Publications — Overviews
The SCENAR fair: 2007 review
Dr. Irina Kossovskaia, MD, PhD, DNM | 17.07.2007
© Dr. Dr. Irina Kossovskaia, MD, PhD, DNM, May 2007
One of the gifts of growing old is to watch the world changing around you and, if it changes in accordance with your predictions, to say: “I told you so”. It has been 2 years since ‘The SCENAR fair’ was first published. The world (and the SCENAR world in particular) has changed quite a bit since then, and I think it is a good time to review the changes, identify tendencies, and make certain predictions. If you are with me on that, let’s begin the journey.
In brief, how did the SCENAR world look two years ago? We had two ‘families’ of SCENARs: the RITM family and the LET Medical one. They both produced a large offspring, spreading widely and including a number of various SCENAR models. The RITM (or 97.4) family dominated the market for many years. It consisted mostly of numerous modifications of their basic and the most successful model — the SCENAR 97.4. Due to continuous efforts of Dr. Alexander Revenko and his following, this family accumulated an impressive methodological basis, fully adapted to the particularities of 97.4 type devices.
The LET Medical family, created by Dr. Alexander Karasev in his research laboratory, continued to evolve fast presenting a number of automated SCENARs. These devices started featuring alongside the SCENAR technology something qualitatively new — the COSMODIC technology, which two years ago was a total enigma. At that time, COSMODIC was combined with SCENAR in the most expensive and the most sophisticated SCENAR on the market — the 735-5Ag. LET Medical machines, due to their exclusive nature and lack of good marketing, were not as popular as RITM SCENARs. To say it blatantly, it was not a good business. However, Alexander Karasev just kept on going with his research…
Alongside the two families, we had a few SCENAR ‘wannabes’ and ‘lookalikes’ — almost SCENARs, but not quite. Not being officially a part of any SCENAR family, they nevertheless tried to increase their credibility by eluding to their ‘noble SCENAR heritage’ and to use the accumulated over many years SCENAR clinical data to prove their own efficacy. Lack of integrity in these creations of greed and ignorance was always obvious though.
So, where are we two years later?
SCENAR evolution in progress
Well, they say, ‘time puts everything in its place’. I remember highly emotionally charged debates a few years back (in January of 1998, in fact, during the first international SCENAR training program in the Bahamas, hosted by me and conducted by the RITM team: Yuri Gorfinkel, Alexander Revenko, and Yakov Greenberg). The subject was LET Medical and its devices, the 600-series at that time. I wanted to get a few of those machines to try it in practice — and I was quickly shown that it was not a good idea. I cannot remember the exact accompanying wordage, but it strongly suggested that these devices were not genuine SCENARs, that the stolen research was used in their creation, and that they are not going to stand a test of time.
When I see an angry person, I always think to myself, ‘Jupiter, you are angry; it tells me — you are wrong’ (something my father would always say; I have no idea where he got it from, but I adopted the phrase). The RITM team demonstrated a high degree of anger, and I wondered, why. Could that be ‘the mirror effect’? You know, ‘when you strongly dislike someone, most likely it’s because this person reflects back to you something that you don’t like about yourself’ type of thing. At that point, I had no way of knowing; only time could tell…
Now 9 years have passed. LET Medical 600-series of SCENARs, indeed, is out of production, being replaced by the 700-series, in which SCENAR evolved in COSMODIC. Look, feel, and effects of the latest LET Medical devices are very different from what it was 9 and even 2 years ago. Alexander Karasev created a living self-regulating system, which dynamically changes, grows and matures. Here are some steps in its evolution since 1998: the old 705 (SCENAR), the old 735 (in several different versions, but the most popular 5Ag model is a blend of SCENAR and COSMODIC); 2 years ago — the 715Ag and Au (pure COSMODIC); the new 705 (COSMODIC) and 705mini (COSMODIC); 1 year ago — TheDOVE (the ‘true’ SCENAR), lately — 705Ag (COSMODIC); and last, but not least, the new 735Ag (combination of SCENAR and COSMODIC as two separate devices in one case). The last one has not even been released yet; and Alexander is working on the 800-series at the same time. Some kind of holographic technology, which does not have a name yet.
Since both SCENAR and COSMODIC technologies are based on electrical stimulation with the feedback feature (which is the distinguishing characteristic of a SCENAR device), we now call SCENARs incorporating only SCENAR technology ‘the first generation’ SCENARs, and the ones with elements of COSMODIC ‘the second generation’ SCENARs. There are certain differences and particularities in the ways different generation SCENARs interact with the body and in the ways they need to be used (we will touch on that a little later).
