Water and proton tunneling

To revisit a recent post – and my mentioning an exquisite website about the science of water – why is it important? We are about 65% water by mass held together with oil based membranes that contain the water and a mineral rich skeletal structure that helps give us form and support the muscles for moving around. The number of water molecules is far greater though (98.73%) because they are small molecules compared to other proteins or lipids. (Composition of the human body, Wikipedia)

So how the water molecules act as groups and as a fluid containing other minerals and larger molecules is chemistry and physics essential for health. Water also conducts electricity and minerals can act as magnets or carriers of electric charge so the study of electric fields and electric signals is also of importance. Many people are likely aware of surface tension, the faint electric charge of electrons shared between water molecules which help it to cling together in the form of rain drops or to provide a surface on which water bugs can skate or on which car tires may hydroplane in a rain storm. Fewer people may be aware that protons from the more solid interior of atomic structure may also be shared between molecules when uniformly arranged in ordered stacks or rows. It is called proton tunneling and several pages on the water website include description and discussion of the physics. Water Structure and Science by Martin Chaplin, BSc PhD CChem FRSC, (about), pages including: “proton tunneling,” (Table of Contents).

From a dietary and health perspective and a world culture perspective it is common to have shared mealtimes and include prayer or positive conversation and studies suggest it is more beneficial for digestion to avoid negative conversation at mealtimes. The information about proton tunneling between organized groups of water molecules could explain somewhat how or why positive energy is effecting health and digestion beneficially and negative energy and electro-magnetic fields (EMF) from wifi and smartphone type devices may be effecting health negatively. (EMFs, previous post) The electrical/magnetic wave energy have been found to disrupt hydrogen bonding (Magnetic and Electric Effects on Water, Chaplin) and may also be disrupting the organized proton tunneling of the stacked water molecules. Many areas of the body are organized in layers including the skin and inner mucous membranes of the digestive system and also the cells of the brain are generally organized in layers that are then folded to fit within the skull.

Western medicine typically does not include a study of energy health practices that are traditional or more recent in some nations or cultural groups. Acupressure/acupuncture is based on energy fields of the body and benefits have been substantiated with medical research. Chakra energy fields are studied in yoga and health in India. Eastern and Western are rough descriptors for the two basic groups of health philosophy. Bringing together the Western biochemical approach and the energy field approach of the Eastern therapies might help improve health care for prevention or treatment of illness.

The physical landscape may also benefit from a study of electro-magnetic fields and health. Violence in urban areas has been found to be reduced in areas near trees – odd? (1) Maybe, other studies have found being around nature has relaxing and de-stressing effects on the body. (10.4, 10.19, 10.20, 10.21) Studies of trees as a potential buffer for the very large high power electric line towers has shown a reduction in the EMF radiation in the region of the treeline. (2)

A walk in a natural setting may be more beneficial to health than a walk in an urban setting (10.19, 10.20) but even looking at images of nature has been found to help reduce stress levels – more than taking a walk in a busy urban setting, (10.21) suggesting that while exercise has health benefits, exposure to nature also has health benefits. 

Forest air may provide health benefits from essential oils and other nutrients in the moisture rich air and electrically active ions. (G.Shinrin-Yoku Forest Medicine), (G.thescienceexplorer.com)

Why is water blue?  – because it scatters blue light rays and absorbs other colors.                 (Water Absorption Spectrum)

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  1. Tree Cover Protecting Against Violent Assault, SpaceTimeEpi Group, dwiebe@upenn.eduJuly 17, 2017,  http://spacetimeepi.net/portfolio-item/tree-cover-and-violent-assault/
  2. M. Suojanen, C. Lederle, R. Heim, T. Keikko, S. Kuusiluoma, L. Korpinen, The effect of trees on calculation of electric fields
    near 400 kV transmission lines, Transactions on Modelling and Simulation vol 30, © 2001 WIT Press, www.witpress.com, ISSN 1743-355X  https://www.witpress.com/Secure/elibrary/papers/CMEM01/CMEM01091FU.pdf
  3. Shinrin-Yoku, shinrin-yoku.org, http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html (G.Shinrin-Yoku Forest Medicine)
  4. Kelly Tatera, Scientists Reveal Why “Forest Bathing” or Going to the Beach Boosts our Well-Being, Feb. 3, 2016, thescienceexplorer.com, http://thescienceexplorer.com/brain-and-body/scientists-reveal-why-forest-bathing-or-going-beach-boosts-our-well-being (G.thescienceexplorer.com).

