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.
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- Tree Cover Protecting Against Violent Assault, SpaceTimeEpi Group, email@example.comJuly 17, 2017, http://spacetimeepi.net/portfolio-item/tree-cover-and-violent-assault/
- 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
- Shinrin-Yoku, shinrin-yoku.org, http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html (G.Shinrin-Yoku Forest Medicine)
- 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)
- 10.19: Boost Your Immune System, Shake Off Stress by Walking in the Woods , ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2013) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003132112.htm (10.19)
- 10.20: Kelly Tatera, Scientists Reveal Why “Forest Bathing” or Going to the Beach Boosts Our Well-Being, The Science Explorer (Feb. 3, 2016) http://thescienceexplorer.com/brain-and-body/scientists-reveal-why-forest-bathing-or-going-beach-boosts-our-well-being (10.20)
- 10.21: Jared Green, Research Shows Nature Helps with Stress, The Dirt, (Sept. 8, 2011) https://dirt.asla.org/2011/09/08/research-shows-nature-helps-with-stress/ (10.21)
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)