Some folks believe that exposure to electromagnetic pulses helps the human body heal itself (one portion of the [Bob Beck] protocol). [Steffan] is one of those folks and was interested in EMP generation but wasn’t crazy about the several-hundred dollar price tag for professional units. As any determined DIYer would do, he set off to make his own.
This whole thing works by straight-out-of-the-wall 110v AC running through a couple 60 watt light bulbs before moving through a rudimentary rectifier circuit. The DC output from the rectifier charges five 130uF camera flash capacitors. An inductor coil is responsible for generating the EMP and is only separated from the capacitors by a single normally-open momentary switch. Although it is possible to wrap your own coil, [Steffan] decided to use an off the shelf 2.5mH unit normally used for speaker system crossovers. Once the momentary switch is pressed, the energy in the capacitors is discharged through the inductor coil and the EMP is created. To demonstrate that the pulser does indeed work, a metal washer was placed on the inductor coil and the unit fired resulting in the washer being thrown into the air.
[Stephan] did deviate from the some of the online designs he had researched, using 7 capacitors instead of the recommended 5. The result was a firecracker-like discharge sound and melting of the 14 gauge wire. Well, back to 5 caps.
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Since when is this bullshit medicine?
Tom Cruise and Xenu were watching with interest.
beat me to it… there’s only a small step between this thing and an e-meter.
Nah e-meters are psychological tricks the cult uses on people, this thing is something people use on themselves, more akin to homeopathy and magnetic bracelets.
On the plus side, an EMP can be used to fry any bugs they planted on you :)
I was referring to the small step on the mental side, not the physical construction of the devices… believing that an e-meter will reveal something about your personality/thoughts and believing that EMP-ing your ass is going to cure you of anything are very nearly equally as ludicrous. Magnetic bracelets have been demonstrated to be placebo and homeopathy fails basic science, so they’re both in the same range as the first two, but I didn’t want to step on too many toes at once (maybe EMP-ing can help toes?).
I’d have to imagine that any and all planted bugs would certainly be fried though, you’ve got a point there.
Sit back, chill, and have a strong Homeopathic Beer.
to be fair, mainstream medicine is pretty bullshit these days too.
Yeah, due to the failures of Western medicine, everyone who gets HIV dies of AIDS just a few years later. Oh wait, it’s almost entirely people who believe in magic crystals and raping children who die of AIDS.
that was quite inappropriate.
i interpret his comment as doctors tend to medicate the crap out of us and the meds advertised on TV all have super nasty side effects like bleeding out the butt.
“what doesn’t cause cancer these days?”
Don’t forget about the “cold lasers” :P
Only in the US, other countries have a bit more regulation & sanity. I’ve been a lot of places and never seen as much (bullshit/scary) advertising for medicines and other shit as in the USA.
In Europe it seems to mostly be the case that no-one advertises meds much beyond asprins and cough sweets you can buy at the supermarket, if it’s gotta come from a doctor/pharmacy it’s all nationalised health services so if you need it, you get it, if you don’t, you can go whistle.
Then again, I’ve never seen quite as much advertising bullshit as the USA full stop.
That’s because in most places in europe, advertising prescription medicines directly to the public is illegal. Which is completely logical.
To be fair, aspirin (made from the bark of a willow tree, i.e. natural) will also make one “bleed out the butt” if they take a full dose daily. There’s a lot of good and bad in the pharmaceutical industry; I owe my life to chemotherapy, yet I’m also permanently scarred from it. But at least I’m alive.
Yeah, right. Thanks guy on the Internet for that cogent critique. I look forward to whatever it is you turn your brilliance to next.
It will be more brilliant than anything you have to say ever again. That’s for certain.
Yeah well, I said something that was more brilliant than any of you have said, so there.
It’s a medical device to rapidly remove those surgically implanted “sixth sense” magnets people put in their fingers.
Yea, Quack Hack would have been a much better title.
It’s a typo, it was supposed to be filed under medical quacks
I’m starting to think that if people think they’re right it’s required that they express themselves as a dick proportional to their degree of certitude.
Say, could this be used to blast the car next to you with their stereo maxed out?
“Some folks believe without good reason that…”
Fixed. You don’t have to censor the guy but let’s not pull the modern journalism “everybody’s version of the truth is equally valid” BS.
No free wheeling diode across the inductor. Using the SCR as a high-side switch actuated by a mechanical element. Jeez.
Hey, anybody that uses silicone rectifiers just has to be taken seriously.
With that off my chest, when are we going to going to see a multi-stage rail gun that can deliver serious velocity?
“With that off my chest” – punt intended? :)
Go to a US navy research facility and check one out?
The US Navy are aiming for all-electric, explosive-free ships, for not too far in the future. All railguns or coilguns as weapons.
Should make for some ENORMOUS capacitors at the surplus store.
RAIL guns don’t use multiple stages, you just make a longer rail and/or increase the power.
COIL guns can benefit from multiple stages. But with quickly diminishing returns. The more the velocity increases, the harder it is to make it increase further. You don’t have to take my word for it. There are existing multiple stage designs, including detailed test results using varying numbers of available stages, clearly showing the drop-off in efficiency. And some calculator apps that can predict results with pretty good accuracy as well. Try simulating a coil that accelerates a projectile from stationary to 100 feet/sec. And then see what further acceleration the same coil would provide when the projectile is already moving that fast. It won’t be 100 feet/sec more, or even half that.
Either way, the answer to your question is: never.
There’s a design that combines a coil and rail gun. It uses a pair of rails to deliver power to the projectile to energize a pair of coils in it. Around the outside of the barrel is one continuous coil along the full length. Pop a lot of power into the projectile so its magnetic field opposes the barrel coil and out it goes, really fast.
The design has some of the same limits as a rail gun, mostly friction and erosion of the power rails.
