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Bio Information Within the Biofield Beyond Bioelectromagnetics

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THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINEVolume 10, Number 1, 2004, pp. 59–68©Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Bioinformation Within the Biofield: Beyond Bioelectromagnetics
GLEN REIN, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT
This review article extends previous scientific definitions of the biofield (endogenous energy fields of thebody) to include nonclassical and quantum energy fields. The biofield is defined further in terms of its func-tional property to act as a resonance target for external forms of energy used as treatment modalities in energymedicine. The functional role of the biofield in the body’s innate self-healing mechanisms is hypothesized,based on the concept of bioinformation which, mediated by consciousness, functions globally at the quantumlevel to supply coherence, phase, spin, and pattern information to regulate and heal all physiologic processes.This model is used to explain a wide variety of anomalies reported in the scientific literature, which can notbe explained by traditional biophysics and bioelectromagnetics.
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INTRODUCTION
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n the advent of the recent funding of biofield research bythe National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is a renewedinterest in the scientific investigation of endogenous energyfields generated by and contained within the body and the useof complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) biofieldtherapies to modulate these endogenous fields. Research goalsin the new field of energy medicine, as well as conventionalbioelectromagnetics, include the characterization of endoge-nous energy fields in health and disease, the understanding of how they regulate physiologic processes and the discovery of how externally applied (exogenous) energy fields can nor-malize abnormal fields associated with disease. Two recent re-view articles (Hintz, 2003; Rubik, 2003) have been publisheddefining the scientific basis for a biofield, albeit only in termsof this classical form of the electromagnetic (EM) force field.The purpose of this paper is to utilize contemporary the-ories in quantum physics to expand the definition of thebiofield to include nonclassical and quantum forms of en-ergy (Rodrigues and Lu, 1997; Tiller, 1993). This gives amore complete characterization of the energetic propertiesof the biofield beyond the limitations imposed by the recentguidelines published by a new (self-appointed) group of ex-perts. In many cases nonclassical forms of energy have alsobeen characterized with respect to their biologic effects.Therefore these nonclassical forms of energy meet the cri-teria described by Hintz et al. (2003) as “following con-ventional scientific principles in biology and physics,” butdo not meet their definition of bioenergy as referring onlyto “common forms of energy.” It is proposed here that thesenonclassical fields can be generated by the body and there-fore become components of the biofield and can be exter-nally applied to the body to modulate endogenous fields.Therefore unlike bioelectromagnetics, the wider perspectiveof energy medicine should consider the biofield in terms of its nonclassical and quantum forms of energy.
ENDOGENOUS CLASSICALELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS
The concept of a biologic field, which permeates thewhole organism and organizes individual cellular processesduring embryonic morphogenesis, was first introduced as a“normating” field (Gurwitsch, 1932) and an electrodynamicfield (Burr, 1935). Bioelectromagnetics researchers have es-tablished that endogenous direct current (DC) electric fieldsare involved in wound healing (Becker, 1974) and guide orregulate normal developmental processes such as embryo-genesis (McCaig et al., 2000). Furthermore, DC electricfields may also be involved with the Oriental meridian sys-
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tem, because acupoints themselves have altered DC electri-cal resistance and conductance (Reichmanis et al., 1975). Astudy recently reported measured the dynamic, real-timefluctuations in DC potentials on acupoints and demonstratedcomplex, nonlinear behavior during healing and meditativestates of consciousness (Syldona and Rein, 1999).Biomedical researchers routinely measure the manifesta-tion of endogenous EM fields using electroencephalograms(EEGs) and electrocardiograms (ECGs). Brain waves arisefrom electrochemical oscillations with frequencies in the ex-tremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the EM spectrum.ELF oscillations are involved with neuron synchronization(Lestienne, 2001), wound healing (Chiang et al., 1991), cir-cadian rhythmicity (Cajochen et al., 2002) and coordinatethe organization of reaction components in biochemical re-actions (Pokorny et al., 2001). Such collective and coordi-nated biologic behavior is associated with self-organizationthat is further mediated by endogenous electric fields of thebody (Pokorny, 1999). Using methodology other than EEGand ECG, researchers have measured EM fields of higherfrequencies (kilohertz to gigahertz) radiating from the body.A recent review article has summarized these various meth-ods (Schwartz, 2001). These studies indicate a role for high-frequency endogenous EM fields in healing states and al-tered states of consciousness (Hunt, 1995; Schwartz andRussek, 1997). The body also contains classical acoustic en-ergy fields (Barry, 1991), because of macroscopic oscilla-tions of large molecules, membranes, and filaments, unlikeEM fields that are generated by microscopic oscillations of electrical charges.
