Health in our fingertips

[b]21st century medicine focusing on early diagnosis and prevention of disease, moving towards preventive measures[/b] Long ago, I recall being surprised to read about Kirlian couple, who invented a unique device in the early 20th century, allowing us see human auras. I recently came across a website discussing gas-discharge visualisation, based on the Kirlian effect, explaining that Belarusian scientists are studying the phenomenon. Experts from the Institute of Physiology, of the Academy of Sciences, are liaising with colleagues from St. Petersburg’s National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, headed by Professor Konstantin Korotkov (internationally known for his study of human energy in life and death). His computer diagnostics device, the GDV-camera, measures our psychophysical state and functions. He calls it the ‘digital computer stage of the Kirlian effect’.
21st century medicine focusing on early diagnosis and prevention of disease, moving towards preventive measures

Long ago, I recall being surprised to read about Kirlian couple, who invented a unique device in the early 20th century, allowing us see human auras. I recently came across a website discussing gas-discharge visualisation, based on the Kirlian effect, explaining that Belarusian scientists are studying the phenomenon. Experts from the Institute of Physiology, of the Academy of Sciences, are liaising with colleagues from St. Petersburg’s National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, headed by Professor Konstantin Korotkov (internationally known for his study of human energy in life and death). His computer diagnostics device, the GDV-camera, measures our psychophysical state and functions. He calls it the ‘digital computer stage of the Kirlian effect’.
The camera is absolutely safe and can help detect diseases long before symptoms appear. The GDV-camera has passed clinical trials and was registered in 2011 on the state register of medical equipment, logged by the ministries of health of Russia and Belarus. In Russia, some models are already commercially available, being in demand among physicians and psychologists.
In fact, bioelectrography, or kirliangraphy, is widely used in medical practice by various countries. Only three countries — Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan — do not have any history of using this wonderful device. However, the gas-discharge-visualization (GDV) camera is a rarity in our country.
To find out more, I visited the Institute of Physiology, to test the device and then, later, interviewed medical researcher Vladimir Minyailo, a member of the International Union of Medical and Applied Bioelectrography. The corresponding member of the Belarusian Engineering Academy works with the Laboratory of Physiotherapy and Balneology of the Institute of Physiology, liaising particularly with Eduard Kashitsky, its leading researcher. The latter is also a candidate of medical sciences and holds the State Award of Belarus. The duo also works with Prof. Alexander Sivakov, who heads the Department of Reflexotherapy, at the Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education. Of course, a great many other scientists, physicists and doctors are eager to follow their work.

Vladimir Nikolaevich, please, tell us about the physical phenomenon on which GDV is based, and how the camera works.
It’s based on the registration and analysis of the luminescence of biological objects: primarily man. Luminescence is generated by physical phenomena in organisms but is too weak to be seen by the naked eye. Devices can be used to amplify this luminescence, and computer technologies allow us to ‘see’ these photo-electronic emissions. We can view the photons and electrons on the surface of body as a beautiful flame or blue toned luminescence. Special programs process the data and analyse it. While a lifeless object would have a constant luminescence, a living object is dynamic — its luminescence reflecting various factors.
The camera created by the St. Petersburg scientists is rather simple. As Korotkov writes in his Energy of Our Thoughts, short electric impulses are delivered onto your finger. Being slender and sensitive, it’s a key zone for collection of sensory information. Of course, many believe that our hands are connected to various zones within our body, as promoted by Chinese medicine, which believes in energy channels. Electric impulses raise a stream of photons and electrons, which can be logged by the device and displayed visually on a computer screen. It’s harmless and only takes 3-5 minutes for the computer to process data from all 10 digits. An expert then interprets the picture.

