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The Body Electric

Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

Robert Becker

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The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life.

But as exciting as Becker's discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker's struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

Table of Contents

Part One
Chapter One - When Science Meets Politics
   A Suit Heard ‘Round the World
   When Carlo Met Wheeler
   Thousands of Studies?
   Belated Background Check
p. 3
Chapter Two - Follow-the-Science: No Problems, But No Tools
   No Heating, No problem
   A Primer: How Radiation Is Measured
   Shattering test-Tube abd Petri-Dish Findings
   Stealth Rats
p. 17
Chapter Three - Follow-the-Politics: High and Inside
   The Power of the Purse String
   Truth and Labeling - I
   Truth and Labeling - II
p. 35

Part Two
Chapter Four - Follow-the-Science: Henry's Comet
   Interlude: A Primer on DNA Breakage and Genetic Damage
   Chasing the Tail of the Comet
p. 55
Chapter Five - Follow-the-Politics: The Care and Feeding of Watchdogs
   A Protest to the Media
p. 75
Chapter Six - Follow-the-Science: heart-Stopping Phone Calls
   The Mayo Clinic's Pacemaker/Cell Phone Study
p. 83
Chapter Seven - Follow-the-Money: Caught in a Litigation Vise
   The Compromise
p. 97
Chapter Eight - Follow-the-Science: Interesting but Inconclusive Findings
   Leaks in the Blood Brain Barrier
   First Biological Effects in Rats
   Lymphoma in Overexposed Mice
   Cancer Findings, 1994-1996
p. 107
Chapter Nine - Follow-the-Money: Turning Off the Spigot
   First Cash-Flow Crisis
   A Government Intervention
   A Rare Executive: Promoting Research
   Very Political Science - I
p. 123

Part Three
Chapter Ten - Follow-the-Science: Red Flags
   Genetic Damage in Human Blood
   Micronuclei - A Diagnostic Marker for Cancer Experts
   The Specifics of the WTR Studies
   Very Political Science - II
p. 149
Chapter Eleven - Follow-the-Science: More red Flags
   The WTR's Studies of People Using Cellular Phones
   A Study of Brain Cancer Patients
   A Study of Acoustic Neuroma Patients
   A Study of 285,000 Analog Cellular Phones Users
   A Roadblock
   Corroboration from Sweden
   Very Political Science III
p. 165
Chapter Twelve - Hoisting the Red Flags
   Tough Day in the Big Easy
   A Rare Executive: protecting Customers
p. 181
Chapter Thirteen - When Science Collides with Politics
   A Most Unpleasant Interlude
   A Letter to the Industry Chiefs
p. 191
Chapter Fourteen - Protect the Children
   A World of Concerns
p. 215
Chapter Fifteen - Follow-the-Science: Confirming Evidence
   A Peek Inside the FDA
p. 221
Chapter Sixteen - Myopic Watchdogs
   Myopic Watchdogs
   Watchdogs in Retreat
   Comparison of Research Priorities: 1997 vs. 2000
p. 229

Part Four
Chapter Seventeen - Follow-the-Science: Piecing Together the Cancer Puzzle
   ... And the Largest Piece of the Puzzle
   The Big Picture
p. 241
Chapter Eighteen - Safety First - Health Recommendations
   Recommendations for Consumers
   A Few Words of Caution for Consumers
   Recommendation for the Mobile Phone Industry
   recommendations for Scientific, Medical, and Public Health Officials
   Recommendations Concerning Heart Pacemakers
   Recommendations for Industry and Government
Concerning the Wireless Internet
p. 249
Cast of Characters
   United States Government Interagency Working Group on Radio Frequency Radiation
   Peer Review Board Coordinated by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
   About the Authors
p. 257
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