THE ENERGY THAT HEALS - The Energy That Heals Part II: Biophoton Emissions and The Body of Light
By David Muehsam, PhD | April 22, 2018
A few weeks ago, we looked at a Brief History of Healing and Regeneration with Electric and Magnetic Fields, Part I. We saw that the use of electric currents and magnetic fields for healing dates back to ancient times, and that the information-based viewpoint emerging in modern bioelectromagnetics has striking parallels with Tibetan, Jain and Vedic medical traditions, where concepts of energy and information are fundamental in health and healing.
Here, we’ll take a look at a fascinating aspect of bioelectromagnetics: biophoton emissions, which are the spectrum of light emitted naturally by all living things. Much weaker than the bioluminescence found in fireflies and many marine animals, biophoton emissions occur over a very broad range of frequencies, spanning the infrared, visible and ultraviolet ranges.
These “ultra weak” biophoton emissions are too faint to see with the naked eye, even in complete darkness, but can be detected with modern equipment and have been increasingly studied in recent years.
Ultra weak biophoton emissions, most commonly produced during oxidative metabolic or stress processes in the body, have been suggested as non-invasive low cost diagnostic and testing methods in agriculture, food chemistry and biomedicine.
This ‘body of light’ has been shown to reflect a variety of different states of health and disease, and for example, Fritz-Albert Popp observed in 2009 that as living cells become more crowded in a cell culture dish, cancer cells exhibit increased biophoton emissions, while normal cells do not. A systematic review from John Ives and colleagues on the diagnostic use of biophotons concluded that the peer reviewed literature is “surprisingly large,” with the majority of studies of “good to high” quality.
The authors recommended that randomized controlled clinical trials should be performed to determine if biophoton techniques could be used for non-invasively evaluating the specific inflammatory state of the individual and providing a general measure of overall health. And a remarkable study by Daniel Fels in 2009 reported that cells can influence one another using non-molecular signals, most probably photons.
Fels looked at interactions between two groups of single-celled organisms (paramecium caudatum) chemically isolated from each other in clear containers. In a series of experiments, Fels reported that information regulating cell division and energy uptake passed through a quartz window between the cells, but was blocked by one made of glass. Since quartz easily transmits UV light, whereas glass does not, Fels suggested that the long-range effect was mediated by photons in the UV range. Since 2009, Fels has continued with this research, in 2016 reporting interactions between two different species of microorganisms, Paramecium caudatum, and Euglena viridis. Fels also conducted experiments in which the groups of microorganisms were shielded from each other against electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the optical spectrum. He found that some effects were blocked by EMF shielding, suggesting that an electromagnetic interaction was involved.
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Author David Muehsam, CHI Director of Technology Innovation, is a biophysicist with research focus on the biophysical bases of EMF bioeffects and therapeutics, the biophysical bases of yoga, meditation and mind-body therapies, and the connections between the Arts and Sciences. Dr. Muehsam holds a BA in Physics from Hampshire College, and PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna, and has authored on biophysical mechanisms of EMF bioeffects, EMF therapeutics, mathematical modeling of EMF bioeffects, and complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Muehsam is Senior Biophyscist at VID Art Science, National Institute of Biosystems and Biostructures, Italy, and is also a yoga/meditation teacher and an accomplished musician, performing on flute and saxophone since childhood.