Experimenting with Magic Energy from Nature:
"Nature's Secret Force of Growth," known and used by the
ancients, Paramagnetism has been rediscovered and made
known by a "true" natural scientist, Dr. Phillip S.
Callahan. I first heard Dr. Callahan talk about these
magical rocks and their secret powers at an Acres U.S.A.
conference, and soon after, I began collecting and
studying volcanic rocks that contain this mysterious
Paramagnetism is a low-level energy, physical force that
has shown to have beneficial effects on all forms of
Because of our organic farm and compost business, we
make and sell all kinds of natural farming, gardening
and horticultural supplies. I am constantly searching
for, trying, and testing new products. In the past forty
years, I have tested many widgets, gadgets, foofoo dusts
and snake oils. Some were worthless, most worked some
times, under some conditions, few worked consistently.
Paramagnetic rocks and sand have shown more consistent
results under more conditions than anything I have ever
used, other than compost. Paramagnetic rocks and compost
complement each other. They will both work alone, but I
have found that each works much better when they are
We blend a product using paramagnetic rock and sand,
including zeolite collected from four volcanic deposits,
plus the addition of a high iron greensand to balance
the minerals. We have labeled this blend "Volcanite." It
reads 2000+ on the PC meter. Below are some tests
comparing Volcanite with controls.
TEST #1 - Six cactus plants grown in potting soil; six
cactus plants grown in straight Volcanite and six cactus
plants in 60% Volcanite and 40% potting soil. By 3
months, the six cactus in the 60/40 mix averaged 50%
bigger and healthier than the other 12 plants. The
potting soil was 40% compost.
TEST #2 - Two plastic trays 20 inches by 26 inches by 6
inches deep were filled with soil contaminated with a
hormone herbicide. One tray contained contaminated
potting soil; the other contained contaminated potting
soil plus Volcanite. Beans were planted in each tray.
The merged plants in both trays soon showed evidence of
the herbicide. The plants in both struggled along with
distorted leaves that were yellowish and they grew very
little. They continued in this shape for five weeks.
Then the tray that had the Volcanite in the mix started
to green up, grow, and was soon blooming and producing
beans even though you could still see some herbicide
distortion. The tray without the Volcanite never did
green up; the plants grew very little and never bloomed.
TEST #3 - Four tomato plants were planted in a raised
bed containing Volcanite in the soil. Fourteen more
tomato plants of the same age and variety were planted
nearby in the garden soil containing no Volcanite. All
the plants were blooming and setting fruit when a late
cold northern hit with a high wind, dropping
temperatures well below freezing. All the leafed-out
trees, shrubs and other plants were severely damaged.
All of the tomato plants were killed, except the four in
the soil containing Volcanite. This test is too good to
be true. However, I can find no other factor
contributing to their survival. Those four plants were
completely untouched, as if a freeze had never occurred.
You can bet I will be trying to duplicate this
experiment! Just think what this could do for the citrus
industry if we can learn to give trees 3 to 4 degrees of
cold tolerance and at the same time have a natural
supply of minerals constantly becoming available that
could last for years from just one application of
TEST #4 - Seven one-gallon nursery containers were used.
All were filled with potting soil. Two were used as
controls. The other five had different rates of
Volcanite added. Radishes were planted in each and
thinned to six plants per pot. The five pots with the
different ratios of Volcanite all grew about the same.
The two controls were only about 5% smaller. When all
the fruit was about nickel-size, the growth of the two
controls stopped and on close inspection, I noticed the
underside of the leaves were covered with aphids. All
seven pots were in a row with the leaves touching. The
two controls were in the middle. None of the five
Volcanite plants had aphids or got aphids until weeks
later when the plants were old and going down hill.
TEST #5 - Four of the plastic trays were filled with
potting soil. Volcanite was mixed in trays #1 and #4.
All four trays were planted with an equal amount of rye
seed. Trays #1 and #2 were watered with electric treated
water. (Electric water is supposed to make plants grow
better and keep calcium from building up in the soil.)
Tray #3 was used as the control. Tray #4 with Volcanite
and regular water did the best by doubling the amount of
grass growing in the control tray. Tray #1 was second
best, but grew only about 30% bigger than the control.
The electric water seemed to cancel some of the
Volcanite's benefits. Tray #2 was only about 5% better
than the control.
I have since done many other tests. Never was there a
negative result. All tests, in pots or in the garden,
always showed better growth, less insect damage, and
better color in the leaves and the blooms when Volcanite
was used. The plants seemed to withstand stress of all
Other people were given some of the Volcanite to try.
Among them were a rose grower, retired County ag agent,
a PhD, and a commercial native plant grower. All did
tests against controls and all reported amazing results.
Naturally, I had to have one of the first PC meters that
Bob Pike and Dr. Callahan designed. It is my favorite
toy, and I am always testing rocks. On a trip to the
area of Enchanted Rock, north of San Antonio, I
collected chips flaking off the giant granite rocks,
some of the decaying granite in the creek beds, and some
fresh chips from the very center of giant granite
boulders being cut with a diamond saw. The center of the
granite boulders measured 325 on the PC meter; the
flaking chips from the outer edge measured 144; and the
old decaying granite measures 124. This indicates that
paramagnetic rocks could lose the magnetism with
exposure, but I would assume this loss would be an
extremely slow process.
