The late Dr John Sarno, MD, was considered to be quite a maverick by the medical establishment. Over the last few decades of his life, his research and practice into the causes and cures of backache led him to the remarkable viewpoint that MOST of the body’s aches and pains were caused by EMOTIONAL ISSUES, and not physical wear-and-tear on the body.
Despite running a number of well-designed clinical trials which proved his thesis, and despite having thousands and thousands of ‘cured’ patients that the medical establishment had pretty much given up on, his peers in Western medicine still regarded Dr Sarno as something of a lunatic.
I mean, everyone knows that backaches (and hip aches, and neck aches and a few other things besides) only happen because of a physical cause or accident. The person strained themselves, stretched themselves, bent down funny, herniated a disk, wore-out a hip bone… Case closed, there’s nothing more to discuss.
Except…Western medicine is plain wrong on that score, as I’ve been going on about for years’ now, not least in a couple of my books: Talk to God and Fix Your Health: The Real Reasons Why We Get Sick and How to Stay Healthy, and How Your Emotions Are Making You Sick.
Chinese medicine and other reputable energy medicine practices like applied kinesiology have been making the link between ‘emotions’ and ‘physical health’ for millennia. But Western medicine, with its frankly lunatic need to see human beings as chemical compositions and bits of animated meat, has been so ‘anti’ the idea that a person’s emotions, or spiritual dimension, has anything to do with their physical health, that even medical doctors touting excellent research can’t really persuade them otherwise.
So, what is it that Dr Sarno actually says about it all?
(The best thing is to go and read one of his books, like ‘Healing back pain: the mind-body connection’, but let’s see if I can sum it up for you below).
CHRONIC BACK PAIN IS NOT USUALLY CAUSED BY STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS
First, he identified that in nearly all cases chronic back pain was NOT being caused by herniated disks, slipped disks, dissolving disks or other ‘structural’ issues. He discovered that in nearly all cases, a person’s back pain started up in response to some sort of notable stress, that got ‘somatized’ as back pain.
Somatization basically means that the human brain takes a big emotional pain that it doesn’t really want to deal with or face on the conscious level, and turns it into a physical pain instead.
He discovered that people were having massive attacks of debilitating back pain after having enormous problems at work, or in their marriages and families, or when someone they loved died, or when they were facing enormous financial issues, to name some of the most common reasons.
He also discovered that a particular type of person, one that he characterized as being ‘a worrier, overly-conscientious and responsible, compulsive and perfectionist’ was distinctly more prone to chronic and severe physical aches and pains.
But that still didn’t answer the question of HOW the body was transforming these ‘emotional pains’ into physical pains, which is the next question Dr Sarno set out to answer. He came up with what I’ll call a ‘Western Medical’ description of the problem, and identified a syndrome that he called Tension Myoneural Syndrome, or TMS for short.
He discovered that TMS could affect three different types of tissue:
He also discovered that most patients - 40% in one survey he conducted - believed that their chronic back pain began thanks to some sort of fall or physical accident that had happened a long time ago.
Sarno began to take issue with this belief, because as he notes in his book:
“Our body parts tend to heal very quickly when they are injured. Even the largest bone in the body, the femur, only takes six weeks to heal. And during that process, there is pain for only a very short time. It’s illogical to think that an injury that occurred two months ago might still be causing pain, not to mention one or two or ten years ago. And yet people have been so thoroughly indoctrinated with the idea of persistent injury that they accept it without question.”
So Sarno started to look for an alternative explanation for what was causing the feeling of pain. After many years of exploring the question, he came to the conclusion that oxygen deprivation and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) was at the root of the problem.
UNDERSTANDING THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS)
The autonomic nervous system, or ANS, is controlled by the primitive part of the brain that is responsible for all of the body’s involuntary functions, like breathing, digestion, heart-rate, sleep and - yes you guessed it! - the fight / flight / freeze / fawn stress response that I like to write so much about here, on spiritual self-help.
Sarno realized that the ANS controls the body’s blood flow - with exquisite, detailed precision - increasing and decreasing the blood flow to whatever part of the body it wishes.
When a part of the body gets less blood flow than it should- something that’s called ischemia in Western medical parlance - it also gets less oxygen. When human tissue gets lets oxygen than it requires, that causes a whole bunch of physical symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.
