Testing Your Coils

Several people have asked how to test the Alleva-Wave/Somapulse coils. I’ve given one way to test the coils in the post: Using your PEMF device, and another technique in a comment. I would like to expand on those techniques and to put the testing procedures in a single place.

Using a Gauss Meter

If you have a gauss meter, like the Gauss Master or the TriField meter, download the following zip file and place the appropriate audio file onto your music player:

Description Link
Gauss Meter Test Download (169Kb)

This audio files contain a one minute long 60 Hz square wave that can be detected by most gauss meters. If you use some of the other frequencies downloaded from this website, the frequency may be too low to be detected by the meter. For example, the Gauss Master’s lowest frequency it can detect accurately is 40 Hz. Play the Gauss Meter Test file, set your player volume to full, and then using your gauss meter to check the coils. Given that a working set of coils ought to have between 100 – 300 milligauss strength, your meter can easily determine whether your coils are working or not.

Using a Multimeter

If you have a multimeter, you can test the integrity of the coil. The following is a diagram of the Alleva-Wave/Somapulse plug found on the coils:

3.5mm-stereo-plug

 

With a multimeter, which can be purchased for under $10 at Harbor Freight Tools, test the resistance between the RING and the SLEEVE. The resistance ought be be somewhere around 2 ohms. If the resistance is zero ohm, you have a short in your coils, and the coils are bad. If the resistance is infinity, you have a break in your coils, and the coils are bad.

The resistance between the TIP and the SLEEVE, as well as the resistance between the TIP and the RING, ought to be infinity.

Using a Compass

If you have a compass, you can also test your coils. Start by downloading the following zip file and place the appropriate audio file onto your music player:

Description Link
Magnet Test Download (87Kb)

Plug the coils into the player, and play the Magnet Test audio file. Hold one of the coils perpendicular to the compass near the compass needle. The compass needle ought to deflect a little.

magnettest

 

 

New PEMF Users Cautions

Before you actively use your PEMF device, you ought to first look at some of the contraindications. People who should not use PEMF include pregnant women and people with pacemakers. For a full list of contraindications, see Dr Pawluk’s PEMF Contraindications.

And a gentle reminder: I make no claims about PEMF may do for you. Many people have found PEMF useful for them, though PEMF does not work for everyone. Some people are too sensitive to use PEMF, those who are adversely affected by electrosmog and have extreme EMF sensitivities. On the other hand, low frequencies like the Schumann resonance enhance some people’s health because electrosmog pollution makes the earth’s natural frequencies unavailable to most people who spend a lot of time indoors.

The makers of the electromagnetic coils warn people not to use the coils on the head. When the coil is directly against your skin, you are getting over 100 milligauss or more of magnetic energy entering your body. The maximum strength of magnetic field that is safe for long term exposure varies from different standards agencies. Some say 10-20 milligauss is too high, others say 3 milligauss. For myself, when I sleep, I like 0.5 milligauss or less. This means my head has a pillow between it and the coils. But I have had a lot of time to build up to this, for a beginner this may be too much. If you are using the PEMF for sleep enhancement, and you are feeling agitated by the coils, either turn down the volume on your music player or place the coils further away from your head. It may be that for some sensitive people, they need to place the coils under their mattress. The frequencies I use for sleep is the Delta Wave frequencies found in the Brain Waves series.

The Rife Frequencies

In the previous post you learned how to create your own frequency set. Looking up frequencies in a list on the internet and hand typing them into a tool can be quite cumbersome. For this reason, you can now search the Consolidated Annotated Frequency List (CAFL), the Brainwave Frequency List (BFL), the Hulda Clark Frequency List (HCL), and the Bruce Stenulson Frequency List (BSL) with an online tool and click on the results to automatically fill in the Create Rife Frequency Set tool.

The CAFL has many frequency sets for chronic and serious diseases. If you have a chronic and serious disease, I highly recommend you check out Spooky2, a richly featured Rife solution that is quite inexpensive (under $200, possible to get under $100 if you buy the older hardware and make your own remote transmission device). PEMF is great for relaxation, getting better sleep, altering your mental state, and stimulating cellular activity, but it is the beyond the scope of low-powered low-frequency PEMF to heal chronic diseases and conditions (there are high-powered high-frequency PEMF solution that do heal chronic conditions, but none of them are as inexpensive and easy to use as Spooky2).

When I first came up with the idea to make my own DIY PEMF device, I did not have any experience with Rife. In searching the internet for other DIY solutions, I came across Spooky2, and became so enthralled with Spooky2 that I set down working on this website and the research for this website for some time. And during this time I’ve used Spooky2 to heal aches and pains, as well has helping friends with their illnesses and chronic conditions.