Continuous evolution of SCENAR technology is self-evident in the LET Medical family. And what about the RITM family? Well… I’d put it that way: there have not been many qualitative evolutionary changes in RITM devices since 1998. Qualitative — yes, but nothing revolutionary. SCENAR 97.5, SCENAR-NT, RITMSCENAR — it is still the good old 97-series. Even my favorite two years back Acuscen: 3 new versions lately (Acuscen Pro+, Acuscen Premium and Acuscen Auto), all featuring only programming changes. Those first generation SCENARs, proven and reliable… like DOS for computer operating systems.
Time puts everything in its place.
The birth of generations
When I asked Alexander Karasev, how he came up with the idea of COSMODIC technology in a first place, he actually surprised me with the answer. My ‘new age’ — prone brain expected something like ‘that was channeled information’ or ‘it came to me in the altered state of consciousness’… Nothing of a sort. It was a natural progression and development of the idea that Alexander formulated way back in the 80th. He separated several levels (or zones) of body’s sensitivity to outside influences. The body responds to the influence only if it falls into one of those zones; if the influence is outside the zone parameters, the body remains indifferent to it. The higher the zone, the ‘narrower’ it is, the more difficult it is to fit into it.
Working in the first zone is simple and foolproof. You just shout at the body, overpowering the pain it is experiencing with a hammer-like signal. It does not do much for healing, but certainly kills the pain, fast and without fail. TENS units work on this principle (or CHENS, as it is pronounced in Russian). CHENS was the first electro-stimulator Alexander has built — and he didn’t stop ever since. According to him, it was a good reason behind Frankenstein using electricity to revive the dead matter; the reason worth exploring :-).
Electro-stem devices built to work in the first zone do not require much engineering of sophisticated fine-tuned electronics. For hammering the nervous fibers dynamic characteristics of the device signal (or the signal changes corresponding to the body’s dynamic response) are not very important; even a slight change in the signal shape beats the body’s tolerance effect, providing for increase in neuropeptide release. That allows incoherency of the characteristics of the ‘output cascade’ (don’t ask me to explain what this electronic term means; I have only a vague idea that it has something to do with the quality of a feedback feature) — if electronics is not precisely matched and tuned, if coefficients are lost, the device will still work for what it is intended, i. e. the symptomatic pain relief. This is important from a business perspective, because this way relatively effective devices can be produced really cheap.
Working in the second zone is trickier. The organism itself works on the second level of sensitivity, and if we want our signal to be recognized in the ocean of all the other signals the body is swimming in, it has to be somehow different and as dynamic as the body itself, changing in perfect concordance with the body’s response. This is the zone SCENAR was invented for. Here you don’t shout at the body, don’t use too much energy. It is enough to speak on the same level as the body, engaging it in the dialog and provoking on taking care of the problem. What would our life be without a challenge? SCENAR poses this challenge, increasing information about a problem (in other words, ‘adding to the pain’). Responding to the challenge, the body heals. All SCENAR needs to do is to support the constructive dialog with the body while it goes through the healing cycle.
However, it is easier said than done. The above task requires sophisticated mathematics, precisely describing dynamic changes of the impulses in interaction with the skin, and finely tuned electronics providing for the functioning of a feedback loop, which would constantly monitor the body response and synchronize it with the signal changes. And here we go again with the ‘characteristics of the ‘output cascade’, which in this case have to be coherent. Inevitable in production ‘dispersion’ of the characteristics of the output cascade (30% on average) leads to the situation, when fair amount of produced devices ‘fall out of the zone’, becoming less (if at all) clinically effective. The better devices are tuned up, the less the percentage. Tuning up though is a long and exhausting process, requiring many man-hours, and becomes nearly impossible in mass production. To summarize, it is difficult and expensive to produce a good device for working in the second zone; good SCENARs are rare.
For the second zone it is also very important to be ‘in a right place in a right time’. Therefore, methodology becomes paramount for efficiency. If you miss the spot, or chose inappropriate time, the body will not ‘hear’ you and will not respond. Hence, the need for techniques and protocols, which ought to be precisely followed. Hence, the need for extensive training. In other words, the therapeutic effect of the device in the second zone becomes rather conditional and depends a lot on the operator. Tricky.
These complicating methodological factors can be eliminated, if you are in the third zone. For this zone, it does not really matter where or when you apply the device — it will be equally effective. Methodology becomes unimportant. This is nice, of course, but there is one problem — it is EXTREMELY difficult and very expensive to build a device for working in the third zone. Mathematical analysis becomes way more complicated than for a second zone (try to handle 46 feedback loops at the same time!), and the device cannot even be tuned up. Human mind cannot over-smart it enough to handle its fine tuning — the device has to be built in the way that it tunes itself up; only then it can ensure that it is actually ‘in the zone’. A step towards artificial intelligence, in my opinion. We are talking COSMODIC, of course.
