Dr. Bill Pawluk: SomaPulse & Electromagnetism – #73

Dr. Bill Pawluk
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Have you ever wondered how magnets work? Or better yet: how they can help you be healthier? The amazingly gifted Dr. William (Bill) Pawluk is on this episode of Bulletproof Radio to answer these questions, and then some. Bill delves deep into the science behind electromagnetism and how it can help you eliminate or significantly reduce painful inflammation, stimulate tissue healing, and fully support the body’s inherent healing abilities. There’s also an immensely generous surprise, but you have to listen for that!

Dr. Pawluk is a board-certified family physician, with training in acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis and bodywork. He practices holistic medicine in Baltimore and appears regularly on the radio at www.wcbm.com. In addition, he is a national expert in the medical use of electromagnetics with over 22 years of experience.  In recognition of this experience he has appeared on the Dr. Oz show regarding magnetic therapy devices. As part of his work with this technology, he has authored numerous books, chapters, articles and interviews on magnetics, conducts research on the use of various kinds of electromagnetic systems on wound healing and other applications, and teaches practitioners on the appropriate use of magnetic therapies.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Stimulation

Nothing happens in the body without an electromagnetic exchange between cells. Natural electromagnetic energy controls our chemistry. It’s what allows your heart to beat, your brain to process, and your body to accept and use the food you give it. When this electromagnetic energy is disrupted (by a bruise or scrape, a tough workout, bad diet, or simply from getting older), our cells are impaired. When your cells aren’t healthy, your body isn’t healthy, in whole or in part.

By introducing a complementary electromagnetic field into the body, you can reestablish healthy electromagnetic exchanges. This is where PEMFs are so valuable – they stimulate all levels of the body. They are applied externally, and then fully penetrate the body – affecting individual cells, which in turn make up tissues, then organs, then complete body systems. We affect the physics of the cell first during the healing process. The physics affect the chemistry, which affects the tissue. So depending on the problem, PEMFs can address an imbalance quickly (as with a bruise), or work to bring about a change over time (as with organ system dysfunction).

The SomaPulse, with its precise PEMF signal, directly affects the physics of the cell. It is particularly in tune with stem cells, which tend to travel to where they are needed in the body, furthering the healing process.

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What You’ll Hear

  •   0:40 – Intro and Welcome Bill Pawluk
  •   2:00 – How Bill got into electromagnetism
  •   6:00 – “Magnetic Therapy in Eastern Europe: A Review of 30 Years of  Research”
  •   7:00 – Electromagnetic fields and physics
  •   9:00 – Biophysics and modern day medical training
  • 12:30 – How do magnets work?
  • 13:50 – Magnesium, nitric oxide, and pulse electromagnetic fields
  • 16:00 – INOS, ATP, and healing tissue
  • 19:00 – Body sway
  • 21:30 – VERY Substantial discount code for SomaPulse! (Listen to obtain coupon code!)
  • 23:00 – Dave’s hacks using SomaPulse
  • 25:00 – Electrically upgrading your muscles
  • 27:00 – Bill’s response to skepticism
  • 30:00 – Using electricity for muscle recovery and grounding
  • 35:00 – Schumann resonance (SR)
  • 38:20 – Is it possible to change our “wireless” frequency?
  • 40:00 – Dave’s crowdfunding project proposal
  • 42:00 – The ethics of pulse electromagnetic fields
  • 43:00 – Dave mentions HUGE discount code again for SomaPulse! (Listen to obtain coupon code!)
  • 44:00 – Is SomaPulse safe for children? How about animals?
  • 49:30 – Top 3 recommendations for kicking more ass and being more Bulletproof!



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By Dave Asprey

  • Ezequiel Delvitto

    Hi Dave,

    If you have a magnetic field and a current (charge particle) moving with a component perpendicular to it then it will have an effect (a force perpendicular to the interaction), so be aware if the direction and path of the current you are using are important. Here you can click for a easy graphic example (http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physlet_resources/bu_semester2/c12_force.html)

    How can I see this podcast from youtube? I appreciate the video and your slides in general 😀



    • ???ds? ???p

      Thanks Eze! That’s why you can stack the coils of the device in different ways to change the field shape.

  • Jeff Baiocco

    Dave – great show and I’m finally convinced to try the Somopulse. I went to the website today and tried to purchase the device with the coupon code but it didn’t work. Is the code not active yet? Thanks.

    • wes

      the coupon code worked for me. did you scroll down … its a long page and the amount total at the top didn’t change, but the discount appeared below

      • Jeff Baiocco

        OK I see it now. Thanks.