How long have you been investigating this little-understood area of science?
It began with a number of coincidences. After graduating from Zaporozhye State Medical University, I was interested in treating patients holistically, rather than looking at the illness as something separate. I began to realise that each patient needs an individual approach, so I looked at alternative treatments and became interested in herbal therapy and, later, homoeopathy.
I began working in Sumy city, on the ambulances, which is where I met my future wife, Natalia. She was from Minsk but visiting an aunt in Sumy. So, you see how I ended up in Minsk! Naturally, I was happy to be in a big city, since there are more opportunities for inquisitiveness. I worked for the 2nd Clinical Hospital’s In-patient Department for some years before entering special clinical studies.
The Ministry of Health then sent me to Yemen, with other experts, gaining huge experience. I had a UAZ car (a foreign version: like an army jeep), which I drove through the desert. My ambulance experience was very useful to me and I gained knowledge of Arabic, helped by living in a hostel alongside Arabs. We treated trauma, poisoning, bleeding and scorpion stings, achieving the impossible to rescue people. For helping the Bedouins I was given an award, although I became unwell, which necessitated me being flown to Moscow, missing the ceremony. The unfiltered water was highly mineralised, and contained sand, which blocked my kidney.
On returning to Minsk, I was then sent to the Crimea, to Yevpatoria, where I came to learn about Victor Sarchuk’s new version of electro-puncture diagnostics, at the Republican Scientific Practical and Centre. Neurologist Dr. Sarchuk also specialises in reflexology and has modified a method of electro-puncture diagnostics invented by Reinhold Voll. He had developed a methodology of medicamentous testing, declaring that the same dose cannot suit all.
He used a small device, like an amperemeter, to test each person, attaching electrodes to the pulse points on the hands and feet. He then chose the optimum dose of a particular medicine — ranging from a quarter of a pill to the whole tablet. Doses might also differ from day to day, with the minimum dosage always applied, to reduce side effects. Dr. Sarchuk developed his own scheme of selection and dosage and took note of medicines which complemented and impaired each other.
He gained a huge reputation, attracting doctors from across the whole Soviet Union: from Vladivostok, Alma-Ata, Tolyatti, and from Ukraine, the Baltic States and Belarus. I was able to meet them all. Dr. Sarchuk asserted that traditional medicines were not necessary in all cases. He took the ‘information’ from a pill and ‘wrote’ it on a certain carrier, for suspension in water. He used wave radiation on healthy and diseased tissue, to measure resonance and diagnose reasons for illness. We could ascertain the structural state of the tissue, helping us select the optimum treatment.
I worked with the device at the 3rd Clinical Hospital, having been given permission from the head doctor. We took an experimental group of ten patients with duodenal ulcer. I tested them with Sarchuk’s device (СВН-1) and then treated them with his water method. The unbelievable happened, with the patients’ ulcers healing without the need for tablets. Usually, they’d have spent three weeks in hospital, taking ten different medicines. Endoscopy showed that their ulcers healed quickly.
I was now heading my department and was able to promote the method, so that it became widespread. With permission from the Ministry of Health, we opened a training centre at the Republican Dispensary of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sarchuk trained two groups of experts and donated devices to more than 30 Belarusian doctors. Of course, this new method had the potential to save much money spent on medicine but it still seemed fantastic. How would it root in hospitals? Of course, it does necessitate spending at least an hour with each patient.
Minsk still has a group of enthusiasts using this method, helped by modern computer technologies. Electropuncture diagnostics is also being taught at the Department of Reflexotherapy, at the Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education. I then began working at the 1st Clinical Hospital, using electropuncture diagnostics.

By registering the dynamics of change in GDV-signals during the course of therapy, we gain vital information on the state of health of a patient — even before clinical manifestations occur. This allows us to predict possible disease in a patient and allow timely prevention.Did you have another fortuitous meeting?
In 2000, I met Prof. Konstantin Korotkov from St. Petersburg University, at a Moscow exhibition of medical equipment. He was using the GDV-camera to diagnose and I could see links with my own work. I visited him in St. Petersburg and we’ve been friendly colleagues ever since. He’s also the Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Institute for Physical Culture, blessed with a creative team, and has been the Permanent President of the International Union of Medical and Applied Bioelectrography for the past 15 years.
Annually, in June, during its white nights, St. Petersburg hosts international congresses, which I always attend, meeting other users of GDV-technologies and alternative electrography therapies, from around the world. Minsk doctors and psychologists from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism also take part, as do those interested in reflexotherapy.