Sarno identified that repressed anger and repressed anxiety were the main emotions causing the ANS to pull the ‘oxygen deprivation’ stunt in the body (and it’s no coincidence that these are the main emotions traumatized people try to repress, as discussed in detail in other posts.)
WHAT TYPES OF PHYSICAL CONDITIONS COULD BE TRACED TO TMS / EMOTIONAL CAUSES?
Next, Sarno identified some of the most common ‘illnesses’ that he believed were also being caused by a TMS / oxygen deprivation response to emotional triggers. As well as straight-up ‘pain’, these also included:
He also identified a number of ‘diagnoses’ that were usually given by medical doctors to ‘explain’ much of the pain his patients were experiencing as a result of the emotional-based problem of TMS, including:
Herniated discs, pinched nerves, the Facet Syndrome, arthritis of the spine, transitional verterbra, spondylosis, spina bifida occulta, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, osteoarthritis of the hip, chondromalacia, bone spurs, bursitis, tendonitis, coccydynia, neuroma, plantar fasciitis, mononeuritis multiplex, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), inflammation, and soft tissue disorders including fibromyalgia (fibrositis, myofibrositis and myofasciitis).
Yes, these things may be observed in the body, but Sarno stressed again and again: this isn’t what’s causing the pain!!! The pain was coming from unresolved emotional issues that the brain was ‘hiding’ away as a physical pain problem via decreased blood flow / reduced oxygenation.
SO, WHAT’S THE CURE?
This next part of the story is my favorite bit. Sarno discovered that the main cure for his patients’ many forms of chronic pain was simply to understand that the unconscious mind was using them to ‘hide’ some sort of emotional pain, usually related to repressed anger and / or repressed anxiety.
In Sarno’s experience, even just two hours of ‘education’ about the emotional causes of their pain was enough to actually permanently ‘cure’ the problem - with the proviso that his patients HAD to believe in the diagnosis that the root of their pain was emotional, and not structural.
And his success rates were phenomenal!
In one study done in 1987 with a group of 109 patients who’d all been clearly diagnosed with ‘herniated disk’, 88 percent reported that they were ‘free, or nearly free of pain’ and enjoying unrestricted physical activity, 10 percent said they were ‘improved, with some pain, and some restricted activity’ and 2 per cent - the two that had the most severe and persistent psychological issues - reported no change.
WHY DOES JUST KNOWING THE PROBLEM IS EMOTIONAL CURE THE PAIN?
Sarno was of the view that the unconscious mind was using physical pain to ‘divert attention’ away from emotions that the person felt overwhelmed by, or didn’t want to face or acknowledge. As soon as the patient ‘blew the cover’ of the physical pain by accepting that it was caused by an emotional issue (usually repressed anger or repressed anxiety) - the body could no longer use the physical pain as a diversion tactic, so it quickly stopped doing it.
Again, his books are full of letters from the thousands and thousands of people who Sarno successfully treated with this approach, most of whom had completely exhausted every other avenue of help and relief.
THE LAST WORD: SURGERY AS A PLACEBO EFFECT
As a last word, I just wanted to mention Sarno’s conviction that most surgery for these conditions - when it worked - was simply because it was acting as a sort of ‘placebo’ affect for the patient.
He reported that while many of his patients experienced some sort of temporary relief from their original pain (in those cases where it actually worked), typically the pain or problem would resurface in some other area, as the unconscious mind continued its diversion tactics to keep the person away from painful and overwhelming negative emotions.
Again, there’s so much to say about this subject but for now, I recommend that people take a look at Dr Sarno’s books for themselves (and maybe also the two I authored, mentioned above) and next time they have one of the physical issues listed here, to take a deep breath and ask themselves:
What am I angry or anxious about, that maybe I'm finding it hard to admit?
The short answer is ‘yes’ - but only if you really get to grips with what is actually causing it, and understand what you have to do to overcome it.
There are many different types of psychological trauma that all of us experience all the time. If someone treats us cruelly, embarrasses us in public, steals from us, hurts us (physically, emotionally, financially, psychologically…) - all of these things can cause a psychological trauma to the person that’s experiencing them.
The intensity of that trauma will depend on the following main factors:
So, assuming the worst case scenarios across all categories - it was a repeated, deep hurt that was inflicted by someone very close to you, and it happened at a very inauspicious age in relation to the developing brain - HOW THE HECK DO YOU GET OVER IT?!?!?
The first thing to say is that the brain is plastic, and just as it was ‘trained’ or conditioned or wired to react in a traumatised fashion, it can be re-trained, re-conditioned and re-wired to start to act in a more helpful fashion.
