ELECTRIC CURRENT AND POLARITY
It is known that any electric current flowing through a conductor produces a magnetic field around it. The direction of the current flow determines a polarity, with one end being negative and the other positive. Polarity is seen in practically everything. The Earth has polarity. The living cells have polarity. The body as a whole has polarity.
The water molecule is a very common example of chemical polarity, and because it contains salt and diverse ions, then it makes it a very good electric conductor. We must remember we are 70% made of water.
Now, there exist two types of electric current, meaning the type of current flow:
- Direct Current: developed commercially by Edison, where the electric charge flows only in one direction. Any battery appliance uses a DC.
- Alternate Current: discovered by the great awesome amazing genius Nicola Tesla, where the charge shifts direction periodically, this is the one on every home and business.
A material that can transport the electric charge is called a conductor, this happens because it has electrons available, but an insulator lacks electrons to share, so the electric charge can’t go through there (resistance). In between these two, exist the semiconductors, which are materials whose resistance is high but still lower than insulators, so it can carry electric charge under the adequate conditions, and most importantly: it’s conductance can be modulated by temperature. Semiconductors are the basic components of all modern electronics.
An interesting scientist is Robert O. Becker. His work proves that living organisms show a direct current of electric charge, which is measurable from their body surface. Whenever a wound occurs, there is a current leak that creates a short circuit in this DC current, so the wound healing current goes by semiconduction. He also pointed out the fact that the perineural system is sensitive to magnetic fields.
MAGNETS AS HEALING AND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES
Egyptians and Greeks used magnets as healing devices. As a matter of fact, they were common tools among healers along History, but the last centuries have imposed mechanistic views of the human body which neglect biofields. Even Egyptians worked on their Qi (or Prana) and their chakras as well.
The german physician Franz Anton Mesmer seems to be another outcast of mainstream science. According to his only disciple, he understood health as the free flow of the process of life through thousands of channels in our bodies. Illness was caused by obstacles to this flow, and this matches the Oriental systems description of the human body. He started utilizing magnets in order to restore that flow, but later on, he realized that the use of his bare hands could make the same effect. Despite all his accomplishments, he never got recognition from the scientific community. Even King Louis XVI sent a commission of experts, which included Antoine Lavoisier and Benjamin Franklin among others, with the conclusion that such flow doesn’t exist and all was a product of imagination (despite Franklin and colleagues, the specifics of such experiments had many flaws). So the magnetic realm of the human body was discarded of further study for a long time.
One century after Mesmer’s death, electricity started it’s surge as an inherent human quality. The first important breakthrough was made when Einthoven invented the first practical Electrocardiogram in 1903. Later on, he was rewarded with the Nobel Prize in 1924. Since then, electric records of the heart dynamics have been widely accepted, and some other parts of the body were being studied. In 1924 Hans Berger recorded the first Electroencephalogram in his son’s scalp. And in 1939 Burge detected voltage changes in the body. Physical activity makes the body become more negative. Sleep has shown to produce a voltage decline. And anesthesia has a turn over the positive.
The heart is by far the greatest electric generator of all the body; the pumping and motion also creates a magnetic field around itself which goes way beyond the skin. It creates electrical, sound, pressure, heat, light, magnetic and electromagnetic signals. Because the blood is a very good conductor of electricity, the whole of the circulatory system pulses with electricity each time the heart beats.
Every organ of the body has its own field, even every cell. The Institute of Heart Math is making great developments into the integration of the electric and magnetic fields of the heart and its involvement to the well being.
The field of the brain is about a thousandth as strong as that of the heart. Even weaker are the evoked fields produced by the brain when a sensory stimulus is provided, such as a sound, a light, or a touch.
The main point here is that the overall field is a composite of all these fields made by the organs and muscles. Mainstream science can’t ignore anymore this fact. The body emanates an electromagnetic field. If the body’s circuitry is electric, then it must create a magnetic field around it.
That being said, we can think at the auric field and the biofield as the same thing. Several scientists and healers agree on that aspect, but there is still lack of consensus. Another option could be that the biofield and the auric field are different sheats of the energetic body, maybe even overlapping at the same spots, but on a different frequency or dimension.
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