BE THE LIGHT!
Let’s face it – Alzheimer’s is a disease of darkness.
It’s an insidious, relentless inflammatory destruction of the brain where more and more faculties are lost every day.
This chapter highlights the importance of light in our brains, and also in our lives. It will explain the mechanisms by which our brains are light sensitive, as are our cells and enzymes. Especially how this can that can go wrong, in relation to Alzheimer’s, and what can prevent this. We’ll go over factors found to contribute to brain damage, as well as what we can do to protect our brains. We tend to accept a deteriorating memory and relative mental slowness in ageing, but is this a reasonable assumption, or just a belief system we have heard for so long that we think it’s gospel?
Experts now know that brain inflammation though to be at the root of Alzheimer’s starts 20 years before the disease is obvious. We can see this as depressing, or perhaps a window of opportunity to mitigate damage.
Anyone with relative afflicted by Alzheimer’s faces the painful reality of watching the light being extinguished from their loved one. The bright spark of humanity and personality that characterise them gradually dulls. For the relative, bad enough. For the sufferer, frightening to live in a world where they have no context of who and where they are. With no memory, having no connection to the faces in front of them or the furniture with which there are surrounded. Life is suddenly a fearful, constantly changing and perhaps terrorising place.
We have become familiar with biological ageing affecting our faculties causing problems with hearing loss, or deterioration in her vision. What we have not been aware until recently is that in a similar way the brain will lose its connections as we age. Also, that Alzheimer’s as a disease appears to be happening in exponential numbers in the past 2 decades. According to U.S. Alzheimer’s Association stats are there are 5.7 million living with it, 10% of over 65 year olds affected and a case diagnosed every 65 seconds.
Let’s talk prevention!
Light fields of information – understanding brain connections
In this chapter we’re going to discuss the sophisticated light connections in the brain-body, how they can be disrupted, and practical steps we can take in preventing brain deterioration.
Even though, though my light interest I have become known as ‘The LightDoctor’, light is such a large topic even I can get lost in it. In the past 10 years scientific discoveries regarding light has rocketed, especially with reference to the brain- body system, it’s best to think of light as the carrier of vital information. To be really exact, it’s not really the vehicle, as in itself the tiny photons of light are the packets of information. Light can exert it’s action through particles, fields, and also as the electromagnetic (E.M.) spectrum, containing the familiar radio, infrared, gamma waves and more.
My clinical light exposure
As a medical doctor for many years, I became interested in this area as I realized there was more to a patient’s wellbeing than the physical. As an M.D. I was used to dealing with the most sophisticated technologies such as MRI and PET scans, however ‘non physical reality’ was not an area in which I’d received any education, other than regarding basic psychology.
Later, I learnt not only to rely on my physical senses but to tune into my intuition. And I believe the best way of describing this is to say that it is assessing as well as working with the information of the energy, or light information, of another person.
I found that the patients’ light energy radiated different qualities depending on the nature of the illness of problems. Their light energy could be fresh and translucent, like a shaft of sunlight filtering through the vibrant green leaves of a tree. In illnesses the light is neither clear nor free flowing. It’s easy to understand why the Chinese call his ‘Stagnant Qi’. It could be murky like a polluted pond, reflecting the clarity of nature and its surroundings in a dull and distorted way. With a physically or emotionally ill patient it felt like this pond light was obscured by a mouldy growth, only allowing small patches of light to filter down into the water. The patient felt that lack of energy, and now in my practice tiredness is one of the most common complaints.
THE SCIENTIFIC UNDERLYING PREMISE:
We’re inherently attuned to a quantum light process and interpret/interface with these surrounding energies unconsciously on a daily basis. The scientific and biological/physiological basis of this, is that our bodies are regulated by and communicate through a light network (light fields) on a DNA, cellular and enzyme basis. On an unconscious basis we interface with these light energies as well as those of the natural world, connecting to the energy of the Earth’s magnetic field. Forever bathed in this energy, like fish in water, we are unaware of the currents and tides with which we interact.
We need to understand and learn to consciously work with these energies, accepting the interconnectedness of our physical and nonphysical beings, and the resonances that can develop. In former ages, physicians recognized that true wholeness and healing could only be reached through embracing our own holistic natures and acknowledging the innate interconnectedness of all things.
The science is indisputable, however perhaps like Einstein’s theories, over a hundred years old yet only now simply explained and popularized, it’s only now that the information is filtering down. Many studies have shown the photonic and electromagnetic basis of our body’s functioning.1
Many pioneers, such as James Oschmann has written books listing and explaining this energy basis for the body.2
If we truly live in a body being merged in and controlled by light signals, it makes sense that other light emissions will interact with us, for better or worse.
Brain – the electrical circuit:
The brain energy activity measured by an E.E.G. – familiar as lots of wires over the head used to diagnose epilepsy.This machine measures electromagmetic light emissions. In Alzheimer’s the size of the E.E.G. tracing is reduced as the brain actually has less voltage, or power. This is due to less ‘firing’ and signalling between brain cells, at the level of the synapses.
Neurons are brain cells, andSynapsesarethe connecting points between the cells. The neurons are like a web of tendrils, a complex information superhighway. Imagine many wires (neurons) connecting to one junction box, the synapse. It’sin these junction boxes that messages are transmitted, using neurotransmitter messenger signals. These are brain hormones which lead to the feelings we have such as contentment and calmness. These have names such as GABA, noradrenalin and serotonin, well known to us as the neurotransmitter increased by taking anti-depressants such as Prozac.
Top Prevention Tips – Sleep:
- Increase sleep time.Studies show that most of the Western World is sleep deprived. “Getting by’ on 6 hours sleep is not the same as 7 -8 hours that the brain may need to carry out essential repair processes. Of course for a few weeks, the body can adjust, but why not give your body the serious quality and time of sleep it needs? For a week or two just trying getting 30 mins more sleep and judge if you are more productive and emotionally balanced.
- –Reduce light at night. Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed. Worse if it’s in more of an unnatural blue spectrum, form laptops, bedside digital alarms or phones. Used before sleep they’re proven to both reduce amounts and delay onset of secretion of melatonin.Therefore sleep quality is impaired. Of course TV screen is similar, however tends not to be used so near the body, therefore less harmful.
- Bedtime -reduce all light.Any light getting through curtains form outside street lamps will also affect melatonin secretion.
- Bright light exposure as much as possible during the day, which will help your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during the day.
- Dim red lights best for night lights. Red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.
- Blue-blocking glasses are useful, especially If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, or consider wearing or installing an app that filters the blue/green wavelength at night.
- Reduce Electrosmog: Reduce use of electronic devices generally. In studies on electromagnetic frequencies on cellular functions, it was found that cell /smart phone /smartmeter radiation reduced melatonin 23-33%. It’s possible that this may be the reason people complain of headaches, insomnia and tiredness when utility smart meters (which emit the same 2.45 GHz frequency) were installed in their neighbourhoods.
The Research, melatonin:
Sadly, experiments are done on cute little mice and rats. Strangely(!) , rodents have similar genetic makeup to humans, so are atop choice for Alzheimer’s experiments.
Inhumantrials on the effect of EMF – electromagnetic frequencieshave been found to inhibit the effects of melatonin, as well as alter brain physiology as recorded by EEG7.
