A little while back, I finished an excellent book by Robert Becker MD called 'The Body Electric'. Dr Becker spent around three decades researching the effects of electricity, and electric currents on the body.
I hope to write about some of his discoveries in more detail in the future, but the key things that stood out from his research were:
- The human body is comprised of trillions of minute electrical impulses, and has its own electrical 'vibration'.
- This bioelectric 'vibration' fundamentally affects a number of physiological systems in the human body, from hormones, to healing, to cell division, and even, (potentially…) the regeneration of limbs (they pulled Bob Becker's funding, before he could explore that option further, for reasons to be discussed in a minute).
- As electrical beings, humans are vastly affected, on every mental and physical level, by the electromagnetic vibes they are subjected to.
To put this another way, Bob Becker's research was increasingly proving that things like radar waves, FM radio broadcasting frequencies, TV signals, microwaves (from microwave ovens) and the electrical frequencies emitted by computer LED screens were potentially doing some huge damage to human beings.
As he got closer and closer to conclusively proving this, the 'Powers that Be' promptly cut off all further funding for his research projects, effectively forcing Bob Becker into early retirement.
Becker was writing in the 1980s, at the very beginning of the huge technological revolution that's put a PC in every room, and an i-Phone in every hand. If he was worried about what was going on then, with electromagnetism, I shudder to think about what he'd say today.
Already, his research was pointing to the fact that ongoing exposure to electricity - even things as benign as hairdryers, ovens and lightbulbs - was potentially disrupting all sorts of systems in the human body, leading to increases in things like infertility, auto-immune diseases, mental illnesses, and the disease we're all paranoid about, cancer.
And the higher frequencies weren't always the ones causing the bigger problems. The very low frequencies that were closest to the human body's own electrical vibration had far more potential to 'confuse' the body into doing things against it's own best interests
Guess what: we're all subjected to huge amounts of that externally-produced 'low frequency' every second of the day, both at home and at work.
But Government and industry - and even, the medical profession itself - didn't want to know about Becker's misgivings. There was money on the line; there was 'progress' at stake; they weren't going to let some super-ethical scientist spoil the communication revolution by linking it to some very disturbing increases in human illness and disease.
God-willing, I'll write a few more posts over the next few weeks describing some of Becker's more fundamental points, and what it actually means practically, for you and your health, because there are some huge, and hugely surprising findings in the book that could transform the way you relate to maintaining your health.
But for now, I just wanted to mention that Jews have known for millennia that electricity, or 'chashmal', as it's called in Hebrew, may well be one of the keys to understanding creation.
At the beginning of the book of Ezekiel (Yehezkel, in Hebrew), the prophet describes his vision of the Heavenly Throne, a subject so lofty that not even the holiest Sages could really work it out (or at least, tell us about it). There, the word 'Chashmal' is mentioned multiple times in connection with God's glory- and there's a lot of electricity in the text, too, with Ezekiel talking about 'lightning' and 'flashes' and the 'appearance of brilliance' and 'fire'.
Do I know what it all means?
But what I can tell you is that electricity, in all its forms, is probably the single biggest impactor of human health, both for good and bad.
It can unleash the power of growth, healing and renewal in the human body, and it can also unleash the power of chaos, destruction and death.
So understanding electricity, and the role it plays in our health, is hugely important. But so is the recognition that not all electricity is created equal: the more 'holy chashmal' we have, the better it will go for us, and vice-versa.
Maybe, when our holy rabbis of generations past forbid TV viewing, internet use and mobile phones, they had a much deeper understanding of the true effects of electricity on human beings. It could be that even purely on the physical side of things, our rabbis were light years' ahead of the scientists, and had a much greater grasp of the 'big picture', scientifically, as well as spiritually, for all they were painted as being 'backwards' and 'primitive' by the enthusiastic proponents of the modern age.
It really makes you think, doesn't it?