Self-education is a very important part of this process, and I highly recommend the following books:
Pete Walker’s: Complex PTSD - from surviving to thriving - is a great, easy to read book that really sets things out very clearly, and gives a wealth of concrete advice and practical tips for HOW to start retraining your brain.
You can see his website here:
Pete Walker, M.A. Psychotherapy
As a starting point, take a look at his 13 steps for managing flashbacks (which I ‘riffed’ on to do the following infographic:)
Another excellent book to read, although some people find it a little ‘scholarly’, is Bessel Van Der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score.
This article is a good introduction to the book’s main approach:
The lifelong cost of burying our traumatic experiences
The key thing to understand is that trauma changes the physiological processes in the brain, and causes people to become oversensitised, jumpy, ‘stressed out’, overwhelmed etc.
Trauma is often ‘stuck’ in the body, and has to be viscerally released, not just talked about endlessly for years in therapy.
I’ve pulled together a whole bunch of suggestions that tackle psychological trauma across all three levels of body, mind and soul on my website, and you can see that here:
c-ptsd 101: I've got c-ptsd! now what do i do to get rid of it?
But the short answer is that it CAN be overcome, once you know what actually caused it, how it’s really affecting you, and what types of things you really need to do to overcome it.
I’m taking a break from posting about ‘Electric People’, as I haven’t got time over the Summer holidays, with the kids home, to do all the research required for the next chapter. It will return soon, BH!
In the meantime, I just wanted to share what’s been going on with my eye, which kind of underlines why I started exploring a more ‘spiritual self-help’ approach to mental and physical health in the first place.
For as long as I can remember, conventional medicine just hasn’t worked for me. Whether it’s been big problems, smaller problems, whenever I’ve turned to a conventional doctor, they never really had a solution that resolved my problems - and not for lack of trying.
Up until a few years’ back, I dutifully did whatever the medical experts told me - and usually not only did it not help, there were occasions when it even made things worse.
That’s when I started going down the more ‘alternative’ route, and initially, being super-fanatical about the food I was eating made a huge difference…
But not all the difference. And over time, the same health issues reappeared again, regardless of whether I was eating my sprouted spelt bread and drinking a green smoothie every day.
That’s when I started to realize that something else is going on here, when it comes to human health.
If the ‘problem’, whatever it is, is really only at the body level of a person - that they’re aren’t sleeping enough or eating enough vits, etc - then doing things at the ‘body’ level will resolve the problem.
It should be noted here that conventional medicine ONLY deals with health issues - bizarrely, even emotional and mental health issues - at the level of the body, and often in such a clumsy way, their ‘solution’ can end up causing more damage than the original problem.
But there are two more stages of the human experience that also profoundly impact our health, too, namely our mind, mental state and emotions, and our soul, or spiritual connection to God.
If ‘the health problem’, whatever it is, is actually rooted in either the mental / emotional or spiritual realms, then just tackling it at the level of the body simply isn’t going to work.
And that’s why conventional medicine really doesn’t work for me. Now that I eat well enough, and I exercise enough, and I sleep enough, there’s really nothing else to do on that front. All my health issues - yes, I’m talking about my physical health issues here - are rooted in negative states of mind, unhelpful subconscious processes and spiritual unfinished business.
No pill is going to help me get over the anger that’s causing my inner tension, headaches and eye strain.
Only changing my attitudes and behaviors (with a little help from God…), and really understanding why I’m angry in the first place, can do that.
Again, if the problem is rooted in the physical realm, then a physical response or medication will help to clear it up. But if it isn’t, or if some of the problem at least is rooted in mental / emotional and / or spiritual stuff, then taking a solely physical approach simply isn’t going to work to curing it.
And that’s why conventional medicine really doesn’t work for me - and that’s also why it’s increasingly not working for a whole bunch of other people, too.
One of the key things to look for with solar activity, is the 11-year solar cycle, which usually ends with a bunch of dramatic things like mass ejections of the sun's corona, solar flares, heatwaves - and huge increases in mortalities, heart attacks and severe episodes of mental illness.
A Washington Times article from a couple of years' back noted that the Russian Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems (INEP), had found that:
“From 1949-1997…. geomagnetic activity showed three seasonal peaks each of those years (March to May, in July, and in October). Every peak matched an increased incidence of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide in the city Kirovsk.”
