Former Silverdale MD finds success with alternative medicine device
June 11, 2008 · Updated 3:16 PM
The treatment of injury and illness may be seeing a new light with help from a well-known former Silverdale doctor.
Along with references from U.S. Rep Norm Dicks (D-Belfair), Dr. Glen Gordon, medical director of EM-PROBE Technologies, was able to conduct a study using electromagnetic (EM) probe devices regarding acute trauma, with the Department of Defense. According to Gordon, the device he promotes is currently being successfully used by battallion physicians attached to the Stryker brigade in Iraq outside Mosul. He said the soldiers are using the device, under the direction of doctors, for the treatment of sprains, strains, bumps and bruises.
Gordon said the Department of Defense is reporting excellent results in their treatment of acute trauma.
Another recently completed NASA study wanted a safer alternative to pharmaceuticals. That study proved that the pulse action of an electromagnetic device is a factor in successful tissue healing associated with growth and restoration. The device that Gordoon sells uses a similar type of nanosecond speed used in the study.
The healing Gordon promotes comes from a small device that releases an electromagnetic field through the skin that goes deep into body tissue.
We all have electromagnetic fields surrounding us at all times; all living cells do, Gordon said. If we induce an electric current in tissue by movement this will influence chemicals in body tissues to respond. The magnetic field in the pulse technology reacts with paramagnetic compounds; meaning the free-radicals, which we want to get rid of, and the antioxidants, which will stop the free-radicals, to come together to reduce inflamation.
Antioxidants are the only element that will neutralize the free-radicals. Drugs only reduce the pain and inflamation from free-radicals for a given time, and dont work the same way antioxidants can on free-radical damage to cells.
Even though the commitment to the EM-PROBE device is rather intense, at 45 minutes, three times a day, for the best results, it is well worth the effort for people who want results without frequent visits to the doctor or pharmecutical treatments. Dora Whittaker, an advocate for the device, said, (Gordons) number one goal is to help people.
After retiring from his practice in 1982, a desire for social entrapenureship led Gordon to his own biotech company, Kitsap Countys first.
The device costs $195, which Gordon says is cheaper than similar devices. He claims to have sold more than 2,000.
Use of such a device is, however, considered an alternative form of medicine.
The United States is the only country that doesnt use the technology widely, Gordon said. Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy, or EPT, has no known side effects. The device is a registered FDA medical device, as stated on his Web site www.em-probe.com.
As Gordon watches the sales of his device grow, keeping up with the demands within a small company is difficult.
We will purchase administrative and fulfillment, and research and development space in Kitsap County and employ persons from within the community to fill positions with our company as our sales grow, Gordon said.
Dicks also saw the potential for growth. He has used the EM Probe device himself and thought it helped to relieve some of his discomfort. Both Gordon and Dicks see the potential to create jobs in Kitsap County, and this is something Dicks is always interested in. Gordon also is trying to recruit a new CEO for the company in the next six to 12 months, so he can return to research and development with Dr. Donald Haueisen who now heads that department and is the companys vice president.
Their product is produced in Honduras by an electrical engineer that Gordon met while doing humanitarian work there, with the final assembly and packaging being done in Kitsap along with customer service and fulfillment activities.
Gordons healing history within the community is backed up with claims of success by patient testimonials. In 1980, he was the first U.S. physician to use pulse technology on humans to treat soft tissues. After investigating Soviet and East German technologies that were able to return their athletes to play much faster than the U.S. did with their treatments, Gordon brought the idea home, and worked relentlessly for a year-and-a-half for a superior method of treatment by using pulse technology.
Gordon is now a well known figure in the track and field community, treating Calvin Smith, an Olympian in the Los Angeles games of 1984 and working with Alberto Salazar, former American record-holder in the 5K.
Dora Whittaker started to use the product for her back and noticed a difference in how it felt. She became fascinated by where it came from, what it was used for and who came up with the idea.
Her husband, Michael, now distributes the product in the Quilcene area and the demand is growing. Its a word-of-mouth thing, she said, adding she believes the product will expand from the small device to back pads and even clinical units that can reach different parts of the body at once.