332: The Resonance Effect

Dr. Carolyn McMakin And Ashley James

Healing with chronic pain is possible with the Resonance Effect. To those who have not heard of this, the Resonance Effect utilizes frequencies to address a lot of health issues. Hence my guest, Dr. Carolyn McMakin, is the best resource to explain how the Resonance Effect work.

The Resonance Effect can have positive results on health problems like fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, inflammation, trigger points, shingles, autoimmune, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. This was after Dr. Carolyn McMakin discovered a type of methodology that helps tissue to heal and relieve chronic persistent pain.

Early Years

Dr. Carolyn McMakin taught the Resonance Effect it for the first time in 1997. She started treating chronic pain patients and around 4,000 practitioners worldwide.

But before diving into a career centering on healing people using the Resonance Effect, Dr. Carolyn McMakin recalled the time when she was 39 years old, married and with kids who were 3 and seven years old.

Living in San Diego at that time, her husband was planning to go to Portland to pursue studies in a chiropractic college. But Dr. Carolyn McMakin also had an interest in medicine.

Making Her Path

Before she married, Dr. Carolyn McMakin became a pharmaceutical salesman at age 25 after graduating from college. She had a couple of sales jobs in 1971, and the time, there were only three pharmaceutical salesmen in the country in the country.

Dr. Carolyn McMakin spent so many years selling drugs. One day, a friend encouraged her that she should pursue medicine as well.  Dr. Carolyn McMakin didn’t take it seriously until the next day at Sunday Church. The sermon was about vocations, so Dr. Carolyn McMakin took it as a sign to go to chiropractic school as well.

Dr. Carolyn McMakin was lucky her father provided enough income so that she could start pre-med in two years in Portland. She was 40 years old. Although she was qualified to get into a medical school a couple of years later, Dr. Carolyn McMakin dropped out of school to take care of her mother who had pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Carolyn McMakin, later on, got divorced and took five years to finish chiropractic college. Graduating at 47, Dr. Carolyn McMakin started a practice utilizing a machine using frequencies to address health issues.

Discovering The Machine

In 1934, there was a decree that drugs and surgery were the only legitimate tools of medicine. According to Dr. Carolyn McMakin, herbs, homeopathy and nutrition, and electromagnetic therapies were outlawed. And any medical physician that use them would lose their license to practice.

In 1946, an osteopath and naturopath named Harry Van Gelder found a machine with a list of frequencies that was made in 1922. He taught himself how to use it. Eventually, tumors and cancers were easy for him to address.

Drs. Carolyn McMakin and George Douglas started using specific frequencies of microcurrent in 1994. It had been previously researched by Harry Van Gelder, for use on different health issues. 

Gaining Traction

In 1995, the use of frequencies was used on Dr. Carolyn McMakin’s patients with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain. She did a continuing lecture at Portland state and became the local expert.

By September 1996, outcomes of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain were too good to be true, so Dr. Carolyn McMakin had to find out if it was reproducible.

She taught for the first time in January 1997 to 20 to 25 students. About 6 to 8 of them bought the precision microcurrent machine.

“In June 1997, we knew it was reproducible. So, I kept teaching it. I published the first paper in 1998 because I came out of allopathic medicine and I published 50 cases of chronic head, neck and face pain,” shares Dr. Carolyn McMakin.

She adds, “It took 11 sessions in 8 weeks to get their pain down below the 1.5. And that was because I didn’t know what I was doing. Now it’s much easier because we know that we have to treat the underlying pathology that drives the muscles to be tight.”

More Discoveries

In 1998, Dr. Carolyn McMakin stumbled on the way they treat neck pain. She says there was a list of conditions that you put on one channel and there was a list of tissues that you put on the other channel.

“So myofascial pain is from the muscle belly, fascia and the connected tissue. Nerve pain is from the nerve. There is a frequency for the nerve,” Dr. Carolyn McMakin explains.

Dr. Carolyn McMakin also revealed that in the early 90s, the physical therapy community had been told that because you couldn’t feel it, frequencies couldn’t be doing anything, and it was not effective. So, it fell out of favor.

“Just the current flow increases ATP or energy production in cells by 500% in something like 30 minutes. Between 500 and 1,000 microcurrents, the ATP production leveled off,” said Dr. Carolyn McMakin.

She adds, “And by the time you get to tens level current that you can feel, you’re reducing ATP or energy in the cells. So, you can’t feel it. When the frequency is correct, people feel an induced euphoria.”

Treating Patients

In 1999, Dr. Carolyn McMakin was asked to join a medical pain management group in northwest Portland. It was a whole new level of patient complexity. It was the first place where Dr. Carolyn McMakin, a patient with full body pain.

