Author Archive

Accelerated Aging: The Importance of a Stable Circadian Rhythm

 

Circadian rhythms play a critical role in how fast we age.

 

 

 

.

Once the circadian rhythms are disrupted aging is accelerated.

.

.
.
.

Got Rhythm?

A circadian rhythm is an approximate 24 hour cycle that regulates all of the physiological processes of living beings, including plants and animals.
.
There are clear patterns of:
  • brain wave activity
  • hormone production
  • cell regeneration
  • and other biological activities linked to this daily circadian cycle.
.
As anyone who has spent wakeful nights suffering from jet lag will attest, the human body has a strong sense of time. When this cycle is disrupted, like in jet lag, sleep disorders ensue.
.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are caused by alterations of the circadian time-keeping system, its entrainment mechanisms, or a misalignment of the endogenous (internal) circadian rhythm and the external environment.
.
 
The AASM reports that the most common presenting symptoms of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep, and excessive sleepiness.
.
.
.
Left untreated, these disorders can cause adverse health outcomes; impairments in social, occupational and educational performance; and safety concerns.
.
Long-term sleep loss may affect the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and nervous systems with severe consequences including hypertension, obesity and mental health disorders, among others.
.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Circadian rhythm disturbances are increasingly reported before the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, suggesting that they could be risk factors. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are two diseases that are characterized by an impaired circadian clock and compromised mitochondrial function.
.
Mitochondria are small organelles that exist in almost all our cells and supply them with energy and play an important role in these cellular processes. Researchers have shown that the mitochondrial network loses its rhythm if the circadian clock is impaired, which causes a decline in energy production in the cells.
.

Our circadian clock sets the rhythm for our cells’ powerhouses.

.

COME INTO RHYTHM!

Posted in: Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (0) →

Biological Enlightenment

Man does not live by food alone . . .  he also lives on light.

Human biology is absolutely dependent on balanced, natural light.

.

Light helps regulate brain chemistry and circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
.

Light helps us to stay alert and to be productive, as well as helps us to sleep, heal and regenerate.

  • Humans are photobiotic ‘solar beings’ — absolutely dependent on the absorption of vital solar radiation.
  • We are human photocells whose ultimate biological nutrient is sunlight.

.

We can now say emphatically that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.

— Dr. Fritz Albert Popp
International Institute of Biophysics
.
Every metabolic process, every enzyme reaction, muscular movements, the digestion of food and the burning of fat are all biological processes that are augmented by sunlight energy.
.
A reduction of ‘natural light energy’ causes a slowdown in these processes that leads to decreased metabolism, reduced burning of fat, reduced vitality and compromised immunity.
.

Photosynthesis in Plants Metabolism in Humans

  • The human body functions much like a green plant, collecting energy from the atmosphere.
  • The nervous system may be described as a network of electrical wires which conduct photons of light energy.
  • Light energy is collected by the skin and eyes; converted into photo-current and channeled throughout the body.
  • Photo-current (voltage) is distributed by nerves and fascia (fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body) that act like an electrical wiring system.
  • In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photo-current travels to the brain’s control center, the hypothalamus.
  • Informed by photo-current, the hypothalamus helps regulate brain chemistry, essential hormones and circadian rhythms.
.
.

Light Energy is Life Energy!

.

Photobiology

The current science of photobiology, the study of the effects of light on living organisms can be traced to ancient cultures through their use of color and light for healing.
.
More recently, light (therapy) for healing and health was in vogue until the discovery of penicillin and the world of pharmaceuticals. As a matter of fact, Niels Ryberg Finsen, a physician and scientist of Icelandic descent was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases with concentrated light radiation.
.

Today light for health and disease prevention is again being rediscovered as a natural prevention intervention.

.
Every day, more people become interested in the potential benefits of light and dark and its effects on human health and well-being. Lighting characteristics that are effective to the circadian system are different than those effective to the visual system.
.
Biological rhythms that repeat approximately every 24 hours are called circadian rhythms. Light is the main stimulus that helps the circadian clock, and thus circadian rhythms, keep a synchronized rhythm with the 24-hour solar day.
.
Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount and quality of light for the biological clock to remain synchronized with the solar day.
.
If lack of synchrony or circadian disruption occurs, we may experience decrements in physiological functions, neurobehavioral performance, and sleep.
.
Good temporal entrainment allows for optimal performance at the right time of the day, because being able to anticipate future tasks allows the appropriate physiological and psychological preparation. However, our modern society often imposes deviations from the natural light-dark cycle which results in problems with entrainment.
.
Failure to adapt to environmental and societal time cues (being out of rhythm with nature) leads to misalignment of internal biological clocks. This disentrainment comes with enhanced risk of errors, accidents, low productivity, and health risks such as increased risk for cancer, depression, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal, metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, decreased immune responses and even life span.
.
The fact that so many are literally in the dark about light’s vital relationship with health is a cause of serious concern and the cornerstone of our non-profit mission to raise awareness of mal-illumination.
.
Mal-illumination is brought about by limiting our daily intake of balanced, full-spectrum daylight and supplementing it with too much artificial ‘limited-spectrum’ indoor light.
.
Mal-illumination silently contributes to many health issues, some quite serious —obesity, depression, fatigue, sleep and eating disorders as well as breast, prostate and colon cancer.
.
Like malnutrition, mal-illumination causes deficiencies by depriving us of the sun’s energetic nutrient wavelengths referred to as photo-nutrition.
.