Alexander Karasev was contemplating the idea of COSMODIC since 1992 — and only two years ago has released the first device built entirely on COSMODIC technology, the 715. In his opinion, any idea has to go through its natural evolution, and this is not good to skip one or two turns of evolutionary spiral; it is almost like cheating Mother Nature. Let the idea ripen up, and when the time is right, a new quality will come to existence without much struggling and beating your head against the brick wall.
COSMODIC came to existence as a natural evolution of SCENAR, when technological advancements allowed. Both SCENAR and COSMODIC use dynamic electrical impulses. These impulses will even look similar on the oscillograph screen. COSMODIC impulse is not as high-amplitude as the SCENAR one though; it is smoother and softer — working in the third zone requires whispering, not talking loudly. However, this is not the only difference; not even the main one. The major difference is ‘the spectral saturation’ of the COSMODIC signal.
Spectral characteristics of an electrical impulse cannot be displayed on the screen; they do not have a graphic representation. You can let your imagination run free picturing the COSMODIC signal, in which the low frequency SCENAR impulse is used merely as a carrier for other dynamically changing high frequency oscillations representing information. It is just like a radio station: its main wave carries information in the form of various frequencies put on top and perceived as sound. It is information that does the main job in the SCENARs of the third zone (or the second generation SCENARs), not the stimulation of nervous fibers as such. (Just so you don’t get confused with terminology: technically speaking, SCENARs working in the third zone of sensitivity are not SCENARs, they are COSMODIC. However, as the word SCENAR now became generic and symbolizes the entire new field of medical science, we also call COSMODIC devices ‘the SCENARs of second generation’ — it is perfectly logical, isn’t it?)
Just as you would have a hard time trying to graphically display signals of your favorite radio station without losing the richness of reality, the real COSMODIC signal cannot be shown on the screen. Pure joy was pouring out of Alexander when he informed me that their lab has just purchased a top of the line piece of equipment (a spectral analyzer, I presume), that allowed him finally SEE the signal of a device that he created. Until then, the COSMODIC signal was pretty much imaginary — and now Alexander can thoroughly enjoy the endless rows of figures the analyzer spits out. Those figures probably would not make any sense for most of us, but for Alexander Karasev they mean a world — the world beyond scientific paradigms, full of possibilities and excitement, where no one has gone before.
As you can imagine, building COSMODIC is difficult, labor-intensive and expensive. It is still well worth doing, of course, if you are concerned with efficiency of the device and want to facilitate as many healing miracles for your clients as you can. But COSMODIC is not a good money-maker. If you want a no-fail business and fast cash, go with devices of the first zone (not even the second).
SCENAR fair today
Let’s now take another look at the SCENAR fair — who is doing what out there. Interesting view from this angle… LET Medical is completely ‘in the third zone’. Alexander is into COSMODIC almost exclusively, with only two exceptions — TheDOVE (the version of this device developed for Russian market is called ‘Myoscen’) and the new 735.
TheDOVE is a new kid on the block, and it is not quite a LET Medical device. Alexander designed it, but it is being produced by an independent manufacturer. The truth to be known, Alexander initially did not have any interest in developing this little bird, which ultimately became, in his own words, ‘a true SCENAR’, or ‘a SCENAR as it should be’. The reason was simple: not enough challenge. SCENAR technology was yesterday for him. It took some time and perseverance to prove to the father of SCENAR that there is still some unfinished business ‘in the second zone’. There is still no device on the market that would be what SCENAR originally supposed to be: a universal health companion to everyone. (I had a name for such device since 1999; the DOVE = Device Organizing Vital Energy; only there was no device, in my opinion, worthy of this name).
Long and behold, Alexander finally gave in and put his attention into designing a perfect SCENAR. The results of his efforts are being totally enjoyed for almost a year by people of all walks of life on three continents. ‘A ship will sail depending on how you name it’. Little DOVEs are just flying out of our hands, and every day brings us exciting stories about the healing miracles they create.
TheDOVE definitely demonstrates what a good ‘second zone’ device can do. Technological advances of the past few years allowed Alexander to implement in TheDOVE his original idea of the SCENAR signal being truly ‘neuro-like’ (in other words, resembling a nervous impulse at the time of contact with actual nervous structures, not only when it first touches the skin). Now we are talking. Actually, the device is talking — and being heard by the body.
