Monday, August 19, 2013
There is accumulating scientific evidence for “intelligent design” (www.Summary of Scientific Evidence for Creation ( Part I & II) by Duane Gish, Ph.D. Michael J Behe. Darwin’s Black Box; The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Mar 2006) The “Big Bang” is now accepted as a natural law and indicates that “something can be created from nothing”. Perhaps the evolution of man is part of a great design so that we become the first creatures on Earth that have the capacity to discover that design and explain the long held view that there is, in fact, a designer. Einstein taught us that energy and matter are inter-convertible (E=MC2). This must change our present concept of who we are, how our overall health matters and how the art and science of medicine must “catch up” with the natural sciences in physics, chemistry and astronomy. Although we know how our cells create chemical energy from food, we still know little about its transduction to electrical energy. For example, we know that the 500 volts of energy produced in the electric organ of the electric eel is an adaptation of a nerve mechanism. Some research has been published that begins to connect the energy transduction process, inviting further speculation (Bettendorff L, et al. Thiamine triphosphate and membrane-associated thiamine triphosphatases in the electric organ of Electrophorus electricus. J Neurochem 1987;49:495-502). The principle is exactly the same as that in the mechanism of some of our own nerves, using the neurotransmitter called acetyl choline. If the “designer” is energy, then God is in our heads, because it is electrical energy that drives the brain. BRAIN FUNCTION Although we still do not know how our brains give us the power to think, we have lots of evidence that at least part of it is a computer called the limbic system. We know that it automates all our ability to adapt to the constantly changing environment that we meet on a daily basis. For example, we sweat when it is hot and shiver when it is cold. The “fight-or-flight” reflex is a well known response to danger. It may be “taught” to perform actions that appear to be intellectual. An accomplished musician plays the notes automatically, using the brain computer. The “thinking brain”, whose functions are still mysterious, is applied to interpretation of the composer’s intentions in creation of the music. BRAIN ENERGY However these functions operate, energy is consumed. We understand the chemistry and know that poor nutrition, demanding calorie liberating fuel, oxygen and vitamin/mineral catalytic nutrients, results in energy loss. Electric energy is produced in our tissues (cardiogram, encephalogram) but there has been little thought given to whether this is a mere effect of chemical reactions or evidence that it is the energy that drives function. Acupuncture and various forms of electrical treatment are beneficial, supporting the importance of electrogenesis (formation of electric energy). Hence, electric energy can be boosted by these means in bypassing the normal chemical/electrical transduction process. The synthesis of cellular energy must meet the demands of its consumption and therefore, one is as important as the other. In a mad workaday world, the combination of daily stress and poor diet is a virtual guarantee for lack of this cellular energy affecting brain function. Our physical existence is organized and controlled by the brain. The body is a chassis that carries our heads and all body functions are a result of brain action. Attacks by microorganisms give rise to defensive reactions organized by the brain. If that organization breaks down, we are automatically inducing the onset of disease. Depending on the way the messages are dispatched, a lack of brain energy can affect the organs of the body and produce “organic” disease. Energy conservation and nutrition come together as the primary method to treat both body and brain. We are never consciously aware of brain function except by its results. Thinking uses energy and both physical and mental “stress” consumes it. When we dig a ditch we are conscious of work being done and are not surprised by onset of fatigue. When we sit at a desk and think, we know that the resulting fatigue is even greater than with digging a ditch, but we do not usually associate it with brain energy consumption. The brain uses twenty per cent of the oxygen taken in with each breath. Mental “stress” wastes energy and anything that shows this fact and teaches conservation has to be at least preventive, and potentially therapeutic. BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback is a method for energy conservation. The patient sits in a comfortable chair and receives brain input by either auditory or visual stimulus. Electrodes are placed strategically on the scalp and music is played, or an image is projected on a computer screen. The patient must learn that complete relaxation is necessary to maintain the continuity of the stimulus. If this is not achieved, the music stops or the visual image disappears and the stimulus chosen returns when relaxation is accomplished. There are billions of neuronal connections in the brain and any volitional use will start function and consume energy. The function is intercepted by the technology and the stimulus is cancelled until the synaptic transmissions slow down or cease. The patient gradually becomes aware that thinking or any form of physical tension stops the stimulus until relaxation is achieved, thus conserving energy. Biofeedback explains the action of meditation and backs up the ancient disciplines of mind/body control.