By Svetlana Kogan, M.D.
If you stand in front of the mirror, you will see a complete material person as a whole. However, we all know that at the anatomical level, the whole consists of the organs, such as liver, kidneys, lungs, etc. The organs in and of themselves consist of tissues, and the tiny units that make up the tissues are called cells. According to the most recent scientific estimates, each one of us is made up of around 37 trillion cells.
Astonishingly, these cells communicate via energy highways. Let’s take a look at some of the flavors of energy we encounter in this cellular world:
The first kind which is the easiest to understand is Chemical Energy, which is derived when different substances are reacting together. Think of all the geeky chemistry lessons in high school when your teacher was demonstrating heat and combustion by pouring reagents together into the glass flasks. Once again, this is something very visual, and even smelly, allowing our senses to grasp the concept well. The examples of common chemical transformations in your body are belching, farting, and sneezing. Chemical energy is also stored in the cells after we eat, and I described in depth how the food turns into chemical energy in one of the chapters of my book ‘Diet Slave No More!’ If you are curious why you really are what you eat – look my book up on Amazon Prime.
The second flavor of energy is Electrical. The simplest example of this one is the light-bulb lighting up your room. We can visualize this type of energy directly or indirectly, by looking at the objects it powers. In a human body, electric energy and chemical energy are closely entwined partners. The marriage of these two is called Electro-Chemical Energy. It is formed by chemical gradients and when one nerve cell sends an electric impulse to another, this causes tiny little gates to open, which allows the flow of chemicals such as sodium, potassium, and calcium to flow across and “give birth” to an energy baby called “Mechanical Energy”, which makes your muscles flex or extend. Aside from running your musculoskeletal system, the electrochemical energy is also powering your heart muscles to do their work and your gut muscles to perform their job. This is why it is so important for you to periodically check your chemical blood composition because any little deviation in chemical elements like sodium, potassium, chlorine, or calcium, could result in the underperformance or even a total dysfunction of any particular organ on the cellular level. It now becomes clear why taking any supplement or vitamin blindly just because everyone else is doing it, without medical supervision, can lead to a major dysfunction on a cellular level.
While electrochemical and subsequent mechanical energies are jumpstarted by consuming food nutrients, there is another type of energy that can stimulate our body from the outside. It is called Sound. Sound is a cool underappreciated source of energy. A soprano singer can shatter a crystal glass by singing a high note coinciding with the natural frequency of the glass. How does the sound affect our ear? Sound waves emitted by the object, like a trumpet for example, exert a mechanical pressure on our eardrums, mobilizing little bones called ossicles to carry the energy further to the acoustic nerve. This gets transcribed by the neurons in our brain, to relay a specific message or image to the listener. Sound is also used for diagnostic purposes as an ultrasound. It can also be used therapeutically to break down tiny kidney stones and recently has been used to ablate prostate cancer.
Sound energy can also “give birth” to Electromagnetic Energy which has been the subject of much excitement in the last few decades. The studies of electromagnetism actually date back to the 18th century when a renowned Austrian psychiatrist Franz Anton Mesmer used magnets for healing his psychiatric patients. His clients all reported sensing unusual currents coursing through their bodies prior to the onset of healing crisis that led to a cure. Mesmer methodology was largely ignored by the scientific community until recently our American Federal Drug Administration has approved Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation for treatment of severe depression. Like Mesmer’s, many novel scientific ideas have been first countered by resistance from the establishment. As a German naturalist and explorer of those times, Alexander Humbold aptly noted: “First they ignore it. Then they laugh at it. Then they say they knew it all along.”
There are many electromagnetic types of radiation which are harmful, like the ones your cell phones, computers, refrigerators and microwaves are generating. In fact, there is a whole branch of environmental science which now deals with the detrimental effects of electromagnetic radiation of electric devices on the human cells. Remember: cells are made up of atoms, and atoms are always vibrating. These vibrations are very fragile and subject to influence from all of the different sources of electromagnetic radiation around you (sun, x-rays, electronics, etc). When I see patients with mysterious symptoms such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia which cannot be explained by conventional medical science – I often recommend rethinking the wiring in the house and changing an electric switchboard location. The influence of these powerful energies around us cannot be ignored. To be continued.
Svetlana Kogan, M.D. is a Board Certified Medical Doctor with 20 years of experience. She has appeared as a health expert on FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC prime time TV, and has authored hundreds of publications for internet and print. She moved her Concierge Internal Medicine practice from Manhattan NYC to Naples, where her focus is on fusing traditional medicine with holistic approach to illness and prevention.
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