Here I will repeat myself in order to re-iterate an important point, which, in my opinion, helps to understand the essence of SCENARs of the first generation (bear with me; ‘repetition is the mother of learning’). For the second zone devices the biggest challenge is to be heard by the body. Their signals are easily lost amongst millions of other ‘second zone’ signals that the body is receiving at the same moment and that it is programmed to respond to. If we want the body to hear us, we need to activate the body’s orientation reflex by making our signal somewhat different and precisely localized in the area we want the body to focus on (and better coming at the right moment :-)). That’s what we need a very high amplitude impulse, which every SCENAR has, and a serious methodology for — to be heard in a crowd. You know, how sometimes in a crowd a certain word said in a certain way at a certain moment can attract immediate attention of everyone around you? You don’t have to shout or beat a drum trying to overlap the noise (leave it to the first zone machines); just know what to say, when, and how. That’s what a good SCENAR does — and TheDOVE is a REALLY good SCENAR. The SCENAR as it should be.
Well, it also helped that Alexander incorporated some elements of higher technologies into TheDOVE design — but if you want to know exactly which, you have to ask him yourself. I am not at liberty to say… But what I can say on his behalf is that he is quite happy with his little creation and just wishes that TheDOVE would continue to be manufactured in the way it was originally designed. Unfortunately, after a year in production, the manufacturing process is currently undergoing certain modifications (dictated by the market and business realities), and the outcome is yet to be seen. It is quite possible that all those DOVEs that are ‘out there’ now will soon be treated as ‘a limited edition’ and a valuable rarity. What a shame that would be.
However, we do not want to engage The Law of Attraction in the matter, creating an unwanted reality by concentrating on it, do we? SCENAR lived, SCENAR lives, SCENAR will live.
Even though LET Medical at the moment almost exclusively works ‘in the third zone’, there is still a place for SCENAR technology in their R&D. There are still situations when SCENAR is more beneficial for the body than COSMODIC. For example, ‘the new and updated’ Lamborghini Diablo of SCENARs — the 735Ag will work in both second and third zone and feature both SCENAR and COSMODIC technologies, still. As it used to. (The old 735-5Ag, which combined SCENAR and COSMODIC in the same modes, is being re-designed by the perfectionist Alexander Karasev).
This time around the two technologies are completely separated inside the device; it is almost like two devices in one case. The software constantly monitors the body’s reactions and switches automatically between SCENAR and COSMODIC. You can do it manually also, of course, but in many situations you will be arguing with the devices over programming — and the 735 is designed in the way that in a series of arguments it has a final word. Alexander says, the device chooses COSMODIC in about 75—80% of situations, leaving only 20—25% for SCENAR (somewhat the same ratio as we intuitively find in practice working with both SCENAR and COSMODIC devices simultaneously). Fascinating, isn’t it? I can’t wait to get my hands on this machine. So far there are only prototypes in LET Medical lab, and they still need a lot of work. I sincerely hope, this electronic engineering miracle will fulfill our expectations and see the light of the day rather sooner than later.
So other than with TheDOVE and the 735, LET Medical does not go into the second zone (and it has not been in the first zone for years and years). All other devices of their production line are COSMODIC: the new 705 and 705Ag, the 715Ag and Au, the 705mini — and here is my little secret: we are also expecting a birth of the C-DOVE (or COSMODIC DOVE) in the nearest future. Yup, shift happens (as Swami Beyondananda would say).
But does it happen for everyone? Unfortunately, no matter how much I would like to be affirmative with the answer (because that would mean more good SCENARs in the world), we have to face reality. And the reality is, most of the so-called SCENARs on the market work in the first zone. Therefore, they are actually CHENS, not SCENARs. They need to yell at the body to overpower it over-riding the pain. ENARTs do it, DENASes do it, Biomodulators do it — as well as many others.
There is nothing wrong with a good CHENS device. It certainly has its market niche, and this niche is large. Most people on the planet need pain relief at some point in their lives, and it better be CHENS than Tylenol (I hope, I do not have to explain, why). It’s just that if you are producing a CHENS-type machine, be honest and say so. Explain, why your machine is better than other CHENSes, but don’t mislead the unsuspected consumer, who trusts that buying, say, the ENART-801 he is getting a really great deal on something similar to the SCENAR 735 — when in reality all he is getting is a good old first-zone Prolog in a new dress.
