From Bob Dennis, owner of Micro-Pulse; I have a financial interest in the sale of PEMF devices, so please take that potential bias into account when considering my statements
Many people have talked to me about using PEMF along with other things, ranging from nutrition, hyperbaric oxygen, acupuncture and infra-red to stem cells, metal implants, some medications, and post-surgical recovery. I have not studied this scientifically (yet), but I have tried some of these things along with PEMF myself, and I have discussed it with many individual users, clinicians, and PEMF experts. I will be glad to share my observations and opinions.
At first I was concerned that the interactions were not well researched and I could not theoretically predict the complex interactions that PEMF might have with other things. So, in general, I cautioned people against the use of PEMF with implants and any other modalities I thought might cause a problem. But I now feel that I was being too conservative, because many people thanked me for my cautions but went ahead and combined PEMF with everything I have ever heard of (and many things that were new to me), and in no case did they ever report any problems. Quite to the contrary, people uniformly tell me, without exception, that ICES-PEMF (and I suspect all forms of PEMF) have a synergistic interaction with anything else they combined with it.
Like a positive outlook, PEMF just seems to make everything work better. So much so, that I have changed my opinion on the matter and I now believe that PEMF may be the ultimate adjunct modality for just about any useful treatment. I have heard very positive feedback, from hundreds of people, on every imaginable topic. A brief summary:
PEMF does not seem to have any negative effects when used near a metal implant, to the contrary, most people tell me it seems to make the engraftment of their implant “feel better”, sometimes they even point out that it feels more mechanically stable. Many people tell me they experience a slight tingling sensation at or near the implant for the first few days using PEMF, but it is not unpleasant and it usually goes away in a few days.
PEMF seems to accelerate the recovery from surgery, often by a factor of 2x or 3x, based on feedback from surgeons.
PEMF seems to amplify the effects of stem cells, in a way that is as if a much larger number of stem cells were used. Since stem cell concentrations are difficult to maintain at high levels, this effect may be highly useful. I hypothesize this may be due to an enhanced stem cell engraftment and growth in the area being stimulated by PEMF. It may be that the number of stem cells is not increasing, only their ability to remain where implanted and to multiply has improved. If this is the case, this would essentially be an increase in stem cell efficiency.
Naturopaths and homeopaths tell me that the things they use in combination with PEMF “just seem to work better, the way they should work.”
Based on many comments over the years, many people had combined supplements with PEMF, and I frequently hear from people that they feel this is a beneficial combination. Most often, however, it is impossible to separate the effects of PEMF from the use with diet and supplements alone because they were not considered in isolation.
PEMF seems to really improve the speed and effect of acupuncture, and stacked coils allow some practitioners to use ICES-PEMF as a form of “digital acupuncture”, without needles, just PEMF applied by a skilled practitioner as if it were acupuncture needles.
Several people, including some clinicians, have reported to me that the use of PEMF has allowed them to reduce or eliminate the need for certain medications. Several reductions of medications have been reported to me, but the main one is the need for synthetic opioids, which, in my opinion, has a correct dosage for everyone of zero. Other medications that were reported to me are quite serious and I feel unqualified even to mention these by name, but I do suggest that if you are using PEMF in any form you should talk to your clinician, have your numbers checked and your dosages adjusted accordingly. It would be a shame for PEMF to have the one adverse side effect that it causes medications to become so much more effective that people are taking too much when PEMF is employed.
People have reported to me that hyperbaric oxygen seems to be more effective when used with PEMF, so much so that I have been asked several times whether or not I could make a Micro-Pulse system specifically for use in an mHBOT chamber. I have not done this, but to the extent that some people do not want to damage their Micro-Pulse system, I do not think HBOT would be a problem so long as you keep it clean and dry while in HBOT. Keep in mind also that HBOT is an enriched oxygen environment with limited egress, so the flammability risk increases when in the chamber. Before using PEMF of any form in HBOT, I suggest you check the safety guidelines. I cannot advise you or make assurances on the fire or electrical safety of any form of PEMF in HBOT.
Several people, including many clinicians have used small portable PEMF (such as Micro-Pulse) daily in conjunction with larger clinical PEMF during visits to the clinic. They generally report to me that the long-term outcomes are better than either one alone.
Many people have told me about combining PEMF with everything imaginable, and the general trend is that it seems to have a positive, synergistic effect. I think in each case you would have to experiment, try it, and see for yourself.
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