You may be surprised—even shocked—to discover that on a daily basis you are exposed to some form of electromagnetic radiation that may be compromising your health. Up until now, you probably have not been aware of this hidden form of pollution and how zapped you are in your home, at work, and even where you play.
And, if you work in certain occupations, live or play within a certain proximity of broadcast towers, cell towers, or electrical power lines or transformers, or have specific lifestyle habits, your zapped load may be seriously higher than the norm, which might just explain a whole variety of seemingly unrelated or unresolved symptoms you haven’t been able to figure out. Continue reading →
Note: This is the first of a series of excerpts from my latest book, Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. Zapped is the first step-by-step manual for fortifying your body, detoxifying your home, and protecting yourself and your family from invisible electronic pollution.
Quick. Look around you. What is the most fascinating high-tech thing you use?
Is it your iPhone or iPad? Or that GPS mounted on your windshield? Perhaps it’s your xBox or your home theater with its enormous flat-screen TV and surround-sound system.
With all the latest technological innovations, you may be hard-pressed to come up with your personal favorite digital or electronic appliance or wireless gadget. The truth is, nothing man-made even comes close to the wonder of the human body as an exquisitely tuned and sensitive electrical being.
You might be surprised to know that everything your body did today was made possible by electricity. The organic computer, known as your brain, that runs the whole show emits waves that are electrical. All the sensory information (like hunger and pain) it sends and receives is electrical. This includes the neurons that discharge when you move a muscle, the signals that tell your body to heal a wound, and even the beat of your heart.
In fact, the electricity that facilitates the heart is produced when charged increments of energy—known as ions—flow through the heart and cause contractions. You may remember these ions—calcium, potassium, chloride, and sodium (which are especially high in conductivity). They are found on that Periodic Table we learned about in high school science. Well, every one of the elements on the Periodic Table carries an electrical charge, so we are, in a very real sense, electrical beings in an electrical world.
As Yale scientist Harold Saxton Burr—who first used a voltmeter to test the electromagnetic fields in the human body in 1936—once said, “Electricity is the way nature behaves.” When an electric current flows through a conductor or wire, a magnetic field is created; thus, the term electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Electric and magnetic fields both interact with the body in various ways. When your heart pumps electrically charged blood (the electric current) through your circulatory system (the conductor), the process creates a powerful magnetic field that surrounds your body and can be measured.
The electromagnetism of the body is so crucial to our functioning that even conventional medicine uses it on a daily basis in diagnostic testing. Every single electron, cell, tissue, and organ in your body carries a very specific frequency or range of frequencies—an electronic signature—that can be measured. This principle is utilized in some of the most accurate and life-saving diagnostic procedures from the electrocardiogram for the heart, the electroencephalogram for the brain, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the body.
MRIs work through the transference of energy via a specific frequency. The energy in this case is made up of radio waves. The atoms in the body or body parts that are being assessed only absorb these energies if their resonant frequency is a match for the frequency of the energy.
So, it is time to think of yourself as much more than a physical being. You are an energy being as well. And you are the most fascinating high-tech “machine” you use on a daily basis!
The decade of the 1980s ushered in a new awareness for many of us regarding the electrical nature of the body. Such awareness is truly essential to understanding how invisible man-made sources of frequencies from power lines, electrical appliances, and electronic devices can impact our physical health. Two pioneering researchers in the field of energetic medicine, Robert O. Becker, M.D., and Richard Gerber, M.D., were largely responsible for bringing this new awareness to those who were ready to receive it. Both authored books dealing with electromagnetism as the basic life force and its role in health and disease. Those books became time-honored classics—Becker’s The Body Electric, first released in 1985, and Gerber’s Vibrational Medicine, released three years later. The information in these books laid a foundation for understanding the electric nature of the body and related ancient healing arts, such as acupuncture, which deal with energetic balance.
Doctors of Oriental Medicine teach that the life force energy which they call chi (Indian yogis call it prana, Hippocrates called it natural life force, and Christ called it light), flows through the body in a given sequence through long, narrow energy channels know as meridians. These are two polarizing forces, known as yin and yang through which chi manifests itself. Yin and yang are paired opposites, which express the female and male principles, respectively, that exist in all things in varying degrees. Our state of health, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is determined and measured by the balance of yin and yang forces in our bodies.
Balance—energetic balance, which expresses itself physically as chemical balance—is the key to health. When the energy balance is disturbed, chi no longer flows freely through the body. It may be become stagnant or flow too forcefully through any of the major meridians, each of which is associated with an organ or set of organs. These imbalances are seen as giving rise to (and preceding in development of) physical symptoms in the physical body.
Therefore, before physical symptoms manifest—sometimes years before—an energy disturbance exists, which will eventually express itself in bodily illness if not corrected. To prevent this physical expression of imbalance as disease, the Doctor of Oriental Medicine uses acupuncture to redistribute disturbed energies in the body through insertion of needles at key points along the meridians (points that serve as booster amplifiers to bolster the energy flow).
Western medicine has long been skeptical about acupuncture. Such skepticism was largely based on the inability to think of the body in electrical rather than just biochemical terms. Furthermore, there was no proof of any physical structures that corresponded to the meridians through which the invisible chi was said to flow. Little did conventional health practitioners know that the actual physical structures had already been identified. In the 1960s Korean researcher Kim Bong Han discovered a fine duct-like tubule system that corresponded to the meridian paths as charted in Chinese medicine thousands of years earlier. (Gerber made this stunning disclosure in Vibrational Medicine.) This correspondence was later verified by tracking the movement of radioactive isotopes through the tubule system with a high-speed computed tomography (CAT) scan. The isotopes were found to travel the course of traditional acupuncture meridians when injected into acupuncture points. Injection into random, non-acupuncture points did not have this effect.
