Paramagnetism and the Shatnez

Paramagnetism and the Shatnez

Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 15:05:44 -0800

From: Barry Carter

Subject: Re: Working on the Shatnez


Dear Friends,


I just spoke with Dr. Callahan again. I asked him some questions about the shatnez and got some surprising answers. He said that it is just as good to use burlap soaked in sea water and then wrung out. You put this in Saran Wrap so that it is not next to your skin and put cotton between the Saran Wrap and your skin. He claims that he has measured the electromagnetic properties of the burlap and it is virtually the same as the wool/linen shatnez. He suggested that it is helpful to sprinkle some wood ash on the wet burlap because wood ash is quite paramagnetic while the living wood is diamagnetic.


I just spoke with Philip Callahan. We swapped tales for about half an hour and agreed that his paramagnetic soils are probably the same as our ORMUS materials. He has seem superconductive behavior in the paramagnetic materials, he has seen viscous water effects and he said that the Cooper pairing phenomena made complete sense.


He mentioned that he is 76 years old and that he cured himself of lung cancer using a wool/linen sea water compress on his chest. He claims that this thing was called a Shatnez by the Hebrew high priests and was worn only by them except in the case of illness when common folks were allowed to wear it.


He said that wood ash is highly paramagnetic. This is why soil is so fertile after fire. I noted that wood ash is a good source for lye which is used to fix the ORMUS elements. He said that the Shatnez is also referred to as sackcloth and ashes.



Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 11:16:48 +1100

From: Kevin Masman

Subject: Re: Paramagnetism


Dear Barry,

I admire your ability to ferret out information.


I do have one of the Callahan design mag susceptibility meters. I will do some testing and let the group know the results- time allowing in-between earning an income.


The Shatnez is a multilayered pad of hemp cloth soaked in sea water, and enclosed in a plastic bag, which concentrates Schumann resonance near the body. His PICRAM measures this quite easily. The earths atmosphere Schumann resonance is the same frequency pattern as the electrical activity in the human brain, alpha, beta etc. Surely no co-incidence.


I would be pleased for you to liaise actively with him on this. I sent him some ORME tape material a couple of years ago but he was probably too busy to respond.


(With another family, our family sponsored a 4 state Callahan tour of Australia in 1994, focusing on enhancing paramagnetism in soils for better food cropping etc).


He is a good source of insights into the workings of nature, especially in the area of vitality. Plug into him. Ask him about the monopoles etc. His genius in the design of simple experiments that show profound principles, eg the emery paper tower experiment with radish. He has a very sound physics background.


By the way, Paracelsus used radish by slicing it and adding sea salt to draw the juice. This juice he made his famous ‘oil of salt’. Radish is a target of mine sometime for the wet chemical method. Perhaps if radish is full of ORMES then it is particularly responsive to Callahan’s mini tower, which gathers the ‘magnetic’ radiation from the cosmos.


As to the theory of the ORMES being diamagnetic etc, it is a theory. There is no substitute for field work. Time will tell.



Dear Friends,


Callahan’s patent is at:


An article on Agro Forestry mentions Callahan’s book at:


I found the following quote at:


“The recent research by Dr. Phil Callahan on paramagnetism may prove to be a factor. From this it can be seen that organic has advantages for the humus factor and biological activity. On the other, natural rock powders derived from paramagnetic origin may be critical to establish a weak charge. The magnetism created thus influences mineral uptake and plant health. The PCSM Meter is available for anybody to see for themselves differences in depleted soils and healthy soils. Originally developed for the mining industry at $6,000, it is now available to farmers thru Pike Lab Supplies for $400. To my knowledge it has not been taken up by any land-grants as yet as a research topic; though Callahan himself spent 30 years as a USDA-ARS Entomologist before retiring to compile his monumental book “Paramagnetism” published by Acres, U.S.A.”


Pike Agri-Lab Supplies

President: Bob Pike

RR 2 Box 710

Strong, ME USA 04983

ph:207-684- 5131

fax: 207-684-5133

email: [email protected]


I have written to Pike asking for more information on Callahan’s testing



This device is described at:


Here is a cleaned up version of the description from that page:




Take two plastic flower pots. Fill both with potting soil from the same bag. One pot should be left plain. In the other pot, place a paramagnetic stone or sandpaper model of a round tower (15 to 60, proportion of diameter to height) and place it in the middle of a plastic (non-paramagnetic) flower pot. Take a pack of garden radish seeds and plant them 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, about 3 or 4 seeds per hole, around the pots. Water each day with the exact same measured amount of water. After eight days of 70-80_ growing temperature, pull them up and weigh the root’s “held in place” soil. The astonishing results demonstrate plant control by the paramagnetic force. Note how the roots and soil mimics the energy force pattern of a man-made radio station (based on weight).


Please note, I do not ask my reader to believe what I say, but I do ask them to see for themselves. Author’s note: Two high school students in science fairs won local and state awards for experiments based on this work utilizing paramagnetism.




Belleek radio range. Patterns secured due to presence of course-bending antennae. The ELF growth pattern force of energy focused into the ground by the paramagnetic soil, round towers, or rock can be easily plotted by planting radish seeds around the rock, round tower, or in veil mixed with ground up rock.


In this red sandstone tower example it will be noted that the tower is oriented with the door facing 95_ east toward the rising sun in mid- September in Gainesville, Florida . In such a system, the least energy is to the east resulting in slow growth and small plant size and the greatest energy is to the west producing fast growth end large plant size . Side growth is intermediate. Such a plot based on plant size end root-dirt weight at an eight day harvest, is very similar to plots of energy from my World War II radio range station in Belleek. The largest root growth, with the most fine rootlets, is at top left to the west of the round tower. The smallest is at 95_east at the lower right of the photo. The north growth at the top right is slightly smaller than the south growth at bottom left.


Note from compass that the strongest growth is to the east at 95_, in contrast to tower and tomb plantings. The higher growth rate and root complex is always off the sharp corner of such highly paramagnetic rocks. I first noticed this growth effect while climbing cliffs and searching rock canyons for eagle and falcon nests as a youth.


Note energy is weak at front entrance and strong along the sides end rear. This model is of a Vermont megalithic stone structure. Constructed of diamagnetic wood interior and paramagnetic pink granite exterior. It appears that most healing/religious structures such as gothic cathedrals, round towers, and megalithic tombs are facing east so that the week energy is at the entrance and the strong energy is at the back where the altar of hearing chamber is located. There is also stronger energy at the sides, where the arms of the tomb cross the main tunnel as seen in gothic cathedrals. PICRAM, Photonic Ionic Cloth Radio Amplifier Maser, is my name for the patent (No. 5,247,933) I obtained for my ELF (extremely low frequency) antenna detector. As you can see from the bottom photo, it is mounted directly on the Tekmeter oscilloscope input with no lead. On the 5 mV range, it accurately measures ELF atmospheric waves generated by lightning which are detectable even underground in soil. These waves stimulate plant root growth.


The PICRAM is constructed by soaking wool-linen cloth or burlap in seawater. In the top photograph, the cloth is connected to a simple banana plug at the corner end wrapped around the plastic of the plug where it is held in place by two rubber bands.


Harry Kornburg, my patent co-author, translated the Hebrew which describes such a piece of cloth worn by the Jewish High Priest. It enhanced his immune system in order that he could safely examine lepers like those sent to him by Christ. The bible is by far the best science book for low energy systems ever written. The Hebrew name for my PICRAM ELF detector is Shatnez. It was worn as a long ribbon strap wrapped around the high priest’s body. (See Appendix II for copy of patent).



Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 18:57:26 -0800

From: Anne Hawley

Subject: Working on the Shatnez


Greetings all.


I’ve been doing some research on the shatnez, the wool-and-flax healing cloth that Philip Callahan has patented as a “Photonic-Ionic Cloth Radio Amplifier” for use on the human skin. I’m happy to report that I’ve found a source for the untreated, handspun fibers I need to do the weaving, and I hope to have a finished PICRAM to test in the very near future.


In the meantime, here is a very interesting bit of infomation about the idea of Shatnez in Jewish religious practice today. Barry suggested I share it with the forum. It comes from a column called “Ask the Rabbi,” which I found at



Here is what “Ask the Rabbi” has to say:


The Torah states that it is forbidden to wear a garment which contains wool and linen. Many commentaries cite this commandment as an example of a “chok” – a statute – a mitzvah that has no readily evident reason. Our observance of this type of mitzvah shows our belief in G-d and His Torah even though we do not understand everything. We realize that not everything is in our grasp, and nonetheless we adhere to all of the Torah. However, if one researches this subject, one comes across various reasons suggested for this prohibition.


Maimonides explains that it was customary for priests of religions which practiced Avodah Zara (idol worship) to wear special garments made out of wool & linen. He adds that even in his time the priests in Egypt wore this type of clothing.