Of course, building the first zone device is easier, cheaper and more beneficial marketing-wise, because it has immediate and often dramatic effect on the body. No worries about fine-tuning, coefficients, output cascades and so on. The ‘KISS principle’ — ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ (which is always good for business). Attempts to get out of the first zone mean trouble. And yet, in order to keep up with evolution of the SCENAR world, these attempts have to be made. Shift happens.
Here is only a few challenges that you will face deciding to create (or copy) a true SCENAR device. Sometimes, getting out of one zone, you do not necessarily get to the other. You may ‘fall in the gap’ between zones, where the body is totally non-responsive. According to Alexander Karasev, that’s what happened to the ‘banana-shaped’ DENAS, which was an unsuccessful attempt to re-design the first DENAS device (a pirated copy of the SCENAR-032). So, it had to be re-designed again, but now another challenge appears, which we already mentioned before: with mass production, the individual fine-tuning of the devices (which OKB ‘Ritm’, for example, does) is virtually impossible. But without it, the 30% dispersion of the characteristics of the output cascade will make a purchase of such a device similar to buying a lottery ticket: there is a damn good chance that it will have a very minimal, if any, therapeutic value.
Add to the above that you need to know how to fine-tune the device and how to harmonize all electronic parts in order to create and preserve coherency of interactions in the ‘body-device-therapist’ triangle. Add to it the cost of good electronics… Do you still want to try building or copying a good SCENAR? I didn’t think so. If we ought to learn on mistakes, it is better to learn on mistakes of others. There were numerous attempts to create SCENAR-type devices. Some of them somewhat successful, most of them plain failures. And if the product is no good, even a good marketing helps only temporarily. Just watch those SCENAR ‘wannabes’ and ‘lookalikes’ gradually fading away from the SCENAR world horizon… Time puts everything into place.
If there are so many challenges on the way of building a SCENAR device, what about COSMODIC? So far, no one besides LET Medical attempted to build the second generation SCENARs, or even copy them. Apparently, COSMODIC is way over the heads of most copycat pros. I am not saying it is impossible; it is just not worth the efforts at this stage. By the time you start merely realizing what’s involved in the task, Alexander will be coming up with the 800-series, holographic technologies, working ‘in the forth zone’, and what not. It is not a fair race, LET Medical is too far ahead.
Was it worth the efforts for Alexander? Absolutely! He is a visionary, a dreamer, in a good sense of this word. Your dream always has to be bigger than you, seem impossible — then it will come true. If you now know exactly how to fulfill your dream, it is not big enough. Alexander would always say that he does not calculate his devices, he just builds them, sometimes putting together something that theoretically cannot and should not work — but, quite mysteriously, it does. I think, he intuitively taps into some forces that lie beyond our current scientific knowledge, and they take over, springing life into his creations. These forces get unleashed because Alexander has a BIG dream, a vision, and a mission — and when these conditions come together, you just have to make the first step — and then go with the flow. As Napoleon would say, ‘let’s first get ourselves into the battle, the rest will take care of itself’.
I cannot tell you now, what Alexander Karasev’s big dream is, or even what is his vision (thank God just for those little bits of information that I manage to get out of him and share with you now and then), but I can convey something about the mission he is on. For example, he is determined to eliminate guessing and human errors from SCENAR methodology (in essence, almost eliminate methodology itself). In his vision, a practitioner should not worry at all about dealing with the client’s physical body. Such petty little issues like which device to use, where to put it, when, and for how long, should not distract a therapist from much more important tasks — and that would be working with the client on mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. SCENAR (on the present stage of its development) can open the gate, but only a system of the same level of complexity is capable of balancing an incoherent (or dis-eased) human system on deeper than physical levels (which in most cases are primary in dis-ease development).
I call it Systemic Interactive Medicine and teach some elements of it in our Transformational Health Coaching program. That is a part of my mission, my vision, and my dream (and a topic for a separate essay). Here we are completely in synch with Alexander. A doctor should care about the client’s soul rather than the body — in order to be an actual ‘doctor’, which originally means ‘a teacher’.
But let’s stick to the topic. They say, ‘give a man a fish — and you will feed him for a day; teach the man to fish — and you will feed him for life’. That’s true, and yet most of us, humans (and especially North Americans, sorry), on most occasions say, ‘Give me the damn fish!’ Theory is good — but give me something concrete, something practical, something I can sink my teeth in’. In the next part of my long-winded essay I will attempt to do just that (and believe me, I didn’t plan on it being that long, but it kind of takes a life of its own and carries me along).
I am going to talk about differences between two generations of SCENARs with regards to their practical applications (meaning, what, where, when, how, and for how long).
To be continued…
Dr. Dr. Irina Kossovskaia, MD, PhD, DNM, , North America