DYNAMIC COHERENT FLUCTUATIONS INELECTRODERMAL POTENTIALS
Investigators have also studied dynamic changes in theelectrical properties of the body’s surface as a method of obtaining information about the intrinsic properties of theunderlying endogenous EM fields. Frequency spectrumanalysis of human EEG using linear, time averaging algo-rithms indicates a complex mixture of stationary (fixed) fre-quencies and complex harmonic relationships among thesefrequencies. However, when nonlinear time series analysisis applied to human EEG recordings, nonstationary fre-quencies appear that come and go and shift their funda-mental values, and the intensity of a given frequency canexhibit an ultra-low rhythmicity between 0.05 and 0.5 Hz(Lambertz and Langhorst, 1998).Rhythmicity of individual frequencies is an unusual formof periodicity within the EEG. More typical is the periodic-ity in the intensity of the millivolt electrical readings of EEGrecordings, which can be highly coherent (Robinson, 2003).Such coherence is a property of self-organizing systems(Frohlich, 1988). In the case of self-coherence, time-domainoscillations are extremely regular and appear as a sine wave.In other cases, coherence is observed between two separatebrain regions. Either type of coherence can occur weaklyover a broad range of frequencies or can manifest as a strongcoherence at specific frequencies. Of particular interest hereis that external frequencies (associated with an EM field)can increase EEG coherence (Strens et al., 2002). Further-more, EEG coherence is increased during meditative statesof consciousness (Travis et al., 2002). Similarly, coherencehas been observed in ECG during meditation (Tiller et al.,1996).In addition to coherence in the EM fields comprisingthe biofield, coherence has also been observed with opti-cal radiation emitted from biologic systems. Because lightenergy can act as a particle or a wave, it is capable of be-having in a nonclassical manner. Using ultrasensitive pho-tomultiplier tubes, ultraweak photon emission (visible andultraviolet [UV]) was measured from a variety of isolatedcells (Popp, 1979) and from the surface of the body (Ed-ward et al., 1990). These biophoton emissions exhibithighly coherent properties (Popp and Ruth, 1981; Popp etal., 1994; Van Wijk et al., 1993). Biophotons are associ-ated with cell growth and differentiation (Popp, 1979) andmediate inter-cellular communication (Kaznacheyev andMikhailova, 1976).These results indicate that the frequency information thatcharacterizes the biofield is complex, cooperative, and oc-cassionally coherent. Although this frequency informationwithin the biofield has been used to diagnose disease, rela-tively few studies use this frequency information to treat dis-eases. However, the initial steps are being taken. Replicat-ing the natural dynamic frequency patterns within anexternally applied EM field carrier could be used to treat thebody. As a first step, real-time EEG recordings have beenreplicated and played back to nerve cells in culture, wherean alteration in their electrical activity was observed (Nodaet al., 1968). More recently, the author extended this idea toECG recordings that were taken from an individual in an al-tered state of healing consciousness characterized by a highdegree of coherence (McCraty et al., 1995). When the dy-namic coherent frequency information was fed back to cul-tured fibroblasts, there was a significant increase in DNAsynthesis (a measure of growth rates) (Rein, 1994). Thesetwo studies, utilizing naturally occurring dynamic frequencyinformation, are examples of engery medicine, which is dis-tinct from bioelectromagnetics research, utilizing syntheticEM fields with static frequency information.Similar experiments were performed at the clinical levelby Valerie Hunt, Ph.D., who played back the unique high-frequency components of electromyographic recordings ob-served during altered states of consciousness. Individuals inordinary states of consciousness shifted to altered stateswhen receiving these frequencies (Hunt, 1995). The Biocom(Meritest European Center, Avenida Presidente Lluis Com-panies Numbers 84 and 203A, Girona, Spain) and Interro(not commercially available) devices, used by electronic
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medicine practitioners in Europe, reportedly measure natu-rally occurring biofield information from a patient, electron-ically invert the signal and play it back to the body to nor-malize and “balance” the biofield. This new treatmentmodality, referred to as bioresonance therapy, is currently be-ing investigated scientifically. Feeding healthy signals backto the body has been demonstrated effective in treating im-munodeficiency and mastopathy in mice (Lednyiczky, 1993).