The Rosh says that the Parochet – a separating curtain used in the Temple – was made from wool and linen, and the Torah did not want us to wear anything similar to the holy Parochet. This is similar to the prohibition against making an exact replication of the Ketoret (incense) not for the purpose of the Temple service.


He cites another interesting reason: Cain killed Abel as an outcome of these two species. Cain offered flax-linen and Abel brought an offering from his “woolly” sheep. We are therefore instructed not to join those two types of material as a constant reminder of this incident — and will thereby take care not to cause separation and hate between people.


The Zohar (Kabbalistic work) teaches that the Biblical word for this combination, “Shatnez,” can be separated into two words “Satan Az,” meaning “the Satan is strong.” The Zohar also states that when someone wears Shatnez an “evil spirit” lurks within him, just as in the time of Cain & Abel where the fusion of these two products brought tragedy and calamity.



So you see, even this scholarly rabbi has no real idea of the origin of the shatnez stricture. To my mind, this whole matter is suggestive of a power taboo, similar to those deliberately misleading statements made by alchemists to deflect casual interest.


Further reading on the internet reveals that the stricture is still taken seriously today by observant Jews. In major Jewish population centers like Jerusalem and New York, there is an industry devoted to analyzing commercially made clothing and declaring it “not shatnez,” which would be roughly the sartorial equivalent of kosher.


So what do you suppose would happen if you took a dip in the Dead Sea wearing an old-fashioned “linsey-woolsey” bathing costume? Instant ascension or what?



From: “Jeanie Knight”

Subject: Shatnez

Date: Tue, 05 Jan 99 20:03:37 PST


Dear Barry, Kevin & all —


I’ve taken it upon myself to go “ask the rabbi” about this Shatnez thing, and here is what I found (on-line — where else?) Orthodox Judaism defines *Shatnez* as a garment made of sheep’s wool and linen (flax), just as Callahan’s curative sea water compress was made from. However (and here is the weird part) the wearing of such a garment made of these two fabrics combined, or attached permanently to each other (such as a coat and lining), is forbidden by the Torah. So according to my findings, *Shatnez* is not something which is viewed favorably.


Here is another strange twist: Maimonides explained that it was customary for priests of religions which practiced *Avodah Zara* (idol worship) to wear special garments made out of wool and linen; even in his time the priests in Egypt wore this type of clothing. Curiously, however, the *Parochet* — the separating curtain used in the Temple — was known to be made from wool and linen; the Torah evidently did not want the people to wear anything similar to the holy *Parochet* either. I found nothing (yet) mentioning soaking the fabric in sea water or referencing it to “sackloth and ashes.”


At any rate, Philip Callahan’s discoveries and experiments sound extremely fascinating. Perhaps there is some closely guarded, esoteric knowledge attached to the linen/wool combination which has been lost through the ages, and it was for this reason — and not the more apparently “superstitious” reasons — that it was prohibited for casual and public use. Now I am REALLY curious and would love to know WHERE Callahan has gotten the information regarding the Hebrew priests wearing this garment and using it to cure illness in ancient times — especially since even the Zohar condemns it!



(references at

and ” ” ” ” ” ” “/ask107.htm)



Dr. Philip Callahan, who in his early years tested chemical biocides for the US Department of Agriculture, noticed an interesting phenomena almost fifty years ago. Dr. Callahan noticed that certain soils were paramagnetic. Paramagnetic means that they have slight magnetic properties. Dr. Callahan also discovered that paramagnetic soils were much more productive in relation to the strength of their measured paramagnetic properties. The most paramagnetic soils were those which contained a high portion of volcanic or limestone based minerals.


Dr. Callahan postulated that paramagnetic soils provided a better electromagnetic connection between the atmosphere and the plants growing on these soils. He also noticed another phenomena, certain agricultural fields in Ireland and other countries had cylindrical stone structures which seemed to promote the growth of plants in certain portions of the circle around these structures.


Dr. Callahan got lung cancer in the early 1990s, probably as a result of his exposure to agricultural chemicals as a young scientist working for the USDA. Using his knowledge of paramagnetic forces, Dr. Callahan developed a treatment for his cancer which was so successful that when he went back to his doctor, his doctor said that he must have been misdiagnosed and could not have had lung cancer because the form of lung cancer that he was diagnosed with was invariably fatal.


