The following was written in February 2005 by Dr Irena Kossovskaia, a former eye-surgeon and one of the most experienced SCENAR practitioners internationally.

It is being reproduced here, with permission, from OneMedicine (at yahoogroups).

The Scenar Fair

It was so much easier few years ago, in 1997, when the SCENAR just found its way out of Russia… Whoever wanted to buy it in the West (only a few brave enthusiasts at that point), had to choose from two manufactures and few basic models only, all from Russia. SCENAR 97.4 from OKB Ritm just came into existence, and Dr. Karasev’s LET Medical was offering the 500 and 600 SCENAR series. That was it! No confusion over which is a genuine SCENAR and which is not – they were all genuine. No misrepresentations, copycats, unauthorized manufacturing, misuse of experimental and practical data, aggressive marketing campaigns, or any other ‘growing pains’ of the technology that revolutionizes a big field of human knowledge.

Nowadays, we live through all these pains – and more. Now potential buyers face a very difficult choice of models, suitable to their particular needs, or a trainer, who can comprehensively explain how to understand and operate this Russian ‘Star Trek’ machine, so that it achieves its full potential. Yet more importantly is how to get ‘the real thing’, whether this is a device or a trainer.

This little essay will attempt to give you certain guidelines in this new and chaotic SCENAR world. It is based on personal experience of working with the technology, its ‘major players’, and various devices for almost 10 years. It does not pretend to be an objective review. It is simply some observations and conclusions that you may find helpful browsing ‘the SCENAR fair’.

Part 1. Which SCENAR is a SCENAR?

First of all, the main challenge of anyone that is just entering the arena is to determine which model, out of more than a dozen on the market, are ‘genuine’ SCENARs, which are ‘SCENAR-like’ devices, and which have nothing to do with the SCENAR at all, in spite of the claims on their manufacturers.

This challenge presents a problem even for the originators of the technology. On the X International SCENAR conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in September of this year discussions on ‘what to consider a SCENAR’ were long, emotional, and not always constructive. The discussions were initiated by ISTA (International Scenar Technology Association), a non-profit membership organization with the head-quarters in the UK (website www.scenartech.com), whose mandate is to unite the SCENAR world and centralize all available SCENAR information, as well as to set the standards for the field. ISTA is relatively new, and in order to live up to its mandate it needs certain landmarks in the chaotic SCENAR world. The definition of ‘what is a SCENAR device’ is the cornerstone of its activity.

The starting point for that definition was ‘a SCENAR is the device produced by OKB Ritm and its rightful licensees only’. After a few hours of highly emotionally-charged arguments, the definition expanded to ‘the device designed by any of the 5 holders of the original patent’. Some more adrenalin in the bloodstream – and we had ‘a SCENAR is the device that produces the typical SCENAR signal’. That basically brings us back to the ‘classical’ SCENARs from OKB Ritm & Co and Dr. Karasev’s LET Medical. Everyone seemed to compromise on this last definition for the time being.

‘The SCENAR-type devices’ were agreed to be adaptive stimulators with the shape of a signal that is close to the classical SCENAR impulse, and that produce clinical effects similar to the classical SCENAR effects. The major objection of the SCENAR-patriarchs against these devices was that the classical SCENAR research and clinical data were being used for unauthorized promotion. “Let them collect their own data!” – a very justifiable complain, from my point of view. Dr. Alexander Revenko even said that any SCENAR-type device has its merits and strong, as well as weak, points with regards to its clinical applications, and in the ideal world a practitioner would have several different SCENAR devices at his/her disposal to use the optimal one in a particular clinical situation.

So this is where we stand at this point with regards to the SCENAR definition. Discussions were never completely finalized, and in the future we may yet witness some conceptual shifts, which hopefully ISTA will inform us all about. However, one thing is clear - if a machine under question does not produce the SCENAR-like signal and does not have all anticipated clinical SCENAR effects, it has nothing to do with SCENAR. Regretfully, the general consensus about the well-known DENAS was just that – it has nothing to do with SCENAR.

I’d like to conclude this part of my little essay with the words of the original SCENAR designer Alexander Karasev, “SCENARs must be various – expensive, effective, simple, cheap. The only SCENARs we do not need are the unreliable ones and those which price would not conform to the quality. No one will agree with monopoly of “genuine” SCENARs (the classical SCENARs – I.K.) on the market.. Again, various manufacturers will create competition, i.e. promote progress!” They say, adjust your attitude – and your outlook will follow. Alexander is one of the happiest people I know…

The SCENAR Family Tree

We say that SCENAR is a method of influencing the human body (self-controlled energo-neuro-adaptive regulation - as North Americans would say, quite a tongue-twister); as well as the name of the device family (self-controlled energo-neuro-adaptive regulators). This family is rapidly growing. For simplicity, in this essay I will be referring to both classical SCENARs and SCENAR-type devices as just SCENARs.

In the beginning, there was mostly the SCENAR-035, or 'troika', as it is pronounced in Russian. The Grandmother of SCENARs (for some unexplainable reason I think the SCENAR is female). It was a good, reliable, stable, and effective model. Just like your grandmother's old car - not very pretty on the outside, in an ugly black rectangular case, yet nevertheless very functional. SCENAR-035 is known mostly just inside Russia, and some doctors work with it even now. In fact, those almost unbelievable SCENAR results reported by Dr. Yuri Gorfinkel in 1998 in his famous Summary of individual results (which appears all over the SCENAR literature) were obtained mostly with the SCENAR-035. This model was designed by Dr. Karasev and massively produced by OKB Ritm. It is a relic now.