The Brainwave Frequency List has a bunch of fun frequencies that may or may not work for you. There are frequencies to alter your mood, your emotions, your chakras, your mental and cognitive state.

The Hulda Clark Frequency List contains frequencies to kill parasites: bacteria, viruses, protozoa, amoeba, worms and flukes.

The Bruce Stenulson Frequency List has frequencies to normalize and stimulate various organs and functions in the body.

On the Search Frequency Database tool, there is only one field called Search and a Search Button. Here is a screenshot

search

If the Search text field contains multiple words, then for an entry to match, it must contain all the words in the Search field. So for example, if you search for true love, this will match an entry that contains true for love,or one that contains love is true, or true love. If you only want to match true love, put double quotes around the words, i.e. “true love”.

Once you find a result that might work for you, click on the Title link of the result, and you will be taken to the Create Rife Frequency Set tool. Fill in any of the optional fields in the tool and then click Create Set. If one or more of the frequencies are higher than 2400, you can click the Fix Frequencies button to correct any high frequency.

I discovered the CAFL, BFL, HCL, and BSL from the Electroherbalism website. The BFL originally came from the LunarSight website. In the description of the BFL entries are references, say like [TOS] or [DW], described in this bibliography.

Create a Frequency Set

You may want to use your PEMF device with multiple frequencies in a single audio file. Using the instructions on this page, you can create a frequency set audio file. The frequencies you choose may come from the Consolidated Annotated Frequency List (CAFL) or some other Rife frequency set.

Using the headache example given in an earlier post, we have the following frequencies:

Headaches - 144, 160, 1.2, 520, 10, 10000, 304

Like the earlier Create A Custom Frequency, you also need to know what kind of audio you desire: MP3, Apple Lossless (ALAC), or Free Lossless (FLAC). There are some other optional fields in the online tool that are useful when create your own custom audio file. Here is a screenshot of the Create Rife Frequency Set tool:

rife

Here are their definitions of the fields in the tool:

  • Frequencies is a comma separated list of frequencies that are in your frequency set. For the headache example above, the entry would be (note that I’ve removed the space between the numbers):
    144,160,1.2,520,10,10000,304

    Each frequency can specify the time in seconds it is supposed to play, and each frequency can possibly have a different play time. If you don’t specify a specify play time, the play time defaults to the Dwell setting described below. Here is an example:

    144=360,160,1.2,520=60,10,10000,304

    In this example, 144 plays for 360 seconds, and 520 plays for 60 seconds, and the rest of the frequencies play for the time specified in the Dwell field.
    You can also specify a frequency sweep. A frequency sweep has 2 numbers separated by a hyphen. The first number is the starting frequency, and the second number is the ending frequency. Here is an example:

    144=360,160-180,1.2,520-555=60,10,10000,304

    In this example, there are two sweeps. The first one starts at 160 and ends at 180, and it does this over the default Dwell time. The second sweep starts at 520 and ends at 555, and it does this over 60 seconds.

  • Wave Form is the wave form to use in creating the audio file. Pulse is the default wave, the least intense in term of magnetic power, but others are available for your experimentation. Pulse is a 5% duty positive offset only square wave. All other waves beside pulse are positive and negative offset. The next least intense wave is the Lilly wave. The other waves are sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, triangle, and sine.
  • Audio Format is the desired format of your audio file. For Apple and iOS products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), choose Apple Lossless (ALAC). For open source music players, like Android 3.1+ and Rockbox, or commercial players like RIM Blackberry, Cowon, Creative Zen, HiFiMAN, Sansa Clip family, TrekStor, iRiver, Archos, and Latte, choose Free Lossless (FLAC). If your music player cannot handle the other lossless formats, choose MP3, which is a lossy format. The ALAC and FLAC formats will offer no distortion and smaller download size, while the MP3 files are distorted because of the lossy compression.
  • Dwell is the time in seconds that each frequency that does have a time specifier will play. If you leave Dwell empty, the play time will default to 180 seconds for each frequency that doesn’t have a time specified.
  • Album Name is useful to help organize your  files. In the music world, this field specifies a song’s album name. For our purposes, this allows us to group our audio file by functionality or common property.
  • Track Name is the printed name of the song on your music player’s user interface. For musical audio files, this is the name of the song.
  • Track Number is the numeric value used by music players to order the songs in an album. For our purposes, its best to start at 1, and increment for each new song you add to the album.

Once you have the frequencies you want, and perhaps the optional fields, click the following link: Create Rife Frequency Set. Fill in the form values on this page and click the Create Set button. If there are no errors in the form, in a moment a new zip compressed audio file will download to your computer. Take this zip compressed file, decompress it (this functionality is standard for Windows and MacOS), and then download it to your music player to enjoy the new frequency.

If any of the frequencies you want to use is greater than 2400, you can click the Fix Frequencies button to get an octal subharmonic of your frequency that is in the valid range. The software divides the frequency by 2 until the value is less than or equal to 2400.

[June 17, 2014 Update] Documented new Wave Form radio button.

Create A Custom Frequency

If you’ve perused the Downloads on this site and haven’t found a remedy for a condition or ailment, you may want to create your own custom frequency audio file. Before you can create your own frequency audio file, you first need to know what frequency to use. The Consolidated Annotated Frequency List (CAFL) is a useful reference used primarily by the Rife community, to find frequencies that help with various conditions and ailments. After loading the CAFL into a browser window, you can use the browser’s “seach-in-page” feature (on Windows Control-f, for Mac Command-f) and search for a specific condition.

For example, lets say I have a headache. I search the CAFL for headache, and there are 12 entries that refer to headache. After looking at the 12 entries, I’ve decided to go with the following:

Headaches - 144, 160, 1.2, 520, 10, 10000, 304

According to some authors, PEMF works best at 32Hz or less. Given that, there are only 2 values that apply in this list, 1.2 Hz and 10 Hz. Since the 10 Hz frequency already exists in the Downloads, I’ve decided I want to try 1.2 Hz.

The frequency is the main piece of information you need to create your own custom frequency audio file. You also need to know what kind of audio you desire: MP3, Apple Lossless (ALAC), or Free Lossless (FLAC). There are some other optional fields in the online tool that are useful when create your own custom MP3 file. Here is a screenshot of the Create Custom Frequency tool:

freq

Here are the definitions of the fields in the online tool:

  • Frequency is the frequency of your audio file. It must be a number greater than zero but less than or equal to 2400 (see the note below for an explanation of this number). You can use a number with a decimal point, say like 7.83 or 3.14159.
  • Wave Form is the wave form to use in creating the audio file. Pulse is the default wave, the least intense in term of magnetic power, but others are available for your experimentation. Pulse is a 5% duty positive offset only square wave. All other waves beside pulse are positive and negative offset. The next least intense wave is the Lilly wave. The other waves are sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, triangle, and sine.
  • Audio Format is the desired format of your audio file. For Apple and iOS products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), choose Apple Lossless (ALAC). For open source music players, like Android 3.1+ and Rockbox, or commercial players like RIM Blackberry, Cowon, Creative Zen, HiFiMAN, Sansa Clip family, TrekStor, iRiver, Archos, and Latte, choose Free Lossless (FLAC). If your music player cannot handle the other lossless formats, choose MP3, which is a lossy format. The ALAC and FLAC formats will offer no distortion and smaller download size, while the MP3 files are distorted because of the lossy compression.
  • Album Name is useful to help organize your  files. In the music world, this field specifies a song’s album name. For our purposes, this allows us to group our audio file by functionality or common property.
  • Track Name is the printed name of the song on your music player’s user interface. For musical audio files, this is the name of the song.
  • Track Number is the numeric value used by music players to order the songs in an album. For our purposes, its best to start at 1, and increment for each new song you add to the album.

Once you have your frequency you want, and perhaps the optional fields, click the following link: Create Custom Frequency. Fill in the form values on this page and click the Create button. If there are no errors in the form, in a moment a new zip compressed audio file will download to your computer. Take this zip compressed file, decompress it (this functionality is standard for Windows and MacOS), and then download it to your music player to enjoy the new frequency.

If your frequency you want to use is greater than 2400, you can click the Fix Frequency button to get an octal subharmonic of your frequency that is in the valid range. The software divides the  frequency by 2 until the value is less than or equal to 2400.

[June 1, 2014 Update] I’ve added ALAC and FLAC support.

[June 4, 2014 Update] Corrected the maximum frequency, now set at 2400Hz. The reason this maximum rate is so low is because to get the definition needed in the wave forms, 20 samples per cycle are needed. The pulse wave used in these samples is a 5% duty positive offset square wave, so 20 samples are needed to implement 5%-on versus 95%-off in the pulse wave. The sample rate of these audio files is 48000 samples per second, so the maximum frequency is 48000 / 20, or 2400 Hz. If you submit a frequency higher than 2400, the software will calculate a fundamental subharmonic, and suggest this subharmonic in an error message.

