EMR for Killing Pathogens


Electromagnetic radiation is made when an atom absorbs energy. The absorbed energy causes one or more electrons to change their locale within the atom. When the electron returns to its original position, an electromagnetic wave is produced and emitted. Depending on the kind of atom and the amount of energy, this electromagnetic radiation can take the form of heat, light, ultraviolet, or other electromagnetic waves1 that travel at the speed of light.

EMR is therefore a form of energy that can interact with matter. The precise nature of the interaction is dependent upon the wavelength and amplitude (intensity) of the radiation and the structure and other qualities of the matter with which it interacts. These interactions encompass a range of phenomena including ionization, breakup of covalent bonds, molecular vibration and molecular rotation. By fine-tuning the wavelength of the EMR, it is possible to selectively induce the breakdown of certain molecular bonds. We are applying EMR to living cells to verify claims that it can be used to disrupt the cell walls to make them permeable to foreign substances or to completely burst cells open by means of mechanical vibration.

Various effects of EMF on living cells are published in the contemporary scientific literature. The effects range from direct killing by permanent cell membrane electroporation [Sánchez-Velázquez, Zimmerman, Novickij], EMF-induced apoptosis [Simonis], acquisition of antibiotic resistance by cellphone and wifi-like frequencies [Taheri], increased cell growth [Nguyen], decreased cell growth [Oncul], changes in chemical sensitivities [Soghomonyan], etc.

The vast range of reported effects as well as the diverse instrumentation and experimental settings employed makes it difficult to critically evaluate what works and under which conditions. As a consequence, an effervescent market for so-called electromagnetic healing devices claiming to cure any conceivable disease has emerged. Most of those devices suffer from lack of documented effectiveness.


Our Research

We are currently evaluating an apparatus for it’s effectiveness on yeast and bacteria.


  1. http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/thermal/3-what-makes-em-radiation.html