Deborah Haynes, a Registered Nurse and devoted BioCharger customer who has a keen interest in our company and the history behind it, recently spent some time interviewing Jim Girard, the inventor of the BioCharger. This is the first of a 3-part series that will encapsulate the history, the present, and the future of the BioCharger NG.
Jim Girard begins our discussion by giving some background about his childhood. Jim grew up in Ohio and had a well-balanced upbringing. His father was a “highly mechanical guy” and Jim learned a great deal from him. As a youngster, Jim loved racing go carts, and together with his father, they would design go carts from the ground up, building the engines and welding the cars. They would travel across the country racing them. Jim is thankful for the mentorship his dad provided and is also grateful that he has been gifted with the physical and mental stamina that it takes to build things.
As a student, Jim did very well in college, majoring in applied mathematics and achieving an exceptional theoretical mathematical background. But it was not until the end of his college career that a chance encounter would change the course of his life and ignite a passion that continues to burn brighter with each passing year. And as Jim conveys (with a heartfelt passion): “I will follow this path to make life a little easier (for mankind) until I take my last dying breath.”
In 1988, young Jim went to an organic farm convention (Acres) and among other things, he was introduced to the nature of subtle energies. It was his first time hearing about the work of Nikola Tesla and he was more than just intrigued. A voracious reader, the more he read, the more he learned, and the more he learned, the more fascinated he became with energy and anything having to do with electricity. At the convention, he met a man by the name of Louis Ozbun who would ultimately be a guiding force to help to shape Jim’s future.
Jim bought his first Tesla Coil and started experimenting with it. During this time, he was guided to the work of Georges Lakhovsky and his Multi-Wave Oscillator. He explained that people were attempting to duplicate Lakhovsky’s work by using a modified Ford ignition coil. They did not use the original design of the Lakhovsky, but instead they used a flat pancake of aluminum foil that had etched rings. And though they looked visually interesting, they did not come close to duplicating Lakhovsky’s original work. Jim was already formulating his own ideas about how he would do things differently. He recalled with boyish amusement, the experimenting he did by attaching a big Tesla coil to drive the ring. “The first time I did it, it caught on fire.” All things considered, it could have been that fire that ignited the passion that burns within him to this very day.
Jim experimented with all types of Tesla coils to drive the Multi-Wave Oscillator rings. He designed cylinder, flat-spiral pancake coils, conical, and even pyramid shaped coils. He began using copper rings because he found that he could hit higher voltages with them. At one point, he used two huge 400-pound telephone pole transformers and created discharges over 10 feet long. “Back in 1899, Tesla generated 135-foot lightning sparks that were seen and heard 26 miles away. I’ve always been interested in duplicating that.” Tesla’s work has certainly been a driving force for Jim.
Realizing his passion, his friend Ozbun introduced Jim to Orville Fitz, the man who worked side by side with Nikola Tesla. Jim would spend about 6 months working with Orville, and learning from him in Belaire, Texas, a small suburb outside of Houston. “I had taken a few engineering classes in college, but for the most part I am self-taught and have learned through reading, experimenting, meeting with brilliant people and coming up with ideas and giving them a try.” Jim goes on to say, “That’s the beauty of research, you are not attached to the idea; you have an idea, you blow something up, you have another idea, you burn up something, but you are always in that learning process.”
Jim experimented with anything electricity, and he studied several aspects; the work of Royal Rife and radio frequencies, Stanley Meyers and Hydrogen generation, and Georges Lakhovsky and the MWO, but was most drawn to the application of the spark gap design in medicine. In the late 80’s, he had developed what he called “the Machine” and had an open-door policy so friends could come by and experience it, and Jim noted that they were having some “crazy and interesting” responses.
As Jim continued in his research, in the early 90’s he moved to a town in Montana where people were of a progressive mindset, which he refers to as “new age minded.” Many were already familiar with the work of Tesla, Rife and Lakhovsky, and gravitated toward them. “I would have people come by to use my device which was then called the BELS (Bio Electric Light Stimulator). People drove from great distances to receive the benefits, and he sold quite a few in a very short amount of time.
But there was a hard lesson that Jim had yet to learn. During this time, a very successful and well to do venture capitalist, who was diagnosed with a terminal condition, took a great interest in Jim’s work. With the use of Jim’s design, the venture capitalist gained tremendous support for his condition and through the use of the device, his health improved. The venture capitalist’s clients who had chronic conditions also got better, and Jim thought the relationship would progress very well. Instead, the capitalist formed a company that used the technology for individuals with prostate cancer. And although he funded a number of promising studies that clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of the BELS device, he refused to pay Jim minimal royalties that were owed to him. Jim would later take him to court, but his youth and naiveté were a disadvantage. Although he fought the good fight, at the end of a long and expensive litigation process, he found himself in an unfortunate position, and deprived of the rights to certain patents on his own designs.
Incredibly, Jim’s spirit was not broken, nor had his passion waned. Instead, with renewed focus, he worked to do what no one else had even considered. He had long pondered the idea of marrying the pulsing with the spark gap design. In doing so, he began rebuilding and people quickly became very interested in his work. As he regained traction in rebuilding the name and reputation, while also using high voltage energy, he started gaining some market share. As Jim honed his ideas to create a new version of the BELS, he launched the very first model of what was to later become the BioCharger. This would prove to lead Jim to his most successful project yet…
Stay tuned for part 2 of Jim’s story and the evolution of the BioCharger!