According to this article on disinfo.com: More on Solar Storms and Major Mental Illness
Many studies have theorized on the relationship between increased solar activity and it’s effect on melatonin production in the pineal gland of the brain. Melatonin is essential in maintaining circadian rhythm – the 24-hour sleep-wake cycle that is essential to our well-being.
HELIOBIOLOGY AND RUSSIANS
The Russian medical community has been far ahead of the West in exploring the more holistic side to human health. Heliobiology, the study of the sun's impact on human health, was begun in Russia more than a hundred years ago. The following excerpt comes from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979):
The following excerpt comes from a paper called: Are stress responses to geomagnetic storms mediated by the cryptochrome compass system' by scientist James Close, which you can read for yourself HERE.
(e) Geomagnetic storms and human health
TO SUM THINGS UP:
There is already a huge body of research, most of which has been completely ignored by narrow-minded Western medicine, that shows that solar flares, solar storms, and the 11 year solar cycle have a massive impact on human health.
When there is a lot of solar activity, 5% more people die a year, 36% more people are admitted to hospital because of serious depression, there are more flu pandemics, more e-coli outbreaks, the number of people having heart-attacks go up (myocardial infarctions are another name for heart-attacks), the number of people having strokes go up, the number of people feeling completely and utterly stressed out of the skulls go up - and it's all linked to how we, as electric people, interact with the the increased solar energy being shot down at planet earth.
In turn, when people feel more stressed out / anxious / depressed / ill etc - they start thinking and acting in crazy ways. Wars start, arguments begin...
So now we're starting to figure out the connections a little more between solar / geomagnetic activity and human health and behaviour, what can we actually DO about it?
I hope to start answering that in the next posts.
The pineal gland is a very small gland in the centre of the cranium that produces both melatonin and serotonin. These two neurohormones have a profound affect on so many of the human body’s biological functions, including directly controlling all the biocycles. (The pineal gland is often associated with the ‘third eye’.)
Research shows that the pineal gland is strongly influenced by very small magnetic fields.
Even applying a tiny magnetic field of less than half a gauss has been shown by many different researchers to increase or decrease the amounts of melatonin and serotonin being produced by the pineal gland.
With all the hype about a lack of serotonin being at the root of clinical depression, and an imbalance in melatonin being linked to other mental disorders, it seems that electromagnetism may actually hold some of the solution to both of these issues.
How? Read on!
Other researchers have noted that the pineal gland’s cells actually change, physically, in response to a varying magnetic field. In another poorly understood twist, research has also discovered that shining a light on the head somehow modifies the amount of hormone the pineal gland produces - even though the gland is buried so deeply inside the brain, it can’t be directly reacting to this light.
(Which could this also hold the key to understanding - and finally resolving - Seasonal Affective Disorder….)
This next bit is a little crazy, but human beings actually have ‘mini magnets’ in our brains, which is another one of the reasons why we’re so affected by electro-magnetic forces.
MAGNETITE IN THE BRAIN
Experiments began in the 1970s which started to prove the ‘magnetic sense’ of human beings, and other living creatures, right down to even the most apparently simple bacteria.
In 1975, researcher Richard Blakemore found that even certain bacterium had a pronounced ‘magnetic sense’, that resulted from a chain of tiny magnetite microcrystals. Building on Blakemore’s work, researchers Charles Walcott and Robert Green of State University in New York started looking for magnetite deposits in the brains of homing pigeons - and found them on the right side of the bird’s head, between the brain and the skull.
Eight years’ later, a researcher working at the University of Manchester, Robin Baker, reported that he’d found magnetic deposits in the human brain, located close to both the pineal and pituitary glands, in the sinuses of the ethmoid bone. The ethmoid bone is a spongy bone located in the centre of the head, behind the nose and between the eyes.
Bob Becker postulated that this magnetic sense in the ethmoid bone was responsible for transmitting the ‘cues’ from the earth’s electromagnetic field to the human pineal gland responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm and biocycles.
Big changes in the the earth’s electromagnetic field could severely throw-out a human being’s biocycles - with enormous consequences for their mental and physical health. Becker’s theory was ratified a couple of decades later, by Russian scientists.
SOLAR FLARES AND CRAZY TIMES
In December 2008, New Scientist Magazine published a study by Russian researcher Oleg Shumilov which suggested there’s a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms, and biological effects in human.
“Many animals can sense the Earth’s magnetic field, so why not people, asks Oleg Shumilov of the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems in Russia.
The article in New Scientist continued:
“The most plausible explanation for the association between geomagnetic activity and depression and suicide is that geomagnetic storms can desynchronize circadian rhythms and melatonin production,” says Kelly Posner, a psychiatrist at Columbia University in the US. The pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythm and melatonin production, is sensitive to magnetic fields. “The circadian regulatory system depends upon repeated environmental cues to [synchronize] internal clocks,” says Posner. “Magnetic fields may be one of these environmental cues.”
In the next post, we’ll start to see if we can map any major changes in the ‘solar weather’ over the last five years, with any major changes in the human condition, both on the personal and international levels.
That’s a post you really won’t want to miss, as it makes for some really fascinating reading… See you then.
Today’s science, particularly medical science, effectively ignores and misses the ‘electro-magnetic’ dimension to human health because they study dead cells and inanimate material in laboratory conditions.
When a cell is in a living body, it has electrical properties, and is effected by electro-magnetic forces, that simply can’t be replicated in a fertilization dish. When there is an electric field being produced, there is also a magnetic field being produced, and this electromagnetic force is constantly changing, and producing different affects on the cells and processes within a living body.
Again, this is BIO-PHYSICS, as opposed to the current approach of BIO-CHEMISTRY, and it has enormous repercussions for how human health should be viewed and treated.
Even when those rare medical researchers do appear who are willing to challenge the accepted norms of modern medicine in their quest for real answers, their work still goes ignored and challenged by the mainstream medical community.
One such doctor is Dr Ray Makela, who has been producing a wide body of research into the bio-physical nature of human health for decades, already. Some of Dr Makela’s major findings include:
This is a lot to take in, isn’t it!
Over the next few posts, I will BH bring more of the research to show how solar flares, environmental factors, stress and negative emotions are all linked together, electro-magnetically, and affecting every aspect of our mental and physical health.
The take home message from this post is this:
The body is bio-electric. Cells are profoundly shaped by electro-magnetic forces, and the way those electro-magnetic forces play out in the body’s cells is the basic cause of all physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, strokes, cancer and depression.
A key way of reducing the negative aspects of the body’s electro-magnetic activity is by talking to God on a regular basis.
Brainwaves are at the foundation of every thought, emotion and action of a human being. ‘Brainwave’ is a term used to describe the synchronized electrical pulses that is part of the communication process that occurs between the different neurons in the brain.
There are different types of brainwaves, operating at different frequencies, and they change depending on what a person is thinking about, doing, or feeling.
Slower brainwaves are usually linked to dreamy-states, or when we feel tired, sluggish and ‘spaced-out’. Higher frequencies come to the fore when we’re active, or feeling ‘wired’, high, or focused and on the alert.
The speed that these ‘brainwaves’ pulse at is measured in Hertz, or cycles per second.
HOW BRAINWAVES AFFECT OUR HEALTH
A human being’s brainwaves reflect what’s going on in our bodies and psyches - and is also affected by a number of external factors, as we’re describing in these posts.
When our brainwaves aren’t ‘working’ properly, that can cause all sorts of mental, emotional and physical health issues, including:
…..And a whole bunch of other things that modern science hasn’t yet managed to link up our mental and spiritual state, because they’re still convinced that humans are just animated bits of meat, and that health is a purely chemical equation.
ALL OF THIS STUFF IS CONNECTED TO THE C-PTSD IDEAS WE ALREADY COVERED IN PREVIOUS POSTS
You can refresh your memory about how trauma, and especially C-PTSD type trauma affects our perception and behavior (and consequently also our mental, emotional and physical health…) by taking a look at these posts:
To put this another way, when someone’s BRAINWAVES are out of sync, they’ll often have serious mental, emotional and physical health problems.
Trauma, especially chronic trauma and abuse in childhood, plays havoc with a growing brain (that’s the C-PTSD link).
BUT, brainwaves can and ARE also affected by external issues too, including the geo-magnetic forces of planet earth, the sun’s cosmic rays that bombard the planet in the form of radiation and the solar wind, and other disruptions to the earth’s electro-magnetic fields that are caused by other perturbations in the celestial realm.
(In every sense of the word, ‘celestial’….)
TO PUT THIS ANOTHER WAY….
The neurons in the brain are part of every thought, word and deed we undertake in our lives. The way these neurons communicate with each other, bio-electrically, is referred to as ‘brainwaves’.
