To start peeling our “complexity layers” as we would peel an onion, we have to stop looking at the body as a whole. And instead, see what it’s made out of. The body is basically a combination of different systems.These systems are a group of organs working in harmony. Organs are made of tissues, which in turn are made of cells. Then, going deeper into the cells, we can see that they are made of molecules (which are made of atoms, which are made of electrons, protons, and neutrons), which ultimately are made of quarks.
This example is a great illustration of how vision is limiting our perception. Allow me to explain. While we know about the existence of these elementary particles, we cannot “see” them. There is a point from which we can’t see any further—and that is about half of the diameter of our hair. Only with the advancements in technology were we able to start “seeing” these deeper layers of our biology; and recognize their existence.
These same advancements are also allowing our medical approach to evolve. Right now we are observing a change in perspective on how medicine is practiced. Traditional western medicine has been limited by its focus on treatment at the higher levels: in the system (for example, in the respiratory system) or in the tissue/organ (for example, the lungs). Fortunately, new advances are being made. And new fields within medicine are emerging, such as regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine brings new ways to treat diseases that act at deeper levels— the cellular and molecular levels.
The Science of Cymatics
Cymatics is the study of the visualization of sounds through the pattern formed by physical particles caused by sound waves. In other words, sound can “touch” objects and cause a vibration. That is why we hear. So, it has been proposed that different sound frequencies and patterns would have biological effects, including in the human body (beyond hearing). For example, many of us know that some types of music (or sounds) have a calming effect; while others do the contrary. The sound of the waves crashing at the beach makes us calm, but the sirens of an ambulance make us alert or even anxious. And this is not just anecdotal evidence. Studies show that sound frequencies can support or inhibit biological optimization.
For example, a 2017 study, suggested that listening for 30 minutes to binaural beats at 40 Hz has positive effects on our emotional state and memory.
But these biological effects can go beyond mood enhancement. A recent clinical trial used sound therapy with the goal to treat Alzheimer’s disease through the stimulation of sound at 40 Hz;which seems to reduce the proteins that cause this disease (aka: amyloid and tau),. Another study in mice (using the same frequency, but in a vibration plate, called a low-intensity vibration plate) showed that mice submitted to vibration treatment and it resulted in increased wound healing compared to the control.
These are just a couple of examples; and cymatics can be quite complex. Especially if we connect it with quantum physics. This link lies in the idea that everything in the universe, and us by consequence, is a result of vibrations. The most prominent theory is String Theory. If we imagine that everything is connected through these fundamental vibrations, we can use that to our advantage. And through sound vibrations, we can influence and optimize/enhance biological systems (more specifically our bodies).
Emotions Changing Our Biology
Following these principles, we can infer that our emotions and thoughts can similarly have an impact on the physical world. This is because they produce vibrations at given frequencies that can interact with it.
A famous experiment by Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author, investigated the impact of emotions and thoughts on water crystals. He demonstrated that the shape of water crystals (aka: ice crystals) formed was different depending on positive/negative emotions; and thoughts expressed toward the water samples. Water samples “given love” would originate beautiful and organized crystal structures. While the water samples “given bad emotions” demonstrated incoherently-structured crystals.
Some disregard this experiment; since Mr. Emoto was not an actual scientist. However, this experiment has been replicated under proper scientific procedures and the results were similar.
Considering that we are mostly water, can we assume that these emotions and thoughts can also change our physiology?
Dr. Bruce Lipton believes so. Dr. Lipton is a renowned cellular biologist who has extensively researched the connection between our beliefs and epigenetics. He defends that our beliefs directly impact our epigenetics, and thus, gene expression.
According to Dr. Lipton, this is the main phenomenon behind the placebo effect.
The Power of Placebo
The placebo effect is when someone experiences a benefit from a treatment that has no actual therapeutic value. Basically, it’s when a person’s belief or expectation that something will work leads to them feeling better (even if the treatment itself is fake or doesn’t actually do anything). For example, a sugar pill given as a treatment for a headache could work just as well as a real medicine; if the person taking it believes it’s going to help. This effect is so powerful, and so well-recognized within the medical community, that when a new drug is being tested in clinical trials, it has to beat the placebo effect to be considered.
The contrary to the placebo effect is also real and it is called the nocebo effect. For example, a patient who is told that certain medications can cause stomach pain may start to experience stomach pain after taking the medication, even if it’s just a sugar pill. Or, a person who has a strong fear of needles may experience dizziness or fainting after receiving an injection (despite the needle being harmless and the procedure itself being safe).
In all these cases, it’s the person’s belief or expectation that causes the positive or negative experience, not the actual treatment. These effects can be a powerful force and highlight the important role that a person’s mindset can play in their experience of symptoms and treatment outcomes.
By having a positive perception of our health, our brain will respond by creating a reality that supports this belief. This leads to improved physical and emotional states.
Our article today was a little outside of our norm; but we feel it is important to share this other side of human optimization. When working with our clients, even though we use all of the latest biohacking technology, we never forget to acknowledge the energetic and spiritual sides.
Today, we are experts in biological hacking through the optimization of human biochemistry. We also take advantage of the latest technologies in energy manipulation and complement our approach with magnetic fields, light, and sound therapies.
In the future, who knows? We might become experts in energy manipulation and complement it with some biochemistry hacking.
The point is that the future is exciting, and we are open to all it can bring us.
Until then, please remember that you are your own quantum biohacker; and that you can manipulate your biology using the power of your belief. Be conscious and intentional with your thoughts.
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Marcos de Andrade MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer