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Intro to Bioenergy

February 28, 2017
  • many forms of energy can affect biologic function
  • phototherapy (light) is one form
  • light therapy stimulates healing and repair
  • light therapy can be used to improve athletic performance
  • electromagnetic waves may disrupt the liquid crystalline structure of water in our bodies, thereby affecting overall health

 

 

When it comes to alternative medicine most people think of herbs and homeopathy (do you really know what homeopathy means?). Actually, alternative medicine simply represents health practices outside of conventional medicine. The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry dictates to the public in commercials and pitches privately to doctors. Alternative methods are not accepted in many cases because natural substances cannot be patented. There is no profit to pursue their use. Many forms of energy are used in everyday biologic function in our bodies. Among these are heat (thermal), light (photo-), chemical, magnetic, and electromagnetic (now we are talking about cell phones, computers, and artificial lights in our environment). All of these work by a transfer of electrons between molecules. This is called a redox reaction (reduction/oxidation) and there are actually redox signaling molecules that handle this transfer, see Redox Signaling Molecules. I will initiate this topic with phototherapy. Depending on your beliefs, there is a school of thought that says we started off as a plant. Many functions in cells respond in a positive way to light resulting in the health benefit seen. Cytochromes respond to light energy by transferring electrons in a redox reaction. Cytochromes in cells can be stimulated to result in a natural biologic process. Photo bio modulation therapy (PBMT) has been shown to be helpful not only in healing injuries but also to improve athletic performance. A type of bio phototherapy is low level laser therapy (LLLT). This uses short wavelengths in the low and infrared spectrum which means red light. The laser portion is about 904 nm, and there is also an infrared at 875 nm and then visual red at 660 nm. These are used with a programmed pulsing frequency which enables the light rays to penetrate different levels of tissue depth. Although specific reactions with certain cellular activities have been demonstrated in many biologic systems, the primary benefit with phototherapy is probably the stimulation of nitric oxide synthases. At the cellular level, nitric oxide is then increased resulting in repair and healing. Another effect of increased nitric oxide is pain reduction by affecting transmission in nerve cells. Our own endorphins, which act as a natural narcotic, are also secreted. Combined with magnetic therapy, pain relief can be further improved in many patients, see Combined Magnetic and Pulsed Laser. I have used this for acute and chronic pain with musculoskeletal injuries and routinely use photo biotherapy prior to prolozone injections in the joints or prolotherapy in soft tissues. Repeated use daily over a period of 2 to 3 weeks improves tendinitis, such as tennis or golfer’s elbow. As far as tissue healing, it appears that compromised tissue responds better with light therapy than healthy tissue. Various mechanisms involved with tissue healing including formation of new blood vessels, collagen synthesis, and new skin growth. Animal experiments have shown improved regeneration in bony injuries such as fractures, muscle tears, and even organs such as the liver. The release of nitric oxide allows free exchange of electrons and formation of certain compounds such as hydrogen peroxide, which also serves a health purpose. When walking barefoot in the grass we are actually exchanging electrons with the earth. This is all positive for our health. Production of nitric oxide increases ATP production in the mitochondria (powerplant for the cell) and aerobic capacity. All of this has to do with recovery. Improved resiliency and recovery is one area, but there is another side to the coin—improved athletic performance. Think about shining a red light on your muscles and they perform better! There are studies that support this. Phototherapy in Skeletal Muscle Performance  Using Pre-Exercise Photobiomodulation Therapy Using a frequency which will penetrate to deeper depths, the probe can be held over the temporal area just behind the eye. This helps reset the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, as I have explained before in another article Vagus Nerve. So light therapy can stimulate the electron exchange process and improve biological function.  The free flow of electrons is affected by many things in our environment. In future articles, I will explore a little bit more on the magnetic and electromagnetic theory of health. Chemical processes are primarily influenced by diet and chronic inflammation. As far as electromagnetic interference, consider this… The human frequency is 7.82 Hz. This refers to a frequency of about seven or eight times a second. When our frequency is optimum, our bodies function well. The human frequency can be affected by geographic location and environmental influences such as cell phones, artificial lights, and computers. Now, think in terms of water (water molecules account for 90% of the molecules found in our body and by weight the body is about 60%-70% water). Envision a liquid crystalline structure of water inside and outside of cells. You are on the subway next to someone using their cell phone; the signal may have disrupted some of the liquid crystalline structure of water in your body. Small insults like that on a daily basis are ubiquitous and cumulative. That is one school of thought about the effects of electromagnetic energy on our health. Stay tuned!

 

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