Some lava sands register only 180 on the PC meter, but
sand that looks identical from different locations
registered five to ten times higher. I wonder if they
could be a million or so years difference in their ages?
Also, why does zeolite, a volcanic ash, read low on the
meter? I have tested zeolite from three different
locations. The highest tested only 47, with the lowest
testing 02 on the PC meter. Fred Walters sent me some
volcanic ash he picked up on the roadside that was blown
out when Mt. St. Helen erupted. It is similar to some of
the zeolites I tested, but the fresh St. Helen ash
tested over 2,000. My meter reads to 2,000 and it hit at
least that level. It would be interesting to expose this
ash to air and annual test to see if it loses power, If
it does, how fast?
Even though the paramagnetism of volcanic zeolite may be
very low, even minus on the meter, it still is very
valuable in growing plants. Zeolite has a very high
"Cation Exchange Capacity" (CEC). Cations include
calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, ammonium and
other minerals that are necessary to plant growth and
health. However, these minerals are not available to
plants without a chemical process called "Cation
Zeolite contributes to this chemical process by giving
soil the power to hold base or positive-charged plant
nutrients in the soil, especially sandy soils and light
potting mixes. When the microbes break down the proteins
in organic fertilizers, they release ammonia, a
form of nitrogen. Ammonium is a Cation, so is calcium
and potassium. All of these nutrients could quickly be
lost from soils low in clay and organic matter. Zeolite
can hold these nutrients in the warehouse, you might
say, until the growing plants need them. I have done
numerous tests with volcanic zeolite. Every test I did
with zeolite gave good results. I know a researcher who
got a grant to study zeolite for two years. He never got
any results and gave up. I suspect he was using a
chemical form of nitrogen, which was an anion instead of
If a rock can lose its paramagnetism, can it regain it?
Out of curiosity I was testing some pieces of brick and
broken commode one day and found them both paramagnetic.
I didn't know if the clay they were baked from was
already paramagnetic. We grind new but broken red clay
pipe to make an aggregate that makes a decorative ground
cover. The company that makes the pipe is south of San
Antonio and in an area where red clay is abundant. The
red clay tests 0 to 4 on the PC meter. The pipe baked
from the clay reads 75 to 100.
At one of our compost locations, we collect old and
broken wood pallets to be ground into a mulch. Over
20,000 had accumulated in one pile. Before we had a
chance to grind them, they caught on fire during a time
when we had 40 -50 mph dry north wind. Needless to say,
they all burned up real fast, making an extremely hot
fire. The black clay soil down-wind of the fire was
burnt to a rock, in fact, it looked like rusty lava
rock. This burnt soil tested 329 on the PC meter, while
the unburned soil nearby only tested 21. High
temperatures must cause paramagnetism. My rich garden
soil, however, that has been getting lots of manure,
cover crops, and compost reads 138 on the PC meter,
while the field nearby that receives less organic
material reads only 90. Neither field has ever had
paramagnetic rock or sand applied to it. The compost we
make reads minus 2 on the PC meter. In his book,
Callahan mentioned that oxygen is paramagnetic. On the
internet, some researcher reported the earthworms and
even microbes can make soil paramagnetic. More reasons
for the organic way of growing!
At our mill, we make two types of organic fertilizer.
The first type contains two formulas made from food and
feed-grade proteins that we run through a 1/8 inch
pelleting die to granulate it. The other type contains
two formulas blended from VIVO (sludge) that was made
into hard, small beads or prells using extremely high
temperatures. The pelleted fertilizer reads 7 on the PC
meter. The fertilizer made from the VIVO with high
temperatures reads 40 on the PC meter. At present I am
experimenting with upping the PC and mineral value of
both formulas with volcanic materials.
I have used all ratios of Volcanite mixed into the soil
and/or spread on top of the soil. It works either way,
but mixed into the root zone, it gives plants extra
minerals more quickly. Tests have shown volcanic rock
from different locations to contain different minerals.
Our Volcanite blend is working well, however, I am
constantly seeking to improve it. It may be that
different blends may be needed for different parts of
the country. Blending could be a whole new science.
As far as the best amount to use, I am still not sure. I
have learned that more is not always better. Each
situation seems to be a little different. In the root
zone of the tomatoes in test #3, 1 used about 4 lbs. per
plant. When growing in containers, I used 1-3
tablespoons per gallon of soil mix. Maybe more would
have done better, or perhaps less would have done just
as well. From all of my testing and experimenting, I
learned a lot. I learned mostly how much I still don't
know. What an exciting future. One thing I am sure of,
however, is that volcanic rock and paramagnetism deserve
a prominent place in agriculture.
Volcanite: A New
and Enchanting Product
Nature has been re-mineralizing the soils of the earth
through volcanic eruptions since the very beginning. One
result of this process is the creation of paramagnetic
rocks. Volcanite contains five different, highly
paramagnetic crushed volcanic rocks, including zeolite,
plus glauconite-a sedimentary mineral-rich sandstone
commonly called greensand. Volcanite reads 1900 to 2000
paramagnetism on the Phil Callahan PC meter. Most
agricultural soil in the San Antonio area will read 12
to 25. The soil near volcanoes will read 600 to 700.
Lava rock reads up to 850. Some rock formations in the
core of volcanoes can read 3800 and up.
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