The brain has a number of different brainwaves, and depending on which pattern of ‘brainwave’ is the strongest at any given time, a person will feel drowsy / alert / high / low / tuned-in / spaced-out / happy / sad / relaxed / stressed, etc.
In turn, these feelings lead to physiological processes being triggered in the body (also bio-electrically), that directly impact physical health.
(More on this in the next post, BH.)
As well as being affected by a person’s own thoughts, words and actions, brainwaves are also affected by changes in the environment, and especially in the electro-magnetic fields of planet earth.
A big solar storm or solar flare can bombard the planet with enough low-level radiation (‘cosmic rays’) to create big changes in the earth’s own electromagnetic field, directly affecting the ‘vibration of creation’ that humans (and all other living creatures) are attuned to.
This directly affects our bodies’ bio-rhythms, moods, and mental states.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TALKING TO GOD
I’m going to develop this idea in much greater detail in a future post, but scientific studies are showing that one of the best ways to get your brainwaves functioning at an optimal level is to spend some time every talking to God, in quiet meditation on the meaning of life.
There’s a bunch of scientific studies that back this up, and BH I’ll pull that stuff together for a future post.
But let’s conclude with this: the best way of maintaining the correct ‘vibration of creation’ that will lead to optimal mental, emotional and physical health is by regularly talking to God.
In the next post, we’ll look at some of the research linking solar activity to big spikes in heart attacks, strokes and other physical health issues.
Ok, so in the last post we set out SOME of the mounds of evidence showing that human beings are electrical. Let's just recap some of the main points:
HOW SOLAR ACTIVITY CAN PROFOUNDLY AFFECT MENTAL HEALTH
The body’s DC currents, and the electromagnetic fields that are associated with them, are both affected by external currents and fields, too.
Every living thing is meant to be directly plugged into - and affected by - the electromagnetic fields of the earth. In turn, the earth’s electromagnetic field is directly affected by the celestial bodies, particularly the sun and the moon.
In 1961, Robert Becker and leading psychologist Howard Friedman collaborated on a project to start exploring how the disturbances in the earth’s field caused by solar storms and flares on the sun could be affecting human mental health.
The duo compared 28,000 admissions of patients to the psychiatric wards of eight different hospitals over a period of four years, and then looked to see if there was any correlation with the 67 solar storms that had occurred over that same period of time. There was. Becker writes:
“Significantly more persons were signed in to the psychiatric services just after magnetic disturbances than when the field was stable.”
Becker and Friedman also explored how solar storms, and more particularly, cosmic rays, might be affecting patients who were already hospitalized for mental disturbances, including a group of 12 schizophrenics. Low-energy cosmic rays and known to produce strong disruptions in the earth’s field [check what field] one or two days’ later.
They found that the behavior of almost all their subjects changed at this time, in concert with big changes to the earth’s field.
In 1967, Becker and Friedman continued their experiments, and found that abnormal magnetic fields produce abnormal responses in both humans and animals.
THE EARTH’S FIELD CONTROLS THE HUMAN DC SYSTEM - AND BY EXTENSION, PROFOUNDLY EFFECTS HUMAN HEALTH, TOO
Frank Brown at Northwestern university and Rutger Wever and the Max Planck Institute in Munich did the pioneering experiments that proved just what an enormous impact the earth’s field has on the DC system in all living creatures.
Brown’s experiments with oysters, and then later with the mud snail called Nassarius conclusively proved that the regulation of living creatures’ biocycles depended on the earth’s magnetic field - even though the earth’s magnetic field is tiny, averaging 0.17 gauss in Evanston, the town in the US where Brown undertook his experiments.
Despite the hostile reception that his work received, Brown continued his research, and found magnetically-driven bio-cycles in all the other creatures he tested, ranging from fruit flies, to mice, all the way up to human beings.
To give some idea of just how important this link is, our hormone output and the number of lymphocytes in the bloodstream vary according to the earth’s field. Another crucially important biological process that’s directly affected by this field is the time it takes a human cell to divide.
When a human cell divides, the cell’s chromosomes first appear and line up, before splitting in half. Half the chromosomes are evenly distributed to the new cell, and half remain behind. This part of the process takes a few minutes, but the duplication of all the cell’s DNA (which precedes this big ‘split’) takes a day.
To quote Becker: “All growth and repair, which depend on regulated cell division, is synchronized with the earth’s field.”
