Excerpt from The Resonance Effect: How Frequency Specific Microcurrent is Changing Medicine (2017) by Carolyn McMakin
Kidney Stone Pain
Everyone who has ever had a kidney stone will tell you that the kidney-stone pain is the worst. Emergency rooms treat it with morphine, and nothing else seems to touch it.
The phone rang on a summer Sunday morning and I hardly recognized the friend who grunted through gritted teeth to ask if “my machine” could treat kidney-stone pain. I told him that I’d never treated it before, but I’d be willing to try if he could make it to my house. He shuffled from the front door to the couch bent forward at the waist, sweating in pain. I put one wet graphite glove under his back and the other glove on his abdomen. He tried hard not to moan as I covered him with a soft blanket and placed my hand on top of the glove on his abdomen.
Education said that kidney-stone pain had to be about spasm in the ureter, the tube that carries the stone from the kidney to the bladder. The frequency for spasm was 29 hertz on channel A. The frequency for the ureter was 60 hertz on channel B. It did absolutely nothing: no warmth, no relaxation or softening, nothing. Maybe there was bleeding caused by the rough stone shredding the ureter as it traveled? I tried 18 hertz to stop bleeding on channel A. The glove didn’t get warm, and the pain didn’t change.
I really didn’t want my gray-faced friend to be my first failure. Reaching for inspiration, I tried the always-reliable 40 hertz to reduce inflammation. Nothing changed. Desperation amplified the small murmur of my intuition in my head, “Don’t get sloppy! Be thorough.”
There is a sequence of frequencies leading up to inflammation. The sequence was 20 hertz for “pressure or pain reaction,” 30 hertz for irritation, 40 hertz for inflammation. I never ran the whole sequence because 40 hertz always worked and I had no idea what a “pressure or pain reaction” might be. The buttons clicked down from 40 hertz to 20 hertz on channel A, and two things happened in seconds. The glove resting on his abdomen got hot — not just warm, it was hot. His abdomen started to soften. The feeling is hard to describe. It feels like a balloon feels when it has been sitting on the floor overnight. The tissue softens and stays soft while the correct frequency is working, and it returns to normal when the frequency is finished.
His voice was a little slurred when he fell asleep a few minutes later as he said, “Is that supposed to make me feel woozy?” His deep relaxed breathing said he was out of pain.
There are frequencies for the stone, so I tried those after twenty quiet minutes of watching him doze. The glove got hot, the abdomen softened, and ten minutes later he bolted awake and yelped, “The stone’s moving.” True to its promise, 20 hertz on A and 60 hertz on B reduced the pain again and put him back to sleep. Forty minutes later he left, pain-free, and passed the stone that night with no increase in pain.
I told this story at the Advanced Course in Australia a few weeks later, and one of the Australian practitioners reported that she treated her husband for kidney stone pain with 20 hertz on A and 60 hertz on B. He was out of pain in an hour and passed the stone uneventfully.
Every case of kidney stones treated since then has responded exactly the same way. When the patient has gripping lower back pain from lifting suitcases during a long dehydrating flight but treating the muscles doesn’t help, experience finally admits it’s not the muscle. Intuition says, “I wonder if it’s a kidney stone?” The learning curve is very steep and short when the glove gets hot, the muscles begin to relax, the pain goes down in minutes, and the patient falls asleep.
When one specific frequency combination, and only one, works every time anyone uses it, and when it does something that is otherwise impossible, then it can’t be impossible. It’s got to be resonance.
Interesting as it may sound it is always so very difficult to tell fact from fiction in the medical world. There are so many thousands of competing therapies. Maybe this obe works maybe it does not. Or perhaps it works for some people. It sounds all too similar to so many other wanna be cures over the centuries. I guess its a question of testing it over time and many thousands of patients. Trouble is we have seen so many thousands of miracle cures come and go over the years one is almost bound to feel sceptical.
Indeed! With more time I’ll make a writeup of the cost-benefit analysis here. I think that even if there is only a 1% chance that the technique works, it is still worth investigating considering the fact that it would be a solution against the utility monster of kidney stones (which opioids aren’t due to concerns of misuse). I concur that most novel therapies are hyped up and suffer from severe confirmation bias.
Some people believe that in order for any form of physical illness to truly take root, or manifest, there would already be pretty low voltage happening. When I ponder the work you guys are attempting, I imagine it as an adjunct to a form of biofeedback. If we can learn to regulate our own frequency, than even negative “events” wouldn’t dip us below some pre-determined baseline for long enough to cause illness.
Kidney stones seem largely a result of lifestyle choices, most likely made due to limitations in choices in general for positive, life-enhancing events or experiences. If you have an easy, cheap, choice of salty and long lasting protein and are experiencing stress response so often that this quick relief becomes normalized, even cultural, you’re more likely to take the risk that you’re in the 90% rather than 10. Mitigating those choices, even with only psychological or imaginative freedom, makes a difference …otherwise meditation wouldn’t work and movies, music, living vicariously wouldn’t either. If I’m understanding your work/intention correctly, it may not do much for treating this but it would go a long way in preventing.
Here’s an example. When I quit smoking, I knew there would be physical and psychological discomfort so I spent time using a mantra, visualizing how my body would respond, pretty regularly until one day the mantra kicked in. I did experience discomfort but I had also already primed my consciousness with what succeeding would feel like and I held plenty an imaginary friends hand also. I had already viewed a couple vids of qualia stuff and so I made my own pre programmed positive experience for the dips, the lows of withdrawal. The strangest part was feeling like I had two different overarching frequencies competing for my attention, I felt discomfort and peace at the same time and I had to make a choice to try to lean in to the peace vibration until the cravings subsided.
Physical interventions like the microcurrents work and are necessary only until and because we do not have a stable resonant field collectively. I’ve kind of built my own and have found in the last year that there seem to be some automatic processing now, bringing my state of mind up when I start to get low. I’m pretty sure there is a herd immunity like response to suffering that we haven’t figured out yet. But some sort of map of peace, better, etc would help.
If 40 hz reduces inflammation, what was the hz before and how much would be needed to prevent it from going below baseline where illness could occur. I’m not sure if I said any of that clearly enough but from what I gather about PTSD in particular, triggers cause dysregulation, almost like the map of your perception gets flipped to the past, like trying to run both windows 10 and 97 at the same time, burning tons of energy but going nowhere, eventually exhausting resources needed to detect and minimize illness. Learning to rewire that with valence markers/maps of some form is a really great idea and could potentially prevent a lot of the emotional and mental exhaustion people experience.
and thank you <3
This is huge if it works. My take on EA is: Utility Monsters, both present and future ones in potential are very real. QALY is an insufficient paradigm because the worst possible outcome is 0 value, whereas in reality there are values that dip significantly in the negative. Cluster headaches is one of those utility monsters that needs pressing attention, which can be solved by dispensing “tryptapens” (the tryptamine equivalent of an EpiPen). But Kidney Stones, which affect 10% of people over the course of their lives and cause 10/10 pain in most cases only has opioids as a plausible treatment… which as you can imagine is a non-starter prevention-wise (i.e. we probably shouldn’t be dispensing strong opioids to people “just in case you have a kidney stone” because the outcome would be, sadly, predictable). No plausible solution… until now.
If Carolyn McMakin is right that 20, 30, 40, and 60 hertz microcurrent stimulation can bring down kidney stone pain from 10/10 to 1/10 in the course of a few minutes, then this would be revolutionary. We should then miniaturize these microcurrent devices and have them ready everywhere. The cost of that, I suspect, would be trivial relative to the suffering prevented.