MAL-ILLUMINATION IS TO LIGHT AS MALNUTRITION IS TO FOOD

— Dr. John Ott

Posted in: Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (2) →

Photobiomodulation and Your Health

Light Energy is Life’s Energy . . .   It’s Your Energy!

One third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light exposure.
.
Dr. Alexander Wunsch, MD, PhD
World Class Expert on Photobiology
.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in ‘Physiology or Medicine’ was awarded for the discovery of how plants, animals and humans optimize their health by harmonizing their circadian rhythms with the daily cycle of light and darkness.
.
This discovery when applied as therapy is called Photobiomodulation (cellular modulation by light) and is also known as, LED Phototherapy or LED Therapy.
.
This therapy is a scientific method that allows the use of specific wavelengths of the light spectrum for therapeutic purposes to stimulate the metabolic activity of cells.
.

Amazingly, all of the blood in the body circulates through the eyes approximately every two hours.

.
SOL’s Fullest-Spectrum LED Therapy is unique in the fact that it primarily targets the “face & eyes” and utilizes low intensity LEDs (light emitting diodes) to create a process similar to plant photosynthesis whereby plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight energy into cellular building blocks.
.
SOLshine Photo-Nutrition stimulates the body to heal itself and helps to maintain the ideal internal body environment (homeostasis). The event is systemic rather than directed at any particular condition. And in the process, many conditions are addressed.
.

Entering the eyes, the light emitted by the LEDs helps to regulate brain chemistry and is absorbed by the blood cells producing an amazing cascade of events.

.
  • Every metabolic process, enzyme reaction, muscular movement, the digestion of food and the burning of fat are augmented by sunlight energy.
  • A reduction of natural light energy causes a slowdown in these processes that leads to decreased metabolism, reduced burning of fat, reduced vitality & compromised immunity.
.
Photobiomodulation therapies are now helping people with a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, skin conditions, pain, mood disorders, macular degeneration, cognitive decline and many other conditions.
.
What’s equally amazing is that the type of lights that elicits these benefits, are available without prescription and can be safely used in the comfort of your own home.
.
Exposure to natural sunlight triggers the production of most of the energy required for cellular metabolism as well as repair and regeneration.
.

.
The true full-spectrum of natural light energy —balanced with both visible and invisible light— is essential for the devlopment, growth and maintenance of a healthy body and mind.
.
Since the beginning of human history people have lived, worked and played outdoors during the light of day, active and vibrant, absorbing the full spectrum of light energy photons from the sky. An average of 10 hours each day, 70 hours weekly, was common for eons. But in less than a mere two hundred years, millions of people have unwittingly, become “contemporary cave dwellers” living and working indoors starving for vital energy.
.

Sunlight is Life’s Energy, It’s Your Energy…

This reduction of natural light exposure was coined mal-illumination by the late Dr. John Ott, the father of full-spectrum light technology.
.
Mal-illumination is brought about by limiting our daily intake of full-spectrum daylight and supplementing it with too much artificial ‘limited-spectrum’ indoor light, especially blue light at night, and by shielding ourselves from the sun with such things as tinted windows, windshields, sunglasses and suntan lotions.
.
Mal-illumination silently contributes to many adverse health conditions— depression, obesity, fatigue, sleep & eating disorders as well as breast, prostate & colon cancer.
.
Like malnutrition, mal-illumination causes deficiencies by depriving us of the sun’s vital ‘energetic nutrient’ wavelengths which enter the body through the eyes and skin.
.
  • Sunlight striking the skin manufactures natural vitamin D
  • Light entering the eyes regulates vital circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
.

The eyes are an external component of the brain.

.
Light entering the eyes regulates brain chemistry.

 

  • The human body functions much like a green plant, collecting energy from the atmosphere.
  • The nervous system may be described as a network of electrical wires which conduct photons of light energy.
  • Light energy is collected by the skin and eyes; converted into photo-current and channeled throughout the entire nervous system..
  • Photo-current is distributed to internal organs and cells via individual nerves.
  • In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photo-current travels to the brain’s main control center, the hypothalamus.
  • Informed by photo-current, the hypothalamus helps regulate brain chemistry, essential hormones and circadian rhythms..

Mankind’s radical shift indoors, away from life supporting solar energy —that our genes are programmed to respond to— reduces immune response and can impact your life span.

.

SUNSHINE OUTDOORS / SOLSHINE INDOORS

Posted in: Uncategorized

Leave a Comment (3) →