Those choosing to use a Lyme disease zapper should understand that there is no scientific evidence that the devices work for any infection and that conventional treatment ought not to be delayed in favor of experimental therapy. Those selling such devices maintain that there are no safety issues with them, although caution should be applied for those with pacemakers, seizure disorders, or those who are pregnant. Other cautions are given regarding the use of two zappers simultaneously which is said to have the possible effect of inducing tremors. This may be uncomfortable, and a little scary but is claimed, by the zapper’s proponents, to be harmless. Smokers are considered to have strongly acidic blood due to the presence of nicotine in their systems and the Lyme disease zapper advocates suggest that some lung discomfort may result from the use of a device such as the Terminator due to the increased removal of toxins. The general advice is to remove the zapper if it becomes uncomfortable, or to move it to a different area of skin if itching occurs and try again later.
What to Check Before Using a Lyme Disease Zapper
A zapper should have a light to indicate it is working, and most models have this flashing intermittently to show the modulating current. Many models come without the battery and, if a patient uses the zapper a lot, the battery is the part of the machine that will require replacement most often. The Lyme disease zapper will have two contact points, or plates, which are usually made of copper and which are to be placed on the skin and held in place by clothing or a strap or bandage.
Some patients place the copper discs inside a sock, under a sports bandage or wrist strap, or under a bra strap. Some models suggest placing damp paper towel between the copper discs and the skin to avoid irritation. There are some models that may be used with footpads made of sheet metal or, as one company suggests, aluminium foil. Conductive slippers are also offered by some companies selling the zapper.
How Long Can a Zapper be Used for?
The suggested time period for which a zapper should be used will vary according to the manufacturers’ instructions and the therapy guide used by the patient. Many recommend an hour three times a day for three weeks for parasitic infection with an hour a day afterwards as a prophylactic measure. The most efficacious frequency of the zapper has been debated by many since Clark’s invention of the device with her son in 1993. Her model produces a 30KHz frequency but many of the newer devices have a lower frequency of 10KHz, 5KHz, or even 2.5KHz.
Zapper Frequency for Lyme Disease
Some tests carried out by Clark were said to show that the lower frequencies had a better effect on fungi and Clark recommends any device in the range of 10Hz to 500,000Hz, which gives a considerable margin for error. No clear scientific evidence has emerged showing that any device at any such range has benefits for treating Lyme disease or any other disease such as cancer, or HIV. The manufacturers of the Terminator model of zapper suggest that it is designed to be worn for long periods, such as days on end, in order to treat conditions such as herpes and Lyme disease which may not respond to shorter treatments. They do point out however that long term wearing of the Lyme disease zapper can burn the skin in those who have not become accustomed to the device.
The zapper is not like the much more expensive RIFE machines which have become popular with Lyme disease patients, again despite any evidence of their efficacy. A RIFE machine may cost upwards of a thousand dollars and as much as $2000 in some cases and uses alternating current (AC) rather than the direct current (DC) that the zappers use. The zappers will often have a timer function allowing a patient to strap it on and let it progress through a cycle alternating between seven minutes of activity, and twenty minutes rest three times (7-20-7-20-7). Patients building their own model or whose Lyme disease zapper model has no timer are recommended to follow this routine according to Clark’s book.
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