Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch is the inventor of Alpha-Stim technology and Chairman of Electromedical Products International, Inc. He has spent over 40 years creating, refining and improving his technology and the protocols to apply it, and in raising awareness and fighting prejudice about Alpha-Stim in order to help people live healthier, happier lives. Over the past 36 years, Alpha-Stim has helped more than 15 million people manage their pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
In a segment for the 2003 American Academy of Pain Management conference, where he was later honored to receive the Richard Weiner Pain Educator Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Kirsch described himself as a neurobiologist whose studies focus on the field of pain management.
“I’ve been fascinated by the human condition,” Kirsch said. “I was a philosophy major in undergraduate school, and I was always wondering, ‘How do we work?’ So I ended up as a brain scientist and I realized that even though therapeutic intervention in America is based primarily on chemistry, the brain works primarily on electricity. So I studied its electrical properties and I experimented with different waveforms.”
Throwback Thursday: Meet the Inventor Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch, inventor of the Alpha-Stim and chairman of Electromedical Products International, explains what motivated him to explore the world of electromedicine. More info: https://goo.gl/tshhdw
Posted by Alpha-Stim on Thursday, September 7, 2017
Dr. Kirsch noted that the premise behind the Alpha-Stim came from researching the works of other scientists who came before him and expanding on the research that already existed in electromedicine.
His mentor, Robert O. Becker, MD, was an orthopedic surgeon who found the key to regeneration in salamanders was altered electrical activity at the amputation site and after figuring out the specific electrical properties of regenerates, he was able to grow limbs on nonregnerates such as frogs and rats (see The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker, MD). That astonished Dr. Kirsch and led him down the path he took to achieve all the wonderful things he did.
“Many who came before made simple observations and were able to develop them into completely new theories in physiology based on biophysics, as opposed to biochemistry, to solve many of the problems that modern medicine has not achieved solutions to,” Kirsch said.
Dr. Kirsch started his college education in New York City in 1972 as a philosophy major for three years. From an initial interest in 17th-century Cartesian philosophy, he became fascinated by oriental philosophy, which led him to traditional acupuncture as a practical system of philosophy. Wondering how acupuncture could work, he changed his major to pre-med upon moving to Los Angeles. After that, he studied various forms of natural healing and neuroscience culminating in a Ph.D. in neurobiology in 1981.
He gained clinical experience by working with F. Paul Myer, MD at the Electro-Acutherapy Medical Centers of Orange County starting in in 1979 and then with Karlis Ullis, MD at the Sports Medicine Group in Santa Monica, California, and as Clinical Director at the Center and Laboratory for Pain and Stress-Related Disorders at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center of New York, in association with Kenneth Greenspan, MD through 1986.
From 1980 to 1981, Dr. Kirsch was also Vice President of McCall’s Research Laboratories in Reseda, California, where he wrote all of the marketing support materials and consulted with engineers on the development of a specialized auricular electromedical device. During that time, he also served as Clinical Director of Electro-Acutherapy Pain Center in Palm Springs.
Dr. Kirsch was Director of Education and Research for Biomedical Affiliated Services/Biomedical Design Instruments in Burbank from 1978 to 1980 where he contributed to the design and introduced an electromedical device to the market. In 1981, he founded Electromedical Products International, Inc.
In 1990, Dr. Kirsch was board certified as a Diplomate in pain management by the American Academy of Pain Management. In 1997, he was recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress. In 1999, he became the only American ever awarded an Honorary Membership in Inter-Pain, the Germany-Swiss pain organization for physicians. He is also a member of the International Society for Neurotherapy and Research.
Dr. Kirsch was the First Editor of the American Journal of Electromedicine, and has been on the Board of Directors of two non-profit organizations in the field. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience and is the Electromedical Department Editor of Practical Pain Management. In 2014 he was co-editor of the book Health and Stress, a volume of Psychiatric Clinics of North America (Vol 47, No. 4; Elsevier).
Dr. Kirsch is also the President of the American Institute of Stress. He has over four decades of experience in the medical field, including extensive clinical practice experience, and has been working extensively with the United States military, especially the SEALS, Marines and Special Forces, since 2005.
Dr. Kirsch recently contributed to Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice, the latest publication from the American Psychiatric Association; and was interviewed for Body Electric: Electroceuticals and the Future of Medicine, a documentary that seeks to revolutionize the way we think about health and the human body.