WEVER DISCOVERS THE ‘VIBRATION OF CREATION’
After Brown, Rutger Wever did a number of experiments using two specially-built underground isolation rooms that shielded the human volunteers participating in his study from external stimuli.
Wever found that when people could still connect to the earth’s field, their biological rhythm broadly continued around the 24 hour cycle. But when people were prevented from connecting to the earth’s field, they completely lost their circadian rhythm, throwing all their biological systems into disarray.
When Wever introduced various fields into his isolated room, he found that a tiny electric field that measured 0.025 volts per centimeter, and that was pulsed at 10 cycles per second (10 hertz) restored nearly all biocycles.
He concluded that this must be the frequency in the earth’s micropulsations that regulated the body’s biological cycles.
In the next post, we'll learn more about this 'Vibration of Creation', and how it could help to shed some light on the physical processes involved in how God actually created living creatures on the planet.
Let’s jump forward half a century to 1958, when a young orthodopaedic surgeon in the US called Robert Becker started experimenting with salamander limbs and electrical currents, trying to figure out what role, if any, an electric current played in the regeneration and mending of bones.
Becker chose to experiment on salamanders because it was almost as physically complicated as a human being, yet had an amazing ability lacking in other mammals to spontaneously regenerate a severed limb.
Becker was exploring ‘what’, biologically-speaking, organized the growth of this new limb, and how the blastema - a little ball of undifferentiated cells that can turn into any other cell - knew what to do.
WHAT ORGANISES CELLS TO BECOME A PERSON OR CREATURE?
It was the same question, phrased in different words, that had the embryologists stumped, too: what was organizing the undifferentiated cells? What was controlling their development and corralling the process of regeneration?
Earlier on, in the 1930s, Paul Weiss floated the theory that the body had some sort of intangible ‘morphogenetic field’ that held the blueprint of what the body would become. The idea didn’t get very far in more traditional scientific circles, so by the time Becker came on the scene, no real progress had been made to try find if such a field actually existed, and if it did, how it actually stimulated undifferentiated cells to switch particular genes on and off.
Becker had his work cut out for him, not least because the overwhelmingly ‘mechanist’ view of medicine was shooting down any ideas that had even a whiff of belonging to the vitalist view point of life.
Becker writes: “When I started out, it was very dangerous for one’s career even to suggest that mature cells might create the blastema by de-differentiation.”
The idea that some cells in a mature, complex vertebrate could revert completely to their primitive, ‘undifferentiated’ state, and then turn into a regenerated limb, for example, turned orthodox ideas about how the human body works on its head.
Yet amazingly, that’s what Becker’s subsequent experiments proved conclusively.
THE CURRENT OF INJURY
Becker began by reviewing the work of Russian biophysicist, A.M. Sinyukhin, whose work with tomato plants turned up what came to be called a ‘current of injury’. Sinyukhin cut branches off tomato plants, and then measured what was happening electrically near the place of the ‘wound’.
Over the first few days after the injury, a stream of electrons that formed a negative current flowed from the wound. The same thing happens to wounds in animals, too. In the second week, as a ‘scab’ formed on the wound and a new branch started to grow, the current reversed polarity to become positive, and became stronger.
As the positive current increased, the tomato plant’s cells at the site of the wound more than doubled their metabolic rate, became more acidic, and started producing more Vitamin C.
Sinyukhin’s experiments proved some very important principles:
1) That a change in the electrical current seemed to be linked to regeneration
2) The electrical current that initiated these changes was tiny - between 2 - 3 amperes.
Armed with this information, Becker started experimenting on salamanders (that can regenerate limbs) and bullfrogs (that can’t regenerate limbs).
AMAZING THINGS BECKER LEARNED ABOUT THE ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF THE BODY
Amongst other things, Becker’s experiments showed that:
Becker found that the body’s electrical field mapped to the body’s nervous system, with the head and spinal region being strongly positive. He also found that the body’s tiny DC current controlled the way nerves worked in the brain, as well as the rest of the body, including regulating states of consciousness.
“Redifferentiation instructions are passed along a tissue arc whose main element is the circuit already established between nerves and epidermis….The direction (polarity) plus the magnitude and force (amperage and voltage) of current could serve as a vector system giving distinct values for every area of the body. The electric field surrounding continuously charged and diminished with the distance from the nerve would provide a third coordinate, giving each cell a slightly different electrical potential…A magnetic field must exist around the current flow…adding a fourth dimension to the system. Together, these values might suffice to pinpoint any cell in the body.”