[June 7, 2014 Update] Documented the Fix Frequency button.

[June 17, 2014 Update] Documented new Wave Form radio button.

Using your PEMF device

Assembling your PEMF device is a matter of plugging the electromagnet coils into the headphone jack of your MP3 player. Download the MP3 files from this site, and put them into your MP3 player. When you play one of the MP3 files, make sure you have the repeat one song mode enabled. On some platforms, this may look as follows:

repeat

The repeat mode is usually a circle icon with an arrow, like the one pictured above. Sometimes when you click this icon, it highlights, and that means repeat the current album or playlist indefinitely. You then need to click it again, and often a “1” shows up on the icon, and this means repeat a single song continuously.

Now play the MP3 file. To test if the repeat one song mode is really working, replace the coils with a headphone or plug your player into a set of computer speakers. Choose one of the files from The Single Frequency Series, as these files are only one minute in duration. See if when you play one of these files, it plays for longer than one minute, and it continues to play the same file continuously, instead of playing the next file.

With the Alleva-Wave/SomaPulse coil, you want the smooth side of the coil to face your body. You can use an Ace bandage to adhere the coils to your body, say if you had some muscular pain from which you wanted relief. If you are sitting down on a couch, you can place the coils behind your sacrum. If you are lying down in bed, you can either place both coils under your pillow, or perhaps put one coil under your pillow, and the other under the small of your back.

When you use the device, if you feel the strength of the magnetic field is too strong, that is, instead of feeling relaxing and soothing, you feel agitated, you can lower the volume on your player to lower the intensity. You can also play with moving the coils further away from your body, say by putting them under a towel or pillow.

One useful tool to have in this age of electrosmog pollution is a Gauss meter or a Trifield meter to measure the strength of a magnetic field. If you have one of these meters, you can test the strength of the magnetic field. I like the field’s strength less than 1 milligauss, so I keep my coils under my pillow. If you are not so sensitive, you might want to put the coils directly against your skin. The strength of the magnetic field at the surface of the coil is about 100 milligauss. The strength of the magnetic field drops to 1 milligauss at 3 to 4 inches away from the coil.

A Simple PEMF Device

This first post is going to start with how to build a simple PEMF device. No introduction on why you would want to do this, or the benefits of the device, that will come later, or you can search the web for this information. The device is simple – you need an MP3 player, an electromagnet, and some MP3 files that contain a signal that will generate a healing and beneficial pulsed electromagnetic field from the electromagnets.

For this first implementation, I recommend getting these magnets:alleva

These magnets are found on the internet for between $20 to $30 US dollars, and go by the name Alleva-Wave Replacement coils or SomaPulse Replacement coils (See note below dated Aug 12, 2015). They have a plug you can put into a headphone jack of an MP3 player. I found some on Ebay that were $23 USD including shipping.

Ideally you already have a device that can play MP3 files. This could be a dedicated MP3 player, a computer, tablet, or phone. If you have none of these, you can take the MP3 files and burn them to an audio CD.

Whatever MP3 player you have, there are 2 important features that are necessary. The first is the ability to plug it into your wall power while playing, as you will want to use this device for long periods of time, and this will drain batteries. The other feature the player needs to support is repeating a song over and over, a single song repeat mode.

Download the MP3s that are in later posts, load them to your MP3 player, put the player into repeat mode, plug the coils into the headphone jack of your MP3 player and play. For these particular coils, its best to have the smooth side of the coil facing your body.  The next posts describes the various set of MP3 files that are useful for better sleep, pain relief, and improved circulation.

The Downloads are offered in three different audio file formats. For Apple and iOS products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), choose Apple Lossless (ALAC). For open source music players, like Android 3.1+ and Rockbox, or commercial players like RIM Blackberry, Cowon, Creative Zen, HiFiMAN, Sansa Clip family, TrekStor, iRiver, Archos, and Latte, choose Free Lossless (FLAC). If your music player cannot handle the other lossless formats, choose MP3, which is a lossy format. The ALAC and FLAC formats will offer no distortion and smaller download size, while the MP3 files are distorted because of the lossy compression.

[Aug 21, 2015 Update] The Alleva-wave and Somapulse products have been taken off the market by their parent company, Micro-Pulse LLC, and are now marketed under the Micro-Pulse label. To buy these coils, go the Micro-Pulse website and buy the replacement coils for the Micro-Pulse product.