        • Chris Wyllie

          Real intriguing technology – Is it safe to apply the PEMF to your brain, to stimulate neuron growth? Could you achieve brain-wave entrainment, pulsing a gamma frequency for instance?

        • ???ds? ???p

          I wouldn’t use this for entrainment; it’s not tuneable. However, I have used it on my own head. 🙂

        • Tor

          Interesting podcast.
          What was the result when using it on your head. What are your thoughts on tunable devices that can be used in the head? Thanks!

  • Mike

    I feel as though I kind of missed something. How does this product get you into an alpha state?

  • quack

    check out the pong case to reduce SAR from cell phone. Not the PEM case you wanted

  • Clay

    What are thoughts on the Soma Pulse and leaky gut?

  • Michael Leach

    How long is the coupon good for?

  • Andreas

    Hi Dave,

    If PEMF stimulates stem cell regeneration and healing, might it help regrow cartilage? (I had a botched meniscus surgery that left me with far too little cartilage in my right knee).

    How does a Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) compare to PEMF?
    Do they operate differently or just at different frequencies?
    Odds on either approach actually working for this?

    I’ve started to think about a possible therapeutic “stack” to hack my knee:

    PEMF (or MET);
    Ozone injections;
    Hyperbaric chamber sessions;
    Upgraded collagen; and
    Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM supplement

    Thoughts appreciated.
    I posted a question about this on the Forum see: http://forum.bulletproofexec.com/index.php?/topic/6842-pemf-met-ozone-hyperbaric-to-fix-my-knee/?hl=pemf

    • Michael Jonn

      Look into also taking Hyaluronan (aka Hyaluronic Acid) as well.

      And it would help combining PEMF for possible articular cartilage regeneration. Just take a look at this Pubmed Study


      • ???ds? ???p

        Upgraded Collagen contains Hyaluronic Acid. 🙂

        The stack above is a good one! Use Prolozone injections for best results.

  • Bob

    I’m not sure after listening to the podcast, but will this Soma pulse help with metabolic disorders?

  • Frank

    Interesting episode!
    Any chance you could get Jack Kruse on the podcast? He’s also been writing about the effects of electromagnetic fields on the body and I’m interested to hear what questions you’d have for him.

  • Christina

    Can this be used for cosmetic purposes? Will it help refresh your skin’s tone, color, & and elasticity? I’m interested in attaching the coils onto a sleep mask…

    • ???ds? ???p

      I put mine on my sleep mask sometimes. Good for dark circles…

  • Mitch

    Sweet! I just bought one. I have lower back pain and have had some sleepless nights from stress. Will I notice a difference in sleep quality with the Somapulse? Where do I place? Each side of the head or back? Thanks Dave!

    • ???ds? ???p

      Experimenting on site locations is worth it. I sleep with it often but haven’t noticed it helps with sleep specifically. Just recovery.

  • Michael Jonn

    The research that Dr. Pawluk has been doing was already done by Dr. Bob Becker back in the 80s, especially about the Schumann Resonance. NASA validated the existence http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/ask/q768.html

    There is this device called the Sota Magnetic Pulser (which is basically the same thing as the SomaPulse) which was created from the Bob Beck Protocol. http://www.bobbeckprotocol.com/beckprotocol.html

    Again, the device is called Sota, not just Soma, It is sold on Amazon and Ebay as the “Sota Magnetic Pulser”. the two names sound so similar.

    There is a full article on the research that was already sort of available back in the 80s http://www.pulsemassagers.com/2013/11/21/bob-beck-protocol-magnetic-pulsers-pemf-technology-treating-pain/

    • fergienz

      That device is alot cheaper. Do you have any experience with it? I was about to buy a Soma to assist with my powerlifting training. Would you recommend the Sota over the Soma?

      • ???ds? ???p

        I’ve read Beck’s books in the 90’s and I own a Sota. Not even in the same ballpark or I’d have recommended the Sota. 🙂

  • joann

    Alleve-Wave branded for animals is same product but cheaper!

    • fergienz

      Can you purchase this online? I can’t find anyone that sells it?

  • Scott Michael

    Dave – are you familiar with the Earth Pulse Sleep on Command device?

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  • the water

    Quick question, what makes the EMF in PEMF good for you when in general our bodies don’t react well to unnatural EMF re wifi and power lines

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  • Dani Grey

    There’s some things about medicine that I haven’t learned anything about yet. PEMF is one of them. It seems like a good idea, though. Besides, there are lots of doctors that support the concept. I imagine that it would be difficult to deny its positive effects.


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