In place of the usual formal biographical sketch, your editor has chosen to report Dan Carlson's own explanation of his work. Here, before our first question, is that explanation:

While serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, I witnessed starvation first-hand. I decided to commit my life to help end this senseless tragedy.

I believed the answer was in plant. Healthy, vigorous, food-producing plants. To learn, I enrolled to study plant breeding at the University of Minnesota, devoting years to researching all that makes plants grow.

I found certain sounds cause leaves to "breathe," and that the opened leaf pores would absorb the balanced foliar plant food nature deposits on them in the form of dew and rain.

I believed that if I could duplicate this natural process, I could make all plants grow with vibrant health -- safely and abundantly. I experimented for more than 15 years to find the precise combinations of harmonics and nutrients that would cause maximum, natural plant growth.

The product Sonic Bloom is this precise combination. Using it, growers throughout the world report amazing success. Record-breaking yields of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and grain -- 200 blossoms on African violets -- three times more roses on each bush -- liter-sized potatoes -- 500 tomatoes on single vines -- all proven, all documented. Not only is productivity amazingly increased, the quality of the plants is improved as is their ability to thrive under adverse growing conditions.

It works on all plants. I'm in the Guinness Book of World Records for having grown the world's largest houseplant -- a 1,300-foot long Purple Passion plant. I did it with Sonic Bloom. Join my friends and me in proving that starvation is unnecessary; and that this planet can produce the abundant food that God intended.

Dan, I read about Sonic Bloom last year. We purchased the materials . . . relatively inexpensive, we thought . . . and a trial on our roses and azaleas produced flowering we'd never seen in thirty years of gardening. What is Sonic Bloom?

Sonic Bloom is sound aiding in the absorption of an organic foliage nutrient. You play the sound to the plants, then spray on the nutrients. We've seen plants grow many times normal, while becoming stronger and more disease resistant.

What gave you the idea of using frequencies and nutrients at the same time?

At the University of Minnesota, I encountered a plant-growth stimulant, organic in nature, that made about three of 100 plants grow many times normal. I worked to develop and improve on that.

Giberellic acid?

A form of it. I spent four-to-eight hours a day for five years studying plant physiology at the University and came across a frequency of sound that was said to help plants breathe better. I worked with a sound engineer to develop this further.

What is this frequency?

It's an oscillating frequency in the four-to-six kilohertz range. Interestingly enough, many song birds are in this range.

You told me about independently-performed verification of the effectiveness of your sounds and foliar spray, done with radioactive isotopes.

Yes. In this research, they used Fe-59 [iron-59], radioactively tagged iron, put onto a leaf. They wait 24 hours, incinerate the plant, and use a Geiger counter to find out where the radioactive tracer went. With the sound alone, they found a 400% increase in Fe-59 absorption, with the foliar spray alone a 300% increase, and using them together a 716% increase in Fe-59 absorption and translocation.


Movement all up and down the plant.

On your videotapes there are some plants grown to enormous heights.

One of my clients is Dr. Carl Webster, head of the Natural Foods Association in Whitehall, Wisconsin. One of our most famous pictures is of Dr. Webster with 16 ft. corn plants with 3-4 ears in each spot where one ear usually grows.

And trees?

I work on a nut farm, where I'm the head nut. We have many black walnut trees five years old and 25 feet tall. And the wood is stronger and better quality, not worse, as you might expect. Ordinarily, black walnut grows at 8-10 inches per year. . .

Which in five years would be a little over four feet. Your videotape shows rows of untreated "control group" walnut trees and rows of Sonic Bloom treated walnut trees, all started at the same time. The difference is absolutely amazing.

We have clients all over the world who report the same type of results. Australia, New Zealand . . .

Many of whom have appeared with their plants on your videotapes. They uniformly report greatly increased plant growth, with much larger crops. Five hundred tomatoes on a single plant -- things like that. They also report the plants are much more disease-resistant and drought-resistant. How does that happen?

It's fairly simple. We have instruments that measure the sugars in plants. When sugars go up, they become much more insect-resistant. Insects are here to destroy weak plants, they zero in and destroy them, it's actually a gift of nature. The Sonic Bloom system helps produce much higher sugar content in plants, so the insects avoid them more and go for the weaker plants.

We could get philosophical about the parallels to people with weakened immune systems getting many more infections and needing more and more antibiotics…

Just as many modern crops "need" more and more pesticides.

Antibiotics have been called pesticides for humans. But back to Sonic Bloom... what about nutrients in treated plants?

We've treated the Circle K apple orchard for seven years now. They've used no other fertilizer of any kind. His apples have 1.750% more zinc, 400% more iron, 326% more chromium, 120% more potassium. The shelf life is 5-6 months instead of the usual 3-4 weeks.

And they taste better, too.

When people bit into Sonic Bloom produce, something strange happens. They usually say, "That tastes like what my grandmother used to raise."

Tell us about your recent work with ginseng.

I'm currently work with the head of the Indiana Ginseng Growers Association. Normal production on shade-grown ginseng is 1,000-1,500 pounds per acre -- we're looking at about 3,300 pounds per acre. The seed pods are the size of a baseball compared to the usual ping-pong ball size. The leaves are ten inches long on the average compared to five inches, the roots are twice as big, but here's the best part. The ginsenoside content is the highest on record. We ended up with 12.98% and 13.88% ginsenosides, verified at an independent lab. . .

You sent me documentation of that, thanks.

. . . compared to a normal of 4-6%. If you know anyone who'd like to buy 6,600 pounds of 12-13% ginsenoside-content ginseng, let me know.

It should be more valuable for both those who take it and those who grow it.

Ordinarily, ginseng sells for about $30 per pound. If you grow 1,000 to 1,500 pounds per acre, that's a gross of $30,000 to $45,000 per acre. The growers I've been working with sold theirs for about $90 per pound and at 3,300 pounds per acre, that's $297,000.

That's ten times as much. But before anyone gets too excited, it takes more than a season or two for a good crop, as well as experience and just plain hard work! How much does it cost per acre to treat ginseng with Sonic Bloom?

If you don't count the labor, less than $1,000 per acre.


No kidding.

What about home gardeners?

The Home and Garden Kit is a wonderful way to start. It has twenty ounces of organic nutrient that will do forty gallons of spray. This is enough to do an average garden and houseplants for about 1-5 years. There's a one-hour audiocassette of classical music with the oscillating frequency embedded, a 32-ounce spray bottle for misting houseplants, a measuring spoon, and about 12 pages of instructions and information. The whole thing is $60 plus S&H. *FREE SHIPPING on all orders within the UNITED STATES using PRIORITY MAIL.

You also have a scientific packet . . .

Yes, 116 pages. $12. And there are three videos available. One shows Sonic Bloom results around the world since 1980, another was done in Australia and New Zealand. These two are $12 apiece. The third shows the ginseng and black walnut results. It's new and $24.

Any final words for our readers?

Let's go back to my beginning with this: hungry people. Think about what Sonic Bloom can do to feed people. It's inexpensive, requires only a little equipment . . . and we can get 500 tomatoes per plant, cauliflower so large that only 4-5 fit in a box instead of 12-16 . . . and anyone can do it with no special training.

Quite an achievement! Thank you, Dan Carlson.

-- Nutrition & Healing, December 1996