Have you used the GDV device on enough people to identify risk groups?
GDV screening allows for quick analysis, so it does lend itself to examining large groups of people. Screening is used to identify illness at an early stage. While working at the International Sakharov Environmental University (ISEU) we investigated how photoroentgenography (small doses of radiation) affect our luminescence, by measuring before and after the use of devices which give off low levels of radiation. Students volunteered for the experiment. In fact, there was little difference before and after, so we can conclude that photoroentgenography is harmless. We wrote a scientific article on the subject and reported at a St. Petersburg congress. In the USSR and in post-Soviet states, screening refers to mass health examination.

Does our luminescence differ greatly?
Certainly. A healthy man in full vital force has a steady and bright luminescence. That of a sick man has ruptures and jagged edges; it ‘speaks’ for itself. All potential problems are visible in our energy field, although a temporary emotional outburst can affect the picture. Repeated diagnostics show a ‘balanced’ view.

What else affects our luminescence?
If you change your state of consciousness it can affect your luminescence — such as when you have a burst of adrenaline: sportsmen, actors, singers and doctors experience this. We call it a ‘working’ state. Our luminescence changes from that of our quiet state. Of course, each person’s luminescence is unique; actors can also change their luminescence depending on the role they’re playing. Sometimes, someone’s luminescence is barely visible. Prof. Bunsen has been studying alternative states at the Research Institute of Physical Training and Sports, in St. Petersburg.

Our luminescence changes depending on our level of excitement, emotional upheaval or concentration…
That’s right — also during prayer or meditation, and when we’re hungry.

What has been the result of you attending congresses annually?
Of course, you make new acquaintances each time. I’ve met Albert Krashenyuk, who set up Russia’s first department of hirudotherapy, based on how our energy changes for the better after the application of leeches. I’m attracted to the idea also and have begun using hirudotherapy.

Please tell us about the forums held in Minsk. How are devices registering luminescence being used in medical diagnostics and therapy?
Not so long ago, at the Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, we held a conference and seminars for those using GDV devices. The Institute of Physiology and the Belarusian Engineering Academy took part. Already, 15 devices are in use across Belarus: in Minsk and in the regions. We’re now working with colleges from abroad to arrange an international conference to present all forms of electrographic testing.

Long ago, Belarusian doctor Narkevich-Iodko was involved in your sphere wasn’t he?
Yes, he was a pioneer: the first in Europe to become a professor of electrography! Belarusian scientist and doctor Yakov Narkevich-Iodko had so many skills and talents, being widely known in scientific circles at the Sorbonne, as well as in Rome and Vienna. He was a member-adviser of the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg, winning many titles and awards. He developed methods of registering the luminescence of our fingers, and was the first to say that this could change depending on our mood and state.
He used this method in diagnostic medicine, being the first physiotherapist in Belarus to use electrical methods of diagnostics and treatment. He even had approval in Rome.
In 1896, at the international exhibition in Paris, Iodko met Nikola Tesla, from Slovenia, who took a similar approach, believing that we all ‘swim’ in an electric field, and that all our bodily processes are based on electricity. It was a fashionable theme at the time, although the electron was yet to be discovered. Tesla was an ingenious scientist who subsequently demonstrated the luminescence of man. He blessed Narkevich-Iodko’s continuation of his work and today’s physicists have understanding of his findings.