Dr. Callahan is now 75. He has been cancer free for over five years. His cure was what he calls “sackcloth and ashes”. He has patented this product. The patent can be found at:


An excerpt from one of Dr. Callahan’s books can be found at:




Dr. Callahan claims that what cured his cancer was known in ancient Israel as the “shatnez”. Here is Dr. Callahan’s description of the shatnez:


“The PICRAM is constructed by soaking wool-linen cloth or burlap in seawater. In the top photograph, the cloth is connected to a simple banana plug at the corner and wrapped around the plastic of the plug where it is held in place by two rubber bands.


Harry Kornburg, my patent co-author, translated the Hebrew which describes such a piece of cloth worn by the Jewish High Priest. It enhanced his immune system in order that he could safely examine lepers like those sent to him by Christ. The bible is by far the best science book for low energy systems ever written. The Hebrew name for my PICRAM ELF detector is Shatnez. It was worn as a long ribbon strap wrapped around the high priest’s body.”



Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 11:20:35 -0800

From: Barry Carter

Subject: Re: What counts? [was: Sounds]


Dear Anne,


Thanks for your lovely post.


Philip Callahan told me that he recovered from lung cancer by using something called a “shatnez” as a compress on his chest. The shatnez consists of a cloth made of flax and wool. Here is Dr. Callahan’s description of this cloth from his patent:


“Photonic cloths is constructed as a plain weave, comprising warp yarns made of flax and weft or filling yarns made of wool. Each warp yarn is a single yarn, while each filling yarn consists of three smaller yarns combined to form a single yarn. The flax used to form yarns is natural and untreated… Similarly, the weft yarns should be made of natural, untreated wool. Thus both the flax and wool should be unblended and unwashed so that the lanolin remains on the wool, and the waxy outer layer remains on the flax. The natural flax acts as a dielectric wave guide (i.e. it’s photonic) due to its waxy characteristics. Although one yarn of flax is sufficient as warp yarns, experiments have shown that two or more yarns in combination will also detect and generate the 1000 Hz and 10,000 Hz sideband frequencies.


The photonic cloth can be any size. However, in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, cloth is approximately two inch by six inch to six inch by fifteen inch.”


Since the patent described a piece of cloth which is used as a detector I would imagine that the shatnez cloth that Dr. Callahan used was probably a bit larger to cover his chest.


I believe that I recall that you do a bit of weaving. How difficult is it to get the natural, unwashed wool and flax that is used in the shatnez? If one had some of this would it be difficult to spin and weave these two materials into a cloth? Might you be interested in doing this?


Phil: Well, I cured my boy’s arthritis with paramagnetism. I cured my own lung cancer with this force. Lower back pain is easy to cure with it.


Graeme: Tell me about it – I’ve suffered lower back pain for years!


Phil: Well, my book “Ancient Histories, Modern Visions”; covers this a little. One chapter is about how to make a shatnez. Shatnez is an old Hebrew word. I found out from the Rabbis that the high priests used to wear this piece of cloth called a shatnez. The high priest would wrap this cloth around himself. The high priest was a doctor and he had to spend time helping the lepers. He had to have a good immune system to survive. I figured that maybe this garment is part of a healing system. The Irish take the halter of a donkey, which is drenched in sweat. They wrap this around arthritic joints, with great results. The cloth the priests used was woven with wool one way and linen the other way. The American pioneers used to call the same cloth Linsy-Woolsy. The Hebrews call it shatnez. It is arguably the best cloth ever invented. It retains moisture really well, but it also dries really quickly. If you wet it, it stays damp forever, but if you want it dry and put it in the sun, it dries in a hurry. So it makes a good cloth and it’s great for soaking up sweat. I made a vest of this material and I soaked it in seawater to mimic sweat. I found out that you don’t necessarily even need Linsy-Woolsy. My wife made me a vest out of a burlap sack. I soaked it in seawater and wrapped it in plastic cling wrap to retain the moisture. I used to wear this damp vest over a T-shirt to keep the plastic away from my body. When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, it was the cornerstone of my own treatment regime. I spent five years evaluating the damage done with herbicides and pesticides, and I’m sure there was a link to the cancer. Anyway, I also took garlic every day and ate a tablespoon of highly paramagnetic dirt each day. The tumor shrank and I cured myself. I also made one of these vests for my wife for her arthritis. Her persistent lower back pain disappeared in a week and a half. Then she put it on her shoulder, which had arthritis, and it was also cured. So far I’ve cured 15 people with arthritis with this one vest. The last chapter of my new book was to describe how to make this vest, but I just told you instead. There are two chapters planned for the next book. One is about the pattern for this cloth and how to make it, and the second one is


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