History of Radionics
Albert Abrams (1863-1924) discovered and developed the techniques
now known as Radionics while practising medicine in California in
the late 19th century. The following is a brief account of his story
and the continuation and development of Radionics.
Early work by Albert Abrams
Albert Abrams studied German and then Medicine at University of
Heidelberg. He became a professor of pathology and, later, Director
of Clinical Medicine at Leland Stanford University, California USA.
He became a recognised expert in diseases of the nervous system
and wrote 12 Medical Textbooks.
Abrams conducted research in the USA and his work became controversial
when experiments suggested that:
- Disease is a form of imbalance of the electrons of the atoms
of diseased tissue (rather than cellular imbalance), and that disease
could therefore be studied as a form of radiating energy.
- Radiating energy from diseased tissue may be sensed after it
has travelled through the body/tissues of a healthy person and/or
along a wire.
Participants in Abrams' early experiments usually held a wire connected
to a phial of body tissue and the sounds formed when their abdomens
were palpated correlated with whether either the person or the phial
contained diseased tissue. (It didn't matter whether the diseased
tissue was in the person or the phial, the sound was the same -
and different from that of a healthy person connected only to healthy
tissue.) This audio reaction became known as the Electronic Reaction
of Abrams, shortened to 'ERA'.
Abrams detailed the sounds that correlated with different diseases.
Then he went on to measure the resistance (in Ohms) of a wide range
of diseases, conditions and disorders. These are known as 'Radionic
Rates' and books of these have been continually revised and updated
by subsequent researchers.
Development of Radionics
Despite the tests carried out by Horder's team in 1924 (see
below), Radionics was rejected by the British Medical Community
as a whole. However, it was known, considered and investigated
by individual medical researchers as seemed relevant to their
work. For example,
Dr. Edward Bach (Bach
Flower Remedies) tested Abrams Box, among other methods
of 'scientific healing', in the course of his research later
described in terms of the seven Bach nosodes - conducted during
Claims associated with Abrams work were investigated using
a series of 25 tests, conducted in both London (May) and Glasgow
(June). The research committee, supervised by Sir
Thomas Horder, noted that every individual test
confirmed Abrams claims.
Dr Ruth Drown, a chiropractor
based in Hollywood, California, further developed the ERA
instrument by replacing the human subject in the circuit with
a sample of the person's blood or hair.
At this time there were 2 circuits involved, an 'assessment
circuit' and a 'treatment circuit'. By removing the human
subject from these circuits, Dr Drown was able to both diagnose
and treat patients at a distance, potentially huge distances.
She referred to this technique as 'broadcasting', though it
is more commonly known today as 'radionic projections'.
Drown's work was challenged by the Medical Establishment
and the FDA of the US State of California. Although Drown
pursued her work, her health was affected and she passed-on
Interest in Radionics in the United Kingdom had increased
gradually over the preceeding decades and pioneers such as
Lavender Dower, George
De La Warr and Dr. W.
Guyon Richards became active in the field. Consequently
acceptance and use of this therapy had also increased among
conventional medical doctors.
David Tansley, an American
trained chiropractor, travelled to Britain and joined the
Radionic Association in 1967. He considered radionics to be
a highly effective form of Energy Medicine and caused controversy
by introducing Eastern Philosophy to Western-style Radionics.
1970s and 1980s
During the 1970s and 1980s David Tansley wrote many books
on subjects related to Radionics, some of which became key
texts in this field, including:
- David Tansley, "Radionics: A Patient's Guide", Element (Pubs.), London, 1985, and
- David Tansley, "Subtle Anatomy of Man", C.W.Daniels (Pubs.), London, 1972.
Malcolm Rae founded a company called 'Magneto Geometric Applications'
and developed radionic instruments. Initially, all radionic
instruments had used electricity and required a power source.
Rae developed the use of magnetism in radionics and invented
radionic instruments that used reference (or 'simulator' cards)
to speed up the process of analysis and remove the need for
many complex dials and settings.
For more detailed information about the History of Radionics, see
- Keith Mason, "The Radionics Handbook; How to analyse your health and enhance your wellbeing", Piatkus Press, London, 2001,
- Chapter 9 of Gerber, Richard, "Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century; A complete guide to energy healing and spiritual transformation", Piatkus Press, London, 2000
and other radionics textbooks featured on this page.
To the main Radionics page.