Instead of winding the barrel coil from wire it can be made using slotted flat washers, alternating conductive and insulating, and conductive offset blocks to connect the conductive washers into a coil.
momentary switches……because relays are totally overrated……
And replacing momentary switches that are welded shut is totally underrated.
I’d use a knife switch just for the lulz.
So has he gotten any super powers yet? Quack “science” at it’s best.
” I will soon have a web page outlining instructions with photos, to assist those who want to make their own blood electrifier. ”
Oh boy! Can’t wait!
I also came here to complain about the quack. Have we been spending too much time at Burning Man?
I don’t understand how anyone can believe this stupid shit. Both my aunts thinks this stuff works, one had cancer the other has diabetes. Cancer one got over it through modern medicine and prayer, the other a few weeks after she stopped uses her meds was hospitalized and had to be forced back onto the diabetes meds….Face palm. I was there every step of the way and its amazing how irrational, emotional, fearful, and desperate someone becomes when they believe in superstition as an act of God. Why can’t people understand that if God is real, then everything he does is real. And whats the difference between real and fake, evidence. Therefore evidence found doesn’t negate God, in fact it is of God. My verses of the Bible is actually a word for word description of someone inflicted with a virus, or disease and is cured by the prophet, I don’t understand how thats different than hygiene, vaccines, cures, etc. Please if anyone reads this, don’t believe in fancy tesla coils and light buls (this what the patent describes for the “medical devices”), believe in reality, anything else is sorcery.
Correction, “My verses” –> “Some verses”. Leviticus is the book in case anybody was wondering
So, essentially “My BS is better because I’ve got an older book to prove it, cast of your BS for mine!!!”
“don’t believe in fancy tesla coils and light bul[b]s…”
Wow, check out that first link. Does the web design scream “investment scam on the elderly” or what?
There are legitimate uses for such a device. Shrinking coins, frying NFC/RFID gear, accidentally electrocuting yourself… This is a straight up snake oil money grab.
What’s next, homeopathy hacking? Please post an article on dynamisation, thanks!
Although, I do like the construction.
This might cure the fear of cellphone radiation.
Cellphone radiation is a thing. You can measure the output of yours or just read the package it came in.
Takes 500 of mine all within a cubic foot to cook a hotdog in slightly less than a minute. Of course several phones in the center would fail, but still: Cellphone Cooked Hotdog.
By my estimate, you’d need a few more than 500. Either that, or your cell phone has an abnormally high output power – most are under a watt, and a 500 watt oven is fairly anemic. A hot dog is about all it’d be able to cook. You’d also need a resonant cooking chamber to contain them and the hot dog, otherwise most of the radiation will escape and not help with cooking.
Cures cancer or Death?? Which one does it cure??? :-)
It might cure phones that have annoying ring tones as well. That’s worth having.
I’m a med student. At the beginning of my studies I was extremely against all these alternative medicine things. Everything but western medicine seemed stupid and not worth my time.
I’ve learned something though. Some of these procedures do have a positive effect on patients. With no scientific explanation whatsoever. But:
A) the selfhealing powers of organisms are underrated by western medicine
B) everything that seems magical is science we haven’t understood, yet
I would never use homeopathy on myself. But I also won’t shush my patients if they do.
On a side note: praying is on the same page as emp-ing or homeopathy-ing yourself…
Yes, and at the top of that page there’s a huge-ass heading saying “PLACEBO EFFECT”.
The completely annoying thing, is that placebos actually heal people! Better than control groups. Patients who believe in their medicine get better quicker, even if the medicine is bullshit.
There’s EVEN a healing effect when the patient KNOWS it’s a placebo!
Would bug the shit out of me if I were a medic. It annoys me enough just as a geek. But there you go!
I really hope you never become my doctor with that sort of thinking.
Not everything magic is undiscovered science, some is just bullshit that people happen to fall for.
As long as you draw the line somewhere between “I’m taking my meds but I’m also trying this acupuncture/homoeopathy/prayer/etc.” and “I don’t need your medication because of acupuncture/homoeopathy/prayer/etc.”.
If the person thinks that some woo will help them, then, well, it might help them a bit just having a positive attitude, just so long as they’re still taking their actual medicine.
On a related note, I know someone who had their appendix taken out, using acupuncture rather than an anaesthetic. The placebo effect is really bloody weird.
Not placebo effect with acupuncture. It can really block pain signals but is extremely technique dependent. It takes years to learn where to stick the needles. I worked with a multi-generational Japanese Anesthesiologist, trained in Acupuncture since he was a kid, that had great success. The residents he tried to train had limited success.
“Not placebo effect with acupuncture” is a bold claim, considering that there hasn’t been done any double blind studies, and likely wont in the future, due to the fact that it’s hard to find a suitable placebo for a needle prick.
That’s an overreaching criticism.
Other methods or research are equally valid, and a 2006 study showing remodeling is very interesting. (Pdf warning)
The Placebo effect is a very real thing and sometimes it is beneficial to let somebody think their woo woo magic is actually working……as long as they don’t reject the real stuff. Sugar pills are sometimes even more effective than major brand depression meds. Smoking/Anxiety meds all the same.
Jehovah’s certainly got a lot vaguer since he used to flood the world and destroy cities with bolts of pure pissed-offness. What’s the most you get now? He cures cancer, as long as you remember to take your chemo. Sometimes.
Damn you, Yaldaboath!
It might actually work… but we’re like 30 yrs away from if. Researchers pass it over frivolously as ridiculous when they should not. Everything should be investigated. Just cause someone labelled a nut put it forth doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Heck, cars would be nowhere if they thought Henry Ford a nut. Edison? Bell? Achimedes. Galileo. Lots to learn about US before judging individuals as nuts or genius.
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