“Man does not live by bread alone”
. . . he also lives on light.
Most have heard of “enlightenment” as in spiritual, but few are likely to be as familiar with “bio-enlightenment” as in body-mind health and disease prevention.
Humans are photobiotic ‘solar beings’ — absolutely dependent on the absorption of sunlight.
We are human photocells whose ultimate biological nutrient is sunlight.
Human metabolism is regulated and augmented by sunlight energy.
“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.
The human body functions much
like a green plant, collecting energy from the atmosphere.
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
Photo-current is distributed to the internal organs and cells via the individual nerves.
In addition to activating sight in the visual cortex, photo-current also
travels to the brain’s main control center, the hypothalamus. Informed
by photo-current, the hypothalamus then helps regulate brain chemistry,
essential hormones and circadian rhythms.
Ancient New Therapy
The current science of photo-biology, 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.
Light for health is being rediscovered as an effective disease 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 dis-entrainment 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.
Your Eyes are an External Component of Your Brain
Light entering your eyes regulates vital circadian rhythms that control appetite, energy, mood, sleep, libido and other body-mind functions.
In addition to regulating circadian rhythms, expanding photo-biology research is discovering that varying light wavelengths (colors) can elicit varying biological responses much like a vitamin or nutrient.
As a matter of fact . . . light is a nutrient. The wrong kind of light can absolutely contribute to adverse health just as the right kind can help support good health.
We are all light deficient and this nutrient deficiency may be the source of our physical and emotional problems.
— Dr. John Ott, photo-biology pioneer
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.
— Dr. John Ott, Photobiology Pioneer
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Originally published at www.scienceoflight.org a 501(c)(3) non-profit corp.