Here is the full transcript of electronic musician and performer Anthony Holland’s TEDx Talk presentation: Shattering Cancer With Resonant Frequencies at TEDxSkidmoreCollege conference.
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Anthony Holland – Associate Professor, Director of Music Technology, Skidmore College
Usually, I would be standing on this stage over here, conducting the college orchestra, because I’m a music professor.
But tonight I’m going to talk about my moonlight activities in the field of science and how they led to a cancer research lab and an important breakthrough.
Over the past eight years, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some brilliant and dedicated scientists. They were very open-minded, and we had a common dream: that in the future, children would not have to suffer from cancer or from the terrible side effects of toxic drugs or radiation, because we believed there just had to be a better way. There had to be a better way, and we think we may have found it.
A scientist said, “You’re killing more cancer cells than as if you had used radiation.” That same scientist went on, “If you had spent millions of dollars developing a new drug that killed this many cancer cells, it would be a home run.” This was an astonishing thing to hear, especially for a music professor who had just completed his first experiments in a cancer lab.
But we didn’t use any radiation. We didn’t use any drugs. So what did we do? I have here two identical tuning forks, both tuned to the note A, the note an orchestra tunes to. These forks are both made to vibrate 440 times per second. We say their frequency is 440 hertz. If I tap this fork, putting little pulses of energy into it, the second fork will also vibrate in sympathy, and if I silence this fork, we just may hear the other singing its tone.
[Sound of an A note]
We say that I’m inducing a sympathetic resonant vibration in the second fork. It only works because both forks are tuned to the exact same frequency. Now many of us have seen this very charming young man on the Internet who shatters crystal glasses with his powerful voice. But if you watch him carefully, you’ll see that first he taps the glass with his finger and listens. The glass sings its natural resonant pitch. Then he takes a deep breath and sings a loud, long note. He induces a resonant vibration in the crystal glass. The vibration grows larger and larger and larger until the glass is shattered.
On the other end of this scale, we have a giant bridge made out of concrete and steel, a suspension bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Cars, and trucks, and busses are going over it every day. Unfortunately, where they built this bridge, there was a steady wind blowing across it, and one day, this wind induces a small vibration in the bridge, hardly noticeable, but the frequency of the vibration matches the resonant frequency of some part of the bridge, and the vibration gets larger and larger and larger until the bridge collapses into the river below. A destructive resonant frequency.
So on one end of the scale, we have a giant concrete and steel bridge destroyed by resonance and on the other, we have a small crystal glass, shattered. So maybe we could shatter something even smaller, something really small, something you would need a microscope to see. Maybe we could shatter a living microorganism.
But to do that you’d need some sort of theory to serve as a basis. And we find that basis in a wonderful book called “The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms“, by a scientist, Mae Wan Ho. And that book makes a very strong case that living organisms and cells are liquid crystals, or in the least, they have many properties of liquid crystals.
Now, we are all familiar with liquid crystals because they are in our laptop, computer screens: LCD display, Liquid Crystal Display. And we can change the qualities of the liquid crystals in our computer screen by sending special electronic signals to it. We can change the color and the shape on the screen with these signals.
So maybe we could change a biological living liquid crystal with a special electronic signal. But in order to do that, we would need some kind of device. So we searched the US Patent database, and we found this invention by a physician Dr. James Bare of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s called Resonant Frequency Therapy Device, and its purpose is to induce a resonant vibration in a living organism or a cell.
And there are two really important things about this device. The first is that it uses a very special kind of antenna: they take a hollow glass sphere, they evacuate the air, they put in some helium gas, and when we send in our electronic signals, the helium gas lights up like a fluorescent light. An electrified gas is called a plasma, so this is called a plasma antenna. And it has many special properties uniquely suited for this kind of work.
The second important aspect about Dr. Bare’s invention is that the output always pulses: it’s on, it’s off, it’s on and it’s off. This is very important, because when you’re doing research on the effects of electromagnetic waves on living organisms and cells, if the signal is constantly on, you’re in danger of inducing heat in those cells, and heat causes indiscriminate destruction. We don’t want that. We want targeted destruction.
So, we don’t have to worry about heat. And now, we go to the biology laboratory. And we take Dr. Bare’s device and the hunt begins through a microscope for a frequency which will shatter a living microorganism. Now we have a method of controlling Dr. Bare’s device by an input control frequency. So if I put in, say, 100 hertz, out will come 100 pulses per second. If I put in 200 hertz, I will get 200 pulses.
So now we’re searching for the magic frequency, and we start with 100 Hz, and we look through the microscope to see if anything is happening. We watch for five minutes. Nothing happens.
So we try 101 Hz. We look through the scope for five minutes, and nothing happens.
So we try 102, 103 and so on. Over the course of 15 months, we try hundreds and hundreds of frequencies, if not thousands, until we find the magic combination. The answer is you have to have two input frequencies — one low, one high — and the higher frequency must be 11 times the lower. It’s what we, musicians, would call the eleventh harmonic. When we add the eleventh harmonic, we begin to shatter microorganisms like a crystal glass.