Everyone wants to have better health so they can enjoy productive, full lives. This can be a challenging proposition in today’s world. There are many diet choices; so many different, sometimes opposing advice; so many different supplements and tools to help you ‘regain’ health. Which one is right for you?
Before you jump on any bandwagon, you need to ask this question – did you really ‘lose’ your health?
The changes you observe can merely be adaptations to a constantly changing environment. That is how our species managed to survive for millions of years. If you are unable to adapt to challenging environments, your body will show signs of ‘illness’. In fact, a species that cannot adapt to changing environments will eventually become extinct. During the Miocene epoch some 20 million years ago, many great apes became extinct because they could not adapt to changing climates and the reduction in food sources that supplied high carbohydrates and Vitamin C.
We are currently living in a world that is vastly different from the past, in that we are surrounded by high levels of electromagnetic radiation that are man made and unnatural. These EMR exert biological influences that may not be obvious, but over a longer time frame can result in changes in our bodies.
Homo sapiens are the result of millions of years of successful evolution. Our ancestors have been able to adapt to different environments with changing climates and food sources. Yet we are currently faced with a health crisis of epic proportions because we have lost touch with what shaped our evolution in this brand new exciting world we have created.
Processed foods, drugs and chemicals that are novel to our bodies as well as the ability to consume food around the clock easily impact long-established metabolic rhythms and pathways; bright light continuously flood our surroundings regardless of time impacts all functions that have been based on natural light/dark cycles; the ability to change one’s geological location within hours fundamentally negates adaptations of different ethnicities to their geology; living out-of-touch with Nature imposes additional challenges to established subtle routes of support on the quantum level.
On the other hand, science has made great strides in its attempt to unlock the mysteries of life, death and disease. We have made great progress in the understanding of how the quantum world may be entangled with our daily lives, and how our genetics (both nuclear and mitochondrial) play critical roles in the fate of our health. New pharmaceutical drugs are being developed daily to treat emerging and existing diseases. Yet we still flounder in our search for optimal health. Why?
In my humble opinion, when one focuses on individual trees, one can easily lose sight of the magnificent forest in its full glory. When one can see the forest, then one can appreciate how the different trees are connected in the forest of LIFE.
What is the most important element that keeps this forest of LIFE alive? We can look at past extinction events and realize earth has gone through drastic changes, all very different in nature, that resulted in the extinction of species that may be considered rather ‘alien’ in today’s world. To me, the first critical event that shaped the course of evolution on earth was the Great Oxygenation Event about 2.45 billion years ago when the earth’s atmosphere was changed from a reducing one to an oxidizing one. All living organisms that could not handle increased reactive oxygen species created by the explosion of available oxygen in their environment became extinct. There has been a total of five major extinction events on earth since then. The last major global catastrophe, the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) Extinction Event that occurred 66 million years ago offered one important clue as to why I think there is much hope for the human race going forward.
The K–T extinction event caused severe global changes that quickly and selectively eliminated about 75% or more of all species. There were mass destruction in plants that relied on the sun for photosynthesis, as the debris from the asteroid impact blocked all sunlight from reaching the ground, not dissimilar to a severe nuclear winter model. Survival of the different species during this period depended on their ability to adapt to the harsh environment following the impact event. Interestingly, all major mammalian species managed to survive albeit with some losses. The loss of sunlight was apparently not critical to the survival of many species, as deep sea creature are known to thrive extremely well at depths below 1000 meters, or what is commonly known as the midnight (aphotic) zone, where light from the sun at any wavelength is completely absent.
Sunlight is the source of photons that are charged with energy. These photons are part of the electromagnetic spectrum known as electromagnetic radiation (EMR). If we can survive in an environment devoid of EMR, can we survive and adapt to an environment that has too much electromagnetic radiation? There is no doubt in my mind that barring an apocalyptic event, technology will be more entrenched in every aspect of our lives and biology in the future. How can humans as a species adapt to the exponential increase in electromagnetic radiation that affect us at the quantum level?
For that answer, we need to go back about three billion years to the appearance of the cyanobacteria that was able to survive the Great Oxygenation Event. In fact, the cyanobacteria is the photosynthetic organism responsible for generating massive oxygen that flooded the earth. Scientists now believe that the cyanobacteria produced oxygen starting around 3.4 billion years ago.
What makes the cyanobacteria so special?
The fact that the cyanobacteria has survived for over 3.4 billion years through all extinction events makes it very special. The cyanobacteria is the perfect example to appreciate how an organism can survive in the presence of reactive oxygen species, using REDOX to successfully drive metabolic processes. Cyanobacteria are prokaryotes that have oxygenic photosynthetic abilities. Cyanobacteria also exhibit aerobic respiration, and therefore, produce superoxide and hydrogen peroxide as inevitable byproducts. What did the cyanobacteria use to protect itself from these dangerous reactive oxygen species?