10.4: Byoung-Suk Kweon, Roger S. Ulrich, Verrick D. Walker and Louis G. Tassinary, Anger and Stress: The Role of Landscape Posters in an Office Setting, Environment and Behavior 2008 40: 355  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Louis_Tassinary/publication/258132363_Anger_and_Stress_The_Role_of_Landscape_Posters_in_an_Office_Setting/links/0a85e5304d07b6d045000000.pdf (10.4)

Fennel Seed Diet

New/extra short term goal- regain health, reduce inflammation and lose weight by adding fennel seeds back to my daily diet. I ran out of them earlier this summer and since then hurt my knee and gained weight with the decreased activity, (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate (RICE) can help sprained ankles and strained ligaments but 6-8 weeks is expected for recovery).

Fennel seeds are used as an after meal dessert or breath freshener in India and elsewhere. They also are a digestive aid and may help preserve bone density/prevent osteoporosis from reading I did on the topic last winter when I first added them to my daily diet. It turns out they also are thought to help weight loss based on search results-(fennel seed weight loss). I love the internet. More specific information includes potential help with anxiety & depression and also mentions the possible help as digestive aid and weight loss as an appetite suppressant : “21 Health Benefits of Fennel, and Risks & Side Effects,”  selfhacked.com. Excessive amounts daily are not recommended however the crunch and taste are lasting and a pinch, ~ 1/2 teaspoon, is a little like chewing minty gum for little while.

So my simple plan – try to eat my healthy meal choices and have a teaspoon of fennel seeds after meals and whenever I feel like snacking in between meals – and just see if that helps curb the desire for more snacking. /Day one, already feeling some positive effects./

Fennel seed are an alkalizing food – meaning after digestion the body system is more alkaline than acidic which promotes health more and may help reduce cancer risk: Alkalizing foods refers to the alkalinity after digestion.

From my wintertime notes: 

A gift from nature to help us build Nrf2 (10) and which may improve digestion  (11) and bone density (12) are the licorice flavored Fennel Seeds that might be served in a tiny dish as an appetizer or after a meal at an Indian food restaurant. The tiny crunchy seeds can be eaten directly raw or may be toasted.  A few pinches, a teaspoon or two are a reasonable digestive health aid and even seem to freshen the breath somewhat as there is also a slight minty flavor to the more predominant licorice flavor. They are sold in larger quantities, (400 gram package), in India food markets but may be found in a one ounce jar in the spice section as they are also added to soups in Western recipes.

One interaction caution is for women using estrogen based birth control pills. Fennel also contains estrogen like phytonutrients which may interfere with the use of the birth control pills as a pregnancy preventative. (11) Regarding quantity for health benefits – a study on bone density effects in post menopausal women did not find 300 mg per day effective (12) – that would be less than an 1/8th of a teaspoon. I have seen a portion described as “a handful” in an unlinked source, which is about 1/4 – 1/2 cup, and which would be a lot compared to what I eat in a day but an 1/8th teaspoon wouldn’t be much at all. I eat a pinch or two, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time several times per day. So a tablespoon (three teaspoons) to an 1/8th cup (two tablespoons or 6 teaspoons) might be consumed throughout the day when snacking from an open dish as seen in the image below. They do seem to help settle my stomach after a meal.

Not as conducive to weight loss, but delicious – putting ground fennel powder in cookies – they were incredible: Fennel Cookies-lightly licorice.

Fennel seeds, raw.

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Aquaporin protein channels in desalination of sea water

Technological advances have often looked to nature for unique designs. The aquaporin protein channels that help our brains move water across the blood brain barrier (previous post) are being used in experimental desalination membranes for moving the water across a barrier membrane that blocks the salt. Fresh water inexpensively being able to be made out of sea water could help save drought stricken areas. (The new water technologies that could save the planet, The Guardian)

Current technology to desalinate (remove salt) from ocean water is energy intensive making it very costly. Some success has occurred in developing solar panel systems to provide the energy needed for that type of desalination.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.