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Energy Medicine - Part 3

This is part 3 of a multi-part series explaining energy medicine. I have written a detailed chapter on energy medicine. Below is the chapter text that relates to the video included in this blog.

Comparison of a reaction with and without an enzyme. The enzyme-catalyzed reaction will go about nine times faster. Increasing the temperature of the environment will cause the enzyme reaction to accelerate even more profoundly because the activation barrier is substantially lower.

Types of Light Energy

Where does light energy go in our body and what does it do? In general, there has to be a match between the frequency of a photon or wave of light and the molecule it is interacting with in order for it to be absorbed and have an effect.

Gamma-ray photons have the highest energy in the EMR spectrum and their waves have the shortest wavelength. They are very similar but stronger compared to X-rays which most of us have more familiarity. These photons can break apart substances with ease with which they interact.

X-ray photons are highly energetic and have enough energy to break up molecules and hence damage living cells. When X-rays hit a material, some are absorbed and others pass through. This feature of X-rays allows for imaging, but not without some level of damage created to the tissue with which it interacts.

Ultraviolet (UV) light is not considered ionizing radiation as are gamma and X-rays. UV light is critically important as it can damage and heal. DNA, for example, is a very large molecule that normally absorbs energy when interacting with UV light and then quickly converts or releases that energy, in some manner. Thus, when UV light interacts with a substance, it adds energy sending it into an "excited" state. All systems try to return to some type of more stable ground state by shedding that energy. In some cases, bonds are broken and the molecule is destroyed or modified. In other instances, heat or light may be given off.

It turns out that DNA is extremely effective at dissipating the extra energy quickly, so it gets damaged less than 0.1% of the time it is hit by UV light. However, this higher energy state also provides great benefits. Molecules circulating through the skin, when interacting with UV light, can easily undergo chemical transformations. Examples are the formation of vitamins D and melatonin. But, its action is probably much more profound than just this. UV light creates "free" electrons and electrons health oxidative damage.

Visible light is quite similar to that of UV but has lower energy. Visible light does speed up reactions by elevating electrons to an excited state. At the higher level, they are able to do more work. This is called "potential energy." This is similar to raising a heavy object up on a pully. Now attach the pully to another lighter object and let it go. The heavy object will fall and the lighter object will propel upwards. That is what visible light does - it raises up a molecule into a more reactive state so it can more easily be transformed into a new form of energy or give off its excess energy to some other substance. The most fundamentally important action of visible light is on the chlorophyll molecule.

Chlorophyll is found in virtually all photosynthetic organisms, including green plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. It absorbs energy from visible light and this energy is then used to convert carbon dioxide to carbohydrates. Plant chlorophylls absorb mainly in blue (between 400 and 500 nm) and red (around 650 to 680 nm) visible light wavelengths. Without visible light and chlorophyll, there is no life on our planet.

Infrared light is the most abundant form of light energy from the Sun.

Infrared light: As we go to lower energy along the electromagnetic spectrum from visible light, we next wind up in this form, that is, infrared light. Whereas X-rays break apart molecules and the UV and visible light (photons) elevate electrons to a more energetic state in molecules, infrared light interacts by causing chemical bonds to vibrate.

Motion is heat and thus infrared light causes molecules to heat up. After all, temperature is defined as the average of the molecular motion of the particles. If you want to get warmer in the winter, the solution is simple, make the air molecules go faster! Easier said than done. We normally have to rely on the earth to absorb infrared light and then radiate it back to the air as heat. When you feel the warmth of the sun, it is infrared light, not the more energetic forms of the EM spectrum. That is, visible and UV light do not make you feel warm.

The strict definition of what infrared wavelengths do to molecules is the following. "Infrared radiation absorbed by molecules causes increased vibration. Collisions between these energized molecules and others in the sample, tissue, for example, transfer energy among all the molecules, which increases the average thermal energy and, hence, raises the temperature." Simply put, temperature is movement.