Cell phone and microwave radiations, that are the same frequency as utility smart meters, are found to decrease melatonin. When researchers in 2011 and 2012 exposed ratsfor 2 hours a day for 45 days to a mobile phone at 900 MHz their melatonin output was decreased by 23%. When the radiation was upped to microwave at 2.45 GHz(smart meters are2450 MHz) 33% less hormone was secreted.
According to these studies, cell Phone / Microwave/Smartmeterradiation decrease melatoninproduction 23 and 33% respectively.8,9
Generally, the studies concluded that “a reduction in melatonin or an increase in caspase-3, creatine kinase, and calcium ion may cause significant damage in brain due to chronic exposure of these radiations. These biomarkers clearly indicate possible health implications of such exposures”.
Anxiety and ADHD
Agitation and fearfulness is also typical Alzheimer’s symptom. Especially as part of ‘Sundowning’, when the irrational fears show up.
As an M.D. I’m finding that in the past decade a larger percentage of my work is being spent on helping people cope with anxiety and stress. It’s a real epidemic.
Of course anxiety is something we all experience from time to time, however we have ample built -in neurological means to ensure it doesn’t get out of control.
Let’s look at the neurology happening here:
One of our brain’s most important neurotransmitter is GABA -gamma- aminobutyric acid . It’s a down -regulator, to look for a good analogy, of ‘sparkyness’ in the brain’s electrical field. GABA prevents over -firing of the brain’s neurons. Interesting that we can actually feel this. Sometimes it seems that so many things are going on at once – a sense of complete overwhelm where we have a million things pouring into our sensory system. Or we say we ‘feel frazzled’, with lots of ideas coming into our mind at once, too fast to act on any of them. This is unsettling to say the least, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression if unchecked.
At the back of the brain is the Cerebellum, a special area containing half the brain’s branching tree-like neurons. Here nest the Purkinje cellswhich release the neurotransmitter ‘GABA’. Anything that interferes with GABA is going to destabilize emotions.
Cell phone interference with GABA:
Here’s the bad news:different studies have shown that rats exposed to the cell phone frequency of 890-900 MHz for one hour per day for 28 days were found to have a significant decrease in the number of these critically important GABA producing brain Purkinje cells. The cells had been destroyed!10
In GABA’s role in ‘putting the brakes on’ brain excitation, lies one of the body’s primary avenues of promoting relaxation, enabling us to stay peaceful and calm. It’s inhibitory action helps impulse control.
Perhaps then unsurprising that GABA been associated with another rising trend- children with ADHD(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Reduced GABA activity has been identified in children who are diagnosed with ADHD.11
What’s more, recent studies have found that abnormal functioning of GABA producing nerve cells plays a role in many neuropsychiatric disorders, where sufferers display altered social behaviours, such as those found in people with autism and Rett syndrome (a neuro- developmental disorder that is part of the autism spectrum).12,13,14
Serotonin, brain happy hormone, which is increased by use of drugs like, ‘Prozac’, will affect not only moods but sleep. This is because Serotonin is actually converted to melatonin. This explains why depressed people often have sleeping disorders, and vice versa. Usually they don’t sleeping enough or well, occasionally the opposite – over sleeping. So anything affecting serotonin will also have a negative effect on brain function, as good quality sleep and all the benefits derived from this will be affected.
Children’s behavioural problems
Radiation form mobile technology has been found to affect kids. In a large study, over 13,000 mothers and their children who were monitored both during pregnancy and after delivery for exposure to cell phone radiation. The researchers found a higher score for over- all behavioral problems in the children who were exposed to cell phone use, and concluded:
“Exposure to cell phones prenatally—and, to a lesser degree, postnatally—was associated with behavioral difficulties such as emotional and hyperactivity problems around the age of school entry.”15
Four years later, these same researchers examined the results of a larger, different group of children to see if they obtained the same results. Examining 28,000 children, they again found there were behavioral problems at age 7 years- old in those children who had both prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phone radiation.16
DNA – our blueprint
DNA, at the core of every gene and cell in our body, are exquisitely sensitive to light frequencies. We have only recently discovered in the past few years that DNA actually emit photons of light. The DNA are of course our genetically inherited blueprint, determining every small detail about us, from shape, size, brain structure and enzyme functioning.
The DNA ‘code’ for proteins, therefore control which enzymes are made. Enzymes control every biochemicalreaction in our body. This couldn’t be more important.
However it’s become obvious that our DNA are much more than simple genetic blueprints. At the cutting edge, we believe that they act rather like the conductors in an orchestra, subtly organising and fine-tuning the many instruments (cells and organs) in which they are embedded.
In Alzheimer’s there is a shrinkage in the memory processing -hypothalamus-part of the and also there is a general loss in synaptic connections throughout the brain.
.Less synapses means….well….less brain power. A shutting down. Not a surprise that the hallmark of the disease is a shutting down of emotions, a flatness and lack of joy, or depression. Of course in later stagesthis can change to agitation and aggression, often worsening of dusk, a symptom we call sundowning.
A marked increasing of agitation towards dusk is called the ‘Sun Downing Effect’. Suddenly, the sufferer will pace anxiously round the room. Having been quite content all afternoon, they are suddenly besieged by fears and worriesThis effect is actually related not so much the passing of time but to the quality of changing light in the evening.
It appears the disease is very light sensitive….
We can see this sundowning effect as a real metaphor for the disease. A disease of darkness involves shutting down of pleasures both as a memory or in present time. In the end of the day, with no memory of social connections or of the son or wife we trust, we can no longer feel safe. The sufferer becomes increasingly fearful as they perceive the darkness closing in…
The whole worldview changes from a playground of possibilities to an alien landscape to be newly negotiated in every moment. The sun no longer illuminates the soul, revealing the rawness of an isolated human life without memories of friendships, bonds and trust. It’s a dark place at best of wariness and at worst rabid fears fill a void of loneliness where life is reassessed and renegotiated new in every moment.
In short, there’s not much light about life any more.
Brian subtle light connections
Brain waves really do exist – as light waves in the frequency of 4-40Hz, alpha, beta, theta, delta and gamma waves. Each is a different speed, associated with different states of consciousness, form deep sleep (delta) , to every day talking (alpha) more stress (beta), to ecstasy (Gamma) . Gamma wavesare of special interest as in the past 3years associates with treatment of the amyloid plaque in the brain of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Gammaare small fast waves in the electromagnetic spectrum of around 40 Hz. They are produced in the thalamus, and sweep over the brain and back again in 40 secs. They are famous for giving us feelings of compassion, oneness, abundance and peace. They also produce a state of improved memory and learning ability, and focus. In gamma our brain processing speed is hugely increased, as is the ability to recall the information. In the gamma state, your brain is able to process all sensory information faster and more fully with greater sensitivity, and reform the whole experience into a highly memorable one. People with high gamma activity have amazing recall and will recount everything about a memorable event – the food they ate, the music they heard, the conversations, the names of people they met, etc. Senses are enhanced with improved visions and taste.
Brain waves to the rescue?
Studies in the past 3 years have also shown that applying these gamma waves to the Alzheimer’s brain reduces the amyloid plaque associated with the disease. The 40Hz light reduced amyloid in mice that had not yet suffered deposits in their visual cortex, and reduced plaque load in old mice. We await the results of more trials, but it sounds like it’s light rescuing light!3
Light, the smallest unit of which is a photon, is vital to the human body in so many ways. We’ll go into this in detail, as anything that maintains light communication will help protect our brains. Light comprises the colour spectrum from red to violet, also infrared, x-rays, gamma waves and more. There are all different frequencies (speeds and wavelengths) of the electromagnetic spectrum.
We know our eyes are light sensitive only recently have scientist discovered how much and in how many different ways. Our eyes are extraordinary light sensitive, with the light photon- detecting retina at the back of the eyeball having the capability of detecting the smallest possible particle of light . As expected a large percentage of light entering the eye is involved in actually seeing – light being processed and relaying information to our brain’s visual centres from retina through optic nerve.
Howevernot all of this light we see is used in vision. A significant percentage gets relayed from the back of the eye to the brain’s hypothalamus glad. This is one of the most important parts of the body! It’s called a ‘master gland’ for a reason. Biologically there is little that this hypothalamus gland does not do. It regulates women’s fertility cycles, our growth hormone, tissue fluid balance and blood pressure,as well as stress hormones such as adrenalin.
This light regulation is essential in the animal kingdom: elephant seals limit their ovulation to a tiny two week period in the year as all babies need to be born in the very short period of mild weather, or else they would simply die. Their fertility needs to be in sync with changing light that indicates the seasonal temperature shifts.
THE DISTURBED CIRCADIAN CYCLE IN ALZHEIMER’S
Melatonin, Circadian Rhythm and Biological Cycles
One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s is extreme destruction of the sleep wake cycle. Sufferers don’t feel sleepy till the early hours of the morning, or even dawn, then don’t get into deep sleep. Alternatively, they many sleep fitfully at night, falling asleep at odd times in the day. This is of vital importance as generally, as physiologists know that the quality of both human health and performance depends on the synchronization of the major 24-hour rhythms. Firstlythe rhythms controlling core body temperature, REM dream sleep and plasma cortisol. Secondlywith another, 90- minute rest-activity or sleep-wake rhythm which is involved in slow-wave sleep, skin temperature, and plasma growth hormone.
In the past decade we’ve also discovered a small pathway extending from the hypothalamus to a tiny brain organ called the Pineal Gland. Every decade we find out more about this vitally important organs that’s only the size of a walnut.
Without our scientific knowledge but perhaps with some kind of esoteric wisdom, even thousands of years ago our ancestors referred to the Pineal as ‘Seat of the Soul.’ Because of this, the Pineal is related to many complex and essential processes in our body.
What we do know is that this gland is super light sensitive as being the gland that secretes Melatonin, hormone of sleep-wake cycle and circadian rhythms. These circadian rhythms are regular cycles essential to animals, not only regulating the sleep cycle, but preparing animals for the changing seasons. Horses need to start growing a thick winter coat as the days become longer, however need to start the process before the weather cools. Their biology is linked to the changing patterns of light, and melatonin secretion.
Hormones like melatonin can only do their work in the body when they attach to their specific receptors in the cells where their action is needed. Melatonin, also triggered by changing light patterns, is the key that fits in the lock(cell receptor) to open the door of biological action.
We have found these receptors all over the body, highlighting the important part Melatonin plays as a biological catalyst. Melatonin receptors have been found not only in the brain, but also in the retina of the eye, cardiovascular system, liver, gallbladder, intestines, kidney, immune cells, fat cells, prostate and breast epithelial cells, ovary cells, uterine lining, as well as the skin. Our bodies only have ‘locks’ for the melatonin if it’s active in that area, which goes to show the importance of this light reactive hormone
If anything interferes with melatonin levels there would be many serious consequences considering this hormone Melatoninis found in almost every organ, performing important roles for each organ system’s optimal functioning.4The importance of these internal clocks cannot be emphasised enough as we are seeing more and more research suggesting that disruption of the circadian cycle may contribute to the health issues of the 21st century- cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Blind men see… blue light
In the past few years researchers discovered a third type of retinal eye cell. The retina at the back of the eye contains rods and cone cells for black/white night vision or colour. Entirely unknown up to now, newly discovered ipRGC – intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cells -have a different function to the normal rod and cone cells. They seems that rather than being involved in the visual process, they are more concerned with circadian activity. They are the reason that blind people, when moving through different time zones, can somehow adjust their own circadian rhythm, cortisol secretion and sleep wake cycle .These special retinal cells contain melanopsin pigment, which is super sensitive to blue light, much more than other colours.
Blue light causing the blues?
It’s important here to remember at this point that artificial lighting, LED etc, as well as phones and computers tend to emit excess blue lightin comparison to the full, natural light spectrum of colours.
So here are two connectionsto Alzheimer’s. First, excess blue light disrupt the circadian functions, in different organs, as mentioned. Also, these light sensitive retinal eyecells are also thought to be involved in mood regulation, through their brain connections to the brain’s limbic and mood-regulating regions, such as the medial amygdala.5,6
Sleep, as we know, is when the body’s repair and restoration happens. The brain does its daily ‘defrag clean up’ in deep sleep. All the debris that’s built of during the day is removed in a bit of brain dry cleaning. Good quality sleep is one of the factors we know to protect us against Alzheimer’s and we also know that Melatonin is well known for its function in assisting with obtaining the deep reparative sleep the human body needs.
The brain Is not a large organ, only 5% of our total body weight, but houses over 60% of active genes! (When we talk about genes being active or ‘switched on’ , it meansthey are producing proteins which will go on to influencing essential functions in the body)
Proteins form the internal machinery within brain cells and the connective tissue between brain cells. They also control the chemical reactions that allow brain cells to communicate with each other.
DNA have a rather strange, helix spiral structure. This structure is well known to any engineered to be the perfect shape for inductance. That is an electrical engineering term for changing, influencing and producing energy and surrounding structures .. generally electrical to magnetic energy. In other words, DNA have the structure to effect change in other tissues around them. They have the ability – by means of their released light photons – to store, receive and send information. Each photon of light is a tiny package full of all the information we need to survive. Imagine a silicon chip but more tiny and powerful.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MATTER TO US?PHOTOBIOMODULATION
Photobiomodulation is the term recognizing the effect of photon of light affecting or healing biological tissue.
If our DNA are sending electromagnetic light signals to other cells and organs then we can be affected by other light electromagnetic signals. This concept is not knew to medicine – in fact for decades doctors have been using various forms of light(or electromagnetic energy) in therapies and also diagnostically- for example using CAT and MRI scanners.
Using light to heal tissue has quite a provenance. Medical student still take ‘The Hippocratic Oath’, without perhaps realizing that Hippocrates, ‘Father of Medicine’, born in 460BCE, hugely advocated light therapies. He recommended it for many illnesses including rickets although he had none of our scientific knowledge regarding these illnesses. He also knew how to access different frequencies of the EM spectrum by filtering natural light through crystals, to apply to wounds. Stretching even further back into history, the other ancient people who put great store on light and colour healing were the ancient Egyptians. They used light in many ways, including filtering different faction of the light spectrum to shine on the affected part, as well as through the eyes, believing that the different colour frequencies of light would have different effects on disease.
In medical treatment,various forms of light are used in a number of ways. Scandinavians, living through long winters need to use light box machines to boost brain happy hormone levels. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a mild depression because of lack of production of brain happy hormones. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin are exquisitely light sensitivity.Light is used in different specialties – dermatologists using it in skin disorders such as psoriasis, various electromagnetic frequencies by physiotherapists, and the OBGYN using blue lights on jaundiced newborn babies, when the specific blue light frequency alters the liver enzyme activity.
Nobel Winning Science:
I’m sure the ancient people didn’t know the science for which Furchgott, Ignarro and Muradreceived the Nobel prize for medicine in 1998. They described
the effect of visible (natural) frequencies of light on blood in relaxation of blood vessel walls. (We tend to think only of the skin thermal warming or burning effects of light, however it does actually penetrate epidermal skin layers and blood vessels. ) This research involved the chemical Nitric Oxide, an important blood constituent that works to control bodily stress reactions The light will relax the blood vessels, this happening via an increases in blood Nitrous Oxide. Medically this is relevant with relation to hypertension (stats here and more details/) and other cardiovascular disorders.
So it’s really true that absorbing light by sunbathing relaxes us not just mentally but also physically.
For example – under shock or stress we shut off ‘peripheral’ blood circulation to hands and feet so it can be used more in heart and lungs, ready to fight or run. So, we get cold hands and feet. The stress response actually starts off some reactions when constrict the blood vessels, reducing blood flow, and at the same time this constriction raises blood pressure.17?
Use light to energize your personal powerhouse- the mitochondria and chronic fatigue
Actually the light has been proven to have a very deep healing effect indeed – in the very core of the cell – the mitochondria. Strangely, mitochondria are of bacterial, rather than human origin, however couldn’t be more important as they are the cell’s powerhouses. The little spiral shaped structures, thousands in every cell, manufacture our basic unit of energy – ATP.
When lasers were first invented in the 60s a Hungarian physicist called Meisner was surprised to see that they healed wounds in his mice. The concept that human body, like plants, would be so sensitive to light was a strange and foreign concept. With little of the planetary awareness we have now, scientists wouldn’t even think of an association between humans and nature. It took Estonian Dr Tiina Karu to show that light stimulates ATP(our energy) production, therefore increasing metabolic energy. There were more knock -on healing effects as the light regenerated cellular DNA and increased cell division. Photo-bio-modulation was birthing!
Recently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was considered to be an illness of exclusion of any other disease as usually nothing was found diagnostically. Now, many casesare believed to be due to problems with APT production at the mitochondrialpowerhouse level. No ATP, no energy.
How is this important for the brain?
Since the brain cells – neurons – use most energy in the body, they have more mitochondria. Also, the mitochondria are clustered near the synapses, producing energy for all the communication and connections going on in a healthy active brain. Exactly what the Alzheimer’s patient loses.
At the end of 2018 an exciting discovery was made – Franck Polleux, PhD, a principal investigator at Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. found that the brain has a different shape of mitochondria from the other body’s cells! For brain cellular communication, a single axon can form thousands of individual branches, each of which is 50 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Tiny but important.
It turns out that Calcium is critical for brain activity in transmitting between these synapses. Mitochondria’s calcium uptake normally allows electrical signals to pass between cells, and these strange shaped mitochondria means a greater capacity to take up calcium at synapses. More brain communication! More synaptic activity.
ELECTROSMOG -AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
As we can’t feel or really feel the radiation from wi-fi, computers and phones, it’s really hard to believe it’s harmful. However we do know there’s an epidemic of cancers, ADHD, allergies, Alzheimers, but there’s so much else going on that’s bad, from food additives to plastics everywhere, we get overwhelmed and can’t sort the wheat from the chaff.
We’ve already touched on this’electrosmog’ issue with the GABA brain hormone research, and reduced melatonin, DNA and much more.
There is increasing evidence from any clinical trials that electromagnetic radiation such as Wi-Fi and for mobile phones and computers, is detrimental to human health. particularly in the case of mobile phones held near the brain. Classified by WHO as a type 2B carcinogen , this means that they are already known to be one of the factors which can cause cancers.
So, it seems like this is similar to the situation with smoking cigarettes, which were actually endorsed by the medical establishment when doctors recommended one brand over another in the 1940s. Now, of course, smoking is known to cause hundreds of types of cancers and other health issues, however we were slow to respond to this threat because….well.. people liked smoking. Also, of course, much vested financial interest.
I think the similarity to our present problem with electrosmog is obvious. As we can’t feel the radiation from wi’fi or phones, so really hard to believe it’s harmful.
We know there’s an epidemic of cancers, ADHD, allergies, Alzheimer’s, but there’s so much else going on that’s bad, from food additives to plastics everywhere, we get overwhelmed and can’t sort the wheat from the chaff. Proving causation is hard….aside from all he trials already done, actually proving it!
We’ve already touched on this’electrosmog’ issue with the GABA brain hormone research, and reduced melatonin.
‘Electrosmog’ is a wonderful term to describe the subtle and insidious effects radiation for the electronic tools in which we surround ourselves. Numerous studies have warned us about these environmental energies having an adverse effect on our vital DNA … it does seem like a no-brainer that subtle forms of electromagnetic light will have an effect on the subtle light emitted by our DNA.. but we now also have proof.
As a race, we have only been immersed in this haze of electromagnetic radiation for three decades, so the more subtle effects are difficult to quantify. We are more used to natural sources of radiation, such as from the sun, which appears to be more beneficial than harmful. Brain tumours may be the tip of the iceberg when we realize all the effects of the other forms of radiation on our health.
What you can’t see can’t harm you?
In 1847 in an obstetrics hospital ward in Vienna, Austria, a pioneering surgeon Ignaz Semmelweis noted that women’s death rate was 10% from infection in childbirth.. He decided that it was a good idea to use more than soap and water between doing the customary corpse dissection (easiest way to remember the anatomy on which you were about to operate!) and the next patient. There was no real rational for this, just a vague idea, as no one had discovered bacteria and made a scientific connection between putrid germ ridden old flesh from corpses and infection in the next (still alive!) patient. By hand washing in a chlorinated lime solution, something strange happened – his patient death rate dropped dramatically, especially compared to his dirty handed colleagues. From 10% to 23%. Nowadays less ten 0.1%.
However his surgical colleagues, brilliant men dedicated to helping their patients and committed to best practice, paid little heed, and thought it coincidence. They refused to believe lime hand washing should be part of surgical procedure. He was hounded out of his job, rejected and outcast. He got increasingly agitated in his efforts to inform his colleagues, and admitted to a mental asylum where he soon died. Ignaz Semmelweis had real evidence that his new hand washing technique was effective, however non one else listened. Why not?
It was has been now termed the Semmelweis reflex or “Semmelweis effect” – the reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs or paradigms.
Generally we have the ‘three stickers’ preventing our advancement in thought, especially journeys into ‘non physical’ reality.
