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My brother lived for a time in Forks, Washington, in the Olympic rainforest. They get over a hundred inches of rain every year, so they don’t see a lot of sunshine. Often weeks or months go by without the sun poking through the clouds. After a while of being there he began to get depressed and was having trouble with normal cognition. Over the years, he got SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in a big way. The family had to move to Idaho where he could get more sunshine, and things began to look up.
What is LIGHT?
We call “light” the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that our eyes pick up. The molecules in our retinas are just the right size and shape to absorb those rays and send a signal to the brain – “Hey, there! I just absorbed a yellow wave!” The brain responds by trying to figure out what it all means! However, there is so much more to light! The following chart shows a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we usually use, including the TINY sliver we actually see with our eyes. There is even more than this, but it remains outside the instruments we currently use. Our experience in the physical world goes from subatomic particles to suns, so that is what we know.
The size of the waves makes a big difference. Size does matter! I can explain with an example of waves in water.
Imagine a stick about an inch in diameter floating on the water. If I drop a pebble near it, the stick will absorb the waves made by the pebble. The waves on the other side of the stick won’t appear. But if that same stick is in the ocean and a wave comes, the stick has no effect at all; it just floats right over the wave.
Likewise, picture the gamma rays that are small, but coming fast. They can be absorbed by small things, like molecules. The concentrated gamma ray energy released all at once, which is how they do damage, causes radiation injury to DNA or other molecules.
Gamma rays go right through water, which absorbs in the infrared spectrum, causing the water to get hot (like in your microwave oven). Infrared wavelengths are longer than the red we see. As they get longer, we call them radio waves that go right through tall buildings like Superman! This is why you can be inside a building with no windows and still use your cell phone. This is also why the James Webb Space Telescope uses the infrared spectrum. They want to be able to “see through” a nebula, for example.
The light we don’t see has always been a source of worry for some people, such as microwave ovens. Most organic molecules will change slightly in either electrical charge or in vibrational frequency when they absorb light in the range of 2-10 micrometers – like the microwaves that heat up your food. As water molecules absorb the light their energy increases, producing heat.
We sit in an infrared sauna. We don’t see the light, but it is all around, being absorbed by the wood walls of the sauna, and penetrating our skin, heating up the water in our bodies like a microwave oven, from the inside-out. When the waves are absorbed, the energy from them speeds up the molecules, which we feel as heat. This improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. It also gets the sweat glands working to help detox the body. This is the same part of the spectrum that heats our body from a campfire – penetrating the clothes we wear and warming us up. The perception of an infrared sauna is healing, while microwaves and airport scanners are thought to harm us (but they don’t!).
A little farther down the infrared scale towards radio waves is the new cellular service 5G that so many people worry about. If you think you can protect yourself from 5G, think again. 5G is in between your microwave oven and a far infrared sauna. In other words, it can heat up water very well, given enough energy. (A full aluminum suit will actually protect you from 5G the way you can block the microwaves in your oven with foil.) 5G does not penetrate walls as well as radio waves because it is a shorter wavelength, and is absorbed by water, which is in the air, plants, and other things, so the towers need to be closer to your phone. The power of the 5G is low, like one to five watts. Compare that to an infrared sauna which may have several 300-watt panels, or a microwave oven with up to 1,000 watts. All of these can affect your body, heating you up from the inside-out.
On the other end of the light spectrum is x-rays. X-rays penetrate aluminum like sunlight through a clean window. Every time we fly high up in the sky where there are more x-rays, the quarter-inch thick aluminum skin of the jet might as well be Wonder Woman’s invisible plane. It is estimated that a flight across the United States exposes each person in the plane to the equivalent radiation of one chest x-ray. Not a lot, but still can damage DNA. Luckily, our cells repair the damage quickly!
Every part of the spectrum of light can affect your body. Why is all this important? I wanted to show you what light is and ways that you already know how it can affect you. There is no need to fear the light. Go towards the light!
The Benefits of Light
Photobiomodulation is a long word known as PBM, which is the health effects of light on the body. Light in the near infrared spectrum penetrates the body well, and there are many different molecules that absorb that light and change the function of cells. (Near infrared light is the section of wavelengths nearest to the normal range but just past what we can see.)
The near infrared spectrum penetrates the skin, going into the deep tissues, and changing the function of cells. This light gets absorbed by the mitochondria, the part of the cell that makes energy, turning on an enzyme called Cytochrome C Oxidase (CCO) which stimulates the production of ATP – energy. The light is not directly giving the cell energy, but rather turns on the process, and the cell uses oxygen and sugar to make more energy. The results are important:
- Improved energy
- More nitric oxide
- Improved blood flow to bring nutrients
- Better lymph flow to clean out debris and waste
This has far-reaching effects on the body. For example, near infrared light can penetrate the skull and light up your brain. Only about five percent of this light gets through the skull, but that is enough to reach the cytochrome C Oxidase and other chromophores. Near infrared light in the brain causes: