted in scientific recognition that the body is in fact governed by an electrical system, contains its own form of electrical current and, when injured, puts forth an electrical current that initiates and expedites the healing and regeneration process, known as the current of injury. He also established that all body functions, including thoughts, pain, muscle contractions, cellular activity, healing, regeneration, longevity—life itself—are made possible because of body electricity. This inspired the title of his book, The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life (Harper Paperbacks, 1998), which he cowrote with Gary Selden. Although it took nearly 200 years, Galvani’s genius was finally vindicated.
The power of silver
During Becker’s series of experiments regarding the body’s electrical system and regeneration, he found himself in need of a conductive medium that would allow his microcurrent to be spread evenly throughout large areas. A friend of his from NASA supplied him with a conductive mesh-like material that was being used for one of their new projects. The results of using this material with electrical current were so fascinating that they sparked an entirely new subsection of experiments to specifically define the properties and mechanisms of this material—silver.
History suggests that as early as the Trojan War, medicine workers utilized silver to dress wounds, eradicate infection and greatly speed the healing of significant injuries and bone fractures suffered on the battlefield. It was believed that silver had special powers—specifically, a type of healing energy that worked with human energy. Because technology did not exist to substantiate the properties and benefits of silver or human energy, science denounced its efficacy. Silver was eventually replaced with an evolution of exciting new ointments, medicines and devices, each promising various remedies and cures.
As it turns out, silver—independent of any other catalyst—emits a small charge of electrical current, which, in turn, stimulates healing and keeps wound sites sterile. Additionally, more frequency can be added to the site at any time by clipping an external microcurrent device to the highly conductive material. As a result of Becker’s findings and confirmation of historical knowledge, silver bandages and silver-infused ointments are among the most successful remedies for modern wound-healing, especially for burn victims and severe injuries.
As science has become more sophisticated, a seemingly endless supply of new possibilities have been uncovered that involve enhancing the health and wellness of the human body, including skin and its visual appearance. Although there are always new technologies in development, some of the most interesting recent age-defying results have been derived from slight alterations and modifications to existing technology and associated protocols. And some of this progress is representative of good old-fashioned trial and error, but the strongest results are coming from new finite information and efficacy that have been identified by more sophisticated diagnostic devices that allow precision and accuracy, resulting in a new breed of technology and products. The best part is that now is a time in history where this technology can be used while people work, observing and improving recommendations, services and techniques nearly in real-time.