Even though the cyanobacteria produce high levels of glutathione and catalase as antioxidants, experiments have shown that the activity of ascorbate peroxidase increased 15 to 25-fold over that of catalase when hydrogen peroxide production was enhanced by photorespiration. The function of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid as REDOX balancer began over 3.4 billion years ago in the mighty cyanobacteria that could have been responsible for the Great Oxygenation Event which shaped the course of evolution on earth since.
Oxygen is critical for life on our planet. No oxygen = death. You can say oxygen is the foundation of life because it supports metabolic processes by which organisms harvest energy from fuel sources in order to execute vital body functions. Our bodies use oxygen as final electron acceptor in the production of energy. The price for energy production is the creation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Excess ROS is responsible for oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the other unseen dimension of the forest that completes the picture. Oxidative Stress holds the key to unlocking the current health crisis we are facing in this 5G world. Man made electromagnetic radiation is now believed to be the source of oxidative stress that causes so many different forms of disease.
If you understand how our bodies work to control oxidative stress, or what I like to think of as maintaining REDOX Balance, then you are already miles ahead of everyone else! Our bodies are incredible ‘quantum machines’ that can move protons and electrons at speeds that may be faster than light to complete biological processes. REDOX is the driving force behind LIFE because essential energy is derived from the electronic transfer of protons and electrons.
REDOX processes involve the exchange of protons and electrons. Almost all biological processes are dependent upon the successful exchange of electrons and protons. Having too much or too little of electrons and protons will create redox imbalance. Redox imbalance can affect metabolic processes that depend on the successful exchange of protons and electrons. This perturbation of metabolic processes can lead to pathogenesis of diseases as well as epigenetic alterations. What does the human body like to use to maintain REDOX?
Most of the time, our bodies require antioxidants that can donate electrons to neutralize oxidants with unpaired electrons that are seeking to pair up with oxygen in order to stabilize themselves. If these oxidants are successful in grabbing electrons from oxygen molecules they will create dangerous reactive oxygen species.
To maintain REDOX balance, and very similar to the cyanobacteria, the human body actually produces a lot of potent antioxidants like glutathione, catalase, ubiquinol and uric acid, to name a few. But there remains one important element that our body uses (sometimes exclusively) to balance important REDOX functions that we are not able to produce endogenously. Ascorbic acid.
Ascorbic acid is the molecule used by the cyanobacteria over 3 billion years ago to balance REDOX. This simple molecule is found in most fruits and vegetables. Yet this molecule is almost always found to be deficient in every human being who does not supplement with Vitamin C in this modern world. Why? Excess, uncontrolled oxidative stress depletes ascorbic acid in our bodies.
Even though humans and primates have lost the capacity to produce vitamin C since about 61 million years ago, the requirements for vitamin C remain irrefutable. The abundant presence of ubiquitous vitamin C transporters in all cells, tissues and even mitochondria indicates the need for a constant fresh supply of vitamin C to all major organs, especially the human brain. Vitamin C has been found to enhance and promote remyelination processes that are critical to neurodegenerative diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
Our bodies use vitamin C exclusively as electron/proton donor/acceptor in major biochemical reactions such as the production of nitric oxide and important catecholamines like dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine. Vitamin C is essential in fatty acid metabolism as it is required for the synthesis of L-carnitine, as well as the breakdown of cholesterol into bile acids.
Recent discoveries on the ability of Vitamin C to modulate epigenetic changes elevates the importance of vitamin C beyond conventional appreciation. It is not unrealistic to expect a molecule that has evolved with almost every form of life for over 3.4 billion years to grow deep roots that connect every tree in the forest of LIFE.
A study published in April 2019 demonstrating the ability of vitamin C to reverse aberrant epigenetic dysregulation in cancer cells sheds light on previous successes achieved by vitamin C as anti-cancer agent that extends beyond pro-oxidant/antioxidant effects. Ascorbic acid could hold the key to the success of epigenetic adaptations being made every second in our bodies to our ever-changing environment.
In humans, as much as 100 to 200 new DNA mutations are passed from one generation to the next. The human genome is currently estimated to contain about 3 billion base pairs. That means one mutation could occur in every 30 million base pairs in a person. The possibility that ascorbic acid has the ability to affect global epigenetic changes is critical to our understanding on how our species can move forward in this 5G world.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) may not be the only missing link to good health in our modern world, but I can assure you that without Vitamin C, you may have to face additional health challenges in this 5G world.