“I looked on the list, and there was a frequency for the spinal cord. So, I put 40 hertz on channel A and 10 hertz on channel B. She got relaxed and got so floaty. The pain receded from her feet up,” said Dr. Carolyn McMakin. “The session lasted 60 minutes. She came back a week later, and I treated her five to six more times in my clinic. But she lived far so she stopped coming.”

Dr. Carolyn McMakin got even more interested in learning more and dug into medical literature. Here she found out that the discs in our spine are chemically active. They are inflammatory. And when you reduce the inflammation, the pain goes down.

“I’m pretty skeptical, but it took five years treating roughly 70 to 90 patient visits a week. I had around 30,000 to 40,000 individual treatments to believe that the frequencies always do what they are described as doing. So, if I make a choice that doesn’t work, it’s not that the frequencies aren’t working. It’s that I picked the wrong thing,” Dr. Carolyn McMakin said.

She adds, “Over time, we found out what we can treat and can’t treat, frequencies to reduce inflammation and dissolve scar tissue are the ones most reliable. Then there are frequencies on a whole additional sheet from another one of Harry’s list that we teach.”

Dr. Carolyn McMakin also shares that she started treating sports injuries as well, after teaching a sports seminar in 2003. She even ended up treating members of the San Francisco 49ers and produced significant results with zero swelling and zero bruising.

Rife Machine Vs. Biological Resonance

Royal Raymond Rife was an American scientist who invented the Rife machine. The Rife machine produces energy similar to radio waves.

Some people say that Rife machines help cure cancer and treat other conditions like Lyme disease and AIDS. Royal Raymond Rife believed bacteria or viruses inside tumors emitted specific electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Hence, Royal Raymond Rife developed a microscope that could detect EMFs from bacteria and viruses by the color of their auras.

“The lessons of Rife is the reason why I started teaching it. Because they can take out Rife by taking out one guy,” said Dr. Carolyn McMakin. “So by the time I got to 200 practitioners, I figured we were too good to stop. Rife didn’t publish anything, so I started publishing in 1998. Ultimately, I kept teaching it.”

On the other hands, Dr. Carolyn McMakin says the basic principle of biological resonance is the same as the way the Rife frequencies work. But their frequencies are below 1,000 hertz, all just directly on the body.

“And because I don’t want to end up living in Mexico or the Caribbean, we do not treat cancer. We can get rid of cancer pain, and I can get rid of nausea from chemotherapy, prevent scarring from radiation burns, and treat to keep the quality of life better with cancer,” Dr. Carolyn McMakin said.

Cell Membranes

According to Dr. Carolyn McMakin, drugs and nutrient intake affects the cells. It changes the membrane receptors, and that changes the way the cell works inside. Frequencies affect the same receptors with a signal. And the frequencies act as if they are changing the cell membrane receptor function and into our cellular function.

“The only thing that changed in four to six hours are the genes inside the cell. Some genes are turned on immediately by bleeding, inflammation, tissue fragments, torn tissue. And some genes are turned on instantly in the first two hours and those things are off at hour six,” explains Dr. Carolyn McMakin.


There are so many causes for fatigue. So, Dr. Carolyn McMakin says the assumption that fatigue is mitochondrial dysfunction, is completely invalid. Cardiovascular disease causes fatigue. Sleep apnea causes fatigue. Even infection from root canals, viral infection, infected gall bladder or pathogen in the gut causes inflammation and then causes fatigue as well.

“I want something I can see, something I can measure, something that will change patient’s symptoms and pain,” said Dr. Carolyn McMakin.

Want to learn more about the resonance effect and how frequencies can heal? Head on to the next episode and check out Part Two of my interview with Dr. Carolyn McMakin.


Dr. Carolyn McMakin, MA, DC is the clinical director of the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Clinic of Portland, Oregon. She has a BA in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Doctor Of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College. She developed Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) in 1995 and began teaching FSM courses in 1997. 

In addition to maintaining a part-time clinical practice, Dr. Carolyn McMakin teaches seminars on the use of FSM in the United States, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. She has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and medical conferences in the US, England, Ireland and Australia on the subjects of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia associated with cervical spine trauma and on the differential diagnosis and treatment of pain and pain syndromes and sports injuries. She participates in clinical and basic science research on the effects of FSM at various institutions. 

Dr. Carolyn McMakin’s peer-reviewed publications include papers on the FSM induced changes in inflammatory cytokines and substance P seen with FSM treatment of fibromyalgia associated with spine trauma, treatment of pain in the head, neck and face, and low back caused by myofascial trigger points, delayed onset muscle soreness, shingles, and neuropathic pain. 

She consults with various NFL and MLB teams, therapists and players on the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent in the treatment of sports injuries. Dr. Carolyn McMakin’s textbook Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management was published by Elsevier in 2010. The Resonance Effect, published by Penguin/Random House in March 2017, describes how FSM was developed and provides case reports and frequency protocols for the visceral uses of FSM.

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