Do you think that the idea of screening our psychophysiological state through gas-discharge-visualisation will become more popular with time?
We don’t all have the same approach to our health, with some people ignoring symptoms for a long time before visiting their doctor. They may feel tired and listless, irritable or sleepless, but they won’t go to the doctor until they’ve been suffering for some time, losing the opportunity for early diagnosis.
I recall one young man who arrived complaining of never feeling fully rested. He felt listless, fatigue, grumpiness and an inclination to being argumentative. We tested him with the GDV device and applied hirudotherapy: the most powerful treatment. Then, we tested him repeatedly. Everything was restored.
Our central nervous system needs to exist with our other systems in a balanced manner, to ensure harmony and good health. Acupuncture and other methods, such as music therapy, can be used to realign them when this balance is broken. The music of Hubner is known to influence our human body significantly — either for the better or worse, depending on your preference. Clearly, there is no uniform method of correction or treatment, so we need to treat each person individually. Misbalance can be temporary, since we are ‘self-adjustable’. In this case, we just need to supervise, approaching the human body systemically. Integrative medicine exists, as well as complementary and holistic: all take a systemic approach to the human body as an integrated whole. Integrative medicine combines alternative therapies with modern western medicine.

Can your device test people for compatibility, say, for marriage?
Yes, by measuring their luminescence together. All families have a certain dynamic, which affects the wellbeing of each member. It’s the same for any group of people in fact. Combinations can be neutral, positive or negative. Energy-conflict can happen when we interact, with the oppression of the field of the weaker person. It occurs unconsciously.

What is the interrelation between luminescence around our fingers and our internal organs?
Each finger is connected with a particular organ: the little finger with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the small intestine; and the thumb with our eyes, ears, throat and thyroid gland. These interrelations are long proven, through clinical experience. German doctor Peter Mandel made a great contribution to diagnosis through gas-discharge visualisation, continuing Voll’s electropunctural diagnostic work. He developed a special diagnostic table, matching the luminescence of certain fingers with systems and parts of the body. As we’ve already noted, changes in our body are reflected in the quality of the luminescence of our fingers. The ‘normal’ range can be used to analyse the current state and, as with reflexotherapy and traditional Eastern medicine, we can apply change, to accelerate or slow down our main functions.
Hyperactivity of luminescence reveals hyperfunction or hypertrophy of tissue or inflammation.

If you notice anything untoward, can you make recommendations?
Certainly, I am obliged to do so. First, we need to understand to what degree change is evident. If change is severe or constant, at the expense of the labile nervous system, we need to carry out psychological or psychoemotional correction. If it results in mild symptoms, we call this vegetative dysfunction, which can affect the organs and systems, leading to illness. Disease may already exist without being manifestly evident. If zones or organs have ‘unnatural’ radiation, our search narrows. I then recommend additional examination, for example, with a urologist if I see clear signs of dystrophy or inflammation of the prostate gland. It there are signs of arterial hypertension, which can be seen from asymmetry in cerebral hemisphere activity, and by excessive signals from the cardiovascular system or kidneys or adrenal glands, this indicates a high predisposition to illness. Nothing is certain, as much depends on our lifestyle.

Can a healthy lifestyle and positive thoughts influence our health?
It’s hard to say, since we cannot exclude our surroundings. Various technogenic and psychogenic factors affect our body: harmful manufactured goods, and poor-quality of water and food. I’m not talking about the minor influences of the Sun and space. Physicists call these factors man-made and not man-made.

Summarise please: what are the benefits of preventive medicine?
Modern medicine has enjoyed huge achievements but also deadlock. We’ve reached certain heights, dispelling many illnesses, so that we rarely hear of them these days. Surgery has improved massively, with transplants common. We can successfully ‘repair’ or change our ‘spare parts’. Unfortunately, many diseases are ‘progressing’, as statistics show. We understand that we need to change our approach, addressing preventive methods.
Transition from health to illness is a process by which our system is strained and fails to adapt. The earlier we foresee it, the more likely we are to find a solution. The challenge lies in identifying change in our regulatory systems, which govern health. A systemic approach to diagnostics is thus vital. As we say, there’s many a slip between the cup and the lip. Preventive medicine helps prevent illness. Screening should aim to reveal the early signs of disease, in those not yet showing clinical symptoms. We could examine those at school and at work, to identify irregularities early. However, it would have to be a continuous process — not a ‘one off’.

By Valentina Zhdanovich
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