LONG-RANGE COHERENT INTERACTIONS
The ordered and coherent behavior in the electrical andoptical properties of the biofield are made even more com-plex when the interactions between different oscillating sys-tems in the body, like the brain, the heart and respiration areconsidered (Strogatz and Stewart, 1993). Mathematicalmodeling of the complex interaction between subsystemscomprising the whole body (dynamic systems analysis) hasbeen previously used to characterize the biofield (Rubik,2002; Schwartz and Russek, 1997). Other mathematical ap-proaches have focused on the underyling dipole oscillatorswhose normal transverse vibrational modes generate classi-cal electric fields at the surface of the body.Fröhlich reexamined the properties of these oscillatorswithin a highly polar biologic millieu and developed a newset of equations to describe their behavior in proteins withincell membranes (Fröhlich, 1968). Fröhlich observed thatsome vibrational modes were far from equilibrium and co-herent in nature. In addition, the equations describe energyexchange between the oscillator and the environment. Theseequations also accurately describe the subsequently mea-sured frequencies of these oscillators (10
11
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Hz). Theequations further describe the interaction between two dif-ferent oscillating systems (not necessarily at the same fre-quency) as nonlinear, long-range, order-creating, and phasecoherent. Fröhlich’s calculations predict phase informationis involved with such long-range communication and thatthese effects are mediated by A fields. Therefore, coherentinteractions between separate electric dipoles can accountfor the generation of coherent EM fields, as measured in theelectro-optical properties of the body.
ENDOGENOUS NONCLASSICALENERGY FIELDS
In addition to describing typical transverse oscillations of a dipole, responsible for generating classical EM fields,Fröhlich ’s equations also describe longitudinal oscillations(Fröhlich, 1968). These longitudinal oscillations act as anantennae to generate A fields. Thus, the same oscillator inthe body can generate both classical force fields and non-classical potential fields.Magnetic vector potentials and electrostatic scalar poten-tials are mathematical terms in Maxwell’s equations re-quired for accurate description of the behavior of classicalEM fields. These potentials also have fields associated withthem. Although the magnetic vector potential and its corre-sponding potential field, the A field, is traditionally thoughtof as a theoretical construct, physicists have now demon-strated that static potential fields, in the absence of classi-cal EM fields, produce physical effects by changing thephase of electrons (Chambers, 1960). Because classical EMfields are derived from these potentials, potential fields canbe considered more fundamental than classical EM fields.The potential field is considered here to be one type of non-classical field because classical fields are force fields. Be-cause A fields appear in both Maxwell’s and Schrodinger’sequations, they act as a bridge between the ordinary EMlevel and the quantum level. The implications of this re-garding the biofield were first pointed out by Tiller (Tiller,1993).Experimental evidence for a direct biologic role for Afields has been obtained by Smith using a novel method thatinvolves measuring muscle contractions (Smith, 1995,2003). Smith’s method is similar to the digital O-ring test,which is a new noninvasive method for diagnosing micro-bial infections (Shimotsuura et al., 1987) that involves mea-suring the contraction of the finger flexor muscle under res-onance conditions. EM resonance occurs between twosubstances, one inside the body and the other held by thepractitioner as a reference. The O-ring method has also beenused to measure the size and location of acupuncture merid-ians (Omura et al., 1988). Smith used a novel extension of this technique, which involves resonance between two en-ergy fields at specific frequencies, inside and outside of thebody. Because Smith uses an A field radiating from a toroidas the external field, resonance will occur with A fieldswithin the body. Using this technique (Smith, 1995, 2003)Smith demonstrated that each meridian has a unique fre-quency. Under healthy conditions, there is a periodic fluc-tuation in a meridian’s frequency, whereas no fluctuationsare observed in illness. Externally applied frequencies canalter these endogenous frequencies by shifting their funda-mental value or modulating their fluctuations. Smith furtherobserved characteristic physiologic responses when certainendogenous frequencies were fed back to the body (Choy etal., 1987).In addition to A fields, the body also contains other typesof nonclassical energy fields. The linear propagation of freeions (not bound in a dipole) acts as a source of classical EMfields. The nonlinear movement of these free ions can ex-plain the generation of nonclassical energy fields in thebody. In some cases, ions propagate in a self-sustaining os-cillatory manner through the extracellular matrix. A mathe-matical characterization of these oscillations and their cor-responding ion displacement waves has been described(Nobili, 1987). Their nonlinear propagation is best described
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