Prof. Fritz-Albert Popp
“We know today that man, essentially, is a being of light.”
And the modern science of photobiology is presently proving this. In terms of healing the implications are immense. We now know, for example, that quanta of light can initiate, or arrest, cascade-like reactions in the cells, and that genetic cellular damage can be virtually repaired, within hours, by faint beams of light.
“We are still on the threshold of fully understanding the complex relationship between light and life, but we can now say emphatically, that the function of our entire
metabolism is dependent on light.” ………..Dr. Fritz Albert Popp
— Human hands glow, but fingernails release the most light, according to a recent study that found all parts of the hand emit detectable levels of light.
The findings support prior research that suggested most living things, including plants, release light. Since disease and illness appear to affect the strength and pattern of the glow, the discovery might lead to less-invasive ways of diagnosing patients.
Mitsuo Hiramatsu, a scientist at the Central Research Laboratory at Hamamatsu Photonics in Japan, who led the research, told Discovery News that the hands are not the only parts of the body that shine light by releasing photons, or tiny, energized increments of light.
“Not only the hands, but also the forehead and bottoms of our feet emit photons,” Hiramatsu said, and added that in terms of hands “the presence of photons means that our hands are producing light all of the time.”
The light is invisible to the naked eye, so Hiramatsu and his team used a powerful photon counter to “see”it.
The findings are published in the Sept. 2005 Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology.
Hiramatsu found that fingernails light up more than the other parts of the hand, said, “It may be because of the optical window property of fingernails,” meaning that the fingernail works somewhat like a prism to scatter light.
To find out what might be creating the light in the first place, he and colleague Kimitsugu Nakamura had test subjects hold plastic bottles full of hot or cold water before their hand photons were measured. The researchers also pumped nitrogen or oxygen gas into the dark box where the individuals placed their hands as they were being analyzed.
Warm temperatures increased the release of photons, as did the introduction of oxygen. Rubbing mineral oil over the hands also heightened light levels.
Based on those results, the scientists theorize the light “is a kind of chemiluminescence,” a luminescence based on chemical reactions, such as those that make fireflies glow. The researchers believe 40 percent of the light results from the chemical reaction that constantly occurs as our hand skin reacts with oxygen.
Since mineral oil, which permeates into the skin, heightens the light, they also now think 60 percent of the glow may result from chemical reactions that take place inside the skin.
Fritz-Albert Popp, a leading world expert on biologically related photons at The International Institute of Biophysics in Germany, agrees with the findings and was not surprised by them.
Popp told Discovery News, “One may find clear correlations to kind and degree (type and severity) of diseases.”
Popp and his team believe the light from the forehead and the hands pulses out with the same basic rhythms, but that these pulses become irregular in unhealthy people. A study he conducted on a muscular sclerosis patient seemed to validate the theory.
Both he and Hiramatsu hope future studies will reveal more about human photon emissions, which could lead to medical diagnosis applications.
WHEN YOU ARE HEALTHY YOU EMIT COHERENT LIGHT
WHEN YOU HAVE DIS-EASE YOU EMIT INCOHERENT LIGHT
Ultraweak Photon Emission (UPE) or Biophoton emission (BPE) refers to the phenomenon of constant and spontaneous emission of light from all biological systems including humans due to metabolic activities, without excitation or enhancement. This occurs in the visible and UV part of the electromagnetic spectrum at ultra low intensities, on the order of 10-16 – 10-18 W/cm2.The coherent emission of bio-photons is connected to energy and information transfer processes in the biological organisms, and has been linked to the function of DNA and to gene regulation.There have been proposed various mechanisms of production, emission, and absorption of bio-photons, which concern metabolic and homeostatic processes, biorhythms, intracellular and intercellular communication, cell growth and differentiation, regulation of biochemical and morphogenetic processes, microtubule function, etc..
Furthermore, this phenomenon has been experimentally verified independently by many governmental and university research laboratories in unicellular organisms, separate cell cultures (which exhibit photon communication that results in synchronization of their emission pattern), tumor cells (which exhibit characteristic photon emission pattern different from normal cells), tissues, organs, plants, animals, and humans.
As for the differentiation in photon emission between health and disease, relative studies concern the effect of microbial infections in biological systems, the correlation with states of health, and new methods of interpretation and diagnosis in pathological states such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Further experimental studies have shown that ultraweak photon emission from the surface of the human skin is emitted in the visual and in the infrared spectrum and is also strongly correlated to electrodermal activity (Popp et al., 2006 ).
In cancer diagnostics, the use of near-field electrical measurements (Pokorny et al., 2011 ), besides the far-field method of ultraweak photon emission, utilizes frequency selective (resonant) absorption of electromagnetic waves in malignant tumors.