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Bio-photons detect food quality

Discover how bio-photons radiate light from the cells of both plants and animals, and what that tells us about the health of the body and the food we eat

Living cells emit a weak glow in the form of UV light. This is evidence of photon radiation and suggests that the presence of bio-photons may play a role in cell regulation. The process was first suggested in the early 1920s by Alexander Gurwitsch, a Russian embryologist. He called the photon emissions “mitogenetic rays” because he believed the light promoted cell growth. Due to the controversial nature of the theory and resources being diverted to the efforts of WWII, the research was ignored and finally dropped until the 1970s when German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp applied quantum optics effects to the study. He was successful in experimentally proving that living systems exist inside a coherent photon field and went on to show that “biophotons,” as he called them, were responsible for cellular communication, both inside and outside the cell. He also established that biophotons were responsible for the regulation of biological functions including cell growth and differentiation. This was an astounding discovery. What Popp suggested was that light, in some manner, was responsible for life because it begins as a single cell that divides and differentiates into specialized cells.

Popp, along with Bernard Ruth, later developed a device to easily detect biophotons from both plants and animal cells. It is now being used to ascertain the quality of food. Interestingly enough, the healthiest food had the lowest biophoton emission. That’s because such emissions occur spontaneously when a system is in an excited state. The photons are released to electrically rebalance the system. All systems naturally seek a state of equilibrium. Popp and others also found that simple organisms emitted the most photons, and that complex organisms, such as humans, emitted the least. By the early 1980s, Popp was able to demonstrate that the helix configuration of DNA was the source for biophoton emission and absorption. He considered this to be the process behind bio-communication throughout the body.

Popp also examined healthy people and found that their light output was balanced and followed biological, repeating rhythms of 7, 14, 32, 80 and 270 days. Cancer patients lacked these rhythms and lost their coherence. Patients with multiple sclerosis exhibited too much light and it was too ordered. The result, as he concluded, was that health was a delicate balance between chaos and order. Too much coherence would cause the system to collapse.

If that idea sounds strange, consider this. When an army is marching across a bridge, they are told to stagger their steps and not to march in unison because doing so could create two oscillating waves throughout the bridge, one of physical vibration and one of sonic vibration. Too much coherence (all footsteps falling at the same time) could collapse the bridge.

Popp was fired for his initial work on biophotons. Twenty-five years later, his original research was finally accepted as scientifically valid. It paved the way for an entirely new, multi-million dollar, internationally recognized field of study called biophotonics. Besides food quality assessment, this field focuses on a wide variety of issues including the development of medical imaging technology and advancements in neurosurgery.

by S. C.
17 february 2009, Technical Area > Science News