Not All Magnetic Fields are Created Equal
Certain intensities and frequencies are resonant to living systems, while others produce dissonance (also known as “noise”). All life on Earth evolved within the geomagnetic field, which is steady and relatively unchanging.
As life grew more complex, its natural magnetic profiles became more subtle, to establish bioresonance within the living system at the quantum level of structure and function. Therefore, certain “windows”, or narrow ranges of intensity and frequency are natural to living systems for maintenance of communication, equilibrium and balance at atomic, molecular and cellular levels. For Earth’s magnetic field, these ranges are about 0.3 gauss to about 0.6 gauss, averaging about 0.5 gauss in North America. Remarkably, these ranges are lower than a millionth of a gauss in humans, the most complex of all species.
It has been demonstrated that pico-Tesla range magnetic fields (pT MF’s) are physiologic, and they are associated with the extremely low frequencies as seen in the electroencephalogram (EEG). David Cohen of MIT was the first to use a superconducting magnetometer (SQUID) to measure the normal magnetic fields emanating from the human brain and heart. He found that these naturally-occurring magnetic fields were in the pico-Tesla range, about 10 million times weaker than the geomagnetic field. At the other end of the strength spectrum, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) magnetic fields are about 10,000 gauss, strong enough to line up nuclei for diagnosis. Human magnetic fields are, naturally, billions of times weaker. It is interesting to note that most of the permanent magnets now used for magnet therapy range in strength from several gauss to several thousand gauss. This is out of the range for biological resonance with humans. By contrast, household appliances, cellular telephones, and computers emit MFs a bit weaker than the geomagnetic, at milligauss levels. These too are outside of the bioresonance windows, which makes them a source of dissonance. Therefore, when considering use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Magnetic Fields (PEMF’s) for adjunctive therapy to conventional health care, it is advisable to employ naturally-occurring magnetic field intensities (i.e. pico-Tesla range MF’s), or secondarily the geomagnetic, at frequencies within the EEG spectrum.
Dealing With Chronic and Acute Stress
“Stress” refers to a constraining force or influence. For example, forces are exerted when one body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body part. Stress produces a deformation or strain to cause tension, and it is generally a factor in disease causation. The tension can be physical, chemical or emotional. Stress alters an existent equilibrium.
The central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) are significantly affected by stress, as are all other systems of the body, including the immune system. More specifically, stress adversely affects the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which innervates smooth and cardiac muscles, as well as glands. The visceral nervous system is a major component of the autonomic nervous system. Additionally, most peripheral nerves are composed of both motor and sensory neurons.
In the PNS, the nuclei (cell bodies) are clumped together as ganglia. Thus, in the ANS, the ganglia are sites of synapse intermediate between end organs and the spinal cord. The 31 pairs of spinal nerves that emerge through foramina eventually swell into dorsal root ganglia (where cell bodies of sensory neurons are located), and become rami to form the plexi: cervical, brachial, lumbar and sacral.
The ANS functions automatically, below conscious levels, but it is influenced by stress, be it physical or emotional. Effector cells of the ANS can either be stimulated or inhibited, and the ANS regulates a diversity of functions. These functions include blood vessel diameter, blood pressure, GI secretion, pupil size, micturition, sweating, kidney function, bronchi diameter, erectile function, basal metabolism, liver function, body temperature, and pancreatic function.
ANS and CNS interact through centers within the hypothalamus, brain stem and spinal cord, integrating the brain’s cortex and limbic systems with visceral inputs and the rest of the ANS activity.
Sympathetic stimulation activates the body in states of stress, fear and rage (the “fight or flight” reaction), and during physical strain. It accelerates norepinephrine and epinephrine. This increases heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, and stress. Of course, the result is more strain and tension, in a self-sustaining loop. Parasympathetic stimulation maintains body functions under quiet, day-to-day living conditions. It decreases heart rate; promotes digestion and absorption of food; and promotes regular heart rhythm, normal sleep patterns, kidney function and relaxation, thus promoting reduction of pain, tensions, anxiety and strain.
PEMF stimulation with pico-Tesla magnetic fields has been shown to enhance parasympathetic stimulation to enhance feelings of relaxation. By extension, it provides the basis for lowering blood pressure, restoring cardiac rhythmicity, reducing intraocular pressure, stimulating the intestines and urinary bladder, dilating of peripheral blood vessels, and promoting normal sleeping rhythms. Parasympathetic stimulation is a natural by-product when feelings of relaxation are enhanced, because cortical and limbic brain functions are integrated with ANS functions.
It serves as a positive, safe and adjunctive modality, in much the same way that the Chiropractor adjusts the structures of the body to restore alignment, balanced function and homeostasis.. As a direct consequence of this combined approach to wellness, pain is oftentimes reduced from a great variety of etiologies (arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches sprains, strains, contusions, etc.), with concomitant increase in energy levels.
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