The idea is that these electric and magnetic fields could affect the charged cell membrane’s “‘choice’ of what ions to absorb, reject or expel’ - or to put it another way, could sway which genes gets switched on or off in every particular cell, together with the associated chemical changes.
“ELECTRICAL FORCES TURN THE KEY THAT UNLOCK THE REPRESSED GENES”
In theory, Becker’s experiments proved that an electrical current was ‘the primary stimulus that began the regenerative process, and that it could operate in mammals.’ But then he hit the next problem: there weren’t enough electrically-sensitive cells in human bone marrow to make enough a big enough blastema to regenerate a limb in a human. So Becker turned his attention to trying to find a way of making other cells in the human body ‘electrically sensitive’, so that they could also dediffentiate when a tiny current of electricity was applied.
SILVER IONS KILL ALL TYPES OF BACTERIA WITHOUT SIDE-EFFECTS
Becker discovered that using a silver electrode ‘at the positive pole killed or deactivated every type of bacteria without side-effects, even with very low currents.’ But that wasn’t even the only amazing thing he discovered. He also learnt that a positive silver electrode ‘dedifferentiates connective tissue cells’, called fibroblasts.
What 'positively charged' silver ions was proven to do:
NOT ALL CELLS IN THE HUMAN BODY CAN DEDIFFERENTIATE
Not all cells in the human body can dedifferentiate. The following cells were all dediffentiated in response to electrical stimulus by Becker and his team:
The right amount of electrical current has to be aimed at the right type of cells for de-differentiation to occur.
THE BODY'S BIO-ELECTRICITY IS FLOWING THROUGH THE PERINEURAL CELLS
It’s now believed that the body’s current flows through the perineural cells. Perineural cells is a catch-all description for many different types of cell that surround every nerve cell like a kind of ‘sheath’, and which account for 90% of the human brain.
The neuron is the basic unit of all nervous sytems. Nerves are how different parts of the body communicate. The whole neuron is ‘wrapped’ in different sorts of perineural cells. The different types of perineural cells in the brain are called ‘glia’. Schwann cells ‘wrap’ the axons and dendrites of the neural cells in the spinal cord.
Schwann cells form a sort of tube made up of spiraling layers of myelin around the largest fibers. Ependymal cells line the four brain cavities, or ventricles of the brain, and also the central canal of the spinal cord.
Perineural cells play a big role in getting nutrients to the neurons, in controlling the diffusion of ions which in turn effects impulse firing, in memory, and in conducting the direct currents that ‘regenerate’ different parts of the body.
Becker discovered all these things more than 35 years’ ago, back in the 1980s. But instead of eagerly starting more research into these findings, to see how they could be safely applied to improving human health - his funding was pulled, and his small lab was disbanded, due to lack of funds and political pressure.
We can't find a 'cure' for cancer, and other serious illnesses for as long as we continue to look in the wrong places for it.
After my washing machine zapped me with a big dose of static electricity last week, the following day my legs went all funny, and I felt like the ‘energy’ in a lot of my body had been taken ‘out’, somehow.
After spending most of a day in bed pondering this, and also pondering how the level of static electricity appears to be rising in the world due to a bunch of weird weather phenomena (which I’ve been writing a lot more about over on my other blog, Emunaroma) - I started to get the strong hunch it’s all connected.
And the thing that’s connecting our moods, physical health, weather and weird goings on in the sky is static electricity.
A little while, one of my friends was talking about a book called ‘Earthing’, which basically set out a very simply but compelling hypothesis (that makes sense scientifically) that we need to be ‘connected’ to a steady flow of electrons put out from the earth, to remain in good health.
Most of us today are not ‘earthed’ in this way for any length of time, because our shoes insulate us from this electron flow, and we no longer sleep directly on the ground, or spend any length of time getting our hands and feet ‘dirty’, so to speak.
There’s a huge amount to say about all this, and how it’s directly connected to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. It's literally the most mind-bending stuff, and has a direct effect on the health and well-being of every single one of us.
But while I’m still trying to get it all figured out and written up for spiritual self-help, this documentary explains the 'earthing' part of the concept in a very easy to understand way:
[NOTE: You can see the documentary by going to THIS page. After pondering the matter, I decided it was a little too risque to post up directly on spiritual self help. Below is a much shorter, cartoon explanation of 'grounding'.]