Lighting the way
December 5th 2018, 15:44
In 1970, the late German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp had been playing around with ultraviolet light, in an attempt to find a cure for cancer, when he made an unexpected discovery. Using a special machine that could count individual photons, the tiniest units of light, Popp discovered that all living things, including humans, emitted a tiny current of light waves, of a surprisingly high intensity.
What's more, these photons in the living systems he'd examined were more coherent than anything he'd ever seen.
In quantum physics, coherence means that subatomic particles and waves can cooperate. They not only know about each other, but also are highly interlinked by bands of common electromagnetic fields so that they can communicate together. They resonate like a multitude of tuning forks all attuned to the same frequency.
As the waves sync up, they begin to act like one giant wave or subatomic particle. It becomes difficult to tell them apart. Something done to one of them will affect the others. They stop behaving like anarchic individuals and begin operating like a well-rehearsed marching band.
Another way to view coherence is like a subatomic telephone network. The better the coherence, the bigger the network and the more waves have a telephone, the more communication is possible.
The end result is also a bit like a large orchestra. All the photons are playing together, and although individual instruments can carry on playing individual parts, when you are listening, it's difficult to tell them apart.
Even more amazing, Popp was witnessing the highest level of this quantum order in a living system. Usually, coherence of this magnitude is only observed in material substances such as superfluids or superconductors studied in the laboratory at very low temperatures—just a few degrees above absolute zero—and not in the hot and messy environment of a living thing.
Another place where coherence is observed is in laser light. All the photons of laser light oscillate in perfect harmony, behaving like one giant photon and vibrating in perfect rhythm. This organization makes for extraordinary energy efficiency. Instead of sending light about 10 feet (3 meters), like a typical 60-watt light bulb, the laser emits a light wave 300 million times that far.
The coherence of laser light is like comparing the photons of a single light bulb to sunlight. Ordinary light sources are incredibly inefficient. The intensity of light from a bulb is only about 6 watts per square inch (1 watt per centimeter) of light. But if you could get all the photons of this single light bulb to become coherent and resonate in harmony with each other, its energy density would be thousands to millions of times higher than that of the surface of the sun.
It took many years for scientists around the globe to begin confirming Popp's theories that light emitted from living things seemed to be the driver of many biological communication processes. Popp even discovered that the light changed, if a person was ill in any way.
Nearly 50 years after Popp's discovery, as we feature in our cover story this month, laser light therapy is one of hottest new treatments for all sorts of illnesses, from arthritis, joint and musculoskeletal pain of all varieties to depression and eye problems like macular degeneration. Even vets are using laser light to heal wounds in dogs. As the latest science has discovered, particular frequencies cause certain 'photochemical' reactions in the body, not unlike photosynthesis in a plant, which harnesses the power of the sun and converts it into usable energy.
Most of the science about laser therapy concentrates on the results and not why this type of light has such a profound effect on the body. But perhaps some clues come from Popp's work all those years ago.
He'd discovered that this mysterious light from humans was not only a communication system within our bodies, but with other living things. We send out light, and they send a synchronous reply. It stands to reason that if we can take in light from the outside, we might also be able to use it to correct our own light when it goes awry.
Popp began experimenting using various plant extracts to change the abnormal light emissions of people with illnesses. He discovered that certain substances, like a particular type of mistletoe, restored the light coherence in a woman with cancer. Following in Popp's footsteps, many pioneering practitioners are now going directly to lasers as a simple source of coherent light itself.
From all of us at WDDTY, may your holidays be filled with love—and light.