Firstly, often people who think they like ‘scientific method’ and say they ‘want evidence’ however often only want the evidence that fits their own belief systems. The more strongly opinionated a person is, he more likely deeply entrenched in their own beliefs. After all, the most forward thinking and intelligent in 16th century society didn’t believe in Galileo’s theories, nor Copernicus insisting the Earth revolved round the Sun. There is a bias here in that the ‘thought leaders’ in the world tend of course to be highly educated people who have a lot in reputation to lose by going against popular opinion.
Also, it wasn’t convenient for them, and it meant changing their established practice.No one likes change.
Lastly, and most important, we can’t see bacteria. Seeing, after all, is believing. Generally what we can’t see is ignored or doesn’t exist. Or we believe it’s someone’s fantasy.
Seeing the light
As an example some people claim to see ‘auras’, coloured light fields around the human body. These people, usually female psychics or mediums, were generally trashed. However lately we have discovered that the body does emit an electromagnetic field of light about 6 feet around it. Scientists call it the ‘biofield’. This light is produced by the DNA, at the heart of every cell in the body. As this bodily light buffer is much weaker light than our eyes can pick up, it’s really hard to see and only some have this sensitivity, often because they have trained. As it’s in the light spectrum, it can exhibit all colours of the rainbow, so yes, often in different colours.
Similar scenario? We tend to dismiss as a fantasy something we can’t see and isn’t tangible. In many ways ‘non ordinary reality’ is ‘non believable reality’.
In fact the biophotons produced by the body appear, though faintly, within the visible spectrum, running from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nm.
As an interesting aside, very recently we have even discovered that a small percentage of us – all women – do have extra colour sensing abilities due to an extra coulour sensitive cone cells in their eye’s retina. In the past decade researchers have discovered that an estimated 12% of women are tetrachromic, with four colour receptors. A third of these women could actually see 10 million different colours, as oppose to the normal person seeing only a mere million!
Direction of current matters
it’s a complex research world, with different studies showing different things. Part of this is because of the nature of electromagnetic fields – they are directional. So the electrosmog effect depends on not only shape and size of cell, but direction of EMF. The axis – vertical/horizontal in which the field is applied.18
The research – EMF direction household current 19
Exposing human amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the fetus during development) cells to vertically generated 50 Hz (standard household current in U.S.) EMF creates no DNA damage, whereas horizontally applied EMF creates DNA damage (that showed up as abnormal cell division).20
Also, pulsings (on /off) are much worse for the tissues than continuous frequency. It seems like the body can get used to, adapt itself to a continual change. However it’s much more stressful to have on/off energetic assault, as is possibly the case with smart meters. The problem with these utility meters is that they constantly transmit micro-pulses every minute or more. More research shows that our DNA can repair if ‘given a rest’ for even 2 hours, however these meters just don’t do that.
Published in 2009, doctors Martin Blank and Reba Goodman from Columbia University in New York, showed that EMF in both ELF (extremely low frequency) and radio frequency (RF) radiation all interacted with sDNA inducing a stress response. The RF range also induced breaks in the DNA strands as well. The doctors warned that EMF safety limits must be changed.21
In 2011, these same researchers showed that DNA acts as an antenna, and were capable of reacting across a wide EMF frequency range. This interaction between the DNA and the EMF in the environment led them to hypothesize that EMF radiation could be contributing to the increases in cancers that are being seen.22
Researchers in 2013, in the journal ‘Ecotoxology and Enviromental safety’, noted damage to the thymus gland (produces immune cells) after EMF exposure, which did not repair. They said, ‘Collectively, our results reveal that 940MHz can alter the structure of DNA. The movement of electrons in DNA by EMF may lead to structural changes and separation of DNA23.
Scientists also exposed human trophoblast cells (cells that attach a fertilized egg to the uterine wall and become the placenta) to continuous wave of 1.8 GHz (1800 MHz) for up to 24 hours and found no damage. However, they found different results when exposing them to pulsing (non-continuous) radiation. Cells exposed for 16 and 24 hours to 1.8 GHz GSM with intermittent exposure of 5 minutes on and 10 minutes off had significant increases in DNA damage. (This on/off cycle would be closer to how a cell phone is actually utilized.) Once the damaged cells were removed from the radiation they were able to repair within 2 hours. The researchers concluded that their data suggest the normal use of even old fashioned 2G GSM phones has the ability to harm our cellular DNA.24,25
This study shows that if the offending radiation is stopped for 2 hours, DNA may be able to repair.
Barriers breached – -Leaky Brain Syndrome?
The body’s barriers are the cell membranes – walls set up to be permeable only to essential cell nutrients. The membranes are specially designed to also allow the flow of waste out. The cells manage this feat by using a gate-keeping system based on electromagnetic light potential. The cell wall electrical voltage changes according to the calcium concentration. Hence the name, ‘Calcium gate’. This gate is essential to proper cell electromagnetic function. Things going wrong here are one of the causes of migraines, epilepsy and chronic pain syndromes.
We are now familiar with ‘leaky gut syndrome’, where the inflamed gut lining mistakenly absorbs gut waste products, unable to discriminate between these and nutrients. In the same way the cell barrier can be compromised in any organ, including the brain. The effect of cell walls in the brain being more leaky than normal is difficult to quantify, and of course depends on degree, however I think we can all recognize that it’s not a good thing. It most certainly leads to inflammation, which is the beginnings of the Alzheimer’s disease.
Calcium is critical for brain activity, including for transmitting between synapses. Mitochondria’s calcium uptake normally allows electrical signals to pass between cells.
One of the other main functions in this calcium gate is in cellular communication, which in the brain means everything.
It’s a complex biological scene, but there are many important functions of calcium in the body which only work when the concentrations are maintained in a very narrow range. Studies have shown that this delicate balance is disrupted by EMF exposure—a disruption that can create a multitude of biological and health issues26,27. When the normal balance of calcium is altered, its many life preserving functions are endangered. This essential mineral is required metabolically for enzymatic reactions, glucose metabolism, and also for the ability of the muscles to work. Importantly, calcium is also required for proper life supporting cell-to-cell communication, also neurologically for nerve cells to react normally.
Unfortunately, studies are showing that EMF radiation activates this calcium gate in the cell membrane, which leads to an abnormal increase in the concentration of calcium inside the cell28,29. Also, researchers have identified that radio frequency exposure actually changes the way calcium works in the brain, possibly creating brain injury, with neuronal loss and damage observed in the cerebellum, basal ganglia and hippocampus30.
Membrane barriers in the body are really important organs, essential for the survival of the species. Not only the brain, but eyes, and essential to our reproductive success in testiclesand ovaries. Declining fertility another story and is yet another woe of the 21st century!
Toxic eggs and shrinking brains
One of the most toxic things known to brain neurons is what we may think of as a harmless protein – albumin – such as in egg white. We’re familiar with those allergic to eggs not being able to have certain vaccines containing albumin, as this molecule really creates immune allergic reactions. Fortunately the integrity of the blood brain barrier cell layer prevents any foodstuffs entering.
Or does it?
In 2015 Swedish neurosurgeon Dr Leif Salford, professor at the University of Lund, showed that exposure to low level radiation from wireless devices caused albumin leakage and the blood-brain barrier to open for 2 weeks and more. The rats were exposed to wireless radiation for 2 hours daily, and after a monthhad impaired memory and timing (your classic bad driver!). Before 2 months their brain’s hippocampus had shrunk.