Additional confirmation of acupuncture came in 1988, when William A. Tiller, Ph.D., of Stanford University found that acupuncture points were measurably different than other points on the body. At the exact center of the acupuncture points—and not at other locations on the body—there is a nearly twenty-five-fold decrease in electrical resistance. In other words, acupuncture meridians are more conductive than other points on the body. It’s all about energy and electricity…and the magnetic force that comes with it—electromagnetism.
The findings of modern physics are now echoing those of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both suggest that our bodies are essentially a composite of billions or even trillions of frequencies. These frequencies are expressed in the form of cells, organs, and tissues, which are constantly vibrating and communicating with each other—and the external environment.
Learn how to protect the body’s natural electromagnetic fields and identify, measure and shield from the unnatural EMFs caused by electrical and electronic appliances and wireless devices at www.areyouzapped.com. You will also find the latest scientific studies linking electropollution with increased health risks.
Next month heralds the return of spring. Spring is traditionally the time in which the liver needs to be nourished according to traditional Chinese medicine.
I’ll admit it…I’m in awe of the liver.
As far as I’m concerned, this amazing organ nestled away in the right side of the abdomen has more than earned its name, which is derived from an old English word for “life.”
The liver is your key to life, even possessing the unique ability to regenerate itself. Although your liver may need up to two years for this regeneration process, you can rebuild this vital organ with the right diet and detox plan.
These liver-loving nutrients will keep it running smoothly and promote its detoxification—for optimum weight loss and health. Continue reading →
Although synonymous with Valentine’s Day, chocolate alone possesses an alluring mystical quality that enchants us all 24/7.
Its allure has been around for 2,000 years or more. In fact, many centuries ago, cacao beans—from which chocolate is originally derived—were considered so valuable that they were used as a kind of currency.
Now we know that chocolate is actually good for you and especially good for your heart. Continue reading →
With the popularity of paleo diets and Dr. David Perlmutter’s book “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers,“ it’s time to remind ourselves that our bodies are still fashioned after the cavemen.
As strange as it may seem, genetically, we have changed very little since the “modern” human being appeared over 40,000 years ago. It’s a topic I’ve been writing about for over 25 years, so I’m happy to see that it’s “an idea whose time has finally come.” Continue reading →
The gang’s all coming to your house for Super Bowl Sunday this year. Regardless of who’s a Denver or Seattle fan, everyone will be cheering for Super Bowl Chili. You’re sure to win big with this one!! And, use it time and again for potlucks, tailgates, and hearty family gatherings.
Making this Super Bowl a truly memorable occasion (pun intended) is the chili’s secret ingredient…unsweetened cocoa powder! It’s a deliciously rich source of flavanols so good for your cardiovascular system. Plus, cocoa is high in magnesium, a mineral essential for heart health that is also calming, which may be a good thing for those overexcited fans. Continue reading →
Wouldn’t you love to start eating these “forbidden” foods again, and even get off the dieting merry-go-round once and for all? Well, you can—and actually lose weight and protect your heart while you’re doing it. Fat is the body’s preferred fuel, and surprisingly, even saturated fat is cardio-protective.
If you’re familiar with my book Eat Fat, Lose Weight, you already know that certain fats (omega-3s, -6s and -9s) can not only rev up your metabolism to help you lose weight, but can also help lower the risk of heart attacks, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, breast cancer, and even menstrual irregularities from PMS to perimenopause and beyond. Continue reading →
Unless we live in Europe or somewhere in Connecticut or Maine—two states here in the US that already require GMO food labeling—it can be hard to know what we are really putting into our precious bodies! While more than 20 other states are set to consider labeling laws in 2014, “Big Food” is trying to push their own bill through.
According to the Environmental Working Group, “the industry has proposed new legislation that would limit your right to know what you’re eating by barring states from requiring labels on food with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, even allowing companies to label GE foods ‘natural.’” Continue reading →
When I became the director of nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California in the early ’80s, I came to the realization that while diet was an important element in achieving total health, there had to be something more. In my position at Pritikin, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of celebrities, CEOs and artists-all of whom had traveled throughout the world.
In the course of taking their health and diet histories, many of these distinguished individuals casually mentioned that they had routinely traveled to Romania for Dr. Ana Aslan’s procaine therapy, known as Gerovital H-3 (or GH-3).
I became intrigued by the glowing reports of the extraordinary results obtained from this therapy and soon began my own research into this most amazing anti-aging remedy. From my studies and review of medical articles, books, and consultations with my Pritikin clients, I learned that patients receiving procaine therapy showed a much deeper capacity for joy in everyday life, experienced relief from anxiety and depression; had increased intellectual and physical vigor; and experienced less stiffness, better skin, enhanced hair and nail growth, fewer brown spots and skin abnormalities, and faster healing of accidental fractures. Continue reading →
A recent review of research into the effects of acute and chronic stress clearly—and consistently—identifies the damage it does to the immune system and cardiovascular health.
First, stress impacts endothelial (the inner lining of the blood vessels) function and the way the body responds to pathogens and toxins. One study at VA San Diego Healthcare System shows that psychological stress deactivates skin activity that normally offers resistance to bacterial infections—including super bugs like MRSA!
Next, stress damages natural killer cells and other immune defenses, leading to adverse health effects including the development of coronary artery disease. Finally, psychological stress increases production of substances that cause heart attack and stroke. Continue reading →