What kind of community are you a part of ?

During my final days at Stanford, I was giving a lecture on the new biology that I was working on and how the membrane was translating the signal from the environment and that those signals by chemistry but were primarily from the energy field as referenced through quantum physics. I was talking about invisible energies, vibrations and controlling cell biology. It was a public lecture on this topic.

Shortly after the lecture, I got a phone call from Dr. Pat Gayman, who was the Dean of Sciences at Life West at the time. She asked me if I would like to come give a lecture at the college. I said that would be very interesting but, I have no knowledge or concept about the chiropractic science at all (this was in the 80s). This is when I was offered a wonderful book from then Life West President Dr. Gerry Clum entitled “The Chiropractors Adjuster” written by DD Palmer.

I entered the welcoming arms of the chiropractic community and found my life got better.

What discovery have you stumbled upon?

Between 1981-1987 I spent a lot of time trying to understand the mechanics of how environmental signals from the culture medium we actually controlling gene activity. Without a mechanism, it was only an observation and nothing that science could understand.

That’s when I understood the nature of quantum physics. I already understood the nature of the cell membrane and how it functioned. Armed with this information. I ended up at the Standford School of Medicine in Pathology and Dermatology. At Standford I had an opportunity to expand on those stem cell cultures and environmental influences and write a couple of publications on the nature of how the environment was controlling genes and the membrane was the actual brain of the cell and not the nucleus.

Being in Nature Changes the Brain

When is the last time you were out in Nature?

“How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain” by Gretchen Reynolds

“A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.”

“Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did several generations ago.
City dwellers also have a higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses than people living outside urban centers, studies show.”

“These developments seem to be linked to some extent, according to a growing body of research. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.”

“But just how a visit to a park or other green space might alter mood has been unclear. Does experiencing nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?”

“That possibility intrigued Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, who has been studying the psychological effects of urban living. In an earlier study published last month, he and his colleagues found that volunteers who walked briefly through a lush, green portion of the Stanford campus were more attentive and happier afterward than volunteers who strolled for the same amount of time near heavy traffic.”

“But that study did not examine the neurological mechanisms that might underlie the effects of being outside in nature.”

“So for the new study, which was published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Mr. Bratman and his collaborators decided to closely scrutinize what effect a walk might have on a person’s tendency to brood. Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.”

“Perhaps most interesting for the purposes of Mr. Bratman and his colleagues, however, such rumination also is strongly associated with increased activity in a portion of the brain known as the subgenual prefrontal cortex. If the researchers could track activity in that part of the brain before and after people visited nature, Mr. Bratman realized, they would have a better idea about whether and to what extent nature changes people’s minds.”

“Mr. Bratman and his colleagues first gathered 38 healthy, adult city dwellers and asked them to complete a questionnaire to determine their normal level of morbid rumination. The researchers also checked for brain activity in each volunteer’s subgenual prefrontal cortex, using scans that track blood flow through the brain. Greater blood flow to parts of the brain usually signals more activity in those areas.”

“Then the scientists randomly assigned half of the volunteers to walk for 90 minutes through a leafy, quiet, parklike portion of the Stanford campus or next to a loud, hectic, multi-lane highway in Palo Alto. The volunteers were not allowed to have companions or listen to music. They were allowed to walk at their own pace.
Immediately after completing their walks, the volunteers returned to the lab and repeated both the questionnaire and the brain scan.
As might have been expected, walking along the highway had not soothed people’s minds. Blood flow to their subgenual prefrontal cortex was still high and their broodiness scores were unchanged.
But the volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but meaningful improvements in their mental health, according to their scores on the questionnaire. They were not dwelling on the negative aspects of their lives as much as they had been before the walk.”

“They also had less blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex. That portion of their brains were quieter. These results “strongly suggest that getting out into natural environments” could be an easy and almost immediate way to improve moods for city dwellers, Mr. Bratman said.”

“But of course many questions remain, he said, including how much time in nature is sufficient or ideal for our mental health, as well as what aspects of the natural world are most soothing. Is it the greenery, quiet, sunniness, loamy smells, all of those, or something else that lifts our moods? Do we need to be walking or otherwise physically active outside to gain the fullest psychological benefits? Should we be alone or could companionship amplify mood enhancements?”

‘“There’s a tremendous amount of study that still needs to be done,” Mr. Bratman said.’

“But in the meantime, he pointed out, there is little downside to strolling through the nearest park, and some chance that you might beneficially muffle, at least for awhile, your subgenual prefrontal cortex.”

I’ll be taking my lunch break outside. Who’s with me?

Have a lovely day.


How to spot hidden sugars?

  1. Look at the ingredients on the back of food label. If it is one of the first items listed, then the product is high in sugar.
  2. Sugars may be hidden.  Sometimes they are often disguise under another name.
  • fructose (natural sugar from fruits)
  • lactose (natural sugar from milk)
  • sucrose (made from fructose and glucose)
  • maltose (sugar made from grain)
  • glucose (simple sugar, product of photosynthesis)
  • dextrose (form of glucose)

So what are your choices?

Substitute your sugar for other sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar and maple syrup.

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Ever felt that you were in the right place at the right time?

So I am in the classroom, I am teaching that genes control life, and yet in the lab cloning stem cells.

Remember when cloning a stem cell, you take one stem cell, which is the equivalent of an embryonic cell, put it in a petri dish by itself and it divides every 10-12 hours. After a week, you have 50,000 cells in the petri dish but the most important fact is that all cells are genetically identical (more on this topic here).

You have to understand that 48 years ago there were only a handful of us in the entire world that knew what a stem cell was. I was actually cloning using the very advanced technology that we’re using today. So I had a unique opportunity to be in the right place at the right time 48 years ago to study stem cells.

What did I discover? More to come this week! Click here is the major discovery.

What did you discover being at the right place at the right time?