One commonality in the brains of late stage Alzheimer’s is shrinkage of the hippocampus(related to memory)
What was interesting was experimenters found a complex situation with relation to harmful energy frequencies. It turned out the brain was more sensitive to low level frequencies. It appeared that the Blood -Brian barrier became most vulnerable at 1/1000 to 1/10000 of the energy of a mobile phone antennae….doesn’t sound like much right? This was an energy of 0.2-0.4 mwatt/kg. However, if you hold your phone 1.4 cm from your head, you’ll get 0.1 mwatt in the outer brain cortex, 0.001 inside..
Also, and here is the kicker – we know from the massive body of energy medicine research that the body is super sensitive to low energy fields.
Another study the same year confirmed the leakage of the blood-brain barrier from EMF and memory loss due to the exposure. This time 3 hours daily at a level – 900 MHz – well below current safety standards. Similar results, including the brain’s shrinking hippocampus.25,31
We are all different in our reactions to external pressures, whether it be emotional stress, environmental pollutants or those who are so sensitive that they actually ‘feel’ a dental x-ray.
Dr Andrew Tresidder in the UK is at the leading edge of diagnose and treating his patients who suffer from electrosensitivity (ES). They react badly to our man made radiation, causing a variety of symptoms from chronic fatigue to migraines.
“ Prevalence: some people suffer from Electrosensitivity to a severe and incapacitating degree, which affects less than 1% of the population, whilst moderate may affect up to 3-5%, and mild 20-30%. Please see: The Austrian Medical Association EMF Guidelines32, and also Chapter 47 “Electrosensitivity: Sources, Symptoms and Solutions” by Tresidder and Bevington, in Textbook of Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine, 2nd ed., Paul Rosch, 201533.
Electrosensitivity is an under-recognised illness in the Western world. However, since the 1930s it has been recognised by Russia and the former Eastern Bloc countries, and also by the US in Naval Medical research34
It did not exist before mains current was used. Now that many people are being exposed to radio frequency transmissions, both in and outside the home and workplace, the number of people who fall ill because of this will rise. Current sufferers, if able to obtain a correct diagnosis, are likely to be seen in retrospect as the canaries, the early messengers of problems. ES appears to be a disability caused by environmental pollution, and may be a useful warning sign for society of a problem. For an interesting view on this, with research based upon many years of government activity from the 1950s on, see http://www.radiationresearch.org/10-uncategorised/336-wifi-a-thalidomide-in-the-making-who-cares . The whole area may be an inconvenient truth, and sometimes it is easier to discredit the messenger than to honestly investigate forwards. It is not yet taught about at medical school or to PostGrads and therefore is unlikely to be diagnosed by most GPs or Hospital Specialists at present. In two or three years’ time, the picture is likely to be different regarding medical knowledge and expertise. This is a new area of disability that is explicitly recognised in Canada, Sweden and the USA, and is becoming more and more important”.
TOP TIPS – ELECTROSMOG PREVENTION
As much as you can, reduce EMF exposure. Almost impossible nowadays of course, but you can control you and your children’s environment.
- Be clear on the number of things irradiating you. Wi-fi, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, bluetooth, cordless home phones.
- Limit the number of electromagnetic fields in the home. This means wi-fi. As much as possible try to have wired rather than wireless electronic devices. Printers, computer mouse, computer (does anyone remember the rather weird wordword ‘ethernet’ cable ?) My prediction will be that they will be reinvented. A certain brand of vacuum cleaner is now boasting that it’s wireless..!!why?
- Timers fit into electrical sockets to switch off Wi-Fi when not using it. Especially when you’re trying to get that all important quality sleep! Pets will appreciate. Also, it’s good to stop the kids using it when you can’t monitor content.
- Go wired.Go back to the wired home telephone as opposed to cordless home phone. They have the same issues as mobile phones.
- Reduce use of mobiles, and try to use land lines when possible. Keep calls short.
- Find airplane mode in your smartphone. You will find you can write and send your emails, do social media, etc, off line. You can save yourself hours of radiation by doing this, and they will all be sent when you decide to go back on line. Switching to ‘airplane mode’ suddenly gives you back control of your life, as people can’t email or call till you are free. A much more efficient way of working!
- Hand free ear sets are essential so you don’t have the phone right next to your brain. Protect the testicles – lap not good either!
- Distance yourself as much as possible from devices. Laptops on a cushion on your lap. Phones not held on body. Handbag, or on car seat beside you.
- Protection– There are a few devices on the market which have scientific proof of actually being effective in building up your own electromagnetic field so that it provides more of a buffer to foreign frequencies. I know the one I’ve been using for years works and is recommended by other MDs. Further details on my website,.www.susanjamieson.com. I’m sure there are lots of good things out there, but this is what I have used and recommended for a long time, so I personally know it works. It’s used on the back of a watch, on phone, computers and Wi-Fireutter.I have seen proof of how effective these tools can be, examining red blood cells under the microscope before and after call phone radiation, and have seen how they protect the blood.
- Enlighten yourself! Guides on building up the light ‘bank balance’ at the end of the chapter. The better shape you are in with regard to light connections, the less your brain will suffer.
We seem to have got it wrong on both a health and economic level. Worldwide, artificial lighting uses up 20% of electricity supplies however it is estimated that 30% of this lighting energy is wasted.
As human beings we have come along way from living with the natural rhythms of the solar cycle when we would be regularly bathed in the full spectrum of sunlight. This sunlight of course would contain all the colours of the rainbow, unlike LED or fluorescent lights.Unfortunately it’s only the now outlawed energy inefficient bulbs designed by Edison that had more or less the light spectrum, therefore more natural. A risk from both these lights is Blue Light Hazard (BLH), which is a cumulative toxic effect that builds up through life, causing damage such as macular degeneration. Both LED and fluorescent light have a spectra which peaks at around 430nm, right in the BLH zone. Actually sunlight also has a peak here, but this is totally counteracted by the healing infrared fraction of the sun’s radiation.
Considering the body is exquisite sensitivity to various forms of light, It would be foolish to ignore the possibility that being in the full spectrum light is good for our health. We have discussed electromagnetic brain impulses; DNA radiating photons of light; calcium gate voltages on cells allowing nutrients to enter, and the sensitivity to light of hormones such as serotonin and melatonin. We also know that enzymes in our body are triggered by signals of light, so sensitive to the frequencies of light that the difference in light colour can be enormous.
As we discussed-our bodies are hardwired to secrete melatonin in the evening, and we also know that this is inhibited by blue light in particular.
The human body is a master transformer of light..
A little bit of eye anatomy is necessary here!
The eye and brain transform the different energies of light and colours as necessary. The retinal layer of cells at the back of the eyeball captures the light, changing it to chemical energy, then back again to electromagnetic to be passed along the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the brain.The brain then makes what it will out of this received information. Light is perceived and the brain makes up an image that is personal, which is why people often can’t agree on a colour, or have conflicting memories of events form the past. Even in clear daylight, a group of people will never have identical memories of an accident they all saw.
There are actually four different pathways for colours in light to access the brain and each path has a slightly different function.Firstly – the main pathway – which is light energy coming through the optic nerve at the back of the eyeball to the visual cortex at the back of the brain. Nerve signals are then sent to many brain areas involved in visual recognition as well as the areas influencing emotion such as midbrain, the limbic system and amygdala.
The newly discovered intrinsically ‘photosensitive retinal ganglion cells’ (ipRGC) In the eyeball are more sensitive to blue than other colours and are involved in biological circadian rhythms. The other two light pathways are the sub cortical and accessory optic track. The former connects the eyes directly with the brain’s superior colliculus, an area involved in unconscious processing of emotional stimulus35. This ancient pathway is another indicator the we unconsciously process emotional stimuli through vision, promote specific neurophysiological changes that then influence our conscious behaviour!In other words, we don’t know why we act as we do!
The accessory optic tract connects the eye’s retina directly with the brainstem – a part which regulates heart rate and breathing as well as quality of alertness and sleep.
It can be seen in these different ways that the colours we see are involved in complex sophisticated pathways from eye to brain, all in different ways affecting our emotions. The emotional impact of colour is not new to us, as we’re aware of differing reactions to art, or finding green relaxing but red energizing. The whole fashion industry is aware of this, and designers work within certain parameters to ensure calmness in the bedroom, conviviality in dining area, etc.
However it also explains why an imbalanced ( not full natural spectrum) light source may be specially bad for our sleep and general well-being. This may be from artificial lighting or too much phone or computer use, as their screens emit excess blue light.
Also considering that the newly discovered ip retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) which are super sensitive to bluelight are the very ones Involved in both the sleep wake cycleand in emotional regulation, we can make an obvious connection between artificial light and Alzheimer’s.
Our Connection To Nature
It’s been postulated that many of our ‘modern’ disease of ageing such as Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, diabesity, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and many more, are associated with both our sedentary lifestyles under artificial lighting, as well as disconnection to the healing benefits of nature. It seems like with every decade, and especially with the advances in IT, this may be worsening.
Times have changed and we’re not going to go back into a world where we all work outside in natural lighting. However it’s interesting to note than it’s only been in the past decade or two that there has been a general appreciation of the importance of nature. We are realizing, much as our hunter gatherer forebears did, that our survival as a species depends on our abilities to be in a harmonic, mutually beneficial relationship with the planet.
Older cultures have always known the health benefits of being in nature, however only in the past few years has it been advocated in our Western medical society and wellness benefits appreciated.
In China we call being in trees/nature ‘having a green bath’. The meaning is literally to feel you are absorbing the light energies of nature in which you are surrounded. Whether we choose to call this effect it’s ‘relaxing’ or ‘peaceful’ the bottom line is that we allow the body-mind to harmonize with the specific frequencies in nature .
In JapanShinrin Yokumeans ‘forest bathing’ and is spreading round the world. Ancient Greeks practiced, ‘Heliotherapy’, and had solariums described by Herodotus (The ‘Father of History’) as highly recommended by people wishing to regain their health.
A world of possibilities
In conferences I’ve noted everyone likes to think ‘Ah-ha, I’ve found the answer, and it’s my theory of consciousness’. Whilst such passion and conviction is great, our body-brain is such an incredibly sophisticated complex organism, In fact that there are many ways it functions, interacts with consciousness, consciousness interacts with itself, our consciousness with nature, etc. Certainly many more, and in a much more complex way, than our limited minds could understand. Not one way.
As an example, when our eyes are assessing colour they make use of only 3 types of colour detecting retinal cone cells, which perceive red, blue, green. We manage with these 3 but other creatures have more – bees can also detect ultra-violet, making flower surfing an easier task Birds have 2 receptors for ultraviolet frequencies,. Mantis shrimps (the alien looking ones with goggly eyes) have up to 16 colours receptors! What a wild psychedelic world these weird little creatures must have!
Women are different from men in this regard..12% have an extra type of ‘cone’, and a third of these women with it structured so it enables them to see 9 million times more colours! These well endowed girls are able to discriminate between an unbelievable number of shades – a sophistication that’s difficult to imagine and also to rationalize as it doesn’t seem particularly useful. However it’s likely there are many attributes to out human mind-body that are equally complex, and whose potential functions we have not yet discovered.
Briefly! Scientific mechanisms of nature connection to the brain and emotions
Whilst in nature, by the simple act of vision we unconsciously allow the specific colour frequencies into our brains. What we perceive as a ‘nice green’, is subtly affecting all our brain areas, as mentioned. It’s almost impossible to quantify the impact as each brain area is not isolated from the rest, with millions of synaptic connections radiating light information on the superhighway constantly. The body-brain is actually responding to the specific frequency of light contained in the colour frequencies. Yes we have these pleasant feelings of peace, wellbeing, contentment, however these feelings are a felt sense reflection of our innate interconnectedness to nature.
There are few people who have not had a ‘non ordinary reality moment’ in nature. Transcendent feelings of peace, interconnectedness, or inspiration are common stories.
Similar themes are found in the musical world – we feel transported, energized, or elevated. Of course the connection is the wave -as both light or colour are made of waves.Wave properties are similar, so light waves, like musical sound waves,can harmonize, resonate, and make magic!
Science of light in nature – Electromagnetic
In our body, the cells and enzymes are regulated by electromagnetic frequencies, the heart radiates a powerful magnetic field around the body – the biofield. Both organs and cells have electrical polarity and voltages, and the brain many EM and local electrical phenomena. (These are cell voltage, calcium gates and more.) We stand on a planet with a huge rotating iron core – basically a dynamo. Therefore to believe that there is an energy connection is not so extraordinary.
Trees and plants also radiate electromagnetic energy. As we know they grow, and are living organisms. Not so different from us, but slower(!) they move from toxins, towards foods, communicate with each other and select out ‘family’ to nurture. Research has found that they actually have five senses, so it’s becoming harder to discriminate the difference between trees and animals! In a way, our partners in life, providing us with life giving oxygen, and soaking up our excretory carbon dioxide.
As creatures of this Earth, who are sustained by air, abundance from the fields and waters of lakes, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we are at our most healthful when harmonizing with nature.
When we recognize all this evidence of EM energy we need to remember the 19th century experts in physics. Einstein, fascinated by the nature of light, had on his walls photos of Maxwell, Faraday and Henry: the Scott, Englishman and American who demonstrated EM energies and inductance. Inductance is the ability of an electrical charge running through a conductor to induce a force in a nearby conductor. In other words, one electromagnetic source can affect another. Not only that, but change and cause movement in the other. I always remind people that our DNA, in every one of a trillion cells, are in the perfect shape of conducting EM energy – a spiral coil.
Science of light –wave physics:
One of the outcomes of overlapping waves is similar to the ripples formed when 2 stones are dropped into a pond. This results in a criss-cross ‘interference pattern’. The thing about light is that as well as being a particle (photon) it is a wave. When one wave touches another, the opportunity for information transfer is not only restricted to the point of crossing, but information from the whole wave is accessed.
Science of light – Holographism:
Again, if we imagine a 3-D version of the 2 pebbles dropped in a pond, with a criss- crossing matrix….when this is formed by light waves, it becomes a standing wave, and therefore hologram. Now we have greater understanding of the nature inspired poet Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said,
‘To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.’
With a hologram, every small part is a representative of the whole. So in connecting the energy of one tree, perhaps we gain access to a whole larger Universe..
Science of light – Photons and non- locality
Now we have discovered that DNA release photons, a whole new vista of connections open up. Entanglement was called ‘Spooky action at a distance’, by Einstein.It’s the property of two photons, perhaps at the other side of the Earth, to be somehow connected to each other without communication between them. NO wires, no messages, no EM communication, simply entangled.So, his is another way that he energy of one living being is affected by that of another.
Light effect on the skin:
Thereis much in ancient history about the use of light in healing,
however now modern scientists have no doubt that the transdermal (light on skin) method works. Since the 60s Jaundiced babies have been saved from death by being bathed in 490 nm wavelength blue light. Researchers have even found that shining blue light behind patients’ knees significantly altered their circadian rhythm36.
The mechanism of light working on skin has been known for some time – it can penetrate several layers of the epidermis and then through the capillaries. Here in the blood stream it’s absorbed by haemoglobin, which is one of the most light-sensitive molecules. Then the blood circulates this light through the circulation everywhere in the body. Different wavelengths penetrate to different degrees, however infra-red penetrates into our bodies most. Not a surprise that thisis the main light frequency we get from the sun…
Previously mentioned, that the effect of visible (natural) frequencies of light on blood is relaxation of blood vessel walls causes increases in blood Nitrous Oxide, which has the effect of actually relaxing our vascular system.
What even more interesting is that that our blood’s haemoglobin, carrying the life giving oxygen through our body, is similar to chlorophyll in structure. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants needed for photosynthesis – grasping the light of the sun and miraculously converting it into chemical energy in the plant. Both haemoglobin and chlorophyll are incredibly sensitive to light and the molecular structure actually reversibly altered by light. It’s a lovely thought that we are closer to nature than we had realized!
TOP TIPS LIGHTING
- Before sleep limit use of phones and computers
- Turn down the blue on your phone or computer
- Blue tone blockingglasseswhen using electronic devices
- Natural lightingshould be used as much as possible
- Low flicker E.D. bulbs better (the brain is sensitive to pulsation)
- No dimmers – pulse width modulation rapidly switches off/on LED power supply to vary bulb brightness.
- Warm colour, not white-lights of around 2700K reduce risk of BLH by a quarter.
- Red bulb in the afternoon with an Alzheimer’s person helps ‘sundowning’
- Spend time outdoors daily. For circadian rhythm, photobiomodulation and vitamin D, and skin absorption.
Top tip – Build up the light bank
The agreed theory in Alzheimer’s is that the more you build up the bank balance -the synaptic connections in your brain- the less important will be the inevitable brain cell loss of ageing. This seems like a sensible plan, and studies on activities involving lots of left-right brain connectivity have shown a benefit.
Anything that makes the brain work in different ways to normal, thereby forming new neuronal connections, forms new synapses there building up brain collateral. Exercises include ‘non formulaic’ forms of dance, such as salsa and tango, as well as piano playing and knitting, Learning a new language is another example.
We now know so much about light in and affecting the brain, what can we do to build up the light balance?
Some of this is also in the Functional Medicine chapter, so I shall not repeat, in the areas of diet, exercise, balancing the gut microbiome and eliminating the body of toxins.
Specifically however, I am suggesting here exercises you can do everyday, on your own, are free and I can guarantee will make you feel more relaxed and happy! Based on light dynamics.
Imagining white light.The late Prof.Michael Persinger at the University of Laurentian, Canada, has done ground breaking work with studies showing that when we imagine white light, our brain actually radiates more light. We know that our brains radiate light constantly, however it’s increased when we consciously try to be light filled.Most ancient spiritual practices have exercises doing this I different ways, usually imagined through the top of the head.
So, try sitting and simply imagining this stream of pure, pristine white light pouring over you. Perhaps you may want to imagine this is your daily shower, or you are standing in nature under a waterfall. Imagine you’re standing in a waterfall or a shower of white light, poring over your head. It goes through your body cleansing it. It’s sparkling, shimmering, scintillating. Everything it touches is vibrating at its frequency, of perfection., See it filling your body-mind. The important thing is the visualization. Feel good. After all what we think, is real in our biology. We have a scary or stressful thought, our pulse and blood pressure immediately rise. If we are calm and meditating, they reduce, along with our respiratory rate. The body doesn’t care if it was real or not, but responds to thoughts and feelings.
Harness the power of Energy in Motion. E-motion
As humans, emotions are everything to us – our GPS guiding to us pleasant experience and away from dangerous. Intellectualism only gets us so far in life, and often leads to the numerous psychological problems such as the anxiety so prevalent in society. Feeling, on the other hand, actually leaves an imprint on not only the mind and body (this is explained in the science of psychoneuroimmunology) but also I believe, on the soul.
Anyone can do this, as everyone has the experience of the four feelings described below that can open the heart. By doing this we are connecting us holographically to the light fields in which we are embedded. Those of nature, those of the Earth, and perhaps also the Sun and Stars. It’s likely there is a ‘Russian Doll’ effect in one smaller energy having a place in the larger.
Embracing and living these positive emotions helps tune our brainwaves into specific frequencies that can empower us to connect to the realm of the quantum Universe where everything is possible.
Similar to turning the dial on a radio to tune into another channel, it doesn’t take much effort as the ‘movement’ is tiny. It takes feeling, intent, belief, and practice.
You don’t need to be a Buddhist or any other practice to simply feel. To the body, what we think is real, the same hormones and enzymes will be released when we imagine the emotions we felt in the past. After all, when we think of something scary, we release cortisol and adrenalin, and our pulse and blood pressure increase….emotions affect physiology and neurology.
The four Important positive emotions, along with the aspects upon which to focus, are
:Unconditional love. The love for your child, or puppy. Love that will still be there whether the recipient of your affections returns it or not. Not necessarily romantic love!
: Peace. A true contentedness, imagine he most peaceful you have ever felt, perhaps in nature. Sink into this remembered feeling until you become it.
:CompassionPracticing compassionhas been shown to increase those important gamma waves in the brain that can break down Amyloid. This doesn’t have to be so hard, involving changing your life to be a humanitarian (although in fact it may make that event more likely!). Just think,feel, about someone you love, like your child or dog. This stimulates love. From there it’s easy to be in com – passion, meaning ‘being with in pain’. This is how we feel when we hear about an earthquake or fire or other disaster, people losing everything they have and love. In that compassion we know that it could just have easily been us in that predicament. On a deeper level we know that in some ways, these people are us, as there is really no separation.
:Gratitude. This really is the golden key to opening a treasure chest of gems. We spend so much time worrying about what we don’t have, not enough remembering we have food, shelter, health, etc. Gratitude is the best and biggest form of giving – giving thanks!!
We spend much time chatting, drinking coffee or stressing, however spending just five minutes to focus and feel each emotion daily will activate the attractors in the Universe, and you’ll attract mini miracles in your life!
I believe that once we program our bodies to be in these emotional frequencies, that every cell is vibrating in perfect harmony.
In this state, it’s simply impossible for any disease to arise. The body-mind is totally congruent,and more, resonating with the soul to become an Earthly expression of the divine.
: Be The Light
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